About Teresa- La Lupa

Celebrant, death walker, bereavement and birth Doula. Trauma Inclusive Yoga and movement guide. Director of Yoga and Doula Teacher Trainings locally & Internationally. Ritual Practitioner. Womb Reclamation guide. Somatic dance guide.

Queer, trans-inclusive feminist.

Forever humble student. 

 Photo cred: Pure souls media

It is with sincere gratitude and deep reverence that I bow to the lineages, teachings and practices that have shaped my work.  I am honoured to share beauty and ritual from my Italian-Scottish ancestry.  I bow to powerful teachers Clara Renzetti, Dona Maria, Gurmukh, Zenith Virago, Santa Tierras, Wilko Apaza Quispe, Rocio Alarcon, Joseph and Lillian LePage, Maria Mendoza,  Amber Grey, Rainbow Jaguar Institute and Carolyn McManus. 

I want to acknowledge that my home, and the place I offer many of my services is on the west coast of British Columbia, on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

This past year I have committed to the work of engaging with community and cultural consultants.  I am dedicated to continuing to grow an ethical healing practice that is accountable, honoring and rooted in social justice and inclusion.  

 

 

I have been a full spectrum doula for over 20 years, working in birth, death and trauma work and journeying in spiritual explorations of yoga, meditation and dance for over 25 years, teaching for 20 yrs; leading international and local Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher trainings, sharing workshops, yoga, dance, ceremony, retreats, classes and teacher mentorships as an experienced registered yoga teacher- ERYT 500 and prenatal registered yoga teacher-PRYT, birth work and loss doula. My offerings span pre-conception, birth and death work, babies, children, animals, teens and adults.

My teachings reflect over 20 years of experience and immersion in: 

•   Full Spectrum Doula -I have supported people (however they identify or express gender) through the full spectrum of conception, pregnancy, birth and postpartum experiences from abortion, pregnancy loss, adoption, surrogacy, miscarriage and stillbirth. 

*Death & bereavement Doula  - midwifing spaces for humans or animals: 1) those transitioning from the physical to the spiritual realm, 2) those supporting loved ones as they prepare for or integrate the death of a loved one, 3) those navigating the death of an old life, narrative, state of health, relationship. I hold space in the way requested/needed and create specific ceremony and rituals to navigate the transition with honouring, love, space and sacredness. 

•   Celebrant-I am certified to create and lead personalized ceremonies, group ceremonies of all kinds-for transitions of any kind, marriage, divorce, blessing ways, coming out, celebration of life, gender affirming surgery.

Italian, Celtic -earth based spiritualities  from my ancestry and I am a full mesa carrier

•   Trauma Inclusive yoga and movement guide- paths to embodied resilience, embodied boundaries, self regulation for daily life. I have studied with Jane Clapp, Nicole Marcia and Amber Grey (who advises the UN on psychological first aid and trauma therapy)

•   Womb Reclamation- Informed from traditions from Ecuador, Mexico and Italy. Restoring, reclaiming and integrating rituals for any and all womb related trauma and specific post partum womb rituals to    support physical, emotional, energetic integration

•   Martial arts- Capoeira, Bo Staff, Quigong

•   Bodywork- trained bodyworker in Thai massage, relaxation and hot stone

•   Dance -I am a Certified Journey Dance facilitator- plus years of experience in breakdance, belly dance, hip hop, 5 Rhythms, Ecstatic Dance

•   Somatic therapy-the relationship between mind and body in regard to trauma and the practices of restoring

•   Yoga from Tantric/Kundalini/Hatha traditions

•   Human kinetics 

•   Personal training-with a focus in rehabilitation and sports specific training

*  Competing at high level sports  

 ROOTS

As a little girl I followed my soul hunger. I was a seeker who challenged societal, cultural and religious conditioning. At the age of 6 I was the only girl playing in an all boys hockey league. As a youth I challenged religious leaders on the rituals that excluded girls and a challenged authority figures/teachers to create more inclusive learning spaces.

