There are free meditation classes coming up at the Cowichan Community Centre. (submitted)

Coming up in Cowichan: Conference coming to Ecovillage; free meditation sessions

Free meditation sessions at Cowichan Community Centre

A series of four free meditation classes/workshops will be offered on Mondays, Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Cowichan Community Centre, Nitinat Room, 2687 James St., Duncan

The simple and effective techniques of Sahaja Yoga Meditation allow us to master stress, improve our health, face ourself, and achieve balance in every aspect of life. Ancient knowledge and practices have been adapted to modern day needs for people of all ages and walks of life by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi.

For more information you can call 250-954-5040 or email

Visit the website or Sahaja Yoga Vancouver Island on Facebook.

Big conference headed to Our Ecovillage in Shawnigan

Our Ecovillage in Shawnigan Lake will be hosting folks from across North America from Sept. 13 to Sept. 15 at the Westcoast (+N. America) Communities Conference: ReSTORYing Our Cultural Commons

The Westcoast (+N. America) Communities Conference: ReSTORYing Our Cultural Commons is an opportunity to learn about the intentional communities of western North America, gain skills and understanding for living in and developing collective sustainable living, and find mutual support and camaraderie with others involved with these endeavours.

People are invited to explore intentional communities, ecovillages and co-housing as a model for impacting wider social change. Whether you are a networker, an organizer, or are new to intentional communities, this conference will have something for you.

It will be an opportunity for “intergenerational and international inquiry”, organizers say. A blend of workshops and interactive social activities will go deep into the topics that matter most to our communities while also making time for joyous connections, ceremony, music and celebration. The event is inspired by the Communities Conference that takes place at Twin Oaks in Virginia each year, and organized with sponsorship from the Fellowship for Intentional Communities and Federation of Egalitarian Communities.

There are sliding scale registrations and scholarships available to help those interested with the registration costs, which, for the full weekend, range up to $275 per person. Costs vary for individual events. For more information contact Sustainable Living, Sustainable Learning at 867-222-2528 or email

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