Whistler Writers Festival

Did you know that each October, event organizers and published Author: Stella Leventoyannis Harvey and her team organize one of the best Authors, Writers, Industry Speakers & participant annual events in Whistler, British Columbia.

Stella Leventoyannis – Author, Whistler, BC Canada

Here is the recent press release

 Spring reading events from the Whistler Writers Festival
Festival offers an evening of books and music, and a morning workshop to
 kick-start creativity and rejuvenation in June.
May 16, 2022: WHISTLER, BC — The Whistler Writers Festival offers a taste of what’s to come in October with two spring reading events in June.
“We’re hoping to inspire people’s creativity and help shake off the long, cold, wet winter we’ve had,” said Rebecca Wood Barrett, the new artistic director for the festival. “We’re pulling together music and stories for our first event, and then we’re holding a workshop to help people spark new ideas and connect with their creativity. I think we can all use a creative infusion, and that’s what these events will provide.”
First up is An Evening of Stories & Songs in the Mountains on Thursday, June 16 from 7-9 pm in person at the Maury Young Arts Centre, and online.
“In stories, and songs, we find strength, insight, reflection, and healing,” Wood Barrett said. “They help move us towards understanding and wellness.”
Feature authors include CBC host Grant Lawrence, author of A Return to Solitude, recounting his experiences with family and beloved characters at Desolation Sound on the remote west coast. Chad Sayers, local author of Overexposure: A Story About a Skier will tell his story of risk, the beauty of nature and his journey through a change in consciousness. Plains Cree writer and National Poet Laureate Louise B. Halfe – Sky Dancer employs Indigenous spirituality, black comedy, and the memories of her own childhood as healing arts in Bear Bones & Feathers. Barbadian-Canadian writer Jasmine Sealy’s debut novel The Island of Forgetting is an intimate generational saga about love and the ways the trauma of a family’s past can haunt its future. Woven throughout the evening is music by Dustin Bentall and the Blue Wranglers. For ticket information visit: https://whistlerwritersfest.com/spring-reading-series/.
The second event is Elevated Awareness — Engaging Creativity Through Mindfulness on Saturday, June 18 from 2-3:30 pm at the Whistler Public Library, and online. Led by Nicola Bentley, a local mindfulness facilitator and mentor, this creative writing workshop is perfect for writers looking for fresh energy, budding ideas, and new insights. Bentley will help participants use mindful awareness as a tool to elevate consciousness and attention. Honing the ability to observe, to clear away mental distractions and to connect with inner wisdom informs creativity and enriches our lives. With mindfulness, we can more deeply engage in our world and experiences. Come prepared to observe, listen, meditate, write, read, and discover.  For ticket information visit: https://whistlerwritersfest.com/spring-reading-series/.
This year, the Whistler Writers Festival runs Oct. 13-16 in-person in Whistler, and online. Find all the latest information at www.whistlerwritersfest.com.
The society runs the hybrid online/in-person Whistler Writers Festival Oct. 13-16, 2022, along with the Whistler Writer in Residence and the Authors in the Schools programs. It also offers IBPOC Scholarship for emerging or experienced writers in Sea to Sky. For tickets, news and events, visit www.whistlerwritersfest.com.
Rebecca Wood Barrett, Artistic Director
The Whistler Writing Society
E: rwoodbarrett@gmail.com
P: 604-698-9597

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Whistler Writing Society9327 Emerald Drive, Whistler, BC, Canada Whistler, BC  V0N 1B9Canada


Stella’s latest novel, Finding Callidora is available in fine bookstores, Signature Editions, Amazon, and Chapters Indigo. Watch the Finding Callidora Book Trailer

Extra note from Stella: … here is an interview and video done that includes me and two other authors talking about our books. Stella has also received a grant to produce another video for book clubs specifically.

And here is a recording of the livestream can now be found on YouTube at https://youtu.be/2rIqAedbQPU as well as the Signature website on the book pages for After LightNever, Again, and Finding Callidora.

Some of the best outcomes of the Whistler Writers Festival may be for a future writer / author to get their work evaluated and obtain a potential publishing company book writing opportunity!

Over the years, Stella and family have enjoyed living in Whistler and walking the local nature trails, cross country + downhill skiing. Tip for life and career: she finds insightful ideas written in a journal notebook for later reference when creating a novel, and also helpful for the event to-do lists!

