Women’s Wholeness Retreat

Women Wholeness Retreat 2

Saturday, September 17th,

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Yurt (CorUnum), 5990 Old West Saanich Road

Cost:  $25.00

Experience movement, sound, nature, light-hearted joy with a group of soulful women!

  Please bring a food contribution(s) (with ingredients list)  for our potluck lunch.  Please note that two vegan gluten-free dishes will be prepared before hand.  There will be  herbal tea and coffee available at the retreat.   Please also bring your own plate, mug and utensils

Please dress for the outdoors as we will be outside for most of the day.

Car-pooling to and from the Yurt (CorUnum) will be arranged

For more information and to register:  Contact Linda at 250-380-6383 or at lindainvic@gmail.com

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Proposed Agenda for the Women’s Wholeness Retreat


9:45 a.m.                                        Arrive at the Yurt (CorUnum)

Settling  In and Creation of our Altar

10:00 a.m. to 10:30  a.m.      Gather together in a circle – facilitated by Diana Kuch

Introductions, Review of Day

10:30 to 11:45  a.m.                 Storytime Theatre –  facilitated by Diana Kuch (see bio below)  

“The Three Gold Hairs”  Thousands of years old, this cross-cultural fairy tale carries ancestor wisdom that illuminates the way to calm ourselves and create space for our becoming. Participants will be invited to act out parts of the story – a playful way to meet unknown regions of ourselves.

11:45 a.m. to 12 Noon             Prepare for the Potluck 

12 Noon to 1:00 p.m.              Bountiful Potluck  – Vegan, gluten free-dishes prepared by Linda Chan (see bio below), Lou Hammond, and Yesshimua

A Roasted Kobasha Squash Soup and Summertime Reboot Salad which are both vegan and gluten-free will be prepared before the retreat.  Participants are invited to bring a food item(s) with ingredient list for our potluck to share with others.  Please also bring a plate, utensils and mug plus serving utensils for your food contribution.

1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.            Wisdom Circle –  facilitated by Lou Hammond (see bio below)

Together we will share “tips” and “tales” that have inspired us to feel more whole.  This could be a breathing practice, a dance move, a way to chop cucumbers, a story or a new forest path.  The tradition of sharing knowledge and wisdom that has helped or inspired us and that we think would also benefit others, empowers the bonds of humanity. The Wisdom Circle gives each us a few minutes to contribute something, if we wish, and since it will also be an opportunity to learn and discover, you might want to have paper and pen handy.

1:50 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.           Transition to next part of the afternoon

2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.           Circle Dance –  facilitated by  Louise Taylor

2:50 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.           Transition to next part of the afternoon

3:00 p.m. t0 4:30 p.m.          Nature Exploration and Creative Project – facilitated by Marilyn Smando (see bio below) and Sanjara Omoniyi 

Be nourished by the revitalizing forest as you take time to explore the ancient trees, gentle meadows, the  tranquil pond, the rose garden, forest labyrinth, Brigid’s Rock…..   This exploration will evolve into a group (or individual, if preferred) experience with crayons, paint and even something you found while exploring.  A group co-creation of art will become a seasonal banner(s) for the Church of Truth.

4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.          Closing Circle – facilitated by Pat Miller 

We will gather in a circle to center, ground and share with each other what we experienced being at the Yurt for the day

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Optional Bios for the Facilitators at the Women’s Wholeness Retreat:

Diana Kuch:   Canadian Comedian, best known for her trilogy of hit comedy specials: Potluck Universe, Celebrating Imperfection, and How to Lick a Vegetarian.  Locals know her as the wild and whacky host of Last Laugh Monday, Vancouver Island’s much loved comedy night.  For more info:  http://www.dianakuchcomedy.com/


Linda Chan:  a “Foodie” which enjoys having fun with food.  She coordinated a twice a month vegan and gluten-free Collective Kitchen with Lou Hammond and worked with a team to coordinate monthly potlucks with guest presenters plus hosted a number of raw food educational events for VIVA-Raw,  a group that was dedicated to the education and promotion of a healthy, raw, unprocessed plant based diet.    At the Church of Truth, Community of Conscious Living, Linda works with Pat Miller and others to organize Oneness Wednesday  a  free or by donation Wednesday evening meditation/reflective program; She also sends out the Weekly ENews, and is a member of the Spiritual Directions Committee and  Community Committee, a group recently formed to explore how we can deepen our connections – bring in more creativity and fun and at the same time deepen our spiritual connection and growth.   In the Victoria community, Linda is a coordinator at Spring Ridge Commons, an community urban food forest located in Fernwood;  She also is a proof-reader for the James Bay Beacon and  a member of the Touching the Earth Sangha.   She enjoys gardening, qi gong, playing the recorder and colouring.




Lou Hammond:   Artist, Activist, Aging, Animal Lover who seeks Truth and Wisdom, and wonders why a Divine Intelligence would create such an insane species as humans, and why we humans are driven to figure it out.

Lou and her ferrets

Marilyn Smando:  Marilyn  is on a spiritual journey which has led her to The Church of Truth, Community of Conscious Living.  She is a Reiki Practitioner and has a strong connection with nature and especially water.  She has found tremendous healing near water and she loves animals.



About The Yurt:  (CorUnum):

“Just 25 minutes away from the busy streets of Victoria, CorUnum, a peaceful spiritual community tucked away in rural farmland, thrives by sharing ideas and theologies including a broad spectrum of practices” ***

Directions to the Yurt:  http://www.corunum.ca/directions.htm

Source:  Body Mind and Spirit Guide