Fall is a time for new beginnings, a time for dreaming and planning and creating. Anything and everything is possible.
Come for a weekend of celebration – singing, dancing and drumming. We will offer workshops in herbs and aroma therapy. We will mindfully walk in the labyrinth. Meditation sessions and yoga will be part of each day. Participate in as much or as little as you prefer. The meals are healthy and delicious vegetarian food. Let us know if you have any food requirements.
Sukkot is a time to recreate our world. The holiday is celebrated with its waving palm branches, fragrant myrtle leaves, and open-air huts.
We will gather on Saturday afternoon and build our community of women – a community of trust and compassion.
Workshops will include:
Journal writing – how to heal and to grow through the art of personal journaling.
Body movement – embracing our body with love and acceptance. Roula Said will lead us in dance and movement,
Drumming – recreating the beat of heart. Roula will lead us in drumming and singing,
Vision Boards – dare to dream and to create the world that you desire.
Creating ritual objects – bring your imagination and we will work together to create something unique to you.
Natural personal products – Using only natural ingredients and essential oils, learn to make healthy and easy personal products from toothpaste to deodorant.
SandraLaya Ruch is a Celebrant of Life Cycle events including weddings, funerals and memorial services. She is a Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess) Initiate and will be ordained in 2019. Through her work she helps empower women to live meaningful lives. She views conflict and crises as pivotal moments in our lives that can deepen our significance or destroy it.
Both a Mother and Grandmother, SandraLaya raised her daughters independently facing many of the struggles familiar to single parents. She is no stranger to domestic violence and the dangers that women experience in a patriarchal society.
“We must look for the opportunities waiting for us”. SandraLaya Ruch
Roula Said is a singer, dancer, musician and wordsmith of Palestinian heritage based in Toronto, Canada. Roula runs Om Laila Studio, home of Seven Waves Movement and Embodied Voice, original methodologies rooted in the Arab Arts. She has been teaching and performing Arab dance for over 25 years and has most recently appeared in the Body Percussion Festival at Harbourfront Centre, and both on film and stage in XTOD, Kaeja d’Dance’s beautiful creations for 22 “Xtraordinary Toronto Dancers”.
Roula also plays qanun and percussion to accompany traditional Arabic songs and original songs created from her sufi-inspired poems. She has just received recognition for her writing with a Playwright’s Grant from the Toronto Arts Council for her poetic one-woman show, 40 Days, which tells her story in original music, movement and word to her father who died when Roula was 40 days old.
Along with her husband, trumpeter and composer David Buchbinder, Roula co-leads the funked up Arabic-Roma band, Nomadica, whose first recording Dance of the Infidels, was nominated for a Juno Award in 2016. David and Roula also run a cross-cultural creativity-based project called Diasporic Genius that brings citizens together across boundaries of race, religion, ethnicity and age to create music, art, feasts and festivals to enrich their communities and the city at large.