It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Satori Brigitte Diop on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Born in Bremerhaven, Germany on April 4, 1951 to Brunhilde Von Harten and Herbert Precht, Satori spent her early years in Bremerhaven with her grandparents. At 23 she was overjoyed to welcome her first-born son Sebastian Woop. Together, they moved to Bremen where she studied at University of Bremen. Upon completing her studies, she went on to manage a home for young people living with disabilities. When the home closed, she joined an ashram in Hannover, and then moved to Oregon for a short time. Satori returned to Bremen where she married her beloved husband Lamine. They had two children, Tahir and Thiané, after which they made the decision to move to Winnipeg, where Satori remained.
While raising her two children she played an integral role in nurturing other people’s children at the daycare she ran out of her home. She was a believer in nurturing creativity at all levels and was the director of Kinderschule (a German preschool program), and a program advisor for educational resources. Satori was a dancer and teacher for many years and conducted dance and meditation classes.
For the last 10 years, Satori worked as a German language interpreter with the W.R.H.A., and with Manitoba Justice. She was active in her union (M.G.E.U.), serving as a steward and a member of the Human Rights Committee.
Satori was a proud and loving mother who enjoyed watching her children grow, trusting in their ability to find their own way. She truly believed in the accomplishments and remarkable qualities of her children and of her grandchildren.
She was grateful to share the last 38 years with her husband Lamine, in a relationship that was grounded in a deep, mutual respect. They enjoyed sharing many adventures across Canada and around the world.
Satori was proud of her ability to connect people and cultures to create community, new networks, and creative projects.
Throughout her life she was committed to her spiritual growth, following the teachings of Osho and The Way of the Heart.
In addition to Lamine, Sebastian (and his wife Kristina Röske-Woop, grandchildren John and Renée), Tahir, Thiané, she leaves many family members in Germany, Sénégal, and the USA. She will also be missed by her many friends from the communities she touched.
We would like to thank our friends and family for their unwavering support over the last few difficult months, as well as the exceptional staff at Riverview.
Cremation has taken place at Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services. A celebration of her life with friends and family will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Fort Gibralter, 866 St. Joseph Street, Winnipeg on Monday, June 25.
Flowers gratefully declined; in memory of Satori, we ask that you donate to, and invest in, the community that you shared with her