Due to a devastating fire at the Quaaout Lodge & Spa resort in Little Shuswap, Sisters Leading Sisters has made the tough decision to postpone the upcoming DREAM retreat until such a time that we can secure a venue that is in alignment with our community values and embraces our UBUNTU tenet!
New dates that we are working towards moving forward are: April/May 2023
And we will also schedule our RISE retreat to take place in October 2023, as would normally happen.
Thank you in advance for your understanding of our commitment to community care.
Should you have any questions regarding deposits/refunds or how to secure your place for the new dates, please contact us at: email@example.com
“Every dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman, Abolitionist
Our minds need the benefit of rest in order for us to dream. We need to dream in order to create. We require creativity to make change. Sisters Leading Sisters invites you to join us to move forward in rest to support your DREAM(s).
What can you dream into reality in a world were you are free to do so without the constraints of racism? What dreams are possible from a decolonized lens?
Have you ever imagined it? We have!
Through the use of sound baths in nature and trauma informed yoga as well as other healing modalities that are traced back through our diasporic lineages, Sisters Leading Sisters has built this retreat that will put you in touch with this essential part of yourself and connect you to a part of your imagination you may not even know exists. We will connect you with women/femme who are like-minded and with whom you can dare to DREAM.
Our goal is to assist you to embody the courage, the interdependence and the inspiration that it takes to build those dreams and imagine more!
DREAM Retreat Info
October 13-17, 2022
Quaaout Lodge & Spa At Talking Rock Resort, Secwepemc Nation
1663 Little Shuswap Lake Road
Price & Payment
See Further Details Below
Place: Quaaout Lodge & Spa, At Talking Rock Resort
1663 Little Shuswap Lake Road
Chase, BC V0E1M2
Dates: October 13-17, 2022 *5 days and 4 nights
Early Bird Pricing:
$200 off available through June 15th.
Double occupancy = $1225 per person
Single occupancy = $1665
*Space is Limited
*Paypal fees may apply
Double occupancy = $1425 per person
Single occupancy = $1865
*Space is Limited
*Paypal fees may apply
RETREAT PRICING RANGING FROM
$ 1,225 – $1,865
DREAMscape Inclusions (What to expect on this journey)
- Room and 2/3rd Board
- Daily Lunch & Dinner
- Dream Activators
- Elders in Residence
- Brave Spaces
- Dream Writing
- Dreamy Art Practices
- Water and Heart Rituals
- Ancestor & Land Bonding Sessions
- Roundtrip Transportation
Vancouver to Quaaout
*details to follow*
- Joy & Rest
- Somatic Practices
- Yoga & Meditation
- Nature Sound Baths
- Community Conversations
- Community Connection
- Interdependent Empowerment
- Time on your own to Reflect
- Compassionate Support
- Other Daily Activities
- Dream Swag Bags
- Journal & Pen
- Mask & Hand sanitizer
*Your own unique gifts of body, heart & soul that you take home and back into community with you!
Scholarship funding is available by application to Sisters Leading Sisters through the registration package. Let us know your needs and our team will respond expeditiously.
*Covid Updates: Please check the Covid-19 policies/requirements for travel in your area (contact us if you’d like to use our professional travel services to book and monitor your travel)
In the spirit of Ubuntu we thank you for your interest and look forward to seeing you soon.
Lystra G. Sam (She/Her/They)
Decolonized Travel & Culture | Lead Curator & Program Director
Lystra Sam is a serial entrepreneur and a lifelong learner. She is the creator and architect for “The World When Black” Anti-Racism and Allyship workshops that center on the disruption and dismantling of white supremacy culture in the Travel, Tourism & Hospitality and Wellness industry and beyond. Her two most recent program completions are TOM – Trauma of Money and SFU Community Container Building Programs which continued her trauma informed decolonizing education.
Since 2017 she has been building her business and taking up space in the travel industry with her business called “Qmooniti Travel & Lifestyle”.
After living and working internationally for a decade and traveling around the world several times she has now visited over 90 countries and considers herself a global citizen.
This experience informs her decisions for the travel business that focuses on inclusion and culture with a decolonized lens while centering Black, Indigenous, people of colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, people with disabilities and the solo female/femme traveler as she bridges the gaps in the industry that have been created by a system of white supremist culture.
