Free Range Chicken Torture Chamber

“Big chest. Big chest. Big che-est!”
I’m lying supine on a modified gym machine, arms splayed out to either side, legs held in a bent position by a sling and pillows.  No, I’m not involved in some kinky, sexual adventure.  Nor am I trying to simulate the experience of giving birth.  I’m trying to relax my […]

Slocan Valley Rail Trail

Trail name: Slocan Valley Rail Trail
Location: Slocan Junction to Slocan City
Driving directions: From Nelson drive West on Hyw 3A to the Slocan Junction. Turn right on Hyw 6 and drive approx. 5 km to Pass Creek Road. Turn left on Pass Creek Rd and the first point of entry for the trail is within 100 […]

The Soft Way

While I was preparing to facilitate a Radiant Mind weekend here in Nelson, a man called me up one day and asked, “What is Radiant Mind? What is this thing called unconditioned awareness?”
I never know what I’m going to say in response to that question. In that moment, I replied, “A lot of the Radiant […]

“Awakening to Community”

A Nelson Waldorf School benefit concert by acclaimed pianist Dharel Verville
On Sunday, March 7, Dharel Verville will perform at the Nelson United Church at 2:30 pm with proceeds going to the Nelson Waldorf School’s expanding Early Childhood Education (ECE) program.
“Awakening to Community” is the theme for this concert, wherein Dharel will present a glimpse into […]

How Do We Discipline?

I find myself revisiting the dilemma of discipline once again after a presentation offered this August at the Nelson Waldorf School. Visiting presenter Kim Payne offered his well developed, researched and hysterically funny ideas on the evolution of discipline in our western culture. The audience had the painful delight of listening to their very own […]


At one of my writing workshops over the weekend, we were writing in response to a picture. In my picture a beautiful dark-eyed woman was celebrating at some kind of party- blowing a streamer, with colored lights glittering behind her. I could hear the loud music, and the voices; I could feel the presence of […]

It Takes A Community

It Takes a Community to Raise a Relationship
 ”For thousands of years we have gathered in circle – around fires, around bodies, around altars – because we can’t do this alone.”  – Wayne Muller

Thirty-four of us are packed into infinite darkness and penetrating heat. Water is generously poured over red-hot rocks and […]

Habondia Potluck Sat. Feb 20th

Circle of Habondia Lending Society is once again hosting their monthly potluck on Saturday, February 20th, 12 –2 pm at the Women’s Centre, 420 Mill St in Nelson. Come join a circle of women working together to lead financially empowered lives for themselves and their families. Share your voice, knowledge or questions. Bring  a food […]