A New Era Workshop, facilitated by Kathleen FitzPatrick and Henry Cretella

A New Era

The Re-emergence and Integration of the Feminine

Saturday, October 19th  –  Sunday, October 20th
I see as clear as daylight that the hour is coming when women will lead humanity to a higher evolution.
– Inayat Khan
The energy of the feminine focuses on creativity and nurturing, intuition, relationships, collaboration, feeling, and connection. At this time, there is a return to the body, nature and immanence, and a need for balance. While feminine energy has been largely suppressed for centuries, there will eventually be an integration of a more natural and holistic balance of perspectives and energy. This shift has the potential to heal the world and usher in a new era.
This workshop will explore how we can help manifest this change. Participants will:
• Explore cutting-edge concepts of the feminine and its integration into a more holistic perspective.
• Discuss the changing sex and gender roles in our current world, and understand how feminine and masculine energy exists in each of us.
• Learn of major impediments to the emergence of the feminine and how these issues can be overcome.
• Engage in a variety of spiritual practices from various traditions.
• Use chanting, meditation, and sacred movement to aid in transformation and healing.
• Consider how we all—however we identify—can participate meaningfully in manifesting this new era.The patriarchalists’ world view, shared by women as well as men, is battling the emerging egalitarian world view, which is also shared by people of both sexes.
– Naomi Wolf

About our presenters
Kathleen FitzPatrick is a retired psychiatric social worker who enjoyed a long career working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings and consulting with people who serve them. A long time martial artist, she continues to study karate and two forms of Japanese sword arts, as well as yoga. Kathleen has studied mysticism in Sufi and Buddhist traditions for over 30 years, with a particular interest in healing. In partnership with Henry, she continues to work with herself and others to integrate spirituality into daily life.
Henry Cretella, M.D., graduated from Vanderbilt Medical School and completed his psychiatric training at Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. His professional career spanned over 40 years as a general and child and adolescent psychiatrist and included teaching, administration, clinical practice, and consultation in the greater Rochester and western NY areas. This, along with his spiritual and especially mystical interests, lead him to certification as a mind body practitioner through the Center for Mind Body Medicine and Dr. James Gordon. He retired several years ago from active psychiatric practice, but continues to incorporate what he has learned into his spiritual practices and offerings.
Henry studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism for several years along with training in martial arts. He then immersed himself in the universal Sufism of Inayat Khan, an Indian mystic, for close to twenty years. He functioned as a senior teacher in the Inayati Order and the Sufi Healing Order before pursuing his independent practice and study of mysticism. He now integrates what he has learned and experienced over these many years.
Henry and Kathleen co-direct Amber Light International, a non-profit educational initiative through which they offer spiritual guidance, individual and group retreats, workshops, intensive book studies, celebrations and other related experiences. These are designed to integrate a greater mystical spiritual awareness with modern influences from psychology/psychiatry, science, philosophy and other disciplines. A new era is dawning which is much less patriarchal and much more feminine, nurturing, collaborative and holistic. Kathleen and Henry are committed to empowering individuals and groups to find their spiritual purpose and help this new era manifest. For more information, visit: their website here
Workshop details
Surya Daya Yoga & Wellness
# 7 – 14 Mill Street
Almonte, ON
K0A 1A0
Saturday, 19 October: 1:30pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, 20 October: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
$60.00* (includes both days)Also available on Zoom online video conferencing

* A recording of the weekend will be available for registered attendees.

For any questions and to register please contact the organizer directly:
Louise Richardson   

Karma Class this Tuesday,October 15th, for local environmental initiative

Please join us Tuesday, October 15th, from 6:15 – 7:30 pm with Lindsey.  Lindsey is intimately involved with the theatrical production, Lighting The Way, highlighting our global climate crisis.  This powerful work will be held at the Mississippi Mills Textile Museum October 17th and 18th Click here to find out more and purchase tickets.  Tickets can also be purchased at Mill Street Books.  We are holding a by donation Karma yoga class at our studio to help support the work of Lighting The Way, 100% of all donations will go directly towards supporting a local tree planting environmental initiative.

The yoga class will be suitable for individuals of all levels, from beginners to advanced yogi’s, and will be hatha based class.  We hope you can make it out.

An invitation from the creators of Lighting the Way: 

On October 17th and 18th, a group of 40 people from our community age 10-65 invite you to Lighting the Way – 9 short plays that stubbornly celebrate a sustainable future.

The shows are 5 to 10-minute pieces that create an evening diverse in style and content. They ask questions and explore the complications of living together at a turning point in history. But fear not, there are also jokes. Pieces range from a comedy that sees a couple unrepentantly ordering things they don’t need from Amazon while up to their knees in floodwater to a poetic plea for oil divestment.

The plays constitute one part of the evening. After the audience has been sufficiently riled up and inspired by the art, they will be able to meet with organizers from initiatives that are addressing climate change in our community through Eco-System Preservation, Natural Climate Solutions, Education, Advocacy, Active Transit and Consumer Reduction,

Over free delicious snacks provided by Strawberry Blonde, we invite the audience to mingle and learn about how they too can join in and act, or find like-minded collaborators to start their own initiatives, TODAY.

