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 Our 2017 line-up updated weekly, check back soon!


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Community Generated Workshops

This year we are diving into a fresh new template for how the festival workshops function.  Introducing an “open space technology” for our workshop format.  We call it Community Generated Workshops. It is by volunteer basis, and anyone coming to the festival can offer any workshop they feel inspired to share!  There is nothing set up ahead of time, so you simply arrive, find the white board with time slots and fit yourself into the line-up, with your workshop of choice.   It’s unplugged, and a first come first serve basis(be sure to purchase your discount tickets) with a limit of one workshop per person, ensuring that many of our talent and wisdom holders have their space to shine. There are a set number of time slots, so arrive early.  Festival gates open at 5pm Friday August 18.

A festival that generates itself? Yes! This is the next level of festival community making.


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Yoga, Meditation & Dance


IMG_0531  Justine Hoang

Ottawa, ON

Dharma Yoga – Pathway to Transformation

Join us for an intensely satisfying and nourishing class that explores the full realm of benefits and knowledge that Dharma Yoga has to offer, and discover how they can heighten your experience each and every time you practice, and ultimately help you to attain the highest level of your Being!

Justine Hoang (Anjali Om), an Ottawa native and registered E-RYT 500+ yoga teacher, offers classes and workshops regularly throughout her local area and beyond, extending into the USA and Europe. Since 2011, she has been studying extensively with Sri Dharma Mittra, completing the advanced teacher certification programs with him and acting as his teaching assistant at several prominent yoga festivals. Her knowledge of Dharma Yoga is complemented by her training accreditations in a number of other yoga lineages, including Ashtanga Yoga, Acro Yoga Montreal, and Akhanda Yoga. She is drawn to yoga lineages that uphold the importance of traditional methods and spiritual teachings while allowing room for innovation and diversity, and reflects that philosophy in her approach to teaching. Her mission is to propagate the knowledge passed on to her from her beloved mentors, and to deliver those offerings with the utmost integrity, sincerity, humility and loving compassion.

Catch Justine’s class Sunday morning          Read more…

 


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Maria Sophia

Ottawa, Ontario

Sattva Yoga journey

Sattva Yoga, originating in India, uses a combination of yoga postures, breath work, kriyas (movements infused with breath and/or mantra), meditation, and freedom movement. Infused with intentional and inspiring music Maria Sophia will lead you in a journey meant to wake up into your true nature. Using the elements of nature we will find our true SELF by releasing our resistance to experiencing the self. Maria Sophia’s class will leave you feeling invigorated, free, and in love with yourSELF.

Maria Sophia is a passionate Master RYS500hr + Yoga Teacher who uses her skills to inspire others.
Maria Sophia found yoga by accident in her living room. Wanting to find a new way to workout she
soon discovered that the practice of yoga held many secrets beyond the physical body. She was
immediately drawn to the spiritual side of yoga. This passion led her to India. Now, after two trainings in India, and over 1000 hrs. of teaching experience, Maria Sophia uses a perfected combination of spiritual and physical practice. Some of her students have described her classes as a wonderful adventure of self-exploration. Maria Sophia doesn’t just teach yoga, she lives yoga, and she strives to bring this into her teachings. Instead of just teaching poses, Maria Sophia views her teaching as an offering leading each individual into their own yoga journey. Her classes are infused with music meant to inspire and connect to your energy. Join Maria Sophia for a yoga journey to wake you up to your true blissful nature.

Catch Maria’s class Saturday afternoon          Read more…


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Gina Cenciose

Montreal, Quebec

Sacred Dancing & Chanting

Gina will guide participants in a meditation in movement with sacred Sufi, native American and dances of different wisdom traditions. We will create an atmosphere of inner peace through chanting with movement.

Gina is a teacher and healer that offers music and movement in all of her groups, yearlong programs for over 20 years now, she lives and works in Quebec. Restorative practices and Restorative Justice have been a major focus in her life. All of Gina’s work draws from the depths of her experience and passion with life; from her intensive training in Shamanism, Insight Meditation, Buddhism, Non-dual Awareness, Permaculture, singing, music and much more. She brings a real depth of awareness and consciousness as well as the joy of nature and of music to her life and gatherings. Offering mostly advanced trainings in Nonviolent Communication, Conflict Resolution and Deep transformation of consciousness work.

