Category: Kalein Center

  • Kalein Centre
    Writing Through the Grief
    with Rayya Liebich 
    Beginning Thursdays in February
    Classes run 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    $80 for the 4-week series
    Pre-Registration is required –
    Please call: 250-352-3331  or –
    “The only way to the other side is through”  – Helen Keller

    Writing is a powerful tool to transform grief and loss. Gather in a safe space and explore your stories using guided writing prompts, journaling, inspirational poetry and take home tools. Carve out time to remember those you have loved even years after your loss, or take time out of your busy day to pause and tap into your grief and remember your departed. Bring your courage and pen.  All skill levels welcome.
    Rayya Liebich discovered the transformative potential of writing as a vehicle for healing following the death of her mother in 2014. Her poetry manuscript Tell Me Everything which reveals her journey in this grief, has been published by The Ontario Poetry Society (October 2015). Rayya is a graduate of McGill University (B.A English Literature), and teaches Liminal Life Writing at Oxygen Art Centre. 

     Location: Kalein Centre, 402 West Richards St. Nelson BC
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    On behalf of the Kalein Centre, we would like to extend our deepest thanks to you for your engagement and support over the past year. We are so grateful!
    Contributions, whether it be in the form of money or time, talent or treasure, allow the Kalein Centre to continue to provide meaningful compassionate care services to individuals, caregivers and their families.  By contributing to the Centre, you are directly impacting the lives of people in our community and across the province, by allowing us to further our Death Cafes, Dialogue & Education programs, and access to compassionate care support for individuals and their families.  We applaud your leadership in demonstrating the importance of our work.
    Kalein’s programs, services, resources and grounds, reflect our commitment to nourishing mind, body and spirit, through beauty, vibrant community, the exploration of what it means to live fully and die consciously, and to be in service to others.
    If you have a desire to learn more about our programs, or how you can become involved in helping to develop and grow the Centre, please call us at 250-352-3331.  We encourage you to feel free to stop by anytime, to make a personal connection, or simply to enjoy the gardens and grounds in quiet contemplation.
    We look forward to seeing you next year with more exciting things to come!
    The Board of Directors & Team at
    The Kalein Centre
    402 W Richards St
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     Join us for our Annual
    Festival of Lights
    December 10, 2019
    5:30 – 7:00pm
    Remembrance Service ~ Refreshments ~ Entertainment
    The Kalein Centre is pleased to invite you to our 4th Annual ‘Festival of Lights’, where we ask you to join us in lighting a candle in memory of someone who has passed away and to offer support and comfort to those who are grieving this holiday season.
    Take a moment to walk through our grounds, reflecting on and remembering your loved ones, while you commemorate their life. We will feature a display of lights and serve hot chocolate as you are able to place your lanterns along the beautiful forested pathways.  The “Tree of Light’ will also be set up in our Evergreen Room, where you can fill out a card in remembrance of your loved one and hang it on the tree.
    We are pleased to share that this year’s ‘Festival of Lights’ will feature special performances by Allison Girvan’s talented Vocal Ensemble, Corazón, along with the lovely sounds of internationally-renowned harpist, Julia Cunningham – Grant Recipient of the Canada Council of the Arts.
    You can find more information on them here and here
    For many in our region, this event has become a significant touchstone of their holiday season.  A donation made to the Kalein Centre’s ‘Festival of Lights’ is a generous way of showing support for those community members who have recently lost a loved one.  Your contribution will provide comfort for those who are commemorating the loss of their loved ones or currently experiencing loss and grief.
    Feel free to contact the Kalein Centre today to learn more about commemorating a loved one, or how you can sponsor a family experiencing a recent loss.  Aside from this, any donation made to the Kalein Centre of $25 or more, qualifies for a tax receipt.
    This is a family-friendly event, with an admission cost of $10, at the door.
    To confirm your attendance for this meaningful community event, we ask you to RSVP by calling our office today at 250.352.3331
    This holiday season, we encourage you to take this opportunity to give the gift of compassion, and remember, that together, we can make a significant difference in building a more compassionate community.
    With deep gratitude to our ‘Festival of Lights’ supporters, without whom, this community event would not be possible:
    Thompson Funeral Services, Save-On Foods, Kootenay Woodstoves, Columbia Basin Trust, Home Hardware Building Centre, RHC Insurance, Columbia Power, Georama Growers, and Maglio’s Building Centre. 
    Kalein Centre
    402 West Richards St., Nelson
    **Additional Parking available in the
    Church of Latter-Day Saints Parking Lot**
    Call us at 250-352-3331
    5:30 – 7:00 pm
    Tree of Lights Celebration & Refreshments
    5:45 – 6:45 pm
    There will be a welcome address and ancestral acknowledgement to open the event.  We then invite you to place your lantern throughout the grounds, write your loved ones’ name on a card and place it on the ‘Tree of Light’  displayed at the event, enjoy hot chocolate around the fire and the ongoing performances from Allison Girvan & the Corazón Vocal Ensemble, along with world-renowned harpist, Julia Cunningham.  It is sure to be a special evening for all!

