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Learn to make sauerkraut and align your chakras too

Also, spring clean with Freecycle day and learn more about foraging in Northern Ontario, Indigenous history this week
SooToday file photo shows Ginger Citrus sauerkraut.

Local yoga teacher Amélie Goudreau and holistic nutritionist Brittany Nicholson have another virtual workshop coming up that promises to be equally as fun as it is informative. 

In the one-hour workshop called “Sauerkraut & Chakras”, participants will learn how to make homemade sauerkraut, which is known for its probiotic benefits. It can help you to kick start your summer less bloated and more aligned, Nicholson’s website says. 

The workshop will be $20.00 and will be held on Tuesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. 

“We’ll be discussing the connection between the mind and gut, and how we can nourish our gut nutritionally as well as energetically,” Goudreau said. 

“We’ll be making sauerkraut together, while at the same time discussing the scientific connection between the mind and the gut and how one cannot thrive without the other,” Goudreau said. “We’ll also be discussing a holistic approach to gut support as well as energetic support as we dive into the connection between our chakras and digestion. Each chakra works within our body and controls our psychological state as well as our physical. We’ll talk about how we can keep our solar plexus chakra (stomach chakra) unblocked. This helps improve our mood and digestion.”

To better understand what a chakra is, Goudreau explains it as “a spinning wheel of energy along the spine that radiates within us and around us”. When we meditate, we focus on unblocking the seven chakras that are along the spine. 

Nicholson will be leading the making of the homemade sauerkraut. It’s made by simply grating cabbage and adding sea salt, but she will also be demonstrating a variety of ways to make sauerkraut, which include herbs, fruits and vegetables. 

“Fermented foods are rich in probiotics, which means they contain beneficial bacteria that are gut-healthy,” Goudreau said. 

As an added bonus, Goudreau and Nicholson have created a coupon for SooToday readers who are interested in signing up for the workshop. By using the code “SOOTODAY5”, readers can receive a $5 discount when they register.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, Saultites are still encouraged to continue following public health guidelines and stay home as much as possible. 

So each week, SooToday will share some of the virtual events taking place to help you make the most of these unprecedented times and have fun safely at home.

If you or someone you know is planning a local virtual event (concert, class, celebration, etc.), send the details to

Other events taking place this week include:

Sault "Spring Cleaning" Freecycle Day

June 12

Clean North is hosting a “Freecycle” day this Saturday, June 12 starting at 9 a.m. Use this as a chance to give away any of your unwanted items to someone who might need them. 

Place items to give away on the curb in front of your home on Saturday with a clearly lettered sign that reads “FREE”. Do not put items out the night before. Items you could offer up include books, wood furniture, electronics, small appliances, sports equipment, toys, tools, kitchenware, construction materials, clothing, beddings/towels, craft supplies.

Rules for the event are as follows:

  • Consider making sure someone is at home during freecycle hours.
  • If you live in an apartment/condo, make sure freecycling is allowed.
  • Do not offer up unsafe items like old cribs, baby walkers, or lawn darts or bedbug-friendly items like mattresses and couches.
  • Remove any unclaimed items by 2 p.m. and dispose of them properly.

Rules for receivers:

  • Keep 2 m away from others not in your household, wear a mask, bring hand sanitizer and a bag.
  • Starting at 9 am you may take any item that's on the curb and marked FREE.
  • Do not step onto other people's property, approach anyone living in the home, or take any items not clearly labelled FREE.

Indigenous History Month Video Celebration Series

June 9 

This year for Indigenous History Month, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund is presenting a series of four events to celebrate the diversity of Indigenous Peoples across Canada. Throughout the month of June, Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Artists, and Allies from communities coast to coast will be featured. The first video celebration of the series will be held on Wednesday, June 9 at 2 p.m. on Facebook Live.

Spring Foraging in Northern Ontario for Beginners

June 10

This event by Black River Foraging Co. will teach you about wild edibles in Northern Ontario. You can learn about eight types of spring wild edibles, foraging resources, cooking and preparation, habitat and harvesting, and more. The online event is free and will be held on Thursday June 10 at 6 p.m. 

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EDITOR'S NOTE: an earlier version of this story showed the name of the company that made the sauerkaut in the picture illustrating this story but that company is in no way affiliated with or associated with the Sauerkraut & Chakras online workshop.