A new annual event for Tumbler Ridge was established last weekend with Creative Peace 2008 on August 15th to 17th.
Developed from the experiences in the 2007 pilot project ?Writing and Walking Sticks?, Creative Peace was organized as a joint project with the Tumbler Ridge Public Library and Tumbler Ridge Artists. Four funding partners (TR Artists, Project North Inc, Foxchapel Marketing & Design and Tumbler Ridge Community Arts Council (TRCAC), fueled with their dollars the contribution of in-kind sponsors and an enormous contributions from volunteers.
The regional media attention through CBC Prince George, Peace FM, Tumbler Ridge News, Chetwynd Echo and the Flow Magazine resulted in attendance boost. The suggested maximum of 50 people per day (rule set for the park area by School District 59 (owner) stayed at the Pat O?Reilly Centre at Gwillim Lake to attend public workshops and entertainment. The majority of the participants came from Tumbler Ridge. There were12 workshops and entertainment with an attendance of about 20 people in each one. Participants chose to either stay for one or two days, or the weekend, either in cabins or their own tents and campers.
18 registrations came from the Peace Region and Tumbler Ridge, 15 were Terry Lansdowne Foundation members, and 17 were facilitators and heath practitioners.
The weather was fantastic and everyone enjoyed the atmosphere of the site, which is situated in an old growth forest on the shore of Gwillim Lake.
Quiet times at the beach, hiking, canoe trips or refreshing swims combined with a body massage enriched the experience of the broad spectrum of workshops and made everyone ask for more.
The first day writers Trent Ernst and Charles Helm spoke about writing, the environment and a balanced life.
Young native dancers, from ages six to fifteen, from the Riding Thunder Dance Theatre in Dawson Creek performed on day one.
The second day was dedicated to hands-on creative experience. Sandrina Harwood and Christabelle Kux-Kardos introduced the group to communication in the most effective way.
Mila Lansdowne?s workshop on silk painting worked nicely in the outdoors. So called sun technique was introduced and the participants took home their own creation, a hand painted silk scarf. Four teams painted large ?Peace-Scarves? In the group-exercise. The work will be auctioned off for charity purposes on December 13th in the Community Centre.
After the back-exercise with Crys White the next creative work started in painting with watercolors, instructed by well-know portrait artist Darcy Jackson and her talented daughter Amanda Wiebe.
Rita Kostyluk relaxed the group in her ?Balancing Chakra?s? workshop activating awareness of all five senses with sounds and scents.
Karen Kristianson?s workshop on Guided Imaginary reinforced the relaxing feeling, leaving a sense of well being. That evening under a starry sky at the campfire energized people with playful rhythm introduction to dance.
The third day (Sunday) with Joyce Lee and Charmaine Shirley focused on life empowerment exercise and interactive work. Joyce Lee, who is a certified life coach, guided the audience in her ?Inviting Prosperity? four-hour workshop to goal setting providing tools for achievement.
Charmaine worked with participants through visualization to their goals in a session called ?The Better Me?.
Participants had the opportunity to connect with health practitioners, relax the body with a massage and reflexology treatment or receive an individual consultation to personal questions.
In the feedback at the end, participants asked for more frequent functions like this. Creative Peace organizers have already planned a winter event on December 12th to 14th in the Community Centre in Tumbler Ridge with similar idea of workshops and sessions. From the feedback of the participants Terry Lansdowne Foundation plans to add music workshops and more outdoors activities. The request for monthly activities will be decided upon by the Board.
The organizer – the Terry Lansdowne Foundation is a non-profit BC registered Society, based on non-judgmental, non-religious and non-political operating principles. In projects like this it provides an opportunity for the public to connect with skilled professional or amateurs from the fields of creativity and the environment.
The TLF-founder?s vision is a permanent Centre for Peace and Creativity and is designed as a pilot project with the goal to assist residents who would like to create a more fulfilling personal life.
New members welcome (no membership fee required) contact: www.TLF-Peace.org