Catch Gina’s class Friday night          Read more…


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Ladysmith, Quebec

Sound Light Meditation

In between being and non-being there lies a space, a single vibration of Light.  This is a forgotten space in this time, in which we connect directly to the Source.  Through gentle movement, sound and visualization, Bermalva takes meditators on an inward journey, connecting to that which has been forgotten and merge with what Is.

Bermalva, a teacher of meditation, yoga, healer, visionary and spiritual seeker, has been learning how to be a natural human being for 18 years. Under the guidance and reassurance of Berdhanya Swami Tierra, she has been enriching and deconstructing concepts of Self and sharing her teachings and experiences in classes, workshops, retreats and private bioenergetic massage practice in the Pontiac area.  She also explores sound light as part of The Bhakti Connection and is the shakti energy behind this festival.

Catch Bermalva’s class early Saturday morning          Read more…


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Philip Lai

Ottawa, Ontario

Medical Qi Gong Workshop

This Medical Qi Gong Workshop is suitable for everyone interested in self-care, self-strengthening and self-healing. You can learn some simple strategies and techniques, such as static and moving meditation, stretching exercises with energy cultivation, acupressure, tapping and energy path massage to improve your health, settle your mind, and help you feel good. “Give someone a fish and you feed them for a day, teach them to fish and you feed them for a lifetime” Control your destiny with dignity! As beneficial it is to receive treatments such as reiki, acupuncture, and massage, it is much more empowering when we take our destiny in our own hands. Learn the basics of Medical/Healing Qi Gong and heal yourself! This system requires no equipment, is easy to learn, low cost, very convenient, powerful and effective. It can be done almost anywhere and at any time.

Philip Lai, CPA, CMA, is a certified Naturotherapist, Energy healer, Qigong, Tai Chi and Kung Fu Master. His passion is using Qigong, Tai Chi, Kung Fu Energy Healing, Acupressure, Chinese Massage and Feng Shui to help people attain wisdom, happiness, good health and wealth. He has over 40 years’ experience teaching people to improve their wisdom, confidence, courage, positive thinking, prosperity, energy, immune system, health and Self-defense.

Catch Philip’s class on Saturday morning           Read more…


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Aylmer, Quebec

Chakra Flow : Dynamic Harmonization Meditation

During this guided meditation we will harmonize human faculties by using conscious breathing techniques to expand the frequency of our energy system on three fronts simultaneously: the central line (spine and chakras), the center of Being (sacred heart/core star) and the auric field (subtle bodies). Come have fun and discover how intellect and intuition, thought and feeling can be allies and maybe even… besties!

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been on a path of integration and harmonization of the many dualities we get to play with as incarnated beings (head-heart, intellect-intuition, male-female). I have been blessed to find mentors that greatly helped me to heal the split within by teaching me Quantum Liberation, Shamanic Healing and Mystical Alchemy. I love being alive and I am devoted to Sharing BEING with the World!

Catch Julie’s class Saturday afternoon          Read more…


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Christina Hearns

Ottawa, ON

Chill Out Yoga

This class combines a chakra meditation, Hatha and yin yoga together.
Christina is the owner of Namaste My Friends and is a yoga instruction, intuitive advisor, reiki practitioner, chakra reading, and a workshop and Chill Out Weekend facilitator. She is a vegetarian, book/food/nature/travel lover, who lives with her dog Winston in Ottawa, Ontario.

Catch Christina’s class early Saturday morning          Read more…


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Ottawa, Ontario

INFINITE Awareness – Heart Centered Meditation & Transmission

A unique blend of discourse, meditation, breath work and awareness practices to connect one more deeply with their inner potential, purpose and heart space. A heart centered approach by spiritual teacher and guide, Sheikh. Assisting individuals in releasing from stress, anxiety and lack of clarity, utilizing core techniques to assist them in their self discovery, uncovering their inner potential.  Sheikh’s teachings take a unique approach to blending the path of self-realization (finding inner peace) & self-actualization (cultivating joy, creating and optimization of our human experience) – he helps others relinquish the confusion with the seemingly opposite paths and merges to the teachings of east&west, ancient & modern, masculine & feminine.

