OUR FESTIVAL PRESENTERS
Sept. 27, 2020
CHANT YOUR HEART OPEN!
"Chant Your Heart Open!" is a warmly embracing and participatory sound experience that offers healing songs and melodic mantras to open your heart and enliven your spirit. It's for everyone!
Led by Wendy DeMos on vocals and guitar, her songs are deeply spiritual, celebrate life, and support the body and heart to go within.
“By repeating the mantras and uplifting lyrics, we increase their power,” she says. "When we express our souls with these sounds, we tune into specific frequencies of consciousness — like a radio tuning into different stations — and we vibrate at the frequency of love."
Chant Your Heart Open gatherings support community, healing, compassion, and joy, dedicated not only to our own uplifting, but to healing Mother Earth and to our larger human family.
CHANT YOUR HEART OPEN! 2:40 pm
Steve was born in Australia, and moved to Winnipeg when he was 20. He didn’t quite know why he was here when he got here, but the reason soon revealed itself -- spiritual awakening.
Necessity being the mother of all monumental change, it was in recognizing the need to grow beyond any perceived limitations, that he realized that he had come to Canada to learn about who he is, about who we are as humans, and even more -- who we are beyond the body.
The first yoga class Steve ever took was in 2006, but it was the second yoga class - a year and a half later - that he found his connection with the practice, and this was the starting point of what would become an ever deepening spiritual practice.
He has studied numerous schools of spirituality, including yoga and classical tantra, indigenous spirituality -- including plant medicines -- plus, Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Sufism, and Christian Mysticism.
"This spiritual exploration revealed to me the common truth that unites all these spiritual disciplines," he says. " They all point to the ever-present light that shines from the centre of everything and everyone."
It is this awareness and insight that Stephen brings to his yoga students.
PARTNER YOGA 3:35 pm
Joseph is a certified Somatic Sexological Bodyworker and educator who helps his clients to not only attain greater ecstatic states of sensual pleasure, but he also helps to resolve blockages.
"Sexual trauma, premature ejaculation, shame, lack of knowledge of genital anatomy, dependence on pornography for sexual arousal," he explains, "are just a few of the ways blockages are created."
He supports his clients by using breath work, body movement, and pelvic floor exercises, along with Taoist techniques and client-guided genital and anal massage.
Joseph is also an apprentice of the shamanic way of life, embracing Toltec philosophy and practices as the foundation of his path of the heart. And, within this shamanic learning, he connects with the spirit world where Joseph journeys to other dimensions on behalf of his clients to help them heal and find peace.
As an apprentice with the Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society within the Red Lodge Longhouse Program and having also received teachings, ceremony and healing from Jade Wah'oo Gregori, Joseph truly embodies loving presence as the core of his practice.
OPENING & CLOSING CEREMONIES
INVOKING THE SACRED - A SHAMANIC EXPERIENCE 4:20 pm
Wendy devoted close to 40 years to social service work in Manitoba helping vulnerable people involved in the sex trade. However, she had limited awareness of the full spectrum of sex work.
"Once I was introduced to somatic sex education," she says, "I came to see another side of sex work that had eluded me for many years."
It was through her own sexual healing that Wendy came to understand how important somatic sex education was and, with this inspiration, she signed up for training in Somatic Sex Education.
Hear the fascinating story of her journey from being abolitionist-leaning to embracing somatic sex education.
SEX TRADE ABOLITIONIST TURNED SOMATIC SEX TRAINER 2 pm
Jasmine is a certified Tantra Massage Therapist, Sexological Bodyworker and Educator (in training, expected certification 2020), and is certified in both Reiki I and II.
She has given hundreds of sessions guiding clients using breath work, movement, and sound to help deepen connection to their bodies, explore pleasure in a safe and supportive environment, plus help her clients feel empowered in their sexuality.
"I work from direct experience and intuition," she says, to provide a warm and genuine encounter with each client."
