"It's the Simple Things That Touch my Heart and Move my Soul."
"For all of my life I have been drawn to magical things and have felt deeply connected to Nature and the Elements and especially to the forest. The green moss, the trees and fields, the pine needles and the smell of earth, the leafy green plants, mushrooms and ferns, the forest animals, birds and insects. I've always felt most at home in the Forest, most alive in the Forest and at the same time, I've felt the aliveness of the Forest all around me and within me as well. I knew from a very young age that I belong to Forest and that Forest belongs to me. I simply love the feel of Earth under my feet and in my hands."
An Introductory to Shamanism with Shamanic Teacher Natasha Seacord (2007)
Attended 3 years of the Shamanic Convergence Program (hosted by the Shamanic Grandmothers Council of Nova Scotia) in Nova Scotia, Canada and on the third year I became a presenter, co-facilitating a power-full Awaken the Dragon Firewalk. (2009 - 2012)
Co-lead an Introductory to Celtic Shamanism in Niagara Region, Canada with Nancy Dancing Light Sherwood and David Cameron in 2012.
Co-lead an Introductory to Celtic Shamanism in Nova Scotia, Canada with Nancy Dancing Light Sherwood, David Cameron and Brenda Marita Mason in 2012
Co-lead Celtic Shamanism A Restoration of the Soul Shrine and the Land in Nova Scotia Canada with Nancy Dancing Light Sherwood, David Cameron, Brenda Marita Mason and Jeff Smyth. (2017)
Moving Mandala Shamanic Practitioner Training completed two - once with Nancy Dancing Light & Brenda Marita Mason in Eastern Ontario and again with Brenda Marita Mason in New Brunswick. (2012)
Moving Mandala Shamanic Teacher Training in England with Nancy Dancing Light (2012)
Facilitated Moving Mandala Shamanic Training in Niagara Region/New Brunswick (2014, 2016, 2018). Facilitated Moving Mandala with Ali Rabjohns & Brenda Marita Mason in East Sussex, England in 2019, Facilitated 8th and 9th ceremonies in Windsor, NS 2020, Facilitated Moving Mandala "An Eagles Return" Sept. 2020, Niagara Region, Ontario.
In September of 2020 I became owner and Steward of The Moving Mandala Shamanic Training Programs.
Shamanic Pilgrimage to; Arizona (2008, 2014, 2020), Mexico (2010, 2019), Ancient Ireland (2012, 2015 twice, 2017, 2019), England (2012 & 2019), Scotland (2013, 2017), California (2011, 2015, 2018), British Columbia (2015), New England (2018), Alaska (2019), Prince Edward Island, Alberta (2020), New Brunswick & Nova Scotia yearly.
Through Travellers Joy (http://www.travellersjoy.ca/) co-lead Shamanic Pilgrimage; Ancient Ireland West ~ Honouring our Faery Ancestors (2015), Ancient Ireland South and North ~ A Voyage of Mastery (2015), Ancient Ireland East and West ~ A Journey Around the Celtic Wheel (2017), Ancient Scotland Highlands ~ A Reunion of Souls (2018),New England ~ Remembering the Magic (2018), The Yucatan ~ Mexico ~ The Star Jaguar Pilgrimage to the Ancient South (2019), Ancient England ~ Awaken The Heart Flame (2019).
In Sept. 2020 became co-owner of Traveller's Joy with Soul Sister/Business Partner Brenda Marita Mason.
Foundation For Shamanic Studies; The Way of the Shaman, Shamanic Extraction Healing Training, Shamanism Dying and Beyond, Power Soul Retrieval Training. (2012 - 2014)
Dying Consciously Training ~ Alison Nomore Ph.D. (2014)
Certified Sundoor Firewalk Instructor/Empowerment Coach/Trainer I attended my first Firewalk in 2007 and was forever changed by it. I experienced a major shift in the way she saw myself and the World. I began to question all the self limiting beliefs that, so often, played through my mind. I felt my heart open. I could see so many possibilities for my life. I was present and connected to the Natural World. I felt immersed in the infinite, dancing with the Devine, deeply connected to the Ancient Wisdom of the Ancestors and the Elements. And since then I have danced with the beautiful Fire hundreds of times.. each time holding unique blessings and gifts for me... I believe in the power and importance of Community and Ceremony.. That we are much more than we know.. That we are in fact powerful/magical Creators.. That with heart, intention and focus we are capable of amazing things.. That all life is sacred, precious and connected and that we are continuously offered opportunities to step into our greatest possibility, to embrace our own unique medicine, magic and song.
