The renowned Indian spiritual physician and author, Deepak Chopra, is hosting a regional gathering right here in Whistler later this month.
On Thursday, Aug. 27, Chopra will take part in a public seminar entitled "Celebrate Change in B.C.," discussing a grassroots movement designed to expand awareness through co-operative participation, creating positive change through personal and social transformation. The movement is actually inspired by Chopra, carrying forward the famous message of spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi: "Be the change you want to see in the world."
The seminar will also explore the question of how to create a critical mass to expand this "conscious coherence" throughout the world. Chopra hopes to engage people in co-operative change and raise awareness of worldwide issues by hosting these local meetings.
The Whistler discussion is open to all community members, and organizers are expecting about 1,500 people to come join in the discussion, which will explore ways to end war, global warming, and human suffering.
Admission is by donation, with a suggested amount of $20 for adults and $10 for teenagers. Doors open at Community Exhibition Hall at the Telus Conference Centre at 6 p.m. The program starts at 7:30 p.m. and runs until 9:30 p.m.
Putting the Fun in Function Junction
After their first event held in July was a resounding success, the Whistler Arts Council has decided to host yet another ArtWalk event in the southern, oft-forgotten regions of Whistler - Function Junction.
On Friday, Aug. 21, WAC is hosting the second and final Function Block Party and this time around they're taking it up a notch, offering more venues, three party hotspots, two DJs and two live bands, plus live art and community mural. Whew! Talk about a block party.
Participating artists include Chili Thom, David Buzzard, Pascale Gadbois, Mike Barry, Anastasia Chomlack, Robin Dutcher Pryor, Dave Petko, Arne Guttman, Bea Gonzalez, Jason Cyr, Vicki English, Chad Chomlack, Justin Ormiston, Shawn Ackerman, Vanessa Stark, Hayley Wirshing, Suzy-Annick Raymond and Randy Smith. Venues include the Creation Station, Pique Newsmagazine's office, Mountain Blooms/Whistler Wedding Planners/Orkidz Art Studio, Cracked Pepper Catering, Black Ohm Tattoos, Patina Home Interiors, Art Junction Gallery, Millar Creek Café, Delish Cafe & Catering, and Podium Auto Detail.
The fun starts at 6 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m., with a free shuttle running from the taxi loop to Function, courtesy of Canadian All Terrain. The shuttle loops every half hour from Whistler Village Taxi Loop to Function Junction starting at 6 p.m., making a stop in Creekside at the Greyhound Bus Location on the way to Function. The last shuttle leaves Function at 9:15 p.m.