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Becoming Intimate with the Earth: with Pauline LeBel

Saturday, April 11, 10-4 PM*
Rivendell Retreat Centre, Bowen Island


* Bring a bagged lunch

Photo by Cynthia Lam

Photo by Cynthia Lam

Imagine spending a day to immerse yourself in Earth’s beauty and generosity, and to fully experience how you are embraced by, and embedded in, the natural world. Pauline Le Bel’s workshop invites you to do just that. You will be guided through the Ways of Intimacy described in her book of the same title: The Ways of Wonder, Emptiness, Imagining, Transformation, and Community, and take away your own intimacy practices.  As we move through and out of the old stories that told us we were separate, independent, isolated beings, we will breathe in the new stories – cultural, scientific, personal – that illuminate our interdependence with all life.

Bring your sense of awe and your sense of humour! 

About the facilitator: 

Photo by Claudia Schaefer

Photo by Claudia Schaefer

Pauline Le Bel is a masterful storyteller, award-wining novelist, and Emmy-nominated screenwriter for The Song Spinner. She has 5 CDs of her original music, in French and English, and has presented her workshops in Vancouver, Victoria and in the U.S. She believes in the power of new stories to transform our world. You can find out more about Pauline at her website:

Links to Pauline’s work:

Mitochondria Motel: Pauline’s amusing torch song about our friendly bacteria:

How Shall I Walk with this Wounded Earth:

Pauline’s interview with Peak Moment TV – a three-minute excerpt where she talks about writing her book Becoming Intimate with the Earth 

What people have said about Pauline’s workshops:

“It was an enlivening workshop and such a treat to meet Pauline.” 
~ Participant, Becoming Intimate with the Earth workshop, Vancouver

"Pauline lifted our hearts and imaginations...  Her light-hearted and powerful presence encourages full participation of all ages." 
~ Dianne Shiner, Program Director, Whidbey Institute, Whidbey Island, WA

“A captivating presentation. Wonderful change from our usual lectures.” 
~ Participant, Elder College, Capilano University

“We love your work – vivacious and inspiring to say the least – and so in tune with our vision and mission. We would love to have you come to Prairiewoods.” 
~ Laura Weber, Associate Director, Prairiewoods, Iowa

“The gracious gift of your talent at the conference brought memorable moments of tears, laughter, joy and new understanding for many."
~ Cheryl Genet, Director, Orion Institute, California