The Women’s Spirituality Circle conference held at Lake City Secondary’s Williams Lake campus last Friday and Saturday was a wonderful exercise in people seeking to understand one another.
The women here come from various spiritual backgrounds and shared some of their stories during the panel discussion Friday evening.
The evening also included a vegetarian dinner and musical and dance performances. Saturday, the women above along with others presented various workshops on their spiritual practices, beliefs and ways of connecting to community and self.
A total of 120 women were registered, but organizers say that more than 130 women actually attended the lively conference.
Offerings in music, art, and movement, were threaded together with teachings in numerous spiritual disciplines.
The event was funded by an Embrace BC grant and co-ordinated by the Williams Lake Multicultural Services Society, Women’s Contact Society, St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Gendun Drubpa Buddhist Centre, and the Canadian Mental Mental Health Association Multiculturalism Program.
Pictured left to right are Kostantina O’Connor (Baha’i), Thea Fast (panel timekeeper), Venerable Tenzen Chogkyi (Tibetan Buddhist nun), Rev. Kris Dobyns (St. Peter’s Anglican Church), Cindy M. Charleyboy (Dreams/Eclectic Spirituality); JoAnne Moiese (First Nations spirituality), Shabnam Shayla (Islam), Shannon Wedel talking about Messianic Judaism, Harjit Shergill (Sikhism, and Swami Jyotihananda (Yasodhara Yoga).