Festival Weekend – September 26-27

september, 2020

27sep5:00 pm5:30 pmVirtual EventSlow Down, Please with Tara Henley and Cait FlandersTara Henley, Cait Flanders, Moderator: Sue Carter5:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST

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Steer yourself into a more intentional way of living, and slow down to think about how minimalism is tied to mental health and our popular culture with Tara Henley and Cait Flanders. Moderated by Sue Carter, Quill & Quire Editor In Chief.

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Cait Flanders

Cait Flanders’ previous book The Year of Less is “a fascinating look into a living experiment that we can all learn from” (Vogue). It has been shared in the NY Times, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Oprah.com, and more. Cait always has an adventure in the calendar. She is from Victoria.

Tara Henley

Tara Henley is a Canadian writer and broadcaster. Over the past two decades, her work has appeared on CBC television, and in The Guardian, The L.A. Times, The Globe and Mail and The Walrus, as well as dozens of other publications across the world. She currently works as a producer at CBC Radio and has a books column in The Toronto Star.


Adventures in Opting Out: A Field Guide to Leading an Intentional Life

Flanders offers a trail map to following her example and building a slow, mindful, minimalist life that emphasizes the beauty of the natural world, the importance of real human connection, the joys of travel, and the happiness that comes from living an intentional life in harmony with your own values.

Choosing to opt out is a brave decision, and ultimately a rewarding one. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. There will be hardships along the way, but with Flanders’s guidance and advice, you’ll have all the encouragement and insight you’ll need to build a life of purpose, fulfillment, and adventure.

AuthorCait Flanders

Lean Out: A Meditation on the Madness of Modern Life

North America is facing an epidemic of lifestyle-related health problems. And yet, the culture continues to celebrate the elite few who thrive in the always-on work world. The health crisis-not cardiac but anxiety- forced Tara Henley to step off the media treadmill and examine her life and the stressful twenty-first century world around her. Part memoir, part travelogue, and part investigation, Lean Out tracks Henley’s journey from the heart of the connected city to the fringe communities that surround it. She connects the dots between anxiety and overwork and confronts the biggest issues of our time.

AuthorTara Henley


(Sunday) 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST