We practice the art of live experience.

At home and on land, Maji Events brings people together around nature, art, and community. We specialize in workshops and festivals.

At home and on land, Maji co-creates events that bring people together with other visionaries and leaders. We specialize in workshops, conferences, and festivals.

Maji Events is a social enterprise, based on Gabriola Island in the Salish Sea, in Snuneymuxw Traditional Territory.

Planting Seeds for Intentional Communities, Spring 2021

Vision - Coordination - Facilitation

Responding to a growing housing crisis, Maji Events offered a 4-part online workshop with community organizer Shaun Woods. It gave 15 international and local participants solid a philosophical and practical foundation for starting an intentional community. Out of that workshop, local participants started the Work Party Party, a system of rotating work parties in summer/ fall 2021.

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Planting Seeds for Intentional Communities, Spring 2021

The Wild Kindness, Spring 2021

Vision - Coordination - Facilitation

The Wild Kindness: A Creative Exploration of Sex and Spirit was a playful online exploration of sexuality, sensuality, and spirit, through breath, story, art-making, and movement, led by Elfi Dillon Shaw (heartcoretouch.com).

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The Wild Kindness, Spring 2021

VIU Symposium on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Spring 2021

Design - Training - Facilitation - Hosting

Maji Events provided design consultation, pre-symposium training, symposium facilitation and hosting to the VIU team, and to the participants from 14 universities across Canada. The event was entirely online with over 200 participants.

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VIU Symposium on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Spring 2021

Couch Fest Gabriola, Summer 2020

Vision - Design - Production

Couch Fest Gabriola featured 10 Gabriola music acts in an online music festival. A sorely needed community arts event during the early months of the pandemic, it brought locals and families together for some joyous celebration.

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Couch Fest Gabriola, Summer 2020

Cultivate Festival Gabriola Arts Council, Summer 2018-2019

Vision - Design - Creation

Cultivate Music + Theatre + Art Festival made a splash in 2018 and 2019, drawing 700 people to 3 live performance stages at the Gabriola Commons.

A grassroots community arts experience with a focus on artist collaboration and community connection.

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Cultivate Festival Gabriola Arts Council, Summer 2018-2019

Our Principles

Vision is the seed.

May all live with imagination. May ancient and new visions weave together. Maji Events supports those with gifts and magic to offer, for the benefit of others.

Nature is the soil.

Maji events are grounded in respect for the natural world and our oh-so-human bodies. Will you join us in a new culture of regenerative living, energy descent, and embodiment?

Connection is the water.

Maji Events seeks to build community. In honour of those moments when a circle of seekers, a mob of dancers, or a madness of artists turns truly into a We.

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About Maji

Mitch Miyagawa, Community Artist and Founder



I live in traditional Snuneymuxw/ Coast Salish territory, on Gabriola Island, on 5 acres of forest and wetland. My family has been here 7 years, moving here from Whitehorse, where my life partner Angela grew up and my two sons, Tomio (16) and Sam (14) were born.

My family lines come from islands, the Japanese and the British Isles. The ancestral spirituality of my Nikkei identity is in Shinto, the indigenous folk belief of Japan. In Shinto beliefs, the world is alive with kami, nature-god-energies of the sun, the ocean, the forests and the animals.

What are the root causes for the current calamities we face? I think the root is rootlessness: disconnection from our bodies, from each other, from our histories, and from nature. It’s time to grow some new roots, plant some new seeds. I know that spreading seeds is my purpose.

My current mentor is Gary Kekoa Dillon, an artist and ceremonialist on Gabriola. My advisor is David Spiritwolf Bodaly, traditional weaver and knowledge seeker/keeper, from Snuneynuxw. I previously mentored with Penny Wassman, NVC Trainer in Cowichan Bay, BC.

In the community, I’m a Board Member with the Poetry Gabriola Society, and a Trustee at the Gabriola Commons.

“Practice time” for me currently means plenty of play time, exploring dance, painting, and music.  I’m outside as much as I can. I spend a lot of my time tending to my relations, with the land, the plants and animals, with the spirits, with my family, and with beloved friends.

Artist Bio and Intentions

I have worked as a creator and producer in community arts for 20 years. I'm a multi-disciplinary artist who has also done professional and award-winning work in theatre, documentary, and essay. My artistic highlights include Plum Tree, a widely-produced play about Japanese-Candian internment, and A Sorry State (2012), an award-winning documentary about government apologies for state-sanctioned racism (also a cover essay in Walrus Magazine in 2012).

Alongside my artistic career, I am a group facilitator, trained at the Center for Nonviolent Communication and the Justice Institute of BC, with an emphasis on transformative process.

I identify myself as a community arts practitioner. My purpose is to bring individuals together in transformative experiences that open them to a felt-sense of interconnectedness. Through this, I am supporting and leading a community-level movement to weave nature and culture back together.

My most recent large-scale project was the direction and production of 3 annual community arts events with the Gabriola Arts Council, from 2017 to 2019. I created the new multidisciplinary community event, Cultivate Music + Theatre + Art Festival in 2018.

In its second year, Cultivate ran three stages at the Gabriola Commons, with 2-day lineup, 700 tickets sold, on a magical festival grounds and a great community vibe.

"Gabriola's Cultivate Festival is spirit in action, revealing the colour-splashed, wildly creative, wonder-filled, interconnected, joyous, playful, peaceful community and world we generate when we gather together.” ~ JW, Cultivate participant


My current artistic project is to experiment with:
- Small-scale hybrid events, formats and technologies that are adaptable to challenging physical restrictions
- More collaborative, equitable, and land/season-based models and approaches for production and organization.
- An artistic process that incorporates relationship with land and my Shinto cultural heritage.
- An artistic identity – Maji Events – that serves as an organizational container.
- highly collaborative artistic partnerships with other community artists
- inter-generational approaches – seeking wisdom from older people, serving and listening to younger people.

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