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

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Trauma as Medicine Women’s Spring Retreat

May 27, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - May 29, 2022 @ 3:00 pm UTC-6

Trauma as Medicine Women’s Retreat

Imagine the following: You are standing high on a mountain top, feet planted firmly on the ground, arms stretched up to greet the heavens, and you are 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 of 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.

It is the living act of releasing the shackles of powerlessness found in the wake of grief, trauma or suffering and choosing to do the work required to metabolize your pain. Whether this is facing fear, expressing unresolved emotions, or telling your story – each act removes the sensation of subjugation to the past and opens you to the power of the present moment. This is where freedom lies. This is where that mountain comes in. 

This retreat utilizes land based teachings, circle, shamanic journey, movement, meditation, and 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. 

Trauma as Medicine is based on two primary philosophies: First, we have come to this planet to learn and all of our teachings are found in the heart of our experiences. Second, the world around us is an intelligent matrix of consciousness, which we are a part of, and when we cultivate our relationship with this life force we generate healing. These two philosophies require a paradigm shift in how we view ourselves and our world, one that stipulates, the answers we seek are found within.  

Benefits of this retreat:

  • Open your heart to self love – including your trauma
  • Develop practical skills for addressing trauma and generating resilience
  • Learn to be present in your body and trust your intuition
  • Experience the support and healing a circle generates
  • Understand how to be with your life’s greatest challenges, without losing power, or connection to self
  • Change the paradigm of fear around triggers
  • Cultivate purpose 

Practices used: All practices and techniques are taken directly from my book Trauma as Medicine and from years of facilitating trauma focused workshops. They will include, but are not limited to, meditation, shamanic journey, fire ceremony, breathwork, self inquiry, journal writing and time alone in nature. 

Time Frame: Arrival between 4-5pm on Friday night, Closing circle at 3pm Sunday 

What is included:

  • Full weekend program dedicated to soul healing and transformation
  • Lodging at Pure Awareness Retreat Centre
  • Vegetarian food
  • 2 suppers
  • 2 lunch
  • 2 breakfasts

Investment is broken into program fee and room and board fee. Add the two together for your total based on your choice of lodging and whether or not you are catching the earlybird discount. 

Early bird program fee: $375 until April 15th. Regular price $425

Room & Board options, Double shared occupancy in cabin or bell tents  $325 or Camping $260

Registration through e-transfer to or alternately use paypal. GST is included 



Hello my beloveds, I am a healer with a rich education in energy healing and hands on practice. My training is sourced in personal experience – particularly healing the homicide of my mother and learning to forgive her perpetrator –  as well as thirty years of studying energy medicine, earth based traditions and personal growth. It is my belief that we hold everything we need inside of us to generate transformation, sometimes we just need a little guidance. None of my training comes from university, and I tend to roll from a decolonized intuitive point of view. 

Since 2007 I have 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 I am the author of my first self published book – Trauma as Medicine. 

For those interested in reading my book prior to attending it is available here, alternately there will be books available at the retreat.  Trauma as Medicine | Sarah Salter Kelly



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 key note 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 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

Covid Policy: Note this retreat is outside – the teaching space is in an open walled quonset – so there is little likelyhood of cancelation. However if I cancel you get a full refund. If you cancel due to being sick, you get a credit for a future Trauma as Medicine retreat. 



May 27, 2022 @ 5:00 pm UTC-6
May 29, 2022 @ 3:00 pm UTC-6
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