Another great community give-back is that Stella offers her author consultation services, through a booked appointment at the Whistler Public Library …. who knows where her insights, guidance will lead!

Welcome to Lifestyle Locator Blog: Whistler, BC – Canada

Realtor Advisor, Engel & Völkers – Whistler

Life in Whistler is amazing, fulfilling and worth sharing the joy of our Resort life! Today is my #mondaymotivation to share with everyone some key points of living and visiting our community, just north of Vancouver and YVR Airport.

Come and visit us year-round … here are helpful community websites to connect with when planning your future trip.

Tourism Whistler

Resort Municipality of Whistler

When planning the opportunity to find your future legacy Whistler Resort home and/or rental investment property … let’s connect for further assistance:

Kathy White – Realtor Advisor (Engel & Völkers – Whistler)

Real Estate Wire Website

Also, I’m current Board Chair & participant of 55+ activities & advocacy through: Whistler Mature Action Community

Here are some of my year-round sporty activities:

Downhill Biking at Whistler Bike Park & enjoy X-Country biking around Whistler Valley!
Enjoy Skiing at Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains … happy to share my ski tips!
Enjoy sailing along British Columbia coastline and Gulf Islands – plus, local lakes!

Ecomist Cleaning Services Pemberton / Whistler

Connect with them at: http://ecocleaningwhister.com/

When you meet company co-owners Hayley Middleton and Helen Whitworth you’ll understand why they are enjoying business success since launching their ‘environmentally friendly cleaning company’.

Did you know … since the start of their company in 2012 = they and their team have cleaned over 18,000 properties with non-toxic products!

We met at Engel & Völkers Whistler office to discuss how Pemberton and Whistler homeowners and rental property investors can connect with them for a “deep clean” (for example: pre-winter + pre-summer). It’s important to have a deep clean with non-toxic cleaners that bring enhanced ‘fresh scent’ to your property for everyone to enjoy!

They have collection of ongoing full-time properties they clean and can occasionally add to their year-round client lists. Further details on those services can be reviewed by emailing: bookings@ecomistclean.com

Aside from business we were talking about some of our favourite books …

4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Thanks again Helen and Hayley … for keeping our world clean with non-toxic products!

Awesome Autumn Season! Whistler, BC

Photo courtesy of: https://www.whistler.com/photos/ and Photographer: Justa Jeskova

Let’s take time to share the joys of Autumn season activities and events in Whistler! Global visitors and Whistler residents enjoy the quieter days between the wrap up of the Whistler Bike Park and other fun summer adventures to prepare their skis & snowboards for upcoming Whistler Blackcomb winter season! Also, be prepared for the autumn weather

When planning your trip to Whistler … many community events are noted on the Tourism Whistler Events Calendar as a great place to set your dates of arrival. Review local business + community organization websites for promotions of free events, discounted activities, meal promotions & music nights. It’s a great idea to set up a “Sunday to Thursday” mini-holiday to enjoy hotel rate packages or nightly rental property or B&B options!

Photo courtesy of: https://www.whistler.com/photos/ and Photographer: Justa Jeskova

Autumn is a wonderful time: rest, reflect in nature + recharge!

Are you considering your ‘next life chapter’ – potentially moving to our community to enjoy living here full-time or purchasing a part-time rental investment property? My goal as your “Lifestyle Locator” Realtor Advisor is to help with your journey of discovery to align with your future real estate plans. You work hard to plan ahead for your future = let’s start today to blend your work + adventure schedules, to purchase your Whistler Resort property, in the Sea to Sky Corridor of British Columbia. You deserve it!

Learn more about CanadaCaring.org

We often meet inspiring people in Whistler that live here and visit, to help us build our sense of “Global Community” connections + caring!

As a Whistler local resident with global connections & ‘get it done’ business acumen & life focus my guest speaker – Laurie Cooper: Anchor.FM Podcast

Take the opportunity to volunteer, send money and/or provide support for Canadian refugee(s), to help them get settled in your community!   

Here’s a CBC Interview with Laurie and Hassan:  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/syrian-refugee-stuck-malaysia-arrives-vancouver-1.4921926 

Also … another way to contribute is the Canada Caring = Baby Box Project    

Thanks again Laurie and we’ll keep in touch via What’s App / LinkedIn / Facebook and other social media platforms with your amazing non-profit organization Canada Caring

Whistler Staging Co. Interview

Over the years of working as a Real Estate consultant we meet positive & proactive business network colleagues that greatly benefit real estate clients and we enjoy working with them from the start to completion of a project. Then it’s great to reconnect with business colleagues for fun community events, mountain biking + winter sports. A wonderful life!

