60+ Collective

October 2023

Summer is a great time to explore outdoor options, and our 60+ Collective participants were so enthusiastic to try Qigong outdoors this year! Luckily, the weather was usually cooperative and people could enjoy the lovely trees at Flavelle Park while listening to beautiful sounds our instructor played from his speaker during the sessions. Instructor Greg was very attentive and tailored the class to our participants’ ability. We learned so much while enjoying our peaceful park surroundings.

Thank you to everyone who came out to learn new things and meet new people! Special thanks to City of Calgary Recreation for introducing us to a wonderful instructor.


June 2023

Tentative: Summer QiGong

The 60+ Collective is looking forward to hosting a Qigong instructor for classes at Flavelle Park for eight weeks this summer! If you would like to participate, please contact 60plus@fairviewcommunity.ca.

Qigong pronounced “chi gong,” was developed in China thousands of years ago and involves using exercises to optimize energy within the body, mind, and spirit, with the goal of improving and maintaining health and well-being. It incorporates gentle movements, deep breathing, and mental attention.

We are planning our first class for June 16 at 7:45 am, continuing every Friday until August 18. There will be no classes on the long weekends of June 30 and August 4.

Come on out and try something new outdoors to keep your mind and body healthy – we’d love to see you!


Ikebana Classes

Members of the 60+ Collective shared some raving reviews of their time spent at ikebana class:

“I really enjoyed the class. It was very interesting. There is more to the art of Japanese flower arranging than I thought! Rika and her husband are lovely people. We had tea and cookies to munch on. To top it all off, we took our arrangement home! There were only three of us in the class which was nice as she was able to help us a lot.” – Carol

“It was great! Very well organized. Rika was wonderful in explaining the concepts of Ikebana and helping us arrange our foliage to achieve the proper flow. Her husband was a great assistant and offered good advice as well as taking professional photos of the finished arrangements. Thank you again for organizing this great opportunity and providing it free for us elder community members!” – Lynne

“Loved it! Makes me want to learn more!” – Donna

Free classes for 60+ folks are still available to sign up for June 9, 12, 23 and 26 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Email us for more information or to sign up.


May 2023

The 60+ Collective will have the opportunity to create a beautiful piece of art by taking an Ikebana class offered by our very own Fairview resident, Rika. Ikebana is the Japanese art of floral arranging or ‘making flowers alive.’ Rika is offering spring classes right here in our community. Please email 60plus@fairviewcommunity.ca to get your free spot! The classes will be free for all Fairviewers 60 and over. Please bring your membership card if you have one, and if not, consider purchasing a Fairview membership so we can continue to run interesting programs for local residents.

Classes will be held from 1:00 to 3:30 pm with the following available dates:
• May 5, 8, 26, and 29
• June 9, 12, 23, and 26

Sign up today to take home your personalized beautiful piece of art. What a conversation starter!