Inspiring Consciousness for Human Responsibility to The Earth

We offer sacred spaces for cultivating meaningful conversation, contemplation, and community. Through life affirming action, we co-create opportunities to deepen relationships and reciprocity with the Earth and all beings.
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Our offerings focus on embodied eco-spirituality, end-of-life, and somatic well-being. Grounded in local W̱SÁNEĆ and Quw’utsun Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and principles of land stewardship, our experienced facilitators host regular weekly and monthly programs (online and in person), contributing to expanding intergenerational and cross-cultural communities of care.

Living Well, Dying Well

An experiential approach to exploring the way that we live and die in modern times.

Turning To One Another

Bringing generations together to share, learn and witness.

Being Together

Pausing to share sacred space together for somatic and spiritual resonance.

Continuing Circles of Care

Tending End-of-Life questions, concerns and planning in a monthly circle.

Navigating Transitions

Return to the soul’s highest values, deepen meaning and embody Elderhood.

Coming To Our Senses

Deepen community. Honour the Elders in our midst. Explore the 4 healing salves.

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Life and Death are very old friends.  Life gathers many stories and Death holds them with love … 

Join us –  Abegael, Penny and Renate –  for an autumn afternoon of inquiry and curiosity about the stories we tell at the end of life.

How can we re-story and restore death to its natural, sacred place in the mysterious continuum of life?

This participatory event is a collaborative offering by NorthVan Tellers and The Centre for Earth & Spirit, and will include storytelling, ritual and an introduction to the Living Well-Dying Well Program, an online journey exploring the way we live and die.

All welcome.  Light refreshments will be served.  Suggested Donation $25 – $15 – $10

For information: northvantellers@gmail.com or info@centreforearthandspirit.ca

Tickets on Eventbrite

Presenters:

Abegael Fisher-Lang is a longtime BC storyteller, a Life Cycle Celebrant and End of Life Doula. https://lifethreads.ca

Penny Allport is a lover of world wisdom traditions honouring the life-death-life cycle, a Life-Cycle Celebrant and facilitator of multi-generational classes and retreats. www.movingceremonies.com

Renate Ringer is a continuing student of nature’s wisdom and the cycle of life & death, with a background in health, research and non profit sectors. https://centreforearthandspirit.ca/about-us/our-team/

#northvantellers #westvanartscouncil #earthandspiritvirtual #death #deathanddying #livingwelldyingwell
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Asters light the way as the forest shimmers into her beautiful fall palette...

#aster #flowerstagram #nakodaterritory #earthandspiritvirtual
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#fireweed #blossoms #fortressmountain #nakodaterritory #earthandspiritvirtual ...

Bright blossoms of autumn, blessing the land with seeds for future generations...

🦋🌻What seeds will you plant for this winter's time of contemplation?🌌🐝

#treaty7territory #indigenousknowledge #earthwisdom #earthandspiritvirtual #seeds #pollinator
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As the magic of summer weaves into the mysteries of fall, join us for an introductory session on Tuesday, September 20th from 6:30-8:30 pm PT (optional half-hour conversational time until 9:00 pm) with Life-Cycle Celebrant, Penny Allport, a Centre for Earth & Spirit board alumni who continues to enrich our lives and communities with her wisdom, intuitive sense of being, and facilitation wizardry. 

Penny’s latest creation, The Art of Embodying Elderhood, is an exploration into 8 somatic wisdom portals that offer inquiry-based and embodied resources to meet opportunities for adulting (growing up and down!), sometimes missed  — by meeting the present with vulnerability, curiosity and a fierce commitment to future generations and the earth. This is an initiation into the 9 month-journey (Sept 2022-May 2023) and an INTRODUCTION to the Art of Embodying Elderhood, for folks who wish to check it out! Please visit our website (click link in bio) for more information, with registration on Eventbrite. 

“Elderhood does not arrive at a certain age. It is an embodiment which needs to be cultivated through conscious engagement and reverence for the cycles of life…. especially - often missed rites of passage of youth and adulthood. Conscious eldering is not a given, but rather a daily practice, which calls us to grow down to grow up.”    ~ Penny Allport

As we find ourselves in the midst of a great transition, which may feel groundless and shaky, many of us long for containers - sturdy and fleshy, gutsy and gracious, grounded and spacious enough to hold our species in a time of deep transformation. With our brains in need of an upgrade, our hearts long for coherent and tangible practices to navigate this initiatory passage with gravity and grit.

