Shady Ape

Shay + April

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Meet Shay.

Shay is all about mindfulness and meditation, real talk, and real connection - and Shady Ape encompasses all of it.

"As a society we've lost the ability to feel our fucking feelings. We want our t-shirts to start a conversation on how it's ok to not feel great all the time and around the potential for mindfulness to help you build a foundation of stillness for when life rocket launches lemons at you. So you can stand there smiling while being pelted by lemons..."

Shay is a Holistic Nutrition Consultant, Meditation Teacher, and an aspiring yogi. She loves the mountains, travel, craft beer, laughing, exploring and live music.


Find Shay

INSTAGRAM | @sc.wellness
FACEBOOK | @shaychantelnw


Meet April.

She has an intense desire to bring mindfulness to the people of Edmonton through movement, meditation and mentorship.

"You can meditate all you want, but if you don't have a community of practice, it's just not as effective. Shady Ape is just one contribution towards creating a community here in Edmonton."

April is a teacher, mindfulness educator, and trauma-informed practitioner who has completed her 200-HR yoga teacher training. She loves international travel, horseback riding, nachos, and commuting on her vintage road bike.


Find April

INSTAGRAM | @8_elements
FACEBOOK | @prescottapril





Meet Kristen.

She believes that the practice of mindfulness is best served with a side of sarcasm and wit and an occasional “F” bomb for real effect. She has an intense desire to educate, laugh and connect with people through mindful practice. 

“My first silent retreat, on day 2, I had an intense feeling of turning into the Hulk. How could people chew so loudly?! In all seriousness, having a mindful practice has proven to be a place I can return to in order to spark humor, curiosity and joy in my life.” 

Kristen is a certified life coach, writer, educator and mindfulness practioner. She also loves international travel, tiny houses, her dog, Etta, is a self-prescribed coffee snob, believes tacos are life and being as silly as possible. 


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Meet Richard.

Richard (Rick) E. Berger, MD, Professor Emeritus in the Medical School at the University of Washington, is the primary teacher of Mindfulness NW.

He received his undergraduate education and medical degree from The University of Chicago. He received his certification in the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness and received a Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation from the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the University of California in Los Angeles.

Rick has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) classes at the University of Washington Hospital, the University of Washington Intramural Activities Center and the Center for Child and Family Well-being. He also holds certificates to teach mindfulness to children and adolescents from Inner Kids and Mindful Schools and teaches mindfulness in the Seattle Public Schools.

His ongoing practice includes daily meditation, yoga, silent retreats and continuing education in mindfulness and related areas.


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