Q & A with Kauri Funk – Yoga & Fitness

Just a hop, skip and a gallop away from Spring Lake Ranch is this most charming red barn owned by Kauri, the most charming yogi, horse lover, fitness enthusiast,  and down-to-earth woman you will ever meet. She is leading fitness and yoga classes on the second floor of her barn. Read on to learn more about Kauri and how her barn came to be.

Q.) Your barn is the most amazing space, tell us about how it came to be?

A.)  I’ve always dreamt of an acreage with the classic red barn. When we first moved here, our shop was actually a Sharn, half shop/half barn. Which I was completely happy with! Unfortunately my husband kept removing stalls until it was a shop! Hence the building of a separate barn! Minus the cement work & siding/roofing, all built with the love, sweat, & tears of mostly my hubby, with support from family, & friends & neighbours! ????

Q.)  How did you get into teaching yoga and fitness?

A.)  I’ve always been a sporty person, Slo pitch and show jumping are my lifelong hobbies. But adulthood, responsibility, and starting a family seemed to push it to the back burner! When my child started preschool at Blueberry Hall I joined a boot camp to get “back in shape”! There was a core group of us that met three times per week for 5/6 years. I was always asked to host the class when our instructor couldn’t make it and really enjoyed it! It disbanded in 2019, and when Covid hit I knew I needed something to keep me sane and distract me. I found online training for Aroma Yoga and thought, why not? I love the oils, I’d love to learn more about yoga. Which ended up being a life saver for me over the past two years.

Q.) What do you love most about what you do?

A.)  I said long before Covid that everyone suffers from mental fatigue or issues, the severity from person to person is in their ability to handle it. Some are great, some manage, some are trainwrecks. Sometimes it changes on a day-to-day basis. And that’s where we have to learn it’s ok! What I love most about what I do is the conversations, the connecting, the ability to be perfectly imperfect. And offering a safe space for others to strengthen their mind and body and to help balance the soul.

Q.) Who is your clientele? How do people sign up for your classes?

A.) My clientele has ranged from 7 to 70 years, men & women. I hope to expand into sessions for kids and men specifically. Every class is beginner friendly, with the ability to intensify to your level. As of now it’s 95% local ladies which is amazing because I am connecting more within my community! I post my classes weekly, am open to private individual or group sessions. I do my best to accommodate ideal workout times and  still having a balanced life! 

Q.) What’s your vision for this wonderful and health minded community you are creating?

A.) To build my practice within the community, I’m continuing my education and increasing my yoga certification. In the future, I see workshops & retreats to help find balance and happiness in our lives. Life is too short to not see the joy in everyday ???? 

To book a class with Kauri, you can email her at funknoils@gmail.com.

Let’s Go Local: The Best Pet-based Businesses Near SLR


We’ve shared a lot about what makes Spring Lake Ranch a great place to live, from ways to embrace the summer and winter to the beauty of bungalows and 1/2 acre lots. But there’s another reason our residents love the community: It’s an awesome place for pets!

With spacious yards for running around in and hiking trails equipped with doggie bags, SLR is a welcoming home for furry friends. And in nearby Stony Plain and Spruce Grove, excellent pet-centered businesses offer everything you need to ensure your pets are healthy and happy.

Here are 5 of our favourites. We love supporting local businesses and are excited to spread the word! (Be sure to read to the end to see our Pets of SLR gallery. :))

Pet Foods Etc.

This wonderful pet food and supply store is owned by SLR residents Wes and Cynthia. Located in Stony Plain, where Wes and Cynthia both grew up, Pets Foods Etc. offers a range of fresh and frozen foods for dogs and cat as well as bones, toys, treats, supplements and shampoos. (Food for small pets and birds also available.)


*They’re a leader in providing raw diets to meet the growing trend of feeding raw diets to both dogs and cats.

*They don’t carry any foods or treats made in China, and they review all food ingredients to make sure they are high quality.

*They provide Free pet ID tags

*They have excellent product knowledge and customer service.

Pet Foods Etc. customer Christine Kohler says: “Although this is a small, private pet store, they have a wide range of products, many of which I have been unable to find anywhere else. Good prices, friendly people, and good quality products.”

Wes and Cynthia have also provided SLR with bird feeders and seed for our lake trail gazebo! These attract beautiful birds like blue jays, nuthatches, red wing black birds, chickadees, and more. (Thank you , Wes and Cynthia!)

The Dog Shed Pet Spa

Owned by Certified Dog Groomer Maeghan Genge, The Dog Shed Pet Spa caters to all dog breeds. You can choose from services like Bath Only, Bath & Tidy, Full Groom, Oral Care, Ear Clean, and Nail Trim. The Dog Shed also offers pick up/drop off and self-serve dog wash, in which you can wash your dog yourself using their special equipment. The staff is very experienced and the rates are affordable (starting at $20 for Bath Only). Located in Stony Plain next to Pet Foods Etc.

Says Dog Shed Spa customer Stephanie Borrowman: “Fabulous job on our girls! Lady is half the dog she was, and so happy-spunky like a puppy now. Kalli’s cut is awesome; looks like a new dog! GREAT price, too!! Thank you! For sure recommending you to other fur mommies.” 

The Bone & Biscuit

This Canadian company carries high-quality products for dogs and cats, much of it Canadian-made. Located in Spruce Grove, The Bone & Biscuit has a fun, inviting atmosphere with very knowledgeable and friendly staff.


