Sunday, 9 August 2015

Whatshan Family and Friends Days 2015

In July 2015 families attended Whatshan Family and Friends Days. This year the Festival was held on the weekend of July 10-12 (Fri-Sun). Previous summer events were called : Whatshan Music and Family Festival. Invitation flyer (PDF) — 18 PhotosSatellite map.

Danny and Kathleen Picton of Surrey, British Columbia who attended this year's event sent 18 photos showing plans for the future, the Doukhbor Sunday morning assembly, fire and food preparation, and many happy people. Meals were $14-$26, kids half price. Music by That Girl and Earl, The Balladeers, Jason Markin, and open mic with other musicians, singers and/or poets.

At Whatshan Lake Retreat you can get away from it all to enjoy quiet peaceful walks and moments of contemplation. Paddle your canoe or kayak on the lake or plunge into bracing cool waters of the swimming hole in the nearby river.

In the winter bring your snowshoes and skis and trek through over 200 acres of wilderness and beyond and then warm everyone up with some hot chocolate in one of the modern cabins near the Monashee mountains. The site is 15 km by road from Edgewood, and 75 km. north of Castlegar. See satellite map.

The Retreat Centre Lodge offers full facilities for seminars, workshops, family gatherings, weddings, concerts, and youth activities. Their acoustically engineered stage is perfect for music festivals and plays under the stars. No matter what time of year, Whatshan Lake Retreat is a great meeting place for large groups, friends and family.



  1. Так и не понял какое отношение это мероприятие имеет к духоборцам?

    1. Translation: 'I do not understand what significance this event has on the Doukhobors?'
      My reply: The Whatshan community project was largely organized, financed and developed by Doukhobors of different groups. Valery Kalmykov has obviously not yet read Elmer Verigin's Bio in my Spirit Wrestlers: Doukhobor Pioneer's book. The project has brought together people with common interests in music, health, rehabilitation, and peace.

  2. Благодарю Кузьма за разъяснение. Если это мероприятие профинансировали и организовали духоборцы, то и объединяющие интересы должны быть не музыка, а вероисповедание духоборцев.