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May the Songs open and nourish you, may the Art inspire you, may the Kung Fu & Chi Kung get you into your body. 

 

Every aspect of our multi-faceted humanness-- body, mind, heart, spirit-- needs to move (sing! breathe! dance! wrestle!) in order to thrive.  Movement is not only medicine for our individual selves, but our journey of its embodiment also supports global healing.

 

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NEW PROJECT - Staying In Joy Book

Stories & Reflections from Friends & Family

The focus of the book is on what keeps us smiling during times of uncertainty and challenge, and how we do it. Two years into a global pandemic, I'm sure you'll agree there are A LOT of folks who could benefit from such a book!

Hardship is part of the human experience that we all endure from time to time, even those of us who seem to "have it all figured out." How we manage our struggles shows up differently for each of us and this beautiful display of our uniqueness can be extremely helpful and inspiring to others.  Sharing insights into what works for us when we need a boost helps to spread some light, and trade and plant seeds of hope and motivation.

Standing in Joy is a much-needed collection of passion, practices, and experience-based wisdom for staying sane, feeling grounded and knowing joy, even when the world around us gives us many reasons not to. 

I believe we can learn a lot from each other, and we never know whose life might be changed for the better from hearing our story.  

Your contribution to this campaign will help to put something positive and heart-warming into peoples' hands. In today's global climate, that is a real gift. 

 

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EXPLORING WOMEN'S GIFTS - Planting Seeds & Setting Intentions

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Hastings, ON

This time of lengthening days, brighter sun, warmer air, melting snow and thawing ground is when we lay our intentions down for the coming season of growth. We dream, we set goals and look ahead, and we do this in a balanced way, staying present in this important moment of holding and planting the seed with awakened consciousness and specific intention. Let us envision vitality, plan for supported productivity, and prepare ourselves for what lies ahead in the busy warmer months that will soon be upon us. Our creative, birthing energy is in full swing as we embrace the coming season with inspired motivation. Or, even if we're not quite there yet, we support each other in warming up those seeds so they open up and start growing.

We will create art, express ourselves in expansive body movement, sing together, enjoy delicious food, good company, all held in a safe container for deep sharing for the purposes of deepening our self-awareness and connection with each other.

Co-hosted by Sasha Padron and myself.

Dates: May 13- 15, 2022

Location: Hastings, Ontario

Cost: $300-425 sliding scale (includes materials, accommodations, coffee & tea and most meals). Please pay what feels both generous and affordable to you.

Feel free to share this invitation around. Spaces are limited, so remember to sign up soon!

Please register with Sasha at sasha.padron@gmail.com.

I look forward to visioning with you soon!

Preparing our Hearts for Winter

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Hastings, ON

Join us for a weekend of heart and spiritual "detox" as we take a look at our inner landscapes, and explore how we continue to grow on our Human Journey.

Just as the winds of fall bring a change of energy to the world around us—in these parts we see leaves turning brilliant colours before the tree releases them to the ground—we too will respond to the moving of the seasons, as reflected by our inner natures. Let us consciously harvest the blessings of this past growing season, and work to let go of anything we’re ready to shed for the purposes of growth and renewal. Like the trees and those leaves—we will come to recognize the beauty of our lessons, before letting die what no longer serves us.

Lighten your heart, so that in a few weeks when the snow falls gently down to cover the earth, you are ready to let new seeds germinate, nourished by the wonderful “compost” of the previous season.

Our process will involve the practices of

Chi Kung and/or Yoga Asking good questions and journaling, Sharing, listening, and being witness to each other, Creating intentional art, Bringing our voices together in song for the purposes of connecting deeper, and supporting each other in our catharsis. Eating good food and enjoying beautiful fires! Energy exchange for the weekend: sliding scale $225 - $275 (includes some meals, snacks and hot drinks, and art materials)

This is an outdoor event, so bring a tent and warm clothes so you can stay the nights feeling ALIVE and COMFORTABLE!

To register, please contact Sasha Padron at sasha.padron@gmail.com

A Day for Songbirds

Wasaga, Ontario

GET TOGETHER WITH COMMUNITY AND EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF SINGING Morning for Families 11-11:45 am - $25/individual, or $35/family

Join Kate in singing some new (and maybe some familiar!) nature songs. This portion will be a combination of performance, and participation in singing and use of props. We will do some animal-form movements and other activities to engage the senses as we explore our voices together.

