Our Trainers

Founder and Lead Trainer

SarahSarah Schlote, MA, RP, CCC, SEP


Sarah is the founder of The Refuge: Centre for Healing and Recovery, a Registered Psychotherapist, certified Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, trainer and case consultant with a decade of experience in the field of trauma-informed care. A native speaker of English and French, she holds a trauma-focused Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria, is certified with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and is a member of the US Association of Body Psychotherapists. She is also an approved training assistant through the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute in Boulder, CO (at all levels) and an approved session provider at the beginning and intermediate levels for current SE training students. She has been developing and facilitating trainings on trauma-informed practice and trauma-specific treatment across Canada for a variety of audiences, including therapists, frontline workers, aboriginal service providers, yoga and mindfulness instructors, equine-facilitated interventions professionals, police officers, addictions workers, and other helping and health/medical professionals. She is also a current instructor in the Trauma Certificate Program at Wilfrid Laurier University and a guest presenter in the trauma course in the Couples and Family Therapy Certificate at the University of Guelph. Aside from her foundation in SE, she has also completed the advanced Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists with Kathy Kain and Somatic Resilience and Regulation: Early Developmental (Attachment) Trauma training with Kathy Kain and Steve Terrell, as well as the Basic EMDR Training and training in working with structural dissociation with Kathy Martin. For an updated Trauma Specialist Speaker CV outlining more of Sarah’s background, please click here.

Partner Trainers

CarolineCaroline Owen, BA, E-RYT500


Caroline runs yoga classes and teacher trainings out of her studio in Norwood, Ontario (Peterborough area). She became interested in yoga for survivors of trauma after completing 5 year yoga therapy training in the U.S. and India with TKV Desikachar and other teachers. Having witnessed many students, and personally experiencing yoga’s power in healing trauma, she now had a set of tools to help others to slowly and safely release their own past traumas. She has been teaching yoga since 1991 and practicing yoga therapy since 2009. Her main teachers include TKV Desikachar, Sharath Jois, Esther Myers, and Diane Bruni. She has produced a full-length professional recording, “Open Heart – Yoga to Awaken Loving Kindness”, and offers trainings and workshops for yoga teachers, as well as a 200-hour trauma-informed yoga teacher training (dates for upcoming trainings can be found on the Wavelengths Yoga website) and a 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training. She also has a passion for outdoor adventure travels, and leads wilderness treks, horseback rides and retreats throughout the world, often combined with yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

*Caroline and Sarah have co-created and co-facilitate the Trauma-Informed Yoga Training.

Christine Hakkola, MACP, RP (qualifying), SEP, RYT500Christine Hakkola, MACP, RP (Qualifying), SEP, RYT500


Christine works in private practice and online with clients across Canada as a therapist and life coach. She holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, has been a practitioner of yoga for nearly 20 years and has been teaching yoga since 2007. She has completed three 200-hour yoga teacher trainings at School of Santhi with Swami Santhi Prasad in Southern India, Gaitri Yoga with Ally Bogard in Western Canada, and Live the Light of Yoga with Darren Rhodes and Christina Sell, in the U.S.A. She is mostly heavily influenced by Iyengar and Ashtanga-Vinyasa yoga, as well as styles that emphasize alignment principles. Christine has also completed a 500-hour advanced teacher training with Vedantin Ping Lao at School Yoga Institute in Guatemala, which included training in shamanism and mysticism. Christine has completed the comprehensive 3-year Somatic Experiencing Practitioner training, and she also incorporates other SE-inspired models in her work, including Diane Poole Heller’s Attachment Re-patterning and Steven Hoskinson’s Organic Intelligence. She also appreciates the parallels between biophysiological models of trauma work and Sue Johnson’s Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy. Christine combines her love of yoga, coaching and somatic work through teaching regular yoga classes, working with individuals and couples, and facilitating public workshops and retreats worldwide.

*Christine is one of the alternate co-facilitators for the Trauma-Informed Yoga Training

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