Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

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Events at Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

Regular events are scheduled at Mary Lake, they include walks, volunteer events and events at the nature house.

Special Events

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Presents

Enjoy a Nourishing Day Retreat in Nature

A Retreat day with Gertie Jocksch SC

 

Take some time for yourself in Mary Lake’s beautiful nature sanctuary.  During this day we will gather together at the beginning and end of the day with a simple reflection.  The rest of the time is free to walk, to be, to write, to paint or whatever you desire for this time in nature.

Date:  Thursday, Sept 6, and/ or Thursday Oct 18

Time:  10 am – 5 pm

Cost: $65.00, Please bring your lunch, refreshments are served

Location:  Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary, 1772 Millstream Rd. Victoria

                   (Please let us know if you need or can provide a ride)

To Register: https://earthliteracies.org/register/

      Phone: 250 220 4601 or 250 888 7501

Gertie Jocksch is a Sister of Charity of Halifax. Her work experience includes Director of Field Education and Director of Graduate Theology Programs at St. Mark’s College in Vancouver. Inspired by the work of Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme and Teilhard de Chardin Gertie helped found Programs in Earth Literacies. She also teaches in the area of Ecotheology and Ecofeminism. Gertie is committed to conversation circles of learning while soaking in the beauty of the west cost that inspires her daily. 

 

Cooperating with Convergence: Mysticism and the New story

A Retreat day with Margaret Walters

Continuing to walk with Teilhard de Chardin, this day provides an opportunity to look deeper into mysticism as a means of cooperating with the unifying power of love, allowing us to become conduits of transformation in our evolving world. There will be short presentations, group meditation and time to be in nature.

Date:  Saturday Sept 29, 2018

Time:  10 am – 5:00 pm

Cost: $65, please bring your lunch, refreshments are provided

Location:  Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary, 1772 Millstream Rd. Victoria

                   (Please let us know if you need or can provide a ride)

To Register: https://earthliteracies.org/register/

      Phone: 250 220 4601 or 250 888 7501

Communion with the Divine through the Earth

A Retreat Day with Margaret Walters

A day of reflection with Teilhard de Chardin in the beauty of nature. There will be some input on Teilhard’s mysticism, and a liturgical celebration of The Mass on the World, but above all, time for quiet personal time in the numinous presence of the natural world.

Date:  Saturday Nov 3, 2018

Time:  10 am – 5 pm. Please bring lunch, refreshments are served

Cost: $65.00, Please bring your lunch, refreshments are served

Location:  Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary, 1772 Millstream Rd. Victoria

                   (Please let us know if you need or can provide a ride)

To Register: https://earthliteracies.org/register/

      Phone: 250 220 4601 or 250 888 7501

Margaret Walters is the author of The Cosmic Pilgrim, (2010, Wipf & Stock, Eugene, Oregon) which is a spiritual exploration of the new story of science and religion through journeying with Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme. Margaret started her career as a teacher but then moved to retreat work, parish ministry, and spiritual direction.  In July 2018 Margaret completed a Masters in Theology from Regis College.

Spirit of Nature Walks

2nd Sunday of the month

We invite you to come and immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere of this special property. This land has been under conservation ownership since 1947 so nature definitely has a strong presence here.

The Mary Lake property has 7 different ecosystems, contains a 7 acre lake with various riparian areas and ​both the Earsman and Millstream creeks which are part of the 13,000 year old watershed flow thru it. There is definitely something special about Mary Lake!

1 – 4 pm: self – guided with map of trails
2 – 3 pm: optional guided walk & talk
3 – 4 pm: Slide show & discussion in the house on the lake. Herbal teas for a loonie

For our monthly “Spirit of Nature ” walks we are asking for a $5 donation at the gate to help us with our fundraising efforts.
Children under 12 are free. If you have a membership with GVGS then you can attend for free.

  • We ask that children be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • People with mobility issues are welcome to ask for vehicle access on the main driveway.
  • Please stay on marked trails and be mindful not to disturb the wildlife that call Mary Lake their home.
  • Many birds and animals live at Mary Lake so there is a no pets policy to ensure minimum disturbance.

Location: 1772 Millstream Rd just north of the Finlayson Arm Rd. junction
Parking: Please park along Millstream Rd. and meet at front gate to sign in

 

Note: This property is closed to the public at all other times

Guided Forest Therapy Walks

Upcoming Special Event

Get Involved

We need your help! There are many ways you can contribute to the Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary. Your support ​will have a positive benefit for the whole region, local community and nature.

  1. Make a Charitable Donation (Tax Deductible)
  2. Join our Volunteer List
  3. Sign up for our Newsletter
  4. Become a member
  5. Connect and share on social media
  6. Participate in our events

Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

1772 Millstream Rd,
Victoria, BC V9B 6E4

Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society

499 Millstream Lake Rd.
Victoria, BC. V9B 6H5
Registered Charity BN: 11894 6953 RR0001

WSÁNEC Coast Salish

Mary Lake lies within the traditional territories of the WSÁNEC (Saanich) Coast Salish Peoples.

​We recognize the integral role the ancestors of the WSÁNEC Coast Salish Peoples have played as past stewards of the Mary Lake and Highlands lands.

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