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Ceremonial Work

I have been holding space for groups and individuals for almost 2 decades through yoga, transformational retreats, trainings and coaching. With the support and encouragement of my teachers and mentors, I began to incorporate plant medicines into my work. I have been offering group and private ceremonies for the past 5 years in several locations around British Columbia. This work has been deeply influenced by decades of personal experiences with several different plant medicines as well as countless ceremonies with Sacred Mushrooms, Huachuma and Ayahuasca. The call to offer ceremonial work was strong for me, and after 1.5yr Shamanic Apprenticeship, alongside 2.5 years of personal in-depth mentorship within the realm of Somatic Therapy, I began to offer ceremony slowly to friends and family in small circles for roughly 2 years. Eventually, the circles grew and with experience and confidence, I branched out and began to offer ceremonial work in a larger way.  All the work I offer is grounded in deep somatic and therapeutic knowledge; there is an emphasis on safety, personal responsibility and learning how to integrate the ceremonial work into your life.  All offerings are supported by 1 or more of incredible colleagues and team members who are dedicated and integral advocates of this way of working and showing up in the world. 

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February 10/11 ~ New Year, New Moon, New Way
 Lunar New Year Offering : Facilitated by Reanna Costa & Kylie Judge 
Chanté Ishta: Blind Bay, BC  
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"If you want to know what your experiences were like in your past, examine your body now. If you want to know what your body will be like in the future, look at your experiences now.”

 

~ Ancient Buddhist Wisdom

(Except from We Are All in Shock by Stephanie Mines)

In a time when life has felt so intense and our old patterns and ways of being are being brought to the surface, how do we find a new way forward? Many people advocate digging up the past, dredging through tough inner child experiences and cycling through shadow work - but what if there was another way?

 

In the lineage of somatic therapy gifted to me through Hal, it is often said that there is no need to "go back" or go looking for what needs to heal; the patterns that are not working for us are alive right now, living through us in our relationships, in our habits and our thought patterns. We do not need to look back, it is already all right here - waiting for us to tend to it. 

In this time together, we will explore how to work with old patterns by learning how to really care for ourselves now; how to lean into our truth, take ourselves on and meet ourselves in a more compassionate and loving way. Supported by the neuroplastic states created by medicine and breath, we will align ourselves with therapeutic techniques for moving forward in our lives in a new way. 

Begins Saturday, February 10 (Lunar New Year) @ 2pm and ends Sunday, February 11th @ 1pm. 

This is a sacred space that is held safely and with an emphasis on personal empowerment. This offering includes: 

  • Thorough intake process and preparation guidelines 

  • Expertly guided and facilitated Forest Medicine Ceremony 

  • Group Breathwork Session 

  • Nourishing, Organic Meals

  • Integration Support as per requested 

  • Accommodation (ceremony floor)

Investment: $350 - Includes meals & accommodation (ceremony space). Spaces are limited. $150 non-refundable deposit required to save your spot.  Deposits can be sent to shuswapceremonies@gmail.compassword "shuswap".

Register/Inquire -> shuswapceremonies@gmail.com

April 11-14 ~ The Art + Medicine of Grief
Facilitated by Reanna Costa & Kylie Judge
The Sentinel: Kaslo, BC  
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Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground” ~ Oscar Wilde 

Grief touches us like nothing else. It’s grip and it’s ability to bring all of life into a blur and acute focus simultaneously is unique and powerful. For this reason, it is easy to shy away from grief, to try to push down, avoid and turn away from the intensity that it brings; however, for those that have the willingness to lean it, they see clearly and quickly the master initiator and teacher that grief is.

Within our time together we will be deeply exploring teachings from the remarkable book by Francis Weller: The Wild Edge of Sorrow. In his book, Weller breaks down what he calls, The 5 Gates to Grief which we will be exploring in a deep and vast way within the weekend and specifically within the mycelium medicine field. Many of us do not know how to grieve; it often takes death, tragedy, a health crisis or shock before we are able to open to the deep well of grief that lives within us. This grief doesn’t live within us as just a concept, it lives within the body, within the soma and tissues within the body and it is held there by our desire to keep it all together, by muscular/fascial tension and holding patterns within our body. And all of this, is usually deeply unconscious; held since we were little ones, unable or unknowing how to do it differently.

 

With intention and strategic practices, we will slowly and gently help to uncover and unravel the holding patterns of grief from our body and do so in a way that is resourced and creates lasting resilience within your system. This is not about cracking you open, grief has already done that to some extent, this is about gently unweaving the threads that have bound together to keep up the protective and defensive armour. This must be done with gentleness, skill and compassion and such are the ways we will navigate the weekend.

