2017 Schedule & Past Workshops

Below is a sample of some of the workshops offered at the third-annual Womyn’s Summit in 2016.
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Transmuting Stress into Relaxation with Denise Carson
Stress is the silent killer, but what is it?  How does it feel in our body? and how can we recognize when we are stressed and choose to bring ourselves back into a state of peace & calm?  This talk will give you some tools to become aware of stress in your life, as well as give you practical tools to manage your stress in the moment.  You will learn a simply breathing technique that everyone in your family can easily learn and apply.  This technique can change the stress dynamic and reactions for your whole family
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Introduction to Natural Family Planning: The Sympto-Thermal Method with Eli Leblanc
The Sympto-Thermal Method (STM), an effective, evidence-based, economical and ecological method of natural family planning. In this workshop, you will go through the basics of the feminine cycle and see how this precious knowledge can be used to avoid pregnancy, to increase you chances of conception or just to be more in phase with your body, using simple direct observations. The STM is a great way to empower yourself by taking charge of your fertility.
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Full Bloom Under the Sun and Moon – Flower Essence Workshop with Savayda Jaron
We will walk among the flowers in the light of the thunder moon, which will lead into a group plant attunement, followed by the making of a lunar flower essence. We will gather again on Saturday to further prepare the essence for long-keeping and each participant will take away a bottle of this super charged lunar/solar flower essence. Flower essences are used to restore balance and harmony to our emotions, and to further us on the spiritual path by deepening self knowing.
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The Art of Ceremony with Jennifer Ayer
For far too long we have been disconnected from our bodies, the natural world, and universal energy.  Whether you call it life-force, magic, chi, shakti, or love, women, from the beginning of time, have known how to access and work wit hit.  Midwives (with woman, witches (wise women), shamans (access the other world) or goddess archetypes (flowing energy through creation), have all been trained to communicate with this invisible energy.  It spins our planets and moves the tides.  It initiates the contracting of the womb, and shows us the path of re-membering. All you have to do is believe.  In this workshop I will share with you the seven habits, practices and rituals that I use to work with this energy in order to shape the outcomes of my life.  This will help you learn how to embody your spiritual energy on a daily basis, and to inspire the other women in your tribe.
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Tara the Female Buddha with Pam Rubin
Who is Tara, the Female Buddha? How does an ordinary person become a compassionate Buddha – Tara, also known as the Swift Liberator Heroine, made this journey and we can too. Learn about Tara and the Buddhist practices associated with invoking her powers of wisdom, compassion and rescue.  How can we use these practices to overcome suffering in our lives and in the world? What does it mean to see with the eye of wisdom?  How can we manifest our true nature in our everyday life?
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Empowering Your Warrior Soul Through Song and Drum with Courtney Trowse
If humanity is to thrive, the voices of womyn need to be heard. We are the wisdom keepers, the healers, the warriors who shall stand for those who can not speak, who can not fight, we are the Goddess incarnate. In this workshop we will lift our voices in song with our Sisters, drumming in rhythm with the sacred heartbeat of the Earth. Through our songs we will receive healing and be bathed in strength. Our voices will rise through us,unleashed, powerful, and formidable as we offer prayer, healing, possibility, and hope. Our songs shall awaken our Souls, ignite fires, and give us the confidence to be heard and embrace our roles as catalysts of change that the Earth needs us to become. Please bring along a drum or rattle if you have one. No singing experience necessary, just a desire to speak your truth.
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Cacao Ceremony with Mara Panacci
Come and explore the mystical depths that lay resting in your heart centre, using ceremonial grade raw cacao from the Guatemalan highlands. Together we will use cacao as medicine, as ancient cultures throughout modern day Central and South American have been doing for centuries. Cacao can be a portal to the creative and sensual parts of ourselves, and can be used to release negative emotions and heal old wounds. We will drink, share stories, make art, find movement, dance and allow the medicine to reveal it’s messages. Please bring your own cup and journal.
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Consciousness Expansion Meditation and Mystical Beach Yoga with Mara Panacci
We will welcome another day together, by flowing and moving breath and body in sisterhood and solidarity. We will begin by a hydrating tea ritual, using the finest organic Pu’erh tea from China. This fermented ceremonial grade tea is used to help open the pineal gland and our connection to source. Come and feel the strength of your being and courageousness of your spirit in this beautiful beach practice, joined by the forces of nature. We will begin with a consciousness expansion meditation, followed by a creative flow. All bodies and abilities welcome. Please bring a mat or beach towel.
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Creating Space Now: Cultivating Clarity for the Future with Lindsay Umlah
Too many of us mamas get so wrapped up and focused on our babies that we often forget to make time for ourselves. We tend to lose a small piece of who we are, forgetting what we want out of life. This leaves us feeling lost when we come to the point in our lives where our babes are grown and no longer need us in the same capacity as they once did.
