Circle of Indigenous Healing Arts

ReStorying Ecological Interdependence

Me as Tree: We as Forest ~ Eco-Arts Healing Retreat

April 21-23, 2023​

Bird's Nest W Eggs
Tree And Bark
Heart Shaped Stone

Facilitated by Two-Spirit Art Therapist Fyre Jean Graveline, Art Therapist Jean Tait, and LIFE as Medicine Collaborators in celebration of Earth Day.

Join us for a fun-filled land based Eco-Arts Retreat. Experience a Welcoming Ceremony around a Sacred Fire to connect with our Ancestors and set our Opening Intentions. Wake up Saturday morning for Personal Healing and Nature Connection, followed by Me as Tree Meditation, and Creating our Living Landscape Eco Sculptures with Natural and Found Materials. We will Deepen our Healing processes through collaborating on We as Forest coCreations and sharing our Curiosities and Inspirations through Song, Dance and Spoken Word. We will close our Sacred Space by Creating and Dancing our Divine Dollies in Ceremony to Bless Trees and Honor We as Forest.

April 21-23, 2023

Location: The Deanery Project, 751 West Ship Harbour Road, Lower Ship Harbour, Nova Scotia

  • All participants get full programming and food.
  • Sliding-scale, scholarship, and work trade available. (See section below.)
  • Accommodation available at an additional cost. (See section below.)
  • Open to 30 participants.
  • All genders are welcome.

Community Pricing

In the spirit of reciprocity, some attendees will be eligible for Community Pricing. This would allow for a lower cost to attend the workshop, or at no cost if you are eligible for a scholarship or willing to work-trade or offer something else in exchange. If you would like to be considered, please indicate so in the registration form below and we will get in touch with you.

Sustainer and Supporter Pricing

Paying a little more helps offset the cost for those who need to pay a little less. Thank you.


The Deanery Project is offering on-site sleeping accommodations in bunkies* @ $25/night. Three tenting platforms are available @ $20/platform/night.

Please indicate in the form below if you’re interested in a bed in a bunky or tenting platform and we will endeavour to reserve them for you, if available.

There are two established motels nearby. Neither is currently open and are therefore unable to presently take reservations. However, if enough people express interest in these, they have agreed to open them up for the duration of the retreat:

  • Salmon River Inn, Salmon River Bridge – 16 minutes from The Deanery. Rooms are $120 and $155, depending on how many beds you wish and this price is $10 cheaper if you opt out of the breakfast option.
  • Webbers Motel, Lake Charlotte – 10 minutes from The Deanery. Rooms are $120 (2 double beds) and $150 for a queen and double bed in a slightly larger room. This is a self-check-in system with lock codes sent out in advance of your stay.

Please indicate in the form below if you’re interested in a room in one of these motels and we will endeavour to reserve them for you, if available.

* Bunkies are small dormitory-type cabins. You’ll need to bring your own bedding.

More About Our Hosts

The Deanery Project is, to quote its mission statement, “a not-for-profit organization with a focus on the environment, the arts, youth and community, natural building and permaculture.”

To learn more about this place and its people, you can visit the organization’s website. (You’ll unfortunately be trying to view a lot of empty pages – perhaps a side-effect of a volunteer-run organization.) They’ve also provided us with a “Sway” – which is sort of like a PowerPoint presentation – which you can view here.

Fyre In The Forest And Cradled By A Tree