Karen is an accomplished writer, speaker, and editor. In June 2012, she published her first novel, The Son of Nine Sisters, and began the sequel. She also started writing a series of young reader novels, called Grace Through Time, with her daughter. Karen has other book ideas in the works as well. These titles include The Last Wedding, and The Next Life and are set in the Viking Age, the historical time period that has peaked her interest and captured her heart. In this vein, she also writes a weekly blog that you can check out: The Wonder of Runes.
Beyond creative writing, Karen has written numerous articles on sustainability and women's issues and her writing has helped raise millions for environmental and social causes. Presently, she also works as a freelance writer and editor, specializing in the non-profit and academic sectors.
However, Karen is more than a writer; her background is quite diverse. She has two degrees in Geography – a BA from UCLA and an MSc from Concordia University in Montreal – and has completed multiple leadership training programs. Karen was actively involved in organized sports for more than thirty years as player and coach, and has more than 25 years of 'real world' experience in the academic, non-profit, and business sectors.
Eve Krakow, Writer and Translator
Karen J. Friedland, Grant Writer
Jennifer Boire, Author and Writing Coach
Lorri Frankel, moms4moms
Pamela Cournoyer, Communication Coach, Communicate with Class
Rita Abdallah, Spiritual Coach,
Turning Point Services, Ltd.
Pilates and Yoga
Débora Mas, Pilates Instructor (STOTT)
Workshops and Retreats
Art and Soul Lab
The Jera Institute is founded on the idea of process. The name Jera is derived from the letter Jera in the runic alphabet. This Rune represents the year and the harvest and, in order to have a bountiful harvest, there is a process which must be followed. If we expect to be successful in our endeavors, we must complete the process required to manifest our goals. That in no way means that the process will be easy or smooth, only that we can accomplish it.