Christine Brownell

Okotoks, AB

When Christine’s family decided to move from Montreal to Calgary, the timing couldn’t be better. The strength of the Rocky Mountains and the vastness of the prairie skies had a calming impact on this teenager and opened up opportunities to connect with nature more genuinely.

The journey started at a YMCA Outdoor Camp on the Stoney Nakoda Nation, where Christine learned how to hike, canoe, kayak, and go on overnight camping trips with horses. It was here that Christine was first introduced to the importance of knowing about the traditional and hereditary lands of Treaty 7 Nations and the powerful transformations and personal growth that can occur when one aligns with the balancing and interconnected qualities of nature.

Drawn to health and wellness, Christine completed an undergraduate degree in Nursing, and a graduate degree in Family Systems Counselling at the University of Calgary.

In her career as an acute care inpatient mental health nurse, Christine had the opportunity to help people identify, stabilize, manage, and learn new ways of coping and recovery while navigating obstacles in their health management. Christine also started working with students, igniting her passion for teaching. In 2005, Christine became a full-time faculty member at Mount Royal University, School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Being fully aware that multiple ways of knowing and connection to nature is paramount in her personal growth, work with others, and her role as a nursing educator, Christine completed her Shamanic Coaching and Practitioner Certification with the Institute of Shamanic Medicine with Gael Carter and Marilyn Keffer (whose teaching lineage goes back to Estcheemah, Mayan Zero Chief) and completing her Level III Reiki Master training with Sandra Richardson and Char Niemi (whose teaching lineage goes back to Usui, Japanese Reiki Master).

After reconnecting with horses after a 30-year absence, Christine immediately knew becoming a Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning (FEEL) certified practitioner would be her next step in merging multiple ways of knowing to help others help themselves. Over her time facilitating FEEL sessions, Christine continues to be amazed by the innate abilities horses have as teachers of congruency, emotional agility, and authenticity.

If you are looking for a teacher who can work with individuals and groups, apply western and ancient ways of knowing, involve horses and nature, Christine will be a beautiful fit. Christine has a special interest in working with people who are in roles of caring for others. Whether you work as a 911 operator, an EMT, Social Worker, or as a caregiver for a family member, your access to self-care is crucial so you can care for yourself to bring your best self forward to the important work you do.

To book a session with Christine, please email her at


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