Thursday, January 12, 2012

Coming Up Thursday, January 26, 2012 

The Centre for Earth and Spirit and the Well Foundation present:


An interactive panel discussion facilitated by Val Murray and Chris Bullock

Following their panel on “From Senior to Elder” in Fall 2011, Val and Chris further explore the possibilities for those who wish to find engagement, self-understanding and contribution in later life. This panel is devoted to exploring the gifts that each of us has to offer, and to exploring effective ways of sharing these gifts.  We will pursue these explorations using brief presentations, exercises, sharing in dyads and open group discussion

TIME: 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.     

COST: Suggested donation $10

LOCATION:  B.C.G.E.U. (John Shields) Building at 2994, Douglas Street in Victoria (next to Speedy Auto just up from Finlayson)
INFO/REGISTRATION: Please register by contacting to give us an idea of numbers.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Coming up November 26, 2011

The Well Foundation and the Centre for Earth and Spirit are proud to present -

A symposium in partnership with the Pachamama Alliance of San Francisco
Saturday, 26 November 2011 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

This symposium was developed by the Pachamama Alliance* to engage people about the issues of change in our world today and to inspire us to get involved and become more part of the solution. It consists of inspiring short films featuring respected community leaders and leading edge information along with lively group interaction. The audiovisual segments encourage participants to reflect on the questions:
  • Where are we?
  • How did we get here?
  • What is possible for the future?
  • Where do we go from here?
The Pachamama* vision is that North America and the West generally need to awaken from a false dream based on growth, individuality, and endless consumption and help to create a world that has environmental sustainability, social justice, and spiritual fulfillment as key values. [* Pachamama is a South American term for Mother Earth]

WHEN: Saturday, November 26, 2011 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

WHERE: The Auditorium at the BCGEU Building at 2994, Douglas Street in Victoria.
(Just south of Finlayson next to Speedy Auto)

NOTE: Please bring a bag lunch – beverages provided.

FACILITATORS: Michael Tacon, Chris Bullock and team

SUGGESTED DONATION: $20 (includes refreshments at breaks) Payable by cash or cheque on arrival on site.

REGISTRATION: Please register in advance so we know how many people are coming. Call Chris Bullock at 250-384-8236 or Michael Tacon at 250-642-2517 or e-mail:

Sunday, October 30, 2011

2 Upcoming Events: Board Meeting and Workshop


WHERE: Upper lounge at B.C.G.E.U. Building, 2994, Douglas Street, Victoria. (Just up from Finlayson, next to Speedy Auto)
WHEN: 6.30 p.m. Thursday,  November 3rd, 2011

1. Check-in
2. Agenda approval, entertaining additions if proposed.

3. Approval of Sept 1st Minutes.
4. Finances—brief financial update by Bullock.
5. FINANCES: MEMBERSHIP. Bullock, Tacon and Murray did not in fact meet to devise a membership  structure proposal to bring to the Board, but perhaps this can be brainstormed at this meeting?
  • Report on Well/CES programs so far—“From Senior to Elder,” “Collective Wisdom series— Tacon, Murray, Bullock.  Question of follow up from both these groups.
  • Report from the Well members of the Well/CES program committee on proposed programs and program sustainability—Tacon, Bullock
  • Brainstorming proposals for programs and program sustainability, sustainability understood as the involvement of more people in the process of program devising and delivery (including discussion of proposal by Faulkner).
7. FINANCES: FUNDRAISING—Perkins.( Also payment to Tacon for bulb.)
8. ANNUAL REPORT—when is this due?  Do we need more Board members’ addresses?—Bullock, Tacon
9. REQUEST re: avoiding the first Thursday of the month for Board meetings--Bullock


The Well Foundation in association with the Centre  for Earth and Spirit presents:

A One Day Workshop
with Michael Tacon

Have you ever felt that sometimes your life has been guided by an unseen hand? Have there been times when you knew with an inner certainty that you had made the right choice for you?

In these uncertain times, we seek reassurance that our lives make some kind of sense. We want our participation in the great drama of life to be meaningful and significant so that we feel we are part of something greater than ourselves as individual human beings. 

This workshop offers a simple approach to discerning what our unique role and contribution in life could be, beyond merely taking care of our personal needs and making our way in the world.

Using some basic meditative methods, the workshop takes you through a process aimed at opening you up to the intuitive resources which lie beyond thought. In this way, you have the possibility of connecting with elements of your personal destiny so that you can be the person you were meant to be. 

The invitation is to explore how we can relate to the future as co-creators rather than as victims of circumstances. 

 WHERE: Upper lounge at B.C.G.E.U. Building, 2994, Douglas Street, Victoria. (Just up from Finlayson, next to Speedy Auto)
 WHEN:  10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, November 5th, 2011
 COST: $50
 LEADERSHIP: Michael Tacon
 PLEASE NOTE: You are advised to bring a bag lunch. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Also bring a blanket and something to write in such as a journal as well as a pen.

