• come to the forest, come and celebrate the magic of the ocean...

    Welcome to ROOT Victoria. Sept 23.24.25

  • About ROOT

    A three day event, Sep 23.24.25, 2016 is created to allow you to cultivate a deeper connection to self, nature, and community.

    Our location: the beautiful Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC. Click here for a map.


    Friday Launch 6-9

    Saturday & Sunday 10-5

    ROOT is also a fundraiser for the Ancient forest Alliance & Surfrider, who work tirelessly to protect our sacred old growth forests & precious oceans, waves & beaches.


    evening launch $20-$30 . sliding scale

    $20 for Saturday or Sunday


    expand and explore your inner self by gaining insight with the help of readers, healers and crystals, the fascinating metaphysical and intuitive world. this warm and inviting atmosphere creates the perfect setting to support those on their journey into a deeper understanding of self.


    be inspired and educated around the sacredness of nature and its deep running roots that connect us to mother earth.  she is part of us, and with a greater understanding of our interconnectedness, we can learn to observe and discover the wisdom she has to offer. some of the experiential activities will be earthing, urban foraging, guided forest walk and a walking meditation.


    we do not stand alone, we co-exist together on this beautiful planet and by practicing mindfulness and compassion we uplift ourselves and others. giving is a fundamental practice that can be so simple in nature, but create major shifts in our life and the lives of others creating a stronger connection to one another and to our community. a space will be provided for those groups doing epic work selflessly in service to encourage and spread their awesomeness.

  • launch into ROOT !

    friday sep 23.2016


    food . music . mix & meet . support amazingness


    what unfolded at ROOT in the spring was the sense of connections being made, the feeling of community, like-hearted people gathering together. in a very relaxed and comfortable way underneath the trees.


    what better way to begin the weekend together again in the autumn, but to start with the invitation for reconnection & new connections


    so come and have a beautiful indian meal prepared so thoughtfully by mitali tayal(formerly of Sutra)

    sit back and listen to the earthy island music of adam bay and fundraise for an epic cause, surfrider.....

    'protect what we love'


    SURFRIDER . a dedicated and powerful organization

    protecting our sacred oceans, waves and beaches.

    Surfers, paddlers, students, teachers, professionals, young and old together working to keep vancouver island the special place it is.


    funds raised this evening goes to aid their deeply passionate work


    Earthy, edgy, and upbeat, Adam's music reflects deep West Coast roots and a life-long passion for global sounds. Raised on Vancouver Island, this one­-man-band is captivating audiences all across the island and super happy to have him part of launching ROOT!!


    Adam has also partnered with 'The Jellyfish Project Society', a non-profit organization that uses music, live performance, and learning resources to generate awareness and provide education on ocean sustainability, climate change and environmental stewardship.

    Indian cuisine by Mitali Tayal

    A simple an incredibly flavourful vegetarian indian meal and Mitali always does an amazing job!

    Help us stay zero waste and bring your own plates, bowls and cutlery. We have a few on standby, but the stash is limited. It's all about what is best for the planet!

    **Entire menu is gluten and dairy free**

  • the times of walks.talks.experiences

    saturday . sept 24 . 2016

    sunday . sep 25 . 2016

  • inspiring talks

    sharing wisdom gives us new insight, into ourselves and the world around us.

    Annie Gibson

    Protecting our Treasured Ocean, Surfrider

    Saturday 10:15 to 10:45

    Having spent most of her childhood on the beaches of the Maritimes, Annie has a deep love and respect for the ocean and all the beings living in it.

    Annie joined Surfrider when she realized that she wasn't the only one cleaning beaches to protect what she loved, and that there is strength in numbers.

    She is honoured and grateful to share the knowledge and experience of coastal defenders who transform their passion for our coasts into lasting protection.

    Maureen Fontaine

    Ontological Coach and Spiritual Intuitive, Intrinsic Principles

    Saturday 11:00 to 12:00

    THE SACRED RIVER WITHIN - An intimate look at the merging of body, mind and spirit

    A single drop of blood holds memory, struggle and potential. It can unveil the underlying cause of symptoms and reveal the foundational nuances that are contributors. Whether it is a plumbing problem, an energy and fuel issue, or a situation of a ‘home’ invasion, the solutions become clear and simple. Within the blood profile also lies the intrinsic spiritual expression of your 'soul-speak'. What are the messages that run in your Sacred River?

