Mar 24, 2017 - Mar 25, 2017    
5:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Bookings closed


Rollo Centre
685 North Rd, Gabriola

Event Type

Annual Spring Forum

Friday, March 24, 2017 | 5pm to 8:30 pm
Doors open with 5PM registration[followed by a 6pm potluck and 7pm panel presentation].

Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 9:00 am to 3:30 pm 
Doors open at 8:30 am with refreshments [and for registration]

Come join us for a  special forum focused on the sacredness of food (from farm to table east) and explore eating practices as these relate to deep care for the well-being of Earth, seeds, plants, animals, local farmers, community, family and self.

Dan Jason from Salt Spring Island will be our guest speaker along with a variety of Gabriolan voices committed to their passion as related to food and food choices-growing it, sharing it and eating it! Doors open 5pm on Friday evening [for registration] followed with an Ecumenical Potluck  at 6pm and a  panel discussion at 7:00 pm

You’ll hear personal stories of transformation, and how ‘love’ impels each one. 

Dan Jason

Dan is an organic farmer on Salt Spring Island. He was involved in the founding of Seeds of Diversity Canada and the Seed and Plant Sanctuary for Canada; both are seed banks whose mission is to preserve varieties of vegetables and crops.  He is the founder and owner of Salt Spring Seeds, a seed company that specializes in heritage and heirloom varieties of vegetables and plants. 

Dan is active in food politics, being an outspoken opponent of genetically modified seeds, patents on living organisms, and industrial agriculture in general. 

He has written several books including:

  • The Whole Organic Food Book: Safe, Healthy Harvest from Your Garden to Your Plate,
  • Saving Seeds as if Our Lives Depended on It
  • The Power of Pulses: Saving the World with Peas, Beans, Chickpeas, Favas and Lentils.

Gabriolan panelists, inspirational leaders and storytellers

Tsiporah Grignon, Katie Massy, Dion Pepper-Smith, Pandit Tejomaya, Erica Jackson, Sigrid Bjarnason, Judith Roux, John Switzer, Dona Bradley, Eric Veale,  Joëlle & Victor Anthony


5:00 – Doors open at The Rollo / Registration
6:00 – Ecumenical Potluck (see ideas)
7:00 – Seeds of Transformation for Love of Earth, our Children, Self and our Global Community – a panel with Dan, Tsiporah, Katie, Dion,  & Tejomaya
8:30 – Close with blessing + sharing of Challah

8:30 – Doors open; morning refreshments
9:00 – Dan Jason:  Eating as a Spirited Practice of Care and Love for Earth, Seeds, Plants
11:00 – Eating as a Practice of Compassion for Animals (Erica and Sigrid)
12:45 – Guided Tour of Community Kitchen at The Commons (Judith Roux)
1:30 – Eating as a Practice of Care for Local Farmers, Community, Familya panel with Dan:  Dona & Eric, John
3:15 – Closing story + song  with Joëlle & Victor

Potluck – Friday 6pm

We hope you can come for the potluck on Friday evening. We imagine a variety of delicious dishes for what we are calling an Ecumenical Potluck.  Be creative! You may even wish to make or bring something from a tradition different from your own! Bring copies of the recipe if you’d like.

* Please label your dish with its ingredients to help vegetarians, vegans and any who may have food allergies. Thank you!

Potluck Ideas

  • Indigenous
    Smoked Wild Fish
  • Hindu
    Roti and Dal
    Spicy Rice Dish with Vegetables
  • Jewish
    Sweet Lokshen Kugel
  • Buddhist
    Salad (Spring) Rolls
    Asian Stir-Fry and Rice
  • Christian
    Hot Cross Buns
    Fish Casserole
  • Muslim
    Vegetable Biryani
    Dates – Baklava
  • Other?


Full Weekend: $45.00 – includes Saturday lunch
Fri Only:  $10.00  
Saturday Only: $35.00

GES membership optional

All are welcome!  Inquire about available bursary support if needed.



Bookings are closed for this event.