REGISTRATION: Please register in advance so we know how many people are coming by calling:
                          Michael Tacon at 250-642-2517 or by e-mail to : or

DEADLINE for this workshop is November 2nd, 2011

 Please make cheques out to “The Centre for Earth and Spirit”

Monday, September 12, 2011

New Fall 2011 Program

facilitated by Michael Tacon and Janet Pivnick based on the book THE POWER OF COLLECTIVE WISDOM*

VICTORIA: 5 TUESDAY EVENINGS: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 2011
SOOKE: 5 TUESDAY EVENINGS: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm November 8, 15,22, 29 and December 6, 2011

This is an extraordinary opportunity to be a part of a group of people committed to exploring how, by following a very specific set of agreements and procedures, we can experience the emergence of wisdom amongst us. The group will work with the book THE POWER OF COLLECTIVE WISDOM* which brings together extensive research about enlightened group process as a way of addressing the pressing need for finding better ways for groups of people to work together in the common interest.

PLEASE NOTE: We believe, to get the most out of these sessions, it is best for people to commit to the whole series. The group is limited to 10 participants. Participants are encouraged to get their own copy of the book – however, handouts will be provided.

WHERE: In Victoria at - the upper lounge at the BCGEU Building, 2994, Douglas Street.
In Sooke at - Unit 69 – 5838 Blythwood Road (Lannon Creek Park).

COST: $60 for the 5 sessions (or $15 per evening). Payment by cheque or cash can be made on the first evening of the group. Cheques to be made out to "Centre for Earth and Spirit".

* THE POWER OF COLLECTIVE WISDOM - by Alan Briskin, Sheryl Erickson, John Ott, and Tom Callanan (Berrett Koehler Publishers Inc., San Francisco, CA. 2009).

REGISTRATION is required for this group because of the limited space. Please call Chris Bullock at 250-384-8236 or e-mail or

Michael Tacon is a retired psychotherapist who has been active in offering programs under the auspices of the Well Foundation in Victoria since 1999 and more recently with the Centre for Earth and Spirit. He has worked extensively with a wide variety of groups since the 1960’s.

Michael is excited about exploring the potential for generating collective wisdom as a resource for tackling some of the daunting issues facing our society at this time. For example, he is wondering if a collective wisdom group could act as an advisory resource for the recently formed Sooke Transition Town Society and other similar groups looking to facilitate meaningful change in our communities.

Janet Pivnick has worked and studied in the environmental field for the past 30 years. She has been involved with environmental organizations across Canada and the United States and was the Director of an environmental education consulting company, Earth Wise, in Calgary for 15 years. Janet is particularly interested in supporting people through the process of social change, helping people to connect with their core being - the ecological self, developing models for ecological ways of being within existing systems and exploring the assumptions that underlie worldviews – western and alternative visions.

Janet currently works as a Program Coordinator with the Division of Continuing Studies at the University of Victoria, where she is responsible for environmental and sustainability programs.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Inspired Community Co-operatives


AN EVENING PRESENTATION with Don Brown – May 16th, 2011

Don is an organization consultant who has worked in Canada, the United States, Jamaica and Israel.

The coming economic, environmental and social global meltdown presents a unique, historic opportunity for us to come together in communities and regions to enable our global society to survive and prosper during the turbulent times ahead.

This evening’s presentation will address the global meltdown, its root cause and the challenges and opportunities we have as individuals and collectively through inspired community co-operatives to survive and prosper during this time.

The presentation is part of the Well Foundation’s Resilience series.

WHEN: Monday, May 16th, 2011

TIME: The evening starts at 7-30 p.m. and runs until 9-30 p.m. Suggested donation $10

WHERE: B.C.G.E.U. (John Shields) Building at 2994, Douglas Street in Victoria (next to Speedy Auto up from Finlayson)

COST: Suggested donation of $10

TO REGISTER: Please call 250-384-8236 or e-mail

Monday, April 18, 2011

Oneness Wednesdays - Final Session This Week

Wednesday, 27th April ...

with Chris Bullock and Michael Tacon featured on the "ONENESS WEDNESDAYS in APRIL" sponsored by the Church of Truth and the Well Foundation.

Final Session - Session 4:
27th April - Resilience: Integration and Moving Forward

What does a resilient way of living look like as we chart a course ahead that includes a healthy mix of inner coherence, relational efficacy and spiritual attunement?

Through some guided meditation and dialogue, we will imagine together what our resilient way forward can look like. In this way, we can identify what we need to do to prepare ourselves for the Great Turning.

Bio - Michael Tacon:
Michael is strongly committed to finding ways to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world in a positive and constructive way through his work as the Program Director for the Well Foundation, the Treasurer of the Centre for Earth and Spirit, his role in the Sooke Transition Initiative, and his work as a facilitator with the Pachamama Alliance. He sees the issues of resilience and sustainability as being key factors in the renewal of our civilization.

Bio - Chris Bullock:
Chris is particularly interested in the psychological, emotional and spiritual dimensions of resilience and sustainability, and tries to develop this focus in his work as Secretary-Treasurer of the Well Foundation, coordinator of the Heart and Soul working group in Transition Victoria, student of Non-Violent Communication, and facilitator in the Pachamama Alliance/Awakening the Dreamer program, which he would like to learn to bring to children.

When: Wednesday, 27th April.

Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Location: Church of Truth, Community of Conscious Living, 111 Superior Street, Victoria.

Cost: Free or by donation.

More Information: Contact Linda Chan at (250) 380-6383 or go to

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Related Events

From time to time other organizations put on various events, courses and seminars.

While the Well Foundation is not necessarily directly connected with these organizations, we share some of their intentions and activities and we include some more information on our "Related Events" page.