May in Tofino
by Adam Buskard, Tofino
Tribo Unida Capoeira
Starting May 7th there will be a Tribo Unida Capoeira program offered by the parks and recreation commission. What is Capoeira? It is a Brazilian Martial Art with African influences of Music and Dance. It was originated from the Brazilian Natives and Africans as they historically freed and empowered themselves from the slavery subjected upon them in the farmlands of Brazil. Capoeira is a culture, played as a game, of movements and creative energy that has now evolved into Breakdancing, and whose acrobatics have entertained many international audiences. The program will be every Wednesday night from 7 to 8:30pm and will cost $10 per session. It is being taught by Professor Formiga from Bahia Brazil. The course is welcome to people of all ages and abilities.
Open House at Clayoquot Island Gardens
Once a year the folks of Clayoquot Island Preserve extend a very special invitation to the people of this sound. It is the weekend that they open up their island to visitors. It's a very special experience to get to spend an afternoon wandering the beaches, forest boardwalks and the extensive gardens of this 25-acre jewel. The island is a fantastic example of how people can live a life that is off the power grid and nourished by the land and sea.
The island's pioneer gardens have been extensively restored and enhanced from their early beginnings with the loving care of gardener Sharon Whalen. A walk through the gardens of the island is a walk through the history of Clayoquot Sound itself.
The island will be open to visitors on Saturday May 17, 2008 and Sunday May 18, 2008 from 12 - 6pm. Clayoquot Island aka. "Stubbs" sits off of Tofino directly to the west by a mile or so. Boat transportation is provided free of charge from the 1st street government dock and from Method Marine. Come prepared for the boat ride, bring a picnic and please leave your pets at home.
Weight Management Course
Naturopathic Doctor Jeannie Doig and Tofino Parks and Recreation are offering a 6 week series for those interested in managing weight. Included in the sessions is an easy to follow weight loss program, nutrition and health information related to weight loss, recipes, a scale measuring body fat percentage, water percentage, fitness rating, and metabolic rate that can be used as a measure of progress before and after the 6 weeks. Personalized individualized appointments with the doctor are also recommended to complement the program and address specific health concerns. The focus of the group is to support those struggling to lose weight in a friendly, non-judgmental environment and to provide encouragement, education, and the tools necessary to make permanent lifestyle changes. Please register in advance with Tofino Parks & Recreation 725-3229. Naturopathic Doctor Jeannie Doig holds an honours bachelor of science in human biology from the University of Toronto and a doctorate degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She practices in Tofino and Ucluelet and treats virtually any condition with a special focus on digestive disorders, weight loss, and chronic pain. She uses the following natural therapies in her practice: clinical nutrition, acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy, Bowen therapy, and lifestyle counseling.