On Sunday, November 10, 2013 the Kapwa Collective had a retreat Meeting with Our Ancestors facilitated by Lanaape Traditional Healer and Wolf Clan member, Laini Lascelles.
Laini Lascelles, also known as Good Spirit Woman is a Lanaape healer, originally from the Delaware Nation, Moravian of the Thames near Chatham, Ontario. She has worked several years in the First Nations community on and off reserve as a Counsellor in the addiction and mental health field. During this time she gained strength and knowledge through the traditional ways, advocating for success and positive solutions in the First Nations communities. In Toronto, Laini attended Kokorodojo for Shiatsu training to promote healing and wellness. It was through the healers who recognized the gift in her hands and encouraged her to pursue further development. She now combines traditional counselling with Shiatsu in her life’s work operating her own business, “Good Spirit Healing & Wellness”. Laini shares the wisdom from experience and teachings from traditional beliefs and practices of the Ancestors. She offers this natural healing experience through the gift of finding harmony and balance in the body.
Meeting with Our Ancestors was a space for the Kapwa Collective to learn with Laini on ways the collective can holistically process the ancestral knowledge received and ways to manifest ideas and dreams within our communities, within our own healing work within ourselves and in working with others.
During our Meeting with Our Ancestors, the collective felt grief and concern for their Kababayans in the Visayan Islands and throughout the Philippines during this sensitive time of the aftereffects of Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda. Kapwa Collective recognizes the deep and immediate need for relief efforts and sending light & prayer to all people effected by this devastating event.
With the collective hearts heavy with the what is happening in the homeland, they were reminded by Laini to receive the ‘calling’ or responsibilities with greater attention to self-care, acknowledging our ancestors by giving thanks, and using the medicine that has been taught to us. Our medicine is in our language, songs & music, herbal & plant medicine, rituals, prayers, and can be found in recovering our own personal stories and ancestry.
Miigwech (Thank You) Laini for gifting the Kapwa Collective with your teachings and the sharing of your stories and knowledge of your people. As visitors and settlers of Turtle Island, the Kapwa Collective thank you for sharing this special Meeting with Our Ancestors.
Thank you to Kula Yoga Studio in the Annex for offering your space as a positive meeting space for the Kapwa Collective and Laini Lascelles with our ancestors.The Kapwa Collective hopes to work with you again and to support your positive space initiatives and continue healing within the Toronto community.
Kula Annex offers 50+ yoga classes per week, workshops, family programming & teacher trainings. Kula Annex classes include gentle, hot, restorative, flow, yin, and power classes with an emphasis on alignment and intention. Kula Annex teachers are unique, creative, and compassionate beings devoted to sharing the knowledge they have gathered on their journeys through life.
To see more:
Kula Yoga Annex Website: http://annex.mykula.org/
Kula Yoga Annex Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kula.annex
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"WHANG-UD, a 92-year-old Kalinga woman, is the oldest practitioner of traditional Kalinga tattooing, a skill she learned by observation." - Dr. Analyn "Ikin" V. Salvador-Amores. Contributor, Inquirer News, Northern Luzon.
Manang “Ikin” made the presentation: “B A T O K - Kalinga Tattoo, Markers of Identity: From Indigenous to Diasporic” at the Inaugural Kapwa Collective Speaker Series (Toronto, 2012)
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Kapwa Collective is honoured to co-present Baybayin (The Script) with Pink Triangle/Xtra! in partnership with the the 14th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.
We have 2 tickets to give away to the International Premiere in Toronto, Canada on October 17, 2013.
For your chance to win, email kapwacollective [at] gmail.com by 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, October 16 with ‘imagineNATIVE Ticket Giveaway’ in the subject line. And tell us: 1. Your name 2. Why do you want to see Baybayin (The Script)? We’ll pick 2 random people to each receive a ticket.
Winners will be notified by email on Thursday October 17.
Kapwa Collective is excited to co-present Baybayin (The Script) directed by Kanakan Balintagos (Palawan) at the 14th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival on October 17, 2013, 8PM a the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 4. Tickets and information can be found here: http://imaginenative.org/festival/node/2734fb event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1397651287134880/
Kapwa Collective was honoured to meet director, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril at the screening of her documentary film about Inuit traditional tattooing, “Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos”.
"Our entire western civilizational tradition prevented us from recognizing that any damage that we did to the outer world of nature would be a damage to our own inner life. The devastation of the forests, the extinction of species, the poisoning of the waters, the pollution of the air, the blocking out of our vision of the stars; we could not understand that this was something more than damage to our physical being; it was also a soul-damage, a ruin within, a degrading of our imagination, our emotional life, even diminishing of our intellectual life for all these phases of our inner life needed to be activated by our experience of the outer world."
"Something is birthing now - an awareness is coming to us that’s totally fresh; we’ve discovered we’re living parts of a living Earth. Our sense of self then becomes inseparable from the living planet - it’s an awakening of mind, a shift of consciousness."
An excellent film about the immediate threat of mass extinction.
"We don’t know if it will be death or awakening, but that uncertainty itself brings forth our greatest intelligence and courage."
Time to answer the call.
photo by: Kristen Sison