About TLC

Welcome to the Light Cellar

The Light Cellar is a small, inspired business offering fairly-traded, sustainably-priced, organic superfoods, superherbs, medicinal mushrooms, friendly ferments, hot & cold elixirs, raw chocolate making ingredients and more.

The Light Cellar is the physical manifestation of the ongoing joy, passion and work of a tribe of creative and dedicated individuals.

We offer ongoing classes, events and workshops to support you in Activating the Upgrade to sustainably and deliciously nourish your being.

Internally referred to as the HIVE, our organization consists of some of the finest and friendliest “Workers Bees” around.

Meet the cast, crew and characters…



Malcolm Saunders

Creative Visionary of The Light Cellar, Malcolm Saunders is an Intuitive Chef who specializes in the Alchemy of Superfoods and Superherbs. He has an expertise and passion for creating, and teaching others how to make, many special energizing and healing creations, including raw chocolate, elixirs and fermented foods.

Malcolm’s desire is to inspire others to live and eat from a space of peace, sustainability, and consciousness by illuminating all aspects of the power of influence our food choices have on ourselves, other beings, and the planet we live on.



Laura Milinusic

Creative Visionary of the Light Cellar, Laura is mostly behind the scenes weaving together the magical fibers of inspiration and tying together the loose ends, offering support to all in hopes that Light Cellar brings to you – the community of everywhere –  a warm, inspiring twist on an everyday experience. May you all dine with light, and be nourished.







Meghan Hickie

Meghan is a dedicated team member at The Light Cellar as a supervisor, purchaser and nutritional expert.  She is passionate about helping people take the steps necessary to lead a preventative health lifestyle. She focuses on super nutrition and encourages beneficial habits that help manage modern day stresses.

Meghan is committed to keeping up with the latest in nutritional and environmental research. Through Dandelion Nutritional Consulting, she works one-on-one with individuals to create a unique holistic health program.




Robyn Shipley

Robyn is super passionate about connecting with and inspiring people to live their best, healthiest life through the power of proper nutrition.

She is crazy excited to be apart of such an amazing team, all learning and growing together.  You will often see her smiling and having fun.

When not working Robyn spends most of her time in the kitchen creating delicious meals and deserts for her friends and family and then dragging everyone outside to go for a barefoot walk.




Corinne Cornish

Corinne has an eternal love affair for anything that offers the body, mind & Spirit doorways into rejuvenation, inspiration and expanded consciousness — of which the Light Cellar is a beautiful example!  Corinne is fortunate that TLC offers her the opportunity to share her passions within the roles she energizes, some of which include inspiring and developing culture, working with the clarity and flow within the various organizational systems, as well as being an advisor with the emotional and mental wellness within and of the organization.

In Corinne’s personal life, she is a Transpersonal Therapist, that offers exploration to travel to the depths of inner awareness, ultimately inspiring Self-realization.  She is formally trained as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Conscious Breathwork Facilitator, Reiki Master, Reconnective Healing Practitioner and has a Bachelor of Education.

Corinne’s private practice is The Inner Realms, www.theinnerrealms.com and is co-founder of Inner Journeys  www.theinnerjourneys.ca.  She is also a long time citizen of Burning Man, which is a reminder for her to live a live of inspiration and freedom  ❤





Mizahël Chaplain

I was a sculptor and restaurateur (restorer) of churches, cathedrals and historical monuments in France for five years before coming in Canada. It is my big passion to always return to the foundation of anything I initiate or begin in my life. This is true for cooking, and when I arrived in Canada, for 5 years I worked as a Cook/Chef, learned about the origin of foods and discovered raw food, fermentation and other beautiful processes of preserving.

My passions have brought me to the Light Cellar, where I now grow and expand in ways I always wanted to, and in ways I could not have dreamed.

Beside that, I love being in family and in nature, skydiving, riding my motorcycle, feeling free, playing some drums, making some noise, reading, feeling connected, and learning slowly about anything that vibrates and brings to all a sense of humanity and joy in life.




Certified in Ayurvedic bodywork, Yoga therapy, and Thai massage Appa offers a unique reverence, perspective and love for Eastern modalities, and traditions. However, she is definitely a prairie-loving woman!