Healing Reiki Completed Reiki Level 1 & 2 in 2011 from Barb Tremblay , Completed Reiki Master Teacher in 2011 with Susan Dayboll, Completed Reiki Master Teacher in 2012 with Brenda Spirit Whispers Mason. Mahatma Multi~Dimension Completed Mahatma Multi~Dimension Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Master Teacher with Timothy Moran in 2012.
Body Centred Coaching/Women's Wisdom Circles/It's My Life programs Completed Jeanie Campanelli’s “It’s My Life Program” & “Woman’s Wisdom Circles” basic and advanced in 2013/14, Completed Marlena Field’s Body-Centered Coaching program with Nina Mioen 2014
Yoga & Meditation I was eight years old when my Mother introduced me to Yoga and Meditation, and I have been practicing Yoga and Meditation on and off for my whole life since then. And I have been meditating daily for the past 10 plus years. In June, 2019 I completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Yoga Centre of Niagara (http://yogacentreniagara.com/).
Although, I have experienced many benefits from my Yoga/Meditation practice, (such as; deeper self realization and awareness, breath awareness, increased focus, increased patience, increased compassion, better listening skills, better sleep, stress relief, relaxation, clearing and calming of the mind, mind clarity, anxiety relief, detachment, physical strength & flexibility, as well as over all good physical/mental health), my primary goal in both Yoga & Meditation has always been to connect more deeply with the present moment. To increase my ability to truly be with my every experience & interaction, to feel my connection with the Trees, the Earth and all of Nature, to feel my oneness with life, to tap into my own inner recourse and wisdom, to connect with and become more aware of my body, and to continue to grow both personally and spiritually so that I can better serve the world with who I am. I love the words from the Chandogya-Upanishad (7.6.1) which read: “Meditation (dhyana), assuredly, is more than thought. The Earth Meditates, as it were (iva). The atmosphere meditates, as it were. Heaven meditates, as it were. The waters meditate, as it were. Mountains meditate, as it were. Gods and men meditate, as it were. Hence those among men here who attain greatness – they are, as it were, a part of the estate of meditation.”
Which to me, speaks to the connection between Meditation and Nature. That in meditation, we naturally become like the Trees, the Stones, the Mountains, the Sky, the Earth and all of Nature, still and present.
During my first shamanic journey I saw myself in Ireland, dancing with Brigid and the Dragons (at that point in my life, I had never been to Ireland and I had no intention of going there) and during my second shamanic Journey I saw myself sitting in Lotus with an Indian Hindu Temple behind me and a bridge crossing an old part of The Welland Ship Canal, in Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada, in front of me. Since then, I feel that I have danced with Brigid and the Dragons in Ireland many times and I feel that by further incorporating Yoga and Meditation into my daily healing practice/ceremony is at least in part, fulfilling my destiny and the fruition of my second Shamanic Journey.
My Day Job I have more than 29 years of Electrical/Hydroelectric Operating experience working with various Electrical Transmission/Distribution/Generation/Water Management Companies in Ontario and I am deeply honoured to be the first woman to have held the position of River Control Supervisor at Ontario Power Generation/New York Power Authority's International Control Dam where I work very closely with the Niagara River, predicting flows, managing the Niagara River and Niagara Falls. From my view just above Niagara Falls, my first priority as a River Control Supervisor was always maintaining the natural beauty of the River and the Falls and I am truly humbled by my role as Steward of the River.
What Our Clients Are Saying
"Thank you Lori Anne for hosting such a beautiful drumming circle ~ I love your style!" N.L.
"Thank you Lori Anne for offering us the opportunity for such powerful events. The flow of power and support was tremendously uplifting. I am grateful for Spirit Drumming and the wonderful facility, Yoga Centre of Niagara where we can share so much spirit and love." R. E.
