I'm not always in Ottawa!
Wild and Rested in Ubud, Bali
November, 8-14th 2020
Join Belinda and I for an 8 day Retreat in Ubud.
This all women's retreat will be a balance of energizing and dynamic morning movement sessions, cultural events in Bali, meditation and restorative practices and superb food. Stay tuned for details!
Metta Movement and Meditation Studio
I opened this studio in the fall of 2018 to offer students a more innovative and creative place to move and meditate. We offer over 25 classes a week of unique movement and meditation. Check out our studio websitemy videos below to learn more!
Movement & Meditation Instructor
From an early career as a gymnast to fine-artist and designer to studies in Capoeira, Dance, Yoga and finally Movement and Meditation, all my work has emphasized body, breath, beauty, comfort, and creativity. Whether teaching Physical Education in High School, Photography in prisons, designing an interior space or teaching Meditation or Yoga, my passion is the same: create an aesthetically pleasing environment that allows people to drop into their minds and bodies to explore, with compassion and curiosity, the full potential of who they can be and what they can do.
Founder of Metta Movement & Meditation Studio
Instructor at Radiantly Alive, Ubud, Bali
Yoga Retreat Leader, One World Retreats, Bali
Faculty Yoga Alliance Teacher Training, Intuitive Flow Yoga
Instructor at Yoga Space, Toronto
Instructor at Octopus Garden, Toronto
Instructor at West End YMCA, Toronto
Toronto District School Board, Physical Education/Fine Art
Art Educator, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
Mentor for At-Risk Youth, Bushwick High School, Brooklyn
Holding one of my batik deer heads, on a road....
I have been exploring the fine art of movement & meditation for over 30 years and continue to grow as an instructor and student. My current classes are a combination of my years of study in diverse corners of the world.
Courses & Workshops Attended
I've attended over 50 workshops and training over the past 30 years that are too many to list.
Here are just a few:
Certified Unified Mindfulness Meditation Instructor
800 Hour ERYT Yoga Alliance
MovNat (Level 1 Cert)
Nutritious Movement (Katy Bowman)
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concordia University
Bachelor of Education, OISE, University of Toronto
Masters in Fine Arts, New York University
Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies, New York University
Jamari Espresso House
I created this coffee house in the Fall of 2018 to complement my movement studio. We feature top quality espresso, organic tea, bone broth, mushroom teas, elixirs, smoothies, raw chocolate, energy balls, daily soup, daily sandwiches, platform seating, a small shop with super cool finds and live music every Sunday afternoon! We are included in all the lists of the top cafe's in Ottawa and have the best barista hosts you'll find. Starting in March we will be open late serving up organic wine, beer and tapas.
Kind words from good people
Janet is a wise, charismatic and wonderful teacher of the spirit & yoga. I feel blissful and so happy…I have made new friends, discovered Bali and rejuvenated on a very deep level. Thank you. Suksma! -Nancy, United States
This retreat has been a fabulous journey into mind, body and spirit. It is so very important to connect with ourselves and with each other & each part of our experience helped us to do this. Thank you so much Janet for creating such a sacred & graceful space in which to find ourselves & reconnect with life. – Rosy, Australia
I did my Yoga Teacher Training in Bali with Janet Nicol. What an incredible experience. She was an excellent communicator and gave clear insightful instruction on alignment in the body, not to mention was hilarious, making what could have been a dry subject always full of laughter and intrigue. Her in-depth attention to structure of the body has helped me to excel not only my own practice but that of my students. She gave me a sense of confidence that I carry with me.” -Mackenzie, United States
Thanks for a wonderful week of invigorating and very strengthening yoga! Your guidance and sense of humour throughout the week was great. The whole retreat was amazing and has left me in a very different space to what I was in before I left Australia. Best wishes for your other retreats. -Sue, Australia
The retreat was a perfect occasion to harmonize the relationship between my mind and my body. Janet me the opportunity to deepen my way of finding inner peace while enjoying an inspiring place conducive to introspection. -Frederic, Canada
Like I wrote to the “Thank you book” – you made me feel like I am a little princess in paradise! Yoga class were awesome & Janet is the best yoga teacher. You really spoiled me! Thank you for everything! -Gerli, Estonia
It is impossible to summarize my experience in a few words or perhaps words at all. I learned that Yoga is much more than simply a set of physical arrangement, that it can open physical and emotional areas that previously have been dormant – by no means always pleasant but, if one is open in attitude, it is immensely rewarding, they were never simply picturesque experiences, but made one feel closer + more intimate to the environment. Thank you to Janet for creating a space, a place for my/our experience. I will carry this experience with me back home as a source of strength + happiness. -James, Australia
There's always so much to do!
Here's a few groups I host with my spare time