Transforming Trauma into Medicine through Sacred Relationship with Self, Spirit and Mother Earth

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Trauma as Medicine – Spring Retreat

May 9 @ 5:00 pm - May 12 @ 1:00 pm UTC-5

Imagine the following: You are standing high on a mountain top, feet planted firmly on the ground, arms stretched up to greet the heavens, totally connected to Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Spirit. Everything in your body lives and breathes in alignment with the land around you. You know you are here on purpose, your life is rich with meaning, and all your experiences have happened for a reason. You are the co-creator of your life and embodying your medicine.

This is the intention of Trauma as Medicine.

This retreat utilizes land-based teachings, circle, shamanic journey, movement, meditation, and one plant medicine ceremony to guide you in trusting you have the resources inherent in your own being to heal. With hands-on practices focused on personal embodiment and self inquiry you will be supported in connecting with your sacred self. Note that actual mountains are not always included.

Time Frame:

Arrival between 4-5pm on Thursday, Finish after lunch Sunday – 1pm

Registration & Costs:

Early bird price $1111 must be paid by February 29th. (with gst $1167)

Regular price $1488 paid by April 1. (with gst $1562)

This includes the cost of the retreat and your room. Payments may be made via e-transfer to or pay pal.

How to register? Book an intake session at this link (this is a separate cost of $120 which is paid through the link) and  Fill out this registration form. Once your spot is confirmed, proceed with total payment via e-transfer or pay pal.

Food will be a community creation where each person will be assigned one dish to contribute

The environment: Located on private land at Charleston Lake near Kitchener Ontario, this retreat offers the sanctuary needed for deep soul healing work. Rooms are twin shared.

Techniques, methods and further details:

Self inquiry – This is the practice of investigating who we are to raise our awareness, increase our understanding and release old patterning. IN our retreat it is combined with shamanic journey & journal writing.

Non dualism – Sarah’s teachings are nondual, based on the philosophy that we are one. Through cultivating loving awareness we remember we are not separate from our Source and in this way, we may align who we are with how we live. She is the author of Trauma as Medicine, a DIY book for healing trauma and transforming your life, based on the personal experience of losing her mother to homicide and subsequent journey of healing and forgiveness.

Fire Ceremony – Working with the Spirit of fire you will learn a practice passed through the Inca Medicine Wheel tradition for cleansing your being and asking for help.

Shamanic Journey – The art of communing with Spirit through your own personal direct revelation – this practice enhances your intuition, increases psychic awareness and instigates clarity in your healing experience.

Plant Medicine – The Rainbow serpent lodge was passed to Sarah many years ago through her Spirit guide Thoth – the God of wisdom in the Egyptian pantheon. In this lodge she shares mushroom tea in a night ceremony. You are supported with channeled medicine songs and music, hands on healing, tobacco cleanse, and other shamanic practices to guide your journey. This is excellent medicine for moving into the underworld aspects of our life’s journeys so we can integrate them with the light.

The intention of this lodge is to create a portal for the following:

  • Commune with Source.
  • Regulate your nervous system.
  • Illuminate your true nature.
  • Release old patterns.
  • Address grief & trauma.
  • Come home to yourself & your body.
  • Investigate internal contracted energy.
  • Enter loving awareness – as referred to by Ram Das
  • Experience presence

 Integration – Sarah has had the joy of facilitating circles for over 20 years. The practice of bringing your visions into our circle is an integral part of awakening. This is where you learn to be seen, to listen to the collective teachings in the group and to use your voice – be heard- as you share your heart.

Somatic Movement – is a slow and gentle practice to develop our ability to self sense, feel the tensions within our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. Once tension is sensed and felt, it can be released with this easy, pleasureable technique to restore balance and harmony within all parts of self. Truly a sef-empowering felt sense and release technique!

Assisting: Kim Novotny

A lifetime of evolving movement education going deeper into the roots, returning to remembering of all we already know. Kims background: Bachelor of Physical Education,  Core dynamics Pilates certified, Clinical Somatic Educator,  Phoenix Academy of Psychedelics & Breathwave training.

As I awaken, others awaken
As I heal, others heal
As I remember my own medicine, so do others
As I share my heart, so do others share their heart
As I breathe life in, others breathe life in……..I desire to be in community, sharing and expanding with likeminded souls who desire to live in the here and now in all its fullness with grace and gratitude.

