Lakota’s Story: Finding His Inner ‘Piece’
Lakota Bisaillon recently graduated from our Power of Hope Camp on Whidbey Island last summer (2016).
As he was growing up, traditional educators made many attempts at stamping labels on him. Dyslexia, Asperger’s, PDD, but he kept washing those off. Until he began to see his challenges as gifts; gifts that empower and give focus.
Lakota attended Power of Hope camp for 5 years. He came for the first time when he was just 13, and he feared he would be bullied. Instead he grew mighty and even mightier every summer. After he graduated from high school last year, he earned a black belt in taekwondo, completed his last PYE camp, and attended a quarter in college. THEN he made his way solo across the world to attend Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Academy in Muping, China, where he has been since the first day of this year.
There, he and 34th generation monks and other students climb the mountain very early each morning to meditate in the same cave where Confucius pondered meaning for 9 years.
After the long scramble down, they eat a quick bowl of fresh veggies, then train intensely for 8 hours. Evenings bring classes of acupuncture, calligraphy and Mandarin.
His mother Mary Delacruz shares:“The last message that I got from him was filled with gratitude and the fact that he has found his inner ‘piece’. I love the entendre of that wording.
To me, I think he found a piece of power along with a deep calming quiet. But, I do not think he would have found his power if it were not for the journey’s beginning through PYE and both of you, Peggy and Nadia, as well as from Charlie.
And all of the incredible folk that you hired on and campers that you served to combine for the most empowering events on earth…know that he will pass on all the gifts you brought out in him to help empower many others over his lifetime.”