Inspiring Consciousness for Human Responsibility to The Earth

We offer sacred spaces for cultivating meaningful conversation, contemplation, and community. Through life affirming action, we co-create opportunities to deepen relationships and reciprocity with the Earth and all beings.
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Our offerings focus on embodied eco-spirituality, end-of-life, and somatic well-being. Grounded in local W̱SÁNEĆ and Quw’utsun Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and principles of land stewardship, our experienced facilitators host regular weekly and monthly programs (online and in person), contributing to expanding intergenerational and cross-cultural communities of care.

Living Well, Dying Well

An experiential approach to exploring the way that we live and die in modern times.

Turning To One Another

Bringing generations together to share, learn and witness.

Being Together

Pausing to share sacred space together for somatic and spiritual resonance.

Continuing Circles of Care

Tending End-of-Life questions, concerns and planning in a monthly circle.

Navigating Transitions

Return to the soul’s highest values, deepen meaning and embody Elderhood.

Coming To Our Senses

Deepen community. Honour the Elders in our midst. Explore the 4 healing salves.

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That Stuff

“Now you two don’t need to worry, as your father and I have taken care of all of that stuff”, my mother said matter-of-factly to my brother and I. For the first time in many years, my parents, in...

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In deep gratitude for those who shared an evening of reflection at The Art of Embodying Elderhood, Tuesday's introductory session of our newest offering... An invitation to explore 8 somatic portals that offer inquiry-based and embodied resources to meet opportunities for adulting (growing up), sometimes missed — by meeting the present with vulnerability, curiosity and a fierce commitment to future generations and the earth.

Thank you to those who showed up on Tuesday to delve into generative discussions about village-centred "adulting" and growing up, sharing your stories and wisdom!

FACILITATOR

Thank you to wizened Facilitator and Life-Cycle Celebrant @pennyallport for designing and leading us through this introductory somatic, nature-based experience, exploring human-kinding's relationships with weight and space, as we move through our life stages...

9 MONTH OFFERING - STARTS FALL 2022

Announcements of Fall 2022 dates for the full 9-month offering to come -- click link in bio or email us for more info: info@centreforearthandspirit.ca

Calling all earthing elders!!

“Elderhood does not arrive at a certain age. It is an embodiment which needs to be cultivated through conscious engagement and reverence for the cycles of life…. especially the often missed rites of passage of youth and adulthood. Conscious eldering is not a given, but rather a daily practice, which calls us to grow down to grow up.”   ~ Penny Allport

As we find ourselves in the midst of a great transition that may feel groundless and shaky, many of us long for containers - sturdy and fleshy, gutsy and gracious, grounded and spacious - enough to hold our species in a time of deep transformation. With our brains in need of an upgrade, our hearts long for coherent and tangible practices to navigate this initiatory passage with gravity and grit...

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Tonight! Join us at 6:30 pm Pacific for an introduction to 8 Somatic Wisdom Portals with Penny Allport...

This 2-hour online experience, open to ALL, offers inquiry based and embodied resources to meet opportunities for adulting (growing-up), sometimes missed -- by meeting the present with vulnerability, curiosity and a fierce commitment to future generations and the earth.

Bring your yoga mat or a comfy blanket, water and your current state of being ❤💧🌲✨😌

Click link in bio and go to Calendar -- or find us on Eventbrite to learn more!

We welcome your questions: info@centreforearthandspirit.ca

Sliding Scale $35-22

#elderhood #somatic #celebrant #onlinespirituality ##earthandspiritvirtual
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What a gift to witness these two oboodashkwaanishiinyag (dragonflies) emerging from their months-long nymph stage in the lake waters... ✨

Look for the more recently emerged beauty, to the left, on the tree bark! ❤🌲

#Anishinaabemowin #decadeofindigenouslanguages #dragonfly #waterislife #earthandspiritvirtual
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The beauty of potential, blossoming forth... ❤🌈🌸

#peony #flowerstagram #Anishinaabeterritory #earthandspiritvirtual
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Calling all earthing elders!! 

“Elderhood does not arrive at a certain age. It is an embodiment which needs to be cultivated through conscious engagement and reverence for the cycles of life…. especially the often missed rites of passage of youth and adulthood. Conscious eldering is not a given, but rather a daily practice, which calls us to grow down to grow up.”   ~ Penny Allport

As we find ourselves in the midst of a great transition that may feel groundless and shaky, many of us long for containers - sturdy and fleshy, gutsy and gracious, grounded and spacious - enough to hold our species in a time of deep transformation. With our brains in need of an upgrade, our hearts long for coherent and tangible practices to navigate this initiatory passage with gravity and grit.

Join us for an introduction to the 8 somatic portals that offer inquiry-based and embodied resources to meet opportunities for adulting (growing up), sometimes missed — by meeting the present with vulnerability, curiosity and a fierce commitment to future generations and the earth.

Many questions arise:

• Will we engage in this global initiation to restore our species to its humble place in the mystery of all creation?

• Will we accept descent and dissolution with embodied reverence for every living being, responsible to — and for — one another?

• Will we meet this time with curiosity and interest for repair and care for the life-ing and death-ing required of us?

These portals make no promises yet offer a real opportunity for initiation — both self and community-engaged. We can become the earthed and embodied elders we are called to be!

