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October 2023 Update and Upcoming Events

On a drizzly afternoon in the heart of France, I found myself on a unique journey, tracing the footsteps of my ancestors. This week, I had the extraordinary privilege of stepping into the very house where the first Giroux to set foot in Canada, back when it was known as Nouvelle-France in 1650, was born. This house, nestled in Réveillon, France, witnessed the birth of Toussaint Giroux in 1633, and remarkably, it has changed very little over the course of 400 years. The surrounding landscape, with its vast fields and medieval stone farmhouses, remains a captivating testament to what life must have been like when young Toussaint roamed these very grounds.

As fate would have it, I arrived at the right moment, just when the current owner, the delightful Lucy, was at home and graciously invited me inside. Stepping through that centuries-old threshold, I was swept away by a tidal wave of emotions and an uncanny sense of quantum timelines merging.

At that instant, I experienced a profound connection to my father, my grandfather, and the nine generations that preceded me, all of whom played a pivotal role in bringing me to this precise moment in time. It dawned on me that every decision made by my ancestors, no matter how seemingly small, had a direct impact on my existence. I am an extension of them, and they, in turn, live on within me. It was a profound reminder that our roots run deep, and our stories are woven into the very fabric of history.

Prior to coming here, I spent two weeks in the rolling hills and vineyard vistas further south at a Plum Village Retreat in Thenac, France. This had been the home of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and his first Plum Village monastery while in exile from Vietnam.

More to come on this incredible experience.

There are a few upcoming events I want to make you aware of and hope you will join in. Both are free!

Are We Having Fun Yet?The 2nd Annual Virtual Retreat

October 14-15

Open to everyone!

Information Session

The Soulful Nature Journey: Healing Self, Earth and Community.

Tuesday, October 17 7:30-8:30 pm

Open to Everyone although please note the in-person Forest Therapy Walks will take place in the Toronto, Kingston, London Ontario areas

Starting in Spring 2024, embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and well-being through The Soulful Nature Journey: Healing Self, Earth and Community.

This program offers a unique opportunity to:

Renew Wellness: Deepen your connection to the natural world and integrate its teachings into your daily life, fostering holistic well-being of mind, body, and spirit. Embrace Nature's Wisdom: Open the gateway to self-exploration through nurturing forest therapy walks, tune into universal wisdom and understand the intricate patterns and cycles of the Earth. Cultivate Deeper Connections: Explore how to find deeper meaning and belonging through connecting with the more than human world. Nurture a profound relationship with nature, and create a personal practice to support your spiritual journey. Forge Lasting Bonds: Connect with like-minded individuals, fostering a supportive community that encourages self-growth, healing, and a shared love for the Earth. This program is your path to a more connected, mindful and empowered existence—enriched by nature's wisdom, the bonds of community and the nurturing embrace of the Earth.

Come out to our FREE info session to learn more!

I'm also happy to share this video interview with Maureen Atkinson, Founder of LifeShiift where I talk about life as a digital nomad and offer up some insights and tips for anyone considering this lifestyle.

If you are a Forest Therapy Guide, you are invited to join the Global Forest Guide Circle. Our next call is Friday, October 13 at 11:00 am EST.

Join the Facebook group for updates and zoom links

In closing, as a reminder even though I am traveling, I am available for reiki, coaching and partnership discussions. Feel free to reach out and keep in touch.


What'sApp: 14169191333

Monique Giroux, Founder, The Flourishment Collective
Nourish the Soul. Flourish in Life. Forest therapy. Yoga Nidra. Meditation. Reiki.


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