"Another moving experience. Gratitude abounds. Thank you to everyone who was there and shared from their hearts. Thank you again Lori Anne you have the most beautiful heart. Nia:wen" K.R.
"This comment is log over due but I just wanted to send my sincerest thanx for the the amazing time of love, healing, and unity I experienced at this circle. Blessings to all" ~ A.E.
Thank you, Lori for a powerful evening of drumming and empowerment at last night's Spirit Drumming - Empowering Ourselves. I found it empowering and awakening. It was a pleasure to meet you and so many other wonderful people. Thank you" C.G.
About Spirit Drumming; "Such a beautiful sacred space for drumming, connection, love, healing and support" ~ A. E.❤️
About Spirit Drumming: "Beautiful, magical and soul satisfying." ~ E.H.
"Thank you all for this beautiful weekend of transformation... One does not walk away from all we experienced without profound change, and as I look out upon a new day, I feel that a new direction is before me and that something important has happened. What that "something" is, time will most certainly tell... I am so honoured and blessed to have shared this weekend with you all, and know that from this moment forward, no matter where we all go, I carry you dearly in heart." Love and Light, T.M. re Introduction to Celtic Shamanism, Niagara Region, 2013
"Loriiii brings the group to presence, by the example of her divine self. She has an ability to bring the group, no matter the size to oneness, unity, spiritual connectedness and love." ~ A. D.
"I have known Lori for more than six years. We met over the love of animals. She was kind, caring, and always very spiritual. I wondered how she stayed that way in these crazy times. I confided in Lori about an incident that left me very upset. I wasn't sure how to handle it. She listened patiently and then asked me if I would like to drum with her and a few others. The night I went to drumming, I was very nervous and I really didn't have a clue what was going to happen. I wasn't pressured to do anything. That night changed my life forever. I felt free, calmer and had inner peace for the first time in a very long time. I didn't realize at the time I was grounded. I could handle my problem, in a positive way. It wasn't a one time fix but, what a great beginning, to a new me. Every time I can drum, participated in a Moving Mandala and/or fire walk, I do. I become a stronger, more spiritual and positive person. At peace with the world and more importantly at peace with myself. Thank you Lori for showing me the way. Love Forever," Marcy Shining Light, Dragon Women
I have gotten to experience the workings of Loriii! I have attended a Celtic retreat and my first Moving Mandala just this fall in New Brunswick. May I stress the word first as in my heart I believe there will be more I attend. On that note Lori has a soft and gentle nature while teaching. She also carries the structure and discipline to keep on course. The gifts with in Myself that I came home with after attending both events I personally can not find the words to quite explain. The changes are subtle but far reaching. Every time I release a piece of baggage it makes me very proud to know I release it for my ancestors also. I came home and looked into my sons eyes and thought and felt how I am releasing these things so my son doesn’t have to play this part out. The work done at these shops will last longer than your physical body. I highly recommend attending any workshop being facilitated by Lori or her brothers and sisters. They are well trained in what they are doing on their paths. Blessings ❤️ Brittany Frost Westport N,S
"With the greatest love and care, Lori Folkins is able to create at her Firewalk, a sacred space wherein you can feel embraced by a special and unique moment in time that serves you in your highest need to connect with Spirit and push through the barriers of limitation that are both literally and symbolically done so as you take your first steps across the bed of hot coals. Because of her passionate heartfelt dedication to the development of each participants personal journey and their commitment to uphold their own personal transformation to the highest, Lori is able to achieve miraculous results of inner releasing, cleansing and spiritual transmutation of which I have both witnessed and have experienced first hand. I cannot express deeply enough my gratitude for the shifts and changes that have appeared within my life since participating in her Firewalk. I can only urge those of you who are looking to transcend the limitations that so frustratingly appear over and over again in your life to seek Lori out and allow the Light & Love that she pours into each Firewalk, to change you as it has so greatly changed me and so many others. Thank you, Lori and Namaste." Timothy M
