THE RITES OF PASSAGE
SALT SPRING ISLAND
WITH SERAPHINA CAPRANOS & SUZANNE STERLING
In Rites of Passage we explore our dreams.
We learn to ritually and magically work with them through the lens of myth, stories and faery tales.
We discover how life is tending each of us in our own Rites of Passage.
The skills of trance, dream magic, aspecting (divine possession)
and storytelling are woven together with these tools of myth and legend
into a story where we explore and recognize more deeply
that we are the heroic ones of our troubled times.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. And yet like any hero’s tale we will encounter blocks and obstacles that must be overcome or resolved. We are not on this journey alone; we will find helpers along the way and dive deep into ourselves to bring out what was there all along. We will deepen our skills as collaborative priestesses and co-create the magic together as we sift through the stories of our lives, our own rites of passage and how that supports the collective work ahead of us. We become vehicles to empowerment and magic moving out into the world and to mark our journey we will create our personal Rite of Passage.
We respectfully acknowledge and honour that we gather on the unceded territory of xʷənen̕əč presently known as Salt Spring Island, Coast Salish Territory, British Columbia.
Investment: $180-$300 Sliding Scale
Pre-requisites: The Elements of Magic (no exceptions) and ideally The Iron Pentacle & Pearl Pentacle.
My value is to turn no one away for lack of funds and to fairly compensate women who work in a world where we’re still paid less than men.
If you are experiencing economic hardship please email us as we aim to set aside scholarship spaces.
In recognition that financial circumstance is often connected to systems of privilege and oppression, two free spaces will be held for folks who are Indigenous, of Colour, single parents, or those who are living with disability or illness.
If you wish to take one of these spots please let us know in your application email so we know where to allocate these spaces.
This class is in person on Salt Spring Island. We are not equipped to provide lodging or food. Due to the nature of this intimate work, we ask that students attend the whole weekend.
We welcome all genders, all gender histories, all races, all ages over 18 and sexual orientations and all those differences of life situation, background, and ability that increase our diversity.
All living beings are worthy of respect. All are supported by the sacred elements of air, fire, water, earth & Spirit. We work to create and sustain communities and cultures that embody these values, that can help to heal the wounds of the earth and Her peoples, and that can sustain us and nurture future generations.
Suzanne Sterling is a dedicated musician, yogi, activist and social innovator who has been performing and teaching transformational workshops for over 20 years. She is a passionate facilitator of embodied healing and her unique style is a deep yet ecstatic journey into the heart of creativity, authentic connection with Source, and joyful service.
She has been a featured artist/teacher at numerous festivals and conferences such as, Wanderlust, Omega, Esalen, Kripalu, Yoga Journal, Hanuman, Burning Man, Symbiosis, Ecstatic Dance, Bhaktifest, Boomfest, LIB, Earthdance (where she led the worlds largest Spiral Dance for 5000 people) and many more. She is also part of the nationwide faculty for YogaWorks Teacher Trainings.
Since 2007 she has been training leaders of conscious activism through her co-founded (with Seane Corn and Hala Khouri) organization Off The Mat, Into the World. As director of the Seva Challenge Humanitarian Tours which have raised over $4 million since 2007, she has spent time in the US, India, Cambodia, Haiti, Ecuador and Africa working with communities in need and getting the yoga community involved in fund and awareness raising efforts across the globe.
For many years, she has worked with Starhawk and the International Reclaiming Community, creating ritual and training teachers in eco feminist spirituality. An award winning musician, she has released 5 solo albums and numerous DVD soundtracks. She recently launched Voice of Change Training Programs- dedicated to inspiring others to find their unique voice and to use self expression as a tool for community building and conscious evolution. www.suzannesterling.com
Seraphina is a priestess, herbalist & homeopath who’s been steeped in life’s magical riches from an early age thanks to her pagan grandparents and mother. She has devoted herself to exploring the sacred since the age of 12. She’s passionate about serving the powers of Nature and the principles of Healing and believes it’s in the alchemy of these two forces blending that humans can find their dance of liberation.
She has been priestessing ceremony and magic in the Reclaiming Tradition since 2005. She’s a lover of bioregional herbs, wild animals, island living, and she’s inspired to stir our world awake through ancestral healing, practises of ecstatic joy, sacred sexuality and plant medicine. She strives to commune daily with the soft breath of Nature so she can listen deeply to the song of the wild.
She spent nearly ten years in an intensive Toltec shamanism apprenticeship that radically shifted the way she sees reality, and continues to facilitate a pathway towards a more humble, authentic way of living as taught through these teachings.
Since 2004 she’s been in private clinical practice using western herbalism and classical homeopathy. She teaches herbalism, homeopathy and magic internationally.
She lives on unneeded Coast Salish Territory called Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada.www.seraphinacapranos.com