We are so excited to introduce you to Terri Henry from OneLove Livity. Terri has captured our hearts and our curiosities with her nature filled photos of Dominica, her love for nature, her family, and her spirit. Terri lives in Dominica and is known as a Nature-Connector, Star-Gazer, Eco-Mama, and Herb-Gardener. I mean, come on, doesn’t that just make you want to find out more about her?!
Hello Terri! Tell us about yourself!
Greetings! I’m Terri – Nature-Connector, Star-Gazer, Eco-Mama, Herb-Gardener.
I’ve been interested in natural health and wellness since my early teens when I became vegetarian and worked in a health food store and read books on aromatherapy and acupuncture. I later studied massage therapy, martial arts, permaculture and other holistic healing therapies. In Dominica I have organized a variety of health and wellness events and training programs as well as being a facilitator and practitioner myself.
I continue my studies and practice in eco-psychology, cosmology, eco-spirituality, yoga and other aspects of sustainable living. I’m mother to two vibrant children ages 5 and 6 which is the biggest self-development journey ever!
My passion and purpose is to live in ever-increasing harmony with nature and help others gain the benefits of a nature-connected life.
It excites me to be part of an emerging new paradigm on Earth which blends science and spirituality, Self-care with Earth-Care and an increasing Love for all things. I am always open to even greater levels of learning and evolution!
How do you recall your first trip to Dominica? What stood out most for you?
I arrived in Dominica in 1999 to visit my Grandparents. As soon as I stepped off the plane I felt like my soul had found home. My life made so much more sense – like a missing piece of a puzzle had been filled in. I was completely in love with the land, climate and colours. I felt totally at peace with all the nature surrounding me. I had only planned to stay for 3 months but ended up extending my time to 7 months. Even as I left, I knew that I would return to live here.
OneLove Livity sounds like a necessary concept, especially is today’s electronic data filled world. Tell us about it.
Onelove is unconditional love. A love that unites us all. We are given this unconditional love every moment of our lives through the air we breathe. This is a gift from the natural world. We are in a continuous and reciprocal relationship with nature in every moment through the cycle of our breath. Nature is unity. As every living being inhales and exhales the same air we are as One through the power of Love!
Livity is the way we choose to live in alignment with this unconditional love through our everyday lifestyle choices, thoughts, words and actions.
Essentially Onelove Livity is living in harmony with your true nature and the nature of the Earth as one.
And so yes we definitely do need to connect with the wisdom and healing of nature in these modern times. We have caused so much destruction to the planet and our own health through disregard of natures balance. Technology is great if it is in service to more life. Unfortunately much of the electronic media is little more than noisy distraction from real life. It disconnects us from our roots in nature and if we do not shift the balance, our advancement will spiral around to become our destruction. We need genuine sensory connection and livity within the realm of nature. Let’s use technology to support that.
I’m optimistic that amidst the huge challenges we face as a species, this is the start of a new ecological age where humans will (and must) learn to live in harmony with nature and each other. It’s an incredible time to be alive through what will be a changing time in history. Right now we need to act with mindfulness of the present moment alongside the conscious awareness of the world we will create and offer to our great-grandchildren and future generations of all species.
What is a day in the life of Terri and OneLove Livity?
Each day is fully lived! There is no ‘normal’ day. But each day involves bush tea, healthy foods, nature time, learning and love.
I offer a Couples Nature Retreat which offers me the great privilege of regularly guiding couples through a beautiful day of nature connection on a segment of the National Trail. It’s pure bliss to be in this environment with such lovely people.
The one day Couples Nature Retreat takes couples on a special journey into the rainforest of Dominica. They are guided through a unique nature connection process which encourages mindfulness, sensory awareness, trust and heartfelt sharing with their partner. The day allows nature to nurture each of them as individuals and bring them closer together as a couple. At the end of the day I take them to a mineral rich hot pool for deep relaxation with each-other. It’s a completely unique experience that I hope will help couples enjoy their relationship more fully with each-other in harmony with the natural world. Love is the greatest power in creation and if our personal love can also embrace a love for the Earth then we will have a happier and healthier planet.
I will soon be extending this one-day retreat into a longer customized personal package for individuals or couples. This will be an immersion into nature wellness for personal and planetary transformation!
At present I am developing an online nature program which offers a way for people around the world to access the gifts of a mindfulness practice in the nature of their own environment to relieve stress and connect them back to natural life-force energy.
I aim to walk my talk by balancing time on the computer with gardening, hiking and self-care.
Your children are so delightfully immersed in nature. How did you achieve this?
We are children of the Nature Isle.
I always knew that I wanted to raise my children as naturally as possible and started this with natural births (one was a water-birth at home), extended breastfeeding, natural foods, homeschooling and immersion in the natural world. They’ve been in hot pools since they were just a few months old, taken on hikes in the baby carrier, bathed in rivers and always able to play in natural environments. I am happy to share my enthusiasm for nature with them in a way that educates and inspires and continually invites us to ask more questions.
You have probably come to know Dominica quite intimately in the eleven years you have lived there. Where is your favorite place to visit on the island and why?
I have quite a few favorite places. One is right on my doorstep – the hot water pools of ‘Ti Kwen Glo Cho’ is my haven for relaxation and rejuvenation in harmony with nature. The hot water soothes my body and mind while the abundant nature of the gardens and wilderness offers spiritual nourishment.
I also love bathing in the sea on the West Coast, in the rainforest, up mountains, hiking the many trails to see waterfalls and lakes. I also have amazing friends with organic farms and eco-accommodation who I love to visit. There is so much to see on this tiny island that I am still exploring and having new adventures.
Any advice on family friendly activities?
Almost everything to do in Dominica is outdoors and so everything depends on the ages, stages and fitness of your family to determine your activities. There are many gentle hikes suitable for younger children such as Trafalgar Falls, Emerald Pool, Jaco Falls, Syndicate Rainforest. Visits to the beach, river or hot pools are great to get everyone enjoying the healing benefits of the various waters. There are also activities such as Whale watching, snorkeling, river tubing and birding.
Other than home, where is your favorite place to eat?
I’m a vegan so eating out can be challenging! I love having pot-luck gatherings with friends. If I could go to one place every week it would be Zam Zam’s restaurant where they have amazing Mexican food with super fresh local ingredients.
Are there any parts of the island you believe should be visited more?
There are so many places to explore and most of them are very quiet. Often you won’t see another person on a hike so just choose anyone and go!
If someone had only 24 hours in Dominica, where should they go, what should they see?
24 hours is way too short! I’d tell them to go anywhere into the forest to connect with the abundance of nature here and receive all the benefits of being immersed in this natural environment and finish the day in a hot tub in one of the many natural Sulphur spas in Wotten Waven. I’d also suggest they drink a jelly coconut and taste some fresh mountain spring water.
If you could sum up the soul of Dominica in one photo, which one would it be? And why?
It would probably have to be one photo made up of many photos!
Where can someone learn more about participating in your health and wellness programs?
Go to my website www.onelovelivity.com
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