This is a sacred space that is held safely and with an emphasis on personal empowerment. This offering includes: 

  • Intake call and preparation assistance

  • All meals while on retreat (organic, vegetation and delicious)

  • Yoga, Breathwork, Massage and other practices to care for self

  • Access to sauna, hot tub, cold plunge

  • Accommodation (retreat price varies based on room)

  • Expertly lead medicine experience

  • Creative/Artistic space for exploring the opening of your grief

  • Embodiment practices + so much more!

 

Register/Inquire -> https://sentinelbc.secure.retreat.guru/program/the-art-and-medicine-of-grief/

April 26th ~ Awakening The Inner Healer
 Facilitated by Shine Edgar + Reanna Costa 
Chanté Ishta: Blind Bay, BC  
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"Look no further! The healer you are seeking is within you. It is in your willingness to love yourself, and to know that love will make you well. It is in your willingness to accept yourself, and leave behind the violence of self-improvement." ~ Reanna 

 

If not now, when? 

If not us, who? 

What has become very clear for the past years of working with this medicine and within the realm of Somatic Therapy, is the vast realization and knowing that our body’s innate wisdom and intelligence is incredibly profound. Our inner systems are always seeking homeostasis; our body is always looking to come into inner alignment and harmony, wholeness and optimum health. Many sages and teachers have taught that this journey of self-awareness and self-healing is not about gaining more of anything, but about dropping and letting go of all the that keeps us from knowing our true essential nature. The truth I have come to know is this: the healing and healer we are looking for is already within us! Not as an idea or new age concept, but as a neurophysiological occurrence that is part of our natural human make up. 

 

The mycelium medicine can show you how to connect with the profound healer of your own body. In this ceremony we will be holding this theme together as I guide you through a journey within the incredible inner-verse that exists within you. With sophisticated yet simple practices that have long been passed down through the wisdom teachings of ancient body such as Yoga, Shaolin, Tai Chi, etc we can drop deeper into the fabric of our physical being, unravel and unwind the subtle tension caused and held by stress and trauma. As we learn and are able to unravel these tangled threads within ourselves, we can start to have a greater impact on our family, community and world. As we each greet our inner healer, we invite others to do the same; we inspire change merely with our loving presence, our inner healer reaching out and welcoming the blooming of the healer within everyone we meet. 

This offering includes: 

  • Thorough intake process and preparation guidelines 

  • Expertly guided and facilitated Forest Medicine Ceremony 

  • Group Breathwork Session 

  • Nourishing, Organic Meals

  • Integration Support as per requested 

  • Accommodation : Ceremony floor/Tenting/Car Camping 

 

For questions for to register, please email Reanna -> shuswapceremonies@gmail.com

Investment: $375 - Includes meals & accommodation (ceremony space). Spaces are limited. $150 non-refundable deposit required to save your spot.  Deposits can be sent to shuswapceremonies@gmail.compassword "shuswap".

Register/Inquire -> shuswapceremonies@gmail.com

Renowned Australian didjeridu master Shine , has been performing, teaching and offering sound healing for close to 20 years. He has performed at numerous international festivals to thousands of people and shared the stage with many well known artists, including Mickey hart, Jai Uttal, Michael Franti, Rhiannon, Armando Peraza, Gaudi, Adham Shaikh, Ganga Giri and Mihirangi. Shine was intitiated into didjeridu healing by an Indigenous Aboriginal elder in 1991. He offered sound healing at Hollyhock retreat center for 10 years.

A number of leading experts in the field of spiritual healing, including Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Ram Das, and Dr Andrew Weil have all experienced Shine’s work. Shine’s world beat rhythms , percussion and unique vocal styling’s, combined with timeless messages of indigenous wisdom, takes listeners on a journey! 

May 18/19~ Completing The Past
 Facilitated by Reanna Costa, Supported by Betty Duvent
Wolf Moon Temple: Golden, BC  
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"In order for something to be complete within yourself, it must be resolved mentally, emotionally and physically.”

 

~ A.H. Almas

Take time to gently and delicately bring a sense of completion to your past through ritual, medicine ceremony, counsel process and somatic embodiment. In more ways than one, we will invite energies that are repressed, incomplete and unprocessed forward to encourage completion. This is not so say that work ends or wounds will never again resurface; instead we will invite completion by intending, practicing and embodying new ways of being in the world that are in better service to ourselves and the world. 


In this time together, we will explore how to work with old patterns by learning how to really care for ourselves now; how to lean into our truth, take ourselves on and meet ourselves in a more compassionate and loving way. Supported by the neuroplastic states created by medicine and breath, we will align ourselves with therapeutic techniques for moving forward in our lives in a new way. 

This is a sacred space that is held safely and with an emphasis on personal empowerment. This offering includes: 

  • Thorough intake process and preparation guidelines 

  • Expertly guided and facilitated Forest Medicine Ceremony 

  • Group Breathwork Session 

  • Nourishing, Organic Meals

  • Integration Support as per requested 

  • Accommodation: ceremony floor/camping **Some cabin rentals available

Investment: $350 - Includes meals & accommodation (ceremony space). Spaces are limited. $150 non-refundable deposit required to save your spot.  Deposits can be sent to shuswapceremonies@gmail.compassword "shuswap".

