Gathering Our Wisdom:
A Movement Retreat for Women

November 3 - 5 Rhythmwood, Lion's Head ON

You are invited to...

Spend a weekend connecting to the rhythms and instincts of your wild wisdom. We pause, breathe and be with our wise bodies. We turn our listening hearts to the forest, the waters, the elements and our animal spirit friends.

Through movement we drop further into our body wisdom. The noise of the outside world fades and the voice of our instincts is audible.

We dance with Her. She who is in tune with her own body and the body of the earth. She who is connected to the wisdom of all women. She who carves sacred time for herself, gathering with like-minded women.

Here we draw on the wisdom of all women, the Divine Feminine, to nourish the sacred waters of Life.

Through dancing, drumming, creative expression, witnessing and being seen, we share this time together.

Movement as Medicine

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

When we drop deeper into our body-soul, we begin to taste our own instincts. Movement interrupts habitual thought patterns and can help us to access silent truths within ourselves.  Now wisdom can emerge from the Earth of your body, like buried treasure, aligning you with your core essence.

Movement can also be used for healing and alignment. Your body is wise, and when given the opportunity to dance freely, she will naturally move towards harmony. Both Soul Motion and West African dance will be woven into our retreat 'choreography'.

What's Included

Friday 7pm to Sunday 3pm

Retreat Includes:

A full and varied weekend of movement programming

All fresh, homemade meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner & Friday evening snack) We can accomodate gluten-free & dairy free preferences.

Accommodation pajama party style (bring an airmattress and your bedding for Earth studio slumber) OR book a private room ($110 surcharge for 2 nights)

Time spent in nature including a Saturday evening fire and drum event led by Elisha

A sumptuous eco-friendly studio for movement

Our Location

Situated on 50 acres of forested land, Rhythmwood is a haven where dance and sustainability are interwoven. The land hosts a hand-crafted strawbale dance studio and handmade log home, built entirely from materials of the land. Our studio's earthen floors will keep us cozy, with hot water heating pipes warming the floor and giving a radiant heat to the whole building.

A world biosphere, the Bruce Peninsula is the traditional land of the Anishnaabe Saugeen First Nations and the Chippewas of Nawash. It's a place of incredible wild beauty, surrounded by the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. The Bruce Peninsula holds the oldest trees east of the Rockies and is a Dark Sky Preserve where you will see the most incredible night skies!

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.

Wendy is a movement facilitator with a life long love of dance. Through her dance experience she has come to realize the healing opportunities that arise through movement and the gift of consciously living life in a body. She is a Black Belt Nia teacher, a Dance Our Way Home facilitator (women's sacred dance) and a graduate of the Soul Motion Leadership program. She has been teaching movement since 2003. Wendy believes that the world needs more people in motion, moving consciously through life. Her work helps to empower the individual to find more joy and meaning in their own body and life.


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

Retreat Investment: $525 + HST
Early Bird: $480 + HST 
if paid in full by October 18th

Wendy will be taking care of all registration 🙂
If you feel called to join us please email Wendy at
E-transfer is preferred method of payment.

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