Potluck Lunch Break - 12 - 1pm

Afternoon for Older Birds (age 15 and up) 1-4 pm - $35/person

Dive deeper into meaningful songs that can become powerful tools and positive mantras in your life. Kate will break down beautiful harmonies and multi-layer "good message" songs, and bring all voices together in the experience of song. Kate will also share the origin stories behind her and other songwriters' work, so that the accurate lineage can carry through as you go forward and perhaps share these songs with others.

When we sing with our truest voices, we can feel connection with everything around us. Kate will integrate self-exploration exercises and nature connection routine, which can help you on your own song-writing journey, and put you in touch with your true inner voice.

Bndfire - 4-5 pm Free

(weather permitting)

Let's get together for a casual song-share. Kate will hold the container for the circle, and everyone is welcome to bring a song or two to share. This is a good opportunity to practice your own song-teaching skills, and/or to just enjoy the age-old tradition of singing in community, around a crackling fire.

HeartSong Weekend Intensive

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With Kate Sutherland and Kim Brodey, Rosseau, Ontario

Deepen Your Relationship with Song over a weekend of focused and inspired mini-workshops, song sharing circles, time spent in nature, good food and good company. We will meet you where you're at, and gently push the edges of your comfort zone wider through witnessed and held song experience. Explore tools for integrating song into your daily life, as a connection practice for relating to the natural world and yourself.

You don't have to be a song writer, or experienced singer to attend. This workshop is for you and your voice, wherever you find yourself.

Energy Exchange: Early Bird (up to Jan 31): $295 After Jan 31: $335

Exploring Women's Gifts & Responsibilities

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Rosseau Sanctuary, Rosseau, Ontario

Hello Friends!

Do you ever feel a rising within you, a glimpse-feeling of something powerful wanting to emerge into full expression? Perhaps it's accompanied by a sense of calmness, deep inner knowing, fear, restlessness, urgency, helplessness, joy, snippets of clarity and truth, or of surrendering to mysteries yet to unfold...?

Take Courage! Embrace your Beauty.

Join me in celebrating and exploring our Sacred Gifts & Responsibilities through song medicine, art, nature meditation time, body movement, heart-conversation and ceremony.

This gathering is open to anybody who identifies as being a woman. Please note that some of our discussion will likely enter the realm of the Sacred Gifts of the Feminine that are directly related to female biology-- e.g. Vision Medicine of Moontime, the Womb, and Childbirth.

The Rosseau Sanctuary offers beautiful space, both inside the spacious log house and in the nature surrounding.

Energy Exchange: $350 (includes delicious food and accommodations, art materials)

Early Bird discount: $325 (Register before October 1)

Space is Limited!

Lots of Love, In Sisterhood, Kate

Song Stirring

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Guelph Outdoor School, Eden Mills

Is there a bubbling well of song in your heart, wanting to emerge?

Are you interested in exploring moving song into the world by tapping into a deeper source of inspiration, beauty and connection?

This workshop is for you!

All voices welcome, no previous experience necessary.

Tickets Available Soon

Nature and the Gifts of Music & Storytelling

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8 Shields Institute @ Wooten Woods, Only, Tennessee

I'm stoked and honoured to be joining as part of the facilitation team for this amazing event run by the 8 Shields Institute.

Please Join Us in beautiful central Tennessee, for a One of a Kind Experience with Special Guests Melanie DeMore, Victor Wooten and Jon Young, as we Create Community Around Nature and Music and Celebrate The Power in Every Voice!

Genius and creativity are accessible to all of us through practices of mindfulness in nature. Join us for a weeklong exploration of the ways in which we can develop our own artistic relationship with the natural world, receiving, through all of our senses, the elements that can form a song, a poem or a story. Expressing these elements, in small groups as well as the larger village, offers the ideal scene of bringing our creative treasures forth in a supportive community of practice. The invitation is there to catch, to share and to receive from others, practicing the art of deep listening. A team of skilled facilitators will guide our journey using the renowned and highly effective 8 Shields’ mentoring model to uncover the gifts of creativity and power that lie within each of us.

Click on the Tickets Link for more event details, and to Register.