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Sun 2, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Meet at Cattle Point. Tools, gloves and instruction provided.

Thur 7, 11am-4pm. Miiko Skin Co @ UVSS Campus Kickoff. Farmer’s Market and Sustainability Fair on the grass outside the SUB where we will promote local products, healthy lifestyles, and sustainability initiatives in our community. Facebook Event Page for more details. 

Thur 7, 6:30-7:30pm. Organic Master Gardner-Free Info Session. Once you understand the connection between soil health, plant health, human health and environmental health you will look at the world with different eyes. Royal Roads University. Free. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Fri 8, 8-10am Resilient Region Exchange, focus on transportation. CRD Centre for Engagement, Commons Room 625 Fisgard Street , Victoria (exterior of CRD Headquarters, beside Starbucks at corner of Fisgard and Government). Meet-up

Sat 9, 9:30am-12:30pm Repair Café Victoria. What do you do with a holey sweater, a broken toaster, or a busted teddy bear? Don't toss it! Bring it in to Repair Café Victoria where volunteer repair experts will be on hand to teach you how to fix your broken household items. By donation. Central Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton Street.

Sat 9, 10am-4pm Victoria Urban Food-Gardens Annual Tour. Walk or bike your way through 14 unique food gardens. Various locations around Victoria. Facebook event page for more info. Purchase tickets $15, proceeds benefit Haliburton Community Organic Farm and 1Up Parent Resource Centre.

Sat 9, 10am-4pm Urban Food-Garden Tour. Self-guided tour of 15+ inspiring home food gardens.  Learn from home gardeners about year-round food production, vegetables, bees, fowl, fruit trees, soil, sustainable practices and more. Get informed, be inspired! Fundraiser for sustainable food production, local and global. Tickets $15 at GardenWorks,, or email Web:

Sat 9, 10am-12pm Composting Basics. Learn all the basics of composting and discover which system is right for you! Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis 250 386 9676;

Sat 9, 10-5pm One Heart Retreat at the Yurt (CorUnum), 5990 Old West Saanich Rd. with Ramana, Peter Tongue, Will Smith and others.  (Includes Vegetarian Potluck)  $25 and  Pre-Register:  Linda at or (250) 380-6383

Sat 9, 9-11am Friends of Beacon Hill Park volunteer work party. Meet base of Totem Pole in Beacon Hill Park. Remove invasive plants.  Tools and gloves provided, students welcome. Friends of Beacon Hill Park via Roy Fletcher:

Sat 9, 12-2pm Summer Pruning. This workshop will focus on summer pruning of fruit trees, which can continue into September. We will cover the key concepts of summer pruning and do demonstration pruning on selected trees at the Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park. Free. Alexis 250 386 9676

Sun 10, 11am-1pm EcoFarm School Info Session at 741 Haliburton Rd, Saanich. Learn about our EcoFarm Fall Fundamentals course.

Sun 10, 12pm-9pm. Miiko Skin Co @ Vining Street Party on the Plaza. Every year the residents of Vining Street host a FREE big party for all Fernwoodians to celebrate our vibrant community! There will be live music, face painting, contests, local food, beverages, a silent auction, children’s activities, a market, and much more. Facebook Event Page for more details.

Sun 10, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Meet at Cattle Point. Tools, gloves and instruction provided.

Sun 10, 12– 6pm Dogwood Booth at the Vining St Party, Vic High Plaza 1260 Grant St. Come support Dogwood's petition asking Trudeau not to expropriate First Nations land for the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. If your heart lies in social and environmental justice, come talk to us about volunteering and help us build on our exciting movement.

Sun 10, 10 am – 4:30 pm Dogwood Booth at Metchosin Days, Metchosin Municipal Grounds 4450 Happy Valley Road. Come support Dogwood's petition asking Trudeau not to expropriate First Nations land for the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. If your heart lies in social and environmental justice, come talk to us about volunteering and help us build on our exciting movement.



