About Orenda Healing

Meaning of "Orenda"


 "ORENDA" is a word with  roots in  the Iroquois language pertaining to spirituality.  According to Iroquois belief, Orenda is a force which is present in all objects or persons, and when invoked, is the power of human will to positively change the world. It is considered to be the spiritual force by which personal accomplishment is attained.


Rita chose this as the name for her business as she believes strongly in the ability of everyone to make positive changes in their lives, to take back personal power and control, to live for their divine purpose, and to choose the path of happiness and peace.  

The energy of this positive change has no where to go but outward!


Meet The Orenda Team

Rita Herperger, R.S.W.; B.S.W. - Therapist & Owner    

Rita is a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers who focused 12 years of her 18 year career counselling children,  youth and their families.  She is also trained in YogaKids, and has received certification in many alternative healing modalities. 


Rita is described as an empathetic, compassionate, nonjudgmental, and caring woman, who has taken these qualities and expanded her knowledge to address the needs of all.  To this end, Rita has adopted a holistic approach in her practice, which helps her to help others build from a foundation of self-love; growing and experiencing life from a more positive perspective.


PROFESSIONAL  COUNSELLING: Rita uses many specialized treatment modalities such as, but not limited to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Family Therapy, Existential Psychotherapy, Rational Emotive Behaviour, and Client-Centered Therapy. Due to her years as a counsellor, Rita has gained extensive skills and knowledge through the opportunity to work with all client ages, groups and issues.   Further, she has extensive trainings, gained not only in her role as a  counsellor, but obtained through her personal interests and need to grow as a Social Worker.  The skills, knowledge and practices developed through these continued education opportunities aid her in her work with almost all client issues.  


WELLNESS: The wellness practices of Orenda Healing encapsulate not only schools and businesses, but also communities and families.  Throughout her career, Rita found herself in a position to recognize the barriers for service, for all client groups, in a variety of areas, that often comes from residing in rural Saskatchewan.  Drawing from her personal experiences and professional skills,  as well as the needs identified by community members, employers and employees, Rita and her team have begun to provide opportunities for support groups, professional development, workshops and other training. 


As a Social Worker, Rita relies on the Code of Ethics and the Social Worker's Standards of Practice and Ethical Standards to direct her practice.




  • Resident Hypnotherapist


  • Mindfulness X--Train the Trainers



  • Level 3 Reiki Master and Teacher

  • Orientation for Mental Health Professionals

  • Somatic Approaches to Healing Trauma 



  • Level 1 TEAM-CBT Certification - Achieved through training from the world renowned Dr. David Burns, M.D. who is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of  Medicine. This training focused on a new, advanced training tool to help clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, panic disorders, suicidal ideation, and much more!

  • Advanced Soul Realignment Practitioner - Achieved training with world renowned Andreaa Hess.  This highly spiritual, incredibly accurate alternative method of healing can help address any issues you have in your life.  By accessing your Akashic Records from a place of heart-centered love and compassion,, Rita can identify what blocks and restrictions are stopping you   from living within your Divinity and blocking you from receiving the full force of vital force energy between  you and your Creator/Source/God/Goddess.  

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Laura Petracek, B.of Msc - Facilitator                               

Team member Laura Petracek contributes to Orenda’s wellness workshops, support groups and behind the scenes “team-work”.


Laura, born & raised in Saskatchewan decided in her early 20’s to live on Vancouver Island for 25 years to raise her daughter Lana.  Laura recently returned to her prairie roots to care for her elderly parents bringing with her years of self-healing work and experiences willing to share with our community and to offer her caring wisdom with the Orenda team. 


Known to all as a caring, compassionate, energetic and loving woman, Laura comes to Orenda Healing as a professional facilitator of support groups.  After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, and finding solace within a breast cancer support group, Laura received her facilitator training with the Canadian Cancer Society.  Additionally, her diverse career as an accounting technician, hotel manager, educational assistant and a retail business owner is an asset to Orenda.  

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  • Bachelor of Metaphysics from the University of Sedona, Sedona, Arizona.

  • YogaKids

Laura's passion for connecting with individuals who want to change their lives and explore basic life questions of “who am I; what am I; where have I been; and where am I going” is contagious!  

Taylor comes to Orenda Healing with a background in Event Management, Live Sound Design, Website Design & Maintenance, Media Relations, Radio Promotion, Office Administration, as well as Social Media.


After taking her first year Arts & Sciences at the University of Regina, Taylor decided to focus her studies in Business and Music at MetalWorks Institute in Mississauga, Ontario where she earned her Professional Sound and Business – Live Production Major Diploma. After her schooling and successful internship at Warner Chappell Music Canada, Taylor was hired on as first Office Administrator and then Promotions Coordinator at Warner Music Canada in Toronto.


In March, 2017, after seven years in Toronto, Taylor decided to refocus her efforts on travel, freelance writing, and becoming part of the team at Orenda Healing. She brings her media background as well as her experience in event management as assets to the team.

Taylor Herperger - Marketing & Creative Design Manager


 About Orenda Healing's Logo


The logo was designed by Rita from an acrylic painting that she has hanging on the wall in her office.  It was painted for her by her mother, Janet Saxon, in March of 2013.  The freedom and movement that the painting exudes supports the ideals that Rita helps her clients find in their lives.