Dance of Joy: A Woman’s Holistic Journey to Transformation

Register for Dance of Joy 2016! July 22-24, 2016 in Killarney, ON.


 Dance of Joy: A women’s holistic journey to transformation! Our 6th annual Dance of Joy will take place July 22, 2016 to July 24, 2016.  Immerse yourself in three days of complete wellness physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Spaces are limited. Register by May 1, 2016 and save! Only $349 when you register early.


A retreat that provides the tools to create the best life for yourself emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually

Do you want…

…to understand  what it truly means to live alive and well?

…to let go of limiting beliefs that hold you back from creating the life you deserve?

…to explore your true authentic self?

…to immerse yourself in healthy, active living?

…to transform your eating habits?

…to feel the power of a woman and find the Goddess within?

Join us in July at the Killarney-Shebanoning Outdoor Environmental Education Centre for Dance of Joy 2016!

To register click on the link below:

Dance of Joy 2016 Retreat Registration



Reflections of Dance of Joy

Click on the link below for a complete schedule of workshops for Dance of Joy 2016


Workshop Details

Wise Woman Circle Gathering

In this empowering sacred circle we will gather to explore the wisdom of the menstrual cycle to further our understanding of our source of strength and power as women and to hold that source of strength. We will come to understand some of the myths around the menstrual cycle and challenge those myths. We will connect as wise women and celebrate the lives we are living and the lives we have touched. Workshop presented by Bonnie Jewell Baranski.

Fireside Drumming and Chanting

The use of chanting and drumming in meditation is an ancient form of self-care and stress relief. This workshop will introduce you to meditation using the breath as a calming tool, and the repetitive sounds and vibrations of chanting and drumming. This is always a powerful workshop as many have never chanted and drummed, they are surprised at how good it feels and how quickly the effects are felt.

Building a Self Care Practice with womb healing

Do you have a practice of self care techniques & spiritual practices that you can turn to?Come and learn how Womb centred work can help get you connected with your inner guidance, heal wounds and negative patterns buried in your body. Learn how to tap into the centre of your creative being through your womb space. (*suitable for all women regardless of whether you still have a physical womb intact or not). Louise is an Advanced Moon Mother trained by Miranda Grey ( to offer hands on Womb Healing sessions and Menstrual Mentorship. In her practice she helps women to connect back to their womb space and learn to use the womb centre as a source of guidance to their own inner wisdom. Come and learn how to connect to this energy, how to develop your own personal practice of self care, with female centred spirituality. She also leads Womb Blessing circles alongside thousands of other women worldwide who tune into this energy 5 times a year to receive Blessing for themselves and for the world, and will be leading a full moon Womb Blessing Circle at Dance of Joy.

Early Morning Yoga and Meditation

Igniting the Divine Feminine Fire

Joyfully re-connect with the divine feminine energy of Shakti and the naturally arising inner wisdom of the woman.  Throughout this asana practice you will be guided into postures and affirmations to find a simple and delightful way to deeply connect to your inner body and mind. This practice focuses on women’s well-being and provides understanding from a conscious awareness of the cycles within our bodies and lives. Embrace insight, vitality, connection and creativity as you develop a greater sense of self and appreciation.

Connecting to the Chakras through Yoga Postures and Colours

In this 75 minute colour therapy chakra workshop discover the tools, yoga postures and energy fields that correlate into the body, mind and spirit. Accessing chakra points to connect colours to the physical and mental body allowing us to break down barriers and connect with ourselves on a deeper level to discover the keys to happiness, health and longevity.

Life: stop reacting and start creating (Louise Hay-based workshop)

Join Certified and Licensed Heal Your Life® Trainer, Tracy Moxam Girard, in this workshop that will provide you with powerful tools aimed at manifesting the life of your dreams. The workshop is based upon teachings from Heal Your Life® workshops based on the work of Louise L. Hay, bestselling international author, teacher and lecturer and the HeartMath Institute’s Resiliency Training, along with other tools Tracy has discovered in manifesting the life of her dreams.

Natural spa

Nurture and pamper yourself with a natural spa experience using all-natural homemade spa products – recipes will be provided.

