Gwen McVicker and her husband Ron own and operate Linwood House. Gwen is an advocate for women worldwide. She has been the founder and executive director of a charity, a business owner and operator, teacher, workshop facilitator and speaker. Her passion is to see women develop to their full potential.
Ron McVicker co-manages Linwood house with his wife Gwen and manages the finances. Ron's passion for serving others enhances the warm welcome of Linwood.
Shelley Harrison Rae
Shelley Harrison Rae is a Certified Expressive Arts Therapist, specializing in Writing for Wellness. She coaches journaling and manuscript writing and is a published writer and award-winning poet. She facilitates Expressive Arts and Writing Workshops locally and internationally, including Rancho La Puerta Spa in Tecate, Mexico (famous for nurturing mind, body and spirit).
Jan Keast, multi-media artist, lends her creativity to jewelry making, painting, interior decorating and up-cycling "something old into something new." A mother of twins, Jan volunteered at her children’s schools, North Shore Family Services, Leukemia Association, and many community events. After the tragic loss of her son, she and her family started the Quinn Keast Foundation. The award winning foundation offers scholarships to deserving male and female students, funds outdoor basketball courts and sponsors athletic endeavours. Jan moved to The Sunshine coast in 2013 to find the life-healing she needed. Linwood House provided a spiritual connection and was instrumental in her process.
Luise Frommer resides at Linwood House along with the McVickers. She is a Master Gardener who maintains the beautiful outdoor spaces. Her love of cooking comes through in every meal she prepares for groups and gatherings.
Maria Carbonetti, PhD
Originally from Argentina, Maria is currently a faculty member at the French, Hispanic and Italian Studies Department at UBC and a Certified Expressive Arts Therapist. She holds a degree in dance, and graduated in Linguistics (UNS) and then completed a PhD at UBC.
She trained in Dance Movement Therapy at the West Coast DMT Professional Training and studied Danzaterapia (Maria Fux method) focussed on the inherent capacity of the imaginative and expressive body to create possibilities and change in inclusive environments with persons with special needs. Her passion is to facilitate expressive dance and movement workshops for women. She works with women in recovery, with disabilities, and those in transition. In her private practice she works with individuals and groups including elementary and secondary students and women, offering therapy to refugee families and others that have experienced trauma, violence and/or generational poverty. Member of IEATA, ADTA and BCTTN