How We Got Started

Discover the path…..   then make it new

Discover the path is a community-based organization that was started in 1996 in recognition of the transitions in the life cycles of women.

A group of women with a vision of the future and in anticipation of the needs that each stage of life brings introduced Discover the path to a select group of 30 clients.

We opened with a weekend that had several alternative practitioners providing a sample of natural and energy related services that would enhance and support general well being.

The event was well supported.

We moved on over the next 2 years to include alternative health care information and support to women confronted with decision-making crises.  Some of the issues identified were breast cancer treatments, Menopause and related endocrine disturbances, diabetes, mental health and general well being.

We choose to affiliate with Sacred Medicine Sanctuary and Seventh Ray Press in the US, who provided products and information particularily in the area of breast cancer care.

In the year 2000, we saw the need to integrate a spiritual component to our services in recognition of the deeper needs expressed by clientele facing life affirming decisions.  Discover the path at Hestia’s Hearth was incorporated and affiliated with the International Assembly of Spiritual Healers and Earth Stewards (SHES).  This connection allowed us to find a medium acceptable to Faith, Religion, And Earth-Based Spirituality that would fulfill the needs of most of the women who seek our services.  This has been a powerful tool.  It has allowed the benefits of a feminine spiritual focus with positive role models from the distance and recent past.

In 2001 a permanent home was found for Discover the path at Hestia’s Hearth.  A Library of approximately 1800 books is being developed as well as a Centre for classes, teaching programs and meetings.

The future is here and the need for space to continue with our ultimate goal remains paramount.  Because we offer a unique grouping of services, we need the space to accommodate a more temporary, short-term client who may be traveling some distance for teaching, information or service.  Meal planning, Meditation, Therapy all require hands on teaching.  The value of juicing, for example, is important in the detoxification and support of tissues and organs stressed by drugs, and other treatment.  We want to pride ourselves on a homey atmosphere that creates a positive learning experience whether it be a day service or 3-5 day program.


Date Action
1996 Discover the Path is born as a health and wellness service to accommodate the needs of women in transition
1997 Discover the Path gets a logo and opens its doors for its first wellness weekend
1999 Hestia’s Hearth is born.  This is the Sanctuary that will house the services of Discover the Path
1999 Discover the Path joins resources with Sacred Medicine Sanctuary, then located in New Mexico
2000 Discover the Path and Hestia’s Hearth join to form Discover the Path at Hestia’s Hearth Spiritual Organization Inc in association with the International Assembly of Spiritual Healers and Earth Stewards of Seattle, Washington
2001 A property is purchased to house Hestia’s Hearth
2003 The Board of Directors of Hestia’s Hearth agree in principle to create an Academy of Esoteric Arts and Sciences that will enable like minded individuals to be part of the rising need for Spiritual and Healing Arts.

 Our vision for the future

Provide accommodation for 3-5 women for daily visits and services.

Provide a satisfactory kitchen area that will enable teaching/training and meal planning

Allow a focus on healthy foods including a franchise for juicing and providing product to the clients and general public.

Allow private space for Energy Therapy, Therapeutic Counseling and Listening, quiet meditation

A home-like atmosphere for other related services within the larger community

For example:-

Lactation Consultant Services

Doula Services




Computer Resources

Spiritual Conflict Resolution

Gentle spa therapies

All participants in Discover the path and Discover the Path at Hestia’s Hearth have been trained and certified in the various modalities that are offered. Where the training has not been completed in the introduction of new services, affiliates are available to provide specialized services.

The Principals in this venture are trained professionals who have been supporting the programs with personal capital and time.  The principals will continue to do so until the program is self-supporting.

Originally written in 2004:-

In fact, when this was originally written, we were well underway but unforseen circumstances created great change.  Now we are located in Creemore ON, and much of what we planned is still underway but we are working out of a different location.  Please visit us at to see how our vision has manifested.