2011 PWAC Retreat

Getting ready to watch some films on a field trip during the last PWAC Retreat in 2009

PWAC Victoria and Vancouver Chapters are having a Retreat May 13-15 on Salt Spring Island.

Inspiration — Refreshment — Networking — Local Fare — Ambiance

Salt Spring Island, largest of the Gulf Islands, drenched in West Coast beauty …

Veritable mecca for foodies, with many organic farms, several noted wineries, outstanding restaurants …

Salt Spring and the nearby islands are a mecca for writers, too …

We’re bringing best of all three into the picture for PWAC’s biennial Victoria-Vancouver chapter get-together!

The package includes two nights’ accommodation, four meals, three speakers and shuttle
service for walk-ons — all for an incredibly modest $175.
·  Accommodation in well-equipped cabins at Cedar Beach Resort on St Mary Lake.  Waterfront meeting/dining room.

·  Speakers: Brian Brett (Trauma Farm, 2009), Briony Penn (Islands in the Salish Sea: A Community Atlas, 2005) and another TBA. More below.

·  Meals served onsite by noted caterer Christine Godlonton of Dinner’s Ready on Salt Spring.

·  Pub night Friday in Ganges village.

·  Off-time for visiting the Ganges markets Saturday morning.

·  Guided tour and luncheon Sunday.

The retreat is open to PWAC members only. Space is limited — first come, first served.
Pop a cheque for $175, made out to PWAC, in the mail to:
Carole Pearson
PWAC Victoria
1887 Farrell Cr.
Saanichton, BC
V8M 1K7
Want a Queen or King bed? — add $20 and register early.
Should you have to cancel — your money refunded minus 10% admin fee.
Not included in the fee: ferry transport; Friday dinner; Sunday lunch; liquor.

Ferry service from the mainland: best plan is to leave cars at Tsawwassen, walk onto the Swartz Bay ferry, then walk onto the Swartz Bay-Fulford Harbour ferry. Catch the 5 pm ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, then board the 7 pm ferry to arrive at Fulford Harbour at 7:35. Catch the 7 pm  from Tsawwassen — you’ll be in your snuggies by 10:15.  Our shuttle service will meet foot passengers at Fulford Harbour. Or blow a bundle ($216.41 round-trip) and come by Harbour Air — it’ll blow your mind. We’ll meet you in Ganges.

Notes on speakers:

Brian Brett wrote Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life (Greystone/D&M, 2009) as a life-in-a-day account of 18 years operating with his partner a small farm on Salt Spring Island. A Canadian writer of standing, author of two novels and several books of poetry, Brian’s second book of non-fiction won the $25,000 Writers’ Trust of Canada Non-Fiction Prize for 2009 — besting Wade Davis, Erika Ritter et al — and the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award at the 2010 BC Book prizes, where it was shortlisted in two other categories. Brian will talk about the writing of Trauma Farm, his “breakout book,” and what’s it’s like to publish “something that’s part of the future.”

Briony Penn is a writer and artist, cartographer (with a Ph.D. in Geography), naturalist and activist with deep roots on Salt Spring Island. She works with such organizations as The Land Trust Alliance of BC and The Land Conservancy of BC — which she co-founded in 1997 — and writes a column of in-depth reporting on environment and land use issues in Focus Magazine (http://www.focusonline.ca/). Briony has conducted many community mapping workshops, notably in helping to develop the remarkable Islands in the Salish Sea: A Community Atlas (Touchwood Editions, 2005). She promises fun and interaction.

Maybe: Ronald Wright, author of What is America? A Short History of the New World Order (Knopf Canada, 2008), A Short History of Progress (Anansi Press, 2004), and Stolen Continents: The “New World” Through Indian Eyes (Penguin Books, 1992). “If I’m here I can do it — but there’s a strong chance I may be out of the country at that time. I won’t be certain till early April…”

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