Donna Melville Senior Instructor — Senior Instructor

A little about me….
My name is Donna Melville and I am FREEDOM 55…mother of 4 grown men and grandmother to 3 beautiful grandchildren. I have run 28 years…and it has been a golden thread throughout my life, my best friend and place to locate myself. The taste of my own sweat as familiar as the taste of my first cup of coffee….and just as necessary. I have run several marathons and countless half marathons and been plagued with injuries throughout .. My last injury, a stress fracture, led me to Chi Running and I attended my first Chi Running workshop,did a half marathon the next day and had the best time in memory and without pain..and with joy. And the NEXT day when I got up to get coffee and had the weird experience of no feeling….no tightness or residual soreness in my hips or legs, I knew I was on to something. From that moment I resolved to become a Chi Running instructor and here I am.
I own a business called “Women’s Pace” which has been in existence for about 12 years, where I’ve  trained women to run…from beginner to marathon distance. As mentioned, I attended my first Chi Running workshop in Vancouver the day before the “First Half” marathon..approximately 3 years ago. I had trained only up to 10KM(since my foot surgery) but saw the opportunity to practice what I had learned during the race… not letting fear or commonsense stop me! I started out focusing on the different aspects….not thinking about the end or my time at all…stopped to help another runner…at all water stops….and had comments from other runners that it looked as though I wasn’t DOING anything. I had to felt that way….a little disconcerting, actually. The run ended..I felt great….and had a better time than I had in many years. Along with ZERO after effects the next day. From that moment I was sold and decided to pursue the instructor training to complement what I was offering to my clients already. The instructor training was with Danny Dreyer, the founder of Chi Running, in Asheville, North intensive 1 week course which had followed 3 months of “homework”. I was the only Canadian instructor candidate there, along with people from Israel, the Netherlands, Ireland… was AMAZING!!! these people coming from all over the world to learn more about this method of running/walking. Further to that training, I went to Mexico for 10 days, to practice teaching under the eye of a master Chi Instructor. In June, I  assisted in another Instructor course…...where I became even more passionate about this method of running/walking and LIVING.
My focus is now co-ed rather than women only, as I see the benefit this technique offers to ALL runners, from amateur to seasoned.
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  Venue Location Date Time Cost More Info
ChiRunning on the beach in the sun....(smile) Zihuatenejo , n/a Feb.18th-21st AND March 5-8th 8-10:30 every morning for 4 days $275
ChiRunning TBA Whitehorse , n/a Saturday, May 26th, 2012 9:30-4 $175
ChiRunning Frontrunners Nanaimo, B.C. , n/a January 22nd or March 18th 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. $150
ChiRunning Haven on Gabriola Island Gabriola Island, B.C. , n/a April 20,21st and 22nd the weekend beginning at 7 p.m. $380.00
ChiRunning Campbell River TBA Campbell River, Vancouver Island , n/a April 28th, 2012 9:30-4 p.m. $175
ChiRunning Haven Personal development centre Gabriola Island, B.C. , n/a October 12,13,and 14th begins at 7 p.m. on the 12th and ends on the 14th at noon.. early bird $375 (accommodation and food extra)
ChiRunning Frontrunners Nanaimo Nanaimo , n/a Sept. 5,12,19 & 26th 6:15p.m. $150
ChiRunning TBA Edmonton, Alberta , n/a Sept. 22, 2012 9:30-4 p.m. $175
ChiRunning TBA Gabriola Island, B.C. , n/a August 25th, 2012 9:30-4 $150.00
ChiWalking TBA Gabriola Island, B.C. , n/a August 11th, 2012 9:30-12:30 p.m. $100
ChiRunning The Studio Whitehorse NWT , n/a Sept. 15th, 2012 9:30-4 $175

Donna Melville Senior Instructor

Vancouver Island & Western Canada


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