About Lise Villeneuve
From a very early age, Lise has been fascinated by the big questions like "Who am I?", "Why am I here?", "What is this existence all about?" and "How can we increase our happiness and reduce our suffering?"
This burning curiosity first led Lise to the University of Alberta, where she obtained a Psychology degree. During these formative years, Lise deepened her understanding of the mind, human emotions, coping mechanisms, developmental psychology, mental illnesses and much more. Although this academic knowledge was extremely useful and shed much light on human behavior, it could not answer the deeper, metaphysical questions of existence, philosophy and spirituality.
When she was in her early twenties, Lise's focus gradually shifted from psychology to world religions and spirituality: the ego, non-duality, quantum mechanics, the body-mind-spirit connection and more. Inspired by this well of wisdom and knowledge she tapped into, Lise felt moved to express her heart-opening discoveries through music.
The next ten years of Lise's life were dedicated to singing, songwriting, touring around the world, producing an album and publishing a book in French about living from the heart. As extraordinary as this musical odyssey around the globe was for her, at times it felt like an emotional roller coaster ride of highs and lows. This led Lise to ask herself "What is genuine success?" and "What should true success feel like?"
The decade of motherhood that followed turned out to be Lise's greatest spiritual teacher. It was an intense practicum in presence, conscious parenting and learning to surrender to life. Through it all, Lise continued to diligently explore and study health and wellness, mindfulness, energy healing and self-realization. In 2012, she became a certified Reiki Master, and in 2015, Lise was certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York as a health and wellness coach.
Utilizing her rich life experience as a traveling musician, author, businesswoman, mother and relentless spiritual seeker with a degree in psychology, Lise started regularly counseling and coaching the individuals and groups that came to her for guidance starting in 2015. The same year, she wrote the Conscious Kids Mindfulness and Emotional Literacy Program and has been teaching it ever since. Lise also teaches mindfulness to seniors in the Edmonton General Hospital and is regularly asked to give workshops and presentations to groups of all ages. She is passionate about using her creative talents to share the wisdom and knowledge she acquired over her lifetime in ways that are effective, clear and fun.
"Lise Villeneuve's approach to teaching mindfulness is unique and effective. With her Mary Poppin's type bag of tools, metaphors and examples, Lise has been able to help seniors learn the principles of Mindfulness that they can apply to their lives. For several, these tools have been life changing. Teaching how to control emotions, reduce chronic pain, and cope with the kinds of issues seniors face on a daily basis, has made a measurable impact on the seniors at the Edmonton Seniors Centre. If you have a chance to hear her speak or take one of her classes, I encourage you to avail yourself of the opportunity. It can change your perspective and your life."
-Linda F. Ensley, MBA. Assist. Executive Director of the Edmonton Senior Centre at the Edmonton General Hospital
“My family had a truly great experience in the Conscious Kids class. My kids (6 and 11) and I learned not only how to be still and really listen to our thoughts, feelings and bodies (and the connection between the three), but also how to manage big emotions, get along better, resolve conflicts, and shift from negative to positive thinking. All hard things to do, but Lise made it simple and easy for us to get on the path to learning and practicing these skills.
Lise set a relaxed and empathetic tone in each class and used great, kid-friendly visuals to reinforce complex concepts. We participated in different activities and games each week, and every class ended with an engaging story. We had a lot of fun together as a family! Even though the class is for kids, I got as much out it as my kids did, and the skills I learned are helping me to be a more conscious parent.
I am so impressed with the quality of Lise’s original stories, and the thought and care that went into every detail of this class. My kids and I are using what we learned daily, and having the tools and words we need to practice mindfulness is a gift that will help us all immensely as our family evolves. The value we received from the class and the class materials were worth every penny. I highly recommend this class to all families with young kids!”
-Madelen Ortega, Fall 2019 class