As a young person of 13 years old I was entranced by the books I was blessed to find at garage sales on yoga, transcendental meditation, yogic philosophy, buddhism and shamanism. I was literally in the closet exploring these practices as I feared they would not be condoned by my family and contrary to their religious practices. I was grateful that I had these teachings to lean on as I was also deeply in the closet with my sexuality and drowning in religious/cultural stories of shame. 

Yoga, meditation, shamanism, dance and martial arts have saved my life on numerous occasions. These practices nourished me and supported me deeply when I was navigating depression, sexual assault, homelessness, cancer, emotional abuse, divorce and coming out. During these times I learned how to hold myself with compassion for my humanness, perceptually shift so that my wholeness included the brokenness and messiness, moved from self loathing to a spacious acceptance, restored from traumas, and reclaimed my body, mind and spirit. 

I bow deeply to the ongoing journey of restoring and learning. I am inspired by our capacity to rebirth. I value and harness the deep medicine from all my experiences as fertile soil from which to teach, relate and help students liberate their lives.

 I have always known my soul was called to serve, create change and light fires.

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When I am not guiding others I love surfing, traveling internationally, trail running in BC mountains, being with dogs, dancing to deep bass, playing sports, studying epigenetics-herbalism-polyvagal theory and hanging out with my beautiful family, partner and friends. 

What Do I Love About What I Do?

I LOVE witnessing rebirth, birth and death and supporting people ( and animals) on their path to reclamation.

I love practicing total presence.

I love witnessing celebrating courage, breakthroughs, forgiveness and the resiliency of the human and animal spirit.

I love that I am ALWAYS learning.

I love going deep. I'm not scared of the dark.

I love the challenge of creating sacred spaces.

I love being constantly humbled in this great mystery.

I love creating spaces of raw transparency and sharing in a deeper intimacy.

I love feeding the revolution of love: through change, becoming informed, connection, awareness of choice, challenging what has been built up around us. I revel in the undeniable call I have to serve, uplift, poke, provoke, elevate and feed this revolution of love.

 

 photo cred: Pure souls media

photo cred: Pure souls media

  THE STORY OF LA LUPA VIA

La Lupa Via translates as, The Wolf Way in Italian-Latin.

I am of Italian-European heritage and grew up with a potent and mystical affinity to both Italian Wolf Goddesses, Feronia-queen of the wilderness, fertility and wolves and Lucina-goddess of wild things, protector of childbirth and a guide through life's transitions. I have also felt a deep soul knowing and connection to La Loba, the story from Northern Mexico as shared by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, about a wolf woman-bone collector, who resurrects the wild spirit of life from the depths of the underworld and witnesses rebirth and revivification.

At the heart and soul of my offerings as a death walker, full spectrum doula, trauma inclusive yoga therapist, yoga teacher trainer, celebrant and womb worker is the spirit of the wolf and these wolf goddesses: the energy of midwifing inclusive spaces of rebirth, soul reclamation and life liberation and returning to our wild instincts and deep knowing.

I have dreamed of wolves since I was a little girl and their presence in these dreams and in person have guided, inspired and protected me through the many deaths, rebirths and transitions in my life. (including the cancer journey-see picture to the right)

Wolves represent community, instinct, appetite for freedom, intuition, innovation, rituals, expression, intimacy, teachers, lunar connections-everything that my works holds as foundations for restoration and liberated living and dying..

May you come home to your untamed, wise, dark, light, messy transparency and remember the wolf wisdom within you that howls to remind you that you are wild, worthy, whole and free.

 

 

 
 

EVENTS/retreats

Beautiful friendS, follow @LAlupavia on INSTAGRAM AND "LiKE" LA LUPA VIA YOGA AND WELLNESS on Facebook  to stoke your soul fire with my upcoming offerings, videos, poetry and wolf woman insights

 


5th Annual Wolf Womxn-Earth Medicine Retreat

Tofino, home of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations

Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations were the first inhabitants of Clayoquot Sound. The word “Clayoquot” comes from the word “Tla-o-qui-at”, meaning different people or people of Clayoqua. The Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations are known to have occupied this territory for thousands of years

 

Partial proceeds to the Nesting Doula Collective and Aboriginal Youth Empowerment Program

Date:  OCTOBER 4-7th, 2018

Follow the updates, gorgeous pictures and stories from previous years on the Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2186035698079388/

Location: The gorgeous Tofino Botanical Gardens Lodge and Land

Hungry for play, community wolf pack, revivifying your spirit, reconnection to mother earth, food and reclaiming every layer of you???? 