Corey Sheikh is a 26 year old young spiritual visionary entrepreneur, healer, meditation & movement teacher. After co-founding the Ottawa Lifestyle Center at the age of 20, Sheikh faced countless business obstacles leading to a profound spiritual awakening, opening into a world of expansive esoteric, metaphysical and spiritual study & introspection. A process in which led him to uncovering his purpose as a bridge of the old and new worlds, and to become a wayshower in the realms of heart centered entrepreneurship, holistic healing and a new model of self realization in which he calls the INFINITE Teachings. He believes in the concept of “full spectrum awakening” in which takes in all aspects of our experience into account. Body, mind and soul. Sheikh has moved forward to provide 1-on-1 sessions, workshops, and retreats for individuals needing assistance through their process of inner and outer transformation.

Catch Corey’s class Saturday evening          Read more…


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Hari Ram (Nigel Wolf)

Weedon, Quebec

Intro to Kundalini Yoga: the Science of Enlightenment

Hari Ram [Nigel Wolf] brings his wealth of experience and passion for this ancient Raj Yoga, long held secret only to a select few students, until Yogi Bhajan was guided to share this technology with the world!  Kundalini Yoga combines asana, mudra, pranayam as part of the twenty-two branches. Both invigorating and relaxing, Kundalini Yoga stimulates the nervous system [nadis] and balances the mind.

Come & experience what Hari Ram means, when he calls Kundalini Yoga the science of illumination.

Hari Ram is a Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor and Shiatsu Therapist. Originally from Toronto, Nigel has studied many disciplines in the healing arts, including: Shiatsu Therapy training with Master Mitsuki Kikkawa; Reiki, CranioSacral, and Healing Through the Human Energy Field, with Barbara Ann Brennan. He has been teaching Kundalini Yoga since 1996. He has been blessed to study with some of the finest teachers, from the 3HO [Healthy, Happy, Holy Organisation]. Nigel also offers Rune Readings {as Divine Oracle}.
Nigel has an extensive background in shamanic studies, including plant spirit medicine, sweat lodge, psychodrama and trance dance. He has studied with masters from many traditions, including: Wilbert Alix (TranceDance), Elliot Cowan (Plant Spirit Medicine), and Harold Dull (Watsu, Tantsu). Having studied theatre and contact improvisation (dance) for many years, Nigel applies his love of improvisation and spontaneous creation, to all healing ceremonies. His love of Naad Yoga (Sound Current and Vibration) has led Nigel to compose original music for mantras and sacred songs.  Nigel leads Kirtan with his band, the Hari Ram Kirtan Experience; and gives workshops regularly in Naad Yoga and Soul Retrieval. Nigel Wolf is the resident director of the Falconwolf Lodge, located in the heart of Québec.

Catch Nigel’s class Sunday morning          Read more…


JIllJill Mackay

Shawville, Quebec

Integrating Alternative Healing Methods into your yoga class

Yoga by itself provides such profound healing but sometimes you can see in a class that a student needs more. In this workshop, you will learn alternative healing techniques that can work harmoniously with asanas to enrich a yoga student’s experience. The alternative methods drawn upon come from Thai Massage, Polarity, Qigong, and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and medicine. You don’t need to be a teacher to benefit from this workshop as you can use these techniques for your home practice.

Jill Mackay, MSW, MTS who has been teaching Sivananda yoga for over thirty years, has never stopped feeling honoured with a deep love of giving through teaching yoga. Over the years, Jill has studied Thai Massage at the Old Medicine Hospital in Thailand, Polarity (energy balancing) massage, counselling techniques, qigong and tai chi, as well as immersing herself in the practice of Tibetan Buddhism. She is observant and sensitive to the unvoiced needs of students and intuitively draws on her broad background to assist students to find balance, peace and feel grounded in the spiritual core that is the essence of yoga. She is the Director of Light on the Lake Retreat Centre in the Pontiac which provides individuals with a quiet space to do retreat with guidance as needed.

