Tuesday, May 31, 2016

One on One Counselling/ Two Day Nature Retreat/ Activity Program


Privacy and Confidentiality are paramount during all planned Activities!!!

         Your first session is free! Either in person or on Skype.

  • Available for one on one counseling in person or on Skype, fees are on a sliding scale

  • Separation and/or loss
  • Career Change 
  •  Difficult Decision Making
  •  Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Conflict Resolution 
  • Illness    
  • Grief Counselling
  • Mental Illness, Family Support 

  • Activity Program for folks with Compromised Health or Mental Illness - details to come!

  • Nature Walks with a Theme: Focus of Health and Movement during Summer

  • Art Circle - 4 week Program - Each person chooses their own theme and experiments with different mediums. A mix of creativity and talk time

  •       One on one care for elders living alone, my part time program includes everything that makes life comfortable from meals, to shopping, driving to medical appointments, companionship, and safety assessment. I have many years experience working with elders. I have created programs that keep the mind active, and the body fit considering limitations. 

Watch this site!! More ideas to come for summer, autumn and winter.


604 886 8097

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Returning to the Sunshine Coast with Fresh Energy and New Ideas

Hello Folks,

I will be home from Mexico on May 11 and welcome new and old clients to contact me. I look forward to planning some events that bring us wellness and was very inspired by this article.
As a hiker, I am aware of the therapeutic aspects of moving in nature. I hope to start a group that will participate in alternate ways of healing that will include art, nature, and talk therapy.

Happy Spring!


Doctors Explain How Hiking Actually Changes Our Brains

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While it may seem obvious that a good hike through a forest or up a mountain can cleanse your mind, body, and soul, science is now discovering that hiking can actually change your brain… for the better!

Hiking In Nature Can Stop Negative, Obsessive Thoughts

Aside from the almost instant feeling of calm and contentment that accompanies time outdoors, hiking in nature can reduce rumination. Many of us often find ourselves consumed by negative thoughts, which takes us out of the enjoyment of the moment at best and leads us down a path to depression and anxiety at worst. But a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that spending time in nature decreases these obsessive, negative thoughts by a significant margin.
To conduct this study, researchers compared the reported rumination of participants who hiked through either an urban or a natural environment. They found those who walked for 90 minutes in a natural environment reported lower levels of rumination and they also had reduced neural activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain related to mental illness. Those who walked through the urban environment, however, did not report decreased rumination.
The researchers noted that increased urbanization closely correlates with increased instances of depression and other mental illness. Taking the time to regularly remove ourselves from urban settings and spend more time in nature can greatly benefit our psychological (and physical) well-being.

Hiking While Disconnected From Technology Boosts Creative Problem Solving

study conducted by psychologists Ruth Ann Atchley and David L. Strayer found that creative problem solving can be drastically improved by both disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with nature. Participants in this study went backpacking through nature for about 4 days, during which time they were not allowed to use any technology whatsoever. They were asked to perform tasks which required creative thinking and complex problem solving, and researchers found that performance on problem solving tasks improved by 50% for those who took part in this tech-free hiking excursion.
The researchers of this study noted that both technology and urban noise are incredibly disruptive, constantly demanding our attention and preventing us from focusing, all of which can be taxing to our cognitive functions. A nice long hike, sans technology, can reduce mental fatigue, soothe the mind, and boost creative thinking.

Hiking Outdoors Can Improve ADHD In Children

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is becoming more and more common among children. Children who have ADHD have a difficult time with impulse control and staying focused, they get distracted easily, and exhibit excessive hyperactivity.
While raising children who have ADHD can be difficult for parents, the usual solution — opting for prescription medication — may be doing more harm than good, particularly when natural solutions can work just as well. A study conducted by Frances E Kup, PhD, and Andrea Faber Taylor, PhD, found that exposing children with ADHD to “green outdoor activities” reduces symptoms significantly. The results of this study suggest nature exposure can benefit anyone who has a difficult time paying attention and/or exhibits impulsive behavior.

Hiking In Nature Is Great Exercise And Therefore Boosts Brainpower

We already know that exercising is fantastic for our overall well-being. Hiking is an excellent way to burn between 400 – 700 calories per hour, depending on your size and the hike difficulty, and it is easier on the joints than other activities like running. It has also been proven that people who exercise outside are more likely to keep at it and stick to their programs, making hiking an excellent choice for those wishing to become more active on a regular basis.
Researchers from the University of British Columbia found that aerobic exercise increases hippocampal volume — the part of the brain associated with spatial and episodic memory — in women over the age of 70. Such exercise not only improves memory loss, but helps prevent it as well. Researchers also found that it can also reduce stress and anxiety, boost self esteem, and release endorphins. Many people take medication to solve each and every one of these issues, but the solution to these ills may be a lot simpler than you think!