    Artistic Mystic~Author, Artist, Systemic Constellation Facilitator

    Saturday 12:15 to 1:15


    Pineal Gland Activation and Heart Attunement

    No one really knows what tells a seed: “Open, Expand and Grow!” Maybe it is the innate wisdom, a whisper from Life, a nudge from Earth or All of it. We ourselves have a Seed, the Pineal Gland, planted deep within our brain.

    The Dolphin Sun Activation is the whisper & nudge that will activate your pineal gland and attune its connection to your heart.
    Embodying this inner technology can open your channel to Divine wisdom, Cosmic intelligence and Soul purpose. Would you like to be part of a guided journey through Sacred Geometry to meet the Dolphin Sun Beings?

    Spiritual Medium

    Saturday 2:45 to 3:45


    Be gently lead through some letting go, then guided to discover some inner treasures. You may look forward to having an exchange with animal medicine in spirit and receive yet again some valuable messages and loving support from the Divine!

    There will be chairs under the tent but if you wish, bring a blanket to sit or lay on. As we are working with energy, bringing your own drinking water as well, is a good idea.

    Heather Ferris, M.Ed Psychotherapist

    Sunday 11:30 to 12:30


    Nature serves us selflessly, she is present at all times and she helps us feel connected to everything. How do we serve her? This two-way relationship will be explored in this session.

    Heather Ferris is a mindfulness coach and meditation teacher, counsellor and activist working and living between the Cowichan valley and Southern Africa. She continues to learn from all beings, particularly water and trees.

    Frazer Smith

    Tsartlip Elder

    Sunday 2:00 to 3:00


    So many traditions, stories, ways of the land are passed down from generation to generation to those few who listen. Frazer Smith was a quiet listener of his elders and hence so much knowledge and wisdom was bestowed, about the communication that spirit and the land has to share. He lives and breathes the nature around him and observation of the subleties in its stillness, make him commune with the land in beautiful way.

    Sit awhile and be taken on a journey as many stories will be shared, that help connect us through time to the rich and deep treasures that are all around us.

    Lee Hendrichs

    Proactive Healthstyle

    Sunday 3:15 to 4:15


    True holistic living involves not only the body, mind & spirit but also our relationship with nature.

    Join Lee Hindrichs RN for this informative class where you will leave with a deeper understanding about how essential oils are connected to all aspects of our health, including spirit and receive many interesting facts about these powerful ancient remedies.

  • experiences in the forest

    Come and feel, sense, move and listen in the woods, with amazing guides!

    Feel the Sacred Forest

    Eloise Gladders, Affirmative Healing

    Saturday 11:00 to 12:00

    Be guided through an experience of the healing energy of the forest. Forest energy is pure Creator energy. While people are a mixture, the forest’s energy is pure goodness. Surrender to experiential connection and a loving and healing experience including the power under your feet which produces centuries old giants and the energy from above which is its source. Each person’s experience will be unique to them and there will be some moments for sharing at the end.

    Catherine Kuipers

    Wildfox Osteopathy & Wild Self Rebellion

    Saturday 12:15 to 1:15


    Return to your natural habitat


    The Wild Self is a true aspect of our being, one which has been shunned, ignored, blamed and repressed for too long.

    Come and hear real life stories of how recovering connection to your own wild nature can nurture and inspire your whole life. Learn what you can do to help your wild self thrive and how to inhabit your body and your world.

    Sound Healing Journey for the Chakra System

    Tanya Devine, Devine Didjeridu 

    Saturday 1:30 to 2:30

    Using Australian Didjeridus, Singing Bowls, a Medicine Drum, A Steel Tongue Drum, Chimes and more. Allow yourself to be guided into the deep of space, of ocean, of fire and earth. Journey with the Stars, the jellyfish, the Eagles, the lava and the roots that connect us all.

    Tanya has been walking her medicine path in complete surrender to the healing vibrations and guidance of the Ancient Spirit of the Didjeridu.

    Your system will feel physically and spiritually, realigned, clear and in tune.

    Walk in the forest with a Medicine Woman

    Della Rice-Sylvester, Cowichan Elder

    Saturday 2:45 to 3:45

    Della Rice-Sylvester is a healer, cultural keeper, singer, ethnobotonist, & workshop trainer of the Cowichan peoples.

    Della has learned from her grandmothers and has been studying and educating plants as medicine her whole life. Endowed with this spiritual and cultural guidance, come an join her for a walk in the woods as she shares herbal wisdom and treasured stories and traditions from the past.

