Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada, is the jewel of Canada’s Southern Gulf Islands. It is nestled up against the east side of Vancouver Island, about half way between Nanaimo and Victoria, the capital city of BC. The city of Vancouver on the mainland of BC is to the north. More about Salt Spring.
Please make sure to plan ahead for your ferry times and transfers, so you can arrive well before our start time. If you come without a car, please find accommodations in the Ganges area so we can easily get you to and from Caffyn’s studio. (Caffyn puts people in touch who want to share accommodations, and makes sure everyone has a ride to and from the studio each day.)
Air Travel: Nearby international airports are Victoria and Vancouver.
From Victoria Airport (YYJ): take a taxi to Swartz Bay (approximately 15 minutes, $25). From there you can get a ferry that takes 35 minutes to Fulford Harbour on Salt Spring Island. A bus meets the ferry and takes you directly to the town of Ganges. Ferry schedules are available here http://www.bcferries.com/ (be sure to look for the schedule on the date you will be travelling).
From Vancouver (YVR): You can travel to Salt Spring Island via seaplane (25 minutes) from the south terminal of Vancouver airport (take a free bus or cab from the international airport to the south terminal). http://saltspringair.com/ or http://www.seairseaplanes.com/
To travel via ferry from Vancouver: Take skytrain and bus to Tsawassen ferry terminal. There are daily ferries to Long Harbor on Salt Spring Island. You can also buy a throughfare ticket and transfer in Swartz bay on Vancouver island, where you will get the Fulford Harbour ferry to Salt Spring Island (see above). http://www.bcferries.com/
From Vancouver Island: There is an additional ferry from Crofton on Vancouver island to Vesuvius Bay on Salt Spring Island.
From Seattle: There are two additional routes that are occasionally used by students traveling from Seattle.
The Victoria Clipper is a passenger-only ferry with daily service to downtown Victoria from downtown Seattle. http://www.clippervacations.com/seattle-victoria-ferry/ From downtown Victoria there is a bus to The Swartz Bay ferry terminal. It is a journey of approximately 1 hour. https://bctransit.com/victoria/
The MV Coho is a car ferry that makes regular trips between downtown Victoria and Port Angeles, Washington. https://www.cohoferry.com/
Timing: Please be sure to arrive on time, and leave plenty of time on either end of your travels for the ferry journey, the journey to your accommodations from the ferry landing, and then traveling to Caffyn’s studio!
Accommodations: There are many Salt Spring Island accommodations. Check out the Salt Spring accommodations Group, AirBnB and other travel websites. The nearest BnB is “Gallery BnB.” Contact them directly (not through booking agency) and ask about a 10% Caffyn discount. Salt Spring Inn has very affordable accommodation options. Harbour House is the closest hotel (currently being renovated, but they still have decent rooms available). Anywhere in the town of Ganges is a pleasant walk on a nice day, and easy to pick you up from if it rains.
What to bring: Please bring light clothes without belts, buttons or bling. Yoga clothes are good for embodied practices. Weather on Salt Spring Island any time of year can be wet and chilly, so bring layers. You are welcome to bring an item of personal significance for the altar. You may also wish to write your intention for the workshop on a piece of paper to bring to the altar. Altar items will return with you.