Edited by Jared Wolf Child
WATERTON, AB - Peigan Prevention Counselling Services hosted a three-day Elders' Retreat in Waterton on May 16.
The retreat's theme was based on "Kindness is Good Medicine."
Piikani Elders came together to learn, relax, and be pampered during the retreat. A total of 20 elders participated in the retreat, where the elders provided them with hotel rooms and transportation.
Activities included a movie night and popcorn, a presentation on stress, trauma and well-being from Dr. Lana Potts, haircuts, manicures, and styling from Piikani Stylists Leilani McDougall and Katherine North Peigan, Angel Card Readings, Reiki, and Rattle-Making by Shereef Yellow Horn; followed by an evening of entertainment from DerRic Starlight's Indigenous puppet show.
The Elders ended with a sharing circle, each given the time to say what they learned and how they would apply their new teachings to their everyday lives and thanked all the organizers and staff. "With life's everyday aches and pains, stresses, and worries- it felt good to come and be taken care of and not worry." Louise English said in her closing remarks. Everyone left the retreat feeling very happy, thankful and rejuvenated.