Kwomais & the ouroboros
The venue for CreaSpaTreat 2019 has changed. We had originally booked Beecher Place, located in the heart of Crescent Beach. I love this space and hosted my husband’s 40thbirthday party at this location. The view over the beach shallows at low tide with boats cruising by in the channel provides a magical backdrop for a gathering.
While the fire that broke out at Beecher Place earlier this year was not massive, and nobody was injured, there was enough structural damage that rentals for the whole year were cancelled. We had to go on the hunt for a new space. The City of Surrey has many amazing options, but only a few of them are located in South Surrey with convenient access to the Ocean Promenade Hotel.
We landed on Kwomais Lodge, nestled on the water’s edge and situated among swaying cedars and eagles nests. We are going to be ensconced in the power of the forest. Kwomais Point has historically been a place of vision, community, and spirituality. The Semiahmoo Straits Salish people, who first occupied this land, believe it is imbued with guardian spirits, ancestors, and stories of transformative animals and humans.
The Semiahmoo people used this place for spiritual renewal and named the area “Kwomais” which literally means “place of vision”, because of its high bluffs and unobstructed views to the ocean and islands. Kwomais Point is marked on many early navigation maps and has long been used as a lookout point. For protection against the raids of the Yukulta people, the Semiahmoo built a fort in Ocean Park possibly between 1820 and 1830.
CreaSpaTreat will develop the practices of creativity, self-care and connection with an aim to build to life you don’t need a vacation from in a historically special place. At the entrance to Kwomais Point Park there is a large mosaic work illustrating the four elements of earth, air, water, and fire. The ouroboros, a symbol of the eternal circle of life, inspired the circular design and suggests constant transformation. I can’t think of a better place to dig into the journey of CreaSpaTreat.
In case the symbol of an ouroboros is a new concept, (which it was to me), here is what Encyclopedia Britannica has to say about it:
Ouroboros, emblematic serpent of ancient Egypt and Greece represented with its tail in its mouth, continually devouring itself and being reborn from itself. A gnostic and alchemical symbol, Ouroboros expresses the unity of all things, material and spiritual, which never disappear but perpetually change form in an eternal cycle of destruction and re-creation.
It is fascinating to think about how fortunate we are to be in this place for our first CreaSpaTreat weekend. I am honored and humbled that we get the opportunity to connect, learn and grow in such a special part of British Columbia. I hope to provide a transformational experience in keeping with the historical relevance of this land.
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