Athanasia Houvarda

Athanasia, which in Greek means eternal life, is a speaker, artist, healing art practitioner, and advocator for road safety and burn trauma. Originally from Greece, she has been sharing her time between Greece and Canada, where she happily resides with her husband, Dan Plexman.

In 2001, she watched her life change in one split second. She was involved in a horrific car accident where she lost two friends. Her body suffered 74% of 3rd and 4th-degree burns, and she came close to losing her life.

The reality was a harh awakening. Not only she lost her friends, but she also lost her identity. Fragments of her old self while looking in the mirror shattered her.

During the long road to recovery and to physically strengthen her injured hands, she was introduced toΒ painting. She found the painting process to be a form of profound mental and emotional therapy.Β Β 

Athanasia uses art as a form of expression.Β 

"π‘©π’“π’Šπ’π’ˆπ’Šπ’π’ˆ π’π’Šπ’‡π’† 𝒕𝒐 π’ƒπ’π’‚π’π’Œ 𝒄𝒂𝒏𝒗𝒂𝒔𝒔𝒆𝒔 𝒇𝒆𝒍𝒕 π’π’Šπ’Œπ’† 𝑰 π’˜π’‚π’” π’“π’†π’•π’–π’“π’π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒕𝒐 π’π’Šπ’‡π’† π’Žπ’šπ’”π’†π’π’‡"

Art has served her as a language beyond speech and has enabled internal transformation. This feeling sparked the desire to develop her skills further. Today she is a proud member of the Greek Artists Association and grateful for having her art displayed in numerous exhibitions. It is truly fulfilling.Β 

But this was not the end. Since she experienced the emotional healing power of art, she decided to become a certified Healing Art practitioner. She is passionate about helping people explore their emotions, connect with themselves, and experience a sense of inner piece by unlocking their creativity.Β 

Confronting health challenges, including a battle with cancer at the age of 27, made her realize that life is fragile and precious. Driven by the aspiration that no one else goes through what she and her family went through, she embarked on a mission to share her story with diverse audiences across Europe and Canada, advocating for road safety, road accident prevention, and mental health.Β