Tending to the Animate Garden

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Tending to the Animate Garden

Engage your imagination in a reciprocal ritual to honour the sacredness of life in the garden!

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Compost Education Centre 1216 N Park St Victoria, BC V8T 3K5 Canada

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  • 2 hours
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How do we tend and harvest a garden that is alive? How do we interact with the beings in our gardens in a way that is respectful and aware of their diverse forms of intelligence, and that recognizes our wild entanglement with this breathing world? In this 2-hour workshop for adult gardeners, we create a space that engages our imagination, our bodies, our communities, our Earth through reciprocal rituals to honour and acknowledge the sacredness of other forms of life: in which trees are sentinels, birds are messengers, animals are guardians, stones hold secrets, the soil is sacred, and fairy folk are not to be pissed off. We will weave ourselves into a story in which we fully belong to a world that is animate, enchanted, mythical, magical, and alive. This through myth, poetry & fairytales; land offerings & contemplative nature-based practices; and, simple rituals of remembering.

Instructor Bio: Brooke Arnold-Rochette of Fire and Honey: As a certified life-cycle celebrant and trained inner wilderness guide (nature-based personal development), I’ve made my passion my work. With over a decade of experiential training in transpersonal psychology and ecopsychology, I have been using earth-based ritual as a way of coming into relationship with our soulful self and the wild world. Having trained as a storyteller and creative writer, story-tracking and the creation of empowering narrative are at the heart of my approach. Every day, I seek to fall in love with the world at my fingertips, and to embrace poet Jalal al-Din Rumi's invitation to "let the beauty we love be what we do.


This workshop is happening in person only. Any health and safety protocols will be emailed to you 24 hours in advance. Please dress appropriately for all types of weather, the workshop may be outside or in our unheated strawbale building.


Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package.

There are a limited number of Pay What You Can tickets available for folks who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC), and people who are facing significant financial barriers to their involvement in our programming. The Compost Education Centre is continually in the process of examining the ways in which our program accessibility can be improved for all members of our community. This ticket gesture is by no means a fulsome examination of the systems of oppression that exist for people inside and outside of our community. We welcome your ideas and feedback.

You must pre-register for this event.

Customers can request a refund within 30 days of ticket purchase. After 30 days refunds and workshop exchanges are not permitted due to administrative staffing capacity. Please be in touch if you are no longer able to attend but hold a ticket so we can make your space available to someone else.

You can also register for the event by calling our office at 250 386 9676 or via email by contacting office@compost.bc.ca


Accessibility info: The Compost Education Centre site has paths made of stone gravel (20%), and wood chips (80%). Mobility devices with wheels (such as wheelchairs, walkers etc.) are sometimes difficult to use on site, especially on the gravel paths. The strawbale learning classroom is accessed via a wooden ramp and has a wide double door and a ramp leading up to it. Once inside everything is flat.

There is a single-stall gender neutral washroom on site. The washroom is not wheelchair accessible and has a small step up from the gravel pathway, and another small step up from the washroom boardwalk.


The Compost Education Centre is located on unceeded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen people— specifically the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa'wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities.

Compost Education Centre memberships get you free workshops, discounts at garden centres around town and more great perks! Sign up or learn more on our website.