Life is a Journey of Shared Experiences

When we share our stories, lives and passions with one another, we increase knowledge and understanding. Indigenous history is largely an oral history and storytelling is how knowledge is kept and shared. There’s no greater way to experience Métis culture than through authentic experiences. Upon arriving on the land where Moon Gate is located, your hosts, Jenny and Michel will greet you with open arms. We hope you’ll immediately feel at ease because it’s the Métis way!

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Moon Ceremonies

The Turtle is the great keeper of time, indicated by the sections on the back of its shell. It carries stories of the 13 moons and 28 days of each cycle. The Turtle reminds us to stay grounded with the Earth. We always start a ceremony with smudging.

New Moon – The New Moon signifies a time of letting go, clearing and releasing what no longer serves us. In this simple yet powerful ceremony, one can burn tobacco with prayers infused, write on a piece paper what you want to release and burn it, release it to the river or burn your hair that you’ve collected or simply sit by a bonfire and set your intentions. The New Moon ceremony can be conducted by a man or a woman. The New Moon is a time to check in with ourselves and to align with our purpose.

Full Moon – The Full Moon is a time for women to gather and pray for those who need it. A Full Moon ceremony is usually held around a fire in the centre with a sharing circle. Participants may smoke their pipe, sing songs, drum or rattle. It’s also a time to release your call to the Full Moon and let your voice be heard. Full Moon ceremony is primarily for women but children and men are welcome to attend. A feast usually follows the ceremony.

Protocol will be followed. These ceremonies are offered to guests on request.

Honorariums accepted.

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Smudge Ceremony & Sharing Circle

Each Sharing Circle is opened with a smudging ceremony to release negativity and open us to share our journey.

We smudge to clear the air around us and to cleans our minds so that we will have good thoughts. We smudge our eyes so that we will only see good things. We smudge our ears so that we will only hear good things. We smudge our mouths so that we will only speak of good things. We smudge our whole being so that we will only feel good things. Smudging prepares you for sharing in the circle, praying, sweat lodge, connecting with nature, and your higher being.

Honorariums accepted.

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Plant Walks

You are warmly invited to join in an Indigenous plant walk directed by Spirit Keeper who will guide an exploration of local plants, their meaning and uses.

We believe, all living beings (two legged), trees (one legged), animals (four legged), insects (creepy crawlies), plant kingdom, and everything else that exists on Earth has a spirit.

During your plant walk you will first be guided to a grounding experience to help you connect with the plant spirits. With a basket and journal in hand, we will walk the land and learn what plants are edible, when to harvest and how to eat. You will learn about medicinal plants used for tea, poultices and tinctures. You will take home your wild harvest.

2 Hour Immersive Experience
Rate:
$40 ea.

This event is outdoors, dress accordingly. Wild tea blends and our beautiful Moon Gate mugs will be available for sale.

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Ceremonial Sweat Lodge

Sweat lodges are heated, dome-shaped structures used by Indigenous peoples during certain purification rites and as a way to promote healthy living.

Ekosi (it is done) Wikowin (human abode)

The Ekosi Wikowin sits adjacent to the sweat lodge that was gifted to the land by Creator under the guidance of elder, Dennis Morrison (Bebahmoytung), Spiritual Caregiver, Muskrat-Ode-dam (Clan). All are welcome to join us for special events or ceremonies throughout the year. A Sweat Lodge Ceremony needs to be requested in advance, following traditional protocols.

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Explore Like a Voyageur

Get a glimpse of what it was like for voyageurs to traverse the land by snowshoe on the Whitemouth River in Treaty 3.

While exploring, your guide, Michel, will share history of the Métis, telling stories of growing up in Northern Manitoba. You’ll be invite you to get cozy around the campfire to cook bannock, and drink wild harvested tea from the Agassiz Forest. Later, Michel will prepare for you traditional Métis feast cooked on open flame. Before bed, you can heat things up in the 90-degree sauna to sooth your body, mind, and spirit.

In the morning, wake to locally roasted coffee brewing, tea, fresh farm eggs, wood-fired sourdough, Notre Dame butter, and fruit before you head out for the day.

Dates: December 10, January 14 & 28, February 25, March 4 & 1

Includes: Snowshoe gear, an interpretive experience, bannock, wild tea and home-made hot chocolate, locally sourced dinner, 1 night accommodation, sauna, smudge ceremony and sharing circle.

Group Tour: $230 ea.
Youth (12-15): $195 ea.

Dress for the weather. A minimum of 6 people is required for the program to go.

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Round House

Our Round House, built in a symbolic circular shape, is a place used to rest, heal, celebrate, seek guidance or even to mourn. A perfect space to get re-connected.

Ekosi (it is done) Wikowin (human abode)

The Ekosi Wikowin located next to the Whitemouth River is a labour of love. Created by Golden Sun Man (Michel) from his heart through his hands; it is a special off-grid round house.

With wide views of nature and the river, you will feel deeply connected with the land, trees and water. This is an alcohol free space due to the sensitive nature of its location next to the sweat lodge and is used as a teaching lodge.

You’ll be asked to disconnect to connect by turning your phone off and focusing on what really matters. Launch your own canoe or kayak from the dock, or have a seat while sipping your morning tea or coffee as the sun rises.

Rate: $225/night

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