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.
The Kapwa Collective will be posting community relief efforts and events on the Facebook page as they come.
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.
Kula Annex’s unique programming and positive space initiatives include Yoga with Child Care on Fridays at 5pm, Queer yoga on Wednesdays at 5:30pm and Brown Girls Yoga on Wednesdays at 9pm
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Kula Yoga Annex Website: http://annex.mykula.org/
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