“The first time I met Lori was at a spiritual gathering, that I had attended by myself. During a workshop she commented ‘Sometimes you are the dreamer and sometimes you are the dream.’ The truth of that statement struck me and I had to thank her. She told me it was a song and she proceeded to sing it to me. She has sang to me quite a few times since then and has even sent me messages of songs. She is a kind and gentle soul who immediately puts you at ease. Lori is a gift to everyone she meets. I am thankful for her friendship, her messages, her drum circles, her fire walks and all that she offers the world.” ~Kathy Upper -Chief Visionary, Spiritual Niagara
"Thank YOU for this empowering and inspiring experience! You are a great mentor to me, demonstrating in action how to serve selflessly, people as well as a good cause! In Gratitude, Love, Light and Laughter, Bee" Brigita Roube
"It was an amazing night and your right ,There are no words to describe the energy I felt there last night . Thank you Lori Folkins" Jamielee V
"Thank you Lori Folkins for hosting an unforgettable evening. It was one of the MOST EMPOWERING nights of my life. Namaste" Susan K
"Thank you as well Lori...my mind is still whirling but in an amazing way....I feel so blessed by you all xo forever." Holly M
"Nia:wen | thank you all that held safe space for such loving sacred space last night." ~ Raven
"Such a powerful circle, deep healing = deep sleep... Had the best sleep ever... High vibrations...XO" Isabelle Gargagliano @joysolevitality
"Last night was a beautiful gift. I am open to receive and feel all of life and blessings flowing through me. Both for my benefit and so I can share freely with others again." Vivienne D
"Thank you for holding such sacred space! I received much healing and woke up feeling light as a feather!! Love, peace. light to you 💖🙏" Amy
"Thank you for such a beautiful evening. I carried it with me for days. It was remarkable! I'm making my own hand drum in the next few weeks with Laura ☺️Can't wait to attend again 💖✨Melanie C
"Lori 's humility and dedication wisdom courage honesty and generosity boil down into that healing kind of love that inspires and motivates !" James Deurloo
"its days later, much like a daze... and I still... I am digesting.... I am accepting... I am feeling and honoured and blessed and blooming... all because. ~ You showed us how. YOU.. You called us here. we came... because YOU shared the way. I thank you. From the depths of my soul. This was, a beginning to live for me." Amy Eggleton Barlow
'thank you again for holding the firewalk it was truly an amazing experience, the energy that was created that night was extremely powerful because it was filled with love, a real heart blessed love and for this I am forever grateful." A Tomaino
"Thank you, what an awesome, life changing night. I will never be the same." M.M.
"Lori, Thank you for giving us all this experience of fire walking. What an amazing gift to realized that we are capable beyond the limits of our knowledge and our beliefs and especially our fears. The changes that occured last night extended way beyond our group that attended. blessings!" JN
"I just want to thank Lori Anne for leading this❤️ giving and receiving of energy just lights me up🌟 Grateful for you, grateful for everyone there, grateful for sharing...Love and peace to all of you 💖" ~ Krista Nunns-Kemp
"I have no words to describe how I felt last night and still today. Thank you thank you thank you" ~ Fiona McNair
"Thank you, Lori for a powerful evening of drumming and empowerment at last night's Spirit Drumming - Empowering Ourselves. I found it empowering and awakening. It was a pleasure to meet you and so many other wonderful people. Thank you" ~ C.harmaine G.
September 24, 2015 · "Thank you Lori for your guidance and inspiration of such a magical circle last night. Its hard to find the right words so I am going to steal some of them from my friend, Gisele, from The Barber's Daughter who wrote them on one of her magical rings that she creates. I have adapted them You guide us to "find inspiration and meaning, soaked in the wonders of " spirit and our ancestors, "cradled in compassion of the heart and you hold a will" for us all "to make a difference". ~ L. Sanford
"I so want to thank everyone at the circle for 'initiating' my new Spirit Name. I am beyond grateful for that experience and at this incredible time and to share it with such a Powerful and Beautiful Group. I am humbled. And to you Lori - I have no words - just LOVE! Thank you thank you thank you. You have all given me strength to go forward on this next leg of my journey and to stand up in the challenge and know thta all is well. Love and Blessings." L.S.