Smudging Ceremony & Teaching

Smudging is an age-old tradition used for healing and cleansing to create harmony and peace. Experience a smudging and discover how you too can use smudging to heal, cleanse and purify.

Belly Dancing

This belly dance workshop will bring out the goddess in you! It’s fun, invigorating and rejuvenating, and simple to follow. Murielle gives participants a taste of Middle Eastern Style Dance while at the same time bringing out playfulness and creative self-expression.

Womb Blessing Meditation

A Womb Blessing is a meditative and healing practice which can incorporated into daily life once it has been taught, and can bring transformative change to a women’s life.

Gently she awakens to the Dance of Joy…A personal perspective from past participants…

“I want to thank you for providing me with one of my most life shaking/awakening experiences.  You’ve provided me with the opportunity to explore a number of energetic, life enhancing, modalities to increase my personal awareness.  Each opening I had to spend time with a different practitioner allowed for another block to be added the building of my confident, self assurance, and awakening to self love. I walked away having heard clear messaging that pertained to me as an individual, but to women and humans as a whole. There has been chaos around us in the news and in particular my personal life since my return home and I know I would not have been able to handle the personal quite as well had not found a part of myself at the Dance Of Joy Retreat with you all in Killarney.”
Rhonda Doan
I wrote something about my journey at Dance of Joy. I wanted to honour all the people that were a part of my weekend:
Dance of Joy
She stands alone,
her soul telling her it’s time.
Her emotions overpowering her.
Hurt, anger, fear, emptiness, guilt,
Love, you ask?
She’s given it all away,
Saved nothing for herself.
She needs to find the child within her, the one that can laugh, sing and dance.
Barefoot her body sways to the music of the drum,
The feather carries the smoke towards her,
giving her energy of each one of her sisters in the circle.
Her healing journey is just beginning.
The drums vibrating carry the music into each part of her body.
Barefoot her earth-dance frees her heart.
She twirls around and around.
The rain gently falls, caressing her, giving her back the tears she had lost long ago.
With arms outstretched she catches rose petals in her hands.
Laughing and singing she twirls around and around as she dances the dance of joy.
- Heather Barkhouse
“I loved the dorm-style accommodations because it was a great opportunity to bond with the other women. Having the spa party late in the week after we have all bonded was great.”
- Karen Belanger, Mona Carter, Marilyn Clarke
“It was perfect! The energy was contagious!”
- Marie-Claire Thauvette
“I am so grateful that I took the time to come, to get myself centred and balanced; to have met so many beautiful women with big hearts. Wonderful experience! I want to be here next year! I’m healthier with what I’ve experienced and learned.”
- Tiana Pollari
“I came with an open heart and trust to learn anew…I received and was inspired from each woman and workshops. I leave totally open and aware of my own energy and tools I need to remain grounded in my life journey. For this I am grateful and blessed.”
- Cindy Bertolo
“I enjoyed learning about different vegetarian options. It’s something I’ve wanted to explore for a while. It’s great to learn healthy options.”
- Angie Talarico
“Wow! There was just so much offered here! It was wonderful, simply wonderful! I loved what I witnessed. The practitioners were all awesome!”
- Murielle Jacques
“I feel so privileged to have been part of this first retreat.”
- Mona Carter

Presenter Bios

Adelle Leonard: Always having a passion for movement and fitness Adelle discovered her true affinity for the guided yoga practice after attending her first studio class in Toronto as a means to withdraw from hectic city life and find sanctuary within. A natural fit in her active, health-driven lifestyle, a daily asana practice became a welcomed grounding ritual. In 2008 after many years of self practice she completed a 200-hour teacher training program and soon after with an aspiration to inspire and help others she began her path as an instructor. Continuously striving to create fun, accepting and challenging classes that focus on alignment and the surrendering of one’s mind and body to the asanas, she enjoys guiding individuals towards a place where they are fully able to connect with their mind, body and breath.

Tracy Moxam-Girard  is a certified life coach and is licensed by Hay House Publishing to deliver Louise Hay’s Heal Your Life Workshops.   Being a life long student in the law of attraction, she coaches her clients to use this powerful law to their benefit.  Tracy encourages her clients to be themselves, to expand beyond their limitations, and to become stronger,  more alive human beings. You become more of who you are.  The relationship is a co-creative one and this  synergy is the stuff that helps clients achieve significant results.  During your coaching session, together, you will develop a series of powerful affirmations that will help you on your path to dreams coming true.

