What to Expect at Weaving Wellness, the BC Alliance's Annual Conference!

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As Weaving Wellness, our annual conference, draws nearer (September 30-October 1 at the Roundhouse in Vancouver!), we're excited to share a little bit more about the structure of this year's event. We've worked with our partners at the Vancouver Park Board and the Roundhouse to create an innovative framework for the conference, which incorporates Indigenous protocols and practices, and reflects this year's theme: Arts, Health and Well-Being.

On the first morning, delegates will be guided toward the Roundhouse from the four cardinal directions – North, East, South and West. In so doing, they will be welcomed by four Hosts from this unceded Coast Salish territory, reaffirming our connection to the land, which will be a focal point of this gathering.

Over the course of the two-day conference, delegates will be taken through streams focusing on four aspects of wellness: Relationship to the Land, Relationship to Self-Knowing and Embodied Lineage, Relationship to the Sound of our Hearts, and Relationship to Presence and Resurgence. Each stream will consist of an opportunity to "listen" (a moderated discussion between experts and practitioners in the given field), "share" (a guided reflection, where participants are invited to discuss, share knowledge, find new answers, and ask new questions) and "do" (a participatory piece of art, theatre, music, etc.). Through this process, we will learn together how arts, culture, health and well-being influence one another.

Early bird registration for Weaving Wellness is available at Eventbrite until Friday, September 6, with discounted rates for students/seniors and BC Alliance members. Special hotel rates are available through our sponsor, Sandman Suites - Vancouver Davie, until September 5; see the Eventbrite for more information. If financial or other barriers prevent you from registering, or if you have any other questions, we encourage you to reach out to us at conference@allianceforarts.com.

In the days to come, we'll be sharing more information about the names and faces you can expect to meet at Weaving Wellness. Stay tuned!

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