Dominique Larocque, M.A. (Sport Psychology) has been a Gestalt mindfulness coach and health and wellness coach since 1994. Her work with children, teenagers and adults has been guided by her own life experiences as a recreation therapist, two time national team athlete, graphic artist and restaurateur. Her complementary training in yoga, energetic healing, meditation, ecopsychology and core shamanism makes her a strong catalyst for deep process work.

Dominique leads corporate and government workshops and retreats using her own Creative Wheel model to ignite and inspire the creative and reflective process in her audience. The focus of her work is to raise awareness of obstacles to growth and find creative solutions that support harmony between the person or organization and the environment.

Dominique is committed in balancing the intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of her clients and her work teams to help them manifest their full potential for awareness, growth and productivity. Her coaching model embraces the person, group, or organization as a dynamic integrated organism that is always seeking balance and harmony in its environment.

Dominique's own personal and professional commitment to excellence is reflected in the ongoing development of the Creative Wheel Centre, her coaching practice and directing her mountain biking school. She has become an active collaborator for the french magazine La Revue Cheminement and is presently working on her book, "Bones of the Earth | The Art of tracking" that is reflected on the Merkaba land & nature therapy trail.

She has actively returned to the Hospitality & Restaurant sector as it allows her time to reflect and write and continue infusing energy in the Amik Forest Sustainable Project.

Teaching from the heart and the outdoors Ottawa Outdoors Magazine Winter 2012 – Dave Brown
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Education and Training

  • M.A. Human Kinetics (Sport Psychology), University of Ottawa (2008) & B.A. Social Sciences (Recreation), University of Ottawa (1984) & N.C.C.P. Coaching Level 3 (1998)
  • Gestalt Therapy Certification, Gestalt Institute of the National Capital, Ottawa (2001)
  • Level 3 Therapeutic Touch, Ottawa (2004) & Level 2 Reiki, Ottawa (2001) & (EDxTM) Energy Diagnostic & Treatment Methods Level 1 2 (2005) & Yoga Exercise Certificate, East to West Yoga, Renfrew (2007) & Basic Shamanic Training, Foundation for Shamanic Studies, New York (1999)

Athletic achievements

  • Member of the Women's Canadian National XC Mountain Bike Team (1991) & Canadian National In-line Skating Team | Races for TREK USA
  • Member of the Women's Canadian National XC Mountain Bike Team (1991) & Canadian National In-line Skating Team (1996)
  • National In-line Women Champion (1996) | Races for Rollerblade USA
  • Pro-Elite 100K Speed Skating Marathon, Finland, 1st place (42K) and 2nd place (100K) on the following day (1994)
  • Pro-elite 50K In-line skating marathon, 5th place  and new record set for the 10K race in Central park the following day (1992)
  • Pro-elite 100K New York City In-line marathon, 2nd place (2002)

Entrepreneurial and leadership achievements (1994-2019)

  • Opens a small café (Café Meech) in Chelsea Quebec in 1994 and sells it a year later to start Creative Wheel Consulting Inc.
  • Played a strong leadership role is establishing a mountain bike community at Camp Fortune and in the Gatineau Park from 1997 to 2003 as the National Capital representative for the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). She was the lead catalyst in the creation of IMBA Canada in 2004 with Mark Schmidt and Lora Woolner.
  • Embarks on her own entrepreneurial path by purchasing a 108 acres farm to transform into a forest recreation and forest healing destination (2003).
  • Receives a Tourisme Outaouais nomination in the Sustainable Development category and wins the prestigious Coup de Coeur award in the Outaouais (2010)
  • Receives the prestigious Coup de Coeur award in the popular outdoor magazine GéoPlein Air (2011)
  • Receives a beautiful write up on her feminist approach to mountain bike coaching in the popular bicycle magazine Vélo Mag (2017)
  • Played a strong leadership role in guaranteeing public safety both on the Rideau Canal Skateway and the cross-country ski trail system in the Gatineau Park through (2010-2017)
  • A strong proponent of the Leave No Trace movement and an advocate for a trail for every user, she succeeds to create two distinct recreation zone on her land and rebranding into the Amik Forest Project, to showcase and educate visitors on sustainable development (2019).

Important links that guide her practice