• Tough Decisions

    The volunteers in charge of organizing Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day have been watching the unfolding of the pandemic with interest and have held off on making a decision about this year’s Pagan Pride event until now.

    After much meditation, we have decided against holding Vancouver Island Pagan Pride in 2020. The health and safety of our community members is too important to risk.

    We considered holding a virtual event and decided against it for a number of reasons:

    • Pagan Pride Day has always been focused on making in-person connections, education and discovering local organizations, vendors and artisans.
    • Our vendors are some of our biggest supporters and revenue from a virtual event does not match revenue from an in person event.
    • We recognize that many people are experiencing screen fatigue, including us!
    • Several of our organizers have been busy creating and hosting virtual rituals, social conversations, and workshops to maintain continuity for their communities, and do not have the capacity to organize another multifaceted online event.

    It is our sincere hope that we will be able to meet in person again next year when we move Vancouver Island Pagan Pride to Duncan. Please stay tuned for announcements on date and location in the new year.

    We encourage you to join in any of the events and rituals happening in the meantime! The Aquarian Tabernacle Church of Canada and Circle of the Sacred Muse are still hosting regular Full Moon rituals, Sabbat Celebrations, and Coffee Cauldrons. You can join their Facebook group here to receive invites to the events, and check the Events tab of the Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Facebook Page regularly! Vancouver Island Druids and The Hedgewitch Collective also have groups or pages on Facebook, and have been hosting online events, so make sure you check them out, too!

    We are so disappointed to not be able to share our time and energy with you. In keeping with the Pagan Pride mission of social responsibility, we ask you to remember to Share the Harvest by donating to your local food bank and environmental organizations. We look forward to seeing you next year.

  • Raffle Prizes – this is just the start!

    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 and much more will be available on Saturday!

    • Catch A Star Studio – T-Shirt: “Not all witches come from Salem”
    • Walks Within – 2 CDS: Guided Meditation
    • GIFTS Fair Trade – 3 CDs: Music from around the world with a little shaker with which to keep time
    • Sandra Hill – A lovely Corset
    • Ethereal Earth Fantasy Art – Dragonfly Pendant
    • Batfish Studio – beautiful paid of Earrings
    • Bronwyn Lee Gaudin – Magic Prosperity Chalk: Draw your abundance sigils with Chalk infused with herbs, oils and magic
    • Adventures in Writing – Book: The Chocolate Pilgrim: A Journey to Self-discovery and Transformation on the Camino de Santiago
    • Forest Spirit Creations  – Tiny Bottle Curiosity Set: filled with Old Man’s Beard Moss, Small Maple Seeds, Animal Bone, and a Tiny Cedar Cone. Each bottle has a vintage style label and is sealed with wax
    • Catch A Star StudioTwo silver pentagram necklaces set with chakra stones

    Raffle tickets are $2 each, or 3 for $5. All proceeds go to cover the costs of Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day so we can donate more to our charities, The Goldstream Food Bank and LifeCycles Project Society.

     

     

     

  • 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!

  • Vendor Highlight: Bowls by Greybeard

    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride welcomes Bowls by Greybeard!

    Maker of beautiful wood turned and segmented bowls,  Greybeard brings his unique style to all he creates. Orders taken for specialty items.

    Visit Bowls by Greybeard at Vancouver Island Pagan Pride on August 17th!

     

  • Vendor Highlight: Moon Walker Magick

    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride welcomes Moon Walker Magick!

    Sea Salt & Spoons. We use sustainably harvested sea water from the south coast of Vancouver Island. As a family business, we make sure we harvest ethically and responsibly. We do all the distillation in Circle in our home. The spoons are gathered from the driftwood on the beach where the water is collected.

    Soul Salt (black salt) has ceremonial ashes mixed in to make for more potent magick. It is only made twice a year, at Beltane and Yule.

    Visit Moon Walker Magick at Vancouver Island Pagan Pride on August 17th!

     

     

  • 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!

  • Performer Highlight: Anne Schaefer

    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride welcomes Anne Schaefer!

    Anne is a musician, facilitator, mystic and seeker based in Victoria, BC on Canada’s beautiful West Coast.