Thank you Lori for a simply magical night of so much love love love by all through drumming, dancing, singing and sharing. Your grace, wisdom and love is humbling and inspiring. It is an honour to host you at the Den. Cannot wait for the next circle. In heartfelt gratitude to all who joined us last night. <3 <3 <3 MW
"THANK YOU Traveller's Joy - Tours with Spirit, Lori Folkins, Brenda Marita Mason and Grandmother Nancy Sherwood for taking us on the trip of a lifetime! AHH ooo" ~ Meg Ratcliffe
"Thank you everyone for being there tonight! I appreciate you Lori and the space you hold for the medicine that is possible! Love you!" KB
"Thank you, Lori for a powerful evening of drumming and empowerment at last night's Spirit Drumming - Empowering Ourselves. I found it empowering and awakening. It was a pleasure to meet you and so many other wonderful people. Thank you CG"
"I had an amazing experience last night. To be present with all the amazing people was wonderful Thanks and I will be back for more inspiring messages much like the one last night. Thanks Lori!!!! :)" MM
"It was an honor and a blessing to be there last night Lori. Thank you for holding such sacred space! I received much healing and woke up feeling light as a feather!! Love, peace. light to you 💖🙏"A. E.
"OH i absolutely LOVE this Lori! What a wonderful night. Thank you so much for leading such a beautiful celebration" TA
"Thank you for such a beautiful evening. I carried it with me for days. It was remarkable!" MC
"Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful evening. The vibrations are still with me. <3. amazing souls...amazing energy!" TP
"Thank you Lori Folkins for all that YOU do and all that YOU are! Last night was truly magical and divinely orchestrated with so much peacefulness, love, joy, and healing sounds. So many beautiful sounds from our drums, our shakers, our voices. A melody of love and healing. Humbled and honoured to host YOU at the Den. Feeling so much heartfelt gratitude. Thank YOU to everyone who came out and shared. It's always about who arrives to participate and last night unfolded so beautifully for each of us to embrace and take home to share and positively impacting everyone around us...helping to create more positive change. ❤️❤️❤️" Mary W
"Thank you Lori, for creating a sacred space of support and nourishment! And fun!
Thank you for the guidance and direction that you offer and for the opportunities created for all who come to express themselves and show up in the best way they know how.
My heart feels full... You are a blessing!!!" K.atrina Bremner
"I’ve been so fortunate to experience the impactful work of Lori Anne. In a world filled with Chaos, Lori Anne is the “Calm” and a true inspiration!" ~ Anna Scott- Intuitive Artist.
"Once returned to "reality", it's much noticeable how a workshop like this is so extraordinary. So much great experiences, meetings, and gathering with souls like mine. It's always a chance and an opportunity to grown emotional and spiritually to grab it and immurge oneself into a workshop like this." M-F Re; Intro to Celtic Shamanism 2013
Journeying's the best medicine !! It worths the nine hours drive from Quebec, I can tell you that excuse my english, I'm more of a french speaking person !" "I have participated in Moving Mandalas as well as attending a pilgrimage (to Ireland) with Lori. I found I was provided a space where I was able to dive deep and see myself in new ways. Both experiences allowed me to explore my truth and step into a new part of who I am. They were a very important part of my Journey." K B
Loriiii brings the group to presence, by the example of her divine self. She has an ability to bring the group, no matter the size to oneness, unity, spiritual connectedness and love. A.D.
Lori’s humility, dedication, wisdom, courage, honesty, and generosity boil down into that healing kind of love that inspires and motivates. J.D.
"Thanks for another awesome circle and for bringing all the beautiful souls together. Truly Blessed" R.C.
Truly and from my heart, I can say that every experience I’ve had with Lori has been wonderfully revealing. Her intuitive guidance, whether in group events or one on one sessions has been valuable for me each and every time. I’ve been fortunate to enjoy drum circles, fire walks, individual coaching sessions and more. And perhaps because I was open enough to the spiritual aspect of change, found them to be as much or more than I had expected. I am happy to have benefited in healing ways as well as ways that have altered my perception of what life is and can be. I absolutely look forward to future events and coaching. I encourage others who are open to positive change to seek Lori out through one of her events or to access her energy and wisdom in what ever way is mutually agreeable. Namaste Mark Bedesky