• 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.

    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day Gives Back to the Cowichan Valley – On Saturday, August 13th, Charles Hoey Park will host the 16th 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 Cowichan Green Community. Previous events have raised considerable amounts for MARS Wildlife Rescue Society, the Comox Valley Food Bank, LUSH Valley Food Society, Greenways Land Trust, the Goldstream Food Bank and Life Cycles Community Projects. 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 16th annual Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day will be held on Saturday, August 13th at Charles Hoey Park in Duncan from 11 am to 4 pm. The event is open to everyone and admission is free, though donations for the Food Bank and Cowichan Green Community are highly encouraged.

  • Share the Harvest: Cowichan Green Community Society

    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 is pleased to Share the Harvest with Cowichan Green Community Society!  Cowichan Green Community Society (CGC) is a non-profit organization that has been focusing on environmental sustainability in the Cowichan Region since 2004. CGC’s mandate is to improve food security by developing local capacity for food production, supporting equitable access, and strengthening the community’s health and resilience through food.

    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! 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 this important organizations that contributes so much in our community.

    You can support us and Cowichan Green Community Society by purchasing raffle tickets or by making a donation at Pagan Pride Day in Duncan on August 13th!

  • Info Booth Highlight: Vancouver Island Druids & Garry Oak Protogrove

    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride welcomes Vancouver Island Druids & Garry Oak Protogrove!

    The Vancouver Island Druids is a group of Druids and those interested in Druidry based around the Facebook group, Vancouver Island Druids. While the FB group is a closed group, anyone interested in Druidry is welcome to join.

    The Garry Oak Protogrove is an ADF protogrove serving Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, the Lower Mainland, and the Sunshine Coast. We provide ritual, both face-to-face and online, organized and offered by our ordained priest, the Rev. Diane Cacciato.

    Visit Vancouver Island Druids & Garry Oak Protogrove at Vancouver Island Pagan Pride on August 13th!


  • Vendor Highlight: Ethereal Earth

    Art Sample - Ethereal Earth

    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride welcomes back Ethereal Earth!  Art Sample - Ethereal Earth

    Using her imagination, drawing tablet, and digital painting software, Alison Spokes paints with pixels to create beautiful and enchanting fairy and fantasy illustrations. Alison was born and raised in Houston, British Columbia, and currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She is a self-taught artist who began working mainly in pencils, but found her niche painting faeries in digital media. She graduated university in 2008 with majors in both Anthropology and Psychology. Since completing her very first digital fairy painting in 2010, Alison has exhibited at over one hundred events all over Vancouver Island and Western Canada. She was a finalist in the 2013 International Fairy and Fantasy Art Awards, and has been a repeat contributor to the collaborative 78 Tarot Project that has published multiple Tarot decks.

    You can see Alison’s fantasy creations at Pagan Pride Day on August 13   Ethereal Earth

  • Feature Ritual: Vancouver Island Druids

    The Garry Oak Protogrove is a member of Ár nDraíocht Féin or ADF, a neo-pagan, polytheistic, nature-based religion. They serve ADF members and other pagans of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland in British Columbia, Canada. They do regular public ritual on the high holy days, and support for study in the Dedicant Path.

    Rev. Diane Cacciato is an ordained priest with Ár nDraíocht Féin, as well as a 1st circle liturgist and 2nd circle bard. She is also the Regional Druid for Canada West, the grove organizer for the local Garry Oak Protogrove, and the founder and moderator of Vancouver Island Druids. She holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia, a Masters of Education from the University of Alberta, and has done graduate work at the University of Hawaii and at Cherry Hill Seminary. She is an instructor with and on the Board of Directors for Cherry Hill Seminary, a fully Pagan school. She has published numerous articles on Paganism, mythology, Druidry, and ancient history. She has published five books and is currently working on a young adult novel based on the myth of Gráinne and Diarmuid. She will be teaching the course “The Ritual of Writing” at Cherry Hill Seminary in the fall.

    Rev. Diane will be leading the Main Ritual at Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day in Duncan, BC, on Saturday, August 13th. Come and join the celebration!

  • Schedule of Events on Pagan Pride Day August 17, 2019

    We’ve got another fabulous lineup of workshops and performers for this year’s event!

  • Workshop Presenters at Pagan Pride Day!

    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day introduces our fascinating workshop presenters! Visit the Inspiration Station in the Gaia Circle.

    Haiku Poetry Writing at 12:15 presented by Marie Maccagno. Discover the magic in using this ancient art. A Middle Pillar Exercise and Meeting Ascended Masters at 2:00, always a Pagan Pride favourite workshop! Presented by David Zunker, Mystic Mountain Lodge. Magical Essential Oil Blends with Dawne Skeye at 3:00. Aromatherapy is one of the easiest ways to incorporate plant essences into everyday magic! Essential oils are a practical inexpensive way to boost magic. We’ll learn how to use essential oils safely, how to apply in different ways and situations, creating a base starter blend to add to all the products you produce.

    Expand your awareness by attending these captivating workshops on Pagan Pride Day!

  • Info Booth Highlight: Garry Oak Protogrove

    Vancouver Island Druids Garry Oak Protogrove

    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride welcomes Garry Oak Protogrove!

    Vancouver Island Druids Garry Oak ProtogroveVancouver Island Druids is a group for people who currently identify as Druid or for people just interested in finding out what that Druidy-thing is all about! The Garry Oak Protogrove is a grove of ADF (Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship) members, although everyone is welcome to join in our rituals. We are committed to providing public rituals with trained clergy for the holy days as much as is possible.

    Visit Garry Oak Protogrove at Vancouver Island Pagan Pride on August 17th!

    Online at Garry Oak Protogrove

  • Vendor Highlight: Forest Spirit Creations

    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride welcomes Forest Spirit Creations!  

    Forest Spirit Creations is a family business founded on the concept of healing with the powerful plants, animals and stones around us. Whether you are treating an illness with one of our salves or tinctures, or grounding your spirit with one of our jewelry or décor pieces, you will find wellness, beauty and balance in our products.

    Visit Forest Spirit Creations at Pagan Pride Day on August 17th!

    online at Forest Spirit Creations

  • Vendor Highlight: Ethereal Earth

    Art Sample - Ethereal Earth

    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride welcomes back Ethereal Earth!  Art Sample - Ethereal Earth

    Ethereal Earth is the studio name of artist, Alison Spokes. Using an electronic drawing tablet, digital drawing application and her own imagination, Alison paints with pixels to create enchanting fairy & fantasy inspired illustrations and handmade gifts.

    Ethereal Earth also offers a selection of mass market Tarot and oracle cards as well as some locally made fairy costumes and accessories.

    You can see Alison’s fantasy creations at Pagan Pride Day on August 17  Ethereal Earth