About Anarres

I'm Tracey TieF and I founded Anarres Natural Health as a wholistic health practice in downtown Toronto, Ontario in 2007. Since then we have become an unofficial cooperative learning centre, community and online shop run by myself, my children, Apprentices and students exchanging work for learning.

Anarres Natural Health's mission is to educate people about natural healthy fairly traded and local botanical ingredients, and how to use these to create affordable, wholesome and effective body care. To this end we offer mini, intro and full day workshops, Aromatherapy Certification and Apprenticeship, we retail and wholesale healthy, ethical ingredients and products online and in our Anarres Apothecary. Wholistic health to us does not mean merely the health of our individual minds, bodies and spirits, but also the health of the Earth and all its Beings.

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We offer:

~ FREE talks, workshops and home parties focussed on healthy non toxic body care or natural contraception.

I offer:

~ Apprenticeships, Professional and Pedestrian Training and Workshops creating ethical, healthy body care products and businesses. http://www.anarreshealth.ca/node/5

~ Consultation: body care product development, environmentally and human rights friendly packaging, and non toxic living. http://www.anarreshealth.ca/node/1710

~ Hypnotherapy for Health: relaxing, client centred, creative experiences, highlighted by self discovery with people who are on a healing path to wholeness. http://www.anarreshealth.ca/node/138

I offer products by mail order and local pick up at Anarres Apothecary, 749 Dovercourt Road, Toronto ON M6H2X1.

~ Stefani Water Crocks and parts: hand made terra cotta crocks that dechlorinate, sterilize and purify water using ceramic micropore, colloidal silver and activated charcoal using a simple easy to assemble and maintain gravity design. http://www.anarreshealth.ca/node/1264

~ Alternatives To Plastics: packaging, food and housewares made from non toxic, ethically sourced materials such as glass, metals, papers and clays. http://www.anarreshealth.ca/node/2

~ Body and Skin Care Products that are hand made in small batches from wholesome, local and fairly traded botanical ingredients. Environmentally friendly glass and metal packaging is refillable and refundable. Start looking here: http://www.anarreshealth.ca/catalog

~ Family Planning products that are non hormonal and do not disrupt hormones, made from medical grade silicone, metal and glass. http://www.anarreshealth.ca/node/3

~ DIY Botanical Ingredients supplies for people who make healthy, ethical bodycare including hundreds of essential oils, butters, carrier oils, minerals, waxes and extracts - from salts to sodas. http://www.anarreshealth.ca/catalog/10

Tracey is a fountain of health care knowledge. I particularly reap the benefits of her extensive knowledge of essential oils which she supplies me with (and also carriers for them; from hand made deodorant to skin / hair care products). She carries an excellent full selection of organic oils and she ensures that they are ethical sourced & traded. Thank you Tracey!

~ Deb Wiles, Director of Marks of Perception Art School, Toronto, Canada www.debwiles.com

Anarres Mission, Values, and Ethical Principles

I named Anarres Natural Health after the anarchist planet in Ursula K. LeGuin's novel The Disposessed. Like the novel's Anarresti, I am contributing what I can to society through my work. Anarres strives to be as ethical and environmentally friendly as possible - and I take "possible" as a challenge. I am joyfully "hardcore".

100% Wind, Solar and Waste Powered The electricity used is 100% from wind power as WindShare members. The hot water and heating are from “green” gas collected from a landfill project near Montreal. Our household and Anarres use less than half of the natural gas and water that the average household uses due to our conservation efforts. We are a "David Suzuki Family"! Ask me for a free $25 Bullfrog Power Coupon with your next order, or a referral to the SolarShare Coop.

Local, Small and Ethical Suppliers I choose suppliers who are local, organic farming and small enterprises and who share Anarres' values.

No Endangered Species Products I do not use ingredients such as rosewood essential oil, from un-sustainably harvested and endangered plants. I use Australian sandalwood, Santalum spicatum, instead of Santalum album. I actively encourage my fellow manufacturers and practitioners to do the same.

I Reduce Reuse and Recycle in Innovative Ways My business model includes refillable and returnable glass and metal packaging, and maximum reuse of packaging and office materials. End of use items are recycled, or donated as craft supplies to daycare and ArtsJunktion. All envelopes are reused, including those used for mailing and banking. All parcels are packed using reused materials except for new paper packing tape. Even labels are 100% "post consumer". I buy no new pens or markers, preferring pencils for most tasks. And so on!

All appliances are energy star rated, including washer-dehydrators and "solar" drying.

I Refuse Plastics and Keep Working at Locating Local Options My small triumphs include locating compostable vegetable cellulose bags made from waste tree pulp in North America, glass packaging made in North America, ethically manufactured stainless steel wares. When I discovered that my bees wax pellets were in reality made in China, I sought out a local organic bee keeper and learned to process the wax into formats suitable for candle and cosmetic making.

