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Wholistic Professional Development Workshops

The following workshops are centred in Indigenous knowledge and are created with Indigenous wholistic practitioners in mind. The workshop facilitators have been invited because of the gifts, skills and knowledge they carry. Participants will have opportunities to continue to nurture their practice spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. These workshop are experiential and full of spirit. We encourage you to register soon as spaces are limited.

The Wholistic Healing Professional Development workshops are for Indigenous helpers who want to:

  • Continue learning about Indigenous knowledge and deepen their wholistic practice.
  • Engage in self-development and care that nurtures and values Indigenous identity.
  • Experience training and growth that is centred in Indigenous worldviews.
  • Develop their spirit, heart, mind and body in practice.

Upcoming Workshops

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Healing through creativity

  • Facilitator: Banakonda Kennedy-Kish (Bell)
  • Date: Jan. 11-12, 2018
  • Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Circle Room, 120 Duke St., Kitchener


In this two-day workshop participants will learn about the use of art and creativity in healing practices. Participants will receive teachings about Creation and Indigenous intelligence as well as consider the ways that they access healing through creativity. Participants will experience activities that generates deeper connection to self.

Living your Medicine Wheel: Self Care

  • Facilitator: Mary-Anne Caibaiosai
  • Date: Feb. 23, 2018
  • Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Circle Room, 120 Duke St., Kitchener


This one-day workshop will help participants understand the four aspects of the Medicine Wheel as it relates to them. They will examine how the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual realms are connected and impact them when they are unbalanced. Participants will be offered techniques and strategies to help them live their medicine wheel to maintain harmony and balance. The workshop will be held in circle with the Anishinaabe medicines including a sage smudge, song and prayer.

Fire Teachings: Men working with men

  • Facilitator: Hilton King
  • Date: March 2, 2018
  • Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 a.m.
  • Location: Circle Room, 120 Duke St., Kitchener


This one-day workshop is for Indigenous men who want to learn about their responsibilities in relation to the sacred fire and how it applies to wholistic practice. Participants will learn how fire teachings can guide men, connect men back to the land and receive a sense of connection to ones’ inner fire. Participants will learn how to light a sacred fire the tradition way with flint and a striker.

Wholistic healing through the power of song, music and dance

  • Facilitator: Cara Loft
  • Date: April 19 - 20, 2018
  • Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Circle Room, 120 Duke St., Kitchener


Indigenous songs have been centred around the drum and there are many songs to be sung; depending on the event or activity. Dance has also been centred around the drum, and movement in a circular pattern. Participants will explore Anishinaabe songs, Haudenosaunee Social Dances; and the healing music. In this workshop, we will explore your voice and the power of finding your voice. We will also be doing interactive work with drums, shakers and body movement.

Working with medicines

  • Facilitator: Kathy Absolon-King
  • Date: June 18 - 19, 2018
  • Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: TBA (Kitchener)

This workshop is largely on the land and participants are asked to wear clothing for being outside.  In this workshop, on day one, participants will be going on a Medicine Walk to identify medicines on the land. On day two, participants can expect to be working with the medicines to make a salve, tea or smudge mixture.

Contact Us:

Giselle Dias, MSW, Program Administrator

Office Location: 120 Duke St., Kitchener

Kathy Absolon-King, MSW, PhD, Director of Centre for Indigegogy



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