    The Natural State

    A Yoga + Plant Medicine Meditation

    Brian James Kroeker 

    Saturday 4:00 to 5:00

    "Deep understanding and awakening come​s​ by birth or ​by the use of herbs, mantra, austerities ore​meditation."​ — Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, 4.1
    Join Brian James Kroeker for a unique opportunity to experience meditation as a deeply nourishing and naturally arising state when supported by a breath-centered mindful movement practice, mantra​ and​ ​locally harvested herb ​Skullcap​ (scutellaria laterifolia), which has been traditionally used to alleviate nervous tension and exhaustion and promote emotional wellbeing and relaxation.

    Learn how you can easily cultivate a natural state of peace and harmony using these age-old ​methods​ combined in a simple but powerful yoga practice. Please bring a mat/blanket/cushion for comfort

    Sacred Sound in Nature

    Astaria Light, Light of Sound &

    Kris Elaschuk of Divine Alchemy

    Saturday 4:00 to 5:00

    Sound medicine assists us in retuning and bringing all aspects of our being into harmony, it allows healing to occur on a deep cellular level, and triggers memory of highest truth and wholeness. Mother Nature is the greatest conduit for balancing vibration and cultivating grounded energy.
    Sit or lay down and allow yourself to completely relax into the sonic soundscape woven by these two incredibly gifted sound healing practitioners.

    Cultivating Your Roots and Branches.

    An Earth and Sky-based Qi Gong Experience

    Aaron Banfield, Beyond Acupuncture

    Sunday 10:15 to 11:15

    The old ways teach that in addition to our physical bodies we have an energetic body that extends out and connects with the forces around us. In this workshop we will use movement, breath, and shamanic visualization to expand and enhance our energetic connection to the soil and the sky- channeling their abundant energy and pure vibrations to cleanse, nourish and balance our own being.

    Celtic Tree Magic Through Time

    Sheila Wray, Hedgewych Wilds

    Sunday 10:15 to 11:15

    Journey to the Heart of Celtic Tree Magic, exploring the spirit earth rhythms vibrating through the forests of time, from ancient Druidic practices to the here and now.

    In meditation; embrace the healing forces of the forest, channeling it for our health - body mind and spirit. How can we harness the forest's vibrational forces to heal the planet? An active participatory workshop in the woods. Let the Earth speak, be there to receive.

    Island Roots Meditation

    Taryn Pickard, Pacific Northwest Malas

    Sunday 11:30 to 12:30

    Let Taryn's guided visualizations connect you more deeply to the forest, the ocean and this magical rock we call our home.

    Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather, including appropriate shoes for a short walk through the forest.

    The Consciousness of Trees

    Joanne Marks, Fireweed Botanicals

    Sunday 12:45 to 1:45

    Trees are kin; extended family all over the planet. Would it surprise you to know trees and humans are aspects of each others awakening?

    In the forest Joanne will share her experiences with and understanding of the consciousness of trees and how profoundly significant befriending and learning to dialogue with trees is. She will also take some time to meet the great Black Cottonwood trees on the property; there medicine and message.

    Sacred Journeying Circle

    The Heart of the Healing Drum..

    carol weaver, healing drummer, sound-carrier, visual artist

    Sunday 12:45 to 1:45

    Inside of us all resides our own inner knowing... riding the sound-wave of the sacred drum is a very ancient practice that has been used in many cultures around the world to access your own guidance and teachings.

    "Coming together in circle, we will open and create safe, sacred space with drum, song and chant, i am honoured to sound the healing drum on your behalf, to awaken your wisdom-teacher. Following our journey we will pass a sharing stone, as sharing together offers deeper meaning and healing for all gathered."

    My Senses Tell Me | Forest Discovery Walk

    June Pretzer

    Sunday 2:00 to 3:00

    Awaken your senses and join June on a forest walk where you will explore the forest from your fingers to your nose!

    Using sensory techniques and playful exploration you will get a feel for what is gained when places are restored and learn about the local ecology as well. Come practice your mindfulness and have a little fun!

    June has been restoring ecosystems and connecting people with nature from coast to mountain top for many years and looks forward to leading you through a new nature journey.

    Forest Bathing

    Reed Richard, Bending Reeds

    Sunday 3:15 to 4:15

    Forest Bathing is an opportunity to drop into deep resonance with the natural world. It will combine elements of naturalizing ourselves to the forest(shinrin-yoku), sense awareness cultivation and embracing playfulness.


    The need for nature therapies is coming to the forefront of our culture. This practice has been in the unfolding for Reed for over a decade.


    Please wear clothes comfortable for moving and being in nature.

