By Rae Porter
In the six years that I’ve lived in this corner of the world, I’ve noticed that those west coast in body tend to be a bit more left coast in spirit. Maybe it’s a closeness to our natural surroundings that inspires this; we migrate to the ocean, or gravitate to the nearest rocky trail. Silhouetted mountains frame our everyday, ancient trees stand tall and waterfalls wait to be discovered. There’s a wildness to our island that encourages our eyes to be more open and our hearts to feel more of a connection. It’s with this mandate of connectivity and rejuvenation that the Intuitive Arts Festival was borne. Founder and Organizer Andrea Zonnis, herself a psychic medium, community events planner, and touring musician, created this inclusive event with this in mind.
“The Intuitive Arts Festival began as a vision from the Universe, to create a gathering to bring together like-minded souls working in the metaphysical and holistic healing field,” she said. “Our very first festival had 10 exhibitors and 150 people attend.” Now in its ninth year, this growing, glowing celebration has expanded to showcase over 44 exhibitors and vendors, plus two full days of workshops all planned for its new location of the Da Vinci Centre (195 Bay Street, Vic West).
Running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 4th and 5th, the Intuitive Arts Festival promises‚”the full experience of what it is to be human, the connection between the body, heart, mind & soul.”
Workshops start at 11:30 a.m. and cover a wide ranging variety of themes, from Reiki energy healing and Sacred Geometry, to modern Shamanism and the creation of e-courses for online meditation. The list of exhibitors is also inspiring; artists, healers and jewellers align with tarot readers, massage therapists to share their wisdom and wares with attendees. Whether you’re an Earth Mother seeking a craniosacral session, a Spiritual Gangster in search of grounding, or perhaps you’re just plain curious and fancy a massage, this heart centred event promises numerous opportunities to discover, learn and explore. As Zonnis says herself, “My wish for everyone attending the Intuitive Arts Festival is that they learn a deeper truth about themselves that will help them to heal and motivate them to follow their dreams.”
We’re in no better place for it.