Before becoming a minister, Rev. Julie was involved in the Vancouver theatre scene writing and producing plays.
Now as children and family minister at St. Andrew's (North Van), Julie continues to use her creativity and has added visual arts to her performance skills continually thinking of new ways to bring scripture alive. Sometimes the Spirit has been unleashed through chicken wire and papier mache while at other times it’s been through fabric-paint-splattered pillow cases. For Julie, expressing the Holy with her imagination, hands and eyes is a life giving pursuit, and she hopes to be able to share in this joy with others at May Retreat.
Christina is playful, compassionate, and intuitive. She has a strong sense of the mind-body-spirit connection and uses this awareness to guide people into deeper experience of themselves, each other and the Sacred. Christina has studied with teachers from various traditions, including Mystical Christianity, Buddhist teachings and Hatha Yoga. She has worked in the United Church in a variety of capacities including as a Child, Youth and Family Minister at Lynn Valley United and Heartwood Cafe, Spiritual Life Coordinator at Camp Fircom, and Summer Director at Naramata Centre. Christina is the founder of Kinchara, a local Vancouver business that takes a whole family approach to child wellness, collaborating with parents and children to build vibrant, loving households (check out christinakinch.com for more info). It is a privilege for Christina to work with Henri Locke and lead the Spiritual Practice stream at May retreat. She is very much looking forward to spending the weekend with you!
Henri Lock loves to Meditate in Silence, connect with the Sacred Presence in Nature, and to feel the love of God with friends and all living sentient beings. He also loves to dance, muck around in the garden, ride his bike, explore forests, cuddle up with a good book, play guitar, sing harmony, hang out with lively people, and contribute to making the earth community sustainable. He is the United Church Chaplain at the University of Victoria and spends huge amounts of time helping students learn spiritual survival skills that will help them be joyful people who love the world and who want to be the change.
When he's not teaching his K-7 music students in West Vancouver, you can usually find Peter composing, rehearsing, directing, accompanying, performing, or improvising music somewhere around Metro Vancouver. His work has been featured in numerous original musicals, and Peter has appeared as a pianist, accompanist and/or musical director for numerous productions including Cinderella, Godspell, Les Miserables, CATS, Jekyll & Hyde, RENT, Sail Away, and The Addams Family. He composed the music for the Ovation Award nominated Connected: The Musical, which premiered at Vancouver's Pacific Theatre in July 2013, and a revue of his compositions entitled That Other Me was presented in August 2014.
WILDERNESS REVIVAL SKILLS
Jay Wade has enthusiastically been working with youth and adults in the outdoors for over ten years. He aspires to guide people through experiences in nature that help them delve into the world within them and the world around them.
Jay has a degree in Environmental Studies and Biology and has travelled the continent studying birds, attended Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School, Wilderness Awareness School and immersed himself in courses on relationship-building and communication at the Haven Institute.
Jay lives in Vancouver and works for Soaring Eagle Nature School, facilitates a young men’s group at a local high school and is a coordinator each summer for the Pearson Seminar on Youth Leadership (PSYL) at Pearson College on Vancouver Island.
Other places you can find Jay are at his sit-spot, commuting on his bike, playing his banjo, learning bird language, singing in a community choir, getting dirty in the garden, or climbing trees.