GEM, Take Back the Night, and learning opportunities! 
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Healthy Women Healthy Communities - Spreadwings

Explore through contemplation, mark making, body rhythms, writing, song and creative community, just what allows us to…spread our wings?
Carina Costom is a creative facilitator, social artist, poet,event planner and mom. She delivered several years of employment and life skills workshops for
a local non-prot agency in Nelson B.C. She holds a B.A
in Communications from McGill University and has
completed studies in the art of facilitation.

To register:
GEM - Girls Empowerment Movement 

Girls ages 10 to 13 are invited to the Girls' Empowerment Movement (GEM) program, starting mid-October in Nelson and in Kaslo. We have amazing women from each community joining the program to offer creative writing, dance/yoga, art, and much more. The girls will have a chance to engage in fun activities, discussions, and meet new friends. 

The program in Nelson is on Fridays 3:30pm to 6:30pm, October 14 to November 25. The program in Kaslo runs on Saturdays 10:00am to 2:00pm, October 22 to November 26.  Food is provided. Registration required.

Space is limited, so please register early!  The cost is only $30 for the six workshop series. (Subsidies available). 

To register or for more information, visit 

My Grandmother's Kitchen: Yoghurt, Kefir and Simple Cheese 

This month the kitchen at the Women’s Centre will host a food fermenting class with local herbalist Colleen Emery of Emery Herbals in Winlaw, BC.

Think you don’t have the tools or space to make homemade yoghurt? You will be surprised! Colleen will guide us through the process of dairy fermentation no matter what your kitchen set up. We will discuss the many health benefits of adding homemade ferments to your diet and consider the contraindications of using fermented foods.

We will start a batch of yoghurt together and then sample some freshly fermented dairy products on top of beet borscht soup and warm bread.

Join us Wednesday, October 19th 5:30-7:30 pm

$5 per person includes the workshop and supper.

Please pre-register with Jen at the email below.


Join us in our annual circle and march to Take Back the Night, October 27 at 5:30.
We will gather on Hall Street near Sidewinders for a circle and march from there. 

All genders are welcome to participate in the circle, however only self-identified women will march. 

Take Back the Night is an international event and non-profit organization with the mission of ending sexual, relationship, and domestic violence in all forms. Hundreds of events are held in over 30 countries annually since the 1970's.  Events are intended as a protest against rape and other forms of sexual, relationship and domestic violence. 

Join us in solidarity of safety for all women, and safety for our daughters. 


November 18 from 7-10:30 pm we are hosting our annual Womaginarium! fundraiser. 
This is a carnival circus themed event, with live entertainment, a great silent auction and an intriguing marketplace. 
Dress in costume and come ready to DANCE at the end of the show. 

If you would like to volunteer, or for more information please contact Shannon at 250-505-9763 or 

Donation Wishlist

  • cash dontions
  • extra clean plastic grocery shopping bags
  • grocery store gift cards for Drop-In purchases
  • pitch fork, and hand tools for the garden
  • fair trade coffee
  • toilet paper, paper towel, tampons and pads
  • herbal tea
  • your clean empty yogurt containers with lids that fit
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