Our intention is Connect is to create a sacred space with your pack to commune and attune to the medicine of the sacred land, the medicine of food and the medicine of movement- ritual.

We will learn about and prioritize dropping our wombs into the wombs of the earth-to remember our wild power and renew our committment to being stewards of the earth as she is reflected in us. 

Join wolf womxn-passionate teachers:

 Teresa of La Lupa Via

Amanda Bullick of Brutally Beautiful

Lana Maree of Rizze Yoga and

Shani Cranston-Pioneer and food medicine alchemist at hOMe Grown Living Foods for an unforgettable, paradigm shifting weekend:

 Yoga, daily meditation, daily dance, shamanic ceremony, Workshop on Feral & Feminist sexuality, fire rituals and the beauty of sisterhood- like minded community.

Liberate your instincts and return to the wild and wise wolf within. You will feel infinite, unstoppable and on fire for your path and passions. Expect to be inspired, refreshed, refocused and connected to your limitlessness.

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Soul investment includes:

3nights accommodation at the magical Tofino Botanical Gardens, 8 wildly nourishing meals, 4 yoga classes, Feral & Feminist Sexuality workshop, surfing lesson(*optional) Daily Dance, fire ritual, shamanic ceremony, daily meditation and all the magic you could possibly imagine.

*** Early bird SPECIAL*** $800 per person IF you sign up with a friend and pay in full upon sign up by June 15th 2018

**** Early Bird Solo sign up price is $900

$850 per person IF you sign up with a friend and pay by instalments(teresa will send you the expected instalment dates) Please email if you have a group or pair to register. 

OR $950 if you sign up solo.

NOTE- $65 extra for 3 hour surf lesson, wetsuit and board rental- which is totally open to beginners and also totally optional if you would rather hang at the lodge by the fireplace and read or beach comb :)

Deposit for this retreat is $207 non refundable to teresa@lalupavia.com. This amount goes towards your total investment.

NOTE: the retreat cost does not include transportation to and from the retreat-car pooling with sister wolves is recommended and fun and saves money

  1. THIS RETREAT SELLS OUT EACH YEAR SO SECURE YOUR SPOT ASAP!

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HIMALAYAN SALT CAVE CEREMONY SEPTEMBER date TBA

(the 29th or 30th)


WEEKLY CLASSES & PRIVATE SESSIONS

I love movement and travel, teaching locally and internationally throughout the year. Give the studio a call or check out the online schedule of each studio to see if I'm out of town that day. For private womb work, ceremony and sessions, email me at teresa@lalupavia.com to inquire and book-please note I book up quickly :)

MONDAY: *** AVAILABLE FOR WOMB HEALING, PRIVATES/CEREMONY, energy work,PRENATAL PARTNER SESSIONS

 

TUESDAY: ***AVAILABLE FOR WOMB HEALING, PRIVATES/CEREMONY, PRENATAL PARTNER SESSIONS

 

WEDNESDAY: 

Time:11:15-12:30 -  BABY & ME

Location: SEMPERVIVA City Center (Broadway & Maple)        

 

*** afternoon open for Womb healing, private yoga therapy or energy work, prenatal partner privates

 

 

 

THURSDAY:    

Time:12:30-1:45- PRENATAL

Location: SEMPERVIVA Sun Center (Broadway & Trafalgar)

 

FRIDAY:  SESSIONS OPEN FOR WOMB HEALING,  energy work, PRIVATES/CEREMONY, PRENATAL PARTNER SESSIONS

 

SATURDAY: 