Register/Inquire -> shuswapceremonies@gmail.com

July 25-28~ Rebirthing The New Earth 
 Facilitated by Reanna Costa + Tanin Shunter
The Sentinel: Kaslo, BC  
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“We are living in the time that has been foretold by countless prophecies, a time of evolutionary potential and quickening, known as The Great Turning. Every level of consciousness and all sentient beings are in a process of evolutionary transformation. Death and rebirth are everywhere. The pressure is great, the challenge is epic, and we each are the chosen ones who get to imagine a whole new earth into being.”

~ Robin Flynn & Darcy Kopas : https://visionaryhearts.com

Rebirthing The New Earth is a dynamic and delightful blend of nervous system science and the beautiful cross-cultural shamanic teachings of The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. In this time together we will explore intentional practices for creating new ways of being within ourselves and within the world; we will acknowledge that the earth is dramatically changing, and with it, we are being asked to change too. We believe that we are in a powerful time of transition and initiation, one that is calling forth those who know, deep within themselves that the ways we have been living are not in alignment with the highest potential of humanity and all life on earth.

In our time together, we will contemplate…

  • What tools and practices can we live and embody to help our rebirthing process?

  • What is required of us in order to become beings who can live on this new earth?

  • How can we become loving custodians of the earth and evolve alongside her?

  • How can we be in right relationship with all of life?

 

We will begin the weekend with a chance to dive into breath and ceremonial rebirthing containers to help us shed the layers that no longer serve us and where we are headed. This is done in a gentle and loving way; there is no need to force this rebirthing, all that is ready to fall away does so with grace. From this place we will lean into powerful shamanic practices Ayni, of group journeying, and connecting with the earth.

This is a sacred space that is held safely and with an emphasis on personal empowerment. This offering includes: 

  • Intake call and preparation assistance

  • All meals while on retreat (organic, vegetation and delicious)

  • Yoga, Breathwork, Massage and other practices to care for self

  • Access to sauna, hot tub, cold plunge

  • Accommodation (price varies)

  • Expertly lead medicine experience

  • Creative/Artistic space for exploring the opening of your grief

  • Embodiment practices + so much more!

 

Register/Inquire -> https://sentinelbc.secure.retreat.guru/program/rebirthing-the-new-earth-2/

Sept 27-29~ Song of The Heart Women's Retreat 
 Facilitated by Reanna Costa + Amber Samaya
Chanté Ishta: Blind Bay, BC  
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Details to come! 

~ STAY TUNED ~ 

October 17-20~ The Radical Rest Retreat 
 Facilitated by Reanna Costa, Supported by Naomi Delta
The Sentinel: Kalso, BC  
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“What would it be like to live in a well-rested world? Far too many of us have claimed productivity as the cornerstone of success. Brainwashed by capitalism, we subject our bodies and minds to work at an unrealistic, damaging, and machine level pace –– feeding into the same engine that enslaved millions into brutal labor for its own relentless benefit”

~ Tricia Hersey 

In the fast-paced world we live in which focuses so heavily on doing, accomplishing and striving it is so rare that we take the time to slow down, to rest and simply be. These fast and action orientated ways are templated into our nervous system and psyches; many people when given the time to slow down don’t know what to do with themselves, fear boredom or just simply don’t know how to shift gears. We are living in a society that glorifies this busyness and supports “grind culture”.

In our time together, we will explore rest in many ways: as a practice, as a state of being, as way to actually accomplish more and as a way to say no to the cultural normality of working ourselves to the point of depletion. Our goal is to help template in a new way of being, to deeply experience and embody the power of relaxation, restoration and the flow of vital energy in the body.

 

Retreat begins Thursday October 17th @ 3pm and ends Sunday, October 20th @ 1pm. Prices vary depending on the accommodation chosen.

 

All prices include:

  • Thorough intake process and preparation guidelines 

  • Expertly guided and facilitated Forest Medicine Ceremony 

  • Boulter Method Breathwork Experience 

  • Masterful Embodiment + Movement Practices

  • Gentle Yoga Asana + Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep)

  • Heart Coherence Practices + Nervous System Regulation 

  • Nourishing, Organic Meals

  • Access to cedar hot tub/sauna

  • Luxurious accommodation right on the lake

  • Opportunities for massage and other integrative healing modalities

  • Post ceremony integration group zoom call 

Register/Inquire -> https://sentinelbc.secure.retreat.guru/program/radical-rest-retreat-2/

November 8 ~ The Art of Re-Membering
 Facilitated by Shine Edgar + Reanna Costa
Chanté Ishta: Blind Bay, BC  
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Details to Come! 

~STAY TUNED~

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