Treasures of Xenia
Xenia is home to many blessings, namely of the natural variety. There are specific things however that you will find here that are not common to just any place. Each have their own story built from time, spirit and destiny.
OPA– The Ancient Tree
Opa, a 1000 year Douglas Fir tree, is one of two old growth trees remaining on Bowen Island. Bowen Island was cleared of almost all its old trees by the early part of this century. Opa, scarred by saws and marked by the logger’s axe, somehow avoided the clear-cutting of the island. Opa was spared for a reason. We are graced with the presence of this sentient being and it is a humbling experience to stand at Opa’s feet. Opa will listen to your story and answer your questions.
The Labyrinth – 11 Circuits
The Labyrinth is an Archetype, a divine imprint found in spiritual traditions in various forms around the world. By walking the labyrinth we are discovering a long forgotten mystical tradition which becomes a metaphor for our own spiritual journey. The walk is a shared journey – an activity which communities can do together to coalesce and unify vision. The labyrinth is a mandala that meets our longing for a change of heart; for a change of ways in how we live together and for the energy, the vision, and the courage to become agents of transformation.Angelyn has trained as a Facilitator with Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress who is Canon of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and who created the world-wide Labyrinth Project. Xenia’s outdoor labyrinth, outlined in stone, is an ancient Hopi/Cretan/Celtic design. This eleven-circuit Labyrinth dates back some 4,000 years.
The Sanctuary was built entirely of wood from Xenia by two special Angels, Matthew Smith and Tarla Curran, who donated their time, love and skill to this project. Many of the materials were also donated.The moment you step into the Sanctuary, the pristine silence greets you and a peace moves through the air. With an eternal candle holding silent vigil 24 hours a day. A universal symbol of love and peace.
The Horse Barn
Brian Silver designed and helped frame up the barn structure and for over eight years it sat there awaiting completion. Some of our guests thought it was some kind of art form because it had been sitting like that for so many years.
Meanwhile Boww, Kasara’s horse, awaited a promise of a new barn and a new companion. He was very patient. Eight long years later, through a new business venture, we were able to buy the materials for the barn and complete it.
Special thanks to Andy Huinink and his crew for doing a fabulous job. On the heals of the barn opening, Boww received his handsome new companion, Khodo to share his luxurious digs with.” – Angelyn
THE HORSES – Summer, Khodo, Boww and Tango
Khodo, the bay coloured quarter horse belongs to Angelyn and is a really social boy. The black and white quarter horse, Summer belongs to Katrina and is also very friendly. Visit them at the barn, inside or out, rain or shine on your way to the Labyrinth or Sanctuary for your meditation or to visit OPA. Please do not go into the field, when they are free, to see them. Please also, DO NOT FEED THEM.
The white dappled grey percheron Boww and gentle black Tango have graced Xenia’s past with their amazing presence and are always remembered.
Charlie – THE POT BELLIED PIG:
As you come upon it, you may think it is a dog house. It is Charlie’s house and you pass it on the way to and from the lodge. He loves talking with visitors and especially loves having his ears rubbed. When he is not at home, he is free to roam all 38 acres of Xenia and you will see him munching on grass and plants or just laying here and there basking in the sun. Charlie is Doug Stellings pig and he has lived at Xenia for 13 of his 14 years. Now a senior fellow, Charlie comes out to visit for shorter periods but is always willing to eat a small treat when offered.
Read a letter to Charlie from Clara here.
Doggies of Xenia: Gracie and occasionally Maggie
Tofino & Mars
Raj Bagheera Batman Barn Cat
Bagheera, adopted from the SPCA several years ago, resides at Angelyn’s home. With all these names, we could add another name – illusive. Even though he is fairly illusive, he is an absolute love. If you are at the barn, watch – you might just see him. Say hello if you do.
Shadow the Cat
Shadow who arrived in September 2017 is fondly known as the Xenia cat and lives with Elinor. He is very friendly, loves people and loves to wander. You may or may not see him, say hello if you do.
Xenia backs on to the lake and Bowen Island’s bird sanctuary. Early morning and at dusk, rain or shine, you will hear a cacophony of exquisite bird songs that remind you that you are alive.
Like the snake, the deer take the liberty to be seen as they wander freely. Look higher up, here come the geese as they fly through the valley, sometimes coming into the meadow, wings spread and landing softly. Imagine also the eagles soaring above you, at times banking like an airplane at a lower altitude, a clearer view of their majesty. If you listen closely, you may hear the owl. Owls tune into the work here and make themselves know at very pertinent times.
To hear the owls click “PLAY”