Mon 11 to Dec 17, Online. Organic Horticulture Specialist. A thorough introduction to the science and practice of organic horticulture, facilitating a profound shift in ecological awareness. Explore the concepts of landscape health management as well as how to build a holistic decision making framework for creating and maintaining vibrantly healthy gardens and landscapes. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 11 – Dec 17, Online. Ecological Plant Knowledge 1: Natives. This course provides an overview of plant and ecosystem relationships through a review of ecosystem ecology, botany, and plant physiology as it relates to choosing and planting native plants. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 11 – Dec 17, Online. Ecological Landscape Design. This comprehensive course begins with an overview of historical garden design perspectives and continues with the principles of landscape design and how the various elements are used in softscaping and hardscaping. Design terminology and drafting skills will be applied when following the steps in the design process. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 11 – Dec 17, Online. Ecological Plant Knowledge 2: Ornamentals. Plants are a product of their native environment, having adapted to specific soil, water and climate conditions. Learn plant identification emphasizing ornamental landscape plants including annuals, perennials, shrubs, deciduous and evergreen trees, commonly used in the ornamental landscape of the temperate and cooler northern hemisphere. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 11 – Dec 17, Online. Rainwater Management Certification. As an ancient, yet ever new practice, the harvesting and use of rainwater is fast becoming a major issue on a global scale. By using the concepts of rainwater management and harvesting, professionals and trades practitioners will be able to design, create and manage quality systems in a sustainable and environmentally ethical manner. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 11 – Dec 17, Online. Business Skills for Land Care Professionals. Drawing on 40 years of small business experience, this course goes beyond information found in textbooks and on the web, and provides a practical interpretation of common business problems and guidance to solutions. While it is addressed at small business owners in the ornamental land care and farming sectors, this course is applicable to all types of small business. Participants will develop their own marketing and business plans. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 11 – Dec 17, Online. Growing Food 1 Fundamentals. Learn essential applied permaculture and organic gardening techniques to optimize your garden year-round, use holistic solutions for plant health, harvest your own seeds, and more. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 11 – Dec 17, Online. Growing Food 2: Growing Nutrient Dense & High Energy Food. This course will focus on replenishing and rebalancing soil nutrients with the goal of growing complete nutrition for ourselves and our animals. $695. 250-391-2513.

Mon 11 – Dec 17, Online. Living Green Infrastructure. This course is designed to provide the knowledge and tools to assist professionals and practitioners in attaining a proficient level of competence in living green infrastructure. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 11 – Dec 17, Online. Organic Master Gardener. This is considered the foundation course at Gaia College and provides learners with a comprehensive, professional curriculum as well as reflect the interests of a mixed audience including home gardeners, budding farmers and landscape professionals. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Tue 12 – Oct 3, 10 am – 12 pm A Brief History of Ken Wilber: A Friendly Exploration of his Integral Philosophy with Layman Pascal. $75 or $20 drop in. Friends Meeting House, 1831 Fern St, Victoria 250-220-460  

Tue 12-Thur 14 Art and Nature Programs at The HUB. Join us creating art, being outdoors and learning new skills! Morning outdoor forest and afternoon art sessions for home-school learners at The HUB at Cowichan Station this fall. With Amanda Griesbach, MA, and Teresa Gustafson, Dip.FA. Registration at

Tue 12, 5-7pm Green Drinks at The Drake Eatery, 517 Market Square. Great drinks, great people!

Tue 12, 7:30 Cool Plants and their Fungal Friends. Join Andy MacKinnon, forest ecologist and co-author of the well-known book series, Plants of British Columbia, in this exploration of the fruitful union of two of his favorite Kingdoms. Free— all welcome, so bring a friend! Vic Fraser 159. VNHS.

Wed 13, 4pm-8pm. Miiko Skin Co @ Oak Bay Night Market. The final Oak Bay Village Night Market of the season! Lots of in-season produce, flowers, artisan bread, preserves, street food, tastings and sales of wine, cider, beer and spirits. Plus a huge variety of local artisans! Facebook Event Page for more details. 

