Initiation: Women’s Retreat & Sweat Lodge Ceremony

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Thursday July 18th – Sunday July 21st 2019 

Anishinabe Spiritual Center | Espanola, Ontario

 


“Are you willing to undergo the necessary transformation from caterpillar consciousness to the butterfly of freedom?” ~Mooji

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Goddess Ma’at and her wings of Truth, Peace and Harmony. Photo captured during Egypt Priestess Pilgrimage December 2018 

I am already a full embodied yes!

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The Invitation

Sister, I feel so honored and privileged to share this with you during such a powerful time of transformation on the planet.  I have been timelessly nurturing this vision in my heart, and the time has now come for me, for you, for all of us to gather in this way. I am here in service to the awakening of women, communities and all Beings in the name of Love, Truth and Harmony. I lovingly invite you to join us, in sisterhood, for this transformative and healing four day retreat.

In love and devotion,
Lacey 

The Retreat 

Create space from your daily routine to slow down, center, and awaken to your true essence. Immerse yourself in nature’s stillness and connect with the renewing and harmonizing energies of Mother Earth and her elements. Purify, nourish and recharge all layers of your being. Spend time in sacred silence (mauna) for contemplation and rejuvenation. 

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Emergence Women’s Retreat 2017 ~ Anishnabe Spiritual Center

You will be held in a safe, nurturing and supportive container to rediscover the peace, love and joy that is already available to you, as you are NOW. Experience the magic, mystery, and beauty of sisterhood. Sing, dance, praise, and celebrate the inner Goddess!

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Emergence Women’s Retreat 2017 ~ Anishnabe Spiritual Center

Initiation is a rites of passage retreat for women who are open, ready, and truly willing to reawaken to and discover the Truth of who they are, and have always been. A rites of passage is a time of transition & transformation marked by a special ceremony. Our retreat includes a variety of ceremonies, ancient practices and rituals honoring rebirth and renewal, including a traditional sweat lodge ceremony, guided by a local elder.

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The sweat lodge is a symbolical return to the womb and will invite us to deepen our connection with the womb of the earth, the celestial womb of creation and our own womb blueprint. We will be supported and witnessed by our sisters as we release to mother earth what is not serving us, and remember how to walk the Beauty Way. We will emerge from this ceremony with a sense of renewal and rejuvenation. A separate ritual will be offered for women who will be on the first 3 days of their moon time during the retreat.

With the lotus flower as our inspiration, we too shall root, ground and spiral into the earth as we honour the feminine lunar path of descent. Our yoga, movement and temple arts practices will focus on the first and second chakras, the seat of the feminine throne. Since we spend so much of our time “up in our minds,” we will invite our energy back into our lower power centers. As the empowered woman you are, you can self initiate this profound remembrance and reawaken lost feminine knowledge living within you.

Sacred Lotus Offering ~ Photos Captured during Egypt Priestess Pilgrimage 

Beautiful, remember that you are so much more than you believe yourself to be. When you say YES to this remembering and initiation into the next layer of your journey, it is a gift for yourself, your family, friends, community, the entire planet and all of consciousness! It is your birthright to come home to who you are, and to live it in an embodied way. 

Unidentify from the pain, fear, shame, limiting beliefs, control, judgement, toxic patterns, never ending thoughts, stress and wounding from “your story.” Step into the portal of rebirth & renewal. Radiate this newly rediscovered essence in all you do whether you yearn to birth a project, a child, a more conscious and loving way of being or a more intimate connection with this phase of your feminine cycle.

Recognize there is a deeper dimension of your Being that is also pulsing in all of creation. It is here, right now. Can you feel it?

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Nourishing our Temple Body 

To ensure the highest quality, consciousness and vibration of what we put into our temple body during the retreat, my Beloved King will be preparing all nine meals as an offering to the Goddess and rise of the divine feminine. You will be nourished by lovingly prepared plant based-dairy free meals that will cleanse, energize and nourish. Everything is homemade. Organic and local produce will be used as often as possible. Plus, a daily fresh pressed green or veggie juice is also included!

Sample Menu

Breakfast: Coconut Berry Chia Seed Pudding with superfood toppings, fruit bowl and fresh pressed green juice

Lunch: Salad Bar featuring a variety of seasonal veggies, olives, sprouts, herbs, nuts, seeds and a tahini dressing; hummus and crackers.

Dinner: Creamy Cashew Kale Caesar Salad; Cumin Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas with Cranberry Orange Vinaigrette, Lemony Herb Quinoa followed by a sweat treat! 

About the Retreat Center 

Anishinabe Spiritual Center is situated in the wilderness of Northern Ontario, in the Manitoulin Island–North Shore region, nestled among trees at the edge of scenic Anderson Lake. It is quiet, peaceful, natural, and the perfect sanctuary for our time together. The vision of the center, Wasse’aandimikaning – a place of enlightenment for spiritual nourishment, growth and healing – truly supports the intention of the Initiation Retreat. The center is 4.5 hours from Toronto, 6 hours from Ottawa, 1 hour from Sudbury and minutes outside of Espanola. The closest airport is Greater Sudbury Airport (YSB).