    Please visit our website for more information about the Kalein Centre and our programs.
    You can make a tax deductible donation to support the Centre online or by mail.
    Kalein Centre
    PO Box 266
    Nelson BC
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    Festival Of Lights Event – Tuesday Dec 10, 2019


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    This is a friendly reminder that the Kalein Centre is hosting its’ last Death Cafe of the Decade!!
    We invite you to join us next Wednesday, November 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., here at the Kalein Centre.
    Since 2013, Kalein has been hosting death cafés as part of an international movement of over 5000
    registered cafés in 51 countries.  As the founder saw it, “Western society has long outsourced
    discussions about death to doctors, nurses, priests and undertakers.  The result is that we have lost
    control of one of the most significant events we ever have to face.”
    Death cafés provide a safe and respectful space to discuss and explore the many dimensions of death,
    what death is for each of us, and the impact death has on our living.  This inquiry is led with sensitivity
    and an invitation to be present for the full range of emotions, beliefs, thoughts, questions and experiences
    surrounding life and death.  In the spirit that we are all both students and teachers to one another, death
    cafés often focus on questions, rather than answers.  Music, poetry, writing, and other creative modalities
    inform the experience of the death café to support participants in a shared journey.
    In the words of Frank Ostaseski, author and pioneer in end-of-life care,
    “We hope to discover what death can teach each of us about living fully.”
    Kalein’s Death Café Series fills quickly, and each session is limited to 25 participants.
    Please see the attached poster for complete details – admission cost of $10 at the door.
    We encourage registration for this event, so please call our office at 250-352-3331.
    With gratitude as your death café facilitators,
    Lindsay Ann Wheatley – Lindsay is a Counsellor, End-of-Life care advocate, musician, keeper of
    traditional songs and drum teachings. She is deeply inspired by ritual, ceremony and the individually
    transformative journey of grief and loss.
    Rayya Liebich – Rayya is a writer and teacher. She finds joy in community engagement through
    teaching and believes that writing is a powerful tool to transform grief and loss.
    Rosalyn Cormier – Rosalyn is a funeral celebrant, counsellor and educator who has been studying
    multi-cultural approaches to being with death and loss.  “In accepting more fully death and dying as
    a natural part of the life cycle, we free ourselves to live more fully in the day to day moments of living
    with passion and awareness.”
     Your Friends at the Kalein Centre
    Kalein Centre
    402 West Richards St
    Nelson, BC
    V1L 3K3
  • Kalein Centre – CANCELLED – 2019 Speaker’s Series

    CANCELLED – 2019 Speaker’s Series

    Please accept our sincere apologies, as it is with deep regret that we announce having to cancel this much-anticipated event. Jeremie’s agent has just informed us of the following:
    “Due to an unexpected sickness, Jeremie is unable to travel to Nelson for the event this weekend. We apologize that it will have to be postponed to a later date. Jeremie sends his deepest regrets to everyone that was planning on attending and he looks forward to seeing the Nelson community soon!”  
    Regarding ticket reimbursement — the Civic Theatre will be refunding all tickets. They are in the process of sending out emails to all ticket holders, informing you of next steps in the process. You do not need to contact the theatre directly, as they have all the pertinent information required.
    Again, please accept our most sincere apologies for any inconvenience this has caused.
    Our hope is to re-schedule this event as soon as possible!
     Your Friends at the Kalein Centre
    Kalein Centre
    402 West Richards St
    Nelson, BC