Special Events


See our ad in the recent Chief newspaper
These classes are limited to 10 participants – be sure to sign up early.
Presented by the Squamish Seniors Centre Society and made possible with a grant by the United Way, which is hereby gratefully acknowledged.

Fee: $20.00 each workshop, cash or cheque upon registration – deliver within 24 hours, please.
PLEASE make cheques payable to Squamish Seniors Centre Society.

We will practice Covid-19 precautions -wear your own mask.
Information: http://www.vch.ca/covid-19.

Registration contact: Patricia – email patricia@vesely.ca, 604 815 0805

All classes are Saturdays, from noon to 4 pm.
You will want to bring your own snacks and drinks – there are no facilities nearby.

Bring plastic bags for your trash at your table.
The auditorium may be coolish – bring an extra sweater.

See the “assumption of risk” form that you will be asked to sign at the start of the workshops – LINK

Toby Jaxon – Saturday, April 17
Feeling Creatively Stuck? Great!  In Mixed Media Acrylic we’ll be getting out the glue, clippings and paint to assemble some mixed media art.

Instructor Toby Jaxon will be teaching you lots of tricks and techniques for texture, colour, mark making and layers developing a pleasing composition.

Create a finished piece in abstract and/or representational.
This will be an interesting and fun for all levels of artists.

Supplies:  One canvas will be supplied.
You can bring an extra canvas if you feel particularly ambitious.

Please bring acrylic paint, medium, brushes, palette, water container, cloths, SPONGES, smock, etc. Also bring scissors and a variety of magazine pages, newsprint, coloured paper and white glue. 

Also bring an assortment of pencils, pastels, charcoal, metallic pens – any mark making supplies that you might have. And other bits: craft scissors with shaped cutting edges, stencils, fabric, lace, leaves, sand or pretty much anything that can be glued onto the surface.

Ciarra Saylor  – Saturday, April 24

Join Artist Ciarra Saylor in a Spring Themed Watercolour Exploration Class, learn a variety of modern/illustrative watercolour techniques. We will be using professional grade water colour brush pens, paints and pencils. Ciarra encourages you to create your own style while being inspired by her visual references and experience. This class is for all levels and will leave you excited to move forward in a daily art practice.

All supplies provided.
Please bring a sketchbook, pencil and, if you have them, watercolour Pencils

Lone Tratt – Saturday,  May 1
Join INTERNATIONAL artist Lone Tratt for a landscape workshop. The focus will be on trees – their anatomy and their place in the landscape. We’ll work on two canvases – one summer and one winter landscape

Supplies:  Canvas boards are supplied
If you prefer you may bring a stretched canvas

Please bring Acrylic paints (you may need extra white paint) brushes, water container, sketch paper, pencils, smock, cloth for cleanup 15 minute break at 2 p.m. group discussion   3:45

Limited to 12 participants. Intended for Squamish Seniors (55+).
Kriszti is instructing – we made it possible for her to obtain a Tai Chi instructor’s certification.

Presented by the Squamish Seniors Centre Society and made
possible with a grant by the Emergency Community Support Fund, which is hereby gratefully acknowledged.

PROGRAMME: With moves in a flowing practice that are meditative and stress reducing, Kriszti will teach an easy form of Tai Chi that will enhance balance, coordination and concentration. Using these forms one does not need a lot of body strength as the moves are soft and flowing.

PAYMENT: This is heavily subsidized – Fee $27.00 for 9 classes. Cash or cheque within 24 hours of registration. Cheques made payable to: SQUAMISH SENIORS CENTRE SOCIETY

REGISTRATION: Patricia Patricia: email patricia@vesely.ca, 604 815 0805

We will practice Covid-19 precautions – bring your own mask. Information: http://www.vch.ca/covid-19.

Registration and further details: Patricia 604 815 0805 See the “assumption of risk” form that you will be asked to sign at the start of the session – LINK

Kriszti will begin with a “4-minute fitness” routine to warm up your body, and awaken your soul and spirit with 5 easy exercises to tune into Tai Chi.
Then build on those slowly over the next weeks to 9 “easy to memorize” postures (the Infinite Nine) which are not as complicated as other traditional methods.
Below are some of the benefits of Tai Chi and 4-minute fitness:

Physical benefits
• Increased flexibility – particularly in the often-forgotten spine. Maintenance of flexibility in spinal joints is ‘oh so important’.
• Full range of motion in a lot of your joints – motion is lotion, as they say. Better yet – use it or lose it!
• Increased strength, particularly of the leg muscles
• Better balance, fewer falls
• Improved posture
• Improved immune functioning. (Why? Mental stillness and reduced stress help immune function, as does exercise.)
• Improved, deeper breathing – leading to increased oxygenation and vitality of all tissues, improved immune functioning, deeper relaxation
• Many people have reduced pain – particularly noticed in shoulders, back, legs and knees
• Increased vitality, energy, and life – and an increased awareness of the ever-present ‘chi’.
• Enhanced coordination, and improved fine motor skills.
• Decreased blood pressure
• Decreased breathing and heart rates

Mental benefits
• Reduced stress
• Increased relaxation
• Increased concentration and mental focus
• Improved memory
• Increased sense of happiness, contentedness and inner peace
• Greater ability to ‘be in the moment’, to pull out of the craziness of everyday living
• An often-profound sense of being here, now. (Wherever you go, there you are…) In other words, reducing the tendency to live in the past, or worry about the future.
• A higher level of happiness