Medicine Wheel Ceremony

2022-12-18 12.00pm - 3.00pm Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden

Sunday December 18th, 12.00pm – 3.00pm

People from varying backgrounds and spiritual traditions are invited to gather and celebrate the beginning of the winter season at VanDusen Garden Botanical Garden. The Medicine Wheel is a symbol of holistic teachings based on the cycles of nature. Drumming and prayers are shared at this event.

All are welcome to join elders Phil Mechuskosis L’Hirondelle and Gisele L’Hirondelle from ‘All My Relations Teachings’ to celebrate the winter solstice and to usher in the new season. Read an interview here.

Regular Garden admission applies, but ceremony itself is free. No registration required.

Enter through the Visitor Centre and turn left down the hall to the last door on the right’s desk. This event is taking place indoors in our Classroom.

Registration not required.

What to bring:

  • Although this ceremony is held indoors, the classroom can still be a bit chilly. Please dress warmly.
  • A small stone(s) to infuse prayers into
  • Optional: Food to share with community at the end of the ceremony, and/or a drum if you have one

Learn more about the Medicine Wheel Ceremony and read our interview with Elder Phil L’Hirondelle here.

If you have questions please contact Geronimo Alec, Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator by email at or 250-397-0394.