Monthly Spirit Drum Circle ~ Setting Sacred Intention
For anyone interested, our next Spirit Drum Circle will be on Jan 24th at 7:00pm at the Port Robinson Community Centre (40 Cross St, Port Robinson (Thorold)) with the intention ofSetting Sacred Intention. I recently read that the cross cultural definition for the word “prayer” is to Set Sacred Intention. In todays world of instant information, it is certainly tempting to focus our thoughts and energy on what we feel is not working in the world. To me, Setting Sacred Intention is about choosing to focus on what is we want to create and amplify in life. It’s about opening to the creative and abundant energies of unbounded and unthought of possibility. It's about giving one hundred precent of ourselves to the great gift of life. What a wonderful opportunity to gather in sacred community and drum up the energy of all that we are.
Please bring a suggested donation of 10$ (Generosity Policy applies ~ pay what you can), your drums and/or noise makers (we always have extras to share if needed). No previous experience is necessary. Looking forward to seeing you all soon. In Sisterhood & Love, Lorrriiii “What is it that you want to do with the one wild precious thing called your life?” ~ Mary Oliver Nelson Mandala’s Prayer for Reconciliation Let us take care of the children For they have a long way to go. Let us take care of the elders For they have come a long way. Let us take care of those in between For they are doing the work.
Traveller’s Joy Star Jaguar Pilgrimage to Yucatàn Mexico February 4th -14th, 2019
Traveller’s Joy presents the“Star Jaguar”Pilgrimage to Ancient Mexico. A ten day journey into the heart of the Maya Yucatan with; Shamanic Grandmother Nancy Dancing Light Sherwood, Shamanic Grandfather David Cameron, Lori Folkins ~ “Lorriii Dragon Dream”, Brenda Marita Mason ~ “Spirit Whispers” and Jeff Smyth. You are invited to join us as we journey between the realms of yesterday, today and tomorrow, asking the Ancestors and the Spirits of the Lands to awaken the sacred within us and to reveal to us ancient secrets and universal truths.
Our home-away-from-home for the duration of our journey will be the uniquely inspiring Genesis Eco-Oasis http://www.genesisretreat.com/ located in Ek Balam Village near the Ek Balam pyramid complex, one of the most pristine, and lesser known Mayan archaeological sites.
During these times of great division and change in our world; environmentally, socially, culturally, economically and politically, we are putting out the call to humbly come together in remembrance of our interconnection and belonging. To explore within a safe community of Kindred Travellers, how to respond individually and collectively to change.
Through the ancient art of Pilgrimage we wish to connect with the spirits of the creative people, who mapped the movement of stars and left behind remarkable pyramids, spiritual mysteries, mathematical wonders, extraordinary architecture, unique cuisine, language and much more. And who also faced a similar paradigm-shift which is occurring in our world today. They are also said to have left behind messages and instructions for sustainability hidden away for future generations to find. The shamanic and practical goals of this journey are to access this legacy from the ancestors and from living exemplars.
Through intuition, observation and heart we hope to learn from a land where water is precious and to focus on how village life has sustained the Mayan people to the present day, by participating in a little of their daily life, as well as taking day excursions to cenotes, caves, ancient ruins, museums, and nature reserves in the area. We will learn about plants with local expert, Jim Conrad, animal & bird life on the coast, explore off-the-beaten-path sacred sites, and spirit-track the wisdom of the ages contained in the non-ordinary realities local to Mexico and to our common ancestors, the star-beings (one translation of Ek Balam is Star Jaguar).
This trip may include occasional discomfort, sweat, laughter, spiritual warrior-ship, tenderness, feasting, grief, compassion, creativity, and wild joy. In other words, living fully, through the contributions of Ancient culture, lands and point of view, which will bring us more of what we need to know.
Sacred Sites, Swimming, Colourful Magical Town Visits, Ancient Artifacts, Stone Roads, Ancient Cultures & Mysticism, Connecting with Plants, Beautiful Shorelines & Turquoise waters, Connecting with the Elements, Healing Ceremonies, Drumming, Wild Path Walking, Community Celebration, Optional Sweat Lodge, Dancing, Storytelling, and Singing...and much more, remain possibilities within all of the above.
We only have space for 5 more pilgrims to complete our Circle of 22, including the 5 who form Pentacle of Support & Protection, so if this calls to you please contact us soon > Nancy, David C, Brenda, Lori and Jeff.
February 4th: Arrive BEFORE 4:30 pm at Cancun International Airport. We gather at the Airpowww.facebook.com/events/156349051971231/?ti=iclrt to take Chartered Bus to our home away from home Genesis Eco-Retreat http:// www.genesisretreat.com/.
February 5th: Spend the day in the village, Ek Balam - Traditional Maya Village; Cycling, Walking, Learning Weaving, Learning Mayan (Exchange for English).