Catch Jill’s class Saturday morning          Read more…


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Maria-Hélèna Pacelli (Saraswati)

Ottawa valley and Gatineau hills

Bioenergetic arts

The arts are often practiced as a cerebral and engaged activity, but when we take the position of the witness the arts can also serve as a reflexive space of self-discovery. By using meditation tools and proper sequencing, practicing contemplative arts can offer us a gateway to subconscious realms and information stored deep within the tissues of the cells. Come and find out what your body and your mind haven’t told you yet.

Maria-Hélèna Pacelli (Saraswati) is an artist and yoga teacher. She has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master’s in Women’s Studies and is a certified yoga instructor with over 10 years of experience in yoga, meditation and spiritual arts. She is also an singer-songwriter and has just released her first independent album, Stories the land will tell.

Catch Maria-Helena’s playshop Saturday afternoon          Read more…


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Kaia Nightingale and Marie-lynne Sauvé

Ottawa,Ontario/Wakefield,Quebec

Embodied Awakening: Sounding and moving with our whole self

Blissful states of consciousness can easily lure us into spiritual bypassing – transcending into light to avoid discomfort and unwanted aspects of ourselves. To integrate awareness and spiritual realization with each level of our being, during this workshop, we’ll reach into different layers of ourselves using voice, movement, rhythm and sound to honour our authentic experience and fully embody awareness.

Catch Kaia and Marie-lynne Sunday morning        Read more…


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Ottawa, Ontario

Communing With Your Body

Learn how to truly commune with your body as its own contributing entity, using various energy tools. Get out of your head and release what you’ve learned from others about your body. Are you ready to listen to your body – and to receive from it?

Diane is a Spiritual Coach and Healer, certified Angel Therapy Practitioner®, Usui-Tibetan Reiki Master, Karuna Reiki® Master, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) practitioner, Regression Works™ practitioner and family constellation facilitator. She is the author and channel of On Loneliness: Angelic Wisdom to Comfort and Inspire. Diane combines all her gifts, skills and tools, including those from Access Consciousness, into a powerful blend of energy work to help you identify and release the thoughts, feelings and beliefs that are holding you back and help you be who you truly be. Diane offers personal and group sessions.

Catch Diane’s class Sunday morning          Read more…


ShawnShawn Roske

Ottawa, Ontario

Before and After Silence – A Larp Experience

Shawn Roske has been larping for many years. His first design won in the Skill Building category of the Civics Games Contest of 2017.  Before and After Silence is a larp about limitations and listening, and about doing almost nothing. It is non-verbal and uses silence as its starting point. Rather than playing characters, we examine how we look at ourselves and how different filters can change how we see ourselves and others.

After a series of exercises to prepare us to play and respond to each other in silence, we each randomly are given a different scenario and proceed to role-play as though each person is a character in our own individual reality. I found that this is quite a powerful experience.

What is a larp? Learn more here.        Learn more about Before and After Silence

Catch Shawn’s larp Saturday night


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Peterborough, Ontario

Electrosmog

Electrosmog includes electric & magnetic fields, radio frequency microwaves, dirty electricity and ground current. Think of EMF, Electric Magnetic Fields as a form of stress which causes Rapid Aging Syndrome. Craig will discuss sources to be aware of, symptoms of EHS, Electro Hyper Sensitivity, how to minimize exposure by Practicing Safe Tech, the difference between EMF and PEMF, Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields and how to use PEMF to accelerate healing.

Craig was introduced to energy healing in 1999. He started practicing Therapeutic Touch in 2003 and became a Recognized Therapeutic Touch Teacher in 2013. Educated and worked as an Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technologist, Craig understands how EMF, (Electro Magnetic Fields) have a negative biological effect on the human body, how to Practice Safe Tech to minimize exposure and how to use non-invasive PEMF, Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields to heal the human body at a cellular level. Craig is also a Certified Life Style Consultant with Swiss Bionic Solutions, Event Manager for a Healthy Lifestyles Festival in Peterborough called Dandelion Day, on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for the Peterborough Spiritualist Centre, and Chaired the Board of Directors for By The Bushel, a Registered Not-For-Profit local Food Cooperative. Craig regularly volunteers for other Not-For-Profit, Awareness and Activists organizations helping bring community together, sustainable and whole.

