The People

It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you the women who have brought their wisdom and love to Loonsong in and continue to grace this place annually. I cannot recommend their offerings highly enough.

Kathi Ryan

Being attentive to one’s own well-being was a concept I learned early in my life when my mother became conscious of the relationship with food and the body’s health. I began to grow my own organic food when I was 19 and have never been without the gift of abundant health.

In 1995, Kathi completed training in Massage Therapy and has since studied energy modalities, including Nia, a Body, Mind, Spirit fitness and lifestyle practice  which addresses the whole being. I have been teaching Nia for 10 years in New Glasgow, Antigonish and now Guysborough County and know that bringing the Joy of movement to people is the most valuable work that I do.

Kathi has worked in several co-operatives with women and has experienced first-hand the healing power of women coming together with love and intention. It has always been a dream to provide a place and the support for women, all people, who choose to step onto the path of caring for self, others and community. Loonsong represents this long held desire with the mandate to provide programming and sacred space for groups or individuals that supports and empowers people on their personal  journey of discovery.

Kathy Roy

Kathy RoyKathy combines her skills and expertise as a Life Coach, Spiritual Guide, Wholebody Focusing Trainer and Adult Educator to create experiences that support and strengthen the inner life of your heart and soul.  Kathy has been offering contemplative leadership of retreats for many years and she loves to draw upon the healing power of nature to awaken, enliven and strengthen the soul.

Kathy worked for many years in corporate training, offering team building experiences and delivering workshops.  She also worked as an instructor at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, where she taught courses on personal development.

Her desire to life a more sustainable life brought her to Nova Scotia, where she began working with individuals and providing retreat leadership on personal and spiritual deepening.  Kathy uses her skills in spiritual accompaniment, coaching, and facilitating to help others listen to the voice of their own inner wisdom.  She helps others find their way to living more in harmony with their deepest values and to honour their inner wisdom.  The greatest teacher any of us has lives within us and Kathy helps people connect and act upon their inner wisdom.

Kathy is currently living in Saint John, NB.  She lives there with her husband and she can often be found walking the local beaches and nature trails gathering inspiration for her life and work.  She has had her mandala artwork published in Presence magazine and is currently working on a number of writing projects.

Bethany Theuerkauf

Bethany is a Certified Kripalu Instructor (2003). She resides in Antigonish, Nova Scotia Canada and is the owner and operator of Bethany Theuerkauf Yoga Consulting.

She is a lover of nature, the ocean, humanity and her two beautiful children who have graced her life with an abundance of love and self-discovery. She resides in Antigonish with her beloved family.

Bethany is a member of the the Experienced Registered Yoga Therapists with Yoga Alliance and has instructed yoga accross Canada, Thailand and the Cayman Islands.

Bethany has completed a B.A. and B.Ed. from St Francis Xavier (2002, 2007) and has been published internationally.  She is a spiritual intuitive and a Reiki Practitioner.


Carol Anne Landry

Loonsong Cottage Retreat: Carol Ann Landry


Carol Anne Landry – BA, D.TCM
Carol Anne graduated from an Oriental Medicine school in Victoria BC in 1999. It was during this training that she first studied Qi Gong for medical purposes. She also holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy from STFX. Her background in medicine and philosophy is the foundation she now draws from as she maintains a Chinese Medicine Clinic in Antigonish. She is most passionate about studying and applying Sheng Zhen philosophy not only with her patients and students, but within her own life for profound healing purposes.

Carol Anne was first introduced to Sheng Zhen Gong in 2003 through Dr. Rose Johnston. After attending a weekend with Master Li in Mahone Bay in 2009 she began teaching weekly classes in Antigonish. Her class has been offered through Recreations Programs in both the Antigonish and Port Hawkesbury areas, as well as yoga studios and meditation centres. In 2014 she attended a 10 day teacher training with Master Li and Jing and is now inspired to teach full day workshops a couple of times a year in the Antigonish area.

 Candice Connor, RMT:

Candice is a graduate of The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy 2200hr program based out of Halifax NS. Originally from Pictou County, she is overjoyed to have settled in Antigonish. Candice is passionate about neurology, the power of the human brain and mind body medicine practices.

Massage training deepened this passion. Candice focused her clinic practical hours in Chronic Pain and Neuro clinics, where she gained insight from her patients and honed her therapeutic skills, treating patient conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia and Arthritis.Candice believes in holistic health and views Massage Therapy as a pillar in a foundation of wellness.

As a therapist, Candice uses General Swedish Massage, (GSM) techniques and will often incorporate fascial techniques and joint mobilizations into her treatments. Candice listens to and values her patient’s body knowledge and concerns. Drawing on her extensive training and using open communication, she is competent in preforming necessary physical assessments and advising homecare to aid her patients to meet their wellness goals. Candice hopes to remain a lifelong learner, incorporating complementary therapies such as Nia, Reiki, Cranio Sacral and Visceral Massage treatments into her future scope.

Susan Walsh 

Susan Walsh’s intention in life is to share what she has learned. A grade 8 dropout, Susan has accomplished her lifelong dream of returning to school. She completed her Masters in counselling this year at age sixty-two. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts from ST. FX at age fifty-eight. Susan has also studied Psychosynthesis, a therapeutic approach that is based on the premise that every person has the potential to access an inner wisdom and source of healing.