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    • 4 Sep 2019
    • 24 Dec 2019
    • 87 sessions

    Shop Hours

    Come enjoy the beautifully curated collection of learning materials, games, books, maker supplies and kits available at The Learnary's storefront store.  

    • 6 Sep 2019
    • 20 Dec 2019
    • 16 sessions

    For participants of the Greenroom Yoga Caregiver and Tot Yoga class with Jennifer Clark 11:30- 12:45 on Friday Mornings.  

    Participants are welcome to leave their strollers, unfolded, in The Learnary workshop space for the duration of the class.

    We love it when small businesses support one another!

    • 8 Sep 2019
    • 9 Feb 2020
    • 6 sessions

    Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange!

    Every second Sunday at The Learnary. 

    Leave a Puzzle! Take a Puzzle!

    Love doing puzzles, but don't like doing the same one over and over again?  This is for you. 

    All ages.  All puzzle sizes.

    This is a free, community event. 

    Please ensure every puzzle you bring has every, single piece. 

    • 15 Sep 2019
    • 21 Jun 2020
    • 10 sessions

    On the third Sunday of each month, come hang out and stitch something.

    Bring whatever project you're working on -  darning, felting, hand sewing,  embroidery, knitting,  needlepoint, crochet, etc.

    Share tips, bring questions, relax with fellow stitchers and have a cup of tea. This is a free drop in for all skill levels and all ages 

    We are happy to announce that local textile artist, Sarah McKinnon, will be hosting our stitchery.  Find out more about Sarah 

    • 22 Sep 2019
    • 23 Feb 2020
    • 5 sessions


    Calling all weavers! On the fourth Sunday of each month, weaver Sarah McKinnon will host a weaving drop-in, helping you with trouble shooting, answering your textile questions, and getting you started on new projects. Sarah is warm and knowledgeable and together with you, will make our space a weaving wonderland. Bring your own loom and yarns. All ages and levels welcome, no registration required. $10/family drop in fee.

    We also welcome you to come by to watch or try one our small practice looms. 

    • 6 Oct 2019
    • 2 Feb 2020
    • 5 sessions

    Before you throw it out...try fixing it first!

    On the first Sunday of the month, we will be fixing textile things. We have a stuffy triage station for repairing our textiles love ones,  sewing machines, various helpful tools, and some know how.

    We invite folks to bring their beloved stuffies to the Stuffy Triage Centre to receive assistance in mending, stuffing, replacing eyes and various other tender administrations. 

    Come figure things out -- together in community.

    Please consider making a donation to The Learnary at this event. 

    • 23 Oct 2019
    • 10 Jan 2020
    • 4 sessions

    work Party

    Come Lend a Hand

    This is a day devoted to working on the physical space of The Learnary, and there is lots to do!  Come by and join Surya & Sam.  We will find the most pleasing job for you from the multitude of options: cleaning, welcoming customers at the front of the shop, painting, sorting, building, taking things to thrift stores....... There is something for everyone.  

    You are welcome to drop by.  Even better, drop us a line and let us know when you'll be there, and what you'd like to do. 

    Drop us a line

    • 2 Nov 2019
    • 18 Jan 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • 17 Dec 2019
    • 24 Dec 2019
    • The Learnary Curiosity Table

    Hand Painted Christmas OrnAmEnts. 

    Come paint lovely wooden tree ornaments at The Learnary Curiosity Table. Pull up a chair, have a class of apple cider, and spend some cozy, creative time in the company of neighbours.

    All skill levels. All ages.

    Drop in anytime the shop is open during the specified time period. 

    $3.00 - $8.00 per ornament including making supplies.  

    The Curiosity table is a place for people of all ages to drop in and spend some time being curious and creative.


    • 25 Dec 2019
    • 10 Jan 2020

    We wish you a lovely winter break with friends, family and neighbours. 

    • 11 Jan 2020
    • 18 Jan 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • The Learnary Curiosity Table

    Letter to my future self

    Start the new year off by writing to yourself one year in the future.  