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The undulating shoreline of birches, maples, pines, fir, and spruce trees offers secluded places to appreciate the water, while the rocky elevated areas provide some prominent views of the lake and surrounding hillsides.

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The retreat schedule includes ample opportunity to connect with nature and the retreat’s swimming area, walking trails, canoes, kayaks, labyrinth, bonfire and waterside meditation and relaxation nooks.

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Goddess Hathor Temple, Dendera Egypt, December 2018

This retreat is being curated with utmost love, intention and respect and is open to 22 sisters.

Your time is now sister. Do not delay this embodied awakening. The time to BE FREE is here.

You are LOVED.

You ARE Love.

You ARE life itself.

 

Sacred Sisterhood Service (Seva)

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New to this retreat is an opportunity for 4 sisters who are ready to deepen their goddess-priestess path by stepping into sacred service throughout the retreat

Selfless service is an invitation from me to we; to go beyond “what’s in it for me?” and into “how can I be of service to our community of sisters and the benefit of all through my own journey.” Sacred Service, mentored by Lacey, includes the role of Kitchen Angel to assist with clean up of lunch and dinner as well as Temple Keeper to assist in pre retreat set up; maintaining cleanliness and purity of the space, setting up as needed for various ceremonies throughout the retreat, and post retreat clean up of the space. Please inquire if you are interested in this opportunity. Space is on first come first serve basis, by application. You will not miss any programing, however you will be required to arrive a few hours early on day one, and stay a few hours later on day 4.


Retreat Includes

Pre Retreat Preparation LIVE Group Video Call  

Post Retreat Integration Live Group Video Call

Three nights accommodation at Anishinabe Spiritual Center. Choose from

        1) Semi Private. Rooms are simple and modest and include 2 twin beds, linens, towels and a sink. Shared washrooms are located on each floor.

       2) Nature Camping. Please provide all of your own tenting gear. Washroom facilities are available nearby in the main building. Space is limited.

      3) Private Room / Private Cabin. Space is limited. Please inquire for more details. 

Nine healthy, homemade and nourishing plant based meals with daily fresh juice.

Embodied Guidance & Mentorship by Lacey including:

  • Opening and Closing Ceremony
  • Daily Morning Spiritual Self Care 
  • Daily Morning Yoga & Movement Practice – a fusion of breathwork, yoga (hatha, chakra, goddess flow, restorative), tribal movement and ecstatic dance
  • Temple Arts Evening Gatherings with Ceremonies, Rituals, Song Circles and Sharing of Ancient Feminine Wisdom

Sweat Lodge Ceremony guided by local Elder or special ritual for women on their moon time

Bonfire and Song circle 

Access to swimming area, canoes, kayaks, walking trails and labyrinth

Music Playlists

Invitation to Emergence Sisterhood Private Facebook group

Sample Daily Schedule

Arrival on Thursday July 18th is from 2:30 – 5 pm. Departure on Sunday July 21st is after lunch at 1:30 pm.

Please observe sacred silence upon rising and until morning yoga (9 am). Choose to rise with the sun (6 am) and enjoy some self guided nature time (morning walk, sit waterside with an herbal tea) or sleep in and join us at 8 am for the morning program. 

8:00 – 9:00 am  Morning Ritual: Spiritual Self Care

9: 00 am  Breakfast & Fresh Green Juice

10:00 am – 12:30 pm Morning Yoga, Movement & Temple Arts Practice 

1 pm  Lunch & Leisure/ Sweat Lodge

4:30 pm Afternoon Gathering / Workshop 

6:30 pm Dinner 

8:00 pm Evening Gathering followed by bonfire 

 

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This retreat offering is being curated for only 22 women.  

Feel into your heart, and if this is a YES! for you,

we welcome you so fully sister!  

 

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Time to Set that Life Intention

It’s our personal human nature to set goals and intentions, to want to be somebody, to get somewhere in this life we have been given.

Recently, I learned that the word intention (a word I use quite often) comes from the latin root, intendere. Tender/tensum means “to stretch toward” something, and it got me thinking, “why do we always want to be stretching toward something ?

When it comes to goal/intention setting in various areas of our life, we like to “move toward” a somewhat immediate result, perhaps in the time frame of a few months to a year. We talk about that advancement or raise at work; or a health goal like training for a 5km race, losing weight, meditating daily or quitting smoking.

As for the inside job, maybe we are trying to be more patient with loved ones, to speak more confidently during a business meeting, or to become a better listener with our partner.

Long term goals are definitely not alien to us either—think 5 or 10 year plans for buying a house, starting a family, paying off school debt, etc. Whether we reach the goal or not, we typically have a type of reward or finish line in mind.

When we set a goal that we want to meet, we put our full focus, will power and determination into it—at least in the beginning  We may even become over obsessive or addicted to our goal and witness it as it becomes all we think or talk about (but not necessarily in the most mindful way).

Society has definitely conditioned us to be goal oriented “human doings,” but what about a non goal goal, like an intention for life?

I don’t mean accomplishing x,y,z by the time we are 90 years old, but rather taking time to contemplate how it is we want to “be” in our life, vs what we “do.”

