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Immersion Festival

Immersion Festival

Fall 2022

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The Immersion Festival is a thrilling 37-day festival beginning this Fall 2022.

Immerse Yourself   Discovery. Rejuvenation. Indulgence.

Beer Weekend

Saturday October 22

Beer Festival @ Ski Resort

Event

Sunday October 23

Hotel Brunch

Event

Resort Activities

•Daily Hike
•Daily Craft
•Scavenger Hunts
•Colouring Sheets for All Ages
•Craft Bags
•Campfire Cooking Workshop
•Mini Golf Open if weather permits

As a thank you for all that you do, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort would like to invite all first responders, health care providers, and their families to the resort to relax and take some me time.

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is happy to offer all first responders and health care providers a nightly room rate of $91.10 + taxes and resort fee for a Classic Queen room.

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BEER FEST

Sample beers from a wide selection of Western Canada’s finest craft breweries. A huge favourite of the festival where you can enjoy a wide range of craft beers and ciders, chat with passionate brewers and make lots of new friends in a fun and relaxing environment.

Invite your friends for a great afternoon out before enjoying an evening at the resort.

Package includes – Festival entry; 20 tasting tickets.

**There is no meal included with this event – food can be purchased on-site** 

Hotel Brunch

Pull up a seat and join us for the best brunch in the valley at Antlers Restaurant!

Brunch includes your favourite breakfast items: egg benedict, a made-to-order omelet station, Prime Rib, Seafood platters, and a sweet table of decadent desserts.

Bloody Caesar, Bloody Mary, and Mimosa Station also available!

Price $49 per person, not including tax and gratuity
10:30 am – 2:00 pm 

Reservations recommended. Please call 1-800-663-4979

Resort Activities

Resort Guests only, sign up opens for resort activities 2 weeks prior. Sign up link is found in your pre-arrival email.

A NIGHT OF MURDER

A dinner with a deadly difference – combining outstanding food & drink with an immensely fun and intriguing murder!!

Do YOU have what it takes to solve a Halloween Murder Mystery? A series of uniquely different clues will appear around you all evening, and your job is to unravel them to determine whodunnit. But be careful, there are distractions along the way that will steer you in the wrong direction, and dozens of other sleuths who are trying to solve the mystery before you. Can you be the first? Whether you are or not, the food, drink and FUN along the way will be well worth the visit!

Session Information

(session durations 60 to 90 minutes)

LIVING YOUR FREQUENCY

Are you operating on the AM stations trying to establish a clear connection? Our planet resonates at a specific frequency that is changing and we need to catch up. When you are in alignment with our planet’s frequency, it has profound effects on the human psyche and physiology. As our Earth goes through its next level of change, so do we. Through breath, meditation and sound you will explore how to raise your own frequency to enhance abundance, health and consciousness.

DANCE PARTY

Get ready to feel fabulous! Connect to yourself and each other through lighthearted movement and dance. Move your body in expansive ways that will fill your heart with joy! You know that feeling of turning on music you love and dancing like no one is watching? That’s how you will feel in this class: totally carefree, uninhibited, and happy. This class is the chance to let loose that you know your body and spirit need. Shake off your cares, strut your stuff and enjoy this dance party. You will receive access to the playlist of fabulous music and leave with a huge smile on your face!

GENTLE YOGA WITH REIKI

This class incorporates simple flowing sequences to warm up the body, as well as slower paced movements focusing on alignment, strength, balance, and flexibility. To deepen your experience of healing and relaxation, Reiki Therapy is incorporated into this workshop. Reiki is an ancient form of universal energetic healing that encourages a state of balance, harmony, and self-healing.

HEALING THROUGH THE REFLEXES

Reflexology has been practiced for centuries and is a powerful modality that connects specific zones and points on the hands, feet, face and ears to specific areas of the body. This practice promotes healing and relaxation, thus supporting the body’s overall function and well-being. In this event, you will learn specific reflex points on the feet, hands, face and ears that you can use for your own well-being.

NON-TOXIC LIVING

Exposure to an overwhelming number of chemicals occurs daily, which can have a negative impact on hormonal and immune system health. Discover which ingredients to avoid and why they are harmful. Dive into simple and affordable “Do It Yourself” alternatives for home and body care products, using non-toxic and effective ingredients. You will also learn how to understand labels, so you are more prepared to buy readymade non-toxic products. 

