Michael Eisen is a passionate, authentic, and inspirational speaker, author and coach. After positively transforming his own life at the age of 19 and overcoming challenges with stress, anxiety, depression, and sickness, he is now driven to share with other young people the principles, strategies, and practices that empowered him to start living a happier and healthier life.
Michael created the Youth Wellness Network at the age of 25, in order to provide more extensive support programs and resources for youth struggling with similar challenges.
Michael provides a fresh and authentic voice to the field of wellness and over ten years of working with youth in the education system he has become a youth wellness expert.
Director of Program Operations + Head Facilitator
Anastasia is a co-active coach and a certified yoga and mindfulness teacher, with a specialty in working with children and adolescents. As the Director of Program Operations she is the bridge between you and the Youth Wellness Network facilitators and speakers. She is passionate about working with teachers, children, and parents to promote the importance of a healthier and more well balanced lifestyles while sharing both her story as well as evidence based tools and strategies to help them along the way.
This role is the ultimate dream job for Anastasia, who has traditionally loved to connect with others to rewrite their stories and help them through their struggles. She strives to become a better version of herself through her presentations and workshops, while ultimately bringing out the best versions of others in the process.
She is a traveler, adventurer, and an explorer of both the outer world and the inner human psyche. She is thrilled to be a part of this important mental health and wellness movement, and her goal is to become a role model for women who are struggling with mental health issues in order for them to own their stories and grow from their experiences.
When she is not working, you can find her in a forest doing handstands and aerial yoga. She is an avid hiker, an aspiring dog mom, and loves the company of her two younger sisters.
All Ages Facilitator + Lead Presenter for Parents
As a certified life coach, a mindfulness and wellness facilitator, and a registered yoga teacher, Carine empowers youth, teachers, and parents to find inner peace, and helps them craft an authentically happy life that energizes them. As an authentic and inspirational speaker, Carine shares her story, practices, and strategies through powerful coaching techniques, self-care, play, meditation, and mindfulness.
After suffering from anxiety, depression, and stress throughout her childhood and well into her early adult years, Carine was motivated to make a change once she became a mother. Today, as a mom of two, she has made it her personal mission to share with youth and parents, the practical and powerful tools that allowed her to conquer her anxiety and find inner joy. She has a deep-rooted desire to support youth facing similar challenges as she did so that they don’t live through the difficulties and struggles she experienced growing up.
Certifications & Training
- Certified Life Coach (ICF Accredited school)
- Registered Yoga Teacher
- Registered Kids’ Yoga Teacher
- Certified Meditation Guide
- Certified ThetaHealer®
- Reiki Level 1
Primary and Intermediate Facilitator
Sacha Bryce BSc, RYT, is an internationally certified yoga therapist and mentor who is dedicated to sharing the power of mindfulness and self-compassion in creating a happier, well balanced and beautiful life.
As a highly sensitive child, Sacha suffered from severe anxiety and depression and never felt she had adequate support by the adults around her. Through meeting various teachers and mentors later in life, she was able to learn tools and techniques to help her manage her own personal well being while also taking responsibility for her own mental and physical health. Now Sacha works as a facilitator inspiring and motivating youth to take their well-being into their own hands and providing them with the support that she wished she had when she was their age.
Sacha’s greatest gift is the powerful story from her past and her compassionate understanding of her present. She shows youth that they are not alone in their struggles and provides an inspirational story to encourage them on their path to owning their own story and becoming the healthiest and happiest versions of themselves.
Sound Meditation + Yoga Facilitator
Jesse Buck is a teacher of Sound Meditation, Mindful Movement, and Yoga. One of his passions is sound sealing where he uses crystal singing bowls to bring you into a deep state of relaxation. He has been on a personal journey of healing since leaving his competitive Junior Hockey Lifestyle in 2010, after suffering from many injuries. These injuries drove him to dive deep into his own mental health and physical wellness through the teachings of Mindfulness and Yoga. Jesse has worked with The City of Toronto’s Youth in the Parks and Rec department where he saw the positive impact his calm and focused presence has on the kids around him. During that summer, while working as a camp counselor, he saw how he was able to lead by example and provide the kids with a great positive role model in his day to day interactions and was given the chance to provide the campers with a weekly yoga meditation session. This had an even bigger impact on the kids and the parents would notice a definite shift in their interactions at home. This was a powerful experience that drove him to take his first Yoga Teacher Training at the Downward Dog Yoga Centre where he then trained with Diane Bruni, Toronto’s Original Yoga Teacher.
Since then Jesse has continued his work with The City of Toronto while also coupling with the Youth Wellness Network in bringing his talents, tools, and techniques into schools. He is happy to be able to provide youth with the opportunities and support that he wished was available to him when he was younger.
Sound Meditation + Yoga Facilitator
Dane holds certifications in Osteopathy, Reiki, Yoga, Fascial Stretch Therapy, Meditation Teachings, Youth Wellness Facilitation, and is also a Marriage Officiant in his home province of Ontario. Treating, teaching and facilitating locally and abroad, Dane’s work spans many different levels, sharing knowledge, wisdom and experiences that can help those on their journey.
Lina Sloan, Grade 2/3 Teacher
POR West Glen Junior School
This year West Glen JS worked jointly with the Youth Wellness Network to promote wellness throughout the school. School leaders were chosen from grades 4 and 5 and mentored by 2 staff members. Our Students Wellness Leader trainer did a wonderful job both training and connecting to students on a wellness level. The leaders enjoyed her openness, friendly personality, and her ability to support them throughout each initiative.
The grade 4 and 5 students enjoyed their training and were able to practice various techniques that they could use both personally and on a leadership level with other students in various classrooms. They benefited from learning meditation techniques, mindfulness practices to promote self-esteem and self-worth.
The junior students enjoyed learning, planning, and leading mindfulness practices on a school- wide level. Students learned different techniques by participating in various roles throughout each initiative. Our first initiative, the Heart Wall was proudly displayed at the centre of our school. The “I am” statements were an easy and effective way to promote positive self talk in our school community. The students at West Glen enjoyed visiting the wall to read “I am” statements from their peers.
Another initiative we established was our daily positive affirmations. Our affirmations were posted in the school, in the classroom, and read daily on our morning announcements. I know as a classroom teacher, I discussed these daily affirmations and what they meant to us as members of our school community. This was a simple, yet effective method to promote positive self-talk amongst our students.
I feel that the Youth Wellness Network program was beneficial to our school community. It was able to provide us with the opportunity for student leadership and for a school-wide focus on wellness and well-being through our various initiatives.