- Barbara Callihoe - Biography
Barbara Callihoe is honored to share her knowledge and teachings in the Sacred Circle course. Barbara grew up in the Edmonton area and knew about her mother’s settler history. It wasn’t until her 30’s that she learned more about her father’s First Nation’s Cree history. She is very connected to both her ancestries through craft and traditional life skills which are now considered art forms. This is how she connected with her history: through her hands as well as gentle teachings from her grandmother. Barbara believes that we are all here on mother earth to learn, to share, and to love.
Professionally, Barbara was the cultural coordinator for Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band’s Quaaout Lodge from 2010 to 2015 where she provided information about First Nations through stories and walking tours as well as teaching cultural activities. Previously, Barbara was an instructor for native cultural arts at Portage College. She also worked as a First Nations Support Worker in the Salmon Arm school district. Her education includes a Cultural Arts Instructor diploma from Portage College, Alberta, where she studied Native Studies and learned traditional and contemporary North American Aboriginal Art forms (e.g., hide tanning, nature crafts, carving, beadwork and decorative arts).
- Sunday - Saturday July 16 - 22, 2023
The Sacred Circle: Studies in the Medicine Wheel
$340/week. Course fee $90 plus the $250 Activity fee
The medicine wheel is a symbol of the universe and teaches us about reality and how all things are connected. It guides us through a wholistic understanding of our connectedness; for the gifts humanity has been given which are rooted in our ancient world cultures.
Collectively we can no longer ignore environmental dis-ease, our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health, and the void many of us are experiencing. There is a resurgence and need for Medicine Wheel teachings to come into the light, where there is no hierarchy, only respect and love. A sacred place for everybody and everything.
Join us for this week-long course on the unceded lands of the Secwepemc people. Through a First Nations lens, with stories, humour, art and nature, we begin to understand the Circle, the gifts of the medicine wheel, and again walk in a good and kind way with our ancestors and our mother earth. One activity will involve creating a temporary Medicine Wheel in the shade in a grassy area near the beach.