Programs, Events and Workshops

Check out listings and registration information below, or click here to download a copy of our- Winter 2018 Community Program Guide



Hatha Yoga
Thursdays January 18 – March 22, 2018 @ 6:00 – 7:00pm
$100 for 10 weeks.   Register here

  • this class is rooted in classical yoga, focusing on breathwork, asana (physical postures) and practices to bring the body and mind into a state of balance. Students can enjoy a gentle warm up for the body followed by some dynamic mindful movement, and then of course deep relaxation to allow the body to absorb the benefits of the practice.  Essential oils take this class to a whole new beautiful level!
  • Perfectly suitable for people new to the practice or those wanting to develop their practice further. Instructor: Dana Mahon

Monday Night Pump

Mondays January 8 – March 19, 2018 (no class Monday Feb. 12) @ 6:00 – 7:30 pm
$90.00/10 week series   Register here

Looking for a great way to get motivated in the gym? Join us on Monday nights for a 45 min – 1 hour workout (circuit training, Tabata, cardio and more) leaving 30 minutes for you to put your new skills to use. This fitness series is designed for all levels of fitness and can be modified accordingly. Instructor: Stephanie Ferdinand

Spring Forest Qigong
Mondays January 8 – Feb. 26, 2018 @ 7:00 – 8:00pm **No class Jan. 22, Feb.12
$50 for 6 weeks Register here

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

Dates: Jan. 10, Feb. 7, March 7, April 11, May 9, June 6

Time: 5:30-7:30pm @ Lake Trail School

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



Paint With Ruby – Monet for a Day!

Friday January 26, 2018 @ 12:00 – 5:00 pm or Friday February 2, 2018 @ 12:00 – 5:0opm
$58.00/person  Register here

or Friday February 2, 2018 @ 12:00 – 5:0opm
$58.00/person  Register here

Claude Monet was famous for his garden paintings. We will have fun and capture a portion of his panels ‘Water Lily’s’ with oil pastels, oil medium and brushes on canvas.

Info: Bring a snack/drink for break time.




Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with LUSH Valley and the Immigrant Welcome Centre as we usher in the Year of the Dog. Our Instructor Bestsy Yu will demonstrate/teach how to cook popular Chinese dishes like dumplings. Participants will be able to sample and taste!

Friday February 16, 2018 @ 5:00 – 8:00pm

Register directly with LUSH Valley –

Pie Making

Instructor: Sheila McDonnell

Wed., Feb. 28 @ 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Cost: $20/person Register here

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

Korean Food

Instructor: Younhee Edmonds

Wed., March 14/18 @ 6:30 – 8:30pm

Cost: $20/person Register here

Learn to make Bibimbap (mixed rice). Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sauteed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste), soy sauce or doenjang (fermented soybean paste). Fried egg and sliced meat are common additions. Come and try!



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!

Stone Soup –  Community Dinner – Thursday February 1 @ 5:00 – 7:30pm @ Lake Trail School

Stone Soup is an old folk story in which hungry strangers convince the people of a town to each share a small amount of their food in order to make a meal that everyone enjoys.

Join the LTNC Community, staff and Board in marking the official start of the gardening season!

Food, fun and friendly company!  Bring a dish for sharing if you would like.




Mondays – 6:30 – 8:00pm (Jan. 29, Feb. 12, 26, March 12, 26)

Instructor: Elaine Codling

  1. Planning the Year Around Garden : Jan. 29/18

Cost: $20/person Register here

January dreaming; Seed catalogues; Planting calendars; Seed starting; and Crop
rotation. Planning the year around garden is a matter of imagining it through time
and space. January is the time to draw maps; set time lines; sort through your
seed collection; pour over catalogues; and review last year’s notes.
Planning is the key to a continuous harvest. Good garden design and soil care;
planting and harvesting schedules; crop rotation; and working with the right
varieties for the season will improve your yield, reduce your labour, and increase
the resilience of your crops.

2. Soil and Fertility: Preparing the Garden for the Year Around Harvest : Feb. 12/18

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 food.

3. Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for the Kitchen Garden: Feb. 26/18

Cost: $20/person Register here

Guest Presenter: Karen Cummings

Spring offers the best selection of perennial fruits for the kitchen garden. Whether you are planning to plant or just want to improve the health and productivity of existing trees. This class will cover selecting, planting, and caring for your edible landscape. Please join us in welcoming guest presenter Karen Cummins. Karen is an ISA Certified Arborist and a Horticulturist. She has extensive training and a wealth of experience in sustainable landscape design and organic garden management.

4. Tomato Starts: March 12/18

Cost: $20/person Register here

Starting seeds in trays and transplanting out seedlings is one of the most effective ways to get ahead of the growing season and maintain year around production. Transplants can be set out sooner and can foil pests that prey on seedlings. Transplants are also hardier and less stressed by extremes of weather. Mid-March is the time to start your own delicious tomatoes. This class will include tips for growing successful starts indoors and out; what to start and when; and timing for both earlier and late season starts.This is a hands-on class. Each participant will have the chance to plant a small tray of starts to nurture at home.

5. March Class

Cost: $20/person Register here