NUTRITION FOR IMMUNE HEALTH

Discover the ways you can use food as medicine to promote optimal immune function. During this event, you will learn what foods can be immune powerhouses, which ones to limit, and what to eat when you get sick. You will come to understand specific immune conditions and what you can do to best support them. Recipes highlighting powerful immune enhancing ingredients will be included!

A HEALING JOURNEY

Take time to slow down and re-tune the body with the healing vibrations of the Alchemy Crystal Bowls. This journey will take you to the depths of your being – clearing the pathway and reminding you how to deeply listen, as the gateways open to the Universe’s messages. Please bring a mat, blanket, pillow and anything else you may need for your comfort.

BARRE

Barre is a workout technique inspired by elements of ballet, yoga, and Pilates.  The class mixes flowing movement, cardio bursts, light weights with high reps, balance work, isometric exercises, core strength, mat work, and lots of stretching.

KUNDALINI YOGA

Using the knowledge of Kundalini Yoga, increase the awareness of self while accessing a higher state of consciousness. In this event, you will move through a kriya using breath, movement and sound to clear blocks and limiting beliefs within yourself and your surroundings. Doing so will allow you to clear a pathway and attract more of what you desire. You will learn a 40-day transformative meditation and conclude this healing session with a gong meditation to further integrate the practice.  Leave with a deeper understanding of self and the clearing process. 

CYCLICAL LIVING

Explore the incredible ways that the female body flows through its infradian rhythm (the 28-day cycle). You will discover how to support your body through nourishing food, movement, and lifestyle habits as you move throughout your cycle. This workshop is not limited to people who are cycling, as you will also explore ways that premenstrual and postmenstrual people can enhance their cyclical living. Awareness of these rhythms will help you to have understanding and compassion for where you’re at and help you to know when something might be out of balance. This is a great workshop for men who want to learn how to support their partners, daughters and female loved ones!

LISTENING TO THE UNIVERSE

Do you notice signs and symbols from the Universe? Do you pick up on the signs that your loved ones send you? Do you want to communicate with your higher self, passed loved ones or Spirit Guides, but don’t know how to listen to the answers or guidance they deliver? This workshop will awaken within you the ability to notice these signs and accept them as such, so you can feel more connected to yourself and spirit in your everyday life.

DRUM UP SOME FUN

Find your inner beat and hear the rhythms of those around you. Drum circles are not just about drumming – they are so much more.  They are an effective tool for health and wellness and a breath of fresh air in our fragmented stressed out world. Therapeutic Drum Circles are a powerful option for stress reduction and that is good news given that stress is the precursor for mental and physical illness.

REIKI & CHAKRAS 101

Learn about Reiki Energy Healing and the basic principles behind this Japanese healing tradition. Reiki is accessible to everyone and is a spiritually guided life force energy that supports the body’s natural ability to heal itself. In this event, you will expand your understanding of how energy moves and sits in different areas of your body. You will explore the seven main Chakras and how they each hold energy specific to different emotions and experiences. You will also learn Reiki hand positions for self-healing each chakra to create deep and lasting change in your overall wellbeing.

HOW TO SET SPIRITUAL & PERSONAL BOUNDARIES

Boundaries are necessary in our personal lives as well as our spiritual lives to keep a healthy human balance. In this event, you will discover where you need boundaries, how to implement them into your life, and how to reclaim your energy once you discover what is yours and what is not. You will come to understand boundaries in the five core areas: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and time. If you are feeling unbalanced, heavy from other peoples’ energy or bothered by spirit or a busy mind, you will develop a renewed sense of confidence in learning how to discern and set boundaries.

Friday Nov 4, 2022

Arrival & Registration
11:00 – 13:00

Session 1
13:00 – 14:00

Session 2
14:30 – 15:30

Snack Bar
15:30 – 16:00

Session 3
16:00 – 17:00

Session 4
17:30 – 18:30

Saturday Nov 5, 2022

Morning Yoga OR Morning Hike
07:30 – 08:30

Breakfast
08:30 – 09:30

Session 5
9:30-11:00

Smoothie Bar
11:00 – 11:30

Session 6
11:30 – 13:00

Lunch
13:00 – 14:00

Session 7
14:30 – 16:00

Snack Bar
16:00 – 16:30

Session 8
16:30 – 18:00

Sunday Nov 6, 2022

Morning Yoga OR Morning Hike
07:30 – 08:30

Breakfast
08:30 – 09:30

Session 9
9:30-11:00

Smoothie Bar
11:00 – 11:30

Session 10
11:30 – 13:00

Departure
13:00 onwards

Jason Carter / Visual Artist

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Jason Carter is an Indigenous sculptor, painter, illustrator and public artist from the Little Red River Cree Nation. He grew up in Edmonton and is a graduate of both NAIT and MacEwan University (where he was awarded a Distinguished Alumni in 2017) and was the only Alberta artist to have his own solo show at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

