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Awakening environmental awareness party

Awakening yourself to truly become aware of your life can lead to self-improvements in both your emotional and physical health. But this raising of consciousness can also extend itself to benefiting those things around you, including the environment.

And that is why Marie Fortin, organizer of Hilltrip’s next Step It Up series on Friday, Jan. 26 at Maxx Fish, is inviting locals and visitors alike to an Awakening Session with Kelly Oswald, Tina James and Robbie Dagg.

Most locals know Oswald as the owner of The Oracle and leading voice and talent in the spiritual arts in Whistler. The founder of the West Coast Institute of Mystic Arts in Vancouver is also an ordained minister and teacher of spirituality and metaphysics. Her intuitive arts workshops and psychic readings are known all over the world.

Oswald will begin the presentation with a talk on consciousness and how it can improve all aspects of our lives.

Tina James will then lead participants on a journey into the practice of a yogic lifestyle of loving-kindness, peace and fun.

Robbie Dagg will close the evening with a musical Buddhist mantra to get everyone into a good vibration.

The presentation runs from 7 to 9 p.m. with free readings available until 7:30 p.m.

All the good vibrations from the workshop will then shift to the dance floor with DJ Jamie Vale playing funky grooves all night long after 9 p.m.

The event raises funds for the Snowrider Project, a stewardship program that preserves and restores alpine and valley watersheds.

Attendees will have a chance to win door prizes as well as enter a free raffle to win a three-day Surf Experience Expedition sponsored by Deep Snow and Surf Experience.

Awakening Session admittance is by a suggested donation of $5, which includes free psychic readings for early-bird arrivals.


Dinner fit for the podium

The Pemberton Rotary plates a culinary celebration with six world-class chefs stepping into the kitchen to produce a six-course meal to both raise funds for an African street youth program as well as foster Olympic spirit as part of the Pemberton WinterFest festivities.

The intimate goodwill dinner of divine deliciousness will be hosted Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Pemberton Valley Vineyard.

The event aims to showcase talented chefs as well as promote local products pulled straight from the grounds of Pemberton.