Celebrating the End of the Week

Celebrate the end of the week with an evening of singing, chanting, drumming and dancing as we welcome the Sabbath.

Bring a potluck dish to share. Suggested donation of $18 or pay what you can..

This is an evening for all who identify as women and for women of all faiths. I do offer a personal Jewish lens.

Friday, August 17 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM (contact me at miriamswell@hotmail.com for the location)

Refresh and Reboot Retreat

Fall is a time for new beginnings, a time for dreaming and planning and creating. Anything and everything is possible.

Come for a weekend of celebration – singing, dancing and drumming. We will offer workshops in herbs and aroma therapy. We will mindfully walk in the labyrinth. Meditation sessions and yoga will be part of each day. Participate in as much or as little as you prefer. The meals are healthy and delicious vegetarian food. Let us know if you have any food requirements.


Sep 22 at 1 PM to Sep 24 at 1 PM
Hub and Hearth Retreat Centre, Hockley Valley (near Orangeville) details at time of booking.
This retreat is open to all who self identify as women. It is also for women of all faiths.Weather permitting we will have bonfires each evening and enjoy time in the communal outdoor hot tub.The Fall is a time of new beginnings and a time to reboot and refresh ourselves to move ahead in our lives. In Jewish tradition it is the New Year and this weekend begins the Harvest Holiday of Sukkot.
Sukkot is a time to recreate our world. The holiday is celebrated with its waving palm branches, fragrant myrtle leaves, and open-air huts.
We will gather on Saturday afternoon and build our community of women – a community of trust and compassion.

Workshops will include:
Journal writing – how to heal and to grow through the art of personal journaling.

Body movement – embracing our body with love and acceptance. Roula Said will lead us in dance and movement,

Drumming – recreating the beat of heart. Roula will lead us in drumming and singing,

Vision Boards – dare to dream and to create the world that you desire.

Creating ritual objects – bring your imagination and we will work together to create something unique to you.

Natural personal products – Using only natural ingredients and essential oils, learn to make healthy and easy personal products from toothpaste to deodorant.

About us:

SandraLaya Ruch has been inspiring women to live their lives to the fullest. She is a firm believer that anything is possible and each of us must dare to dream. She encourages women not be held hostage to our victim story but to use our survival as a reminder of our strength and possibilities.Her personal journey is a commitment to living a meaningful, substantial and significant lifestyle. From her extensive women empowerment experience and expertise, SandraLaya provides timely insight for women and how they can begin to see and manage conflict differently. She is a sought-after speaker on strategies for social justice and empowering women to come into their voice.

SandraLaya Ruch is a Celebrant of Life Cycle events including weddings, funerals and memorial services. She is a Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess) Initiate and will be ordained in 2019. Through her work she helps empower women to live meaningful lives. She views conflict and crises as pivotal moments in our lives that can deepen our significance or destroy it.

Both a Mother and Grandmother, SandraLaya raised her daughters independently facing many of the struggles familiar to single parents. She is no stranger to domestic violence and the dangers that women experience in a patriarchal society.

“We must look for the opportunities waiting for us”. SandraLaya Ruch

Roula Said:
Roula Said is a singer, dancer, musician and wordsmith of Palestinian heritage based in Toronto, Canada. Roula runs Om Laila Studio, home of Seven Waves Movement and Embodied Voice, original methodologies rooted in the Arab Arts. She has been teaching and performing Arab dance for over 25 years and has most recently appeared in the Body Percussion Festival at Harbourfront Centre, and both on film and stage in XTOD, Kaeja d’Dance’s beautiful creations for 22 “Xtraordinary Toronto Dancers”.

Roula also plays qanun and percussion to accompany traditional Arabic songs and original songs created from her sufi-inspired poems. She has just received recognition for her writing with a Playwright’s Grant from the Toronto Arts Council for her poetic one-woman show, 40 Days, which tells her story in original music, movement and word to her father who died when Roula was 40 days old.

Along with her husband, trumpeter and composer David Buchbinder, Roula co-leads the funked up Arabic-Roma band, Nomadica, whose first recording Dance of the Infidels, was nominated for a Juno Award in 2016. David and Roula also run a cross-cultural creativity-based project called Diasporic Genius that brings citizens together across boundaries of race, religion, ethnicity and age to create music, art, feasts and festivals to enrich their communities and the city at large.