Jasmine is a lifelong student believing that embodying her own growth and learning is key to helping others, and that mistakes are goldmines for improvement.
She humbly continues her education throughout the year, attending workshops and courses, supervised peer mentorship, and maintains her own personal meditation and orgasmic yoga practices.
WHEEL OF CONSENT 3:15 pm
Anne-Marie is a multi-instrumentalist who writes and sings original music on accordion, guitar, and flute.
Originally from Québec and having lived in Spain, Anne-Marie weaves her stories in French, English, and Spanish, unearthing a different creature with each language and each instrument.
With her accordion, as she strolls through the hall at Park Theatre, she says she will "playfully invite you to a land of cobble stone streets and candle-lit cafes, where lyrics rooted in the raw beauty of experience dance with the sounds of the accordion, shutting eye lids and swaying bones."
WANDERING MINSTREL ANNE-MARIE WILLIOT & HER ACCORDION 5 pm
TA MA RAH
Ta Ma Rah is the creator of the 10-Day Self-Love Transformation and the founder of SacredSensuality.net.
She is a Sacred Femininity Facilitator, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and instructs Nia Dance Fitness, yoga, belly dance, and Qi Gong.
Over the past 13+ years, she has facilitated countless transformational workshops & healing events.
Because of her own sexual healing, she is now passionate about combining her experience and expertise to empower women to feel more vibrancy, pleasure, and joy in life.
SEXUAL ORGANS REFLEXOLOGY ZONES 6:30 pm
D'Arcy's passion lies in bringing groups together to celebrate our deepest connection to ourselves and each other.
A body psychotherapist in private practice, she's also a healer, writer, tantra teacher and transformational dance facilitator.
D'Arcy has traveled the world to discover and learn what heals and transforms and weaves it into her work as a midwife to the soul.
SPIRITUALITY & SEXUALITY LINK 6 pm
WINNIPEG COMMUNITY KIRTAN
The Winnipeg Community Kirtan singers repeat beautiful mantras to lighten the spirit and quiet the rambunctious mind.
By repeating mantras, we transcend the illusion of separation, and use sounds to connect to the divine presence within the universe and ourselves.
Kirtan can be both "call and response" singing style or in unison.
The Sangha or "spiritual community" has been singing Kirtan together in Winnipeg every Sunday night for many years.
"We never know exactly who will join in and everyone from all walks of life are welcome to join in song."
WINNIPEG COMMUNITY KIRTAN 12 pm & 1 pm
Emily loves exploring movement, especially in relation to different props and objects.
She has been a flow artist for seven years which brought her to stilt walk and dance.
"With stilt walk and dance," she says, "the possibilities are endless. For example, how does the walk change when new elements or more people are added?"
She is excited to bring you a stilt burlesque piece as Emi Lovely.
STILT BURLESQUE 12:40 pm
Alana is a Certified Authentic Tantra ® Practitioner and Educator and Certified Sexologist.
As well, she is a Reiki practitioner with teaching and experience in Shamanism and Taoist Sexual Yoga.
In her practice, Alana teaches 5 Element Tibetan Tantra, Taoist Sexual Yoga, Meditation, and Somatic Touch along with relationship, intimacy, and life coaching and counselling. Plus, she holds a certificate from the American College of Sexologists.
Alana also offers sex education and therapy for LGBTQ.
HEALING SEXUAL TRAUMA 1:40 pm
Stacy brings her Tribal Bellydancing Fusion to the Sacred Sexual Music Festival.
She trained as a Belly Dancer, Fire Dancer, and Tribal Dancer, though Stacy brings an aura of beauty to whichever form of dance she offers.
You WILL fall in love with her energy!
She’ll inspire you to move your Goddess-given body the way it was meant to move!
BODY PRAYER 8:40 pm
Amy loves to dance and teaches Zumba Fitness and dance fitness classes throughout the city.
Since taking dance classes at Drop in Dance Winnipeg she says it’s remarkable how fast she has grown as a dancer.