Free workshops at Gabriola healing fair

A new event aims to take the mystery out of the healing arts.

The inaugural Gabriola Healing Arts Fair opens Sunday (Feb. 9), offering people a chance to try everything from a dream body vision quest to tuning forks and an ‘energizercise’ class.

The demonstrations and workshops are all free, according to shamanic coach and organizer Michele Fire-River Heart, who says the goal is to get people to experiment with the healing arts and discover they don’t have to go far to find practitioners. All of the exhibitors are from Gabriola Island.

“It’s an event where you can experience free healing methodologies and perhaps find something you love ... that you haven’t found before,” she said. “I think it’s exciting.”

The fair was the brainchild of Fire-River Heart, who felt that she was meant to plan an affair that connected healers with community. Within days of pitching the idea to local practitioners, people began to sign on and help co-create the showcase. There are now more than a dozen exhibitors and more than 15 healing methodologies.

“As far as I know no one has made a cohesive unit of what’s available on Gabriola and we are such a dynamic island of artists and healers,” Fire-River Heart said. “It’s stunning what’s available in such a little community.”

The Gabriola Healing Arts Fair takes place at the Gabriola Commons on 675 North Rd., this Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Free mini sessions, demonstrations and workshops will be offered throughout the day including a chance to design gratitude gift cards, go on a vision quest and practice ‘energizercise’ – a blend of Chi Kung, yoga, pressure point massage, meditation and dance.

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