It's no secret that Whistler residents love to take care of themselves.
They run, they bike, they snowboard and they ski. Getting up and moving is simply a key part of living here, and the health benefits are palpable in a community that's fit and healthy.
It's with health in mind that the community hosts the eighth annual Whistler Wellness Fair, to take place May 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Westin Resort and Spa.
The event, which is free for the public (although donations are graciously accepted for Pearl's Place Transition House for Women), began as a small affair at Myrtle Philip Community School and has since evolved into an exhibition for health and wellness resources available throughout the Sea to Sky region and elsewhere.
First on the agenda will be speaker Lesley Thorsell, who will present a talk titled "Boobology: Top 10 Tips for Breast Health." A survivor of breast cancer, Thorsell will be offering tips from the Pink and Green Ribbon campaign, a movement that works to foster a preventative approach for averting the disease. She'll be speaking at 11 a.m.
Then at 12 p.m. Dr. Heather Johnston will present on "How to Obtain a Healthy Nervous System." Johnston, a chiropractor, will talk about how you can have more energy, a deeper sleep and how to get to the root of your health problems rather than hide the symptoms.
Two workshops are available as part of the Wellness Fair. First, "Psychic Spa" costs $20 and will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The spa aims to treat your "higher senses" to a cleaning and balancing, helping open you to messages in alignment with your desires. Call (604) 966-4645 for more information.
Then on May 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Fair will host "Access Your Bars," a workshop with a certified access consciousness facilitator to teach participants about how all your thoughts, attitudes, decisions and beliefs are contained in 32 "bars" running through your head.
The cost is $200 and free if you're 15 years or under. It's $100 for anyone who's 16 to 18 years old. To register call (867) 335-5759 or go to www.joyawareness.com.