  • Nourishing "Magical Cafe"

    Sit for a while…...and enjoy delicious organic treats and light fare in a zero-waste magical cafe,

    made by the talented and ever so lovely, chef & owner, Cindy Meiklejohn

    everything magical cafe

    A Super compassionate, community-oriented organic market and cafe located in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. They strive to nourish the Earth and its inhabitants while supporting local farmers and artisans.

    Under the red umbrella!

    Meet the sweetest little coffee cart around! Georg from Red Wagon Espresso will be serving up a wicked coffee pulled on a vintage Italian lever espresso machine.

  • Exhibitors & Marketplace

    It takes a community to build this community. Come and connect with some exciting people running some of the city's most respected organizations and businesses.

    Vancouver Island Chapter

    Surfrider Vancouver Island are a collection of like-minded Vancouver Island coastal inhabitants. No matter where they are originally from, they call Vancouver Island home now and are focusing on ways of protecting and preserving it into the future. It’s with this unbridled dedication of volunteers that Surfrider is able to exist and to continue to flourish.

    "We are surfers, paddlers, students, teachers, professionals, young and old. Together, we are working to keep Vancouver Island a special place."

    Protecting BC's super, natural old-growth heritage.

    The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) is a British Columbian organization working to protect the endangered old-growth forests of BC and to ensure sustainable forestry jobs in the province. It was registered as a BC non-profit society in February 2010 and is run by BC environmental activists Ken Wu, TJ Watt, Joan Varley, and Hannah Carpendale.

    Chakra CosmoGram Sessions

    Come and experience the energies of sacred geometry in the Chakra CosmoGram System. The Dolphin Chakra chart, created by Alexandra is grounding and uplifting; it deciphers the code to take you beyond the mind and mental understanding. Sessions with Alexandra offers clarity and understanding in a mysterious way special to you. Her rich heart facilitates navigating the unconscious field of your Being.

    Kyle Hart & Ruth Schwartz

    With a simple mission, to empower people and protect earth, Awaken Apparel is inspired and created by the laws that govern our universe. Spiritually inspired clothing that is created with earth in mind, made in Canada using earth friendly dyes.

    Scientific + Non-Predictive Modern Palmistry

    Joan Trinh Pham, The Modern Palmist

    Hand analysis is a modern form of ancient palmistry. it seeks to support individuals to create their own futures by understanding the present-day relationship between thinking, feeling and behaving represented in the lines and patterns of the hands. Modern palmistry is a holistic personality typology assessment tool that honours embodiment of soul + consciousness as vital ingredients to a meaningful, vital life.

    Understand your unique talent, purpose, strengths, challenges + possibilities in this lifetime according to your hands.

    High Vibrational Crystal Healing Jewelry

    Hand made high Vibrational Crystal and Semi Precious Gemstone Healing Jewelry. Dee is passionate about choosing only the best quality, highest vibrational crystals and every single piece is created with love!

    Taryn Scammell

    Based in Errington, Pacific Northwest Malas is a company built around an intense passion for the land it is named after. The creator Taryn Scammell, has lived on and meditated in the forests of Vancouver Island since she was a small child and she has found malas to be a beautiful way to enhance her connection to both spirit and her meditative practice.

    Every mala is hand crafted with love, cleansed and blessed before it goes out in search of its new caregiver. They take the responsibility of providing people with quality spiritual products very seriously.

    Committed to creating peace & beauty in our hearts, homes and the world, Full Circle Studio offers a wide variety of spiritual gifts to support your personal practice and inner growth. Music, books, oracles, singing bowls, jewellery , art & clothing are part of this offering from our downtown Victoria store.

    Handcrafted goods for the ceremony of life

    Modern Mystic is a collection of handmade offerings by Debra Stapleton and Brian Kroeker.


    The arts of weaving and handcrafted herbal folk remedies intersect to provide goods for​ the​ ceremony​ of life. Small batch body care, scents​, tinctures and tonics, and one-of-a-kind handwoven textiles supply the modern seeker with medicine and adornment for their journey.​

    Clear Connection

    Maureen Fountaine, Shaman, Full Mesa carrier & Intuitive

    Doing readings since childhood in a​ tent in the backyard, Maureen uses cards to bring light to your most pressing life challenges and expose what is in the way of forward movement. Our emotional and spiritual health impacts all that we are and all that we aspire to be.

    Readings​ are ​practical, directive and inspirational. As the blood speaks a language of its own, tarot cards unravel the language ​within your energy field. ​The Ontological Life Coaching aspect of her practice merges beautifully with the exploration of energies and clear intention. ​Curious for a peek inside​?

