Creating Connection

Tamarack Verrall
Posted June 21, 2017 from Canada
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The Journey has begun. I am crossing Canada first to the west, then to the east this summer. By the end of August I will have travelled more than 12,000 km, seen this beautiful land with all her lakes and rivers, forests, plains and mountains, and two of her three oceans.

My reason for doing this is wanting to meetas many women as I can who want to know about World Pulse, who want to talk about what is going on in their home areas, who want to talk about how we can work together globally now to end violence and the suppression of women and girls, to take care of the earth, to bring women’s leadership forward to change the direction we are in, on this planet.

My reason for doing this is that so few women in Canada know yet about World Pulse, about how much is already being done. I want everyone to know about how our conversations travel between us at lightning speed, how we are already getting the real news from each other, how we are deep in discussion, how the hope is building, the gratitude to be able to meet online writing, Skyping, Zooming, and on beautiful rare occasion, meeting in person. How the love is flowing. And about how we are creating change.

My reason for doing this is to personally feel a stronger connection with as many sisters as possible, with each other and into this amazing global network, World Pulse.

My first stop was the Ontario Women’s Drum Camp where this year a workshop on World Pulse was part of the agenda. So many good conversations over the weekend, and personally always an energizing, healing time, taking in the vibrations of the drums, reconnecting with women so important to me.

From the first time I experienced Lake Superior I have loved that Lake and this time I had the chance to get to know women who live along her western shore and on the north in Thunder Bay. Living deep in the embrace of the beautiful woods on the edge of her water, women along the way welcomed me with such love and good discussion about positive change, shelter work, women coming together in empowerment. I was able to catch up with Diane Whelan crossing Canada by bike, on foot, canoeing Lake superior these days (take a look at 500 Days in the Wild). When I learned that a long anticipated meeting in Thunder Bay had to be cancelled I doubled back to a very special meeting of the Michipicoten women that the women at the Shelter had mentioned. I also had the good fortune to be in Thunder Bay when Ma Nee Chacaby, First Nation artist and writer of “A Two Spirited Journey” had just arrived home, a meeting I had hoped might happen one day. Being able to meet women working in Shelters and other grassroots women in community work, has been a great beginning. Through the northern Ontario woods and way up to The Pas in Manitoba there is heart filled work being done. Such good solid welcoming Shelters, all with the question of why we still need them. Yesterday I was able to visit the women working in Manitoba Moon Voices, a meeting I have also looked forward to for some time now.

These meetings deepen our connections, just as the messages we send to each other within World Pulse create bonds that are unbreakable.

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Kika Katchunga
Jun 22, 2017
Jun 22, 2017

Excellent work, thank you for sharing with us on your traveling, so inspiring.

Hello

Kika Katchunga
Jun 22, 2017
Jun 22, 2017

I love your photo are so pretty

Diane Dillon
Jul 13, 2017
Jul 13, 2017

I wish you safe travels

Purnima Govindarajulu
Jul 24, 2017
Jul 24, 2017

Wow, I am so impressed by your journey and by what you are doing. World Pulse is indeed poorly known in Canada and it is wonderful that you are raising awareness. If you are ever in Victoria BC, let me know and I would love to meet with you for a cup of tea and conversation

Warm regards

Purnima

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 24, 2017
Jul 24, 2017

Thanks Purnima,

I am sorry that I did not know you were in Victoria, I was there a few weeks ago and the Soroptimists hosted a meeting. I will be back at some future point and will look forward to meeting you. In the meantime let's stay in touch, I hope we can create much stronger connections between those of us in Canada who are part of World Pulse. I am heading to the Atlantic Provinces now but will be thinking of how we can stay connected as I settle back into Montreal this Fall.

In sisterhood,

Tam

Purnima Govindarajulu
Jul 25, 2017
Jul 25, 2017

Yes. It would be lovely to see you. 

Purnima

Cloe
Aug 31, 2017
Aug 31, 2017

What an inspiring way to spread the word about WorldPulse! 

Have you seen the film Call of the Forest? It is about a fellow Canadian, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, and her work to save the forests. http://calloftheforest.ca

all the very best on your journey,

Cynthia

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 15, 2017
Sep 15, 2017

Hi Cynthia,

Thanks so much for this information. It looks wonderful. I see that it will be showing not far from Montreal in October and I plan to go, may also be able to arrange a screening here in my city.

Thanks for being in touch, and for your words of support on my journey,

Tam

Cloe
Oct 21, 2017
Oct 21, 2017

That's great! I hope you get to go to the showing in Montreal and that you get to do a screening. The film was shown at Bioneers in San Rafael, CA last evening to about 200 people or more. It is a very inspiring and moving film. If you're ever in the San Francisco Bay Area, let me know and perhaps we could meet. 

please keep me posted!

Cynthia

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 15, 2017
Sep 15, 2017

Hi Marvis,

Thanks for being in touch, I will contact you.

Best,

Tam