Many Indigenous cultures on Turtle Island recognize the Medicine Wheel as a sacred symbol. The Medicine Wheel has four equal areas; black, white, red and yellow. These areas represent the four directions, four seasons, four elements, four stages of life and four sacred plants. The Medicine Wheel represents unity and balance between all things, including living a healthy life mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. By understanding the teachings of the Medicine Wheel we can gain a deeper understanding of our holistic health. Through a careful selection of teachings, followed by interactive activities, the Medicine Wheel Workbook: Finding Your Healthy Balance will encourage children to live well and find their healthy balance. This workbook can be used as a teacher resource in your classroom or by parents teaching their children at home. Lessons and activities may be photocopied to use within your classroom or home.
About the authors
Carrie is a proud Métis teacher and award-winning businesswoman who founded and created an Indigenous-themed beauty product and tea company, Mother Earth Essentials. After working in the cosmetic and spa industry for more than 15 years, Carrie returned to school earning a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta. Teaching at Amiskwaciy Academy, Edmonton's Indigenous high school, Carrie used the school's traditional plant garden to create hands-on learning opportunities that received positive reactions from her students. Born and raised in Alberta, learning Aboriginal traditions from her Cree Grandmother, Carrie is a dedicated mother of three.