Wed 13, 6-11pm Mother Earth Defenders Fundraiser and Koksilah Encore. Couldn't get enough of the Koksilah Music Festival? Get your Koksilah fix while supporting Indigenous resistance, resurgence and resilience! (Get your Festival tix here at Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St, Victoria.

Wed 13, 6:30-7:30pm. Ecological Landscape Design Free Info Session. If you are considering a career in landscape design, a landscaper wishing to offer more professional design services, or a home owner looking to design your own garden more professionally this course is for you. Royal Roads University. Free. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sat 16, 9:30-11am Friends of Moss Rocks Park volunteer work party. Meet corner of Eberts Street and May Street near Park. Remove invasive plants. Tools and gloves provided, students welcome. Friends of Moss Rocks Park via Pat Johnston:

Sat 16, 10am-5pm One Wave Gathering: 10th Anniversary on the BC Legislature lawn. Be part of reconciliation in action at this international Indigenous arts and culture festival. Free celebrations featuring unveiling of the Longhouse Project public art installation and dance presentations by First Nation & South Pacific groups. Learn about Indigenous cultures with interactive activities, displays, games & live art. Hosted by Pacific Peoples' Partnership.

Sat 16, 10-12pm Advanced Composting. Broaden your knowledge of composting methods. Free. Dynamic accumulators, hot composting, compost tea, in-situ composting methods and humanure. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis 250 386 9676 Eventbrite:

Sat 16, 12-2pm Creating an Herbal Medicine Cabinet. Workshop includes demonstration component giving you hands on experience to be able to replicate straightforward remedies at home some and stock your cabinet. Leave with a container of cough syrup, recipes and instructions for other herbal preparations and a new approach for staying healthy through cold and flu season. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis 250 386 9676 Eventbrite

Sat 16, 1-4pm Medicinal Forest Walk. Walk in the woods with an herbal practitioner and learn about local medicinal plants. Topics include tree, shrub, and herbaceous plant identification as well as their uses in traditional and modern herbology. Royal Roads University. $59+GST. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sun 17, 9am-5pm Willow Arm Chair Workshop. Make a Willow Armchair in one day. All tools and materials provided. Course takes place in Sooke. Royal Roads University. $269+GST. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sept 17, 1-3pm Monthly guided tour of Wildwood Ecoforest, Cedar, Nanaimo, with zoologist Bruce Hepburn.

Sun 17, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Meet at Cattle Point. Tools, gloves and instruction provided.

Sun 17, 12:30 to 6:30pm Dogwood Canvassers at Rifflandia, Royal Athletic Park, 1014 Caledonia. Look out for our dedicated volunteers with their clipboards working hard to protect our beautiful BC. Come sign our petition asking Trudeau not to expropriate First Nations land for the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. If your heart lies in social and environmental justice, sign up to volunteer and help us build on our exciting movement.



Mon 18, 6:30pm Fair Vote Canada Make Your Vote Count Town Hall. Host Gregor Craigie, CBC Radio. Special Guests:
Attorney General David Eby or designate
Sonia Furstenau, Green MLA
Andrew Wilkinson, Liberal MLA, Electoral Reform Critic
Terry Dance Bennink, Fair Vote Canada BC
Bernard Von Schulmann. Victoria City Hall.
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Tue 19 – Nov 9, Tue/Thur 6:30-9:30pm, Sat 9am-12pm. Organic Master Gardener. This intense, challenging, inspiring and profoundly life changing course is the core course for the Gaia College horticulture courses. No previous experience required. Royal Roads, $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Tue 19, 7:30 Plants and People in Nicaragua. Hannah Roessler will share ethnobotanical stories of people and plants, and how the experience opened her mind to the varied and often complex ways people learn about and “know” plants. She will also show photos of the various food and medicine plants on the permaculture farm. Everyone welcome. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House. VNHS

Wed 20 to October 11. 2:30 – 4:30 pm. From Tuning Forks to Rainbows: The Science of Sound, Light and Colour. Join Peter Hopkinson for afternoon presentations, presented by UVic Continuing Studies. Registration and details:

Wed 20, all day 5% Day at Whole Foods Youth Food Network (CRFAIR). Shop for a good cause: 5% of sales go to the Youth Food Gathering! You can meet the youth team from 11am-1pm. Whole Foods Market Victoria (Uptown Mall). Facebook Event Page for more details. 