Bonnie Jewell-Baranski is the owner and operator of Mystic Messages in Sault Ste. Marie. She is a teacher and a guide and listens and shows people how to access their own strengths, and is helped to do this by her own psychic gifts. As a medium, she uses journeying, and shamanic healing to help guide others. She calls on the help of spirit guides, animals, angels and The Goddesss in all her glory. She has been practicing healing in this way for 18 years. She believes we each have the ability to heal ourselves, we just need some help along the way. Her own healing occurs daily, as she believes in the messages and happenings of daily life. We are all teachers, and we are all students.

Sari Huhtala is a Can-Fit-Pro certified personal trainer and fitness instructor specialist, a reiki practitioner and a certified laughter yoga teacher. In 2005 she left her position as managing editor of a business publication to create a fitness and wellness company, then in 2007 she created Alive+Fit magazine as a means of reaching out to the masses to spread the message of what it truly means to live alive and well. She has delivered countless laughter yoga workshops to audiences of up to 400, inspiring and encouraging others to embrace the art of joyful living.

Louise Hayden is a Women’s Health and Spirituality Practitioner and Teacher. She works with women individually for healing and mentoring, teaches Wise Woman classes, and held the Ottawa Red Tent for 3 years. She is to be hosting a new Red Tent in Sudbury Ontario in 2016. Louise is an Advanced Moon Mother & Co-ordinator and offers Womb Blessings & Healings, & Menstrual Mentorship.. Louise is a Reflexologist, Reiki Practitioner and Bach Flower Practitioner. She has also worked as a doula, and pre-natal yoga teacher and offers support for miscarriage and postpartum depression/anxiety. She has a strong passion for empowering women and marries ancient and modern philosophies from cultures across the world, and draws upon the support and mentorship from an international network of wise women. Her fundamental approach to women’s wellness is to provide a safe and supportive place for healing body, mind and spirit. Visit her website at Facebook: ‘Wise Woman Well Woman’ ‘Red Tent Sudbury’’

Jennifer Dodd is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Body Worker, and Natural Lifestyle Coach.  She has studied at the highly acclaimed “Institute of Holistic Nutrition” in Toronto, Ontario.  Her practices include Healing with Food, Herbal Health, Vitamin and Mineral Therapy, Body Detoxification,  Ayurvedic Medicine, Psychology of Disease, Massage, Aromatherapy, Meditation, and several Spiritual Healing techniques.  Jennifer has great knowledge within the field of healing the “Whole Body, Mind and Spirit”. She can be reached at 705-691-1994 or by e-mail to

Cynthia Widawski, Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Access Bars® Practitioner, owner of Heart & Soul Reiki & Training. Cynthia embraced Reiki in 2009; she knows it has played an integral part in helping her attain more peace and balance in her life.  Cynthia is a Reiki Master Teacher and a Certified Access Bars® Practitioner. She practices both modalities at her studio in Sudbury and Capreol.  She is a member of the International Center for Reiki Training. She teaches all levels of Reiki and has taught over 120 students since 2012. Besides offering Reiki, Access Bars® & Cedar foot soak sessions, she also hosts Reiki training monthly in Sudbury.  Cynthia visions every person living with purpose, passion & awareness and is guided by this vision in the delivery of her workshops and energy wellness sessions. Visit for more information.

Linda Waugh is a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, Reflexologist and Reiki Practitioner working in Sudbury. She enjoys working with clients as they grow through their healing journey to embrace a healthier and more balanced life. To learn more about Linda please visit her website at


Murielle Jacques, owner of M’s Joy of Dance, began belly dancing at the age of 50 – the art of Raq Sharki. She now teaches dance professionally and has been teaching and performing for a number of years. She has devoted herself to the art of dance, and will continue to dance for as long as she is able. She loves to learn new dance styles, and has been fortunate to learn from the best –(attending workshops, and studying DVD’s). Her passion is dancing Cabaret Fusion (Ansuya being her mentor), American Tribal (studying Rachel Brice’s style of dance on DVD’s), and ATS (American Tribal Style) with Carolena Nericcio (attending workshop and obtaining Certificate in ATS General Program).

