In the Spirit of the Dagara African Tradition, 2020 is an Earth Year. All events this year help to align to this grounding, nurturing and belonging energy.

2021 is a Water Year - the energy of peace, reconciliation and healing are starting to seep in now.

The Healing Earth Lodge


The Earth does the healing .. that is why it is the "Healing Earth" Lodge ...


The Healing Earth Lodge is a ritual of purification based on old traditions around the world such as Temaskal, Sweat lodges, Cabana Del Sudor, among many other names. (North America, South and Central America, Africa, Siberia etc.) The Healing Earth Lodge is a process with the aim of purifying body, mind and soul using the power of the elements and a deep connection with the Earth. It is a powerful and transformational experience that can take one into a deep connection with the Earth Spirit and the Divine Mystery of life.


The Healing Earth Lodge was developed through time and experience as we embraced the wisdom of many traditions and followed the guidance of Spirit, moving towards a process of how to bring healing, peace and reconciliation to the modern western society, in connection with the Mother Earth. We have unearthed a process to help facilitate the western mind to become empty and enter into the womb/heart of the Earth. 

In the heart of the ritual, through the presence of hot steam coming from burning red stones, the body sweats and cleanses. As emotional issues arise they are named and offered to Spirit to be carried away, and participants surrender into the Earth’s womb as the primordial container of death and life. The Earth embraces it all in her darkness, offering the potential to experience an emptiness and/or oneness with the Earth. Spiritual presences are welcomed to awaken in one’s body/spirit a new energy and inspirational vision to one’s life. The ritual is formed in two rounds: the first phase we call the Death/Dying round and the second round is called Rebirth. With the loving compassion of the Earth, the Elements and Spirit, we surrender to the healing that is there for us.

For Dates see below ...

In respect to those that think that offering a sweat lodge in a non-traditional way is cultural appropriation the name of this ceremony was changed to The Healing Earth Lodge, by my teacher Heloisa and myself. May all be blessed and in peace as we all move towards healing and reconciliation among all people and all relations!!!!

Spring Healing Earth Lodge Weekend

Dates: April 30, May 1-2, 2021 


~Arrival Friday afternoon to Sunday late afternoon~

Location: Rosseau, Ontario (Muskokas)

This weekend retreat is an invitation to connect deeply to the Earth, Nature, and your Body, Soul & Spirit. In the Dagara African Cosmology 2021 is a Water Year.. what better way than to participate in a ceremony that can bring in the healing waters of peace, reconciliation, and reunion. You are invited to deepen your connection to your body and emotions, your being, and the Earth herself.


The weekend offers a full program of connection to the land, your Self and Spirit, journeying with the drum, community ceremonial space build & creation, Earth Altar build, reflection and rest opportunities, circle sharing and various shamanic, somatic and ceremonial teachings.​ A perfect opportunity to ground, heal and connect. I integrate my knowledge in trauma and somatic-based therapies to create a safe container for all.​


Please inquire for pricing and fees ... 

Lodging Options:

Dormitory style: 8 people maximum in large room in main lodge (single beds)

Private Sleeping Forest Cabins: have no electricity or running water, just a bed

Tent: bring your own tent .. but you have access to the indoor kitchen and bathroom facilities


**Pre-registration is required, with a $50 non-refundable deposit. More details upon registration. Please register at

Next Lodge: OCTOBER 2021

Women In Circle

The Healing Waters

of our Sacred Container

New Online Groups starting in 2021 .. stay tuned!!

These groups will align with our theme of the Year of Water: healing, reconciliation, reunion, flow and peace to name a few ...

The groups will be small and intimate .. 4-5 women maximum, plus myself.

The groups will run Monday evenings and Friday mornings, online on Zoom.

They will be 4 week sessions with focused topics, created sacred space and drum journeying.

Please stay tuned for more information ...

Native Drums






Your Body, Your Earth Retreat

Re-Discover a Relationship with

your Physical Presence 

A Healing Retreat for Women and Men

Dates: 2021

Facilitated by Heloisa da Silva Porto & Jodie Cara Lindley

Do you desire to know more about the holding, expansion, numbness and the restrictions in your body? 

What is your relationship with your “Earth” and with your body?


How are you living in your body? 


Are you aware of your breath, your emotions, your life force running in your body and your actions? 

The body is the container for our life force. It carries the memories of our purpose, our past and all of our life experiences. Most importantly, it is the home of our soul.


This weekend retreat will welcome those who wish to re-connect and re-discover their body’s role in keeping flow and alive-ness in their daily life. We will explore:


*Both the natural and disorganized expansions and contractions of the body

*Where your ancestral patterns reside physically

*Rituals for healing and reconciliation with your body

*Body therapies to re-establish connection and re-ignite the body

*Individual and Group exercises to encourage a deeper relationship to your body


In Nature, we will be given the opportunity to re-discover our “Earth”, and the reflection of our relationship to the Mother Earth.


When: TBA


Where: Heloisa’s Home: Roseneath, ON (near Rice Lake)


Investment: TBA


Accommodation: Tents $20 per night or inside the house $35 per night on mattress in basement. There are also resorts and AirBnBs in the area.


Food: to be brought and shared by participants (for Saturday and Sunday). Organized after registration.​


Registration: A non-refundable deposit of $200 and

the rest payable on the day or pay the full fee at registration.




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