Workshops with Indigenous Elders


Submitted by: 

Nicole Plouffe


Pahan Pte San Win and Wanbdi Wakita.

Pahan Pte San Win and Wanbdi Wakita of Bear Paw Tipi (Manitoba) are a husband and wife team who have dedicated their lives to sharing their knowledge about reconciliation and healing. On April 20 – 22 they will be returning to the East Shore of Kootenay Lake to offer a series of workshops and satsangs at Yasodhara Ashram.

Wanbdi’s path has taken him from Indian Residential school to the Canadian Armed Forces as a peacekeeper and for over three decades, to work with men in prison. Today he is Unkan or grandfather to the University of Manitoba Access Program. In 2016 he received the Order of Manitoba for his lifelong efforts to support healing and promote unity between all nations.

Wanbdi and Pahan first offered teachings on the East Shore last year with their workshop ‘Perspectives from Love & Healing, a weekend of Reconciliation with Indigenous Elders’ at the Ashram. “The words, prayers and songs shared by Pahan and Wanbdi had a power – simply listening to them was an act of healing,” says participant Francesca Cogorno. “They spoke from a deeply compassionate and loving place that allowed me to be in that space within myself.”

This weekend workshops ‘Walking Together into a Hopeful Future’ will begin Friday night, April 20 at 7:30 pm with satsang led by Pahan with the ‘Healing Medicine of Love’. Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22 will commence at 10 am with activities and reflections and end with satsang at 7:30 – 8:30 pm. Sunday’s satsang will also offer a dedication to murdered and missing indigenous women and children. Participation is by contribution with net proceeds going to support the Sundance of Women this summer in Manitoba.

This will be an enriching and fulfilling weekend that is not to be missed! Please preregister for this event by calling 250-227-9224 or email

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