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Apr 01, 2022 12:00 - 13:00
Lot 19, 855 W Hasting St

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The annual arrival of the cherry blossoms holds spiritual meaning to a variety of cultures around the world. A common theme is that the beauty of the short-lived bloom is a reminder to take small moments to appreciate what is important to our lives. To focus on the present.

Led by Gabby Villasenor, the inspiring movement and fitness coach of Fuelled By Feeling, Steps for Sakura is an exciting, new, and FREE event to help you create a sustainable practice of getting outdoors, mindfully moving through the world, and connecting with nature that benefits our bodies as well as our minds! Think of it as a blossom-inspired renewal of your commitment to yourself and your well-being.


The event also launches our new Mobile Maps feature which will now act as your personal Cherry Compass to the sakura blossoms all over the city! And to get our minds and energies flowing, we’ll kick the event off with a special performance by Vancouver Okinawa Taiko as well as readings of winning poems from our Haiku Invitational contest!

So come join us during the lunch hour on Friday, April 1 at Lot 19 for a mindful-movement practice to set the month off in a healthy direction!

The opening event will be hosted by our presenting sponsor Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.



Fuelled by Feeling Hey friends, my name is Gabby and I’m a mindful Movement coach. I’m the founder of Fuelled by Feeling, a mindful Movement company that exists to support your relationship with how you Move your body. Moving is one of the biggest gifts we hold as humans and I’m incredibly excited to Move alongside you as we celebrate this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival. Our Movement session is created for every body and we’ll practice in a way that embodies the renewal of a beautiful season, the beginning of something new, and the opportunity we have to start

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Vancouver Okinawa Taiko has been performing in numerous cultural festivals, charity functions, sports and anniversary events for some over 15 years. The group’s aim is to promote and preserve Okinawan style drum-dancing called Eisa, and to share Okinawan cultural heritage. Our membership consists of a mix of several generations to reflect the presentation of grassroots folk art.

Click here to watch their performance at The Big Picnic 2020.