How Can You Begin To Start Hiking?

Luckily, hiking is one of the easiest and least expensive sports to get involved in, and it can have great benefits for the whole family, including grandma! Start out small and test your abilities. Do what works for you — if that means just walking through trails in a park, that’s fine. Any exercise outdoors is better than none. You can easily find maps of trails around your home online, and there are plenty of smartphone apps to map them out, too. I recommend turning off your signal and your phone while hiking though, so you can reap the most benefits of the hike (though it may be wise to at least carry it with you in case of emergency).
Make sure you have some good sturdy hiking shoes, a hat, and a water bottle, and be sure to layer your clothing so you can take things on or off easily as you warm up and cool down. You may want to consider using trekking poles as well, which can increase your speed and take some of the pressure off your knees. Now, can you just do one thing for me?
Go take a hike!
Much Love

Friday, December 18, 2015

Update on Gibsons Counselling: Dec 18, 2015

The most recent comment from a client:

"It was really good to get your thoughts and feedback today and I am excited about moving forward."  S.M.


Hello Current and Potential Clients,

I will continue counselling clients in Canada using Skype while in Mexico. I expect to arrive Jan 1 and will be available for service shortly after. Contact me at any time by emailing me at 


I also hope to offer one on one counselling while living in Mexico as well as some workshops and seminars. 

Our sunny environment in Mexico is an uplifting place. I will be offering two day retreats for folks who are interested in creative art as therapy, and a healing environment for rest, talk therapy and nature walks.

I will be posting seminars and programs during my 4 month stay in Chapala, Mexico.

Contact me by Skype or email! 

Skype ID   mintzy1

Happy Holiday Season, Best Wishes for a wonderful 2016

Monday, November 2, 2015



Creative Play for People with Compromised HealTH: A series of sessions focusing on activities and talk therapy facilitated by Evi Blueth, Counsellor will take place at 576 North Fletcher Rd. 

Evi Blueth
576 North Fletcher Rd.
Gibsons, BC
V0N 1V9
604 886 8097


Since everyone has different interests and different schedules I’m writing a list of activities varying the days of the week. I will proceed with any of these programs if a minimum of 4 people register and pay ahead. Please choose which seminars interest you by number and reply by email letting me know which ones you would enjoy attending. Art supplies are included. All sessions will take place at Evi’s, 576 North Fletcher Rd., Gibsons.

You are welcome to pay using PayPal (let me know and I can send an invoice), e-interact, or mail a check to Evi Blueth at the above address.

As a longtime sufferer of Fibromyalgia I feel passionate about the many ways we can feel uplifted and manage our compromised
health. I hope this group will be an inspiration to all. As a mental health rehab worker and counselor, I have been so impressed at how creativity, exercise and nature walks improve our lives and physical health. The encouragement of a supportive group where folks understand each other and empathize is not only enlivening but can prompt significant changes in mood, health and attitude.

I am including a variety of activities that engage different aspects of “self”. I hope to follow up with a very different program in the late spring of 2016.  I have space for 8 attendees, and anyone who didn’t attend the original seminar is welcome to participate.

I am also available for private one on one consultations on a “sliding scale” if you prefer.  

Program Description and Dates (day of the week varies)

1)Rubbings –Creating your own wrapping paper or original “Wall Art”.  This is an easy process, and surprisingly pleasing when colour is added, then black paint used to bring out the bright colours and patterns.

Rubbings, one of the most universal and perhaps the oldest of the techniques used in printmaking is fun, easy and creative. Rubbings are made by carefully pressing paper onto a carved or incised surface so that the paper conforms to the features to be copied. The paper is then blacked and the projecting areas of the surface become dark, while indented areas remain white.
This technique can be personalized by bringing your own textured objects from home, a colander, kitchen items, sand paper, jewelry, or anything with a distinct pattern that is bumpy or ridged in some way. You can also select leaves or items from the garden (press first with a book).
$22.00 per person

2) Nov 14: Paint on Silk 1:00- 4:15: Learning how to use Gutta as a resist to create stunning designs, abstract impressions, or colourful paintings on silk stretched on a hoop. All supplies and instruction provided. Each person will complete a round silk painting stretched on a hoop. I will show how the steaming is done so you can achieve brilliant colours. You can do this at home, or during our next session. The silk dyes need to “rest” for 48 hours before steaming. $40.00 (silk, dyes, hoop, and all supplies provided.

