March, 2023

Rainbo Mushrooms with Tonya Papanikolov

Tonya's first-hand healing experience with fungi began in 2011 which sparked her passion, reverence and belief in the magic of mushrooms.

This led her on a profound journey as her curiosity into fungi grew stronger by the day. In 2018, Tonya built her Rainbo brand with a product line of dietary supplements and functional foods. She has since sourced each mushroom locally and sustainably in Canada, uncovering the mystical properties found in fungi.  

How did your journey as a holistic nutritionist begin?

My healing journey began as a teenager and this directed my focus and interest in nutrition from a young age. I’ve been studying nutritional sciences and holistic modalities ever since and have devoted my life’s work to helping people heal and upgrade through functional nutrition, mycotherapy and integrative lifestyle practices.

I studied Nutrition and Nutraceutical Sciences in my undergrad and then studied Holistic Nutrition at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. I’ve also been practicing and studying yoga for 10+ years. Yoga and meditation changed my life in a big way and continue to be a daily practice. I recently became a Kundalini Yoga teacher as well.

What have been some of the challenges along your journey?

I had a lot of digestive issues, IBS, allergies, parasites, mold, skin issues — you name it. We are always a work in progress. I have done so much healing in the past decade; gut healing was a large focus. Food, targeted protocols, supplements and lifestyle medicine did wonders for me.

At present time, what mushroom inspires you the most?


"Reishi is my all time favourite mushroom. Held in the highest regard in China, the name "Lingzhi" represents a combination of spiritual potency and the essence of immortality."

For those who are unfamiliar with Reishi mushrooms, what would you say are their primary benefits?

What are your favourite meals to cook to feel more balanced & grounded?

Smoothies, Soups, Mushroom broth, Mushroom tonics, Bowls and at the moment, Poke bowls have been a recent obsession!

We'd love to know, do you believe in star-signs?

Yes - absolutely! It feels very accurate and I base a lot of my life around lunar and planetary happenings. I'm a Taurus sun, libra moon, cancer rising and am also interested in human design (I’m a projector) and tantric numerology.

Favourite genre of music right now?

I’m always listening to new age music. Whatever that means! But I think that’s the genre of music it falls into. Everyday I listen to yogic mantras or music tuned to 528 Hz or another deeply resonate and healing frequency. I often listen to bands Sunniai and White Sun and have these mantras on most of my day - playing softly in the background.

I also listen to music on YouTube for focus and concentration when I need to be in a deep work flow. You can find my playlist here.

What was your biggest achievement last year and how has it inspired you throughout 2022?

In 2021 I listened to a deep calling to take my yoga practice deeper. I studied for 6 months to become a Kundalini Yoga teacher. It was such a gift to myself. I don’t know how I would have gotten through my year without the teachings and devotion to a daily spiritual practice. It helped me find balance, connect to myself deeper and be a better leader and business owner. Right now I offer classes to my team - we’re doing full and new moon classes monthly and to friends and family.

Taking time to focus on the passions and practices that keep me sustained, energised and connected (beyond Rainbo) and was an inspiring process for me. I didn’t think I’d have time. But you don’t have time unless you make time!

Discover what Tonya's dreaming of wearing . . .

Luminescence Pinky Ring


Rainbow Spiral Moon Earrings


Seed of Life Choker


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