*Environmentally conscious, from the products they offer to the materials used in building their stores

*Specialize in natural raw and dry foods

*Focused on educating their customers

*Also offer handmade gourmet treats and cakes

*Toys, collars, coats, boots and other pet accessories can all be found here

The Bone & Biscuit customer Tatrina Mohr says: “Amazing staff, awesome selection and very community involved. Five stars from us!”

Abitt Like Home Kennels

Founded in 1992 by Casey and Carol Butz, Abitt Like Home Kennels offers dog and cat boarding and grooming in Stony Plain. The facility is in a country setting miles from the highway, creating a peaceful home-away-from-home for pets.


*A long-standing member of the Canadian Kennel Club

*Custom pet care from special diets to medical care

*Clean, comfortable heated individual indoor/outdoor 6′ high runs for dogs and large outdoor exercise yards

*Clean, comfortable, heated individual kennels for cats plus window perches, jungle gym and individual towers

*24 hour supervision

Says Abbitt Like Home customer Charles Harris:I have been bringing my cat and dog to this kennel for years. The staff is always very friendly and go out of their way to be helpful and accommodating. My pets always come home happy and well cared for.”

Stony Plain Veterinary Clinic

Dr. Shannon Wawryk owns and runs Stony Plain Veterinary Clinic, which cares for companion animals. The health care team is made up of veterinarians, animal health care technicians, and highly trained support staff.


*Focused on providing outstanding customer service

*Educate clients on how to keep pets healthy year round

*On top of latest advances in veterinarian technology

*Services include vaccinations, examinations, surgical, dentistry, diagnostic and more

Stony Plain Veterinary Clinic client Myrna Kampjes says: “I have been going to this vet for over 10 years now. They are skilled, reasonably priced and some of the most caring people around. Their sheer love of animals shows.”

We’re so thankful to have such quality pet professionals in the area.

And now, here are some of the Pets of SLR!


Let’s Go Local: 5 Fantastic Home Decor Shops

We are excited to introduce our new blog series: Let’s Go Local!

There are so many wonderful local businesses in the Spring Lake, Spruce Grove and Stony Plain area, and as a community that supports them, we want to start highlighting them for YOU, our readers. From shops and restaurants to wellness services, entertainment, and family activities, we are will be sharing our top picks in the coming months. Supporting local businesses is so important to helping a community thrive. We hope that through spreading the word on some of our favourite spots, we’ll help you discover what makes Parkland County (and beyond) such a special place to live.

First up: Home Decor. The SLR team is deep into the design process for our 2018 builds, and we LOVE talking all things decor. Whether you are renovating, thinking of sprucing up your home for the holidays, or on the hunt for gift ideas, these 5 local home decor shops are an excellent source of inspiration.

Whimsical Vintage Creations

Described as “an amazing gem in Stony Plain”, “unique and charming”, and “my favourite store ever” by customers, this beautiful shop features a variety of furniture and home decor pieces. Owner Kyla Tetley also offers sign making and other classes — a great group activity (and gift idea)! If you love browsing vintage-inspired items in a welcoming, elegant space, Whimsical Vintage Creations is a must-visit destination.

Bay 101 3919 49th Ave, Stony Plain

Reside Furnishings

Reside is a bit further afield — with locations in west and south Edmonton — but it’s such a phenomenal furniture store, we had to share it here! This family-run business has been around since 1978 (formerly known as Leather Elite) and features a gorgeous selection of modern furnishings. Many of its pieces are made with reclaimed and sustainable materials like wrought iron or solid wood, and you’ll find everything from bedroom sets to dining tables to leather sectionals. Reside prides itself on its relationships with customers, so you can expect excellent service that has that personal touch.

West Edmonton location: 10434 Mayfield Rd NW

Grove Decorating Centre ~ Benjamin Moore

Known for producing the highest-quality paints and finishes in the industry, Benjamin Moore is a favourite among interior designers, including us at SLR! (Our newest home for sale, The Lakewood, features Paper White on the walls.) Grove Decorating Centre in Spruce Grove is the company’s local retailer, and the place to go when choosing paint colours. Honing in on the right palette for your home build or reno can be intimidating for anyone, so we recommend taking samples home and trying them out (be sure to notice the variation at different times of day!) before committing. The store’s helpful staff is on hand to answer any questions and help guide you in the right direction. 

 The Barn Owl

Part country decor, part woodworking/craft classes, The Barn Owl is one of Stony Plain’s most unique businesses. Customers rave about the decorative treasures, friendly staff, and peaceful environment. You can’t help but feel happy approaching the bright red exterior, and once inside, you’re immersed in a cozy world filled with charming pieces designed to being character to your home. A perfect stop on a weekend afternoon, or for a craft class with friends. (Check out their Everyday Wreath Classes offered throughout December!)

4912 52nd Ave., Stony Plain

Luxury Blinds

With more than 400 fabrics and styles to choose from, Luxury Blinds offers residents of the Spruce Grove area (and beyond) an amazing selection of blinds and more than 20 years of experience. 

At Spring Lake Ranch, one of of our trademarks is big beautiful windows that show off lake views! So we understand the importance of “the right” shade or blind to maximize all that natural light. Luxury Blinds does free in-home consultations, so you can have a professional help determine the best choice for your windows, style, and budget. The world of blinds has evolved SO much over the last decade — it’s really helpful to have experts break down all the options and share their expertise!

29 Linden St. South, Spruce Grove

And that’s our Top Five Home Decor picks! Stay tuned for more “Le’s Go Local” posts in the upcoming months.

As always, if you have any questions about Spring Lake Ranch or anything we share on the blog, feel free to contact us! You can reach out at 1.888.867.1055 OR scorker@springlakeranch.ca.