Fall 2022

October 3, 2022

After an eventful summer of finally getting back to in-person socializing for the first time in a few years, Fall offers the chance to take it easy and enjoy the simpler things in life—like hot coffee, foggy mornings, and cozy sweaters. So, now that you’ve unpacked from your summer holidays, sent the kids back to school, and waved goodbye to the never-ending lineup of visiting family members, now is the time to sit back, relax... and plan your next visit to the west coast!

Check out the lineup of fun, educational events coming up in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere region! 

The Fibre Art Retreat is just weeks away!
We’ve been talking about it all summer and it’s finally (almost) here: the 2022 West Coast Fibre Art Retreat! Over three days of workshops led by local and visiting artists at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, art enthusiasts will get creative with wool, woven embellishments, cedar weaving and macrame. Only a few tickets remain, so get yours now!
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Mushrooms of the West Coast
Nothing says fall like mushroom picking! This weekend Raincoast Education Society is hosting a field course to explore the wonderful world of west coast mushrooms. Co-authors of "Mushrooms of BC," Andy McKinnon and Dr. Kem Luther will lead the course with an overview of wild mushrooms and other fungi, before demonstrating how to forage and cook edible mushrooms. Though it's already sold out for this year, Raincoast hosts the course every Thanksgiving weekend, so put it in your calendars for 2023!
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Canadian and Indigenous Histories 101
For a limited time, Whose Land is providing an educational resource that explores Canadian history from an Indigenous perspective. Created by the late Sarah Robinson, the 45-minute video offers an introduction to basic terminology and appropriate language, and provides an overview of the residential school system and Indian Act legislation. This powerful resource is available until October 27 through donation to the Sarah Robinson Foundation.
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Thornton Creek Hatchery
An obvious sign of Fall on the west coast is the start of the salmon run! And we all know what a salmon-filled creek means—lots and lots of bears! Thornton Creek Hatchery is open to wildlife viewing for the first time in three years! Located just outside Ucluelet, viewing is offered most days between 10am and 3pm, but The Society is seeking volunteers to increase hours. Contact them to schedule viewing or to volunteer! Photo: Thornton Creek Hatchery
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Researcher Interviews coming soon!
All summer, the NEST has been working on the next set of videos in the Researcher Interview Series. Throughout the inspiring series, youth have interviewed local researchers to hear about the work they do and how they got there. Catch up on the last set of videos and stay tuned to see who gets interviewed next!
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Yoga Teacher Instructor Retreat
It's not too late to spend your November getting inspired by lucious rainforests and fog-covered oceans while connecting mind and body. Sign up for the Yoga Teacher Training Course from Tofino Yoga for 21 days and 200 hours of Yoga Intensive. Certified by Yoga Alliance, this course has a syllabus filled with meditation, anatomy, asana sequencing, yoga ethics and so much more. Just one spot remains!
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Get your creative juices flowing! Not only is Kim Leckey (aka SeaWoven) joining us for the West Coast Fibre Art Retreat in just a few short weeks, she's also hosting a "Macrame Moons" workshop with Tofino Recreation this December. Read our story for a recap on her latest art workshop, where she showed participants how to turn marine debris into adorable bumble bees! Find out for yourself what all the buzz is about by visiting the swarm of bees at the Blackberry Cove Marketplace in Ucluelet.