“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
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.
Sound Bath Meditation Dream Activator – TBD
Trauma Informed Yoga Dream Activator – TBD
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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.