Why not live a life that is continuously fostering that deep connection to self, purpose and meaning? Be living a life that has us forever moving forward in a quest for growth and self discovery.
Let’s dive in and discover what it might look like and mean to uncover your passion, and how you can build a lifestyle that empowers you to step into your brilliance and own your gifts now, helping you create a clear path for your future. Finding the ebb and flow between nourishing your soul and raising your babes.
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Re-Childing: The Value of the Healing Spirit of Nature in the Life of a Child with Laura Martin
We hear about it more and more, how our children’s cultural landscape is plagued by inactivity, obesity, and over-consumption of tech time. Today’s children  are more aware about our global environmental threats than ever before, but their intimacy with our natural physical world is fading. This disconnect is painful to both parties. Join me as we discuss how the healing spirit of nature supports the incarnating child, and promotes wonder, reverence, and gratitude in our children. We will explore Rudolph Steiner (founder of Waldorf Education)’s philosophies of children’s lower senses and how time spent outdoors, free from the restriction and imposition of adult interference, can strengthen and heal them and our physical world.
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A Mother’s Curse with Christina DeHaas
It is a big rite of passage to join Motherhood and as we live through it we understand many things that have the potential to join women together in a bond of united strength. But we seemed cursed.
In this discussion ‘Mothers’ curse’  refers to how much, as mothers with wisdom gained from experience, we want to share our knowledge and support new mothers in the community. However it is often noticeable that our knowledge isn’t wanted or even appropriate to offer. Often the curse is that we bite our tongues and walk on by minding our own business. Grandmothers carefully consider whether to open their mouths as it takes courage to face rejection from a younger generation. New mothers state that they fear being judged so they resist receiving knowledge even from their own mothers.
Have we come to a time in our society where it is frowned upon to share female intuitive knowing? Why is there lack of trust in what other women say? Have we fallen into the trap of only being able to do what ‘educated certified professionals’ say is okay because it has been proven by science? Why do we follow information dominated by the intellect rather than teachings from the heart and core of our being?
This discussion will dive into whether we identify with this and if it is healthy for our communities and society.
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Who Is the ‘Real Me’ In The Many Faces I Adorn That Are Shaping My Reality? with Joanne Rolfe
Inspiring women at all stages of life to strive towards living a life of authenticity, purpose and direction. By shedding the layers of what has been defining us, to be more in touch with our ‘Being’, brings us closer to our truth. Shifting our focus from our external reality, perceptions and expectations of others, to our inner being, we gain clarity on what is Our unique life journey, what we want to experience and how we want to FEEL. Honouring our needs as we maneuver through various stages of life can be challenging if we don’t have clearly defined values, beliefs and boundaries to guide us on our journey.
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Empowering our Bodies & Minds with Bellydance with Barbara Aubie
This Bellydance workshop is suitable for everyone. Learn fundamentals and combine movement to create simple and pleasurable dances for yourself.
According to the Journal of Women & Aging (Jan. 31, 2014) women take up Bellydance for fitness, friendship and visibility. Bellydance can help with physical and psychological changes that occur by boosting feelings of overall health and the intergenerational relationships that develop by bonding thru dance often create a supportive atmosphere for those coping with common concerns. A particularly important aspect of belly dance is the opportunity to allow older women to maintain visibility. How Bellydance makes a woman feel, the self-confidence achieved through dancing in with others and in public, often spills over into other aspects of daily life.
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#YesAllWomen: Coping with the Risks and Realities of Male Violence Against Women with Katie Burke 
“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” – Maya Angelou
The United Nations defines violence against women as: “Any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.” In the climate of male violence being an undeniably urgent problem, idealized qualities of caring, compassion, empathy and forgiveness can put women at extreme risk and require close examining. In this talk, we’ll discuss women’s vulnerability at a societal and personal level, and look at real indicators of danger – including where they come from and how to interpret them. We will also share critical information including key contacts for law enforcement, women’s shelters, legal information and financial support, as well as what to expect in navigating these systems.
In the second part of this talk, we’ll explore radical self-care for surviving the psychological, social and physical impacts of stress, and the mammoth task of healing as individuals, families and communities. Whether you’ve experienced the intense stress of feeling unsafe in your home, or the general fear of being a woman in the world – let’s be stronger together.
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How yoga can support you while you are on your period with Shannon Kiely
Learn a sequence of yoga postures designed specifically for the days when you are on your period. Gentle yoga postures that embrace the downward energy of your menstrual flow are ideal for relaxation during your period. This restorative sequence of yoga postures is beneficial to do at any time during your cycle, even on days when you are not bleeding. Try out the sequence the next time you are menstruating and experience how these soothing postures create space for introspection and rest.