Details:

Monthly on Tuesdays starting September 20th, 2022 to May 23rd, 2023 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm PDT with optional ½ hour until 9:00 pm for deepening connections and spacious inquiry

Drop-in (Single Class): $45 - 35

Full Package: $355 - 295

No one turned away for lack of funds - please contact us!

On Zoom in real time.

#elderhood #celebrant #onlinespirituality #onlineworkshop #earthandspiritvirtual
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Milkweed on the Assibinoine River at Kitche Manitou (Great Spirit) Campground

#nakotaterritory #nakota #woya #plant #Indigenous #pollinator #milkweed #monarch #earthandspiritvirtual

See OISE's learning garden website for more information about Indigenous plant species, medicines, and food sovereignty!

https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/ese/OISE_Learning_Garden/Indigenous_Education_Garden.html
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An experiential, nature-based exploration of your Wild Mind…Fri Sept 30 - Sat Oct 1, 2022

THE ART OF WHOLENESS: Developing Inner Resources for a Soul-Centric Life

Join Sarah Frizelle and Becky Traptow for an experiential nature-based exploration of your Wild Mind. Based on the work of Bill Plotkin, this series will focus on building wholeness while also deepening your connection to the world around you. Learn how nature can support your wholing and healing journey!

This program is for you if…

- you are curious about your own wholeness,  

- you are a lover of nature,

- you are interested in doing your own healing and wholing work,

- you want to learn how nature can support your wholing and healing journey!

These re-wilding walks are in service of helping human beings become more grounded in their wholeness, to be more connected to Earth and to support growth and connection in community. The Art of Wholeness is based on the Wild Mind model as developed by Bill Plotkin and the Animas Valley Institute. This series of nature wanders coincides with the four seasons, introduces you to — and helps you — deepen into your Wild Mind. We use a trauma informed, parts therapy model.

FACILITATORS 

Becky Traptow is a Therapeutic Bodyworker and Registered Craniosacral Therapist (RCST) who combines bodywork and nature-based parts therapy to help people discover their wholeness and heal their wounded selves. You can find her working one on one with clients both in person and online as well as outside in the wild world.

Sarah Frizelle is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who offers holistic counselling to individuals, couples and families. She supports change and growth through processes that attend to mind, body, emotions and spirit. In addition to office based sessions, Sarah offers nature-based counselling and group retreats which blend her experience as a therapist with her 25+ years of experience as a wilderness guide, meditation practitioner and her work as an educator and guide to healing and wholing.

REGISTRATION

Email: info@centreforearthandspirit.ca or find upcoming nature-wanders on Eventbrite!

#clicklinkinbio
#nature
#foresttherapy
#animas #wildmind
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Late summer light 💛 ...

Better Together: Making the case for shared living, intentional community and creative connection

Thursday September 22nd 2022 - 7:00-8:30 pm (PDT)

Through a combination of video, conversation prompts, and examples, Guest Speaker Linda Hunter will touch on the topics of: 

· multi generational living 

· creating intentional community 

· loneliness, an epidemic 

· co housing and sharing spaces 

· connection in community 

· a community of care - supporting each other in our last chapter 

Linda Hunter is an independent, professional writer and event planner who is dedicated to service, open to possibility, and who aspires to walk a path of grace. She is passionate about communal living, nurturing relationships, and doing death better.  Linda is currently designing a shared life with her family that includes sharing more, taking less and being led back to the land to each other in Shirley, BC. 

Suggested Contribution: $10.00 – $20.00. Please email for more information (nobody turned away for lack of funds)

Registration: Through Eventbrite to receive Zoom link. Please feel free to invite a friend!

About Earth & Spirit Café: We offer monthly drop-in gatherings where we host a guest speaker exploring knowledge that honours our dance of relationship with Earth and Spirit. A diversity of topics includes: reciprocal land use, respect for Indigenous ways of knowing, tending death with consciousness, and inspirational change-makers. We invite you to bring your questions and queries!

The Earth and Spirit Café is hosted by experienced facilitators, holding heart-based space — Renate Ringer & Alice L. Meyers.

Visit our website for more information.

#sharedliving #cohousing #intentionalcommunity #creativity #multigenerational #earthandspiritcafe #clicklinkinbio #earthandspiritvirtual
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#magic #flowers #flowerstagram #thelittlefarmthatcould #earthandspiritvirtual ...

#poppyflower #pollinatorgarden #flowerstagram #seedsaving #earthandspiritvirtual ...

