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Banyen Books and Sound-“Love, Wisdom, and Beauty”-July 28th

With many of our volunteers on adventures abroad I took down to 4th and Dunbar to talk with the founder and owner of Banyen Books and Sound, Kolin Lymworth.

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Banyen Books was initially opened in 1970 by Kolin at the age of 21 after returning from a trip to India. As the business grew so did Banyen’s array of goods and services it provides. Originally, Banyen Sound was Kolin’s other front, but was eventually combined both stores. Now adays, Banyen offers supplemental products such as yoga equipment, incense, and audio/video equipment.

What is it that makes Banyen unique? Originally Kolin was in search of readings about the spiritual and healing traditions of the world. Since 1970, the selection has grown to provide readings about topics such as yoga, diets, and a plethora of other options from around the world. Beyond it all though, Kolin strives to provide a place of solitude and escape, a place where people can come to be free.

“Banyen is a portal for beauty”

Banyen Books and Sounds is the epitome of community. The very name of the store stems from Kolin’s trip to India in which he found the shade of Banyen trees brought people together. These trees are often found around temples and spiritual grounds where people seek to ways to enhance their lives. Kolin wanted to represent these same traditions at his store, thus the name Banyen Books was born. This name perfectly matched Kolin’s passions for poetry and the pursuit of knowledge as well as his thirst for bringing people together.

Kolin has worked hard over the past 44 years to find ways of strengthening the Kitsilano community by helping bring people closer together. Banyen holds weekly events, often 2-3, free of charge to the public that range from author signings to yoga clinics. When it comes to his staff Kolin doesn’t expend any less energy. Every year Kolin hosts a party for all the staff to indulge in during summer and winter. Staff members get together on their own as well, often playing music together or seeking out ever more products to bring to the store.

“We are nature, part of nature. Our nature is to be together”

If it wasn’t evident already, Kolin is deeply passionate about finding ways of helping people live more fulfilling lives. Through this it is easy to understand why Kolin continues to build and mold Banyen Books.

Kolin was unlike any of the previous men I have had the pleasure of interviewing before. From the long grey beard, Hawaiian shirt, and khaki shorts you could always tell Kolin had some piece of wisdom he wanted to impart on you. This is what made Kolin so fascinating and interesting, he always spoke in broad terms that left so much to be desired. In the end though it was always clear that Kolin is passionate about building community and he will never stop in his search for information.

“I want to get people together in person in more meaningful ways.”

If you need a place of solitude and relaxation then head to Banyen Books! There are plenty of treasures waiting on the shelves for you to find! Take up yoga or learn more about spiritual healing during their upcoming events!

Most importantly, check back for more blogs from the P4A Crew!

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For more info check out their website: Banyen Books and Sound

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KITSHOUSE PROJECT FOR AWESOME 2013 CHALLENGE

KITSHOUSE PROJECT FOR AWESOME 2013  CHALLENGE
Last year was the first year for the Kitshouse P4A Challenge and we got 4 wonderful videos you can see here. This year the Kitshouse  P4A Challenge that people make videos themed “CONNECTION. WHAT”S IT TO YOU?” Connection is the building block of community so we are excited to see your connection experiences and thoughts! Once again the fabulous George Orr will be helping any video makers but this time with one on one support so all you have to do it get your raw footage!!!

Remember all participating videos will be posted THE PROJECT FOR AWESOME ON DECEMBER 17TH!!

All other info can be found at the Kitshouse Project for Awesome wordpress, especially relating to video and challenge specificsdaresbusiness participation, and certification of volunteer hours https://kitshouseprojectforawesome.wordpress.com/

We will be organizing some community workshops and one on one sessions to support the Kits House Project for Awesome Youtube Video Challenge

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KITSHOUSE PROJECT FOR AWESOME 2012 CHALLENGE

KITSHOUSE PROJECT FOR AWESOME 2012 CHALLENGE
Last year was Kitshouse’s first year participating and 8 local youth made a fabulous video you can see here. This year Kitshouse is proposing a challenge that people make videos themed “COMMUNITY. WHAT”S IT TO YOU?” with the resulting videos being posted on November 17th where the second part of the challenge engages the public to chose the order we work to push them to the from pages of youtube on Dec 17th by voting with the youtube ‘like’ button, BUT WITH ALL PARTICIPANT VIDEOS BEING POSTED IN THE PROJECT FOR AWESOME ON DECEMBER 17TH!!

All other info can be found at the Kitshouse Project for Awesome wordpress, especially relating to video and challenge specificsdaresbusiness participation, and certification of volunteer hours https://kitshouseprojectforawesome.wordpress.com/

We will be organizing some community workshops to support the Kits House Project for Awesome Youtube Video Challenge. We would like to organize workshop(s) in the Fall and want to hear from you on what you are interested in learning about. Please click here and fill out our quick survey.

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