With the uncertainty of restrictions on gatherings for this year and with the safety of everyone in mind, it is with great disappointment we share the news that Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day will be postponed for another year.
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 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.
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 Studio – Two 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.
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!
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!
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.
Vancouver Island Pagan Pride welcomes Steve and Vivian Ruskin!
Steve 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!
Vancouver Island Pagan Pride welcomes Hight Quadra Ramblers!
The 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!