RISE UP! is an anthem to the human spirit. Money received for the complete video will go to Red Cross to support the Ukrainians.


The above video will be emailed via Wetransfer, if you inform us of your purchase by contacting, karin@lowerstress.me

karin-promo-photo-300x225 Hi, I’m Karin Vagiste. (My brief bio is at the bottom of this page.) We can’t control world peace, but we can manage our peace of mind. How would you like to see that nagging problem become a catalyst for positive change? SIMED, which stands for simplified mediation, will do just that by releasing your inner peace-maker!

SIMED consists of mediation-based questions to guide your problem-solving conversation, so you avoid talking in circles and getting stuck in the blame game. You don’t need to hire a mediator if you can put your ego into your back pocket, at least for a little while, and listen without judging. You own the conflict, thus the best possible solution rests within you. All too often our instinct to fight is stronger than our will to make peace. The transformational power of SIMED questions will undress your stress, by guiding you to a deeper examination of underlying issues. These questions are in my book, FIRST AID FOR STRESS, which will relieve your relationship headaches and heartaches.The Peace Talks for children is on pg. 34. Order my book here YOUR CHOICES.


A heart attack by the name of takotsubo cardiomyopathy has just one cause, namely stress. The surge of stress hormones stun the heart by constricting the coronary artery, or by impairing the heart’s main pumping chamber. People with no history of heart disease are as vulnerable to it as others who have compromised heart health.


No matter what life throws at you, become mentally bullet-proof against stress.

A huge source of stress comes from relationship problems. Conflicts, both personal and professional, top the list. We’re all social, emotional beings; there’s no pain quite as bad as that of a strained or broken relationship. Life is too short to be stuck in messy relationship issues. On-going conflicts release toxic stress hormones that will hurt our health in a multitude of ways; 90% of all illnesses are stress related. Stress is also an obstacle in the effective treatment of an illness. Our emotional health is directly tied to our physical health. In other words, the quality of our relationships act as biochemical markers of our health.

I’ve mediated conflicts from the boardroom to the bedroom and everything in between. Most conflicts revolve around unmet needs. Is someone preventing you from getting or achieving something important? The bottom line here is this — if you don’t have what you need, most likely it’s time to ask for it in a different way. Simplified Mediation provides a new path to meeting your needs, goals,…. even reaching your dreams!

I felt honoured to be a guest mediation expert on many TV and Radio stations all over North America. (See some of the stations listed below.) It was a real pleasure to connect with the listeners when I answered their phone-in questions live on-air. Please fill out the form on the contact page to request an interview.

Are you aware of the popular myth of Stress Management?

When you participate in conventional stress management activities, your stress decreases ONLY for as long as you do your chosen activity. After you return from the walk, yoga class or other stress relieving activity, the feel-good effects wear off. Then what? The dispute that caused your anxiety, frustration or emotional paralysis returns. Your unresolved situation remains, still holding you captive. While at the same time, toxic stress hormones compromise your health. There aren’t enough yoga moves, or mindfulness-meditation minutes that can provide the practical skills you need to deal directly with your stressful issue. That’s why I had to create SIMED, and write a book about it.


View the YOUR CHOICES page to order the book, or register for a six week course on Emotional Fitness. You can also book me as a Keynote speaker on this page.

Your 4th choice is to arrange a mediation meeting by calling first and then we may arrange a video meeting. I need to understand the complexity of your dispute; multiple party dispute fees will be higher. Feel free to send in a question or comment on the CONTACT page, where you will also see a map of the business location.

I designed six cartoons for a mug that provide a visual summary of Simplified Mediation. These mugs can be ordered for conferences.



Karin Vagiste was granted the International Award of Excellence for her Peace-Building Strategies as a Mediator during her time at the Attorney General’s ADR Office. This award was presented by New York City’s Human Resources Office. Her mediation studies involved three countries: USA – Tucson, Arizona, VOMA (Victim Offender Mediation); SWEDEN – Stockholm’s International Peace Research Institute. CANADA – Windsor University, Faculty of Law, Advanced Mediation Specialization. York University, HONOURS BFA; and The University of Toronto B.ED. Karin brings a well-rounded perspective to resolving a wide variety of disputes.

She was granted the National Award of Excellence from AMTEC, (Association of Media and Technology in Educational Communications), for her Educational Programs. She is the director of Solid Solutions, a company that is dedicated to mediation. Her book, “SETTLE IT!” has been translated into a number of other languages. Jack Canfield of The Chicken Soup series of books endorsed her book with this inscription on the front cover, “Vagiste advances the cause of peace for the human soul; every home should have a copy of this book.” Her more recent book, “FIRST AID FOR STRESS,” offers relief to relationship headaches and heartaches. It outlines SIMED, which is a simple conversational guide to achieving a peaceful resolution. Karin volunteers at the Distress Centre. She claims that her passion for peace is rooted in her Swedish genes.