He has major permanent installations in both the Calgary & Edmonton International Airports, and both sculpture and canvas artwork in many public places (NAC, AFA, YWCA Calgary, Travel Alberta, Wood Buffalo Region, Stantec, Banff Caribou Properties, Canada Goose), and private collections globally.

Jason has illustrated 5 children’s books and created & installed The World of Boo for the Art Gallery of Alberta in 2015. He created permanent murals for the Amiskwaskahegan (Beaver Hills Park) in Edmonton and was one of three artists part of the LRT/SOUTH Extension beautification
project. In February 2019, he was featured on Property Brothers on HGTV. Many schools in and around Alberta and Canada are currently studying Jason Carter and his body of work and he could not be more humbled by this.

In 2019, Jason was commissioned by the Museum of Aboriginal Peoples’ Art and Artifacts of Canada to create a 2 x 79” x 29” & 58” x 29” painting permanently installed in the museum’s entrance, as well that same year, he installed ‘Dancing Bears’ into the new YW Calgary Hub Family Facility in Calgary.

In 2020, Jason was the lead sculpture artist for ‘In Search of Christmas Spirit’; an immersive sculpture exhibit where he created 12’ – 18’(H) sculptures of bears, wolves and bison that were lit from within like a lantern, an initiative he worked alongside Banff Lake Louise Tourism and Parks Canada on. Most recently, in March of 2021, another large scale in Edmonton, an immersive exhibit with over 8 10’ (H) lantern-like rabbit sculptures called wâpos at Amiskwaskahegan Park – an exhibit intended to bring hope, humour and spirit to those who walked through the park.

Jason Carter is currently represented by The Bearclaw Gallery in Edmonton and The Town Square Gallery in Oakville Ontario. In 2012 he opened his own gallery – The Carter-Ryan Gallery – with Bridget Ryan in Canmore, and in 2017 he opened another Carter-Ryan Gallery in Banff, Alberta.

Jason is a member of the Little Red River Cree Nation and he paints and/or carves seven days a week.

Bridget Ryan / Creative Director & Producer

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Bridget Ryan is an actor, singer, playwright, director, and television host in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She graduated from MacEwan Theatre Arts program (and in 2008 was awarded Distinguished Alumni) and then went on to graduate from University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Upon completion, she moved to New York City, performing at several OffBroadway theatres such as at The Cherry Lane Theatre and The Present Company. She has performed in several national tours before getting off the stage to work alongside some of Broadway’s most influential producers Richard Frankel, Darryl Roth and Scott Rudin.


Bridget has performed at theatres all over Canada and written four full length musicals including The Winters Tale Project and Wedlocked: The Musical (both with Chris Wynters) and the plays Myles, The HypoAllergenic Superhero and His Superhero Friends, Counting Americans and SuperWoman to name a few and has been published by the Playwrights Guild of Canada. She returned to Edmonton in 2001, where she became Co-Host of CityTV’s Breakfast Television thru May 2015, when it rebranded as ‘Dinner Television’. In 2010, she was named Woman of the Year by the CCA’s in Edmonton. Bridget has proudly MC’d and hosted hundreds of events in Edmonton (and surrounding areas) over the past 13 years and is proud to be a part of such an amazing community. Bridget has written four children’s book to date: WHO IS BOO: 1, 2 AND 3 (illustrated by Jason Carter) as well as Urban Animals.


In winter of 2012, Bridget and visual artist Jason Carter opened The Carter-Ryan Gallery and Live Art Venue in Canmore Alberta on Main Street, a place where art and live performance exist happily under the same roof. Jason Carter and Bridget Ryan started Rabbit In The Yard
Productions, a multi-media production company that produces short films and music video’s and most recently, she created and produced the Fairmont Banff Spring’s The Art Of Waiting campaign May 2020.


