In the heart of the bustle of downtown Halifax, you can find a peace, quiet and serenity—if you know where to look. That place is called Flo
, a newly opened modern meditation studio. (1574 Argyle Street, suite 14). Take a step inside, and find your breath.
Owners Autumn Grant
and Jonathan Dododza
named the studio after their baby girl, Florence. The family moved to Halifax from Vancouver in June and jumped in feet first, opening the studio a month-and-a-half later.
“Leaving home is never easy but it was serendipitous in a way where it gave me a chance to play with an open canvas in a transitioning city,” says Dododza.
“We feel that there is definitely a shift happening in the province,” says Grant, a Nova Scotia native. “It’s new, exciting, it feels really fresh, there’s a lot of things happening and we wanted to be a part of that movement.”
The couple is big on community and collaboration and wanted to create a space that reflected those values. Their space is full of locally curated art and products. Their teachers are local too, each bringing a different set of skills to the studio.
There is a magic to Flo, explains Dododza. There is no judgement—you can believe in what you want, wear what you want. Their hope is to make meditation less intimidating so people can experience its benefits. They want people to see it “through
a whole different perspective.”
“You can't really control serendipity,” says Dododza. “We've been putting out this energy and this vibe and it’s just been coming all right back.”
Grant couldn’t agree more. “It just really makes us feel like we're doing the right thing at the right time.”