About Wayne & Darbella

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A Brief History in Time 

The Phoenix Cen­tre was estab­lished in 1982. My goal was sim­ple — I helped my clients to be whole!

I closed my Pri­vate Prac­tice, after 31 years, in June of 2013. I’m now devot­ing myself to trav­el, paint­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy. And my books, of course! 


About Wayne and Darbella 

Wayne C. Allen is the web’s Sim­ple Zen Guy.

Wayne is a retired psy­chother­a­pist, and the author of 5 books, all counselling/zen related. 

In his spare time he’s a painter and photographer.

He and Dar­bel­la have devel­oped an East­ern focussed pain man­age­ment course, Find­ing Your Flex­i­bil­i­ty, designed to help peo­ple recov­er from injury, gain flex­i­bil­i­ty of thought and body, and learn to live a cen­tered and present life. 

Wayne and Dar­bel­la now trav­el­ling the world, teach­ing, learn­ing, and enjoy­ing “retire­ment.”

About Wayne’s books:

Wayne’s approach to writ­ing, life, and liv­ing comes from his love of Zen. His empha­sis is on liv­ing in the now, and tak­ing full respon­si­bil­i­ty for “how every­thing goes.” His books are writ­ten in easy to under­stand lan­guage, and his insights are fresh and to the point. Wayne empha­sizes whole­ness, peace, and clar­i­ty of thought.

You can read more about them at online book­sellers, or at Wayne’s pub­lish­ing site, https://www.waynecallen.com/press



Dar­bel­la Mac­Naughton was born in Camp­bell­ford, Ontario, just after Hur­ri­cane Hazel blew through Ontario. She grew up in Whit­by, Ontario. 

After com­plet­ing a B. A. at York Uni­ver­si­ty in Toron­to, she attend­ed the Fac­ul­ty of Edu­ca­tion at the Uni­ver­si­ty of West­ern Ontario, where she earned an Ontario Teacher’s Cer­tifi­cate. An addi­tion­al year was spent at the Sir James Whit­ney School, learn­ing to be a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

From there, it was off to Kitch­en­er, Ontario, to teach for the Water­loo Region Dis­trict School Board. Most of her 31 years were spent teach­ing Grade 7 and 8 Deaf and Hard of Hear­ing stu­dents who were inte­grat­ed into the reg­u­lar school pro­grams. Oth­er sub­jects taught includ­ed math, sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy, com­put­ers, and Lego robotics. 

Dar­bel­la retired in 2011, after 31 years of teaching.

Dur­ing her time in Kitch­en­er, she met and mar­ried Wayne Allen. She has enjoyed many oppor­tu­ni­ties work­ing with him with clients and lead­ing workshops.

In recent years, she has devel­oped a pas­sion for Qi Gong. She is work­ing toward an online cer­ti­fi­ca­tion course for teach­ing Qi Gong.

She believes that her dai­ly Qi Gong and med­i­ta­tion prac­tice has made a tremen­dous dif­fer­ence in her life, allow­ing her to enjoy each of life’s moments to the fullest. 

Darbella’s oth­er inter­ests include hik­ing, knit­ting, quilt­ing, and design­ing and mak­ing mosaics and stained glass. 


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