***Saturday 8-11am open for WOMB HEALING, PRIVATES/CEREMONY, PRENATAL PARTNER SESSIONS

Time: 12-1:15pm  - PRENATAL

Location: SEMPERVIVA Sun Center(Broadway & Trafalgar)

***Afternoons 3pm-6pm open  for privates, ceremonies or Closing the Bones

 

SUNDAYS:  

***Open for womb healing, private sessions, workshops, ceremony

 

SPECIALTY WORKSHOPS USUALLY RUN ON SUNDAYS-STAY TUNED BY "LIKING" LA LUPA VIA YOGA AND WELLNESS ON FACEBOOK AND FOLLOWING ME ON INSTAGRAM @LALUPAVIA

 
Please Email me teresa@lalupavia@gmail.com to inquire and arrange Womb healing, mentoring, ceremony, personalized ceremony and other offerings.

 

 

 

 TEACHER TRAININGS 2018-2019

 

 

85hr PRENATAL YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

upcoming Date:  JANUARY AND JUNE 2019

Location: Vancouver, BC

Register/Inquire with www.Semperviva.com

This paradigm shifting, inspiring, inclusive and comprehensive 85 Hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Program will include how to teach prenatal yoga to people in all stages of pregnancy, in the spirit of holding space for pregnant folks liberating their instincts and intuition. Yoga is explored as a powerful tool for more thriving in pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood. A transforming and life changing training that will inform, inspire and illuminate your personal and professional life. 75% of this training is experiential and requires your full participation and commitment to personal work in order to fully understand the content.

This course is informed from the birth, bereavement, postpartum and death doula world, global activism, consciousness of babies, birth imprinting and psychology, cross cultural birth rituals and inclusivity.

WHO IS THIS COURSE DESIGNED FOR?

Yoga teachers of all traditions, anyone feeling the call personally or professionally, midwives, doulas, nurses, doctors, childbirth educators, health care professionals and all people wanting to deepen their knowledge of yoga in pregnancy and of themselves.

This in depth program will give you a rich understanding of Yoga during the childbearing year and beyond. It will deepen self-knowledge and foster fierce personal growth. Educating and empowering  about conscious pregnancy, birth and parenthood creates conscious parents, conscious babies and a more conscious world.

Elevating and educating students during this time of profound transformation is the most awesome and rewarding experience.

 

 


 

LA LUPA VIA Teacher Training is elated to ANNOUNCE:

SACRED CYCLES COMMUNITY DOULA TRAINING 

NOVEMBER 16-22nd 2018

STRETCH STUDIO, on the unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Vancouver BC

*Partial proceeds to Aboriginal Youth Empowerment Program and The Nesting Doula Collective

 

Join Teresa of La Lupa Via- a queer, trans affirming full spectrum doula, celebrant and death walker and guest teachers in a journey of RE-sacralizing and reclaiming the cycles and experiences of our lives, bodies, births, deaths and returning to a sense of belonging, soul support, inclusivity and thriving.

 

At the heart of this training is the cultural reclamation of death, grief, birth, conception and exploring a deeper intimacy each of these, our communities and ourselves.

 

This will be a week of life changing EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING and GROWING within the sacred world of supporting yourself and your community through the cycles in new, ancient and honouring ways. Expect deep personal work/reflection as part of this experiential education.

 

TRAUMA INFORMED/INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE, CARE AND MOVMENT-

Trauma inclusive language, the layers of consent and creating a safer space.

Trauma inclusive practices are taught AND practiced in each component of this training

 

*SACRED FERTILITY GUIDANCE-

The path of supporting people emotionally, energetically and spiritually on their journey of conception with tools from meditation, yoga, ritual practices, trauma informed movement and somatic therapy.

 

*ABORTION AND PREGNANCY LOSS SUPPORT-

Explore the history, shame constructs and societal, medical models AND the ripple effect they have

Explore what happens beyond consensual reality and shaming, when we open up possibilities, rituals, specific support and grief walking for people/families navigating these journeys, approaches and choices around supporting the energetic, emotional, physical and spiritual journey. At home or in hospital rituals and trauma informed yoga/movment therapy for all people to be supported in new ways. Holisitic postpartum support plans that tend to every layer of the ones well being.

