Spinners Walking Club: Seawall & Shoreline

There are two walking clubs, one in Vancouver and one in West Vancouver. West Van Club is organized through the Ferry Building Gallery


VANCOUVER: 4 Sessions*, Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm

Speakers for series coordinated by Kamala Todd
June 27 – Trillium North Park practice session- no registrations required
July 4 –  with Sinaqwila Wyss  Coal Harbour area, register here

Senaqwila Wyss is from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), Tsimshian, Sto:lo, Hawaiian and Swiss. She has a  Bachelors in Communications and First Nations studies from SFU. She is an ethnobotanist and warrior entrepreneur. She co-owns Raven and Hummingbird Tea Co. with her mother, traditionally trained ethnobotanist T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss using Indigenous plant teachings to share with people of all ages. Senaqwila is also sharing her knowledge to the next generation with daughter Kamaya. She is a learner of the Squamish language in effort for young daughter to become a fluent speaker. Senaqwila facilitates Indigenous plant knowledge workshops, has experience in professional communications in addition to coordination and event planning. 

Aug 15 – with Miss Christie Lee Vanier Point area, register here

Christie Charles a.k.a “Miss Christie Lee” of Musqueam, with lineage from Tsleil-waututh and Squamish nations, is an artists who expresses her gifts in many forms. Growing up in a world of music her focus has been hip hop, namely raps, where she as an emcee incorporates her traditional knowledge, stories and ancient Musqueam dialect. She is a story teller, coastal hand drum singer, filmmaker and a speaker for her ancestors. Her goal is to empower and reconnect spirits to who we truly are as first peoples of the lands. Christie is was recently appointed as the City of Vancouver’s first Indigenous Poet Laureate.
Aug 22 – Tina Brooks, Crab Park area: information coming soon

Registrants will be sent an email with exact meeting location 3 days  before event, and asked to follow up if they want a spinning/walking kit or rope-making/walking kit for the session.

* note video documentation will be happening on walks.

These 4 free walking sessions are opportunities to come together as a group of drop spinners and practice the communal meditation of walking and spinning, listening and talking. Each week, up to 2km of the seawall will be explored and mapped both by our feet and the lengths of spun yarn we produce. Recording the collective number of meters (or fathoms) of spun line will be an interesting metric to measure against the walked distance. How much can we spin on average when our feet are in the water walking the shore line versus on a seawall path?  With 2 hours allotted to listen to stories shared, walk and spin or twist, then stop and listen again.  We will skein and measure our meters of line from our drop spindles at the end of each session. A way to practice our walking/spinning skills, while getting to know local areas in a slowed down more intimate way- and devising quirky ways of measuring  production and distance…. spun line by the fathom.

Vancouver: Bring your own drop spindle and fibre, or spin fibre for EartHand projects. Drop spindle and  rope making fibre kits available for those who sign up for an eventbrite spot.( coming soon)

Not a spinner but want to participate? Meet 15 minutes early and learn how to make cordage on the journey, and assist with measuring, making music, telling stories and more.


WEST VANCOUVER: 5 Sessions + Community Celebration
Walking Sessions each day, Monday July 30 – Friday Aug 3, 6:30-8:30pm; $8/session or $25 for set. Traveling fibre kits for use included in registration.
and Community Celebration Thursday Aug 9, 6-9pm

Locations to meet TBA
More information and registration on the Ferry Building website,
https://ferrybuildinggallery.com/programs_events/seaside_shoreline_spinners_walking_club

A part of the Land & Sea Project.

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