Lunchtime Activities

(Participation in these lunchtime activities is optional.)

Friday – Therapy Dogs


Non-profit society Vancouver ecoVillage has a rigorous therapy-dog training program which requires several months of training and testing. The therapy dogs are re-tested annually to ensure they keep displaying temperament that shows confidence, good manners and sociability with other dogs and people. The dogs meet strict health requirements, are well-groomed and gentle at all times. They even do tricks to entertain and amuse. Most of all, these special dogs and their handlers have a therapeutic and calming influence on people in the community who have the pleasure of meeting them.
Vancouver ecoVillage relys entirely on donattions. Any gifts, no matter the size, for providing medical care and training for our dogs would be deeply appreciated. Please note that donations will not be accepted at the conference itself, but we encourage those who want to support the ecoVillage therapy dogs to donate. You can do so online via

Saturday – Yoga with Raven

raven-carnivalI have been practicing yoga for sixteen years and teaching for ten. My class tends to be flow orientated, meaning I move through one posture to the next not rapidly but flow like focusing on the breath. Think Ashtanga light! Ashtanga was my introduction to yoga and remains as the system most near and dear to my heart. I have practiced Bikram’s, Sivananda, Kundalini, Yin and Restorative Yoga. In India I learned of the important connection between Hinduism and yoga and while I hold a deep respect for this connection I make no attempt to amalgamate such sacredness into my teaching as I have had no appropriate instruction or cultural experience with it. I endeavour to be very clear with my directions and my demonstrations, providing modifications for all the poses.

Within the flow like structure of my class I incorporate the practice of holding postures. This serves to; cultivate mindfulness, help us learn to breathe through any anxieties that may arise and improve overall body strength. I believe that what we experience on the mat, will, through continuous practice transcend into daily life.