Breathe into the heart of nature right here in the city. Ground and become present to the vibration of your being. Connect to the rhythm of the Earth and the cycles of the moon. Open to the depth of holding and our Earth Mother as your guide.
“Joanna Macy writes that until we can grieve for our planet we cannot love it—grieving is a sign of spiritual health. But it is not enough to weep for our lost landscapes; we have to put our hands in the earth to make ourselves whole again. Even a wounded world is feeding us. Even a wounded world holds us, giving us moments of wonder and joy. I choose joy over despair.” - Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass
You are invited to join the 2018 Embodied Connections program.
This program offers an opportunity to experience yourself in relationship to community, the soil, the plants, the birds, the insects, the elements, the mycelium and receive the teachings that the natural world has to offer.
Drop more deeply into your experience of your body in nature, relating to wellness in new ways. Receive and integrate wisdom through guided meditations, ritual and through aligning yourself with the rhythms of the Earth, cycles of the moon and stages in a growing season as metaphors for our lives.
Plant seeds & intentions in the body of the earth and earth of your body
Discover food as ritual, plants as medicine, and the Earth as your teacher
Awaken your joy, pleasure, and vitality through the healing power of connecting to sacred Earth
Harvest the bounty from the garden for the nourishment of the body, mind and soul
Experience the magic and the metaphor of the garden
Program structure and details
Where: Fresh City Farms - Downsview Park, Toronto (TTC accessible - Downsview Park subway station)
When: Offered over the course of 3 seasons, divided into 3 modules - Spring, Summer, Autumn
Investment: 3 module package - $600 (save $80)
Participate in individual modules - exact dates listed below:
Spring - April 22-June 10 - $200
Summer - June 26-August 19 - $240
Autumn - September 4-October 21 - $240
1. Spring: Nourishing Our Soil & Planting Seeds
April 22 - June 10
$200 - receive 1 bunch of medicinal herbs and 1 seedling each session and a variety of seeds to start your own garden
Sunday April 22 - 1-4pm
Tuesday May 1 - 6-9pm
Tuesday May 15 - 6-9pm
Tuesday May 29 - 6-9pm
2. Summer: Growing, Flourishing & Blossoming
June 26 - August 19
$240 - receive 3 bundles of produce, 3 bundles of medicinal herbs and a bouquet of flowers each session
Tuesday June 26 - 6-9pm
Wednesday July 11 - 6-9pm
Tuesday August 7 - 6-9pm
Wednesday August 15 - 6-9pm - Rooted: Grounding into our Erotic Nature w/ Monica Kovacs
Tuesday August 21 - 6-9pm
3. Autumn: Harvesting & Celebrating the Abundance
September 4 - October 21
$250 - receive 3 bundles of produce, a bouquet of flowers, 3 bundles of medicinal herbs and medicine made during the session.
Tuesday September 4 - 6-9pm - Medicine Making & Tending to the Garden
Thursday September 20 -6-8pm -Dreaming with Plants w/ Vanja Vukelic (@merakilabbe)
Sunday September 23 - noon-3pm - Potluck + Ritual
Sunday September 30 - 1-4pm - Restoring with Trees w/ Tasha Rooke
Tuesday October 9 - 6-8pm - The Sound of Plants w/ Donna Wilding
Full immersion in this program will provide an understanding of the process of growing organic food, herbs and flowers, connect you to the Earth and its inherent gifts and deepen your sense of the interrelationship between Nature, Self and your body.
You will gain hands-on experience preparing garden beds, direct seeding, transplanting, the role of compost/compost tea, pest management, how to care for your crops, weeding, watering, harvesting and putting the garden to bed for the season.
We will also focus on:
Growing vibrant produce and herbs
Incorporating ritual into our daily lives
Utilizing the elements (Earth, Air, Fire, and Water) for healing
Earth-conscious meditation practices
Conscious breathing, dreamwork, and journeying with plants
Developing your intuitive perception
Connecting to the truth of your heart
Creating, grounding, and manifesting intentions
Designing intention altars and crystal grids
Receive the nourishment of nature right here in the city.
