• Vendor Highlight: Soaring Scavengers

    Soaring Scavengers

    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride welcomes Soaring Scavengers!

    Soaring ScavengersNestled between old growth trees and the Pacific Ocean, Soaring Scavengers officially began in 2015.  Inspired by life and death on Vancouver Island Soaring Scavengers creates high quality, handcrafted leather goods that are rugged enough for everyday use and outdoor adventures.  Though most items are crafted using new, high quality leather, makers Nat and Riley will use natural and recycled materials they have scavenged along the way for specific designs and accents.

    Where did the name Soaring Scavengers come from?  Inspired by the resident turkey vultures living on Vancouver Island, Nat and Riley resonated with these incredible birds and appreciated their ability to scavenge what they need to survive and their community focused approach to life.

    Often misjudged, the turkey vulture is actually a very necessary bird found all around the world. Seen often soaring together in kettles these birds are considered a bird of prey, though they rarely kill for a meal, rather spending their days cleaning up the dead, thus removing harmful bacteria and disease from their environment.  As community birds you’ll often see more than one, flying, eating and sleeping together.

    Visit Soaring Scavengers at Vancouver Island Pagan Pride on August 17th!

    Online at Soaring Scavengers

  • Vendor Highlight: Kettle and Hive

    Kettle and Hive

    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride welcomes Kettle and Hive!

    Kettle and HiveKettle and Hive Citron Tea concentrate is a unique mixture of fresh lemons and honey.  No hidden ingredients, just deliciousness in every cup!  Just add a spoonful to a mug of hot water – it’s a convenient and modern take on a traditional recipe!

    Trish Francis has been working in food production for over 20 years. A trained baker and an self proclaimed foodie, she has a passion for creating innovative recipes and flavour combinations. Her interest in herbs and wild foods from a young age has provided inspiration for her many creations.

    After watching a friend struggle to make a cup of fresh lemon and honey tea on her break from work the idea for Kettle and Hive was born.   She found that Lemon and honey concoctions are used in many cultures worldwide, each one having its own recipe and method passed down through the generations. This is  a modern version of those traditional recipes.

    Citron Tea concentrate is a unique mixture of fresh lemons and honey; its distinctive texture creates a soothing beverage when added to water it nourishes more than just your body. Simple, Natural, Good.

    Visit Kettle and Hive at Vancouver Island Pagan Pride on August 17th!

    Online at Kettle and Hive

  • Vendor Highlight: Shill Shack

    Shill Shack

    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride welcomes Shill Shack!

    Shill ShackShill Shack carries so much cool sh!t: corsets and accessories, Jewelry and clothing, geek merch and cool supplies, custom leather and costume work. Remember, don’t let age make you beige!

    Visit Shill Shack at Vancouver Island Pagan Pride on August 17th!

    Online at Shill Shack

  • New this year! Pagan Families at the HedgeWitch Shire booth

    For all of us pagan parents – there will be plenty to do at the Shire! Bring your family — bring yourself!

    PLEASE NOTE: this is NOT a drop zone. Any children left unattended will be fed to the dragons and/or a general page will be made that a child has been found and should be returned to a parent asap. Thank you! 

  • Schedule of Events for Pagan Pride Day

    We’ve got an exciting lineup of workshops and performers for this year’s event!

  • Vendor Highlight: Emma Heitzmann Art Studio

    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride welcomes Emma Heitzmann Art Studio!

    My name is Emma Heitzmann, I’m a potter and a sculptor and I currently live in Campbell River BC. I was born in Calgary, Alberta and moved out to Vancouver Island in late 2011.

    Working in the ceramic medium is highly elemental, raw earth and water to make it malleable, fire and air to change the material to something that will last until someday it erodes back into its component parts.

    I find a great deal of inspiration and interest in the natural world around me and have been learning a great deal about the flora and fungi of the area I live in since I moved from Calgary. Bringing some of the passion I have for the natural world into the work I create has become a main area of focus for a number of years now. I feel that there are nearly endless possibilities that flow from our forests and oceans into my work.

    I make work that both mimics and represents several species of mushroom, that dances with bees, and that offers daily practice of prayer and noticing.

    You can purchase her pottery on Pagan Pride Day at the Sooke Region Museum and you can see more of her work at  https://www.instagram.com/emmaheitzmannartstudio/

  • Vendor Highlight: Lane Moon and Jeanie Wilson

    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride welcomes Lane Moon and Jeanie Wilson!

    Lane Moon features hand crafted wooden wands with symbols and crystals, wooden ritual boards with protection symbols burnt into them while enchanted and crafted within the circle.

    Jeanie Wilson features handmade wire wrapped crystal pendants and handmade beach glass and driftwood pendants and paintings.

    Visit Lane Moon and Jeanie Wilson at Pagan Pride Day in Sooke on August 11th!

  • Share the Harvest! The Sooke Food Bank and Wild Wise Sooke will also receive our donations this year

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    The theme of Pagan Pride all around the world is to Share the Harvest. Many of us have been blessed with abundance in various areas of our lives. Part of the mission of Pagan Pride Day is to give back to our communities.

