March 13, 2015



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Spring Forest Qigong

Session #1 : Thursday Sept. 27 – Nov. 1 @ 7:00 – 8:00 pm (6 weeks)

Session #2: Thursday Nov. 8 – Dec. 13 @ 7:00 – 8:00 pm (6 weeks)

Cost: $50.00/6 week session or $12/drop-in per class

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Spring Forest Qigong (SFQ) is a powerful self-healing practice of gentle movements that can be done standing, sitting or lying down.  This practice consists of meditation exercises designed to assist with improving health and well being and is comprised of 4 components: visualization, breath, postures/movements and sound.  Instructor: Kimi Nakamura



Valley Dads Night Out – Lush Valley Little Chefs

Fathers and male family members/caregivers and their children cook and eat a meal together with Lush Valley’s Little Chefs program. Please register in advance by emailing


Adult Education


LUSH VALLEY: 2018 Fall Program Guide


Senior Computing 101

Computer Classes geared for seniors who want to extend their computer knowledge. Four one hour sessions will cover how to connect with the grand kids, how to use social media with your computer and your smart phone, safety when surfing, and how to keep your computer in top notch shape.

All welcome – not just for seniors!

Instructor: Kathy Birkett – Ocean’s Edge Business Services

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Introduction to Essential Oils – Not Just a Pretty Scent

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their therapeutic, healing qualities. When used with care, respect and knowledge these oils have the power to heal and bring our bodies and minds back into balance, helping us to live  healthy, vital lives. Sourced from the earth, essential oils are the purest form of healing and can contribute to family wellness, illness prevention and management and all around healthier ways of living.

Come and learn how you can introduce these natural gifts into your family’s lives and take your wellness into your own hands!

Cost: $40 for 5 sessions or $10/drop-in Register Here



Pie Making  

Instructor: Sheila McDonnell

First place Pie winner at the 2016 Comox Valley Fall Fair and Exhibition, Sheila McDonnell will guide you through pie making. Please come to the foods room at Lake Trail School. All supplies provided.

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Our Community dinners feature local seasonal produce,  from our own garden whenever possible.  Join our volunteers for a “cook-together” to provide the  scratch- made foundations of our feast.   Please feel free to bring yourself, your family, a game , a story or an an activity to share after-dinner.  Potluck items are welcome, but not necessary.  If you do bring something, please bring the recipe/key ingredients to help identify ingredients  in case of any food allergies. Our dinners offer a free, fun, family event  held at Lake Trail School 805 Willemar Ave. in Courtenay.

Our next Community Dinner! TBA



Instructor: Elaine Codling


Plant Propagation: Sunday April 8 @ 1-3pm

Cost: $20/person   Register here

Celebrate the abundance of the spring garden. Propagating plants from existing plants
is easy and rewarding. There are many simple techniques for propagating herbs and
vegetables. Taking cuttings, layering, or dividing are ways to quickly and inexpensively
produce new plants. In this class we will discuss a number of options for multiplying
perennials herbs and vegetables.
This is a hands on class. We will be taking and rooting cuttings of a variety of herbs
that can then be transplanted into your home garden or grown in pots in a sunny
window, patio, or balcony.

Transplanting, Hardening Off, Weather Protection: Monday April 23 @ 6:30 – 8:00pm

Cost: $20/person    Register Here

Transplanting time has arrived but your tiny plants still need care and protection
to be strong and productive. Unseasonal weather can have a devastating effect
on sprout and seedlings. Sound strategies for coping with unpredictable
conditions and specific techniques for safeguarding your produce will be
explored. Best practices for choosing varieties, timing seedling, setting out
transplants, and weather protection options will be discussed.

Soil and Fertility: Preparing the Garden for the Year Around Harvest: Monday May 14 @ 6:30 – 8:00pm

Cost: $20/person  Register Here

Rich fertile well drained soil is every gardener’s dream. How does your soil
compare and what can you do about it? Soil structure and composition; pH;
organic content all have an impact on fertility. Spring is the best time to amend
the soil.The gardener’s tool kit includes compost; organic fertilizers; soil
probiotics, mineral supplements, mulch, crop rotation, and cultivation practices
for moisture retention and weed control.
A garden that feeds us year around must be fed. Improving the soil, increasing
and maintaining fertility, and supporting soil life is one of the gardener’s most
important tasks. Healthy soil means healthy plants that produce more delicious

Composting: Monday May 28 @ 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Cost: $20 per person Register Here

Composting is a key element for maintaining soil fertility in an organic garden. Maintaining fertility is essential to achieving a year round harvest. There are many composting techniques to choose from; hot or cold bins, sheet mulching and lasagna gardens, worm bins and fermenters. Other topics to be discussed include building/buying a composter, building the pile, troubleshooting problems. Bring your questions!

Pests, Weeds, and Diseases: Monday June 11 @ 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Guest Presenter – Arzeena Hamir

Cost: $20 per person Register Here

Did aphids spoil your kale? Slugs devour your arugula? Blight decimate your tomatoes? Bring your gardening woes and learn how to prevent or treat these problems. Go home with a tool kit of options that are environmentally sensitive and safe.

Arzeena Hamir is a Professional Agrologist who specializes in organic food production. She has a BSc in Crop Science from the University of Guelph and a MSc in Sustainable Agriculture from the University of London. In 2015, Arzeena was one of 5 co-founders of Merville Organics, a marketing co-operative based in the Comox Valley.


Planting Winter Harvest: Monday June 25 @ 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Cost: $20 per person Register Here

A year round harvest from your home is an achievable goal in the mild climate of the Comox Valley. Planting for the harvest starts in July. Winter harvest crops need to be full size by October. Planning crop rotations, establishing seed beds, choosing varieties, keeping seedlings alive in the summer heat all present special challenges. Short season varieties, cold and wind protection, and other strategies for extending the growing season will be covered. This class will help you achieve the full benefit of being a coastal gardener: A Year Around Harvest!


Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Demo w/ Karen Cummins: Sunday July 22 @ 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Cost:$20 per person Register Here

Summer pruning is weather dependent. A hot dry day is ideal for a quick seal on cuts to prevent fungal infections. We will be watching the weather closely and will contact participants to confirm date/time the week of the demo. Pre-register to be sure you are contacted.

Karen Cummins is an ISA Certified Arborist and a Horticulturalist. She has extensive training and a wealth of experience in sustainable landscape design and organic garden management.


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