In the summer of 2017, Carter-Ryan Productions came to full fruition where she wrote, directed and produced Canada The Musical, ROCK STARS and The Adventures of the Curious Bear In The Red Canoe in Banff and Canmore and Banff Alberta. Since then, thousands of locals and tourists
from around the world have taken in Canada The Musical and ROCK STARS each summer in both Canmore (at the Carter-Ryan Live Theatre Venue) and Banff. Also in 2017, Bridget adapted and directed a five person version of Christmas Carol which plays every year at Fairmont Banff Springs Theatre.


Bridget created and directed ‘The Art of Waiting’ Campaign for the Fairmont Properties during lockdown in May 2020. In December 2020 & 2021, Bridget was Creative Director (story, sound, and sculpture build) for Banff Lake Louise Tourism for their Banff Christmas Trail, ‘In Search Of
Christmas Spirit’.

DAY 1

2:00 PM – 4:30 PM SCULPTING (CLAY) INTRODUCTION 1.0

Jason Carter will talk about the world of sculpting and all it’s various forms. This is a 2-part workshop which will explore the Additive – each person will have their own block of clay and the focus will be on additive sculptures (where you ADD form to create the piece).
Included: Clay block, carving tool(s), apron, mask, gloves

6:00 PM – 9:30 PM DINNER & MUSICAL PERFORMANCE (Comedy)

Bridget Ryan’s Oh What A Beautiful Morning! Guests are encouraged to sit back, relax and laugh as Bridget Ryan performs her award-winning Cabaret that played to sold out houses through out much of Canada. Described as ‘hilarious’ and ‘brilliant’, Bridget’s 2 Act performance will surely have guests rolling in the aisles but also ensure that they are leaving with a renewed sense of hope and optimism. Sing-a-long’s, spontaneous dance and live interviews with the audience will make this an absolutely unforgettable time.


DESCRIPTION: Bridget Ryan returns to her cabaret roots to explore over 15 wacky, unpredictable and extremely hilarious years working as the ‘Remote Host’ on morning television in the largest most northerly remote city in North America. Known for her unusual method of storytelling through rockin’ song and story, Bridget will take you on a tour de force behind-the-scenes look at our obsession with TV, social media and introduce you to dozens of characters she’s met over the years. Don’t miss this incredible fusion of story-telling through music and multimedia with
an Alberta Favourite!

DAY 2

9:00 AM – 11:30 AM SCULPTING (CLAY) INTRODUCTION 2.0

A continuation of the workshop on Additive Sculptures (completion / presentation day). Jason Carter will guide students as they continue to work on their own block of clay. Now that you’ve created a piece – what does it mean, what do you call it. Students will finish and present their
final piece to each other in the group. Part 2 of 2.
Included: Clay block, carving tool(s), apron, mask, gloves


2:00 PM – 4:30 PM IMPROV 1.0

No experience necessary! Bridget Ryan will lead this interactive workshop and introduce participants to the beginning concepts of improv. Improv is not only FUN but it provides tools for better grounding in life and can help reduce stress – simply by laughing so much. The power of YES is a powerful tool. The workshop will lead participants though a series of exercises, introduce the basics and then let the games BEGIN!

DAY 3

9:00 AM – 11:30 AM SCULPTING (STONE) INTRODUCTION 1.0

Known for his sculptures in stone, Jason brings to the table the art of Subtractive carving – where stone is TAKEN AWAY to revel the subject(s). Each student will be given a set of carving tools, sandpaper (grit level 200,400, 800) and tongue oil – but most importantly – they will each choose a piece of soapstone. Each piece completely different, students will have to see what is inside the stone waiting to be brought out. Jason will lead the students on a two-part session on the beginnings of soapstone carving. Part 1 of 2.
Included: Soapstone, carving tool(s), sandpaper, tongue oil, apron, mask, gloves

2:00 PM – 4:30 PM THE ART OF STORYBOARDING

Whether you want to write the next big children’s book, a passion filled romance novel or the next great screenplay – everything starts with storyboarding. Discover the skills to break down the story you see in your head (or your heart) and with confidence, put it down on paper. Watch
your story come to life – using not words to start, but images. No experience needed, everyone
will finish the session with a fully realized beginning, middle and end!

