Spring 2019 Events
Celebrating Beauty: the spirit of Beltane on Saltspring Island
May 3-5 2019
We respond with joy to the call of beauty because in an instant it can awaken under the layers of the heart a forgotten brightness. —John O’Donohue
Arriving more firmly in our bodies and our relationship to the earth we are reminded that we have the ability to experience the sacred on all levels of our being: body, mind, and heart. Join me along with teachers Natalie Rousseau and Niki Brown for a weekend delighting the senses and celebrating the gift of embodiment through yoga, Ayurveda, creativity, and connection. Step into the magic of Spring through ritual and practice aligned with the energies of the season as we explore themes of sensuality, simplicity, and delight through the beauty of the waking and warming earth.
We will gather together on Salt Spring Island BC for the new moon weekend of May 3rd- 5th. Our weekend will include group movement practices as well as crafting workshops taught by Nikki, Natalie & Alysia. These will include learning how to infuse simple meals & drinks with fresh flowers, seasonal flower essences, and the crafting of a vinok (traditional Ukranian flower crown). This gathering is being held in honour of the Celtic festival of Beltane, which celebrates the beauty of late spring and ushers in the blooming season of summer.
SAMPLE SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO SLIGHT CHANGES)
Friday May 3rd 6-8:00 pm Opening Circle
Saturday May 4th
10-12:30 Infusing Beauty with Natalie: movement, flower essences & meditation
12:30-3 free time/lunch break
3-5:30 Adorning Beauty with Alysia: movement, magic & flower crowns
* group dinner arranged at a local restaurant (optional, at an additional cost)
Sunday May 5th
10-12:30 Imbibing Beauty with Niki: movement, meditation, flowers & food!
12:30-2 light lunch served as part of morning workshop / free time
2-4 Closing Circle
Friday May 3rd- Sunday May 5th Salt Spring Island BC
Accommodation not included
Classes will be held at Golden Tree Farm
Participants will take home a goodie bag of seasonally inspired gifts
Event will run with a minimum of 8 students, capped at a maximum of 18
Early bird pricing is available until March 31st 2019
$275 up until March 31st (use code “early bird”)
$325 April 1st onwards
Here is Healing
Sunday March 24th 1:00pm-3:00pm
Land holds stories. Woven into the land are the tales of ecology and history, tectonic movement, and the crosswinds of culture. We will listen.
Land holds power. Within each specific land base there exists an ancient and ever-flowing energy. A power that can move mountains and rewrite histories. We will allow ourselves to be moved.
Land holds healing. Emanating from the heart of a landscape is a living relationship of medicine. Plant, fungi, minerals, communication, meditation, and mystery. We will invite regeneration.
This special seminar is an interactive and profound experiential journey into land-based medicine. During this workshop we will gather for a few hours in a place that is close to my heart: perhaps it is close to yours! It is a space that I spend time in frequently, and I want to share its medicine and magic with you. You may have heard of the idea of a "sit spot", and in some ways, this place is just that: We will be in a space in the land where we can sit together in stillness and open all the land is asking us to hear.
During this gathering we will:
discuss the idea that we can bring peace and healing to ourselves just by 'being' with a place
learn a little about the plants, stones, trees and mushrooms of our sacred space through a variety of different lenses, as well as its relationship with people. Learn about physical and energetic plant medicines as I know them from my teachers and ancestors.
experience a guided meditation to connect with the land base we are exploring
receive guidance from the land itself through a variety of methods you can use beyond your participation in the workshop
Location: Alberni Valley, to be determined at a later date depending on accessibility of trails (no, you do NOT have to be an avid hiker, or even a hiker of any kind, to attend). You'll receive an email with further details week prior to the event.
A few notes: Soft-hearted curious children are always welcome at no cost. Please do understand that you are responsible for caring for your children, which includes providing nourishment, toileting, and weather-appropriate footwear and clothing. We will be outdoors on terrain that is, as much as possible, appropriate for the abilities of the attendees, so if you have any mobility concerns please connect with me so that we can make sure you are able to reach our learning space.
Let Spring be a time to distill the creative and personal shifts you wish to make in the coming months as we grow in light. Distillation is alchemy, a process of discernment and clarification.
On the Spring Equinox, March 21st 2019, you'll receive a FREE downloadable booklet with simple nature-based practices to guide you to clarity in creating movement towards your dreams.
Practices will include some from the Yoga tradition, which will help you encounter the natural world in a receptive and open state, ready to listen and observe. The wisdom of plants will give you insight into your personal process at this time, and how you might use support your intentions through practice.