3) Thursday Nov. 19: 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm – This session will focus on exercise, as little or as much as you can do sitting down or standing up. Bring a mat or blanket. We will do gentle stretching. Each person will go at his/her own pace. A guided visualization will be followed by a discussion on self-care and check in. How is each person doing with the attainable goals they established?

4) Writing Workshop: Thursday Nov. 26 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
We will begin this session with simple stretching exercises. People are asked to bring a quote that inspires them. Anyone wishing to share the quote can do so. We will then place topics in a hat and do a series of 10 minute writing exercises. Anyone wishing to read their writing is welcome to. The session will end with a discussion on any obstacles or difficulties we are experiencing. Brainstorming and supportive “talk therapy” will follow. We will discuss how therapeutic journal writing helps us heal.
$15.00 per person

5) Dec 10 Thursday (Last Session) – 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Painting on white cloth bags. Carry your groceries in a self-made work of art! All supplies including beige heavy cotton bags provided. Make someone a gift, or create your own art bag. Learn different methods of printing and painting on cotton.
We will have a short check in following this last program. Bring treats to share if you like.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


Creative Play Workshop for People with Fibromyalgia and Compromised Health
5 Sessions, Each Session 2.5 hours
I will be offering 5 follow up sessions Oct 31, Nov 7, Oct 14, Oct 21, and Oct 28
1:00-3:30 PM
All Art Supplies and Materials are included
$135.00 per person

Oct 31 – Weather Permitting:  Meet at Cliff Gilker Parking lot, walk at your own pace, bring a camera or ipad to photograph nature. Goal is a 30 minute photo walk in nature. Find imagery while walking that presents as an analogy to some aspect of your life. (photograph it) Return to Evi’s place to check in, discuss how you are doing with your goals, bring up any problems or obstacles preventing you from moving forward.
If the weather isn’t nice come directly to Evi’s place, 576 North Fletcher. Each person will learn how to paint on silk stretched on a silk hoop. We may need two sessions to complete this creative play-painting project. Use the imagery from any visualization as inspiration for your silk painting. We will always dedicate 30 minutes to check in and share how we are doing with our goals and intentions.

Nov 7-  If the weather is nice we will meet at Cliff Gilker Park, if not come directly to Evi’s place, 576 North Fletcher. This session will focus on exercise, stretching, dance, and directed visualization followed by a group discussion on how we each can create more self-care and establish positive habits.

Oct.14 – If the weather is nice we will meet at Bonnie Brook by the sea. We will begin with some stretching exercises in the fresh air, then do some slow walking for up to 30 minutes if possible. If you can’t walk that long, there are benches to sit down on. We will return to Evi’s house for a group discussion and check in. Is anything holding you back? Are you maintaining daily and weekly goals? How are you doing?

Oct 21- Art Play – We will create rubbings on either paper to be made into cards of sheets of white paper to be use as wrapping paper. Bring a collection of things with texture, leaves, textured plastic, flat household items, coins etc. (I will also supply items to use). We will use oil pastels, crayons or candles to imprint the objects on our sheets of paper. We will then use liquid tempera or coloured inks and cover the entire surface in colour. Glitter can be added for a festive touch. The last step is string painting using either watered down tempera or black ink. I include some examples made by kids. This is a totally fun activity but produces
brilliant results with minimal effort. Bring treats and we will have tea and admire our creations as they dry.

Oct 28- Exercise and Writing Workshop: If the weather is nice we will meet at Bonnie Brook and begin this session with stretching exercises and fresh air. If possible we will try and walk for 40 minutes then meet at Evi’s place. If it’s raining come directly to Evi’s, bring a yoga mat and we will do stretching exercises and slow aerobics to music. After exercises and visualization we will sit around the circle table and pick topics out of a hat that are relevant to our healing journey. This session is dedicated to writing “off the cuff”. You don’t need writing skills! Just write what comes to mind. There will be two topics per person. Anyone is welcome to read aloud to the group. Since this is our last session, bring some refreshments to share. We will have a relaxed time drinking tea and coming up with other ideas that continue to help us find fluidity, relaxation, creativity, humour and support. My hope is that you have acquired some skills to use in your lives that will bring inspiration, reduce anxiety, increase energy and flexibility. The experience of engaging in a variety of activities in a spirited way with others should help inspire you to continue working towards your own personal goals.

Car pooling can be arranged ahead among group attendees. I chose these dates but I am flexible if attendees prefer week days. Please email me or we can discuss this at the end of the seminar.

604 886 8097

604 886 8097