Andrea Huiza

Country of Origin:

Colombia

Themes:

Citizenship, Immigration, Identity & Heritage, Multiculturalism & Diversity, Adjusting to Life in Canada

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Bio

Andrea Huiza is a Reiki Master, Spiritual Coach and Entrepreneur based in Gleichen, Alberta.

Looking for alternatives back in 2004 to fight the depression caused by cultural shock Andrea started practicing meditation. Andrea studied tourism management in Nova Scotia at a community college and her favourite course was Guiding and Interpretation which included diversity awareness. This class helped her realize that she wanted to help others with similar challenges such as overcoming culture shock. Andrea moved to Alberta in 2008. In 2009, she started working for a settlement agency as a settlement worker in schools until 2013. In this occupation, Andrea worked with children, teenagers and their families by offering information, referrals and counseling support to ease their settlement in Canada. In 2009, Andrea studied Reiki Holistic Healing with a wonderful teacher, Anjna Brahmbhatt, and found this holistic technique to be of great help to relieve stress which she believes is the cause of all disease. With meditation, Reiki and the experience gained through the years, Andrea found her path and passion to be helping others find their spirituality through holistic practices. Andrea believes that in order to improve every aspect of life, healing needs to start from the inside out.

Story

I came to Canada with a lifelong friend in December 2003 from Bogota, Colombia. We were both permanent residents. My friend met her current husband while living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She then married him and moved to Mexico City. I stayed in Canada facing numerous challenges including my most horrifying fear: being left alone. Because of this fear, I made some very poor choices that consequently left me in great debt and depression. I also experienced culture shock and had to learn to adapt to a new country, all alone. Through spiritual guidance, I brought myself out of debt and encountered true happiness in every aspect of life. I now enjoy helping others to overcome similar difficulties, through my experience in the settlement field and as a Reiki practitioner. I became a Canadian citizen in 2008 and now live with my loving partner and my dog.