For example, a personal “life” intention of mine is to live with grace and to serve the greatest Good; to live a holistic and harmonious life with this body, mind, spirit, nature and all Beings. I want to live for the joy of Being, not because that is a goal, but it’s who I am, it’s my natural state.

As I started to keep more focus on the Highest, most Supreme, Grand intentions, my life started to have more purpose. Of course there a mini intentions set within this, yet the main focus does not lie there.

By taking some time to journal and sit in stillness, we can allow ideas for this “life intention” to arise. From here, we can start to ask ourselves questions like “does my lifestyle support my highest goal?”, “Do the people I surround myself with align with my dharma (a term used in Buddhism to mean life purpose)?”, “Am I acting in every moment from this place of intention with every word I speak and action I take?”

Living a more purposeful life does have not to mean traveling the world, become famous or driving our dream car… but it definitely can also mean that!

The doing, the collecting of things and successful accomplishments will simply unfold with time (that is this life!). Me, there person, will be acting out my life plan, as mySelf bears witness.

What’s going to keep us grounded in truth, focussed on love and thriving with grace is the embodiment (walking our talk!) of this life intention in each and every moment.

It’s when we recognise our Highest Self and live from a place of pure naturalness and spontaneity, as the yogis call Sahaja, that we will feel fully free.

To love is to feel…

Before we know it, we will return 

to the great void from whence we came

A moment in time, a pause in the eternal wheel of life,

and a new cycle begins

A lifetime is simply one moment in eternity

To love is to feel

To love is to accept all there is as it is

To love is to feel complete

To love is know that nothing is missing

For everything is a part of you –

There is no separation

Yet in spite, there is sadness in the heart of love

Because love forever yearns,

It forever ebbs and flows between pleasure and pain

Love it both empty and full

In love you get both laughter and tears

Love is the builder and destroyer of our illusions

And beyond this . . . 

Love is all there is

A heart yearns, a soul ebbs and flows

A dream becomes a reality

Only to discover that reality is a dream

By Toni Carmine Salerno: Gaia: Body and Soul In honour of Mother Nature and the Feminine Spirit

MEDITATION {and tea time!} FOR MOMS: A 4 week series with Lacey Budge ~ January 2017, Espanola

Join Lacey Budge for a 4 week meditation for moms series starting Wednesday January 4th, 2017, in Espanola.

You are important! Start off the New Year feeling grounded and clear. Schedule in one night a week (at least!) where you connect and share with like minded moms, sip on delicious tea and learn meditation tools to bring more stillness, awareness, peace and meaning to your life.

Each 75 minute gathering includes inspiring teachings, Q&A, group sharing, a guided meditation with breathwork and concentration practices…and of course, tea!

The weekly gatherings will take place on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:15 pm. This meditation series is for anyone whether you are brand new to meditation or have a daily practice. Meditation is beneficial to all, not just moms or women, but this will be a great time to connect and make time for self care, whether your child is a newborn, 10 years old or 25!

 

Overview of Teachings 

Week 1: January 4th –  Silence vs Stillness. Finding inner peace amidst the noise and busy-ness.

Week 2: January 11th – Witnessing & Responding (vs reacting to emotions!)

Week 3: January 18th – Living in the Now & Meeting Your Child (and all Beings) in the Present Moment.

Week 4: January 25th – Who are you? Reconnecting with your True Self (beyond your role as a mother, caretaker, wife, career woman…)

Rate

Pre Registration: $50 for 4 weeks, per person

Drop in: $14 per session

Location: 287 Spanish River Drive, Espanola

To Register:

Goin’ Seasonal Week 1: Ravishing Radishes

Last year, I had the honour of being a part of the Dare 2 Dream Sandy Loam Produce first ever Community Support Agriculture (CSA) program in Espanola, Ontario. On a weekly basis, CSA members as well as those of you signed up for the Holistic Lacey newsletter received a flyer filled with delicious recipes, tips and nutritional facts. I have decided to share this deliciousness to inspire, educate and encourage everyone to enjoy eating locally and seasonally, and to feel the difference for yourself.

Week 1: Ravishing Radishes (CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE AND NUTRITION INFO)

Recipe: Rosemary Roasted Radishes with Greek Yogurt Dip

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Nutritional Tip:  Radishes are an important detoxifier, especially for blood, kidneys and bladder, due their diuretic properties. They also aid in digestion by eliminating toxins, relieving constipation and calming the digestive system.

 

Low carb- high fat- moderate protein shake

The Keto Beginning is inspiring me to get creative with shakes! This is my first shake without fruit (other than some random water and protein powder combos). Before the keto beginning I could never imagine a shake without a banana let alone berries or pineapple. This high fat approach was the perfect the after work-out boost and refuel I needed. My body is loving working toward being keto adapted. It tastes like cookies and cream for some strange reason even though there was no cacao. Here are the all star ingredients. 1 tbsp coconut oil 1 scoop vega sport performance vanilla 1/3 cup coconut milk 1 tbsp natural peanut butter 1 tbsp chia seeds Water Enjoy!