TOTAMASO (Helping Yourself)
Facilitator – Patrick Buffalo
Totamaso is a Cree word that means “do it yourself”. Many people are stuck in a huge rut with their grief, anger, regrets, broken relationships etc. and have no clue in how to get un-stuck. They just don’t know how, or they would’ve done it already. This workshop is about learning how to get un-stuck. Personal healing has to be a very selfish act. A person has to take ownership and responsibility for the quality of one’s own life. We have no one to blame for our unhappiness and what we have created.

The Gift Of Song
Facilitators – Leo & Priscilla McGilvery
This workshop is facilitated in the form of the circle and supported with the use of the drum, rattle and traditional songs. It draws on the aspects of sharing one’s own story of celebration or loss with the support of songs that are healing in nature. Songs have a powerful connection to the emotional, mental, spiritual and physical aspects of being, and the use of traditional songs create an energy of ancestral connection. Through the use of traditional drumming and singing, participants will get in touch with the joys inherent in living as well as the sadness associated with losses in their lives. This workshop provides a balance in acknowledging the trials and celebrations in life.

Loss & Grief
Facilitator – Adela Arcand
This workshop will enable participants to acknowledge their loss of loved ones, past experiences or the loss of our true self. The workshop will give participants an opportunity to grieve their losses, to re-assess the impact on their lives, and to celebrate the gift of learning that has come from this loss. The session will be experiential and will allow participants to celebrate the memory of the loved one, and to reconnect to their true selves in a warm and nurturing environment.

Trauma
Facilitator – Sarah Salter Kelly
Self-love, acceptance and forgiveness, the antidote to our wellness and our soul loss. Each element is integral in our journey from powerlessness to power, as move into our souls and create healing which sustains us. It is not necessary to get ‘rid of’ any of the most difficult aspects of our lives, for these are the means which may teach us compassion, understanding and even freedom. In this program we shall explore some of these ideas in the framework of the circle, using led meditation, conversation and relaxation techniques. I will begin with sharing the story of my journey in healing the homicide of my Mother.

Humor is Healing
Facilitators – George Tuccaro, Earl Wood
Many conferences have become emotional with participants in tears of despair. Humor has a place to play in stressful situations, to ease tensions and keep personal perspective; one of the first and foremost steps to healing. Humor is a valuable tool to encourage positive thoughts and attitudes.

Humor can be used effectively in many situations to relieve stressful situations, introduce new and uncomfortable subject matter and to ease fears and apprehensive feelings.

In the workshop the facilitators encourage participants to find humor in themselves and explore ways of using their own unique sense of humor to the benefit of themselves and those with whom they interact.