Community Drum Circle led by Monica Hofer

Monica Hofer

Monica facilitates drum circles for all types of occasions, and offers ongoing classes and workshops in African hand drumming – for beginners through to more advanced rhythm enthusiasts. She studies African drumming with Kocassale Dioubate, master Drummer from Guinea, has trained with Arthur Hull and is a certified HealthRHYTHMS and Drums Alive facilitator. Monica brings a love of rhythm, an exuberant and encouraging style of facilitation and an absolute belief in the healing and unifying power of the drum to all of her workshops and events. Aside from her deep love of music and her strong connection to the primal heartbeat of Mother Earth, Monica is also passionate about birth, children and women’s empowerment. She is a herbalist, breastfeeding counsellor, reflexologist, prenatal instructor and doula. In all that she does, she seeks to encourage and support child honouring, informed decision making, natural health and lifestyle, unity in diversity, empowerment of those who lack a strong voice and a firm belief in the miracles of Nature. Monica teaches in and around the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island BC.


Sacred Dance Performance, Musical Entertainment

Arcana Dea – Latin for ‘Mysteries of the Goddess’

Contemporary fusion dance, with ancient roots, that celebrates the beauty and strength of women, community, nature and the seasons. 
Arcana Dea is a dance company based in the Comox Valley B.C. founded by artistic director Cathy Stoyko. Cathy Stoyko is a dancer, visual artist and mask maker as well as the owner of the Abbey Studio in Cumberland where she teaches dance classes, hosts workshops and cultural events. Arcana Dea dance formed out of these classes and is comprised of longtime students, peers and guest dancers performing her original choreographies. Arcana Dea perform dances that range from women’s traditional dances (Middle East, India, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Romani) to fusion belly dance, contemporary dance theatre, story telling and animation with masks and costumes at community cultural events and festivals. 
Current core performers include: Anne- Marie Scott, Edith Jacob, Jessica Macpherson, Evelyn Bally, Heather Hilberry, Denyse Dansereau, Lisa Snow, Kristi Walker, Lisa Hamilton and Cathy Stoyko.

Musical Performance – Elise LeBlanc

Elise LeBlanc

Elise LeBlanc: Elise’s songwriting speaks to strength in vulnerability and a deep connection to nature. Her vocal style and guitar/piano compositions deliver an intimate, earthy sound inspired by classic folk rock, vintage country, and soul.
She’s working on a new project currently and thrilled to be a part of the thriving musical community in the Comox Valley. Elise’s debut album Runaway Kites was funded by FACTOR Canada (The Foundation for Canadian Talent on Recordings). This performance, she’ll be backed by talented local upright bass/banjo player Chad Pabianek.



Shane Phillip and Friends

Shane Philip’s rhythmic and intoxicating sounds are powerful enough to fill a room with dancing fans and soulful enough to quiet a packed house. Those songs have captured audiences for years in Canada, particularly along the west coast.

Whether playing with spirited mayhem, or with mellow singer/songwriter gold, Shane Philip presents songs that are consistently well crafted, while always leaving listeners with a positive afterglow.


Entertainment and Awards

Herbal Stories and Ted Talk Style Mini intensives from a few of our select Teachers and Participants.

This will be a fun fast paced session of learning, inspiration, and perspective around Herbs and their role in building Community.


Musical Performance – Morien Jones

Morien Jones

Morien Jones is an award winning singer/songwriter based in Victoria, BC.

For the past two decades he has been moving audiences across Western Canada, writing and performing his original music, a catchy blend of classic soul and folk, with elements of jazz and reggae. He has performed at clubs, theatres, events and festivals across the west like the Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival in 2014. This summer he will be busy performing on Vancouver Island and beyond, including an appearance at the Victoria Jazz Festival.

A regular performer at Q bar in the Fairmont Empress, as well as other venues, Morien’s musical and onstage talents are in high demand

Aside from this, he also has a successful career as a children’s musician, writing and performing original kids music. Visit


Musical Performance – Anela Kahiamoe & Luke Blu Guthrie

Anela Kahiamoe

Anela Kahiamoe, is a one of only 8000 pure Hawaiians left in the world.
Starting his professional carreer at the ripe age of 17, Anela worked his way up as a full time musician with his fellow bandmates in “the island band”, recording 3 albums!
Later Anela became a studio and back up musician for some of Hawaii’s finest musicians and singers.
Today Anela resides in Beautiful British Columbia doing what he does best, performing, teaching and spreading the aloha with his music.



Luke Blu Guthrie

Luke Blu Guthrie is an Independent Rhythm and Blues artist who electrifies acoustic instruments with an Alternative Roots style. This style is built around a large sound that relies heavily on slide guitar, finger picking, strong vocals and a unique foot percussion setup. Armed with acoustic & electric guitars and plenty of rhythmic slaps and yowls, Guthrie has lived and worked in the Western Canadian music scene for twenty years.



Followed by a jam with other musicians