    Born into a family of musicians in Saskatchewan, music has been Anne’s first and most natural language from the beginning. She has studied and explored many instruments, genres of music, combinations of players and is always astonished at the never ending gifts and beauty that music in all its’ forms, offers us. Anne’s experience of the world is that all things are energy, energy is vibration, vibration is frequency, frequency is sound and sound is Music. Everything is Music!!!

    Since Music is that which we are, we are always empowered, healed, connected and enlivened by it, whether as a listener, creator, facilitator or performer. Anne has had the honour of facilitating and performing on three continents and is grateful beyond words for the infinite blessings of Music in her life. She is also grateful beyond words for the deep privilege of living and working in beautiful Victoria, B.C. on territories of the Songhees and Lekwungen speaking first peoples.

  • Performer Highlight: Steve and Vivian Ruskin

    Steve and Vivian Ruskin

    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride welcomes Steve and Vivian Ruskin!

    Steve and Vivian RuskinSteve and Vivian Ruskin, in their over 35 years as a duo, have been influenced by many musicians and genres. They slide comfortably from ballads to blues, celtic to contemporary, rockabilly to reggae, folk to jazz, originals to kid friendly and a dash of Latin added to the song mix. They have a love for music that reflects the mystical and magick in our world. Their music is entertaining for all age groups and their set lists are adjusted for their audience and the occasion. Though Steve is an acoustic piano player at heart, the more portable keyboards have opened up a world of multi-instrumental opportunity, allowing the most effective sounds for each song. Vivian adds guitar to the mix and her strong and versatile lead vocals are complimented by Steve’s tasteful vocal harmonies. He also plays a mean harmonica~! They live in the Comox Valley and enjoy performing there as well as other venues – big and small – on Vancouver Island.

    See and hear Steve and Vivian Ruskin perform at Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day August 17th!

  • Performer Highlight: High Quadra Ramblers

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    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride welcomes Hight Quadra Ramblers!

    high quadra ramblersThe High Quadra Ramblers are a duo creating their own interpretation of traditional music – fusing appalachian oldtime with classical, celtic, bluegrass and original compositions.

    The High Quadra Ramblers are Mack Shields on fiddle and vocals and Kaitlin Chamberlin on banjo, vocals and stepdancing: a powerhouse duo keeping the magic of traditional music alive. They are doing ambitious things with appalachian oldtime, translating traditional celtic into clawhammer banjo rhythms and taking inspiration from cajun, métis and classical to create original music. Their compositions range from high energy instrumentals to beautiful lyrical folk songs. Hailing from the East and the West, the influence of both coasts can be heard in the driving rhythm and intricate melodies of their music.

    Periodically, you will see them accompanied by their bass player, Keith Rodger.

    Since appearing on the West Coast music scene a year ago, they have been very active – they’ve completed 3 tours, played in Canada and the US, released their debut album and 2 EPs with another album on the way, and have had their music commissioned for a film soundtrack (www.risenshinethemovie.com). The short film has since won 7 awards including Best Sound Design at the Independent Shorts Awards in LA.

    See and hear High Quadra Ramblers perform at Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day August 17th!

    Visit High Quadra Ramblers online

  • Performer Highlight: Hekate’s Torch

    Hekate's Torch

    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride welcomes Hekate’s Torch!

    Hekate's TorchCanadian Pagan Rock band formed by Femi Heqet aka Mohana – vocals, melody and synth, Robert Johnson – guitar and lyrics and Ebony Heqet Johnson, mascot. May Her Torch Be With You!

    Robert Johnson and Femi Heqet are Hekate’s Torch, Robert is a poet and a songwriter who plays guitar and saxophone. He enjoys mixing and recording original music.

    Femi Heqet, aka Mohana is a Brazilian singer/songwriter who started singing and acting at the age of 5. Wrote her first poems at the age of 16. Soprano for the Amazon Choir conducted by Dirson Costa from 1998 to 2001. Started singing professionally and composing her first songs in English in 1999 in Alternative Rock style. Awarded for the play “Reflexiones de la Naturaleza” in Tena – Ecuador, 1st prize at the Drama and Music Festival/2010, as writer and producer. Awarded for the Best play soundtrack in the 5th Amazon Drama Festival together with Mikelane de Almeida and Douglas Rodrigues. Many shows performed live in Brazil, Venezuela and Ecuador.

    See and hear Hekate’s Torch perform at Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day August 17th!

    Visit Hekate’s Torch online