Sherry Dunning is a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, Usui Reiki practitioner, Seichem Reiki practitioner, certified Angel Tarot Card reader, intuitive massage and aromatherapy practitioner. She can be reached at


Additional Retreat Details

Food to Nourish the Body, Mind and Spirit

A successful healthy diet is about preparation and fun, just as much as it is about food choices. During your retreat, you will be completely immersed in healthy, nutritious and delicious whole foods, and receive helpful guidance and tips through nutrition pep talks.
Each participant will receive a resource book complete with all the recipes for meals, snacks and desserts, and healthy beverage ideas.

Throughout the weekend you will discover countless ideas for living healthier in body, mind and spirit as our practitioners share short 5-minute practical ideas for everything from stress relievers and energy boosters to detoxifiers for the body.

One-on-one practitioner sessions

Please note there is a flat-fee rate of $25 per session with a practitioner for individual healing sessions.

We will also be offering Henna Tattoos during the weekend. The cost for this ranges between $10-$20 depending on the artwork.

Hands-On Womb Healing/Blessing
A Womb Healing is a gentle hands on energy practice and can be done sitting or lying
down. Any woman can benefit whether or not she currently has a womb, or is cycling or
not, though a young women must have begun her menstruation to be able to have a
session. A Womb Blessing is a meditative and healing practice which can incorporated into daily life once it has been taught, and can bring transformative change to a women’s life.



Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation. It is a gentle process of inner body massage that provides nurturing for the body, mind and spirit.

Angel Card Readings

There is great potential for spiritual healing and wholeness when working with the angels. Angel card readings offer one way to access this divine healing and wisdom in your life. All angel readings can be done for anyone, no matter their spiritual beliefs. The angels do not discriminate. Each reading is blessed and done in a prayer of protection.

Tracy Moxam-Girard is a certified angel card reader taught by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine.

Intuitive Massage

This ritual is luxuriously relaxing, and so blissfully comforting. This is an intuitive medley of techniques designed to suit you and your needs. It has an amazing way of diminishing accumulated stress and toxins, acting as a powerful recharger and rejuvenator. This warm oil massage revs up your body, mind, and spirit gearing them up for peak performance!

This energy therapy works to relieve stress, strengthen the natural healing process and promote wellness by unraveling the accumulative effects of your life story.

A natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes on the feet which correspond to every part, organ and gland in the body. Through the application of pressure on these reflexes, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body.


Access Bars® has assisted thousands of people to change many aspects of their body and their life including sleep, health and weight, money, sex and relationships, anxiety, stress and so much more. At worst you will feel like you have just had a phenomenal massage. At best your whole life can change into something greater with total ease. There are 32 bars of energy that run through and around your head that connect to different aspects of your life. We call all of the points you touch when using this modality “The Bars.” Just by gently touching the Bars you effectively erase everything you have ever stored there. Just five minutes can erase 5,000 to 10,000 years of stored points of view. What is the value of erasing this bank of data you have stored all this lifetime, and every lifetime? When you are functioning from preconceived points of view about what is possible in life, what is not possible in life, and have it rigidly defined of how the world works, you cannot be aware of anything that does not match that. This is an incredibly nurturing and relaxing process, undoing limitation in all aspects of your life without any effort.

Quantum Energy Medicine
Self healing, rebalancing, finding inner peace and wellness through energy medicine modalities combining Usui reiki and BodyTalk.


Full accommodations, meals and workshops/sessions are included in the registration fee and will be provided at the Shebanoning Outdoor Education Centre. Accommodations are Ashram-like, dorm-style sleeping quarters with bunk beds and single beds. You will be required to bring your own linens and blanket/sleeping bag and pillow.  Upon registration you will also receive a checklist of items you should bring to the retreat.

Retreat Location

Killarney-Shebanoning Outdoor Environmental Education Centre
8 Saint Paul St.
Killarney, ON
P0M 2A0
Call 705-586-4256 for more details or e-mail