Dr. Lee Stothers, Founder
Cornell University, B.A., University of Michigan M.A., UBC, Ph.D.
Lecturer, UBC, Simon Fraser University & Emily Carr University
Dr. Lee Stothers is a Certified Eating Psychology, Body Mind Nutrition &
Wellness Counselor and Certified Tuning Fork & Sound Therapist.
After a breast cancer diagnosis at 52, Dr. Stothers has since journeyed
through a host of other post menopausal ailments such as Graves Disease
(autoimmune hyperthyroid disorder), congestive heart failure, asthma,
obesity, sleep apnea, as well as chronic weight loss and gain.
A prior history of infertility and miscarriages combined with constant
struggles with weight, endless dieting, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, hives,
fatigue, insomnia, lower back pain, restless leg syndrome and panic
attacks were all early signs of her body shutting down from an
accumulation of overwork, exhaustion and prolonged stress.
As Dr. Stothers slowly began to listen to the body’s communications, she
gradually developed a more holistic attitude to health and wellness.
Dr. Lee Stothers
– Award for sound winning Equinox:
– Played first violin professionally in Regina Symphony
– Played in Indonesian Gamelan Orchestra, Cornell University
– Performed in Japanese Music Ensemble, The University of Michigan
– Learned Japanese musical instruments from Masters in Japan and U.S.
– Composer, musician, writer, dancer, choreographer, scriptwriter,
– Ongoing training in Japanese noh theatre (movement, vocals, mask
Won Seok Lim (Sok), Cofounder
A self-designated shaman and addiction coach, Sok (Won Seok Lim) grew up in South Korea. For the last two decades, he has been living in Canada as an artist and painter represented by Artbeatus International Gallery. He also wrote the novel, Grey Canvas.
A survivor of early childhood rape, assault and extreme poverty, Sok’s life challenge has been to overcome a deeply ingrained paranoia and longing to escape life on Earth, since as a child he perceived Planet Earth to be a hostile planet and the source of his underlying traumas. The opposite of not wanting to live on Earth is a homesick feeling for the unknown that often comes to him in out-of-body experiences like the flying dreams depicted in his paintings.
Sok’s life has been a constant withdrawal from his own body chemicals that induced the out-of-body experiences needed to buffer his infant traumas. As a self-proclaimed addict of those particular chemicals, he has dedicated his life to finding alternatives through activities such as painting the inner images that draw out those internal feelings he calls home. Now he views this planet as home away from home. Through his moments of painting, he continuously redefines for himself that home is where he is.
In between university degrees, Lee traveled extensively through Europe, the Middle East, South and South-East Asia. She lived in Gottingen, Germany for one year where she also spent time living in a small German farm community and Kyoto, Japan on and off for three years. In Kyoto, Lee studied koto and vocals under Inamoto Miho (Miagi Michio school) and nagauta shamisen with a young professional kabuki player. Since 1987 when she won an Asian Arts Council grant to attend the Traditional Theater Training ’87 Summer Intensive course in Kyoto, Lee has had ongoing training in Japanese noh theater under National Treasure noh actor and mask carver, Udaka Michishige, and certified American noh professional, Ogamo Rebecca Teele. She has also performed two of her noh-inspired original works, Fan Jam and Umoregi: The Fisherman’s Wife in Kyoto theater venues.
A member of the International Noh Institute since the 1980’s, Lee more recently hosted a two-week International Noh Institute Summer Intensive Noh Workshop including noh movement, chant, mask carving and music in North Vancouver, taught by Udaka Michishige. (View CBC News story in Gallery). She is in the process of writing a cycle of five noh-inspired film scripts under the working title, Bridges: Mount Koso: Koso-sama; Shinkan: Forest of Silence; Umoregi: The Fisherman’s Wife; Amamba: Old Woman & the Sea; Cyberphilia.
After graduating from The University of Michigan, Lee won a Canada Council Explorations Grant to develop her original noh play, Tama, written at The University of Michigan, into various aspects of performance. Upon completion, she was awarded a Saskatchewan Arts Board Filmmaker’s Assistance Grant to create promotional videos of Equinox: A Video Noh and Fan Jam in the Film Department at the University of Regina. Equinox: A Video Noh, a noh-inspired short video composed, designed & performed by Lee Stothers won the Award for Sound at the Yorkton Film Festival. (View in GALLERY) .
After completing her Canada Council Explorations Grant project successfully, Lee was asked to become a jury member (music, interdisciplinary) for the prairie provinces. At that time she was the youngest jury member ever invited onto a Canada Council jury and was asked to return the following year.
Since childhood Lee studied violin under Elman Lowe, and as early as high school was already teaching and playing first violin professionally in the Regina Symphony under the direction of Lloyd Blackman. Before that in grade eight she traveled to London, England for three weeks with the Regina Intercollegiate Orchestra with her best friend, another over-achiever, Denise Ball, now Executive Producer of CBC Radio. Also in grade eight, she was invited to play and dance the role of “fiddler” for a staged performance of Fiddler on the Roof in the Drama Department at the University of Regina. Additionally, since she was twelve she taught, choreographed and performed semi-professionally with the Regina Modern Dance Workshop under the direction of Marianne Livant (student of Martha Graham, Ann Arbor, Michigan). During grades eleven and twelve, Lee took part in the CenArts program at Central Collegiate in Regina under the direction of artist and teacher, the late MacGregor Hone. While still living in Regina, Lee worked at the Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery under Director Carol Phillips and Bess Jillings as well as at Ken Kramer’s Globe Theater also under Bess Jillings.
Since 2002 and all during her battles to heal herself of breast cancer, Grave’s Disease (a serious autoimmune disorder), congestive heart failure, asthma, obesity, back problems, infertility and various other long term ailments, Lee has been running her own company, North Shore Composite, specializing in professional editing, tutoring, desktop publishing, as well as sound & video/film production. Lee has also been a devoted mother of her 27-year-old son Patrick, who is now working as a lawyer for a New York-based law firm in London, England.