Rituals of Restoration

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Susan James, 2015. When spirit enters these rituals of restoration a kind of cultural alchemy can temporarily cook what is raw, unite what is divided, give meaning to what is chaotic, and thereby enchant, refresh, and reanimate all participants. It is this experience of negotiated cohesion through dialogue leading to a shared feeling of grace

Maggy also took took to the canvas during her two week stay, leaning on the magic of the Land to create beauty.

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Ceremony, Maggy Carrot, 2014   Land and Sea, Maggy Carrot, 2014  

More reflections from 2014

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Friends of the Centre the Dominican Republic and the Netherlands via Suriname got a taste of Centre life and experienced the magic of the Land and of Tobago!!!  Below are their reflections. . . . When the spiritual is put to work in the everyday. . . We—Maggy, Alta and I—got up in the dark of

Through the Realms of Olokún

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Inspired by her residency at the Centre in August, 2014, Mosa McNeilly later mounted an exhibition at York University in October, titled, “Through the Realms of Olokún.”  This exhibition is a meditation on accompaniment, on yearning to feel Spirit, and on longing to know the visceral quality of embodying the sacred.   mixed media assemblage

Residency Reflections Summer 2014

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A mother and daughter pair teamed up for a three week stay at the Centre in August, 2014.  Their reflections follow. By Malkah Darshana Félicité Uzima McNeilly-Abdulhamid I was in Tobago because my mom, Mosa, was studying with Professor Alexander and she did not want to leave me behind in Canada. She wanted me to

Women-Piaba tells her story

This article was originally published on the Stabroek News, and has been reposted on Latierraspirit.org with the author’s permission, Chelsea Fung, who was one of the students and panelists at the “Reflections: Medicinal Plants and Healing Practices“. By Chelsea Fung During my last semester at the University of Toronto, I decided to enrol in a

Sharing stories of self-discovery and healing through medicinal plants

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The lounge at the Institute for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto came alive with an excited group of about 50 people, students, alumnae (Sara Mohammed and Danielle Smith) friends, (Mr. Rampersaud Tiwari, Inderpal Wig)) parents (Samina Jamal) and faculty (Alissa Trotz, Jin-Kyung Park, Marieme Lo, June Larkin) assembled for the panel

Reflections on “Revelations” Gathering

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The William Doo Auditorium at the University of Toronto was transformed on the evening of March 23, 2012 from about seven to midnight as we descended, many unknowingly, into the hold of a ship of the kind that would have taken millions captive from the African continent over the course of five centuries.  The evening,

The Tobago Centre at the Lost Lyrics’ Alternative Education Conference

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The following article is reposted with permission from the Sway Magazine blog Lost Lyrics hosts alternative education conference 7 June 2012 By Tendisai Cromwell This past weekend, the alternative education initiative Lost Lyrics hosted the conference The Roots of the Rose which marked their five-year anniversary. On Saturday June 2, Ryerson University’s Student Learning Centre

U of T students make and gift books to The Tobago Center

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Students present their hand made books as gifts to the Tobago Center in a gathering scheduled for Wednesday, April 4 at 6:00pm.