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VWS Alumni Corner Interview with Carmencita Briel, Class of 1998

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VWS: Tell me about your work and education after graduating from the VWS.  (post-secondary schooling, travel, work experience, family, etc… ) What kind of work/study are you involved in now?

CB: I was born in South Africa and moved to Vancouver with my family when I was a teenager. After graduating from the Vancouver Waldorf School I completed my studies in Business Marketing, at Capilano University, became the mother of two beautiful daughters and began a career in the Organic Health Industry. In 2005 I travelled for a couple of years. While I was in India I obtained certification as a Yoga Instructor and in Thailand, I received certification as a Traditional Thai Massage and Reflexology Therapist. On return to Vancouver, I furthered my Yoga studies and became a Yoga Teacher.

I moved back to South Africa and discovered the techniques of BodyTalk which fundamentally shifted my life in the most positive way. So profound was my personal experience that I was inspired to study this conscious based health care system and I am now a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner. I believe that BodyTalk is the solution to the re-establishment of balance in one’s life through the connection of body and mind. As well as being a certified Body Talk Practitioner, I stock a clothing line, OSEI DURO*, in two stores in Cape Town.

In addition to being a BodyTalk Practitioner, I specialize in a technique called “Access Bars” which is a gentle hands-on modality working on 32 points of energy running through and around your head, these points of energy store the electromagnetic component of all the thoughts, ideas, attitudes, decisions and beliefs that you have ever had about anything. This 60-minute session will bring you to complete relaxation.

I continually strive to create a balanced approach to lifestyle and wellness through holistic practices that empower the body, mind and soul. Certified as a BodyTalk Practitioner, I specialize not only at “in-person” sessions but also in “long distance” sessions enabling one to benefit from this incredible technique no matter where you are in the world!

VWS: What advice would you give to this year’s graduates?

CB: My advice is to follow your dreams and work hard to achieve all you need to create a balanced life and the finances and freedom to travel the world!

VWS: What are your fondest memories of your time at the VWS?

AT: The High School was great and the community was very strong.

Carmencita may be contacted by email, whatsapp or through the following websites.
carmencita.briel@gmail.com  whatsapp on +27662887227.


*Editor’s Note: OSEI DURO is a company that was started by VWS alumni students Maryanne Matthias and Molly Keogh. It is a fashion design company that manufactures in Ghana using women’s sewing cooperatives for its production.

Interview date: January 2019 Ronaye Ireland, for Development

* The Vancouver Waldorf School provides an experiential, age-appropriate approach to education based on the insights of Rudolf Steiner that inspires students to love learning, to be creative, open-minded, and compassionate. With a curriculum that integrates all academics with the arts and social learning, Waldorf Education develops not only the left and right hemispheres of the brain but the whole human being. A child’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual development is considered equally, supporting a conscious unfolding of the individuality within each student. Waldorf graduates possess capacities for empathy and clear, creative and independent thinking that enables them to carry out a chosen course of action with moral courage and social responsibility.