• Kirtan - The Beauty and Power of Sacred Sound

    55 Albert St

    Kirtan is the practice of yogic chanting. "In yoga practice, mantra and kirtan (call-and-response devotional chanting) get short shrift in the West because they aren't well understood, thought they are an integral part of almost every Eastern spiritual practice. They are designed to provide access into the psyche while their underlying mythology helps us understand how our psychology affects daily life." ~ Alanna Kaivalya Yet even without any prior experience or any explanation at all, the participation in Kirtan is powerful in itself. Come and experience this beautiful, uplifting and joyous practice with Anna Leeming accompanied by Tanya Porter. April 26th from 7-9PM @ The Village Hive 55 Albert Street, Markham $20 per person at the door What to bring: come comfortably dressed, water bottle and indoor shoes or slippers. RSVP on our Facebook event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/794600410926775/?active_tab=about What to expect: 1. Learn - A short and comprehensive introduction to sound healing and the ancient practice of yogic chanting. 2. Sing - Call and response singing with Anna Leeming on Guitar and Tanya Porter on Percussion. 3. Stillness - A short silent "meditations"...glorious peace and stillness in mind, body, heart and energy between each song. About Tanya Tanya is a certified yoga instructor from The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, recognized by the Yoga Alliance in the USA and Canada. She has been practising yoga for 23 years, and did a 10-year apprentice with Judith McCaffery, senior teacher in the Sivananda lineage. She has been teaching yoga privately for 16 years, and before that through the TDSB for 4 years. She is registered with the Canadian Yoga Alliance with a designation of CYA-RYT 500. About Anna Anna Leeming grew up in England and came to Canada when she was 21. She has played in various classic rock and pop bands including her tribute band Fleetwoodnicks (www.fleetwoodnicks.ca) where she currently performs as Stevie Nicks, as well as the cover band That’s the Spirit. Anna also leads Kirtan, a call and response singing chant meditation.

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  • The Tai Chi Experience

    The Village Hive

    The Tai Chi Experience Take a deeper look into the yin yang symbol and what it means. Experience its pulse in tai chi movements and how we use these concepts in our daily lives to feel both stronger and more at peace. Led by Wendy Williams, this circle will delve into a greater overview of the yin yang symbol, use small group discussions to explore it further as well as take a fun and light hearted approach to learning some tai chi movements. Friday, June 21st from 7-9PM @ The Village Hive 55 Albert Street, Markham $20 per person at the door. What to bring: water bottle and come comfortably dressed as there will be movement. If the weather is nice, we will be outside! About Wendy Wendy Williams is the owner of Wendy Williams Tao where she uses her training in Taiji (Tai Chi) to help people feel strong, calm and resilient in their daily lives. Wendy has been practicing Taiji for over 20 years including Yang, Chen, Sword, Sabre and Partner forms. Underlying this martial art is the philosophy of Taoism which is based on the cycles, rhythms and observations of nature. Wendy brings with her a calming effect and light sense of humour leaving participants feeling relaxed and at ease. www.turquoisetiger.ca

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  • Clearing the Shadow Self

    The Village Hive

    Guiding Leite Gathering: Clearing the Shadow Self Join us this month as Brenda Leite, Spiritual Guide and Intuitive, PhD NM, leads us in a transformational evening for your highest good. Witness the power of the circle’s energy with individual clearing as the foundation. Are you ready to: · receive a clearing on a quantum level for your physical, mental, emotional, etheric and spiritual Self? · have blockages removed from this lifetime and past karma that are keeping you from receiving daily joy, love, purpose and abundance? · be one of three attendees randomly selected to experience a 10 minute session in the circle that will benefit all attendees? Friday, May 31st from 7-9PM @ The Village Hive 55 Albert Street, Markham $20 per person at the door Come to our circle well hydrated and comfortably dressed. Please help keep this gathering a scent free circle as scent interferes with the information downloading from Spirit for your healing work. The intricacies of the connection between trauma, whether present or past life, conscious or unconscious, will be explained in terms of how these traumas affect your Earth Walk today. These traumas, also referred to as shadows in your energy field, will be cleared allowing your chi, your life force, to move more freely, empowering every aspect of your present earth expression. You will leave feeling lighter with clarity, peace and a profound grounded connection to Mother Earth. Be ready for metamorphosis! About Brenda Brenda Leite has been employing this energy technique, her own creation, since 2006 at her former natural medicine clinic in Port Perry. [masked] text or call [masked] YouTube Channel: Guiding Leite Personal or group energy sessions available.