 

*BEREAVEMENT DOULA SKILLS-

Exploring grief and bereavement cross culturally

Exploring rituals around practices around our own dances with grief and bereavement.

How to walk with families in their grief and bereavement

Trauma informed yoga and movement therapy for abortions, pregnancy loss and even the metaphorical deaths that people navigate in the human experience

 

*PARTNER INTIMACY-

Learn how to co create spaces for healthy intimacy, deep support for any and all partners journeys in pregnancy, aboriton, miscarriage, birthing process-whether you are a doula, midwife or yoga teacher, learn precious and powerful ways to support partners, families so that they may bond, communicate, learn new forms of intimacy and thrive more in their pregnancy, times of loss, change or during the birthing process, post partum and beyond.

 

RITUAL-

What is ritual and why does it matter?

Explore the power of ritual supporting us in deep integration for the cycles. 

Simple and powerful  rituals that create a holding space for integration and for the soul to be nurtured in any and all transition.

Cultivate reverence for the cycles of birth, life, death as they navigated through yogic, pagan and earth based traditions and cross culturally.

 

SUSTAINABILITY AND BOUNDARIES in the sacred cycles path;

Learn vital skills, self awareness and knowledge for self care and sustainability for the path of holding space.

Learn basics of the nervous system, self regulation, embodiment practices, trauma informed awareness and movement practices for embodied resilience working towards how to practice in healthy, ethical and sustainable ways in the sacred work of holding space.

 

TRUE INCLUSIVITY beyond tolerance.  We will explore what racial and gender inclusivity is and means in your personal and professional life, why it matters, how you can practice, speak and live it.

This training is Informed by a trauma inclusive movement and yoga foundations, bereavement and death doula practices and rituals, ceremonies for transitions, somatic therapy,yoga therapy and the birthing world.

 

This training will inform and light up your personal and professional life, your yogic practices and offerings, give you a deep tool box for doula work and any paths/careers of support.

 

This training is for anyone feeling the call!!

FOR birth and postpartum doulas who already practicing

FOR those on path to becoming a doula

FOR care providers, health care workers and anyone resonating with growing an intimacy with the cycles in their personal life. 

You will receive a certificate of completion at the end and this.

(*In North America Doulas are not governed by any professional practitioner body. Numerous organizations provide certifications for Doulas, but none of these are necessary for someone to serve as a doula.)

 

***If you would like to register a phone interview is required to be eligible! PM me to arrange a phone interview.

 

Once your phone interview is complete and you have been accepted a $375 non refundable deposit is due.

 

Investment for this life changing experience is $1300 Canadian

Sliding scale is available to make this training accessible for students, low income and underemployed participants.

Partial and full scholarships are available for certain circumstances.

 

Payment plans are also available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Womb Reclamation Sessions

Closing the Bones &

Conscious Conception

 

WOMB RECLAMATION RITUALS

 RITUALS FOR RECLAMATION & RESTORING

I am passionate about womb reclamation for all in this inclusive offering

. Womb Rituals for validation, reclamation and restoration. It changes lives.

I believe we need rituals to integrate and validate the human experience and that we live more liberated lives with them.

For ANY AND ALL  womb trauma-from this lifetime or others, be it ancestral, sexual, pregnancy related, birth related or other.

As a full spectrum doula-trans affirming doula, death doula, body worker, trauma inclusive yoga and movement guide, i have been sharing Womb Restoring Rituals for many years. These rituals include embodied trauma skills, energy work, womb massage, crystal bowl, journalling, somatic movement therapy, yoga therapy, nurturing and reverence.

I bring the doula model of care to people across the full spectrum of pregnancy experiences, including abortion, adoption, surrogacy, miscarriage and stillbirth and beyond. Into the restoring, reclaiming journey that continues with each one of these journeys.

 

CLOSING THE BONES

WHAT IS IT???