Packaging all products in glass, metal or compost-able containers is fundamental to my work as a responsible aromatherapist. Your own containers are always refillable, and you will always receive a discount for refilling and/or bringing your own container. I encourage packaging consciousness and refilling by:
1. Revealing the cost of the packaging in person and online.
2. Providing discounts for refilling and refunds for returning clean packaging.
3. Selling items in bulk, packed in repurposed clean containers.

My business practices were featured in Beth Terry's Blog "Fake Plastic Fish":
Check out The Business of Green Part 3: Tracey TieF of Anarres Natural Health
http://www.fakeplasticfish.com/2008/03/business-of-green-part-3-tracey-t...

I participate in and support organizations in line with Anarres values I am a member of Karma Food Cooperative, Alterna Savings Credit Union, Mountain Equipment Coop, WindShare and SolarShare Cooperatives.

To leverage the privilege of the Canadian dollar, more than 10% of all Anarres earnings go to a registered charity on a monthly basis. Anarres is blessed to support: InterPares, working for change among equals www.interpares.ca, tree nurseries and clean water through CPAR www.cpar.ca, and foster sisters, brothers and families through a variety of organizations including Save A Family and SOS Children's Villages Canada.

I BRING TO MY PRACTICE A BREADTH OF QUALIFICATIONS and EXPERIENCE.

I carry on a family tradition in the healing arts. My grandmother, a nurse, farmer and natural healer, treated diabetes and polio with therapeutic massage and wholistic nutrition, and was recognized as Canada's first physiotherapist. My mother was an internationally recognized health & sex educator and occupational health nurse. In my five years living at the inner city anarchist community, Kathedral B, I added the therapeutic use of herbs and vegan foods to my knowledge of folk and wholistic medicine.

I have an extensive background in physical therapies and the healing arts.

I am recognized by the Canadian Examining Board of Health Care Practitioners as a Certified Natural Health Practitioner, Registered Aromatherapy Health Practitioner and Certified Reflexology Health Practitioner through The School of Holistic Studies, Institute of Aromatherapy, where I studied Lymphatic Drainage and Advanced Massage, Aromatherapy, Thai Reflexology and Foot Massage, Reflexology, Anatomy and Physiology, Basic and Advanced Aromatology (Phytotherapy), soap, shampoo, conditioner and cosmetic making, Massage Chair Bodywork, Business Studies, Orientation and Practicum, Thai Yoga Massage, First Aid, Basic and Advanced Aroma Cosmetology (Holistic Skin Care), Nutritional Symptomology / Clinical Nutrition, and supervised clinical experience with seniors and at the SHS Student Clinic.

I am a member of the Preventative Health Services Group and fully insured.

I’ve received massage from Tracey many times, and purchased several of her products. Her treatments have given me substantial relief from chronic low back pain, and her products are effective and healthy alternatives to others which are commercially available. She’s knowledgeable in an incredibly wide range of topics relevant to health and healthy living. She’s a person of remarkable integrity and compassion, qualities that come through in her clinical presence and overall business practices.

~ Chris Malec, RMT, Toronto, Canada www.spiralmassagetherapy.ca

I hold diplomas with highest honours from Stratford Career Institute in Fitness and Nutrition, Relaxation Therapy, and Natural Health Consulting. I am also certified through the India-based Institute of Holistic Health Sciences in Chakras and Integrated Healing.

Tracey is one of the wisest, most deep-hearted and brilliant, as well as wickedly charming and funny, gloriously knowledgeable, awesomely experienced and truly engaged (especially in so many struggles to help our world, our communities, and so many individuals) witches of world-saving, self-healing, natural beauty, home, and health potions, lotions, elixirs and other cool daily-use stuff ever!
~ Ira R, special needs educator, Toronto, in GigPark

I WAS A BURNT-OUT SOCIAL WORKER WHEN I DECIDED TO PURSUE MY CALLING.

I have 17 years of experience helping people in the social services with a Diploma in Lay Ministry from the University of Toronto, Wycliffe College, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Family Work from George Brown College and certificates in Certified Crisis Intervention and Prevention Trainer and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. In addition, I trained as a Certified Joint Health and Safety Committee Member (parts 1 and 2) through The Worker's Health and Safety Centre, studied Small Group Work and Adult Education at the Saint Clare Centre, health promotion, food handling and STI prevention programs through the Toronto Department of Public Health and Community Kitchen and nutrition promotion programs at Food Share.

My experience as a dancer gives me a dynamic perspective on working with the body. I was first exposed to physical therapies as a bursary student in the Junior Professional Program of the Atlantic Ballet, an apprentice with Nova Dance Theatre, and while earning my Honours BFA at York University. I facilitate Dance Our Way Home, a spritual, themed and improvised dance practice to stories and dynamic music, for women and children.

I continue to dance, to learn, and to wonder at the art and power of the human body, mind and spirit.