Uniquely Building Community on Camano Island
The NW Mind Body Spirit Connection event will be held on Camano Island from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 13, at the Camano Center, featuring speakers, demonstrations, classes and exhibitors working in a broad range of traditional and alternative approaches to health and wellness. An after party from 4 to 7 p.m. will include wine tasting, live music and cooking demonstrations. Proceeds benefit the Stanwood Camano Food Bank.
Wellness events continuing on October 14 around the island include a community labyrinth installation at Camano Commons; a labyrinth talk at the Camano Library; Beach Walk & Chakra Talk with Dena Marie at Cama Beach State Park; sound bath at Movement Arts; Zip & Zen at Canopy Tours NW; and more.
At the NW Mind Body Spirit Connection, it isn’t unusual to see a group of people taking in a Tibetan singing bowl demonstration, participating in a session of Laughter Yoga or enjoying a chakra-inspired fashion show. In fact, it’s quite normal to find an event geared toward bringing together practitioners and those interested in health, well-being and the healing arts. If walking through a labyrinth sounds like an exciting venture, then the NW Mind Body Spirit Connection is the place to visit.
Since 2014, it has grown from an annual event to three events a year in different locations, including Camano Island, Lynnwood and Bellevue. Gayle Pickens, the owner and director, fondly reminisces, “For the first event, we had many local businesses participate. We brought together a group of people covering a very wide range of holistic health and wellness, and we had it at the Camano Center, on Camano Island. It was all very magical. People made connections, the public came in and we had speakers and classes that people really enjoyed,” she says.
Working with her friend and fellow event planner, Patti Pontikis, they hatched a plan to create a platform where professionals from the healing arts and health and wellness could have the opportunity to network and share their skills. “One of the things we didn’t expect were the connections it fostered between practitioners. Many practitioners don’t have much time to connect within the healing community, and they really found it beneficial to have others in their field all in one place,” enthuses Pickens.
Free admission, with food and beverages available for purchase. After party tickets: $15. Location: 606 Arrowhead Rd., Camano Island. For more information, visit NWMindBodySpirit.com.