Traditionally a beautiful and powerful Ecuadorian postpartum ritual and massage to restore, align, nurture the birther and support an emotional, energetic, physical, spiritual integration of the pregnancy, birth and beyond journey.  This teaching was passed on from Ecuadorian midwife, Shaman, ethnobotanist, Rocio Alacron to Sophie Messager from whom i studied. Many cultures around the world have a similar ritual to this one to support people being nurtured, seen, reverenced so they may thrive.

Traditionally in many cultures this ritual is shared after birth, 4-6 x within the first month and a half of the birth.

I share this in both traditional sense of post partum AND non-traditionally for anyone seeking womb healing

WHO IS THIS FOR?

This nurturing  ritual is  for all-

For birthers post partum AND for people who birthed 30 years ago and never had closure AND for people who have never had babies AND for people with emotional womb trauma, ancestral womb trauma, sexual trauma, pregnancy loss and FOR all  genders 

Medicine woman/midwife Rocio entreated the teacher i studied with for us to spread the word. To:

‘give this back to your culture, because you have lost it. And you need it back.’ca

These stunning sessions include intention setting-crystal bowl meditation, energy work, rebozo rocking, womb massage, shamanic drumming, rebirthing meditation and closing intentions and integration.

Sessions are 2hrs long and investment includes a pre and post email connect and tools to take with you into everyday life to continue the rhythm of nurturing and self care.

Investment-

 1 session-$185

Package of 3-$510 ($45 savings)

Package of 5-$825($100 savings)

Payment plans available and sliding scale may apply in certain cases

 

CONSCIOUS CONCEPTION

 What is it?

Conscious conception is a holistic path of re-sacralizing the journey of conception. Tending to the emotional, spiritual and energetic layers of ourselves and partners to open up the space of possibility and understanding.

Re-sacralize=to make sacred again.

I believe possibilities open up exponentially when in addition to traditional conception practices a holistic approach is integrated

Going beyond and yet also working with the medical and technical world of conception into the emotional, spiritual, energetic realms. Using trauma informed yoga and movment, shamanic, somatic therapy and meditation practices we explore the journey of conscious conception which includes forgiveness, awareness exercises, restoring personal and relationships, opening up dialogue with the soul of the child you want to call in and co-creating daily rituals/practices to feed the rhythm of creation.

We co create together to dissolve blocks and open possibilities.

I have shared this conscious conception journey with people in all scenarios: those on a solo conception journey, surrogate scenarios and those in my queer and trans community over the years. It is a sublime honour to hold space in this way.

Sessions are 2hrs long 

 1 session-$185

Package of 3-$510($45 savings)

Testimonial- "Teresa and I first worked together in the realm of concious conception. She held space for healing, release and spiritual connection relating to my fertility. With her compassion, guidance and presence, I was able to let go and move forward compassionately to welcome my dear child. 

We also took part in her incredible and unique and inclusive pre-natal workshop. That experience, in addition to reading other books she recommended (Ina May Gaskin), gave me a courageous foundation for my birthing process. Using some of her music and sense of lightness really changed how we went through the birth.

Six months post-partum, we connected for the closing the bones ritual. I found this to be integral in my physical and emotional healing. Not only that, it was a very kind way to acknowledge the impact of childbearing on my body and spirit. It provided a deep release, sense of safety and true feeling of self-care. 

She has been an incredible teacher and gift to me and my family. "-Sarah, Jocelyn and baby Coba

 

DEATH WALKING

Bereavement and LOSS DOULA

 

As a death walker, celebrant and full spectrum doula I am passionate about feeding the Cultural reclamation of death, bereavement and grief and have been supporting people and animals in this work for over 20years.

We live in a death phobic and grief illiterate society and the disconnect to what is normal, natural and inevitable creates immense suffering.

Death, grief and bereavement are natural, powerful, sacred transitions and journeys.

 When we return to honouring death and bereavement as natural and many sacred we will find paths to being more supported, validated, nurtured, held and seen.

