A complete lavender experience

THE ANNUAL HARVEST is July 23 at Island View Lavender Cottage Garden in Union Bay.

THE ANNUAL HARVEST is July 23 at Island View Lavender Cottage Garden in Union Bay.

THE ANNUAL HARVEST is July 23 at Island View Lavender Cottage Garden in Union Bay.

You’re invited to immerse yourself July 23 in a complete lavender experience by joining Gourmet Girls Global Catering at Island View Lavender Cottage Garden in Union Bay for the annual harvest and luncheon.

For the first time, Island View Lavender will team with Gourmet Girls Global Catering (of Cumberland) to present a fundraising event for the Comox Valley Hospice Society. A variety of health and wellness practitioners will join us for a day that will indulge all of the senses.

Experience a hands-on harvest with informative host Kathleen Kinasewich. Joining her will be Maggie and Robin Ansell from Oak Tree Lavender Farm in Port Alberni.

An array of fresh lavender products that are as healthful as they are beautiful will be available as a result of the collaboration between these two growers. Maggi and Robin Ansell will be using a copper still on site to create fresh lavender essential oil, which will be used in your spa treatments and in the preparation of your meal.

A variety of hand-crafted products will be available for purchase, and all participants will receive a special gift basket. Your day will also include refreshments such as lemonade, iced tea, and sparkling mineral water infused with the healing herb, along with baked goodies, snacks and fresh fruit.

A sumptuous lavender inspired luncheon will be prepared and served by Gourmet Girls Global Catering.

To complement this full-day event, we will start the day with a 30-minute wakeup, warmup yoga session. You can enjoy the esoteric music of Mikeoula, who will create a beautiful soundscape with her crystal bowls, drums and guitar.

After a day spent immersed in lavender and indulgence, enjoy a restorative and bracing ocean swim in beautiful Baynes Sound. This event has a limited number of tickets available, so reserve your spot early.

Proceeds from ticket sales and from the sale of fresh and dried lavender bunches will benefit the Comox Valley Hospice Society.

It happens July 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Island View Lavender at

5511 Island Highway in Union Bay.

Tickets cost $135 per person (including HST). They’re available through the Comox Valley Hospice Society website at www.comoxhospice.com and at ‘Beyond’ the Kitchen Door at 274B Fifth St. in Courtenay. Advance tickets are available until July 21.

For more information, contact Linda Shaben of Gourmet Girls Global Catering at 250-218-6439 or gourmetgirls3@gmail.com or Terri Odeneal  of the Comox Valley Hospice Society at 250-339-5833 or admin@comoxhospice.com.

For more information, check www.islandviewlavender.com, www.comoxhospice.com and w ww.mikeoula.com.

— Island View Lavender Cottage Garden