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  • Sound and Silence Weekend Retreat

    Mansfield Outdoor Centre

    Celebrate spring and the return of warmer days by connecting with nature and with your Self at the Sound & Silence weekend retreat. This popular annual retreat with Tanya Porter and guests offers a truly unique and renewing experience that balances soulful sounds and sweet silence. Here are some of the things you will enjoy to create lasting memories: • Gentle yoga • Walking in the woods meditation • African hand drum circle • Evening dance party with special guests Phil and Wendy Shaw • Sound healing music concert with special guest band The River Pilots • Instrument building workshop lead by special guest Rick Monaco • Delicious and nutritious meals • Accommodations at the warm and rustic Mansfield Outdoor Centre Regular Fee: $475 plus HST Please visit www.theinnerspace.ca/retreats to register and for complete information

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  • Introduction to Shamanic Power Animal Retrieval

    55 Albert St

    Introduction to Shamanic Power Animal Retrieval For those interested in shamanic healing and learning about your power animal, this month’s Women’s Wellness Circle is about Power Animal Retrieval. This wonderful introduction to Shamanic journeying, facilitated by Sue Burness, will safely guide participants through spoken word and drumming to meet their individual Power Animals. The practice of Shamanism can help to restore our wholeness by restoring personal power. March 22nd from 7-9PM @ The Village Hive 55 Albert Street, Markham $20 per person at the door Please RSVP on our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/events/385528505580821/?active_tab=about What to bring: come comfortably dressed, water bottle and indoor shoes or slippers. What to expect: spiritual connection, guided visualization and rhythmic drumming What is Power Animal Retrieval? A Power Animal Retrieval is often the best place to start when beginning your Shamanic healing. It is a simple ceremony that connects us to helping spirits that show themselves in the form of animals. It is believed that we come into this life with Power Animals who act as guides, compassionate helpers and protectors. We often lose contact with them as we grow up. Our loss of imagination and dismissal of “magic” as a force in our lives causes us to sever our connections to the spiritual world and to our spirit helpers. The good news is that we can call them back! Each of us may have one or more “main” Power Animal. Others also come into our lives as needed, bringing particular gifts and qualities that would be helpful to us in our current circumstances. What Happens During a Power Animal Retrieval? Power Animal Retrieval with a group is a fun yet powerful experience. It is a wonderful introduction to Shamanic journeying, as participants are safely guided through spoken word and drumming, to meet their individual Power Animals. The ceremony begins with calling in helpful spirits, and explaining what it means to connect with them. Questions are always welcome during the introduction. Guided visualization and rhythmic drumming will help the group establish communication with their own Power Animals. Afterwards, participants are welcome to share their experience if they wish. People are very often surprised to discover the identity of their Special helpers! About Sue Sue Burness is a Shamanic Life Coach who believes in the power of deep and compassionate listening to support personal growth. She combines coaching and EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, to assist others in moving stored harmful emotions from their bodies. Her passion for Shamanism led her to study with Contemporary Shamanic teacher Robin Rice from[masked], and from one of Robin’s apprentices. Then in 2015, guided to find a local teacher, she found Daniel Leonard. Daniel was taught by Sandra Ingerman (prolific author, teacher and visionary) who was taught by Michael Harner. With Daniel as her “human guide and teacher” she completed workshops in the “Introduction to Shamanic Journeying”, “PTSD for Energy Healers” and First Degree Reiki. In 2017 she graduated from Daniel’s One-year Shamanic Apprenticeship and is now his student in a Two-year advanced Shamanic program. Sue’s ultimate teachers are her Spirit helpers, those compassionate beings that support her work and well-being. The elements of Nature guide and nurture her. And so much of what she learns comes from listening to and watching her nine beautiful grand-childen. Sue loves to work with individuals and groups, to help people discover the “unseen” worlds and come home to themselves.