I was called to death and birth work early in life. Finding injured or dead animals and tending to them ceremoniously was common as a child. As a teenager death came through the death and loss of many loved ones, both old and very young, animal and human and my awe and fascination and yearning to be with it was undeniable. I heeding the call to support others navigating deaths. This call to death and birth work was undeniable from a young age and has continued through my whole life.

At 17 my young cousin Lisa, who was like a sister and mother to me died tragically in her late 20's and it rocked me, broke my heart and opened it simultaneously. Death work from a young age has called me, and I have answered.

I am in awe and enthralled by the journey of the spirit.

I am in awe of the depth of intimacy and opportunities available for love and transformation in death.

 As a death walker and bereavement doula I offer support in the form of presence, ritual, ceremony and embodied movement therapy and co-create spaces for humans or animals. For:

*) those transitioning from the physical to the spiritual realm

) pregnancy loss, abortion and still birth

 *) those preparing for the death of a loved one

*)Past deaths that feel unresolved

 *) those navigating grief and bereavement from the death of an old life, narrative, state of health, relationship or being. 

I will co-create with you in the specific ways requested/needed and create specific ceremony and rituals to navigate the transition with honouring, love, space and sacredness. 

Through ceremonial work, ritual, trauma informed yoga and movement, somatic therapy and ceremony we create holding spaces for grief, nurturing, love, acknowledgement, validation and integration of the death you are navigating. 

 

Bereavement doula support and death walking is available one on one or in groups.

 

CEREMONY & RITUAL

 

   TRANSITIONS, INTEGRATIONS & CELEBRATIONS

I am a queer celebrant and ritual healing practitioner who offers ceremony and rituals for all of the cycles of life, birth, death and all of the many forms of transitions that matter most to you.

I will work with you to co-create meaningful ways to honour important transitions and events in our lives.

Ceremony remind us of how intimately we are connected to nature and help us find peace with the inevitable changes that life brings. In ceremony we bring forth a sacredness towards the many passages in our lives so that we can connect to restoring, integration, peace and the journey of being alive.

In my life, ceremony is a sacred container to honour, validate, celebrate, mourn, acknowledge, integrate and nurture the unfoldings of life and death. Ceremony reminds me of my infinite soul, my innate capacity to transform, and the truth of interconnectedness. Ceremony reconnects me to hope, wonder, trust, forgiveness, acceptance, joy and precious insights.

From a young age, I knew my calling was to serve and I have since been holding sacred space for people in ceremony for over 20 years. A large part of this call has been in the realm of the birth and death doula world.

 It is the most sublime honour to midwife the space in ceremony and offer pure presence as people connect to the source of life, renew in times of transition, find peace, guidance, celebrate the cycles of life and maintain a vibrant connection to the sacred. 

Ceremony is offered as private, semi-private or any group size.

This offering is inclusive,trauma informed, non denominational and is sourced from a combination of yogic, earth based and spiritual healing practices.

An initial consultation opens up the space for creating together and customizing a ceremony in alignment with your individual or group visions, needs and desires.

TYPES OF CEREMONY::

 EARTH BASED RITUALS

EARTH BASED RITUALS

Earth Based Rituals

* Fire Ritual

* Reclamation Ritual

* Death Honouring

 Fire is one of the greatest transformers of energy. Fire ceremonies support cleansing, clearing, transmuting energy, reclamations and celebrations, depending on your intention.

Fire is one of the greatest transformers of energy. Fire ceremonies support cleansing, clearing, transmuting energy, reclamations and celebrations, depending on your intention.

 

LIFE TRANSITIONS & CELEBRATIONS

  • Birth-blessing ways

  • Funerals & RE-doing funerals

  • Gender affirming surgery honoring

  • Deaths-supporting loved ones,animal or human and/or the one transitioning

  • Conscious death -the death of an old identity, habit or stage of life

  • Rites of passage

  • Divorce -Becoming your own beloved

  • Marriage

  • Onset of puberty

  • Conscious conception

  • Coming Out

  • Full Moon/New Moon

  • Winter-Spring or Summer Equinox

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LET'S CONNECT

Please contact me with any questions about upcoming trainings, events, mentoring or booking for teacher trainings

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