This September, we headed to Long Beach, Tofino as part of our Nurture in Nature program. Our participants set up camp on the sands of Long Beach, on the Esowista Reserve. Our self-appointed fire keeper made it his business to keep a fire going from the time we arrived to the time we left, which offered wonderful opportunities for sharing and laughter among the group. Our Oasis elder and traditional Nuu Chah Nulth healer, Levi Martin, led us through a number of healing ceremonies – offering traditional medicines and practices for our ongoing use upon returning home. Together we prepared and shared meals of moose stew and sockeye salmon, among other delicious menu items. There was a wonderful spirit of collaboration within the group. We offer a special word of thanks to Mark L. for his donation of moose and salmon, and all those who assisted us in making this retreat a huge success.
Our Share in Sustenance program hosted a community night meal once a week over the month of September. This is typically a time of laughter and reflection, and September brought much conversation around new beginnings. Thanks to all who came to participate and those that helped prepare the food.