  • Lighting the Way – 9 short plays that stubbornly celebrate a sustainable future.
  • Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
  • Thursday Oct 17th and Friday Oct 18th at 7:30
  • Tickets $10 min donation
  • All funds raised will support local Tree planting initiatives

For more information go to  their website

This project was made possible, in part, by SPARC (Supporting Performing Arts in Rural and Remote Communities) through their Collaborative Community Initiatives fund.

Please note Lindsey’s regular weekly classes will be cancelled, Tuesday, October 15th, she will be holding the above Open Karma Class in place of her 6:00 Mens Yoga and 7:30 Hatha Mixer.

If you have any questions send us a message at info@suryadaya.ca or give us a call at 613-451-2891.

Happy Thanksgiving

From all of us at Surya Daya we wish you a peaceful Thanksgiving Monday, we’re wrapping you all in so much love and gratitude.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

-Melody Beattie

Just a reminder our studio is closed today, Monday, October 14th, but we’ll be back tomorrow, holding space for each of you.

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Our Studio This Week

Sat Naam and Namaste, we hope you are finding a place of peace amidst the new rhythms and the beautiful canvas of colors autumn paints for us.   I love this cozy time of transformation as we see the natural world changing around us, a little bit more everyday, readying us for the deeper months of hibernation.

We have lots of news to report this week from our sacred little space in Heritage Court.

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Mindful Movement, Meditation and Relaxation Classes with Amber

Starting this week, the week of October 8th, we will be offering our Mindful Movement, Meditation and Relaxation classes on

Wednesday evenings from 7:15 – 8:30 pm


Thursday afternoons from 1:45 – 3:00 pm

An opportunity to ease into your breath and your body finding that place of  comfortable functional movement.  We want to support you to create space in your body and your breath patterns so you can approach your life with a greater sense of calm, ease and patience.  This class is grounded in the teachings by Jon Kabat-Zinn as well as Amber’s background as a Registered Massage Therapist, and her own personal practice and journey to health and wellness.  In this class Amber will guide you into your breath establishing a health promoting rhythm, we’ll spend some time exploring and practicing mindfulness based movement and meditation practices, and the last 15-20 minutes we’ll spend in blissful relaxation (often accompanied by the gong) giving your nervous system a reset and any physical tension the opportunity to dissolve away.

In the spirit of the true heart of yoga and meditation offerings, these classes will allow you the option of either paying with your regular class pass (this includes our monthly and bliss unlimited passes), a drop- in fee, or to allow these teachings and practices to be more accessible we are also offering this special class by donation.  These options allow the class to be sustainable for the teacher and the overhead costs of running the program, but it also allows people to attend who may not otherwise be able to due to financial restraints or restrictions.  We feel the desire to practice yoga and mindfulness techniques should never be met with a stress, but rather an opportunity to be supported.  Your payment option will be confidential, we just want you to come out if this would be a benefit to you.  Amber will check in when you arrive.

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Karma Classes for the Lanark County Food Bank

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Join us this Sunday, October 13th, for our next special karma yoga class for the Lanark County Food Bank.  Join us for a soul soothing afternoon of gentle movement and an extended gong relaxation.  All proceeds and non-perishable food donations will go directly The Hunger Stop,  Lanark County Food Bank

We hope to see you there, supporting families in our community to have food in their bellies and nourishment to help them to thrive.

Thank you for your continued support, we are very grateful and feel blessed by our community.

Much love, your yoga family at Surya Daya

Soothing Sunday Karma Classes for the Lanark County Food Bank

Join us throughout the year for our monthly Sunday afternoon karma classes, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm for the Lanark County Food Bank.  Our next offering is this Sunday, September 29th.

Simonne will be leading you through a relaxing gentle stretch followed by an extended gong relaxation in support of The Hunger Stop – Lanark County Food Bank. To find more about this important service and organization in our community please. and to find out other ways you can help click here

When we have a fridge full of food, and dinner on our tables, we don’t often think about the inequality of so many that go without food. Families and individuals in your own neighborhood. Please join us to raise foods, funds and awareness for this very important organization in our community.

This class is by donation and 100% of all proceeds will go to the Lanark County Food Bank, we are also accepting non perishable food items for our food basket which goes directly to the food bank.

Upcoming dates:

Sunday, September 29th

Sunday, October 13th ( A special Thanksgiving class)

Sunday, November 3rd

Sunday, December 15th

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Upcoming Prenatal Yoga Series starts October 2nd.

We are so excited to announce our upcoming prenatal series starting Wednesday, October 2nd,  from 5:45 – 6:45 pm.

This series will run for 6 weeks and has been designed to support you through this incredible time of your life.  Vichardeep honors your emotional, mental and physical body during one of the biggest transformations in your life.  This series also gives you the opportunity to connect in a safe space with like minded women on this journey to motherhood, coming together in community.

If you have any questions about the program give us a call at 613-451-2891 or  send us an email at info@suryadaya.ca

Dates:  Wednesday nights, October 2nd – November 6th

Time:  5:45 – 6:45 pm

 Cost: $90 (HST inclusive) for the full series

Preregistration is necessary.

To register and purchase the full series click here

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