Program & Presenters
Ladies Love Mary Jane Retreat has a wide variety of fun activities and creative and educational workshops throughout the weekend. Each retreat is slightly different, so be sure to check for updates below on workshops, presenters, and other activities that are shaping our current program.
One of the unique highlights is our Ladies Love Mary Jane Circles -which take place at each and every retreat. These circles bring our LLMJ group together as a community in a therapeutic safe space with what is essentially like a Peace Pipe Ritual we like to call "Odes, Bitch, and Boasts." All are welcome to join, with no pressure to imbibe.
LLMJ retreats are planned with the intention of adding informative workshops, relaxation, creative expression, and a whole lot of laughter medicine while we honour and celebrate the healing energy of our Mary Jane sisterhood. Feel free to browse our program gallery of pics from previous retreats.
This May 2020 retreat program will include: aromatherapy, mandala mindfulness, Saturday night comedy, Cannabis Soul Journey (yoga), trichomes workshop, edibles, and more!
Our upcoming schedule is currently being worked on...
please check back for updates as we get closer to the date!
Tracey TieF is a Certified Natural Health Practitioner and founder of Anarres Natural Health Apothecary in Toronto. She graduated from The School of Holistic Studies, Jan Benham's Institute of Aromatherapy, and as a Green Witch with Susun Weed. Tracey completed a Permaculture Design Certificate and Earth Activist Training with Starhawk and Charles Williams, and a Rainbow Serpent Intuitive Herbalism Apprenticeship with Julie Feddes Gaia. For more information, please visit www.AnarresHealth.ca
Holy Hotboxing! Cannabis in the Ancient Middle East - Tracey will share with you what she's learned about sacred scents, from Ancient Egypt to Babylon, and from the evening incense, KPt (kyphi) along the Nile, to the Abramelin incense inside the tent of the Holy of Holies. We'll make an incense based on the fragrant oils of scripture to go along with your fragrant stash to take home.
Tamara Lilien, Cannabis Sommelier has a 14 year background in Palliative Care, and a keen understanding of gaps that exist in the health care system. After experiencing the medical benefits of cannabis firsthand, she transitioned into a career in Cannabis Education and Consulting. Tamara is one of less than 10,000 people worldwide to hold a Cannabis Sommelier Certification, and was selected to serve on the world's first Cannabis Curation Committee from 25,000 applicants. Tamara is the founder of CannaLily Consulting cannalily.ca, and the Chief Information Officer and Director of Education at the Cannabis Cooking Company. www.cannabiscookingcompany.ca
Trichomes: Everything You Didn't Know You Wanted to Know! -details coming soon
Mary Foran has been helping women explore, heal, empower their divine being for 16 years through restorative yoga, thai massage and transpersonal integration practices. She is an emerging Cannabis Catalyst providing of nourishing self-care practices to support integrated well-being & wholeness through conscious cannabis experiences. You can find out more on Mary: functionalyoga.ca, as well see her cannabis enhanced offerings through facebook.
Woman's Soul Journey -Dreams the Edge (Mary Foran) will guide you in a a sacred cannabis assisted practice to let go of deeply held tensions & deeply nourish your entire being. This practice will connect and help you connect with your soul's calling through a cannabis enhanced restorative stretches, energizing breathwork, soundscapes & guided soul journey. Designed for all bodies, levels of flexibility & experience -please bring: Yoga Mat, Pillow, Warm Blanket.
Donna Vaillancourt has chosen and continues to choose Mother Nature's natural remedies as her medicine to heal her mind, body, and soul. This has allowed her to keep colitis dormant with only 3 major flair-ups in 27 years and has been instrumental in overcoming breast cancer and remaining cancer-free for 8 years. Donna delivers this presentation monthly at Goodness Me and at yoga studios. https://facebook.com/ilovenaturalessentials
Cannabis Soup & Tea -This presentation will teach the basic vegetable medicine soup. You will learn how to use the broth to heal the body and how to use the remaining vegetables as a cream sauce base or pizza/spaghetti sauce. The knowledge from this class will empower you in your quest to live a healthier life closer to mother nature.
