Emma Brandy

The one who supports every step…


Emma came to Firefly as a retreat participant and immediately fell in love with the warm, encouraging and genuine approach that the coaches took with her. After two retreats, she jumped on board to help Chris sort through the bountiful tasks of an expanding Firefly and settled into her role of Support Goddess. Emma manages Firefly’s monthly subscription, Hello Writer, and assists with the many behind the scenes needs that help Firefly shine. Emma can be found buying flowers for the studio, responding cheerily to emails, decorating chalkboards and leading the monthly envelope packing parties for Hello Writer.

Before life at Firefly, Emma completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Masters in Outdoor Education. She has studied, traveled and lived abroad in Scotland — the place that has her heart. She has studied compassionate facilitation and education in the outdoors, cultivating sustainable food systems, and community building. She has worked with youth at risk through an integrated curriculum program with the Toronto District School Board, she’s coordinated training programs for a national outdoor education non-profit. She’s has been a farm manager at a small-scale permaculture farm and a program co-creator and facilitator of outdoor learning and landscape design workshops for children.

While working she voluntarily ran a Community Shared Agriculture project in Toronto to help feed her local community. She has also had the pleasure of preparing nourishing meals for her mom’s yoga retreats using produce that she planted, tended to and harvested. Most recently before joining the Firefly team, she worked as a barista and roaster at Merchants of Green Coffee, as a way to support being a caregiver for 6 months on a Tenderness Team that cared for her Nan until her death in 2017.

Emma’s writing is focused on heart-felt stories from her life. Whether she’s depicting her nostalgic relationship to the landscape of Scotland or telling the truth of what it means to care for a loved one with dementia, Emma doesn’t shy away from the hard stuff.

She’s deeply happy to be here on this team of incredible writers and facilitators. On her ideal Sunday, you can find Emma walking along the boardwalk, riding her bike, or cozied up with a notebook at her local coffee shop. Later on, you’d find her in the kitchen, cooking up a beautiful meal for her loved ones.