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I’m really thrilled to have been approached by the Bowen Island Yoga Studio. They asked if I would present my Becoming Intimate with the Earth workshop on Bowen Island. We’ll be spending the day at Rivendell Retreat Centre, enjoying the magnificent mountain and sea views. Looking forward to being with the earthy, wise, and adventurous people who attend my workshops.
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Carolyn-2013-High-Res-Cropped-150x150This Sunday (January 18) I will be interviewed on The LifeBoat Hour, a radio show hosted by Carolyn Baker. Carolyn has been an adjunct professor of history and psychology, a psychotherapist, and has written several books, including Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times. I met Carolyn two years ago at one of her workshops and look forward to speaking with her. If you miss the program, you can listen to it later and download the episode, if you like.

Here’s the announcement on her website:

Join Me Sunday Night, January 18 With Pauline Le Bel:
Becoming Intimate With The Earth

How do we become intimate with the earth? How do music, art, and, poetry sustain us in turbulent times? Join me at 9PM Eastern, 8PM Central, 7PM Mountain, and 6PM Pacific at http://lifeboathour.podbean.com/
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Whether snow or slush or rain, nothing stops the most determined bird watchers. So four of us trudged for three hours around Killarney Lake yesterday on Bowen Island to count the birds of winter. We had a glorious time spotting Ravens and Wrens, and listening for the high-pitched call of the tiny Kinglets. The highlight was the sight of two Trumpeter Swans walking very gingerly over the frozen lake until they came to open water. With a wingspan of over seven feet they are impressive. This is their winter playground, having left the cold frozen tundra of the north. They form a pair bond here – they mate for life – and will go back north in the spring to start a family.
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Dr Sun Yat Sen Garden
For thousands of years, humans have celebrated the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. On the 21st of December, the Sun will reverse its downward path across the sky, and longer days and more light will be the gifts we receive. It’s a favourite time for me, a time to give thanks for the gift of fire, the gift of life. This year, Paul and I will celebrate the Winter Solstice at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. They will reenact the ancient Chinese celebration of this day with handcrafted glowing lanterns, musical performances, spicy dragon tea and tasty treats. Can’t wait! For tickets and more information:
http://vancouverchinesegarden.com/calendar/winter-solstice-2/


And here’s my Song for the Winter Solstice from my CD, Rescue Joy, with terrific backup vocals from the Sojourners. Happy Winter Solstice!

My interview with Janaia Donaldson at Peak Moment TV is now available on their website. She is a warm and passionate interviewer. She laughed. She cried. She sang with me!
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Here’s what Janaia said about the interview: “I had SO MUCH FUN with you – love your passion, your performer’s exquisite expressiveness. If your workshop attendees gain even half of what I did, they are so much richer for it! Thank you for being our guest.”

Imagine spending a day at the exquisite VanDusen Garden, to immerse yourself in Earth’s beauty and generosity, and to experience how you are embraced by, and embedded in, the natural world. My workshop, Becoming Intimate with the Earth, invites you to do just that. With wisdom, song, and poetry you will be guided through the Ways of Intimacy described in my book: The Ways of Wonder, Emptiness, Imagining, Transformation, and Community. We will move through and out of the old stories that told us we were separate, independent, isolated beings, and breathe in the new stories – scientific, cultural, and economic – that illuminate our interdependence and responsibility to all life.

                        Bring your sense of awe and your sense of humour.

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Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver

Cost: $65. Includes VanDusen Garden admission fee.

Wear comfortable clothing.

Registrationearthliteracies@gmail.com, 250-220-4601 Do not let cost prohibit your attending. Please contact Earth Literacies. (I will be giving a similar workshop in Victoria on November 1st.)

My Brother’s Music

When I was young, I looked up to my brother, Pierre, two and a half years older than I. He was bright, intense and very musical. I loved hearing him practice his trumpet in the basement.
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He played with the mute over the mouthpiece so as not to disturb the family. But I loved it best when my parents were gone and he removed the mute and blasted us all to kingdom come. When he grew up he became a jazz musician, his improvised music inspired by the soulful inflections of Miles Davis. These days, he plays the piano and composes. This is the first movement of his string quartet. He calls it “Un Reve Profond” – a profound dream. It’s played on the piano with string enhancement. I look forward to hearing a real string quartet play it one day. I hope you enjoy this contemplative music.