Amélie, our speaker for the fall retreat, was unable to attend as she will be out of the country (the stinker) but luckily my friend Bermalva Porter is able to step in. 

Bermalva is a shamanic Priestess, teacher of meditation, yoga, healer, visionary, ceremonialist and spiritual seeker, has been learning how to be a natural human being for the last 18 years. She teaches yoga regularly in Ladysmith and Shawville, within the Pontiac, and teaches internationally. Under the guidance and reassurance of spiritual teacher Berdhanya Swami Tierra, she has been enriching and deconstructing concepts of Self and sharing her teachings and experiences.  She also explores music and travels internationally with music group The Bhakti Connection.  Throughout the year, she offers yoga and shamanism retreats, workshops and classes from Santainaii Earth Based Healing Centre, in Ladysmith, QC, and has a private healing and massage therapy practice at the Pontiac Wellness Centre in Shawville, QC.  She and her family live off-grid and enjoy being sacred stewards of the land.

She will be opening the retreat with a smudging and a fire ceremony on the Thursday night, then will join us on Sunday morning to lead a yoga class overlooking the mountain (weather permitting).