A 9-month journey exploring 8 Somatic Wisdom Portals
with Penny Allport…

“Elderhood does not arrive at a certain age. It is an embodiment which needs to be cultivated through conscious engagement and reverence for the cycles of life…. especially - often missed rites of passage of youth and adulthood. Conscious eldering is not a given, but rather a daily practice, which calls us to grow down to grow up.”    ~ Penny Allport

As we find ourselves in the midst of a great transition, which may feel groundless and shaky, many of us long for containers - sturdy and fleshy, gutsy and gracious, grounded and spacious enough to hold our species in a time of deep transformation. With our brains in need of an upgrade, our hearts long for coherent and tangible practices to navigate this initiatory passage with gravity and grit.

Join us for an exploration into 8 somatic wisdom portals that offer inquiry-based and embodied resources to meet opportunities for adulting (growing up and down!), sometimes missed. Meet the present with vulnerability, curiosity and a fierce commitment to future generations and the earth.

•    Somatically meeting the unknown – living body as sacred vessel

•    Embodied dream tending - embodying a mystery we will never understand.

•    Ceremony catching - embracing our place in the cycle of life.

•    Relationships as rigorous spiritual practice – growing down to grow up!

•    Contribution and reciprocity as essential expressions of Elderhood.

•    Knowing is in the bones – reclaiming lost and missed rites of passage (youth, adult and elder), increasing interest for becoming good ancestors.

•    Nature is our nature – cultivating eyes and ears of wonder.

•    Letting go is not hanging on – breaking spells of hoarding and holding.

These portals make no promises yet offer a real opportunity for initiation — both self and community-engaged. We can become the earthed and embodied elders we are called to be!

Monthly on Tuesdays starting September 20th, 2022 to May 23rd, 2023 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm PDT 

Full Package/Offering Cost (sliding scale): $355 - 295

Registration = Eventbrite

On Zoom (real time)

#Elderhood #celebrant #earthandspiritvirtual
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Food for us comes from our relatives, whether they have wings or fins or roots. That is how we consider food. Food has a culture. It has a history. It has a story. It has relationships.

Winona LaDuke

#winonaladuke #foodsovereignty #earthandspiritvirtual
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#summer #wildflowers #pollinatorgarden #anishinaabeaki #earthandspiritvirtual ...

giiziso-mashkiki ("Sun Medicine") or ajidamoowaanow, aka Goldenrod #pollinatorgarden #anishinaabemowin #ojibwemowin #decadeofindigenouslanguages #earthandspiritvirtual ...

Living Well, Dying Well is a multi-generational, soulful program exploring the ways we live and die. 

Six Thursdays starting September 22nd - 9:30 - 11:30 am (PDT)

A 6-week online opportunity to tend end-of-life through supportive, peer-based learning circles, courageous conversations, Advanced Care Planning and shared wisdom of all participants. An invitation to grow and strengthen our capacity to live well while mindfully tending end-of-life matters.

Meaningful inquiry and dialogue illuminate unique issues and challenges for each participant. In a safe and welcoming environment understanding, compassion and belonging blossom into significant and impactful action.  In particular, we care that you have an Advanced Care Plan completed, as well as other important documents, and that you are well informed in regard to choices you will need to make as you consciously meet the end of life.

Suggested Contribution: Sliding Scale —$295 - 245 or 2 for $450 |To secure your spot, we request a deposit of $50. Registration fees are due in full one week before start date. Limited scholarships available!

Registration: Through Eventbrite to receive Zoom link. 

Visit our website for more information #clicklinkinbio

#livingwelldyingwell #endoflifeplanning #celebrant #deathdoula #wellnessjourney #earthandspiritvirtual
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Acknowledgement

With Deep Respect, We Honour And Acknowledge That…

As board members of the Centre for Earth and Spirit, we live, learn and create together on unceded W̱SÁNEĆ, lək̓ʷəŋən (Esquimalt and Songhees Nations), Quw’utsun territories, and the Blackfoot Confederacy (Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta). Together, we recognize Canada’s dark history and the long shadow of colonialism that continues to impact the lives of Indigenous People every day. Through our personal work, offerings and collaborations we aspire to embody and act in ways that honour Indigenous peoples’ long-standing relationships with land, to be honest and willing to meet the presence of intergenerational trauma and impacts of colonialism in all people, and to humbly accept our responsibility as settlers in this process of relationship repair. With accountability and respect, we endeavour to walk with all of creation in meeting the sorrows and grief of the past here in the present, where our future lives.

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