Behka Ann is a working artist who has spent the last 5 years creating mandalas as part of a daily mental health recovery plan. Behka has over 10 years experience in planning and facilitating arts programming for young children and adults. Most recently she has been co facilitating two arts programs for a community organization run by the Canadian Mental Health Organization. Her goal is to share her newly created workshop with others to help spread its mission of harnessing relaxation and creativity to attain healthy work-life balance. ig:@ms.bekha.ann
Mandala Mindfulness Workshop - This workshop introduces a way to combine mindfulness, mandala creation and journaling in a way that promotes a calming effect. We will do a couple mindful activities, explore the history of mandalas around the world, and learn 3 different techniques. While creating our mandalas we will add in a simple method of journaling that will help you let go of your thoughts and mindfully return back to the creative process faster. The goal of the workshop is to provide you with tools you can use to return to a relaxed state at any point in the future.
Kimi Bois has been a practicing aromatherapist for almost 20 years, being self taught and also studied at West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy. She created her business, A Scented Path, doing what she loves best -working with scent. Kimi's passion helps match people with their best options for a variety of purposes. Visit www.ascentedpath.com for more info.
Aromatherapy Blending -This workshop will focus on creating a unique signature blend, with over 150 essential oils at your disposal. Receive guidance on what you are hoping to achieve, what blends work well together, and the benefits of the essential oils.
Maia Leggott is a writer, artist and advocate for womxn’s health and cannabis. She is passionate about helping womxn discover the healing properties of cannabis and spends most of her time on Instagram talking about her vagina and smoking weed. Maia’s words have been published in Chatelaine, exclaim!, and Hospital News, among others. She has a particular affinity for memoir and blogs, and is an award-winning poet (seriously!), though has never published any poetry—it’s private!! She works as a freelance writer, editor and content creator, and credits cannabis for her love of all things creative. In March 2020 she’s launching a podcast, “The Endo Buds” with co-creator and fellow endometriosis and cannabis fan, Katie Luciani, so keep your ears peeled!
Dear Mary Jane: A Writing Workshop -We all love cannabis, and this workshop will help you dig deep for those warm fuzzy feelings that aren't always easy to put into words. We'll do a couple of quick exercises to get us in a creative headspace, and then let the words do the talking as we express our affection for plant medicine in the most romantic way possible - love letters!
Ladies who Love Mary Jane...love to LAUGH!!
Saturday night holds a special treat, while we bring back some comedy with a full show to keep you entertained. Not only do we have an awesome host, there is a great line-up of laughs with some new ladies who are excited to be joining us....
Joanne Baker aka Puff Mama will be our host for Saturday night's comedy show. She is an activist and entrepreneur based out of Toronto, who owns a comedy and social club in Riverside for 13 years called “Underground Cafe 420”. Joey has been involved with producing comedy shows since 1999, and an active cannabis and environmental activist since 2002. She is also a comedy host and storyteller, with tales of her experience in the comedy and cannabis communities. Her mission is to make people laugh and provide the best cutting edge comedy shows to a new generation of comedy lovers.
Zabrina Douglas is a Brampton raised comedian who draws from her experience as a Nurse, a mother, and the daughter of 2 Jamaican parents. Zabrina has been a regular and headlined Kenny Robinson's legendary "Nubian Disciples All Black Comedy Revue". She Created and Produces her Critically acclaimed show "Things Black Girls Say". She has performed for well known festivals like Just For Laughs Toronto, The Toronto Fringe Festival, Slo Comedy Festival in California , and The women's Comedy festival in Boston. Zabrina's work can be seen on Teletoons, The Comedy Network and CBC. She has shared the stage with well known comedians Gilbert Godfrey, Cocoa Brown and Luenell. ~ "She's one of the most exuberant and cheerful stand-ups working in the city. She can turn a whole show around by kicking up the energy in the room." Steve Fisher of Torontoist.com.
Dena Jackson is a Toronto based comedian, speaker and writer. Her fearless writing and ability to connect with a wide range of audiences has asserted her as one of the top young comics in Canada. Jackson’s writing has been featured on CBC Comedy and the Beaverton and she’s delivered several talks for university and corporate audiences including a TEDx focused on mental health and mindfulness. As a comedian, Jackson’s performed at clubs and festivals throughout North America including JFL 42 Festival, SheDot Festival, Guelph Comedy Festival, Gilda’s Laughfest and for the troops overseas. Her comedy album “Blue Lights” hit #1 on the iTunes comedy charts in 2019.