Catch Craig’s talk Saturday afternoon          Read more here


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Inspirational Speakers


for-front-page Satsang with Berdhanya Swami Tierra

Ottawa, Ontario/Wakefield,Quebec

The word satsang means “association with truth.” This definition encompasses a twofold process: inner satsang and outer satsang. Inner satsang refers to contemplation on the truth and self inquiry. Outer satsang consists of exposition of sacred teachings and being in the presence of wise men or women. By associating with those who hold similar spiritual values, we reinforce those values and are able to persist on the spiritual path. Satsang, therefore, is a meeting of individuals of similar spiritual intent, goals and practices. In this spirit, satsang is held. Most satsangs conducted by Berdhanya are spontaneous discourses on self-realization.

Berdhanya Swami Tierra is an international spiritual teacher, author, public speaker and advocate for modern feminine spirituality. She invites seekers to a rarely understood space within themselves, supported through distinctive methods for contemplation, meditation and self-inquiry.  Meetings with Berdhanya hybridize with participants’ unique inner alchemy. She is a woman of action, where presence incites personal transformation. Her meditations, retreats, satsangs and journeys are on the global agenda to elevate the
understanding of human spiritual capacity and to redefine roles on a planet asking us to re-structure, from the very basis of our existence.  Berdhanya is originally of Colombian origin, and has founded several humanitarian councils and community-based expressions that rehabilitate creativity, neutrality and freedom. Her social movement invites women to take a place of power; men, to defend their dignity; and children, to recognize the uniqueness of their new abilities.  Berdhanya’s work is expressed in several books, audio courses, satsangs and events, including Guilt-Free Motherhood, The Mystic Heart, and the structure of being in a snap shot.

Catch Berdhanya’s satsang Sunday afternoon        Read more…


In the garden (2)“Chronicles of Awakening” – The story of three books with Ian Prattis

Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Ian Prattis is Professor Emeritus at Carleton University in Ottawa, Zen teacher, peace and environmental activist. Born in the UK, he has spent much of his life living and teaching in Canada. His moving and eye-opening books are a memorable experience for anyone who enjoys reading about primordial tendencies. Beneath the polished urban facade remains a part of human nature that few want to acknowledge, either due to fear or simply because it is easier to deny the basic instincts that have kept us alive on an unforgiving earth. Prattis bravely goes there in his outstanding literary work.

He is an award winning author of fifteen books. Recent awards include Gold for fiction at the 2015 Florida Book Festival (Redemption), 2015 Quill Award from Focus on Women Magazine (Trailing Sky Six Feathers) and Silver for Conservation from the 2014 Living Now Literary Awards (Failsafe: Saving the Earth From Ourselves). His book Redemption is being made into a movie. His poetry, memoirs, fiction, articles, blogs and podcasts appear in a wide range of venues. A Poet, Global Traveler, Founder of Friends for Peace, Guru in India, and Spiritual Warrior for planetary care, peace and social justice, he offers public talks and retreats all over the world. Ian lives in Ottawa, Canada and encourages people to find their true nature, so that humanity and the planet may be renewed. He mostly stays local to help turn the tide in his home city so that good things begin to happen spontaneously.

Catch Ian’s talk Saturday afternoon          Read more…


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Sacred Ceremony


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with Bermalva, The Bhakti Connection & Friends

The opening and closing rites performed during the festival are an important and potent anchoring point for gathering and containing the energies specific to each years’ festival evolution.  They open a platform for all to ground, centre and align with the Cosmic and Earth forces present for focus. Each year the rites change according to the needs of that particular time and space – reassuring and uplifting the flow of the festival, as a weekend-long sacred ceremony.

 Join the opening on Friday at 5pm and closing on Sunday at 4:30pm


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with Genevieve and Nea

We are vibrational beings, our cells and atoms are vibrating and life itself is a vibrating state. With powerful tools like the gong, the crystal and tibetan bowls and the most natural to us: the human voice, we can harmonize our bodies and mind. We can calm the ego and let the heart sing. And from that quiet space we can step into an altered state of consciousness and shift our perception to experience a more balanced way of being.
The ceremony involves; drinking of a ceremonial dose of cacao, introduction and setting of intentions, connection to the medicine plant, sound journey with gongs, crystal and tibetan bowls, voice, chimes. during the sound healing, each person gets an individual reiki and essential oil massage of the neck and shoulders.

