Medicine Wheel Ceremony

2022-09-18 12.00pm - 3.00pm Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden

Sunday September 18th, 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Registration not required.

Join elders Phil Mechuskosis L’Hirondelle (Nêhiyaw (Cree) and British heritage) and Gisele L’Hirondelle (Métis from New Brunswick) to celebrate the Fall Equinox and to usher in the new season.

The Medicine Wheel is a symbol of holistic teachings based on the cycles of nature. People from varying backgrounds and spiritual traditions are invited to gather to celebrate the beginning of a new season in a beautiful outdoors setting at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Drumming, singing, and prayers will be shared. The ceremony concludes with a potluck/sharing of food (optional).

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

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

Enter through the Visitor Centre admission’s desk. Please arrive 15 minutes early to give yourself enough time to walk up to the Medicine Wheel area in the Canadian Heritage Garden. Maps available at the Admission Desk. This event takes place outdoors.

What to bring:

  • Clothing and gear appropriate for the weather (ie. warm clothes, cool clothes, rain clothes, visor, hat, umbrella, sunscreen, water etc.)
  • Something to sit on as the ceremony is held outdoors and lasts 3 hours
  • A small stone(s) to infuse prayers into and to leave at the wheel.
  • Optional: Food to share with community at the end of the ceremony, and/or a drum if you have one
  • A small stone or more to infuse prayers into and to leave at the wheel.

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

For more information, contact Marina Princz at 604-257-8668 or library@vandusen.org.

Please contact Marina Princz by email at library@vandusen.org regarding any financial barriers that may limit access to this ceremony.