A feminist, an advocate and activist in the Black community for over 30 years, she is the founder of Sisters Leading Sisters which offer tools and resources to Black & Indigenous women/femmes. Sisters Leading Sisters is grounded in healing within the intersection of Qmooniti ‘s (communities) which is based on the tenet of UBUNTU “I am because you are” and supports leadership, emerging leadership, relationship building, mentoring, and building community that makes space for us all to learn to build any table we desire to sit at and invite everyone to join us there.
Nikki Sanchez (She/Her)
Water & Environment Protector/Decolonize Together
A Pipil and Irish/Scottish academic, Indigenous media maker, and environmental educator.
And, she’s also so much more than this!
Nikki facilitated a truly difficult session (both in topic and in facts to cover) and her passion came across in the hard truths she unearthed for discussion with an unflinching grace.
“You are inherently precious, worthy and unique! Only you have the specific gifts and perspective you carry. It can be really easy to get caught up in all things external, but never forget that your value is internal!” ~ Nikki Sanchez
Devi Ward Erickson (She/Her)
Healing and Restoration | The 5 Elements of Tantric Dance
Devi Ward Erickson is the Founder of the Institute of Authentic Tantra Education, the first and only government accredited professional training institute using the Tibetan Five Element Tantric practices for holistic sexual healing. Devi is an ACS Certified Sexologist, Certified Tantric Healer, Certified Reiki Practitioner, Certified, Meditation Instructor, and has been teaching meditation and personal growth workshops for over 20 years.
Devi is an author and the Host of Sex is Medicine Podcast on Itunes and tunein.com. She has been featured as a Tantric Healing Expert in countless articles and over 30 different radio and television networks world-wide including Playboy Radio, Men’s Health Magazine, CBS, NBC, Rogers TV, and the movie Sexology with Gabrielle Anwar and Catherine Oxenberg. Devi was awarded the 2021 AASECT Live Web Series Award and was most recently featured in VH1 “Couples Retreat” (Episode 5, May 24th, 2021) and Ebony Magazine. Devi was also recently featured as a sex-positive “sexpert” for Lotus Blooms and was quoted in a sexual wellness article for Well+Good
Dr. Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John (They/Them)
Self Compassion (Compassionate Inquiry) Resident Counselor
Dr. Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John (hon.doc) M.A . is the award winning author of 10 books. Their most recent, I am Still Your Negro An Homage to James Baldwin has been short listed for several awards. They co-founded Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery, and 8 Step Recovery which is also an award winning book. They are a founding facilitator of Dr. Gabor Mate’s Compassionate Inquiry, and work as an Internal Family Systems and Compassionate Inquiry counselor.
As a public speaker they tour internationally talking on the themes of addiction, trauma, compassion. Detox Your Heart Meditations for Emotional Trauma, is a self help book guiding people to freedom. Afrikan Wisdom New Voices Talk Black Liberation, Buddhism and Beyond, just edited by Mason-John was published this year. They are chair of Vancouver Buddhist Centre, and are a settler on the unceded territory of the Sechelt Nation.
Cross-cultural interpretation | Applied decolonization & lateral liberation | Nature & land-based education |
Kim Haxton (Potowatomi) is from the Wasauksing First Nation in Ontario. She has worked across Turtle Island and abroad in various capacities but always with a focus on local leadership.
Her deep understanding of the need for genuine restoration has far-reaching implications as leaders seek vision and all people seek direction to address the mounting pressure of a system incongruous with the values of the natural world. Kim has developed and facilitated programs in more than 8 countries, and has been working in land-based education and leadership for the past 20 years, including as co-founder of Indigeneyez.
Flory Young (She/They)
The Rested Revolution | IMTA CMT-P
Flory Huang (she/they) is a deep feeler, seeker and seer with diverse gifts, experiences and skill sets that enable her to establish containers for deep inquiry, relation and being. In these spaces are many gifts to receive and share in reciprocation: from belonging in community and exploration, to deep healing and transformation. With joy and connection, as well as space for acknowledging grief and pain.
She is a creator, guide and facilitator trained and certified as a professional mindfulness teacher, restorative yoga teacher, conscious energy medicine worker and former personal training coach.
Flory is a second generation settler of Taiwanese and Dutch ancestry. Born on Tongva Territory (Los Angeles), she is also an uninvited guest continually learning on Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh lands on the Pacific Northwest Coast. She is currently based between the two locations supporting people individually and in groups all over the world.