    Bringing you closer to Spirit

    Isabel is an Oji-Cree from the Turtle Clan, and comes from a long line of inter-generational Medicine People (Shamans from mid-1800s). Her earliest memories are of Spirits; playing, visiting and by age 5 directing them to the Spirit World.


    Isabel does a combination of Tarot with Intuitive and Mediumship to provide a safe, caring and comforting experience. She also offers Reiki, Psychometry, Automatic Writing, Animal Communication, and Health Readings. She also offers brush offs as well. Find Isabel in the only Tipi at ROOT.

    H.E. Stewart is an artist and the author and illustrator of many award-winning books for both children and adults. She is a passionate gardener with a lifelong interest in nature.


    Her works are uniquely layered and richly textured, creating stunning cards, posters and beautifully illustrated books. Helen is a dedicated printmaker, whose work is exhibited in numerous galleries and private collections.

    Rhythms of Nature. 

    Shamanic Virtual Reality Experience

    Jeffrey & Catherine Kuipers, VR Alchemy

    Bringing together ancient healing arts with cutting edge technology, Catherine and Jeffrey Kuipers have co-created a magical experience for you. Go on a journey beyond the confines of your body into an immersive Virtual Reality world. Follow a narrative that expands perception and returns you to the sensations of your embodied nature. Let gentle drumming and guided meditation ground you on the Earth, and complete the experience with energy work.

    Ray of Grace sessions

    Jonathan Beals, Certified Attunement Practitioner

    Still your mind
    Calm your nerves
    Refresh your Spirit
    The Spirit of Grace meets us where we are, yet does not leave us where it found us.
    Through a focus of loving presence over your chakra, endocrine and skeletal systems, gracepurifies your energetic body so your spiritual world and physical world recognize their oneness. In Jonathan's integration work he relies heavily on the instinctual agreement of body elemental intelligence and use silence and sound (chant or instruments ) for you to achieve this oneness.

    DoTERRA Essential Oils

    Lee Hindrichs, Proactive Healthstyle

    When you partner with nature, you do create a better life. Utilizing Essential Oils can impact every aspect of your life from cleaning your home, taking care of the garden and taking care of your body. DoTERRA brings these profoundly complex and effective oils into your life.

    Stacey Nowak

    WildSun is a small business creating Sun Catchers with solid crystals, hand crafted in beautiful Victoria, BC.

    Using up cycled beads, and treasures that are infused with love, these crystals sparkle and infuse a room with magic and sparkles of glistening light.

    Aura Readings + Healings by Eloise

    Eloise Gladders, Affirmative Healing

    Every person has an energy body and a physical body and the physical includes the emotional.

    As a dynamic spiritual energy healer, Eloise is able to see and work with the energy body; working in the quantum field to heal and bring it into balance. When the energy body comes into balance and alignment, the physical and emotional are healed. The wellspring for this work is love.

    Dawn Kirkham

    Simply Crystals offers an extensive range of beautiful crystals and other metaphysical products all picked for their energy and vibration., These exquisite pieces can be used to promote health and wellness. Dawn has a vast knowledge of the crystal world and loves to share her passion.

    "The feeling of Perfect"

    Salt of Life - Solé is the substance produced when ethically-mined Himalayan salt chunks and good quality water are mixed together in a glass or ceramic jar for 24 hours. This action produces a naturally occurring and life-giving electrolyte called Solé, also known as the "water of life"

    Patrycja Sikorski

    Looking out onto the waves of the Salish Sea, Voluspa Botanicals Day Spa brings a holistic spa experience to Victoria. Using only organic and biodynamic products, Patrycja Sikorski creates a custom spa experience to promote inner balance and outer beauty. Patrycja will be offering hand and arm massage at ROOT, to try first hand her nourishing and nurturing services.

    Roshelle Williams

    Roshelle is a Spiritual Psychotherapist who offers insights into your personal journey of living connected in heartspace, embodying your innate wisdom in daily life. She is a Certified Canadian Counsellor, yoga instructor, and has trained in various forms of energy healing and releasing of subconscious belief patterns.


    As a healer, self-taught artist and jewellery designer, Roshelle imbues her paintings and crystal jewellery with a healing energy that both serves as a reminder of changes in self, and as an energetic shifter that holds space for new frequencies.

    Crystals, Reiki & Chakra Balancing

    Agate. Carnelian. Quartz. Hematite. Jasper. Citrine…. Relax and unwind on a healing amethyst Biomat as Siobhan balances your chakras with intuition and Reiki, empowered by the use of crystals. Experience release and relaxation, leaving you feeling as though you have just come back from vacation!

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