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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Great Spirit Circle Trail - Canadian Authentic Aboriginal Experiences

Grandmother Moon

Women's Wellness Weekend

$499.00 per person plus applicable taxes

LAST MINUTE BOOKING SPECIAL FOR JUNE DATE

BOOK NOW FOR: $444.00 per person plus applicable taxes

Tours of Interest to Women3 day, 2 night adventure

Dates:
May 8 - 10th, 2009
Sold out.

June 5 - 7th, 2009

July 3 - 5th, 2009

August 7 - 9th, 2009

September 4 - 6th, 2009

October 2 - 4th, 2009

Enjoy this secluded getaway on beautiful Manitoulin Island, home of the Ojibwa, Odawa, & Pottawatomi people. Immerse yourself in nature's embrace, rejuvenate your spirit, nurture your creative talents, savour the seasonal tastes of the region as you enjoy a women's wellness weekend.

DAY ONE

Late afternoon arrival at the First Nation community of Sheshegwaning where you will meet your Aboriginal host and be escorted to Nishin Eco-Lodge located a 10 minute drive in the remote wilderness of a maple sugar forest.

Enjoy the seclusion and comfort of this charming eco lodge facility with three private bedrooms and an open sleeping loft.  Beautifully furnished with hand crafted pine furniture, this eco-lodge boasts new amenities including an outdoor covered hot tub, sauna and showers.  A fully equipped kitchen includes a propane operated fridge, stove and lighting.

Meet your Aboriginal host and enjoy a sweetgrass welcome ceremony while savouring the refreshing flavour of wilderness tea and cold appetizers.  Enjoy the chanting of a women’s traditional hand drum singing group as they share the meaning of their songs, how the drum was made and where the songs come from.  Feel the pride of the singers as you are invited to share in their songs!

Let your taste buds relish a delicious spread of seasonable foods, and partake in the evening’s sharing circle to become better acquainted with the members of your group.  Unwind beside the evening campfire letting the glow of the fire warm your spirit and a deep blanket of stars soothe you into a night of sleep.

DAY TWO

Take advantage of the fresh early morning air while listening to the birds wake as day breaks over the treetops.

Enjoy a hearty breakfast of healthy foods.  Meet a local Aboriginal craftsperson, knowledgeable and skilled in beadwork, leatherwork, and dream catcher making.  While creating your very own ‘medicine pouch’ learn about the teachings behind the use of deer hide. Take your ‘medicine pouch’ along on your afternoon Mother Earth Nature Walk.

Explore Manitoulin’s wilderness along one of Mother Earth’s trails.  Listen to your Aboriginal guide bestow the knowledge and wisdom their ancestors have passed down to them from generation to generation.  Learn the identification of various plants and their uses in cooking and remedies.

Return to the lodge for rest and relaxation.  Listen to the soothing sounds of native flute music being played as you enjoy a warm soothing foot bath filled with the scents of aromatherapy and cedar sprigs followed by a deep foot massage.  What a great way to unwind for this weekend of soulful awakening.

Further enjoy your afternoon by scheduling optional time for yourself with a certified local aesthetician and/or manicurist. Please consult your GSCT Host to arrange to have these additional services added to your bill.

Enjoy a traditional Aboriginal feast of waawaashkesh (venison) stew served with bannock followed by a dessert of fresh seasonal fruit.  Gather around the dinner table and share stories of your day’s craft and hike experience.

Meet a local Anishnaabe kwe (woman) during the evening’s Grandmother Moon sharing circle.  Learn about  traditional values and concepts shared around the seasons and gain a new understanding of the societal roles of the Anishnaabe women.

Take an evening stroll to nearby pristine waters for a panoramic view of the day setting over the horizon and reflect onyour discovery of the Aboriginal culture and heritage. Available to you throughout your stay is a 9 ft diameter hot tub accommodating one to eight people. Soak to relax, then rejuvenate your hot tub experience with a cold shower followed by a dry sauna.

DAY THREE

Get an early morning start to make the most of your day as you join in on an optional activity of yoga.  Feed your soul with ‘sun salutations’ and positive energy.

Celebrate the morning with a Sunday brunch. As this relaxing weekend comes to an end, and you begin your journey home we bid you a fond farewell as we together Experience the Past, Enjoy the Present!


GRANDMOTHER MOON WOMEN’S WELLNESS WEEKEND INCLUDES:

Two Nights Accommodation

Anishnaabe Sweetgrass Welcome Ceremony

Women’s Hand Drum Singing Presentation

Deer hide Crafting Lesson with Aboriginal craftsperson

Mother Earth Nature Walk with Interpretive Guide

Cedar Aromatherapy Foot Soak and Massage

Grandmother Moon Cultural Presentation

with an Ojibwe Grandmother

Meals Included - One Dinner, One Lunch,

Two Breakfasts and a

A Traditional Aboriginal Feast

OPTIONAL PACKAGE ADD ONS:

Manicure Treatments

Pedicure Treatment

Sunrise Yoga Session

Massage Therapy

STAY LONGER ACTIVITIES MAY INCLUDE:

Hiking along the LaCloche Mountain Range

Indian Head Rock

Roosevelt Monument

Historic Route of the Voyageurs

M’Chigeeng Hiking Trail

Nimkee Hiking Trails

World’s Largest Peace pipe, Dream catcher & Drum

Manitoulin’s Second Oldest Anglican Church

Holy Cross Mission Ruins

De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group

Wikwemikong Heritage Organization

Trail Riding & ATV Wilderness Excursions

Scenic Boat Cruises & Fishing Charters

Canoe Expeditions

Rainbow Ridge 18 Hole Golf Course

Craft Shops and Art Galleries

THINGS TO BRING:

Comfortable walking/hiking shoes, bug repellent, warm clothes for evening campfires, comfortable clothes for yoga, long skirt for sharing circle

GUEST INFORMATION

The Nishin Eco-Lodge is a non-smoking property. We kindly ask our guests to please refrain from smoking in or around the property or buildings. Please make other accommodations for your pets before visiting. Alcohol consumption before and during your visit is discouraged. We kindly ask that no glass containers are used in or around the tub and sauna areas.  As therapeutic as a good hot tub soak can be, some people have medical conditions such as high blood pressure or heart conditions. Please refrain from feeding or getting close to wildlife. Leave all valuables at home as GSCT/Nishin Eco Lodge cannot be responsible for valuables on the property or in parked cars. Internet and cellular services are not available at this property.

Contact us today to book your memorable experience.

Toll free in North America: 1-877-710-3211
Telephone: (705) 377-4404
Fax: (705) 377-4425
Email: info@circletrail.com

Great Spirit Circle Trail - Canadian Authentic Aboriginal Experiences

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