Workshops Spring-Fall 2018

Edible Forest Garden Design

May 5-6, May 12 and June 2
EcoWellness Center, Carp

This workshop shows you all the practical steps that can create a low maintenance, perennial, permaculture food forest on land of any size in our climate (Eastern Ontario/Gatineau) We’ll look at naturally occurring ecosystems – woodland, wetland, sandy soil – and deepen our ability to observe earth, wind, sun at our to-be-planted demonstration plot.
We’ll explore how basic permaculture principles are incorporated in our design, selection and placement of plants. Handouts offer a wide selection of possible food trees, bushes, shrubs vines and ground cover that thrive in the area to provide a garden with food, medicines, and as many other functions as possible, along with local sources for these plants.
By Sunday afternoon we’ll start co-creating a design to give you a head start on creating your own design for that plot. Each applicant will submit their design, and we’ll convene the following Saturday May 12, 2-5:00 pm at a convenient city location to draw together the best submitted ideas. Julie and Kaia will get as many of these plants as we can by June 2nd when we’ll shape our pre-mulched soil and plant – which, with all of us working together, will be fun and shouldn’t take too long.

Dates: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6; Saturday 12th 2-5:00 pm, and Saturday 9:00 am June 2. 
Location for weekend training and planting: Ecowellness Center, 2386 Thomas A. Dolan Parkway, 7 km NW of Carp, 1/2 hour from downtown Ottawa. May 12 location – centertown, Ottawa TBA
Register at;    Travellers from out of town can stay onsite at the BnB. See

Vibrant Sound Healing

11-12:00 Sunday, August 5, Meadow,
Blue Skies Music Festival, 2018

Fun, fast moving workshop that links music and vocal sounds to healing, showing how sound can be fun and healing at the same time. This workshop introduces many techniques drawn from sound healing, qigong, yoga, and energy medicine, showing how to clear emotions, open chakras, tap meridians. We explore the use breath and different kinds of sounds. Experiential workshop – few words, mainly hands on sound, breathe and energy. 

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Enlightened Sustainability

Bhakti in the Woods Yoga/Chant Festival, August 19-21, 2018

Our voices and gentle movement prepare us for exploring part of Judith Blackstone’s Realization Process which opens us to the ground of being and to a somatic sense of presence and interconnctedness. In this workshops, we’ll build on this openness through invitations to connect with nearby woodland, the elements and the spirit essence that unifies us. This embodied unity will bring us into closer alignment with the natural world allowing sustainable actions to become more intrinsic and effortless.

Embodied Awakening:

Sounding and moving with our whole self

10:30 – 11:30 am Sunday August 22
Kaia Nightingale and Marie-lynne Sauvé

Blissful states of consciousness can easily lure us into spiritual bypassing – transcending into light to avoid discomfort and unwanted aspects o
f 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.

Container Gardening Workshop

Saturday 11 March, 2:00 – 4:15 pm, Centertown

Learn how to grow fresh, organic vegetables, salad and herbs on driveways, rooftops, patios and balconies

Workshop includes: What you can grow, what in, when, best soil composition, angles of light, irrigation and nutrition issues. Season extenders for year-round gardening.

Small group, register soon:, (613) 565-6336. $30. 

Edible Forest Garden Design

September 9-10 & September 30, 2017
EcoWellness Center, 2386 Thomas Dolan Parkway, west of Carp, ON 

Teachers: Julie Salter and Kaia Nightingale

Forest gardens are about mimicking forest ecology to create self-sustaining food production with high yield and minimal work input. They can be any size, and can fit in an urban backyard. The skill is in mutually supportive polycultures and guilds that suit the particular soil, sun and irrigation conditions. This course will give you the skills to start your own forest garden. As a group we will design and plant a garden so you have theory and practice.

July 15-16 Surveying the land (already cleared and mulched) at different times of day: Observing soil, water, sunlight. Permaculture principles – paths & patterns, stacking functions. Perennial plants – good yielding low disease, nitrogen fixers, dynamic accumulators, insectaries. Choice considerations: food preferences, availability, budget and land considerations. Design considerations: designing for fully grown plants.

Assignment: design an edible forest garden for this piece of land. You can work individually or in pairs. Designs gathered by the end of July (cell phone jpg and written text can be e-mailed.) Designs shared between participants

*Design review: Date and place by consensus. Skype possible for those on holiday. Choosing elements from the designs for the final garden.

August 24th – Planting the garden!

Travellers from out of town can stay onsite at the BnB. See


Fall Workshops 2016

To check if space is still available and to register, call 613.565.6336 or use the contact form.

Powerful personal &

collective healing protocol

7:00 pm – 8:30, 15 September $15

This healing method has been developed to help humanity through collective challenging issues. Once learned, it will help you and your loved ones reduce fear of world events, clear and heal issues triggered in you by the news, and create positive outcomes for everyone – important for enabling a more conscious world.

Shamanic energy clearing

& self-protection skills

6:45 – 9:15 pm 29 September $35

The more intuitive, open and compassionate we become, the more we notice when we pick up negative energies. This workshop provides you with a toolbox of self-protection skills drawn from shamanic traditions.

Shamanic Activism

7:00 – 9:00 pm 6 October, $25

Releasing from our social programming

7:00 – 8:45 pm 3 November $30

We have attended many of our individual patterns, habits trauma and automated assumptions, yet very little on the social conditioning that holds us all in the current paradigm of thinking. Come see the matrix, and explore your liberation from it!

When healing people, the shaman’s tools include healed outcomes, multi-dimensional time-lines, mediating with nature and spirit, zero-point awareness, plant medicines, the use of animal and ancestral spirits and the ability to draw on solutions beyond what we currently know. We can use these same ways to help create a more conscious, sustainable, inspiring world.

Releasing from our social programming

7:00 – 8:45 pm 3 November $30

We have attended many of our individual patterns, habits trauma and automated assumptions, yet very little on the social conditioning that holds us all in the current paradigm of thinking. Come see the matrix, and explore your liberation from it!

Transformational Leadership

7:00 – 8:45 pm 17 November $25

Leaders are needed to help guide humanity forward. If this is your calling, this workshop will help you become clearer in the part you play, provide a range of directions if needed, and outline the skills you need to develop to fulfil your life’s mission.