"Embodied connections was the perfect combination of education and spiritual connection. Kat is super knowledgable about cultivating an incredibly healthy, abundant organic garden (or urban farm) and is also super talented at leading meditation and rituals that help to connect us with the earth. Both parts go so well together. I learned so much about organic gardening practices and how I can cultivate my own awesome urban garden, and felt incredibly grounded throughout the process. I left each session with a full heart (and my arms full of huge bags of organic produce!). The farm itself is super special and a bit of a hidden gem in the heart of such a buzzing city. Would highly recommend this to anyone, but especially those interested in learning more about growing clean food sustainably, meeting awesome people, and deepening the spiritual connection.” Laura Franklin - Owner of Fresh & Frank Wellness
"I moved to the bustling city of Toronto nearly five years ago from a sleepy town in Saskatchewan and quickly found myself longing to connect with nature again. After being introduced to Kat and the Embodied Connections program, the void was instantly filled and our weekly sessions became my favourite part of the week. Kat's ability to connect us with nature, ourselves and our community is something that has truly changed my life. Her knowledge in urban agriculture has empowered me to craft my own backyard garden and her commitment to honouring mother nature through ritual and tradition has given me a deeper respect for the world we live in. This program taught me way too much to list, but I can say that the easiest thing you can do to improve the health of your mind/body/soul is to get involved in the art of growing your own food and deepening your connection with yourself and Lady Gaia." Heather Allen, Holistic Nutritionist
"I loved the way we started the program, by infusing crystals and planting seeds. I really value starting with meditation and though I learn so much concrete information about gardening and planting, I have to say my favourite part is the connection to myself and others that I gain through the weekly visits of being in the garden. Kat has an ability to drop in and facilitate all of us slowing down and feeling our environment in such a visceral way. She really makes me feel comfortable and welcomes all feelings and sharing, or lack thereof! She goes with the flow while sharing so much useful information about the garden and farming, and always brings all of authentic herself to the program. Her sense of humour and joyous way of being is so uplifting and I look forward to laughing with her every Wednesday :) You can really feel the passion and peace she emanates through her work on the farm." Kristina Baresic
Kat holds a Masters in Education, is a sacred gardener, facilitator/educator and earth lover. She is a certified yoga instructor and reiki practitioner, completed a two-year Priestess Path Apprenticeship, and is currently in her second year training as a Systemic Family Constellations Facilitator.
Inspired by the rhythms of the earth and cycles of nature, she has combined and evolved these practices to integrate wisdom, ritual, and ceremony that honor the elements as a guide to explore the many layers of interconnection between nature, self and community. Working passionately with the Earth has invited a deeper and more intimate relationship with herself, bringing forward a sense of aliveness and trust in her wholeness as a living being on the earth. She honors food as medicine and sees food and nature connection as catalysts for learning, growth, vitality, and joy.
Our Privilege: An acknowledgement
We acknowledge that the land on which we are privileged to gather is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, the Metis and the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. Today, the meeting place of Toronto (from the Haudenosaunee word Tkaronto) is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to be in this place.
(Adapted from the acknowledgement wording suggested for downtown Toronto Universities by the Canadian Association of University Teachers)
Deep Gratitude to The Land, all the insects, creatures, nature spirits and elementals of the garden.
“We are elements of nature: our soma and psyche are reflections of the planet, each intricately embedded in the other. In this era of rapid information processing, high-speed technology, and sedentary workplaces in urban environments, it can be challenging to remember this essential relationship. We can lose our ground and our connection to the planet on the freeway of life, especially when our minds juggle so much input, expectation, and obligation. The body and soul often get left behind in this overwhelm as we shut down and tune out to cope.” Jamie McHugh, “Embodying Nature, Becoming Ourselves: An Eco-Somatic Journey”