Upcoming Events

Annual Summer Picnic

Jul 18, 2019 | 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm | Waterfront Home
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Kundalini is Always Present, A Public Talk

Jul 18, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Netloft
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Tattva Shuddhi 3 Day Retreat

Jul 19, 2019 - Jul 21, 2019 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm | Netloft
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Over the weekend of June 7, 2019,Lama Losang Samten spun his magic for the fourth year at his retreat at the Netloft on Gabriola. On Saturday he gifted us with a self healing process that was collectively felt and appreciated on a profound level. This process culminated with the Dorje Namjom Blessing which further enhanced our healing and sense of well being. The teacher, the participants, the location, the nutritious outdoor lunches, gave all of us a unique, heartfelt opportunity to rejoice. Thank you Losang, see you next year for the 21 Tara Mandala!

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Always entertaining, Gary Badke appealed to the kid in all of us during his Mad Hatter Show at the Gabriola Arts Centre on May 26, 2019.

Gary wore many hats, and he changed them with each song he sang on his ukulele, mini banjo and autoharp. He took us on a musical journey that ranged from the Sunday School song, This Little Light Of Mine, to Puff, the Magic Dragon and a number of silly songs that engaged the audience in call and response. A small, but appreciative audience of children, teens and adults – sang, quacked, oinked, and barked in response to his stories. A few even jumped around and danced.

Gary ended with an invitation to close our eyes and dream about a favourite spot to sit, while he played a meditative tune on his flute. 

This is a fun event that deserves a wider audience.

“Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invests.” Ludwig Van Beethoven

Submitted by Jan Moore

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On April 24th, at the Golf Course, we celebrated a Passover Seder meal with about 40 members of our community. Like last year, it was facilitated by Amy Block and Paul Gellman.  A special thanks to all the volunteers who came early and helped plate and heat the traditional foods, all of which were prepared at home by members of our Ecumenical Society. The Golf Course staff also kept busy serving and keeping things running smoothly behind the scenes.

For over three hours, we followed a shorter version of the Passover Haggadah (the telling). During the Seder (order), we explored how Passover customs include telling and sharing of the Story of slavery to freedom, drinking wine, eating matza, and partaking of the symbolic foods. We also learned that Seder is performed using the same ‘order’ by Jews all over the world, and might be the most commonly celebrated of all the Jewish rituals.

Maureen Wild and Ray Appel, Gerald Larson did a couple of readings to further educate participants, and also to help move the Seder forward.  Throughout, Amy and Paul welcomed questions and stories that related to parts of the Haggadah. Those in attendance interpreted parts of the Exodus story in a variety of ways, including more modern contexts as they explained their particular ideas and understandings.

Two young girls were also present with their mother, and joyfully contributed by lighting the candles, handing out items to every member of the community, and finding the hidden afikoman (matzah that was broken and hidden at the beginning of the Seder). According to tradition, the Seder cannot be officially concluded until the afikoman is found. The two girls were overjoyed and excited when they found it because then everyone could have desert, (chocolate covered matzah, fresh fruit and macaroons!  

All in all a very informative, personal community-building experience. Thank you to Amy and Paul and all the volunteers and staff who helped put the event together!

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Presence Through Sounding and Chanting with Leah

April 1, 2019

Is there a better way to spend a glorious early spring morning than softly chanting in harmony with the surroundings at the NetLoft?  I cannot think of […]

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Song of Imbolc Sacred Sound Journey

February 6, 2019

Wow! Song of Imbolc Sacred Sound Journey attracted a very full house to the Net Loft as carol weaver and Allannah Dow led us through a spiritual […]

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Unsung Hero of Compassion

January 25, 2019

On Jan. 3, 2019 at 2:00 Maggie Doyne, co-founder of the BlinkNow Foundation, shared her compelling story of how she came to open a home for over […]

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Evening of Caroling

December 27, 2018

This 14th Annual “Caroling with Care” community event took place on December 6, 2018 with close to 45  Carolers this yer! We  gathered  at 5:30 in the […]

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Poetry and Music

December 27, 2018

Approximatly 45 people attended our Poetry and Music event at the Netloft on November 25th, 2018.  The ambiance of the Netloft was the perfect venue, warm and […]

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Light to the World

December 27, 2018

A group of people gathered at the Roxy on November 10 to view the video “Light to the World” about the life of Baha’u’llah, Prophet Founder of […]

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Many thanks!

October 19, 2018

Our 15th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner, held on Sunday Oct 14, 2018, was truly an evening of Unity in all of our Diversity as 70 Gabriola Ecumenical Society […]

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Joyful Sounds of the Spirit

October 5, 2018

The Gabriola Ecumenical Society thanks this creative and enthusiastic group of six who brought a night of “Joyful sound of the Spirit” to the crowd of about 65 […]

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The Spirit Flows Freely

September 14, 2018

The Gabriola Ecumenical Society is excited to share our new theme for the 2018-19 year!   The Spirit Flows Freely As the world gets smaller and opinions […]

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Important GES Membership Information

August 13, 2018

Membership in the GES Based on the Board’s decision to change the  Society’s financial year to September 1 to August 31 to have the financial year match […]

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Lifting Our Spirits – Turning towards Joy -Arinna Weisman

August 13, 2018

The smiles say it all…Turning towards Joy with Arinna Weismen was a weekend of gathering our spirits back and looking deep inside to find those wonderful qualities […]

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GES Picnic 2018

August 13, 2018

Thursday July 26 2018 – 2015 Stalker Rd, Gabriola Once again, and for 15  years running, GES members and friends gathered to enjoy the great weather, entertainment, company, and […]

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Do you want to volunteer for GES?

July 4, 2018

As a volunteer operated society, we are always looking for new ideas and enthusiastic participation in planning our events. We are inviting anyone with an interest in […]

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Buddhist Teachings and Meditation Retreat with Lama Losang Sampten, July 2018

July 3, 2018

This 9th  presentation in our GES Lifting the Spirit Theme for 2017-2018 was truly an outstanding experience.  “Spending a few days with Lama Losang is a delightful […]

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