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 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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Mindful Movement and Relaxation Wednesday, August 28th

Join us this evening, Wednesday August 28th from 7:15 – 8:30 pm as  Amber will be leading you through a mindfulness based practice.  We’ll be exploring writing as a mindfulness practice, some gentle movement and meditation, as well as an extended relaxation.  These classes will be grounded on the teachings by Jon Kabat – Zinn.

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Karma Class August 18th

Join us this Sunday, August 18th, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm  as Simonne leads a very special karma class,  guiding you through gentle stretches and an extended relaxation with the gong.

All money raised from this class will be going to support the RBC Race for the Kids www.rbcraceforthekids.com/ottawa, happening this September. This is an annual fundraiser to raise money to support children’s mental health. Thanks to the generosity of so many, CHEO has the ability to help more children with mental health issues.

Did you know that visits to the Emergency Department have increased by 75%? More than 3/4 of the children that have gone because of mental health issues had suicidal thoughts or behaviours? In 2018, CHEO had over 3100 children come to the Emergency Department needing mental health care?

Please join us to support this hospital that touches so many of our lives here in Almonte. No donation is too small.


On the event website you can view the route maps and mental health patient stories from CHEO. www.rbcraceforthekids.com/ottawa.

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Prenatal Yoga Series Wednesday nights August 7th through to August 21st

Copy of Women's WorkshopPlease join us Wednesday nights from 5:45 – 6:45 pm for our prenatal series on now through to August 21st.  Vichardeep will lead through these beautiful practices supporting you physically and emotionally during one of the most transformational times in life.

We encourage you to come to all the sessions ($45 HST inclusive for the remaining 3 weeks), or drop – in’s are welcome ($16 HST inclusive).

If you have any questions, or would like to reserve your spot please send us an email info@suryadaya.ca or give us a call at 613-451-2891.

Sending you love on your journey.