Welcome. I'm Jennifer Raye.
My work (and this site) is intended to help you live a deeply healthy life, summon your spiritual potential, and expand your happiness.
As a licensed Traditional Chinese Medicine herbalist, acupuncturist, and holistic nutritionist I practice an integrative and holistic form of medicine. Learn about private sessions here.
As an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher the movement I teach is mindful, therapeutic, and an alignment based practice, influenced by my study of anatomy, yoga therapy, Buddhist contemplative practices, and a deep understanding of the energetic body as outlined by Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. Learn more about my yoga classes here.
When I'm not teaching and traveling I'm based on beautiful Vancouver Island where I live with my husband and where I run my private medical practice.
I offer private sessions, skype coaching calls, classes, workshops, trainings and retreats; locally, abroad, and through my online programs.
I wasn’t always healthy and happy.
During my teen years and into my early 20’s I struggled with emotional highs and lows and chronic pain. I took anti-depressants and anti-inflammatory medications and I often dipped into periods of unbalance and unhappiness. I now believe I was misdiagnosed and over medicated. Now don't get me wrong... sometimes we need western medical attention and medication. In my private medical practice I work with lots of clients who are combining a conventional and alternative approach. But for me, at that time, western medicine didn't help much. As I explored what it would take for me to be truly healthy and happy... I found answers that transformed my life and health.
We all have natural wisdom and a powerful capacity for healing within.
My deepest intention is to find a heart based connection with clients and students. One in which we can explore what true health means for you.
Many of my clients return regularly for maintenance treatments and consultations after an initial health problem. I believe much of the power in what I do relies on this consistency and relationship that is cultivated and developed over time.
Beyond working with clients and students privately I also teach and offer my work and service within a variety of other contexts.
As a faculty member of Pacific Rim College of Integrative Medicine I've taught a number of holistic nutrition classes and student clinics. I teach in the advanced yoga therapy training at Ajna Yoga which is one of only twelve schools certified internationally to train yoga therapists.
I'm especially grateful to have taught alongside my Buddhist teachers Thanissara and Kittisaro in South Africa during their annual month long silent retreat and for my time volunteering in rural Nepal with the Acupuncture Relief Project (watch the documentary).
I'm the creator of Mindful Yin Yoga Online, an online training program for yoga students and teachers who want to deepen their practice and study of yin yoga.
I also founded the Yoga Cleanse Retreat which runs cleansing retreats in Canada and Costa Rica.
A partial listing of my formal education includes:
- Doctorate of Traditional Chinese Medicine (5yr full time program comprised of western medical sciences, diagnostic skills and clinical training). Including:
- Internship at Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Shen Yang, China
- Acupuncture and cupping training
- Herbal medicine training
- In depth study of gynaecology, internal medicine, chronic and stress related illness, dermatology, paediatrics, orthopaedics and sports medicine.
- Certified with the highest yoga alliance designation E-RYT 500.
- Over a decade of personal practice, study, and silent retreat with a focus on Theravadin Buddhism, yin yoga, yoga nidra, restorative yoga, viniyoga, and Iyengar Yoga systems.
- Completed thousands of hours of yoga teacher training. Certified through several advanced multi-year yoga and mindfulness teacher trainings including:
- 200 hr. Ajna Yoga teacher training
- 500 hr. Spirit Rock Mindful Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training
- 500 hr. Insight Yoga Institute Teacher Training
- Currently completing the 500 hr. Prajna Yoga Teacher Training and Ongoing Mentorship
- Primary teachers, mentors and/or influences have included Thanissara and Kittisaro, Tias and Surya Little, Jill Satterfield, Jennifer and John Welwood, and Sarah Powers. Additional teachers have included Richard Miller, Chandra Easton, Phillip Moffatt, Anne Cushman, and Frank Jude Boccio.
- In depth study of holistic nutrition with Paul Pitchford author of "Healing with Whole Foods"
- Full time mentorship with a master herbalist and aromatherapist including 2 years of full time formal western herbal medicine study.
