Sacred Spaces (#7): Autumn Teachings
This event took place in October 2023.
Join Spiritual Path to Awakening (SPA) & local program leader Darla Rasmussen in Downtown Abbotsford for Sacred Spaces: Autumn Teachings. This in-person event takes place the week following the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation / Orange Shirt Day.
The autumn season brings forth lessons and learnings related to transitions, embracing change, impermanence, and loss. During Sacred Spaces: Autumn Teachings, we will gather over hot tea and confections to have conversation and listen to stories from Darla Rasmussen (Blackkettle), Red Elk Singing Woman from Siksika Nation.
Bring along a reusable bottle of water and a blanket/pillow (optional) for added comfort. If you’re comfortable and feel called to, learners are invited to bring along an offering for our autumn altar. Suggestions: jack-be-little pumpkin, gourd, pumpkin seeds, an apple, fallen leaves, acorn, pinecone, etc. Note: our autumn altar is not a permanent fixture and you’re welcome to bring your item back home with you at the end of the event.
Sacred Spaces: Autumn Teachings
Wednesday, October 4, 2023
Downtown Abbotsford, Conference Room B, Trinity Memorial United Church
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$30.00 General Admission / $25.00 Seniors (age 60+) / $0.00 Admission for Indigenous persons
This event is open to all members of the community. Space is limited, please pre-register on the SPA website to reserve your spot. Upon registering, you will be prompted to download a digital document that contains all the event details. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have difficulty downloading the pdf.
Trinity Memorial United Church is located at 33737 George Ferguson Way in downtown Abbotsford, BC. V2S 2M4. Free parking is available onsite (in the church parking lot) for event learners. The event will take place in “Conference Room B,” located on the upper level of the church. Entry points: the office’s entrance if you’re comfortable with stairs or accessible entry via the sanctuary. Both entry points are located off of Trinity Street. Doors open 15-minutes prior to the event start time.
By registering for this event, learners, and their guests (if applicable) have agreed to our Policies & Etiquette.
About the Program Leader:
Red Elk Singing Woman from Siksika Nation, also known as Darla Rasmussen (Blackkettle), is a mother of two boys, an entrepreneur, and a lifelong student in self-discovery, healing and growth.
Her life experiences are what strengthened her heart, mind, body and spirit to love, encourage and support others enduring similar life sufferings and transitions.
Her work experience has offered her a wealth of knowledge and opportunity to advance and grow over her 20 years of supporting Indigenous youth, women, men, families and communities. In 2011 in-stead of taking her life, she mentored under an Elder who grounded her in ceremony, cultural teachings and practices that enriched her life and encouraged her to be who she is today.
With the influence of her Indigenous roots she offers “Sacred Spaces” to a variety of organizations, agencies and community members by bringing them together around the big drum to share cultural teachings in a sacred way.
You will find Darla charming, graceful and genuine to work with, she will come to you with an open mind, empathic heart and willingness to give and receive love, knowledge and laughter.