Greetings and welcome. My name is Laureen Waters Gaudio, my spirit name is Istchii Nikamoon, but some people know me simply as Blu. I am a Two Spirit Cree and Métis Elder of the Micmac Wolf Clan, ceremony facilitator and educator.
Some of my gifts include giving traditional spirit names, hand drumming, house cleansing, song and creative writing. I conduct full moon ceremonies, opening ceremonies and provide traditional teachings. I am a Sun Dancer and Pipe Carrier, proud mother of three and grandmother of three. I also provide one on one traditional counseling , and facilitate workshops on a variety of topics. In the last few years I have conducted opening ceremonies for numerous events and conferences, including International Women's Day, The Law Union Society of Ontario 'Out of the Margins' Conference, annually at Take Back the Night, the Equity Studies and Decolonizing & Ant-Racism Grad Conference at York University where I am the Elder on campus.
After two decades of guiding trips and developing programs for various organizations Ally is thrilled to be branching out on her own venture. Although she has long considered herself an artist and workshop facilitator, it was the need to make some major life shifts that gave her the impetus to begin to promote her creative and facilitation skills by creating Homemade Stew Productions. Ally is especially passionate community building, creating inclusive spaces, bringing heart into anti-oppression perspectives and self-expression. She loves to host and facilitate workshops about personal growth that expand people's ability to be authentic, intimate and empowered humans. It seems like she’s always working on some new art project; she loves to come up with her own designs and get messy making something fun.
In Ally’s ideal world, all people would have access to what truly nurtures and feeds them, including feeling a deep connection to nature and wildness.
Elisa is the Founder/Director of Turtle Toes Wellness. She is a Creative Living Coach, Yoga Teacher and DOWH (Dance Our Way Home)Transformational Dance Facilitator. She enjoys sharing and learning about embodied, informed and creative approaches to cultivating sustainable experiences of well-being in our ever-changing lives. She offers playful wisdom and practical tools for exploring a wide array of issues and themes with individuals and groups. Elisa believes that we are more likely to engage in and flourish in living the lives we trulywant to livewhen we are fully supported to createin our own way and move at our own pace. She is passionate about co-creating spaces that are based on and honour creativity, community-building, empowerment and well-being for all bodies.
Turtle Toes Wellness is a Toronto-based organization that is committed to creating and organizing vibrant spaces where individuals and groups can explore and strengthen a deeper connection to themselves, others and the global community through coaching, yoga, dance and expressive arts programming rooted in empowerment and experiential learning frameworks. Elisa works independently and in collaboration with like-minded organizations, offering classes, workshops, events and retreats.
Linda Nyilas Glover
I am a life-long camper, biology and nature lover. After graduation from Guelph University as a biologist, I worked in the field on a variety of projects such as bird banding, water sampling and river bed ecology. Motherhood changed my direction in life, as it became child centered. Camping with my children and showing them the joys of nature has been a huge part of my life. Now that they are grown, hiking and paddling is how I return to myself. I look for the simple moments of joy in the woods. A quick flash of a bird, the sound of the wind in the trees, the smell of wet moss. These things are the reminders to slow down and enjoy the moment. These are the real things in life, and to enjoy them with other adventurous women feeds my soul. I try to carry them back and use the memories to navigate the business of the every day.
Natasha's bio coming shortly... but trust us, she rocks.