Get metaphysical on the spring equinox

Feeling the need to fill your soul or get more in touch with your spiritual side?

Head to the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) in Whistler on Sunday (March 20) as the folks at local company Crossover Coaching host a day-long Metaphysical Market Day for the spring equinox.

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For a $2 entry fee you can browse the market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a plethora of spiritual and wellness products and services like yoga, tarot, meditation, shaman healing, hypnosis, reflexology, nutrition, angel healing, herbs, teas, First Nations drum circle and a lot more.

The event also features the first-ever mini Reiki Summit. Reiki (pronounced ray key) is an ancient "laying-on of hands healing technique that uses the life force energy to heal, balancing the subtle energies within our bodies."

In the evening, the enlightenment continues with two screenings of the film For the Next 7 Generations - a movie that tells the story of 13 indigenous grandmothers from all around the world who "come together to share their gifts of healing and bringprayer andpeace to the world."

The movie runs at both 6 and 8 p.m. and tickets are $13 each; available for purchase at the SLCC. For more information go to www.crossovercoaching.ca.

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PRO PHOTOGS ANNOUNCED: The six finalists set to compete at the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival's (TWSSF) Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown have just been announced, and the list includes at least a couple familiar local names.

Of the more than 41 entries submitted by pro shooters from all over the world, Whistler's Blake Jorgenson and Pemberton's Russell Dalby made the short list. They'll join four others and present their work in a nine-minute slideshow set to music at the fest on April 21 for a $10,000 grand prize.

Other finalists competing against our local boys are Re Wikstrom - the first ever woman competing in the event - Bryn Hughes, Steve Lloyd and Mike Yoshida.

The Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown takes place April 21 at the Whistler Conference Centre, with doors opening at 8 p.m. and the showdown starting at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and already quickly on the way to being sold out.

The TWSSF runs April 15 to 24 in the resort. Go to www.wssf.com for more info and a full schedule of events.

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CINEMA POLITICA PRESENTS EARTHLINGS: You may feel like changing both your eating and consumer habits after watching Friday's (March 18) screening of the award-winning movie Earthlings at Lost Lake PasivHaus.

Presented by LUNA (Late and Unique Nighttime Alternatives) and Cinema Politica, the documentary delves into society's treatment of animals and the connection with everyday purchases ofcommercial food, cosmetics, entertainmentand fashion.

Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix and featuring music by Moby, Earthlings has been called "the vegan maker" due to its sensitive footage shot at animal shelters, pet stores, puppy mills, factory farms, slaughterhouses, the leather and fur trades, sporting events, circuses and research labs.

This footage may be too much for kids and animals.

Cinema Politica screens Earthlings on Friday (March 18) at Lost Lake PassivHaus at 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.). Admission is by donation, and there will be a discussion afterwards. Go to www.lunawhistler.com for more information.

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