Kendra Coupland (She/Her)
Trauma Informed Yoga and Meditation Coach
Kendra Coupland is a queer Black yoga and meditation coach and multi-disciplinary artist living and working from the unceded traditional lands of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm and Stó:lō people. After studying and practicing yoga for 7 years, in 2017 Kendra was initiated into the yogic tradition by Swami Vidyanand while studying Transformational Yoga in Kuilapalayam, India. Kendra is certified and registered with Yoga Alliance International as a Yoga Grandmaster (500+ hours) and T.I.M.E. Meditation Teacher.
Elder in Residence | Retreat Blessing and Wisdom Sessions
Minnijean Brown Trickey has lifelong experience and commitment to peacemaking;
environmental issues; developing youth leadership; diversity education and training;
cross-cultural communication; gender and social justice advocacy. Minnijean Brown
Trickey is one of the nine African American students who collectively resisted opposition
to desegregate Little Rock Central High School in 1957, with protection from federal
Minnijean’s teaching experience in social work includes Carleton University, and
community colleges in Canada. She served in the Clinton Administration as Deputy
Assistant Secretary for Workforce Diversity at the Department of Interior. She was the
Shipley Visiting Writer for Heritage Studies at Arkansas State University. For the past
twenty-two years she has been a nonviolence and antiracism facilitator for Sojourn to
the Past, a ten-day interactive history experience for high school students. She
continues as a teacher, writer and motivational speaker. She is the mother of three
sons and three daughters.
Brown Trickey is the recipient of numerous awards for her community work for social
justice, including Lifetime Achievement Tribute by the Canadian Race Relations
Foundation, the International Wolf Award for contributions to racial harmony. With the
Little Rock Nine, she received the NAACP Spingarn Medal and the Congressional Gold
Medal. She is a member of the Little Rock Nine Foundation that awards nine
She holds a Bachelor of Social Work in Native Human Services from Laurentian
University and Master of Social Work from Carleton University, in Ontario Canada. She is
the recipient of four Honorary Doctorates.
She is the subject of a documentary, Journey to Little Rock: the Untold Story of Minnijean
Brown Trickey, which has received critical acclaim in international film festivals in Africa,
England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, the U.S., South America and Canada. She was featured
in People Magazine, Newsweek, the Ottawa Citizen, the BBC, the Canadian Broadcasting
Corp, Donahue, CNN, the History Channel Turning Points in History, the HBO
documentary, Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later, and a variety television, radio and print
media. She appeared with the Little Rock Nine on Oprah, Today and numerous other
In 2016, Minnijean donated more than 20 personal objects to the Smithsonian’s National
Museum of American History. The collection includes a Little Rock Central High School
yearbook, a graduation dress, a personal letter from President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a
notice of suspension and photographs. She is a proud mother and grandmother who still
travels globally spreading a message of antiracism, nonviolence, peace and reconciliation.
May Globus (She/Her)
Certified Sound Therapist
Inquisitive and supportive are May Globus’ natural states. A former fashion/lifestyle journalist, she followed her curiosity into marketing, branding, and communications for over a decade, working both with and within social impact companies and corporations across North America.
She is now a certified sound therapy practitioner, educated at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in the areas of sound, cymatics, Traditional Chinese Medicine, trauma-informed practice, and more. Her practice, oto healing, is based in Vancouver though she has facilitated sound immersion events in Toronto, with plans to host more in cities worldwide. May’s wide range of clients include BIPOC, corporate teams, professional athletes, creatives & musicians, Gen Z collectives, expectant mothers, cancer patients, and more
Her natural curiosity also led her back to what she loves most about journalism: connecting with subjects. Out of intimate and inspired life conversations she has egularly with creatives and entrepreneurs in her world, her podcast The Craft came into being, with new episodes released every Wednesday.
May has been featured in numerous articles and podcasts, including Vitruvi’s magazine Our Natural Habitat, Alive Magazine, Up We Go, A Little More Good, The All Sorts podcast, and Do That Well.
She holds her vision of sound, voice, and deep connection as vessels for bringing people home to themselves and in harmony with humanity.
2021 Sisters Leading Sisters Retreat Partners
Joel & Dana Solomon
You’ll Never Want To Leave!
Yoga, Meditation, Music and nature have been shown to improve cardio and circulatory health, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, boost your immune system, build strength, increase flexibility and so much more. Come and join us on this journey and expect to be refreshed, restored, and reinvigorated at the end of our time together.