Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre
$25 | All Ages –
Go on an adventure with this mixture of forest walk and creation with carver Beau Wagner. This workshop includes walking the land—learning to slow down and listen to the super natural world around us. We will discover medicines from our plant relatives, how they provide food for our animal relatives, how they have all the materials needed to make clothing to protect us from the long winter rains, and how the forest surrounds and protects us. The teachings will focus on the health of the forest and emphasize how it is our job to take care of the forest for future generations. We will learn how to feed the forest and give back to it. From there, we will take our learnings and go indoors to sand, draw, design, and paint our very own paddle plaques. Please note: workshop may run over time.
Beau Wagner is an artist and woodworker. He lived for five years with a teacher from Sztuminus, who every day provided him with Snawayalth and knowledge of our connections to wood and the wilderness. This carving teacher, who cannot be named during the period of mourning, as is Salish custom, understood these relationships as sacred. He told Beau a story about their family travelling to Fraser River to fish and visit with relatives while there. More importantly, in terms of his family history, he told Beau that he too was a relative. Today, there are very few carvers who have been taken under a senior carver’s wings to receive daily teachings about life and our relationships to all living things.