Hello! I hope you enjoyed a perfect last and long (Natal Day) summer weekend in July. Here comes August already, and I can't wait to tell you about a

 

Hello!

I hope you enjoyed a perfect last and long (Natal Day) summer weekend in July. Here comes August already, and I can't wait to tell you about a retreat I have planned at my place for Sunday, August 21. Also, a reminder to WDT folks in Dartmouth that there's a WDT at North Woodside Community Centre from 2 - 3 PM on Sunday, August 14.

Starting in September, I will be offering WDT more often in Dartmouth. In Mahone Bay, WDT will move to Friday nights instead of Tuesdays. Stay tuned for more news about WDT this fall, and if you would like to get more frequent updates and reminders, be sure to check out the new VIW list and get your name on it.

Happy August!!!

Heather

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A Retreat at my Home by Church Lake

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RETURNING...to the Mother of Us All

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21

WORKSHOP FROM 10 AM TO 1 PM

STAY FOR LUNCH (PROVIDED)

PLAY ALL AFTERNOON, ON YOUR OWN,
IF YOU LIKE.

REGISTER BY AUGUST 14 - $60.

AFTER AUGUST 14 - $80

GATHER

Step out of your day-to-day life, forget yourself for awhile, and be one of the women who share this intimate experience of being on the land
with other like-minded women.

DRUM

Drumming in nature is so healing. For ourselves. For others. For the land.
You are welcome to bring your own drum, or use one of mine.

MOVE

Dive deep into your relationship with the elements as we explore
water, air, fire, and earth through movement.

REFLECT

I will be doing my special Drumming for Deep Relaxation drum imagery, and there will be other opportunities for quiet reflection on the land.

CONNECT

This is a real, down to earth opportunity to connect more deeply with
yourself, others, and nature through a unique combination of
drumming, moving, quiet reflection, and sharing a meal.

PLAY

If you like, you are welcome to stay after lunch and spend the afternoon
playing on your own. Swim. Rest against a tree trunk. Read a book.
Hang out on the deck. Contemplate your life. Just be.
(There is a floating dock if you would like to bring a canoe or kayak.)

Pictures from my place...

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HAPPENING SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 AT 2 PM. 230 PLEASANT ST., DARTMOUTH. COST: $15

Sunday, August 14th in Dartmouth

Women Dancing

COME AND UNLEASH YOUR INNER DANCER!!!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 2016

2:00 - 3:00 PM

North Woodside Community Centre

230 Pleasant Street

Cost: $15

DROP IN.

NO NEED TO REGISTER.

Wear clothes you like to move in (yoga attire works well, too). Water is a good idea. And, totally optional, a yoga mat for the "Drumming for Deep Relaxation" piece at the end.

Not sure if WDT is for you? Click here for the details about what actually happens in the one hour session.

All women, any age or fitness level, are welcome. Come on your own, or bring a friend.

Note: This is not couples dancing.

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NEW!! VIW E-Mail List

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CLICK ON THIS VIW LOGO TO BE ADDED TO VIW E-MAIL LIST.

Who wants more e-mails in an already full Inbox? Not me. So I'm pretty respectful about the number of e-mails I send to my list. You usually get about one a month from me.

However, come September, I will be offering more Women's Dance Tribe workshops in Mahone Bay and Dartmouth. I will be sending out more frequent e-mails with dates and notices for WDT sessions, as well as other workshops and events in my home, in the local area (Lunenburg County), and HRM.

I realize that not everyone on my "Main" list will appreciate these more frequent e-mails. So, I am creating a second, new opt-in e-mail list, called VIW.

You don't need to do anything to remain on this "Main" list, the one you are already on, and receive newsletters as usual. There will be no change.

BUT, if you want to be the first to know about new offerings, and get notices and reminders about upcoming WDT sessions, subscribe to the VIW list.

CLICK HERE OR ON THE VIW LOGO TO BE ADDED TO THE VIW LIST>>>.

NOTE: Clicking on the link will take you to my website. However, that click will also add you to the VIW List. Women who have come to a WDT are already on my VIW list. As always, you can unsubscribe from any of my lists at any time by clicking "Unsubscribe" at the bottom of each newsletter.

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This is the fourth article in the "Inspired by Pets" series featuring pictures of pets submitted by readers of my newsletter.

We All Have Our Stories

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CASHUS - Dog of a Hundred Stories

This is one of the first pictures that I received in response to my request for pet photos last winter. I can't tell you how often I have contemplated this picture, and what I might write about Cashus. There's something about his face, or the expression on his face, that goes beyond words.

I think it's a prime opportunity to explore how easily we (or I) project our feelings and stories onto others. It's a dog. He happens to be sitting in the back seat of a car, which you may or may not be able to tell from the picture.

That's really all we know from the picture. The facts.

In the case of dogs, unlike humans, they can't use words to describe how they feel, or tell us their story.

But anyone with a special relationship with a pet can tell you that doesn't mean they can't communicate!

Now I'm going to tell you what this dog's human family has told me about him.

He's a boxer mix. His name is Cashus and he is 6 years old. He came to his forever home in the Halifax area when he was about 2 years old. He's a rescue dog.

He happens to be an energetic and sociable boy who takes three walks a day to burn off energy.

He is the favorite dog of many neighbors and friends.

He has a favorite quilt that he needs to sleep with.

Nothing too out of the ordinary so far, right?

So what happens to your feelings about this dog when I tell you he's sitting up in the back seat of his rehomed family's car, and he's in PEI. He just got out of the UPEI animal hospital. He spent two days in the Intensive Care Unit being treated for Lyme infection.

I wonder how he's really feeling to be reunited with his forever family. I wonder how his forever family is feeling to have him back in the car. I wonder what the first two years of his life was like, and if his separation for two days in ICU triggered any puppyhood memories. If Cashus could speak, I wonder what he would say.

Time to go hug your pet, maybe???

Pets. People. We all have our stories. Sometimes the faces and expressions seem to go deep. But the same is true for all of us, really. We all have our stories ... the people in our lives, the strangers we meet on the street, watch in an airport ... we just don't know what challenges they have faced and overcome, or what they're dealing with.

So I guess if there's a morale to this story, it's to be grateful for the tenacity of the human spirit to survive and thrive, sometimes against all odds ... and to leave a little room in our back pockets for compassion.

What do you see in your own face when you look in the mirror? Time to hug yourself, maybe?

That said, here's another face for you to contemplate!!! What do you suppose her life was like??

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Woman of a Thousand Stories

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I welcome the opportunity to bring valuable personal wellness tools and inspiration to women who are experiencing big shifts in their lives.

Whether these shifts are imposed by the hand life deals us, or freely chosen as a natural part of growing and evolving, it is a great pleasure to be of service to strong, beautiful, smart, courageous women.

To find out more about how life coaching can help you find your own way to even better,

e-mail me at heather@heatherpentz.ca.

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