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  • Empower One - Women's Wellness Circle Celebrating International Women's Day Week

    EMPOWER ONE Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 6:30-9:30pm Oak Ridges Community Centre 12895 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, ON, L4E 3G2 Tickets: $40/per person Register at http://womenswellnesscircles.com/empower-one-2019/ ABOUT THE EVENT Is it time to… ✓ Build your mental clarity, inner strength, and spiritual fortification ✓ Engage in meaningful self-care that will energize, heal and empower you ✓ Know your worth, stand confidently in it and take clear action ✓ Create new self-awareness and understanding to take back into your life JOIN US for a fun and powerful evening of community spirit infused with movement, music and moon teachings. You will be guided by a line up of fantastic speakers who will facilitate your experience that will nurture your body, mind, and spirit. Come comfortably dressed for movement. PRESENTERS: 1) JILL ERRIDGE - RELEASE & CONNECT Enjoy a series of simple activities designed to transition us from the hustle and bustle of our daily life and prepare us for the sacred space of the evening, so we can have an enjoyable and meaningful experience. You will: Use movement and breath to locate and connect to your centre so you will be ready to lean effortlessly into the gentle flow of the evening Bio: Jill Erridge is the owner of Beyond The Dream Coaching. As a Certified Personal Trainer & Coach with the Canadian Coaching Federation and an Active Aging Specialist, she is passionate about women aging with confidence and vitality. Her tag line: “It’s never too late to be great!” 2) AMANDA PERRONE - MASTERING YOU THROUGH THE WISDOM OF THE MOON Within each woman are four versions of herself that have a vital role throughout the entire course of her lifetime; Maiden, Mother, Enchantress, and Crone. These archetypes correspond perfectly to a specific phase of life and the moon cycle. As you come to understand their attributes and purpose, you can connect to yourself and the Universe like never before. You will: -Learn how this ancient rhythm resides inside you -How you have been “taught” to resist parts of yourself through linear thinking -See yourself and your sisters in a whole new light by accepting life phases and their purpose -Find inner peace through understanding just how perfectly you have been designed Bio: Amanda Perrone is a Mentor, Healer, and Moon Mother. She uses the magic of the moon and ceremony to create a life by design. She is passionate about creating community and helping others master the art of flowing with moon cycles and their own natural rhythms. 3) WENDY PURVES-LAMBIE - SACRED CIRCLE DANCING Circle dancing is one of the most ancient forms of dance and is still danced at community events and celebrations in many parts of the world. Set to a mix of traditional ‘world’ and contemporary music some dances are energetic and lively while others are gentle, reflective and meditative. You will experience music and movement as a path to relax and connect to ourselves, each other and the spiritual energy of the earth. No experience required. Bio: Wendy Purves-Lambie studied Sacred Circle Dance in Findhorn, Scotland, a spiritual community and the ‘birthplace’ of this practice as we currently know it. She has since traveled the world and experienced how dance is used to connect spiritually, in ritual and for just plain fun. Wendy brings a light-hearted teaching style to the dance that encourages laughter, joy and deep connecting. HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US! Register at http://womenswellnesscircles.com/empower-one-2019/

  • The Healing Drum with Rhythmic Re-framing

    55 Albert St

    CA$20.00

    "The Healing Drum" - Rhythmic Re-framing Markham/Stouffville WWC Join our very own Tanya Porter who will facilitate the energizing and healing power of drumming with African Djembe drums and percussion. There is something so magical, fluid and healing about playing this drum. You can choose to get your groove on, receive healing through the vibration of the drum and/or simply have fun. We promise you will feel connected. You will feel renewed. You will leave with a smile on your face. What a powerful way to begin the new year! Feb 22nd from 7-9PM @ The Village Hive 55 Albert Street, Markham $20 per person at the door Drums provided Please officially RSVP on our Facebook event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/684056241983317/?active_tab=about What to bring: come comfortably dressed and water bottle About Rhythmic Re-framing Rhythmic Re-framing is a marriage of mindfulness, affirmation and vibrational healing through drumming. It can also help establish and maintain energy boundaries as well as release old entrenched thoughts and stories. No drum experience necessary to enjoy this playful and powerful introduction to the Djembe drum. About Tanya Tanya Porter is a drummer and percussionist with 30 years of experience, beginning as a player and performer, then evolving into composer, educator and facilitator. She is founder of Rhythmic Re-framing, a marriage of mindfulness, affirmation and vibrational healing through drumming. Tanya is thrilled to teach The Spirit Drum in the first online course for this very special instrument (see Sprit Drum @ udemy.com) Tanya is also founder of classical yoga & meditation studio (www.theinnerspace.ca). She is delighted to co-host the Markham-Stouffville Women’s Wellness Circle with the amazing Casandra Bryant.

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