October 12 - 14 Caledon, ON

You are invited to...

Spend a weekend immersed in rhythm, movement and connection to the nature. We pause, breathe and be with our wise bodies. We turn our listening hearts to the forest, the waters, ourselves and each other. We open to remember ancestral wisdom and medicine that can help us create new relationships with the earth and each other. There was a time where we all lived in harmony...

Remembering Through Rhythm and Movement

 

"The fastest way to still the mind is to move the body." - Gabrielle Roth

Indigenous people around the world have suffered the destructive forces of colonization. For many of us, the sacred songs, dances and drummed rhythms have been seemingly completely lost. However, our bones are made of our great great grandmothers. Our DNA is encoded with the wisdom and knowledge of past times, when our ancestors knew how to work together with the land and the magic of seasons and cycles. Our heart remembers the beat of the drums, that connect us to all of Creation.

It is not too late for us to take the time to remember, what has been 'lost'. When we still our minds, we can open to the knowledge held within our bodies. You will be guided through a series of movement, drumming and reflective experiences that support you to reclaim even the smallest tidbit of wisdom / cultural heritage that is seeking you at this time.

What's Included

Friday 5 pm to Sunday 3 pm

Retreat Includes:

All fresh, homemade Organic meals created to delight your senses (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners) We can accomodate gluten-free & dairy free preferences.

Accommodation, single bed (bring your own towels and pillows) OR book a private room (add $250 to your retreat fee)

Bodhran workshop with Tara Mhic Coinneach, movement workshop with Elisha MacMillan and all other guided activities

Our Location

Situated on 34 acres of forested land, Nature's Retreat Centre is a haven woven with a love of the Earth and respect for the Land. The beautiful property hosts a labyrinth, celtic stone circle, medicine wheel garden and plenty of trails to follow throughout the forest.

Our retreat centre is a cozy place to nestle in, with an open fireplace, large kitchen and multiple washrooms adorned with indigenous art from around the world and local creations! We can host up to 13 women, rooms are shared with one or two women. Caledon is just one hour from both Toronto and Newmarket.

Our retreat centre is just a 5 min drive from the Cheltenham Badlands. Although you can't walk on the land anymore, it is a beautiful place to stop and connect with potent earth energies!

Your Facilitators

Elisha MacMillan is a women's coach, sociologist, educator and dance alchemist. The integral role of drum and dance in everyday life is one thing her ancestors from Scotland, Ivory Coast and Jamaica had in common. She has brought rhythms of healing, pleasure and presence to women across Canada, USA, Europe, India & Australia. In her business Manifest Dance manifestdance.comElisha helps women to heal and connect to their body wisdom through workshops, retreats and online trainings.

Before her coaching business launched, Elisha had a full-time career performing African dance alongside established artists from across the African continent.  Over the course of 6 years Elisha starred in award-winning performances touring nationally and internationally.  Her experiences of studying dance in Guinea, Mali and Ethiopia deeply inform her philosophy of Dance Medicine.


Tara Mhic Coinneach (MacKenzie in English), is arranger and director of Rock The Sound Adult Choir, Teen A Cappella Ensemble and the Elemental Drum Ensemble. She began her professional singing career at 14, was involved in extensive touring  in 16 countries working as a session vocalist and percussionist. Tara is a citizen of Ireland and Canada and has an Owen Sound Cultural Award , A Maple Blues Award, for work with her band, The MacKenzie Blues Band, and commendation letters from the Provincial and Federal Government of Canada for her work in music education.


Tara is featured on over 250 recordings as a session musician as a vocalist/ multi instrumentalist, has scored music for the New Zealand documentary  "Let My People Go" a movie about the impact of colonization on tribal spiritual practices globally. Her passion, is helping people understand that musicality is medicine that we need to live brave, happy, connected and fulfilled lives. Her goal is to inspire folks  of all ages in their pursuit of personal growth and exploration of musical studies and enjoyment of being more deeply human through the medium of music.

As a percussion teacher, Tara is so excited about reconnecting people to our ancestral traditions and respect of the drum as a medicine, source of inspiration and as a meditative practice.


She began her drumming path as a child in the 70's beginning with Bodhrán, and with Afro Cuban drums in the 1980's. Tara followed  the drum path with much joy, drumming with a number of ensembles. She has taught workshops internationally, through her work with Musicians for Missions, and with New Sound ( A tribal indigenous collaborative project).



Registration

The Early Bird rate is still available.
Will you join us?

Retreat Investment: $595 + HST
Early Bird: $495 + HST 
if paid in full by September 22

A non-refundable deposit of $125 will reserve your spot.
Registration opens on June 22

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