Buddhist nun the Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi talks with Sharree Snowflower during the first annual Women’s Spirituality Gathering held last year. This year’s gathering is coming up on April 17 and 18 at Lake City Secondary’s Williams Lake campus.

Buddhist nun the Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi talks with Sharree Snowflower during the first annual Women’s Spirituality Gathering held last year. This year’s gathering is coming up on April 17 and 18 at Lake City Secondary’s Williams Lake campus.

Women’s Spirituality gathering returns

The Women’s Spirituality Circle Gathering was so successful last year that organizers are keenly planning the second annual event.

The Women’s Spirituality Circle Gathering was so successful last year that organizers are keenly planning the second annual event.

Given the deplorable state of global affairs organizers have aptly themed the gathering Making Peace.

“We extend an invitation to all women to join us on April 17 and 18 for the second annual gathering,” says Marilyn Livingston, event co-ordinator for the Multiculturalism Program at the Canadian Mental Health Association Cariboo Chilcotin Branch.

“Together we will learn about Making Peace – in our hearts, in our homes, with our environment, in our communities,” Livingston says.

Last year 130 women participated in the gathering.

With workshops and food to plan for, Livingston says tickets for this popular event need to be purchased by April 10.

The Friday evening gathering runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and includes a light dinner; multi-faith panel forum with representation from Buddhism, Christian, Islam, Sikh, First Nations, Messianic Judaism, Yasodhara and Yoga, followed by entertainment.

Saturday the gathering runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and includes lunch and the choice of  (how many) 30 informative and creative workshops such as Voicing Your Dreams with Jenny Noble and The Forgiveness with Series Tricia Ramier.

“The gathering is open to all women – those who have a strong faith in an organized religion, those that would call themselves ‘spiritual, but not religious,’ those who are seeking, and those who have no spiritual path at all,” Livingston says.

Tickets are available at Dollar Dollar or Smashin’ Smoothies at $15 for Friday evening and $35 for Saturday, and a ‘times are tight’ rate of $5 for Friday and $10 for Saturday.

The Women’s Spirituality Circle is a program of Canadian Mental Health Association Cariboo Chilcotin Branch and is comprised of women throughout the Cariboo who hail from many different religious and spiritual traditions, says Livingston.

Some of these theologies include Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, First Nations, Messianic Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Yogic – as well as many women whose spiritual lives and beliefs are less-defined, Livingston says.

For the past year and a half, the WSC has been meeting to plan inter-faith bridging events and to increase opportunities for women of diverse spiritual traditions to meet and grow in relationship.

“Each month, we attend at least one ceremony or spiritual event celebrated by one of the faith groups or spiritual leaders in the area,” Livingston says.

For more information call Margaret Anne Enders  250-305-4426.