We had a wonderful turnout for the Garden Gala in May. Over a hundred people made their way down the hill to see the gardens and listen to local writers read from their work. The word is getting out about these beautiful grounds and gardens. If you haven’t made a visit yet, put it on your summer adventure list!

Here are our upcoming workshops:

Writing with Michelle Mulder

Are you keen to try your hand at writing for children? Join children’s book author Michelle Mulder for an afternoon workshop. This will be an opportunity to get your story underway by discovering the character who wants to tell it.

Wednesday, July 18th – “Whose Story is it Anyway?”
Time: 1 – 3:30 p.m. Registration: $40
Location: The Courtenay Museum

For registration information, please contact Christine, by phone at 250 218 5729 or by e-mail at chrisda@shaw.ca. Or visit our website – mcloughlingardens.org, and scroll down for information about Michelle’s workshop.


Creativity with Arleen Paré

Saturday, August 18th – “The Habit of Art”
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration: $60
Location: Directions sent to registrants.

For registration information, please contact Christine, by phone at 250 218 5729 or by e-mail at chrisda@shaw.ca. You can also register by visiting our website.

The phrase ‘the habit of art’ was coined by Jacques Maritain, an early twentieth century French philosopher and later borrowed by the American writer Flannery O’Connor. It is a way of heightening experience as artists, poets or painters, writers or mosaisists, opening ourselves to what’s there. It is a point of view, a way of inclining our minds, a stillness. Just saying “the habit of art” can shift the view.”

In this workshop we will employ “the habit of art” to expand our practice as writers, as artists, and as individuals interested in the world.

Watercolour painting with Marilyn Timms

Saturday – Sunday, September 8 – 9
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Registration: $225, with $100 deposit by August 1st.
Location: The cottage at the Brian and Sarah McLoughlin Regional Park

Contact Susan Healy by e-mail (frontdeck@hotmail.com) for more information or to register.

Weather permitting, students will be outdoors at their easels on this beautiful eleven- acre property in the forested seaside park. Failing good weather, the waterfront cottage will be a refuge along with a small adjacent studio/outbuilding. Subject matter is abundant and serenity a sure recipe for inspiration! Warm gatherings around the woodstove, soup from the kitchen, and tea with discussions ensure a couple of days of inspiration and skill enhancement!

The McLoughlin Gardens Society