Monday, July 27, 2009

Quadra Island Retreat and Harvesting Event

On July 19th and July 20th some of the members of the Feasting for Change working group came together on a road trip to Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge on Quadra Island. There were 10 of us. Some from the Scianew First Nation, Tsawout, Pauquachin and an Elder from the Tsartlip Nation.

Elder Anna Spahan has always been encouraging us to take a trip there to see how amazing the area is and help all of us to connect to nature. The Wai Kai First Nation was contacted to see if we could visit their territory and collect some medicines.

We arrived at around 3 pm and settled into our rooms to relax in the amazing view for a few hours. Some of us were wading in the ocean, others in the hot tub and more of us in the great swinging chair or chairs over looking the ocean.

We then had a delicious dinner highlighting many traditional foods. Ie cedar planked salmon, crab, bison steak, mixed fish stir fry and fry bread and berries for dessert.

We then walked around the lodge and Anna Spahan and John Bradley Williams led us in a plant walk. John and Leanne from the local Nation also joined us to share their wisdom and stories.

The next morning we woke and ate together and shared stories. We then gathered our things and went out to pick mullein, native blackberry, salmonberry, thimbleberry leaves and much more.

We are currently drying the tea and making small packages of tea for gifts at our feasts and to sell to help with the cost of food at events.

It was so wonderful to get away together and create memories and great friendships.

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