DAY 4

9:00 AM – 11:30 PM SCULPTING (STONE) INTRODUCTION 2.0

This is Part 2 of Subtractive carving – where stone is TAKEN AWAY to revel the subject(s). Each person will continue to work on their own sculpture and Jason will introduce what happens when completed – the oiling process. This is completion / presentation day. Now that you’ve created a piece – what does it mean, what do you call it. Students will finish and present each piece to each other in the group.
Included: Soapstone, carving tool(s), sandpaper, tongue oil, apron, mask, gloves

2:00 PM – 4:30 PM IMPROV 2.0

A Hilarious and engaging sesion that involves the entire group taking park breaking down the principles of PLAY! Bridget will lead a series of hilarious games and exercises intended to break down walls; to discover what happens when we say ‘YES’! Now that the group has had a big boost of confidence, gained mad skills and have had an absolute BLAST, we will split the group in two and let the official closing games begin! You’ll start to see a new side of other people AND yourself!

WINE DINNER “SWIRL, SIP & SAVOUR”

Take in the breathtaking views of the Columbia Valley while you enjoy an evening of exquisite wines and seasonal cuisine alongside Fairmont Hot Springs Resorts Director of Food & Beverage and Certified Sommelier, Bruce Stephen. The evening will take place in an intimate setting at our ski lodge beginning with canapes followed by five decadent courses paired and presented by Bruce and our international culinary team.

Certified Sommelier

Bruce is a hospitality professional and oenophile who has traveled extensively to many wine regions around the world. He developed his love and knowledge of food and wine working with luxury hotels and resorts in Canada, the U.S. and the Far East. He has worked as a wine journalist for local and national publications like Wine Access Magazine, Vancouver Life Styles and British Columbia’s Taste Magazine. Bruce has judged numerous wine competitions at Vancouver’s International Wine Festival, Whistler’s Cornucopia and the Canadian Wine Awards. He has appeared on several television and radio programs discussing wine and was featured in Via Rails Destinations Magazine as one of Canada’s top Sommeliers.

Bruce Stephen

Tickets for non-Resort Guests become available 35 days prior to the event. (subject to availability)

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WINE FEST

Enjoy fine wines from around the world with over 60 different wines to choose from. A highly popular event, attracting aficionados and novices alike. Find new favourites and learn about how the wines are produced and why each taste is unique.

Invite your friends for a great evening out before or after enjoying a great night at the resort.

Package includes – Festival entry; 20 tasting tickets.

**There is no meal included with this event – food can be purchased onsite**

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Grey Cup

Gather your friends, it’s the biggest game of the year! Celebrate the 109th Grey Cup with us. We’ve got our cedar room set up just for you and your friends, including food specials and a cash bar.

Holiday Lights and Winter Nights

The lights are twinkling, the air is crisp and snow is crunching under your boots. Can you feel that? It’s the spirit of the season! Immerse yourself in the outdoor light displays and winter activities for all ages during this festive time.

Evening activities include:

  • Photos with Santa
  • Scavenger hunt with prizes
  • Cookie and Christmas
  • Ornament Decorating
  • Evening Bonfire & Smores
  • Complimentary Hot Chocolate

Christmas Market

If you like Christmas markets, you’re going to fall in love with our Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Christmas Market. We’ve got the best of the local vendors on site creating a place to shop, sample and get into the festive spirit with friends and family.

Christmas Dinner: THE QUEST TO SAVE CHRISTMAS

Now tell us honestly, did you know that the collective noun for a group of Elves is a Party? No, we didn’t either… But tonight, there is no doubt that the Christmas Party of all Christmas Parties is about to take place, and that your group of Elves will be testing all your skills on a quest set to a backdrop of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s awesome culinary creations!

The EEE (Eternal Encounter of the Elves) is an ancient congregation bringing those of an Elvish persuasion from all corners of the earth. It always promises to be a lively update on the world of Elves and Elfing, set to a backdrop of outstanding food and drink. But as soon as you arrive, you know this year is going to be different. Rumours are circulating that the Lady Elfseer, head of the EEE has been kidnapped by an evil Elf expelled from the order decades ago, and now the whole elvish world is being blackmailed. If demands aren’t met then all present production for Christmas this year will be cancelled!! All the different guilds within the order are preparing for a rescue mission, and you all know that within the group are agents loyal to the evil Elf. You and your guild are now heading on a quest to rescue the Lady Elfseer, and it is one you have to win. The question is, can you perform all of the tasks required…?

This event combines the outstanding food & drink of the IMMERSION Festival, with an engaging and sometimes hilarious Christmas Adventure. And best of all – your team of six will be competing for multiple prizes throughout the night!

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DRESS CODE: Come dressed as you wish, but if you are feeling fun, we’d love to see you dressed as your favourite elf of Christmas character.

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