Venus Olla is a mother, educator and contemplative practitioner. She is trained in yoga, meditation and therapeutic touch, an energy modality.
She is a passionate believer in the use of contemplative practices, such as yoga, meditation, journaling and mindfulness as tools for inner transformation.
She has been a professional educator for over 12 years; working as a counsellor for at risk youth, a high school teacher and an instructor at the University of Windsor. She has an engineering degree, masters in molecular biology and a doctorate in education. Her strong ability as an educator allows her to develop and deliver workshops in a professional and effective manner.
Her desire to facilitate others in self-care for their minds, bodies and spirits has been ignited through the benefits she has experienced through her own personal practices. This has been the driving force behind the creation of Alafia Retreats.
Renée is the former Executive Chef and Founder of NUDE FOOD, a company that specializes in healthy and delicious vegan whole food catering, cooking classes, events and retreats.
From a student to a life practitioner of healthy plant-based eating, Renée journeyed from ill health to living a vibrant and healthy life today. This profound personal experience has made her a strong advocate and a dedicated teacher of the healing effects of whole foods.
For more information on Renée's cooking classes and yoga offerings please visit www.madewithmetta.com.
Dr. Olla is a globally recognized subject matter expert in the convergence of technology and healthcare innovations. He has presented extensively throughout the world in addition to presenting his work before both the United Nations and World Health Organization.
He is currently the CEO of Audacia Bioscience. He has served as a consultant to organizations such as Oracle, 02, Roche Diagnostics and NASA. He was named as one of the top 30 global innovators in 2011 by the mHealth Alliance and Rockefeller Foundation.
Dr. Olla is a Professor of Healthcare Informatics, and holds academic affiliations within University of Windsor, McMaster University, Madonna University, and Stanford University.