Upcoming Events

3rd annual Gabriola Community Seder

Apr 14, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Gabriola Golf and Country Club
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21 Taras Sand Mandala

Jun 8, 2020 - Jun 14, 2020 | 12:00 am |
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Tibetan Buddhist Retreat with Lama Losang Sampten

Jun 12, 2020 - Jun 14, 2020 | All Day |
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Drumming the Earth with our Feet . . . that was Don Buskirk’s description of the Gabriola Ecumenical Society’s first event for 2020, at the NetLoft on January 5.  And it was much more than that, as ? people learned simple traditional dances from several cultures, accompanied by folk music from Greece, Serbia, Romania, and Israel. Each song and dance has a story too - some funny, some winsome, and most joyful, told by Don with warmth and humour. Thank you Gabriola Ecumenical Society, and Don Buskirk, for leading us on such a beautiful path to diversity in culture and unity of spirit!



Spirit in action … with elders of our community, couples, moms with little ones, single women and men, and five ukulele players leading this joyful crowd for three hours of caroling beginning at the Garden Homes, before moving on to other welcoming private homes of Gabriola elders, including two island farm homes.

G.E.R.T.I.E. was a great service, transporting about 20 of us from place to place, in a cavalcade with other cars of carolers.

We were over 40  “spirits in action,” helping each other navigate our way to the next doorway, greeting folks warmly, and caroling with care and with joy in our hearts.

We were a mix of long-time residents, newcomers, folks who knew each other and folks who didn’t – greeting and meeting one another along the way, enjoying little visits between the carols. It was community at its finest!

And it culminated with the traditional and grand-style big pot of hot chocolate, a table of festive edibles, and final caroling near the fireplace at Sue and Eric Boulton’s welcoming home – a tradition for 15 years now!


Giving Thanks Dinner October 20 2019
We give thanks! Once again members of Gabriola Ecumenical Society and community members gathered together at the Gabriola Golf and Country Club to celebrate and give thanks for all we have and who we are. Two 30 pound turkeys were (once again) donated by Eric and Sue Bolton, and deliciously roasted by Del McCarthy, Anne Sims and Carol Hemrich. Everyone attending brought scrumptious side dishes and desserts to compliment the main course. Deep gratefulness for the music of Paul Gellman and friends who certainly contributed to all of
the positive energy in the room. Not only did we enjoy the delectable s food, we had the
opportunity to renew friendships, make new ones and to share our joy by singing and

The staff at the golf course, Ev and Tracey, made it so possible to create an easy and
comfortable environment for the 65 people attending. We all had such a wonderful time!


Living Dances, Ancient Roots

November 26, 2019

“Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.” Rabindranath Tagore A cancellation of an event scheduled for Bethlehem Centre […]

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Launch Event for Spirit in Action!

September 27, 2019

Once again the Gabriola Ecumenical Society got their new season of programs off to a beautiful start with the September 19 Program Launch.   Some of us […]

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Announcing Our Theme for 2019-2020!

September 12, 2019

The GES Board and Planning Team are excited to announce that the program theme for September 2019 to June 2020 will be: “Spirit in Action: Healing Ourselves, […]

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The Gabriola Ecumenical Society Celebrates 15 Years of Spirited Community Engagement

August 29, 2019

The Gabriola Ecumenical Society Celebrates 15 Years of Spirited Community Engagement Have you ever bumped along in a Gertie bus in early December to sing carols to […]

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Retreat with Lama Losang

June 19, 2019

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 […]

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Mad Hatter Show!

June 17, 2019

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 […]

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Community Seder

May 2, 2019

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 […]

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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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