It's a girl!!

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Laurel Burnham is a force to be reckoned with; A feminist, Activist, and what she likes to call a Cultural Entrepreneur.

Laurel is the Vice President of the Penticton Arts Council and Head of the Arts Rising Organizing Committee. I interviewed Laurel for Captain Awesome this month to discuss Arts Rising and the Up Rising of a Community. It’s a fantastic interview on this four day Arts Festival. If you haven't had a chance, you can check it out here.


“I broke my own mould.”

This interview is all Laurel and the community hero that she is. We delve into feminism, talk about being a bag lady, and touch on some of her heroes like:

“I thirst for wise women”

One of the things we touched on was Horizontal Violence. The blood running in the gutters of the women's movement that she experienced. “Remnants of the slave mind - It’s easier to attack your own kind than it is to see that the masters are manipulating it.” Oooo that’s heavy…but this interview is far from heavy. In fact I think it might become a highlight for many!


“It’s a nerves game.”

Laurel is a Cosmic Warrior Women. She has a gift for organizing people which is how she got started in organizing markets. This all started about 30 years ago on Canada Day….how perfect!

“Doing markets means being cognizant of energy itself. It’s all about relationships, people want to know that you’re going to deliver.”

Laurel is an outlier….there is no doubt in my mind that whatever she touches, an amazing evolutionary experience will happen. I’m very blessed to be a part of Arts Rising this year and experience first hand what this woman can do.

“We need to really begin to understand that we have the capacity to have a different world, this means we need to know how to celebrate together, where everybody is welcome and everybody is included.”

I’ve gathered a few of the best quotes from Laurel for you. This should get you revved up for this fun, inspiring and exhilarating interview.

“Trust the Force” - ok this isn't Laurel but she does use it!!

“Another way is possible.”

“We are all part of an unfolding story.”

“Your imagination is a sacred gift to you.”


“We desperately need to change the conversation we're having about our future."

The theme of Arts Rising is Chrystalis, the story of the butterfly. Elisabet Sahtouris is an evolutionary biologist and has studied the butterfly for a very very long time. I’ve linked up her site for you for further research. I also got Laurel to tell me the story of the transformation of this amazing creature, which she does with great enthusiasm.

And then we got into a conversation about Archaebacteria...yes we really do... but enough! Let’s get on with this fantastic interview.

Please welcome Laurel Burnham.


Laurels husband is a musician and at some point he starts to practise his guitar….if you listen closely you can hear it in the background, and it is lovely….


Music provided by Jarred Nicklen. You can find more on him at TwitterFacebookInstagram. Etc.