Sarah Salter Kelly is a Spiritual Teacher with a rich education in energy healing and hands on practice. Her training is sourced in lived experiences – particularly healing the homicide of her mother and learning to forgive the perpetrator – as well as thirty years of studying energy medicine, shamanism, restorative justice, and personal growth. She shares an integrated path to lay the foundation for personal transformation and empowerment.

Since 2007 Sarah has run a private clinical practice, created a healing centre, hosted monthly moon gatherings, developed and implemented shamanic training programs, spoken at many conferences, led retreats, and brought groups to Peru to work with indigenous healers. Most recently she is the author of her first self published book – Trauma as Medicine.

For those interested in reading her book prior to attending – it is available here: Trauma as Medicine | Sarah Salter Kelly

This book provides not only a story of tremendous healing but gifts the reader a thorough roadmap to navigate our own healing and ultimately contribute to the collective wellbeing of our planet. Sarah provides many pertinent reflections on our collective relationship to the First peoples of this land and the role required of each of us.”  Teresa Callihoo, MBA, Wetaskiwin AB

  “Sarah Salter Kelly took the agonizing pain of personal catastrophe and turned it into soul medicine for herself and others. What seared her soul, then opened her soul. And an amazing light came in.”

— Marianne Williamson, Spiritual teacher and international best selling author


Working with Sarah and Trauma as Medicine has been a tremendous gift on my journey of healing my deep and long-standing abandonment wounds. Sarah’s ability to help empower me to heal myself, without reliance on anything or anyone outside of my own inner medicine and truth has been a remarkable gift. Kate Hook – Onoway Alberta

Traumatized is the best word to describe myself when I started working with Sarah. I attended her Trauma as medicine retreat, did private sessions, went to healing circles and many keynote speaker events. Every one of these teachings was medicine for my soul and body. I learned to love myself and awakened my Spirit from the resentment of spousal beatings and residential school trauma. Sarah is a gifted Healer, and she has opened my life to see my own amazing journey unfold for the better. I talk to everyone about her teachings. Dianna C – Edmonton Alberta

I have gleaned such a profound understanding of the importance of all of us being able to share our stories of trauma in order to help heal each other as a collective. To be able to do it in a safe environment where we know there will be no judgment, just the pure desire to help support each other wherever we are in this process. Jae Wright – Vernon BC

Basic Itinerary

Day 1 May 9

4-5:30pm Arrive & get settled

5:30 – 6:30pm Supper

7:00 – 9:00pm Opening Ceremony & Circle

Day 2 May 10

7:00 – 8:00am Somatic Movement

8 :00-9:30 am Breakfast

9:30 – 12:30pm Workshop – Mandala teachings, Shamanic Journey & Energy Body practice

12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch

1:30 – 3:30pm Reflection time

3:30 – 4:00pm snack

4:00 – 7:00pm Workshop – Mandala teachings, Shamanic Journey, Energy Body practice & movement

7:00 – 8:00pm Break – get ready for ceremony.

8:00 – 12:00pm – Rainbow Serpent Lodge

Day 3 May 11

8:00 – 9:30am Breakfast

9:30 – 10:30 Somatic Movement

10:30 – 12:30 Integration Circle

12:30 – 1:30 lunch

1:30 – 3:30 Reflection time

3:30 – 6:00 Fire Ceremony, Hucha stone teachings

6:00 – 7:00pm Supper

Day 4 May 12

8:00 – 9:30am Breakfast

9:30 – 12:00 Integration circle & closing ceremony.

12:00 Lunch

Sarah has been interviewed on many podcasts:

Waking up Human with Mandy Trapp

Waking Up Human with Mandy Trapp: #008: Opening the Door to Plant Medicine with Sarah Salter-Kelly on Apple Podcasts

Beyond the veil with Tara Kabatoff

Microdosing for Healing with Kayse Garett

Microdosing For Healing: Trauma as Medicine: Healing with Plant Medicine and Forgiveness with Sarah Salter Kelly on Apple Podcasts

I have my reasons with Deandra Dey

I Have My Reasons Podcast | Deandra Dey

Spiritual Teacher Marianne Williamson interviews Sarah











May 9 @ 5:00 pm UTC-5
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