Geneviève and Nea spent the winter in Guatemala, where they connected with the beautiful plant medicine that is Cacao and learned from Her the Sacred Way of Opening the Heart.
They feel very deeply that the Heart is the way to find peace on a personal level and on a global level as well. To share this gentle and profound way of connecting to the Heart they have decided to go on a Cacao Ceremony Tour in July and August 2017.  Geneviève is an Opera singer with 25 years experience & Sound Healer from Montreal, Canada. Nea is a Hatha/Yin/Restorative Yoga Teacher & Reiki Master from Melbourne Australia.

Catch the Cacao ceremony Saturday morning         Read more


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Agni Hotra Ceremonies

An invitation to attend sunset fire puja ceremonies called Agni Hotra.
A Bio-energetic scientific harmonizing session, for environmental purification.  Learn how to; reduce stress through purification of the atmosphere, heal the planet and ourselves through a simple practice that takes only minutes a day, restore the nutritional balance in nature for healthy organic gardens and farms.

catch  Agni Hotra ceremonies at sundown on Friday and Saturday


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Children’s Village


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Ottawa, Ontario

Magical Music Yoga

Enjoy some special “yoga time” with your children at Bhakti in the Woods! Magical Music Yoga is a playful, balancing, sacred space where you and your children can relax and express the joy of the moment. Anamda brings a creative touch to this relaxing and energizing workshop by weaving a story, sound/voice and movement into the warm-ups, yoga poses/games and meditation. Be ready to unleash your unique voices with singing bowls, shruti box and other acoustic instruments.

Anamda Sly has 14 years of experience as a Club Yoga trainer and teacher with Berdhanya Swami Tierra’s Council of Children and Family. Anamda leads classes in schools, daycares, other community settings; she also leads specialty programs for children with physical and other challenges. She brings a fresh approach to her classes—children and parents jump into the experience with enthusiasm!

Catch Anamda’s class Sunday afternoon          Read more…


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Satkiana Swan

Ottawa, Ontario

Elemental Movements – a Workshop for Adults and Children

You are the Earth, the Fire, the Water, the Air and the Ether… Come move and play in this fun workshop that will will lead you on a journey through the elements. We will breathe with the elements, use our voices to make sounds for each element, witness the elements around us and become the elements. Join an element family and interact with other element families. Learn what your dominant element is and how to integrate all of the elements into your daily movements.

Satkiana Swan is the Director of the Ottawa Council for the Child and Family, and has been serving the Ottawa community as a counselor, teacher and holistic health professional for over 20 years. She holds a B.A. in Psychology (Trent University), a Diploma in Spiritual Psychotherapy (The Transformational Arts College, Toronto) and a background in holistic healing and ayurveda (Sivananda Ashram, Val Morin, QC and Shree Ma Ayurveda Institute, Ottawa). Through her long-term mentorship with spiritual teacher Berdhanya Swami Tierra, Satkiana has fostered a rare gift in clarity of perception and a remarkable energy of love and compassion. As a teacher, counselor and subtle energy healer, she is inspired to support new models for education which integrate the unique needs of each child with grounded, fun and holistic tools that promote naturalness, inner truth and spontaneity.
Satkiana is also the loving mother of her 5.5 year old son Isthiak, from whom she draws a tremendous inspiration and joy.

Catch Satkiana’s class Saturday afternoon          Read more…


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Zen Zone

The Zen Zone is a quiet space tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the festival, while still immersed in the natural world. You can find a cozy spot to repose, centre, ground or relax in silence. A perfect nook to check out when the need arises.


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Fireside Kirtan Open Jam

Carved out of a natural amphitheater of sand, this epic evening camp fire is one of the single most memorable parts of the festival. All voices and instruments join together round the warm fire, roasting marshmallows and singing heartfelt hymns into the late of the night.  Fires are stoked both Friday and Saturday night at the festival.


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