"Jennifer skillfully weaves together the timeless teachings of several ancient traditions, to offer us refuge from a modern world that often leaves our body/mind/spirit fragmented and stressed. More than yoga, more than mindfulness - we receive a practice of wholeness and the gift of transformative healing. With feeling heart and beautiful presence, Jennifer creates a space within which we experience kindness, reconnection, stillness and joy. I've been blessed with the opportunity to practice with her, and hope to do so again soon. Can't wait! Wholeheartedly recommended.”~ Yong Oh, L.Ac., Tennessee
“Jennifer possesses many skills which make her an exemplary physician. She easily combines allopathic and alternative medical concepts to her clinical advantage. She is an extraordinarily compassionate, motivated and intelligent human being all adding to her gifts and abilities as an effective medical provider. We would be extremely pleased to have Jennifer work with our organization again and would recommend her highly to patients and other organizations alike.”~ Andrew Schlabach MAcOM EAMP, President of the Acupuncture Relief Project, Oregon
"I began regular Acupuncture treatments with Jennifer 14 months ago because I was experiencing chronic fatigue, depression and immune deficiency. Today I feel like a new person! Regular Acupuncture with Jennifer has brought back my energy, and I feel happier and stronger. Now that I have experienced and seen such remarkable results, I will never go without regular Acupuncture again. Jennifer is caring, compassionate and intuitive. She is responsible and takes her work very seriously. She is a truly wonderful human being and has supported me through a very deep process of healing. I would recommend her treatments to anyone and everyone who is interested in beginning or deepening their healing with Acupuncture and Chinese medicine. I cannot express how much everything she has done for me means.”
~ Kim L. RYT, CYT, RMT , Colorado
Jennifer came to Dharmagiri in South Africa, to teach yin yoga sessions during our month long meditation retreat. Jennifer showed great skill in her ability to offer complimentary themes, and yoga postures that dovetailed perfectly into the meditation practices, and Dharma teachings. Her yoga teaching is professional, compassionate, supportive, and excellent. We highly recommend
~ Kittisaro and Thanissara, South Africa
"I was originally seeking treatment for preparing to give birth. Now I have a healthy baby who arrived 4 days before her due date, at home. I woke up 12 hours after my acu treatment to my water breaking! I felt calm and prepared. I had a decent pain threshold and the intensity was manageable. I like how Jennifer made me feel comfortable and evoked an environment where I could be completely honest and open. I have already recommended her services to others. Our sessions helped me stay grounded and relaxed, and build confidence in my body's capabilities. Thanks Dr. Jen!
~ Heidi Fox Lange, Victoria BC
"I feel that I have truly learned from Jennifer’s role as a teacher. Her genuine interest in patient health and willingness to share and offer advice outside of treatment sessions has been inspiring. I have benefited greatly from working with her both on the yoga mat and as a patient. It feels a little surreal to write, but to call it transformative would describe it pretty accurately. I would certainly recommended her services to others. I have personally experienced results and believe that she can help others."~ Ben P., Victoria, BC
"I had been experiencing neck and back pain for 2 years due to an accident. Since receiving these treatments I have felt a lot less pain and my headaches from all the tension in my neck have almost all gone. My breathing has also been a lot better along with my digestive system. I like Jenn's genuine interest in my health and how she makes me feel comfortable. I would recommend her services because it has helped me in a lot of ways and could help other people."
~ Karli Gibson, Victoria
Jennifer Raye has her doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine which was a 5 year full time academic program comprised of western medical sciences, diagnostic skills and clinical training. This included an internship at Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Shen Yang, China. Jennifer is a licensed practitioner and acupuncturist, holistic nutritionist, and E-RYT 500 mindful yoga and meditation teacher.
She maintains a private medical practice and has been faculty in the Holistic Nutrition program at Pacific Rim College of Integrative Medicine. She is also an ongoing faculty member with the Ajna Advanced Yoga Therapy teacher training.
For over a decade Jennifer has practiced yoga and as a E-RYT 500 yoga alliance certified teacher Jennifer has completed several advanced multi-year trainings and has sat numerous retreats. She has worked with thousands of students and clients integrating various healing modalities such as psychology and Buddhist philosophy into her teaching and work. Her yoga cleanse retreats are offered in Canada, Costa Rica and South Africa.
Jennifer has volunteered with various organizations offering service; including community acupuncture at “OUR place” shelter and working internationally with the Acupuncture Relief Project at a primary health care clinic in rural Nepal. In 2012 she founded Inner Path:Outer Action; a non-profit that aims to help those in need; especially women, find access to health care including Chinese Medicine, nutrition, yoga and meditation.
Jennifer offers private sessions, classes, trainings, retreats and online programs that inspire students and patients. Those who work with Jennifer appreciate the warm container she provides which allows them to dive deeply into physical, emotional and spiritual well being.