    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride has selected the Sooke Food Bank and Wild Wise Sooke as the beneficiaries of this year’s event.

    The Sooke Food Bank Society is a non-profit organization that provides one hamper per month to those in need. The Sooke Food Bank gathers food and cash donations to support food distribution and collection programs. Food hampers help provide recipients with essential food items to augment existing food supplies at home when times get tough.

    Wild Wise Sooke’s mission is to reduce human-wildlife conflicts in communities through education, i nnovation and cooperation. They work towards keeping our community safe, and at the same time keep wildlife from coming to harm. They provide information to educate communities on managing attractants so as to live responsibly with all wildlife. Wild Wise Sooke believes that if we can drastically reduce the human and wildlife conflicts then we can reduce the number of bears that have to be destroyed each year.

    We need your help, too! When you come out to Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day to learn, to celebrate and to have fun, remember to bring your donations of food, household goods, and cash donations! Help us SHARE THE HARVEST! Our committee has been working hard to raise funds to host Pagan Pride Day and to be able to give back to these important organizations that contribute so much in our community.

  • Raffle Prizes Galore!

    Our community is very generous – we’ve seen it again and again. We have some incredibly generous prizes for this year’s raffle.

    Fundraiser-RaffleCheck out all of the amazing prizes!

    Deep Peace – Gift Certificate
    Studio Esoterica – Handcrafted cedar wand, pocket sized stone altar God and Goddess set, and a hand rolled cedar smudge wand
    Bat-Fish Studio – Tube*Bella pendant 100% up-cycled product made from the inner tube of bicycle tires & found objects
    Turner Art Pottery Studio – pair of stoneware cups
    Soul Gem Creations – Faerie Bottle, Dragons Vein Agate pendant, and swirl ring
    Walks Within – set of guided meditation CDs
    The Bandwagon Food Truck – 2 meals plus dessert
    West Coast Witch Wear – 4 hours of private sewing or quilting lessons
    Mystic Lotus – incense packs
    Ellen Rainwalker – Bead necklace with Goddess pendant
    Little Love Letter Arts – shining star necklace pendant
    Grey Owl Tattoo & Fine Art – One Hour of Tattooing
    Alicia Johnson Coaching – Chair Massage and Tarot Reading package 1.5 hour service
    Lovewinx by Shannon – Frisky Legs Trio
    Mystic Earth Creations – Himalayan Salt Lamp
    Changes by Jenna – Orgonite Cell Phone Charm
    The Romance Shop – Gift Certificate
    SuzannArt – Crystal anklet: Labradorite, Amethyst, Garnet and Smoky quartz with silver plated chain and leaf charm
    Lady Glitz – Swarovski earrings
    Intuitive Suzy – handcrafted scarves + online tarot reading
    Health Light Love – Set of three Inspirational Photo Notecards and a pen
    Balance BodyWorx – Reflexology Gift Certificate
    Epicure with Kyli – Epicure Cheesecake Bundle

    Raffle tickets are $2 each, or 3 for $5. You do not need to be present to win! All proceeds go to cover the costs of Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day so we can donate more to our charities, The Comox Valley Food Bank and Greenways Land Trust.

  • Today is the Day! Hip, Hip, Hooray!

    This is it! It’s so exciting! We’ve been working for months, and the day is finally here.

    vippd poster 2016Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day Gives Back to the Comox Valley – On Saturday, August 12th, Lewis Park will host the 13th Annual Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day.

    Vendors, artisans, and spiritual groups from all over Vancouver Island will come together to celebrate diversity in spirituality. Pagan Pride Day is an international project that promotes tolerance and understanding between people with different belief systems through education, activism, charity and community.

    The time of year is carefully chosen to celebrate the harvest and share the fruits of our efforts with our community. Each year the Pagan Pride committee chooses charitable organizations that have a positive effect in the community and dedicates its hard work and energy towards raising donations for those organizations.  This year Pagan Pride is excited to be collecting donations and non-perishable food items for Greenways Land Trust and the Comox Valley Food Bank. Last year’s event saw $300 raised for both MARS Wildlife Rescue Society and the Comox Valley Food Bank. Vancouver Island Pride Day aims to show the public what Paganism is about through a daylong collection of workshops, rituals and demonstrations.

    It’s also a time for the Pagan community to come together and celebrate our diversity with live entertainment and vendor tables with goods and services from pagan or pagan friendly businesses and organizations. “It’s going to be challenging to top last year’s event, but we have a great team.”

    “We’re all looking forward to connecting with and contributing to the community,” says Mary Malinski, High Priestess of the Circle of the Sacred Muse and Maiden of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church of Canada.

    The 13th annual Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day will be held on Saturday, August 12th at Lewis Park from 10 am to 4 pm. The event is open to everyone and admission is free, though donations for the Food Bank and Greenways Land Trust are highly encouraged.