Local Love Series: Medicine with Melody

Because we understand the importance of health, wellness and supporting each other, we use our platform to highlight more of the things we love, ACUPUNCTURE, MASSAGE & YOGA

This month we are featuring one of our favourite humans. Melody was the first employee of Milagro Retreats (the business that hOMe Grown Living Foods was born from) and she graces us with her shining self as an Ambassador & Model for hOMe Grown Living Foods.

Tell us about yourself & what you specialize in

patient on a massage table lying facedown while the practitioner puts her hands on the back of neck and lower body on the patient.

Acupuncture, Yoga and Massage. Body centred, trauma informed integrative medicine with a focus on women’s hormonal health.

What is your WHY?

It is my understanding that we are born as pure beings. Throughout life we have become conditioned and disconnected from our birthright.

We are affected not only by our own lived trauma but also the cellular memory of the trauma experienced by our ancestors. Acupuncture and bodywork can encourage us to reconnect with our sovereignty and align with our soul’s calling.

This unique process of alchemy can support a freer and more joy-filled life. I honour this individual transformational work as an essential part of collective healing and the restoration of balance in the ecosystem. This is why I do what I do each day!

What is your favourite homemade meal?

My mom’s recipe for Gypsy soup from Moosewood

  • 3-4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped, fresh tomatoes (or substitute 1 can of tomatoes)
  • 3/4 cup chopped sweet bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 3 cups stock or water
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp basil
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Dash of cayenne
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tbsp tamari
  • 2 cups chopped, peeled sweet potatoes or winter squash (I like to do a cup of each)


  1. In a large saucepan saute onions, garlic, celery, and sweet potatoes in olive oil for about five minutes. Add seasonings except tamari, and the stock or water. Simmer, covered, fifteen minutes.
  2. Add remaining vegetables and chickpeas. Simmer another 10 minutes or so until all the vegetables are as tender as you like them.
  3. Check salt. Add tamari if it could use a little more. Serve alongside our EASY UBAKE bread or buns!

Link HERE to Moosewood Cookbooks

What keeps you motivated on a daily basis?

Woman sitting on a large stump in the middle of a woodshed surrounded by chopped wood and green bushes in the background

NATURE, NATURE and more of the natural world.

How do you nourish your body?

With conscious movement, nature, yummy thoughts, laughter and wholesome community.

What words do you live by?

hmmm…probably the old simple LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH

Any new projects that we can share?

Woman lying down on a table while having her face rolled over with a green gemstone roller

 I do have two new online offerings on my WEBSITE. Vitality Coaching and Mentorship. I’m pretty jazzed about them!

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