Twin Willows’ Purpose

I wish to help you improve your overall sense of well-being and achieve greater personal resilience through mindful knitting, mindfulness, and nature.

Our Offerings

Guided meditation
Watching the Sky

I offer Mindful Knitting Groups and Mindfulness-based Programs to individuals and groups. Check my Event Listing page to find out about current  retreats and workshops on various topics.

Therapeutic Knitting
Knit simply

I can offer these programs and workshops on an individual basis at your home, for a group at your organization’s site or in our natural surroundings.

Natural Setting

Twin Willowscopy-cropped-cropped-3HorsesinField093.jpg Farm is nestled in a woodsy area, near cultivated agricultural land, and natural wetlands in the east end of Ottawa. My husband and I own  38 acres of land with about 10 acres put aside for our horses’ use, and many trails through the woods for walking and contemplating the joys of nature.


Twin Willows provides a natural setting that works its way into most of my farm-based Wellness workshops.

Francine – the Well-Being Enabler

Francine Portenier
Francine Portenier

I am keen to help you find the harmony that is within you; to help you remove some of the barriers that keep you from accessing this peace and balance.

Francine Portenier of Twin Willows Farm has received a Certificate in Level 1 Mindfulness-based Interventions from the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic.

I am an experienced Systems Design Engineer; a Certified Life Coach;  and a keen knitter. Here’s a look into my story so far.

Mindful Knitting

Therapeutic Knitting
Knit simply

Knitting has been proven to reduce stress and improve your mood and outlook. The rhythmical and relaxing pace of knitting can help you slow down and enjoy the moment. This simple act of repeatedly and quietly performing the same movements over and over, creating something unique and wonderful, is calming and meditative.

The purpose in participating in a mindful knitting group is to have fun; maybe learn a new skill; improve your mood; lower your stress levels and develop a meditative approach to knitting.

Anyone who already knits or who would like to learn how to knit is welcome to contact me to get more information on the location and timing of my Mindful or Therapeutic Knitting Groups.


“The act of Knitting is inherently built on the formation of a stitch, the creation of fabric. When we knit, we place our attention over and over again on the natural rhythm of creating fabric from yarn.”               by Tara Jon Manning of Mindful Knitting