Thurs 21 to Oct 1, 7pm Trees of Victoria. Join ornithologist James Clowater for Thursday evening lectures and Sunday morning field trips, presented by UVic Continuing Studies. Registration and details:

Thurs 21, 8-9:30pm Finding Calm in the Center of the Storm: Redefining Yourself and Your World through Radical Inquiry with Ramana. Interfaith Chapel, University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd.  Everyone welcome. and

Fri 22 to Sun 24 BC Sustainable Energy Association hosts Green Energy Doors Open. Go online to check for events, sign up, or host your own event. Visit Dockside Green Sustainable Neighbourhood Jane’s Walk; Central Park Solar (first condo with solar PV); Meredith House Net Zero Energy Retrofit.

Fri 22, 7-9pm Discover the Transformational Power of Sacred Ceremony: Flower Puja with Ramana at Church of Truth, 111 Superior St - Please bring flower as an offering;  $20 or more ($10 for the financially challenged) - Benefit for Widows of India  Doors open at 6 pm for Meditation and Pre-Program. Puja starts at 7pm (Please be on time) 

Fri 22, 7pm Invaders of the Coast – Strategies to remove invasive plants that threaten your land and water featuring Don Hare and Sue Staniforth. Organized by Habitat Acquisition Trust and Metchosin. 4450 Happy Valley Rd (Metchosin Municipal Hall). Followed by Walk on Sat 23, 10 am, 542 Wootton Rd (Metchosin Farm). or 250-995-2428.

Sat 23 9:30am-12:30pm Native Plant Workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Free. Please call Swan Lake 250.479.0211 to pre-register.

Sat 23, 10am Jane's Walk at Dockside Green

Sat 23, 10-12pm Soil: Really Important Tiny Lives. Soil is capable of supporting plant life and is vital to life on earth, yet we understand very little about its complexities. Dig deeper with this introductory soil science workshop where we’ll look at the soil ecosystem and the microbiology that helps us grow nutritious food. Free. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis 250 386 9676 Eventbrite

Sat 23, 12-2pm Pressure Canning. Make your own home-canned meat stew, vegetable soup, or salmon fillets. In this workshop, we'll use a pressure canner to preserve delicious baked beans by sealing them in glass jars and cover the basics of modern home pressure canning techniques, equipment, safety issues. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis 250 386 9676. Eventbrite

Sat & Sun Sep 23-24, 11am-5pm Early Autumn Edibles of Southern Vancouver Island. This field-based course will explore different habitats that produce fantastic fruits, nuts, mushrooms and other enticing edibles. Hands-on instruction will focus on techniques for harvesting and processing wild foods. Royal Roads University. $149+GST. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sat 23, 2-5pm TLC’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and AGM. Celebrate 20 years in conservation with TLC. Food, drink, music and good times. Windsor Park Pavilion, Oak Bay. Lisa

Sun 24, 2:30-5pm Wild Foods and Sustainable Foraging Workshop at Wildwood Ecoforest on Crane Rd, Ladysmith. Afternoon walk with experienced forager and plant expert Richard Kuehnel to learn about the edible, medicinal, practical, and toxic plants of our region. No experience is needed, all ages welcome. $45. Registration:



Mon 25, 7pm  Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism, with author Joyce Nelson. Joyce’s well researched book sheds new light on what is happening in the financial world. Victoria Council of Canadians and UVic Social Justice Studies. UVic David Turpin Building A104 

Mon 25, 7:30 Humpback Comeback. Join Jackie Hildering for a discussion on the return of Humpback Whales to B.C.’s coast. Jackie is a researcher with the Marine Education and Research Society ( ). Jackie is an educator, avid diver and underwater photographer, and is also known as “The Marine Detective”. Everyone is welcome. UVic Fraser 159. VNHS.