In the awesome Lifestyle Community of Whistler along the Sea to Sky Corridor of scenic British Columbia = we are able to work and take time to play, plus meet up with people around the world, who are enjoying ‘special + memorable’ holiday time.

Then we often find those holidays bring more visitors back again year-round to take in many community events and lifestyle adventures and make a plan to join us as residents in Whistler = whether for a full-time / part-time / rental investment Resort property.

With this in mind … encourage you to watch this YouTube Video Interview with Georgia Hybner, Owner of Whistler Staging Co. = whether staging your Whistler home, townhouse or condominium residence to enjoy or when selling or buying – encourage you to contact Georgia for insightful, professional assistance!

Enjoy Mountain Biking in Sea to Sky Corridor, BC

Exciting mountain bike trails around the Sea to Sky Corridor!

A wonderful part of our lifestyle is mountain biking and we enjoy sharing this amazing sport with all levels of riders! My first 1 speed bike was a banana seat bike – a wild ride with streamers on the handlebars. Then, I moved to a 10 speed Peugeot road bike and my first mountain bike – Rocky Mountain Hammer had 1 inch of suspension which I thought was “rad”.

Now we’re riding cross country bikes with 5″ / downhill bikes with 8″ of suspension respectively. Taking lessons to learn biking is highly recommended! Also, working with local bike shops to keep them tuned-up!

In the Whistler Region – where we spend most of our biking time along the amazing Resort Municipality of Whistler multi-use trail system

Then, for those more adventurous are the Whistler Downhill Bike Park, trails, which many visitors call “their top choice” on list of global Bike Parks.

Encourage you to explore these mountain bike websites for the different groups in Sea to Sky Corridor. Take time to plan your trip and equipment needed. Be prepared for weather, on-trail maintenance and first-aid kit.

Squamish Off Road Cycling Assn

Whistler Off Road Cycling Assn

Pemberton Off Road Cycling Assn

Please share your mountain bike trail adventures on this lifestyle blog!

To register your bike – this is a handy website: 529 Garage

Further bike safety information, check out this: BC Government website

Kathy White
Associate Broker / Realtor® Advisor


Mobile: +1 604 616 6933 and +1 250 729 1182

Morning Rest & Reflection

Coffee and Tea

Engel & Völkers Whistler

Let’s picture ourselves sharing a coffee and chat together at my home in scenic Whistler.

It’s 5 am and the stars are still shining against the clear dark sky background and the region is quiet while we await the sunrise to the east over Whistler / Blackcomb Mountain.

This is a quiet time, a reflective time to possibly listen to a TedX talk; listen to a meditation tape; read a book; draw. This is the important time of the day to contemplate your day outcomes.

In my morning world, after that lovely quiet time – this is also a time of day to check out the real estate markets in Whistler, British Columbia and Canada is to read articles, property listings updates & trends.

If you want to find out more about Whistler check out Kathy’s Lifestyle Locator Podcast

Kathy White, Associate Broker / Realtor® Advisor

4314 Main Street, Suite 36
Whistler, BC. V8E 1A8
Cell: +1 604 616 6933 and +1 250 729 1182

Global Citizens Connect Through Travel & Culture!

Living in Whistler, BC – Canada is a special place in the world = yet feel it’s always important to take a break from work schedule to “unplug” and go to visit with friends and family and then explore other global locations too!

For example – recently we toured amazing New York City and were humbled by the tour of 911 Memorial and One World Trade Center to then see Come From Away – excellent live theater show about how the Airport at Gander Newfoundland had around 7,000 = “911 redirected plane people” into their town. When you look at my FaceBook page – you’ll see the the bird of peace, that’s my vision and law of attraction goal for humanity: one world / no borders … inclusive culture & mother earth protection.

As part of our community are many organizations that local and visitors can find out about to connect for our events and initiatives … look forward to helping you with any questions about our Resort = the 2010 Winter Olympic Host Village …this is one of my favourite songs from the opening that aligns with how I focus on life from singer:  Nikki Yanofsky

Come join us in Whistler … welcoming people from around the world!

Kathy White Associate Broker / Realtor® Advisor


Mobile: +1 604 616 6933 and +1 250 729 1182