Appa is super passionate about serving and being a part of the Light Cellar community! She is always happy to help you find that perfect something in the elixir bar, or shop.

When she’s not basking in the TLC love-bubble, Appa spends her time dancing, practicing yoga, running around the woods, cooking up a storm, making cheesy jokes, & laughing loudest at them!




Vitalia Daza

Vitalia is an artist and has been a professional photographer for ten years when she discovered a passion for wild foods and medicines that inspired a career change. She has chosen to make the earth and it’s people a priority.

Vitalia is now an enthusiastic student in the Master Herbalist program at Wild Rose College. She is avidly pursuing knowledge, working at the Light Cellar and with Blaine Andrusek, whom she was recently certified by in Aromatherapy.

Currently working on her new business venture, Apothecary Nest, Vitalia brings natural and holistic health to her clients, inspiring people to know the true value in nature’s medicine.




Kilian O’Donoghue

Born and raised in Calgary, Kilian set off on a trans-continental journey in search of a change of scenery and a broadening of horizons. The search landed him in the Maritime provinces enrolled in an agricultural sciences program at Dalhousie University, where he spent four years discovering and developing a passion for food.

After emerging with a diploma as well as a degree in plant science, fate unexpectedly carried the young man back to his home town of Calgary, where his newfound skills, knowledge, and outlook on life found him a happy home and tribe at the Light Cellar.

Kilian works and plays primarily behind the scenes at TLC, but can be occasionally seen in the shoppe or teaching a class in the Teaching Kitchen!




Pedro “Galacto” Acuna is a Human Animal, one who has a sense of purpose and direction.

His life is aimed by his responsibilities and passion for Nature and its Mysteries. He combines his engineering background with many years of “Consciousness Experimentation” in health, nutrition, biomechanics, and ancient shamanic practices.

He plays many roles at TLC, but Product & Services Wizard is what suits him best. “Galacto” has been the person behind the reintroduction of the ancient arts of cheese making, corn fermentation, and Wild Bison Marrow chocolate.




Jordan Ellams

Expert in men’s health, Jordan brings vital knowledge of the superfoods and herbs that can protect you from harmful endocrine disruptors and estrogen mimickers found extensively in our everyday environment.

He plays behind the scenes, writing, producing, directing and visioning with the video team, as well as energizing @lightcellar Instagram.

Jordan works his magic in the Shop and at the Elixir Bar — meet & chat with him to experience a personalized “Intuitive Alchemy” elixir!

On days away, you’ll find him reading, writing, and hanging out with his beautiful wife.





My path is on the wide-road that helps humanity move towards sustainability in a balanced and holistic way.

I believe that we humans are truly capable of acting as ecological stewards – this is our ecological niche!

With two thumbs, a neofrontal cortex and the capacity to care and plan, human-beings are well suited for the role.

For this, I am co-conspiring roles for myself to help humanity wake-up to our inherent capacity to live in ways more aligned with principles of sustainability and balance.

Mostly I collaborate with others from the emerging matrix of inspiration, and I base myself in both Peru and Canada.

Together we are mixing ecological and social sustainability with personal and spiritual development in synergistic simbiosis.

The Light Cellar is exactly this for me!

We are moving there, and I am so happy to be part of it.

Visit Cassandra’s website: collaborativeword.blogspot.com



Devin-bio-picDevin Dafoe

Although born in the Alberta foothills, decades of cascading coincidences and a series of serendipities eventually led Devin to the utopia of Vancouver Island. On this isolated landmass, he immersed himself in the pristine natural setting, developing such passions as forest wandering and wild-food foraging, while in the meantime earning a diploma in the study of Holistic Nutrition.

Though Devin’s mind may partially still reside on the quiet Island paradise, his feet are firmly grounded at The Light Cellar. Every moment spent within TLC walls is treasured. He is extraordinarily grateful for the learning experiences that are presented daily, and to engage with such a lively and inspiring tribe of humans.




Denis Manzer


Denis rhymes with Bee has a deep love for such fine pursuits as herbalism, gardening, wild food foraging, fermentation of food and honey wine and drinking chocolate. Working and playing with the Light Cellar is of course a dream come true!

You are most certainly in for a spectacular time if you have the chance to attend one of the workshoppes that Denis puts on.