Intention Gathering is a community of people who come together to celebrate, share, workshop, perform, dance, play, heal, connect, share meals, and have fun. We have two multi-day events a year (winter and summer), monthly potlucks in the Vancouver area and occasional dance parties and fundraisers. Our gathering is a time and space for being authentically ourselves in a dynamic, loving and inspirational community setting. Our multi-day events incorporate dancing, parties, kids play space, workshops, rituals, tribal market, yoga, art, and DIY culture. Intention aims to create warm, wonderful and special events that many return to year after year to create a transformational container, one that continues to weave a vibrant community together.
All of our events are not-for-profit and co-created by volunteers. We do some fundraising to make Winter Intention more financially accessible.
Please see our events calendar at www.intentiongathering.org/calendar .
Our events feature a wide variety of electronic music acts, DJs and performers from across BC, and spanning many different genres. For a sampling, see links from artists we featured at Summer Intention here: http://www.intentiongathering.org/summer_19_5/music
Working and creating together form our community bonds. We get to know each other, create memories and connect to the event and the community in a way that wouldn't be possible at an event where everything is provided.
Intention is community driven, and based on the principle of co-creation. Everyone who is interested in getting involved with organizing is welcome to do so, and we ask that everyone contribute some time at the event to making the gathering happen. In this way, we all work together to make Intention happen, and the end result is a more fulfilling, magical experience.
Intention is an opportunity for individuals to share skills, magic and love with the community. We always have many talented folks stepping up to offer their gifts at the gathering in the form of workshops.
Our multi-day events include all meals. We value eating in each others' company, like one big family. We can accommodate most dietary requirements. All meals are vegetarian.
::DECOR and ART INSTALLATIONS::
Art & decor are at the very core of every festival. They create a fun landscape and visual candy for us to explore and appreciate. If you have the desire to share your art with the community, please contact decor[at]intentiongathering[dot]org.
::RITUAL and OPENING/CLOSING CIRCLES::
Our events are not geared to a specific spiritual path or system of beliefs. Many of our events have an opening circle to orient participants to the event and community and closing ritual to come together for good-byes and gratitude. Everyone should attend these for the important information that is communicated. Any guided meditations or other spiritual exercises are optional.
Intention consciously fosters a culture of consent. We want everyone to feel comfortable and respected at our events. If you’re unsure about an interaction or unsure if you have consent, please remember to ask first. Remember, only an ongoing positive, enthusiastic response means Yes! When consent is respected, we feel more free to be fully ourselves. If you have feedback about consent culture, want to facilitate a consent workshop or discussion or want to be a part of the Consent Pod, contact consent[at]intentiongathering[dot]org
We would like to acknowledge and bring attention to the fact that the land on which we gather (around Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast) is the traditional, unceded and illegally occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Shishá7lh (Sechelt), and mi ce:p kʷətxʷiləm (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
We have tremendous gratitude for this land and everything that it provides, and invite awareness and consideration of how and why the people of the nation of Canada have access to all of its beauty and abundance. We always strive to leave no trace and to protect the land where we gather.