Tue 26, 9:15 - 1pm Edge Place Community Garden Revitalization! Join Angela, People Plants and Homes Coordinator at LifeCycles Project Society and BC Housing tenants in revitalizing their community garden. Invasive species removal, prepping and amending garden beds and planting garlic! Great opportunity to support food insecure families in a safe and enjoyable environment. 950 Edge Place. Contact if you would like to get involved. 

Tue 26. 1:30 – 3:30pm. 3 Hours to Anywhere! The Future of Air Travel. Join Dr. Parvez Kumar an afternoon presentation, presented by UVic Continuing Studies. Registration and details:

Wed 27 – Dec 2, Wed 6:30-9:30pm, Sat 9am-12pm. Ecological Landscape Design Semester I. Landscape health starts with intelligent design. Explore the intricate relationships within ecosystems, and how you can work with them to create vibrantly beautiful and healthy, low maintenance, self-sustaining gardens that are a haven for wildlife. Royal Roads, $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Wed 27, 7:30 Birds, Beaches, Road Trains and ‘Roos. Jim and Jeannie Cosgrove spent three months travelling across Australia from Sydney to Coral Bay, finding the unique birds of Australia. They also spent time scuba diving with whale sharks. UVic Fraser 159. VNHS.

Thur 28, 7pm The film Cowspiracy brings awareness of the effect that animal agriculture, especially cattle, has on our environment. Duncan United Church Social Justice Film Night. By donation at the door. 246 Ingram St. 250-746-6043

Thurs 28 – 30, Riparian Restoration Workshop and Invasive Plant Removal, Join Habitat Acquisition Trust and Dave Polster for a 2-day Riparian Restoration Workshop (Sept 29-30) and an optional free invasive plant removal day at Ruby Creek (Sept 28). Meeting location: Witty’s Lagoon Main Parking Lot. Sign up to volunteer or pay for two-day workshop and for more info with Some details.

Sat 30, 8am Birding with Geoffrey Newell of Friends of Uplands Park.  Bring your binoculars, meet Cattle Pt.

Sat 30, 10am-4pm Ecoforestry at Wildwood. Join us for a workshop to learn the basics of ecoforestry and how we are applying them at Wildwood. Ecoforestry is a forest stewardship system which aims at preserving or enhancing ecological functioning while providing for ecologically appropriate levels of harvest or other uses.

Sat 30, 12-2pm Permaculture Basics. This workshop will take you through the permaculture ethics and principles using examples from the CEC site and gardens. We will touch on social permaculture and brainstorm how we might apply what we’ve learned in our own lives. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park. Alexis 250 386 9676. Eventbrite link:


Coming Up

Sunday, Oct 1 18th Annual Salt Spring Island Apple Festival. A chance to visit Apple Heaven while still on earth! Growing over 500 apple varieties organically. Apple Festival Website:

Thur Oct 12, 9:30am to 3pm Conservation Connection Forum Conference + Collaboration Workshop, Evening Keynote Banquet. Gardens at HCP, 505 Quayle Rd. More than a hundred people representing First Nations, land trusts, wildlife conservation experts, environmental groups, and those caring for nature across South Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, come together bi-annually for the Conservation Connection presented by Habitat Acquisition Trust. With renowned speakers, a beautiful space to gather and collaborate, active nature walks, as well as a benefit auction night this is the event of the season. Early Bird tickets available until September 14: $80 Conference w/ Keynote Banquet including lunch, dinner, and snacks $50 Conference only – includes lunch and snacks. Student discounts available.





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