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Come here regularly to find a challenge or activity for you or your family.   
 Please do share any of your creations with us; this helps us all feel so much more connected.  
If you have an idea to share with your community in this way, please do get in touch.  

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  • 25 May 2020 9:37 AM | Anonymous

    We put together this scavenger hunt for you, in honour of national Scavenger Hunt day! We know everyone is done with screen time, and the sunshine is calling us all outside, so we're putting together a new series of Field Guides for Careful Noticing. Print a copy, or carry it on your phone, and take yourselves out into your neighbourhood to see what you can find! If you feel like sharing photos of what you discover along the way, don't forget to tag us and use the hashtag #CarefulNoticing. And of course, always remember to be calm, be kind, and be curious (from two meters away)...

  • 7 Apr 2020 3:51 PM | Anonymous

    Draw the same image twice- side by side. Once with your hands, once with your feet. This challenge was given to me by a neighbour and our family had some much needed laughter trying to accomplish this.

  • 29 Mar 2020 6:29 AM | Anonymous

    What to do:

    1. Place a teddy bear in the window so that it can be seen from passer byes from the sidewalk

    2. Share a hint of where to look here, and in your neighbourhood lists

    3. Go for your daily (don't touch anything, stay distant from everyone) walk.

    4. Delight in searching & finding  the teddy bears , and in the feelings that community, working together can make positive and hopeful change.

    Thank you to Landis Warner-Graham of Hastings Sunrise Parents Facebook Group for bringing this to the neighbourhood.

  • 29 Mar 2020 6:15 AM | Anonymous

    I'm really good at planning, and adapting, and building patterns and structures. Like, really good. You should see our family schedule. However, some days, like yesterday, I just need to stopped take a day of rest. For me, it was watching way too much Murdock Mysteries, and not going on line or getting dressed.  

    It was my 'HOLY F%*K, we're in a global pandemic" day. It wasn't depressing or particularly sad. Just a day where I don't try, I just allow myself to do nothing. I recommend it now and then.  
    As someone who used to battle depression, I used to worry that if I gave myself a day like this, that if I took one, I would need 12 and wouldn't be able to stop; but part of the many gifts of getting older is trusting my mind more. Now, once or twice a month, I take a day of rest.  
    How about you? what slow down, rest, self care are you doing?

  • 27 Mar 2020 10:16 AM | Anonymous

    Demonstrating gratitude is an important part of how we take care of one another.  Today's invitation is to join in, the the daily appreciation of health care workers.  7:00 from windows and balconies everywhere. Bonus: seeing and hearing everyone making noise confirms the good, strong feeling of us all being in this together.     


  • 26 Mar 2020 10:12 AM | Anonymous

    Chris Hadfield is a bit of a hero in our household.  His curiosity, keenness, fortitude, skill and knowledge are immense, so too is his kindness.  This framing of how to self isolate, from a man who has spent a great deal of time on the ISS is inspiring. 

    My mission is to root myself into family rhythm and find peace & gratitude in This. To not stretch into the future of my worry mind, but have each moment be present. To make conservative decisions and take the isolation as an essential assignment. And to model for my child that compassion, community connection and doing for others are the take-a-way lessons from this experience. What is your mission?

    Watch Chris Hadfield's video on how to self isolate.

  • 25 Mar 2020 9:20 AM | Anonymous

    Look what our neighbour did! A fantastic little beaver made from objects found in The Learnary drawers. 

    Our challenge for you today:  create and share a small found object sculpture.  

    1. find some objects

    2. find some adhesive

    3. assemble

    4. Share here or on our Facebook post to inspire your neighbours.  

  • 24 Mar 2020 9:14 AM | Anonymous

    So, podcasts... something we are doing lots of. This is my new favourite. While this is geared for adults, I really think it is a spectacular listening experience for all ages. There are so many topics, each explored in depth with a person who is absolutely in love with the topic.  This is a podcast built for the curious.   One of my recent favourites: Ep. 1 | Outer Space & UnderwearLearn about how sewists were critical to making the first space suits and all sorts of other amazing things. What are your favourite podcasts these days, and why?

  • 23 Mar 2020 9:08 AM | Anonymous

    Our friend and neighbour, Bruce Triggs, wrote this rather extraordinary book.  You may have seen it in the shop.  Well, one of the things he is doing is creating a read aloud version.  Join him in this adventure, and learn more than you ever thought you would about the wonderful history of Accordion.

  • 22 Mar 2020 8:16 AM | Anonymous

    Today we are doing our first online Stitchery through Zoom.   This will soon be a weekly invitation.  Make yourself a cup of tea, slow down and stitch with others.  A lovely, productive, easy social time. Right now, as always, it is so important to slow down and tend to the details of life.  Stitching is such a perfect opportunity. 


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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: 604-215-1146

2643 East Hastings 

Vancouver, BC 

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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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