The Healing Pathway enables people to develop the gifts and skills of healing within the Christian tradition, and fosters the development of healing ministries in congregations and other communities.
In 1992, Rochelle Graham, a physiotherapist and a healing touch instructor certified through Healing Touch International, offered to give a talk at Naramata Centre about the healing work that she felt passionate about. When her presentation and demonstration drew 40 enthusiasts, the Centre decided to offer healing touch courses the following summer.
After conversations with Janet Mentgen, founder and director of the Healing Touch Certification Program, Rochelle received Janet’s blessing and encouragement to develop the Healing Pathway program, with the understanding that the new Christian-based curriculum would be kept separate from the Healing Touch Certification Program. By 1996, Rochelle was offering healing workshops from a Christian perspective throughout British Columbia and Alberta.
In 2014 a new model of leadership was adopted with the establishment of a Coordinating Circle made up of volunteer Healing Pathway Instructors, advised and supported by the Instructors’ Circle, and supported by the Healing Pathway practitioners working in their communities across Canada.
In 2014 the future of the Centre at Naramata became uncertain. Encouraged by the then leadership of the Centre, in January 2015, The Healing Pathway Society became incorporated as a registered society under the umbrella of the British Columbia Conference of the United Church of Canada.
The program continues to grow and evolve. Rochelle’s vision of this work being carried out as healing ministries in United Church congregations has been fulfilled. There are now almost 100 active groups practising in congregations and communities all across Canada.