Mihaela

I came to Canada in 1975 and for the first 25 years I worked in accounting and business administration, had two beautiful sons who are in their thirties now, and eventually ended up in university again … a long road well travelled, something to look back to with gratitude. Then my most formative years began, and helped me become who I am today.

Around the year 2000, I was living on an organic farm in a small town in the Kootenays. It was a time of exploration and immersion into the wonders of life in nature, of learning gentle ways of working with the land, of celebrating Spirit through the cycles of the year. Then circle dance came into my life and became the vehicle which took me into deeper levels of perception and connection with each other and with Source. 

My studies in anthropology prepared me to enter the world of ‘dance as language’ with curiosity and excitement, and to connect the invisible threads which cross boundaries and open us up to the most profound human yearning to become part of a culture of love, peace, respect, ecological awareness. My most influential mentor in my study and practice of sacred dance is Laura Shannon and we have journeyed now for 16 years on this road of mystery.

While studying with Laura I traveled to parts of the world from where the dances come and, most importantly, I learned from the grandmothers in the villages where the ancient ways are still remembered and practiced through dance and daily living.

I am now at a stage in my life when I have the time and desire to share what I have learned over many years of studying, travelling, teaching. I am humbled and honored to be part of a lineage of women who still remember ways of living with Earth, not against Her. It is no wonder that cohousing is such a perfect fit for me.

I came to West Wind Harbour Cohousing only a few months ago and it was love at first site. From my years spent in intentional communities and cohousing, I knew what I was looking for. I was impressed with the degree of professionalism and detail that had been put into the project to that date, and deeply touched by the commitment, integrity and caring so present in the group. Add the bonus of a great ocean front location, small town close to nature, as well as to the city life of Victoria, and there was no turning back.

It is exciting to watch the amazing project now that we are at the building stage. The monthly weekends in Sooke are hard work, but a lot of fun, and a source of excitement and encouragement as we witness each other grow closer as a community and envision our life together when we are ready to move in.