February 6th: Travel to by Chartered Bus to Ek Balam - Ruins & Cenotes. From Genesis Eco-Retreat Oasis’s; Yucatan's New Maya Treasure
Ek Balam is emerging as one of the most exciting classic sites in the Yucatan Peninsula and it is just a stone’s-throw from Genesis. Older, and once more powerful than Chichen Itza, Ek Balam was the political and spiritual heart of northern Yucatan. Its acropolis is among the largest pre-Hispanic buildings in Meso-America, laced with stairways, hidden passages, rooms, and temples.
February 7th: -Day trip to Merida (Yucatan Capital City), Museum - Artifacts, History -Explore Izamal - From its over 80 pre-historic structures and stone roads called sacbeóob (ways) to the ancient Maya culture and mysticism of its deeply rooted traditions, Izamal (also called the City of Hills) is considered to be one of the oldest cities in Mexico and continues to be a regional place of sacred pilgrimage.
February 8th, 9th, 10th: Days of Retreat at the Genesis Eco - Oasis, Optional Sacred Sweat Lodge, Farm Visit, Cave, Group Ritual Ceremony/Healing, Connecting with the Land, with each other, One Family.
February 11th: Day trip to the Coast, Rio Lagartos (Alligator River), Flamingos, Wetlands, Ecosystems, Mangroves, Costal Lagoons, Diverse Landscapes, Nature Sanctuary, Boat Ride, Local Flora & Fauna Guide. http://www.riolagartosnaturetours.com/-bio- reserve.html
February 12th: Day trip to Valladolid, Cenote. A beautiful colonial town, located in the heart of Maya Yucatán, Valladolid. Valladolid is said to be full of flavours, colours and ancient traditions. Also known as "The Heroic City" Valladolid is located where the Maya originally established the city of Zaci and is a place of several sacred Cenotes. -Chichen Itza - Ruins & Cenote. Step back in time and discover what was once the bubbling centre of the ancient Mayan civilization at Chichen Itza. Now known as one of the new seven wonders of the world, Chichen Itza is a must-see when visiting the Yucatán region.
February 13th: - Traditional Maya Village, Plant walk, Farm visit and more. - Optional Traditional Style Pig Roast Celebration and Lee’s for Vegetarians.
February 14th: Goodbyes and Home.
Travellers Joy Fee $1650CAD-includes shared cabana & breakfast each day. Also included are group ground transport, site entry fees, TJ guides and facilitators.
Fee schedule: $550 to TJ upon commitment to journey (non- refundable), second payment $550 to TJ Jan 04 and $550 to TJ in pesos on arrival. There is an ATM in Ek Balam or travellers can purchase pesos ahead of time from their own bank.
Fees (CAD$) include: shared accommodations, breakfasts, ground transportation, entry-fees, boat-rides, and some special meals. Not included: flights, tips, lunch & dinner.
Note: Meals @ Genesis will be delicious local vegetarian-but we'll have an amazing carnivore lunch (optional for vegetarians) @ a nearby town famous for smoked meats and a family-prepared traditional Mayan "Pib", or pig-bake, in Ek Balam Village! Please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information etc.
http://www.travellersjoy.ca/ NOTE: As seats are limited this offer is extended on a first-come-first- served basis until the 19 seats are filled.
We will give notice when that point is reached. Also please note that all TJ pilgrimages have a very strong subtext of community building. If you wonder what the better world could be, a pilgrimage with TJ offers a delicious taste! Anyone not interested in participating at that level would be best advised to not apply.
Flights to Cancun are very reasonable. Right now Halifax to Cancun & return are roughly $750 per person & approximately $600 from Toronto. It is important to arrive in Cancun Feb 04 in early afternoon if at all possible. Our own bus will meet us and take us to Genesis 2 hrs away. (BTW flight prices are ramping up week by week so once you decide to join us get your flights ASAP.)
Lunches run around $10 and dinners $12. Figure $26 a day x 10 = $260 (3800 pesos). Some lunches/dinners @ Genesis will be on your own tab there & some in restaurants, pay as you go. There will be one special meal paid by TJ.
Have pesos on hand for local transportation in taxi's or pedal taxi's -for which TJ will reimburse you. $0 Tips: Mexican tip structure expectation is same as Canadian 10-15% and applies to housekeeping, taxi's, meals, tour guides, etc. approx. total $140
Donations-the planned (optional) experiences such as learning Mayan cooking skills, hammock-weaving, farm tour, sweat-lodge ceremony, plant tour, will be carried out by donation and the expectation there for approx. 2 hr sessions is 100-150 pesos (8- $10) . approx. total $50
There is an ATM in Ek Balam for obtaining pesos using credit cards & debit cards but it would be good to have 5-6000 pesos with you.
What Our Clients Are Saying
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.
"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." Katrina B