    Come into The Learnary and create a hand written letter and self addressed envelope.  Leave it with us, and at the close of 2020 we will mail it to you.  

    • Set some intentions for the year
    • Write some things you want to be sure not to forget
    • Make yourself laugh by predicting what your year will bring

    $5 per Letter.  

    Supplies, and delivery included. 

    What a delight to receive a hand written letter --- from yourself!

    • 11 Jan 2020
    • 16 Mar 2020
    • 48 sessions


    Come enjoy the beautifully curated collection of books, games, learning supplies, maker supplies, and kits available at The Learnary store front.  


    • 11 Jan 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • The Learnary, Coast Salish Territory, 2643 East Hastings
    • 10


    Calling all parents, educators & young people. Come join Helen Hughes for a cup of tea and a discussion about building respectful & collaborative relationships with children.      

    Helen Hughes is the president of Transforming Education Society (TES), founder of Windsor House Democratic School, a Vancouver institution for non-coercive education and alternative education, and instigator of The Learnary.  She is a radical, compassionate educator with over 60 years experience.  Her particular interest is collaboration and joy.  She is full of curiosity, insight, and unexpected ideas, and she is a great person to spend some time with.    

    This is a great event for people involved with parenting, public schooling, unschooling, home learning, community education, or generally living and working with young people. 

    Children Welcome:  They can take part in the discussion, engage with the activity at The Learnary curiosity table, and/ or bring a contained activity of their own. 

    The Learnary asks for a contribution of $5 - $25 per participant for these discussions. No one turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds go to supporting The Vancouver Learnary Society as an active community space.  Childcare is not provided, however children for whom it works to hang out at The Learnary are very welcome. 

    • 22 Jan 2020
    • 31 Jan 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • The Learnary Curiosity Table

    Play with Light & Dark. 

    Complements of the VPL's STEAM Kit.  Drop in to the curiosity table to try your hand at playing with shadows and making shadow puppets. Spend some time and enjoy the really incredible story books the public library has made available. 

    All skill levels. All ages.

    Drop in anytime the shop is open during the specified time period. 

    This activity does not have a fee.

    The Curiosity table is a place for people of all ages to drop in and spend some time being curious and creative.  

    • 1 Feb 2020
    • 29 Feb 2020
    • 5 sessions

    Saturday Curiosity Events happen every Saturday at The Learnary's Curiosity Table.  They are opportunities to spend time with neighbours of all ages making, playing, and being curious together.  Each week is a different invitation. 

    Keep an eye on our calendar for details for a particular day. 

    Some of the wonderful things you may discover at the curiosity table. 

    • Learn from a Neighbour: neighbours of any age may bring a skill to share.  Drop by and get making and learning with neighbours.  
    • Artist's Table:  come make art with artists showing their work on the walls of The Learnary. 
    • Play with some of our fun stuff: these are opportunities to try out some of the awesome things we carry in The Learnary shop. 

    Come spend some time making and learning with your neighbours.  

    If you are interested in hosting a Saturday event at The Learnary contact Sam: 

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The Learnary is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. We are humbled by this history and grateful for our use of this land.

Phone: 778-802-3544

2643 East Hastings 

Vancouver, BC 

V5K 1Z5



Free (2 hour) public parking is available 1/2 block north of Hastings between Penticton and Kamloops.

Store Hours

Special Hours:

Dec. 16 - 23rd

Open 10:00 - 6:00 Everyday

Tuesday Dec. 24 10:00 - 4:00

Dec. 25 - Jan. 10 Closed for Winter Holiday


Accessibility is important to us. Please note, however, that we are in an old building with limitations.

The Learnary Storefront is on one level.

The front entrance door is 34” wide. There is a short slope outside the front door which rises approximately 5” over 13".

Our bathroom is approximately 57” x 60”.  To access, you need to pass through three doorways. The smallest has a width of 26”. The bathroom is non-gendered.

Our back door (private entrance) has five wooden steps.  

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