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Vancouver FAQs

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#1 What kind of fitness level will I need to be?

This event will be highly movement-based.

We won’t be doing gymnastics and judo rolls, and you certainly do not need not be an athlete or a dancer, but we do ask that you have the capacity to get down onto the floor without needing any aid from a wall, or a chair, or cane.  

You can be shaky and off balance, that’s NOT a problem, we’ll work on that! But I want to ensure you have enough functional and aerobic capacity to get onto the floor solo, and return back to standing solo.

#2 What kind of stuff will I need?

For Class: A water bottle. Pen and paper/notebook/journal. Camera/phone to take pictures.  

Clothing: Because we’ll be doing a blend of movement (low and medium intensity), subtle and quiet self-awareness floor work and good ‘ol chatting and Q&A, I recommend dressing in layers for our time in class. Comfortable clothing that you can move in that isn’t too baggy and isn’t too tight.  

(In my opinion, good old cotton is the best fabric for this work. Tight stretchy yoga gear limits your pelvic movement, ironically).  

I suggest bringing socks in case your feet get cold during our quieter exploration.  

MOST IMPORTANTLY DON’T FORGET: Your enthusiasm and desire to learn, laugh and love movement.  


#3 What is the refund policy?

Please understand there is a high demand for our Up & Down Live classes, and we limit class size. Once you have enrolled, your spot in class is secure. You may cancel your enrollment up to 14 days before the start of the course and receive a full refund.  

If you cancel less than 14 days prior to the commencement of the course, we will still issue you a full refund IF we can fill your spot. If we cannot fill your spot you will NOT receive a refund.  

We STRONGLY suggest that you set your schedule up so that you do not miss a precious moment of this experience. Do not be late. We’ll see you very soon!  


#4 I'm new to Vancouver

You are responsible for your own meals and accommodations and travel arrangements.

Where should I sleep?

On Campus Accommodation

There are three main accommodation spots for non-UBC students and you can find them all on this site. (FYI: Triumf House is the closest to our venue, The Old Barn Community Center. I'd suggest securing accommodation sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.)

Off Campus Accommodation

There are many hotels in the greater Vancouver area which are only a Google search away.

Airbnb and VRBO are also good resources for finding affordable housing

Getting around in Vancouver

PARKING AT THE RETREAT

The closest UBC parkade from The Old Barn Community centre is a 4-minute walk.

See Rates

Transportation In Vancouver

From YVR.

SKYTRAIN

Our primary light rail transportation system in Vancouver is called Skytrain. It can get you to major areas of the city and suburbs. And it connect from Vancouver International Airport to central Vancouver and downtown. It does not go to the University of British Columbia.

Skytrain Schedule

BUSES and SEABUS

Translink

NO UBER IN VANCOUVER (yet)

What's there to do in Vancouver?

SIGHTS IN VANCOUVER

The best suggestion for sightseeing in Vancouver is to Google it, and see what pulls your attention and interest. We have a few art galleries, one of the main ones is on campus at UBC, The Museum of Anthropology. Local Beaches: Kitsilano Beach, English Bay, Spanish Banks, Wreck Beach (Notice: Wreck beach is a clothing optional beach.)

Best Views of Vancouver CityScape:

Grouse Mountain: You take a gondola to a local ski area. Bar and restaurant and walking trails are up on top. If you have a car, you can drive up to Cypress Mountain and sit at the look-out for a city view.

Foodie Districts:

Vancouver's food scene is definitely on the up and up. Asian cuisine is stellar here, as is our classic West coast fare (seafood and fish), not to mention good old Irish/English comfort food in the many pubs.

Nature:

Parks are everywhere, especially on the North Shore which is North Vancouver and West Vancouver. Lynn Headwaters is my favourite park to walk and hike in. Busy on the weekends, but worth it. For the avid hikers, Grouse Mountain is famous for its steep "Ground Grind" hike. Only for those with fairly medium to expert fitness levels. The trails near UBC in Pacific Spirit Regional Park are vast and easy with gentle inclines. Deep Cove is lovely spot to visit for kayak rentals and to experience a cozy little seaside village. Ambleside is a trendier area with a seawall that looks to the South and towards Vancouver. Dundarave is even quieter, more retirement energy :). Stanley park is Vancouver's version of Central Park. There's a walking path that circles the park, and trails within the park.

Mountain and Alpine Viewing:

Head to Whistler for a day or overnight excursion and take the Whistler gondola up the ski hill into the high alpine. You can sightsee on top and have a beer and a burger, or both.

Ocean and Island Life:

Vancouver Island is a 90-minute ferry ride away from the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen (about 45 minutes outside of Vancouver.) From there you can sightsee in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia (it's very British over there), or drive up island to Long Beach and Tofino (where the surfers hang out). Saltspring Island (you must access it via Vancouver Island) is known for its artisanal goods, cheese especially, and its quintessential island/hippie feel. The Sunshine Coast is another popular destination, which is technically mainland BC., but it has the small town, island feel. You need to take a ferry to access this part of the mainland.

So many more!!

what we recommend for the best experience possible  

Due to the nature of our work together, Elia and I curate our teaching and progressions based on the individuals in attendance and the group dynamics, but this will give you an idea about how the day will flow.  

If you’re coming from out of town, we highly recommend giving yourself ample time to arrive, settle in, and check out the beauty that is Vancouver, British Columbia. 


Each day will go something like  

  • Plan to arrive for 9:45am Sat & Sun / 11:45am Mon (settle, chit-chat, personal time)
  • Morning segment Sat & Sun from 10am-12pm
  • Catered in-house lunch break + social & fresh air time: 12-1pm on Sat & Sun
  • Afternoon segment: 1pm-3pm on Sat & Sun
  • Group discussions, principle review & practical integration: 3:15-4:30pm
  • Mon is the Up & Down Deep Dive (Post-workshop session with Irene) 12pm-4:30pm

We strongly recommend that you be IN Vancouver the day before the workshop begins. 

In all our years holding workshops and events we’ve found that there’s nothing worse than rushing in to a workshop and rushing out without having any time to soak up the new surroundings and integrate the time (and money) you’ve invested in yourself.  

We also recommend planning NO TRAVEL the night after the workshop, so you keep the transformation your body and mind has experienced during the workshop. 

There’s nothing worse than sitting in a car and driving (or flying) for 5 hours after spending two days moving, grooving and learning. When you give yourself the time for arriving before and added integration afterwards you’ll deepen your learning experience in so many ways.  

For those who live in Vancouver and surrounding areas, I recommend the same. 

Schedule your night before the workshop to be open and free of stress and allow for plenty of travel time to the venue during the workshop. After the workshop ends, have your time open for YOU so you can also integrate and let the workshop sink in.  

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