Join us Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 6:30 – 8:30 pm PDT with optional ½ hour until 9:00 pm for deepening connections and spacious inquiry

Cost (sliding scale): $35 - $22

Registration: Eventbrite #clicklinkinbio

On Zoom in real time – no recording.

No one turned away for lack of funds - contact us!

Facilitator Penny Allport is a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant, Metaphysical Minister, Funeral Celebrant and Home Funeral Guide, poet and wordsmith, yogini and Continuum Movement facilitator www.movingceremonies.com 

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“Most people don’t really see plants or understand plants or what they give us...so my act of reciprocity is, having been shown plants as gifts, as intelligences other than our own, as these amazing, creative beings – good lord, they can photosynthesise, that still blows my mind! – I want to help them become visible to people. People can’t understand the world as a gift unless someone shows them how it’s a gift.”

| Robin Wall Kimmerer |

From: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/23/robin-wall-kimmerer-people-cant-understand-the-world-as-a-gift-unless-someone-shows-them-how

#RobinWallKimmerer #Indigenousknowledge #Potawatomi #indigenouswomxn #BraidingSweetgrass #decadeofindigenouslanguages #earthwisdom #flowerstagram #Anishinaabeterritory #theguardiannewspaper #earthandspiritvirtual
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Join us tonight for an interactive session on Conservation Burials, with Centre for Earth & Spirit Board Member Sylvia McMechan.

Have you ever considered green/natural burial for yourself or a loved one? Bring your questions and curiosity to this safe space for sharing and learning!

7 pm Pacific Time

We meet on Zoom for an hour and fifteen minutes of audio-visual presentation + Q&A

Bring a soothing beverage to the Earth & Spirit Cafe!

By donation

www.centreforearthandspirit.ca

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We are still obsessed with this early spring beauty - ojiibik - Bloodroot!

Traditionally the orange-red sap was used by First Peoples as a dye.

As with any Indigenous plants, please respectfully seek knowledge from First Nations Elders and plant knowledge keepers in your region ❤

One suggestion is to cultivate your own Indigenous plants if you intend to harvest...take only pictures from the forest and leave these beauties to proliferate for years to come!

#ojiibik #bloodroot #anishinaabeterritory #traditionalplants #earthandspiritvirtual
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Grieving the loss of our oldest #whitepine here on #Anishinaabeterritory ...

#trillium #Ontariostorm #ontariostorm2022 #thunderstorm #earthandspiritvirtual
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“To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage” 

~Georgia O'Keeffe

Born: November 15, 1887, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, United States

Died: March 6, 1986, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

#georgiaokeeffe #iris #flowerstagram #love #earthandspiritvirtual
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CONSERVATION BURIALS:
Burial Practices that nourish the land AND reduce our eco-footprint! 

Thursday May 26th 2022 - 7:00-8:15 pm (PDT)

Join Sylvia McMechan, Board member, Centre for Earth and Spirit, for an interactive session exploring Conservation Burial. Conservation burials are gaining new popularity as we consider ways to lighten our ecological footprint. As in life, we can make choices to leave the earth in better shape than we found it.

“Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.”

~ Mary E. Frye

Death is not something we want to think about most of the time. And it’s not something we talk about much either. But here’s the thing: it happens to each one of us at the end of our lives. We can ease the path for people we leave behind by thinking and talking about our ending before it happens. And we can make a positive contribution to the environment by planning for a natural burial. 

Have you considered a natural burial for yourself or your loved ones? Come enjoy a conversation about this! Yes, enjoy. Bring your questions and curiosity! You’ll be in good company.

Suggested Contribution: $10.00 – $20.00. Please email for more information (nobody turned away for lack of funds)

Registration: Through Eventbrite to receive Zoom link. Please feel free to invite a friend!

About Earth & Spirit Café: We offer monthly drop-in gatherings where we host a guest speaker exploring knowledge that honours our dance of relationship with Earth and Spirit. A diversity of topics includes: reciprocal land use, respect for Indigenous ways of knowing, tending death with consciousness, and inspirational change-makers. We invite you to bring your questions and queries!

The Earth and Spirit Café is hosted by experienced facilitators, holding heart-based space — Renate Ringer & Alice L. Meyers.

Upcoming Earth & Spirit Café Offerings:

June 23rd 2022, 7 pm PT – Co-housing, Intentional & Multi-generational Communities - Linda Hunter 

Visit our website (link in bio) for more information.
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As our journey continues, may we remember... 'an open heart is an open mind' (Dalai Lama XIV)

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Acknowledgement

With Deep Respect, We Honour And Acknowledge That…

As board members of the Centre for Earth and Spirit, we live, learn and create together on unceded W̱SÁNEĆ, lək̓ʷəŋən (Esquimalt and Songhees Nations), Quw’utsun territories, and the Blackfoot Confederacy (Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta). Together, we recognize Canada’s dark history and the long shadow of colonialism that continues to impact the lives of Indigenous People every day. Through our personal work, offerings and collaborations we aspire to embody and act in ways that honour Indigenous peoples’ long-standing relationships with land, to be honest and willing to meet the presence of intergenerational trauma and impacts of colonialism in all people, and to humbly accept our responsibility as settlers in this process of relationship repair. With accountability and respect, we endeavour to walk with all of creation in meeting the sorrows and grief of the past here in the present, where our future lives.

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