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 Earth 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 2019 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 capacity to feel the whole spectrum of your being (joy, grief, 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
Participate in individual modules:
Spring - May 5 - June 20 - $140+HST
Summer - July 4 - August 20 - $215+HST
Autumn - September 5 - October 20 - $210+HST
Participate in individual sessions - exact dates listed below:
1. Spring: Emergent Green
May - June
Sunday May 5 - 1-4pm - Planting Seeds and Attuning to the Season w/ Kat Gibson -$30
Tuesday May 21 - 6-9pm - Tending to the Garden w/ Kat Gibson - $30
Sunday June 2 - 1-4pm - Rituals of Reciprocity w/ Kat Gibson - $30
Thursday June 20 - 6-9pm - Summer Solstice Dinner + Ritual w/ Kat Gibson, Joshna Maharaj & Angela Warburton of Nourishing Change -$60
Each session you’ll receive an embodied experience in the garden, 1 bunch of medicinal herbs, 1 seedling and a variety of seeds for your own garden.
2. Summer: Flourishing & Blossoming
June - August
Thursday July 4 - 6-9pm - Tuning into Life Force w/ Kat Gibson & Clare Kenty - $60
Saturday July 13 or Sunday July 14 - 1-5pm - Earth Medicine w/ Kat Gibson & Anna Booth Cohen - $75
Tuesday July 30 - 6-9pm - Grounding into our Erotic Nature w/ Kat Gibson & Monica Kovacs - $60
Tuesday August 14 - 6-9pm - In Full Bloom: The Medicine of Flowers and Bathing Rituals w/ Kat Gibson - $30
Each session you’ll receive an embodied experience in the garden, 3 bundles of produce, 3 bundles of medicinal herbs and a bouquet of flowers.
3. Autumn: Alchemy & Giving Thanks
September - October
Thursday September 5 - 6-9pm - Restoring with Trees w/ Kat Gibson & Tasha Rooke - $60
Saturday September 21 - 1-4pm - Harvest Meal + Ritual - $65
Saturday October 5 - 1-4pm - Alchemy of Autumn w/ Kat Gibson & Bryonie Wise - $65
Sunday October 20- 1-4pm - Rituals of Release w/ Kat Gibson - $30
Each session you’ll receive an embodied experience in the garden, 3 bundles of produce and 3 bundles of medicinal herbs
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, your body and the wider field of consciousness.
You will gain practical, hands-on experience preparing garden beds, direct seeding, transplanting, the role of compost/compost tea in regenerating soil, how to care for your crops, weeding, watering, harvesting and putting the garden to bed for the season.
We will also focus on cultivating our sensitivity and relational capacity through:
Growing vibrant produce and herbs
Tuning into plant spirit through tea meditations
Incorporating ritual into our daily lives
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
Practices that support connection to ancestral, plant and earth consciousness
Receive the nourishment of nature right here in the city.
"In both “Alchemy of Autumn” & “Grounding into our Erotic Nature,” I found it so meaningful to be in the garden and to experience the connection with the earth, the seasons, and the metaphors and lessons they hold. Being there in the peak of summer, I felt such joy, radiance, and abundance when connecting with the bounty of the garden. In the consent exercise where we approached and connected with a plant, I felt such a kinship to the sunflowers - reaching up to the sun, opening joyously, full of colour and life. This helped me connect to my own beauty, power and vitality. In the autumn session, seeing the garden looking grey and barren, I FELT the meaning of letting go, of death, and of knowing that it is cyclical, that it will be re-born in the spring. Planting garlic and reflecting on what I want to plant, what I want to slowly and patiently nurture and have grow even in the cold season, was very meaningful. I really appreciate the way Kat holds space and facilitates - very grounded, with a reverence and humility for the practices you teach, and a quiet depth that allows people to drop into the experience and trust that a lot is happening, even if they're not speaking it. I really appreciate the land acknowledgement & naming the lineage that each particular teaching comes from. The topics of the sessions she curates are relevant and compelling and she brings in wonderful co-facilitators.” Or Har-Gil
“My favourite experiences- a tough call, but I really loved all of the constellation work, there are just so many layers, and it is humbling how accessible they can be when you ask the plants to guide you. The certainty of it was possibly the most surprising yet comforting part of it. Kat is truly a gift to those whose paths she crosses. Her welcoming nature makes you feel a kind of 'at-home' feeling that only grows as she guides you to discover yourself, through the earth and it's many plant families. In Kat I have seen a facilitator that I trust completely to share her knowledge out of genuine joy for her craft, and to deeply listen to the experience of each participant with heart-open curiosity and engagement.” Kira Lancaster
"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 her authentic self 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
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”