Days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping, which means it is time to… embrace the change of season! The FEELed Lab invites you to gather around the fire for late afternoon outdoor conviviality as we tenderly welcome the dark, together.
WHEN: Friday 3 December 2021, 3-4:30 pm
WHERE: Woodhaven Ecocultural Centre (969 Raymer Rd)
WHAT TO BRING: Please come with an offering (a quote, a poem, a recollection, a song) to the dark to share; The FEELed Lab will supply hot drinks (bring your own mug!) and fireside snacks.
No registration required.
At the end of another long year, may the dark be a comfie blanket around us all.
All welcome! Directions and other practical information below.
Fringe Natures is an occasional outdoor event series hosted by the FEELed Lab. These events invite deep curiosity about who, and where, we are, and what the heck we are doing here. All FEELed Lab events strive to be feminist, anticolonial, queer, and accessible spaces!
Darkness & How to Prepare:
True to the event’s subtitle, we will experience together and disperse after the sunset. It is dark at 16:30 these days and we advise anyone traveling by bike or foot to ensure you are appropriately visible to drivers for your return trip. (A flashlight or headlamp might be handy!)
In addition to bringing an offering to the dark and your own mug for a hot drink, please dress warmly and according to the weather. We expect it will be chilly, so let’s enjoy the cold from the shelter of warm clothing! We will provide several chairs to rest your body.
If the weather is storming, we will cancel the event.
We will meet at Woodhaven Ecocultural Centre, which abuts Woodhaven Regional Park in Kelowna’s lower mission neighbourhood. The Ecocultural Centre, located here, can be accessed via bicycle, bus, or personal vehicle.
If cycling or driving, approaching from Gordon Drive, turn west onto McClure and then south (right) onto Raymer Road. Once on Raymer Road, there are three turns—east (left), south (right), and east (left)—that will take you to the end of the road which, even after all of that turning, is still called Raymer. Where the asphalt ends, Raymer Road becomes an unmarked gravel path navigable by most bicycles. While the path is wide enough to drive a small car though the trees, parking at the centre is limited. If it is comfortable for you to park at the end of Raymer and walk up the path, please do so.
If you wish to travel by bus, BC transit route 17 begins at H2O Centre and drives south. The stop closest to Woodhaven is 870 Block Gordon Drive, from which you can access a wooden bridge over Bellevue Creek that exits onto Raymer Road approximately 200m west from its end, where the aforementioned path begins. In total, the walk from the bus stop to the Ecocultural Centre is approximately 500m.
Please be advised that, given the time of year, there may be a significant amount of botanical debris on the path. Pedestrians and cyclists heed caution. The path meanders approximately 300 metres to the Ecocultural Centre buildings.
Woodhaven Ecocultural Centre is unfortunately not an accessible space for users of mobility devices or people who struggle with stairs. While we work to rectify that, the washroom available for use on site is up one flight of wooden stairs and will be open for the duration of the event.