The heart is a door to everything. . .
John Volken Academy is a live-in therapeutic community in Surrey, BC, for recovery from addiction. Their excellent program focusses on life skills, striving to instil in each student the desire align with core values of self-worth, forgiveness, and humility.
For more details see here: https://www.volken.org/program/
December 3-10th, 2019, a group of us travelled with Kelly Oswald, owner of The Oracle, and her husband, James, to the tip of the Baja Peninsula, Cabos San Lucas, Mexico.
Kelly’s friend, Adriana, helped chaperone us as we visited foundations assisting beautiful women and children living in poverty and often violence.
We participated in sharing a simple drawstring back pack pattern for the ladies to sew and sell, lunch-time feeding and clean-up at a local school, lots of playing, and handing out requested gifts of crayons and colouring books.
It was hard to witness the dichotomy of rich and poor — I knew it was there having visited Cabos before — but not to the extent I saw it this time. There is a marina full of million dollar yachts and a few miles away dirt roads, not enough food, violence and abuse. . .
Bless the ones born into the physical poverty with the possibility of violence and abuse.
We are here to lift everyone up,
for gender equality to be reality here Now.
Another amazing, wonderful day with Civello Aveda hair staff, November 10th, 2019.
We are so grateful for the care and attention
given to the women in recovery from the John Volken Academy.
July 2019, Krista Brown of Wisteria Acres, created Romeo’s Dream Adult Community Outreach Program, a non-profit that allows those in need to experience the wisdom of the horses.
From the gift of these beautiful books (above) by award winning Canadian author Claire Hitchon, to an amazing meditation where we became horses, to an obstacle course in tandem with the horses, it was another beautiful day with Krista Brown, owner of Wisteria Acres and Linda, shaman/assistant extraordinaire, and the women in recovery from John Volken Academy.
Jody Wilson-Raybould is running as an Independent in my riding.
I can see her new campaign office from my apartment window and I’m super excited to be out canvasing for her!
We are meeting wonderful people in the neighbourhood who really appreciate Jody’s values, her dedication to our nation’s right alignment.
Embodying the ways of the higher realms, Jody speaks freely about how she would like everyone working together in politics, as a circle, for the betterment of our country, Canada.
From enjoyable clean-up work in the barn to energetically meeting the horses out in a paddock — a process called ‘Con Su Permiso’ — then lunch, and a peaceful meditation, we LOVED everything!
Krista Brown, owner of Wisteria Acres, recently created Romeo’s Dream Adult Community Outreach Program when her beloved horse passed unexpectedly in the prime of his life.
She is continuing his legacy of LOVE, JOY and LAUGHTER, extending the opportunity for those in need to experience the wisdom of horses.
The women from John Volken Academy were her inaugural group, July 21st.
Wisteria Acres is a wonderful place, lush with greenery and gentle birdsong, about an hour’s drive from Vancouver.
‘Con Su Permiso’ means “with your permission,” and is a beautiful way of greeting, introducing oneself to a horse, an invitation to honour them as the sentient beings they are with awareness of energy fields.
What we are holding within becomes apparent in the presence of Krista’s therapeutic horses.
Are we in sync with the same unconditional Love of self the horses are?
After lunch we did a meditation with Rayne, appreciating how good it feels to hear a horse chomping grass as we let our cares float away, enjoying the precious moments.
Here is the Wisteria Acres website: https://wisteriaacres.com/ and photos below of our amazing day!
Enormous gratitude to Erin, Lesley, Kayleigh, Samantha, Cynthia
for their gift of a Sunday to do this for the women in recovery
from John Volken Academy. Many many thanks. . .
June 9th, 2019
Yesterday I was with the women I teach at John Volken Academy
in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction
in sacred Sweat Lodge ceremony.
The Sweat Lodge, pictured partly unfinished above, is connected to Phoenix Society located in Surrey, BC, and was built in partnership with their residents and aboriginal Elders, Old Hands, and Alannah Atley (Wise Woman).
It is on the Raven Healing Grounds at the rear of the Phoenix Centre property under tall evergreen trees.
I had difficulty getting there with some unexpected road closures, and felt emotional before and at the beginning of the teachings, but am so glad I was able to participate in this insightful, heartfelt ceremony.
It is with sadness West Coast Wishes has now closed.
Thank you to all the artisans for their trust in this consignment adventure.
Onwards and upwards. . . One door closes, another one opens. . .
Much gratitude, Linda, for the delightful memories and all the best.