Emily Isaacson, poetEmily Isaacson, director and founder, was born December 11, 1975 in Windsor, Ontario and grew up in Victoria, B.C., Canada.  She is both Scottish (on the maternal side) and German, (on the paternal side).  

The Poet of St. Clare, her work originates in British Columbia, near the Poor Clare convent and Westminster Abbey, where she spent five years collecting her life work, The Fleur-de-lis, three volumes of over 800 poems which was published in 2011 and given as a wedding gift to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

Emily Isaacson began writing poetry at age ten, where she lived on Vancouver Island. She was first published at age thirteen for her poem, "The Wild Madonna." She has now published over 1,800 poems in eleven books of poetry, as well as a novel, photography, and a children's book, establishing her as a Canadian icon.

Emily Isaacson was nominated for the community achievement award in 2010, an Arty Award in literature by the Abbotsford Arts Council in 2013, the Christine Caldwell Award for Outstanding Arts Advocate in 2015, and is a lifetime member of Cambridge Who's Who. She has also served on the board of the Mission Arts Council and the Fraser Valley Poets Society in Abbotsford.

Emily Isaacson studied nutrition at Bastyr University of natural medicine. She became a nutritionist in 1999, and successfully worked to reverse eating disorders. She has worked at two eating disorder clinics, both in Canada and the United States. In her life, she has found that science and art must both be in balance.  

Isaacson created The Rainbow Program to teach her clients about eating by the rainbow, putting an emphasis on brightly colored natural foods and their health properties. She successfully integrated cutting edge research on polysaccharides into a practical dietary program as well as teaching nutrition from a color-based perspective at conferences, high schools, community centers, and clinics.  

Isaacson was the one of four practitioners in the pithouse at Xa:ytem Longhouse in 2009, and has offered seminars at the Mission Friendship Center on nutrition as well as at two food banks locally. She now offers nutrition sessions both by home visit and by clinical appointment in the Fraser Valley.

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Emily Isaacson  founded the Wild Lily Institute, where she remains director. Isaacson has trained in creative writing and restorative justice. She inspires her readers in skills of conflict resolution, circle keeping, and healing through forgiveness. Her themes include the sea, healing, forgiveness, and reparation.

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