March 12/2015 – The heart is on the move!


The heart is on the move!! Today we loaded the heart up and moved it back to the workshop. Next we will clean and refinish the shell, upgrade the internal frame and get all the flashy lights going.

Every dollar donated to our GoFundMe campaign gets the heart closer to you,
in just 3 short weeks it will be up and glowing in the Roundhouse Community Centre!

Make your donation here:

Thanks for all the donations and shares.
Spread the word to your friends and family who will get to come see the heart in person.

Meet our Crew! Deb Beaudreau

Deb Beaudreau

Lead Cat Herder and Project Coordinator

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Deb first had her mind blown by Burning Man in 2009. Soon after, she volunteered for the Temple
of Transition (2011) and followed that by taking on the Project Coordinator role for Pier 2012.
This was followed by Coordinating Vancouver’s contingent of Embrace. (2013, taking a year off,
she only painted a cafe mural.. there are no pictures.)
Mostly, Deb just loves to wrangle kittens. Perhaps it is her magalomaniac underpinnings.
Truthfully, finding the talented and skilled and pulling them together to make something beautiful,
creating an incredible group of friends bonded by art, this is what Deb loves the most. Join some
art! Get inspired! Never stop playing and creating!

Meet our Crew! Lorraine aka Sparkle

Lorraine (aka Sparkle) 
Fundraiser/Build Crew
A social butterfly that works for the school system.
Throughout my 9 years of attending Burning Man I have participated in theme camps, greeters station and art installations.  Being a Greeter and Lead Greeter for three years will always be one of my most precious memories of the burn.  I have been very fortunate to be involved with some amazing art installations since 2004 including, “The One Mile Clock”, in 2011 which made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Helping to fund raise and be a member of this build crew was a journey I will not soon forget.  Watching the burn of Embrace brought me to tears and is forever etched in my mind.

Meet our Crew! Angie Holubowich


Angie Holubowich

Fundraising Lead, Web-designer, Swag sales and Social Media

A Journalist and Photographer by trade and your dedicated webmaster, I am the rarely seen but incredibly devoted member of the Embrace Vancouver team, toiling away on a laptop keeping our fundraisers and social media cogs turning behind the scenes.

My role with Embrace includes keeping our supporters informed through our Facebook and Website and connecting with donors for event ticket and swag sales.

I have always loved building things with my hands and creating, but I see my skills in organization and digital design as a way to offer support to the build team of our project in a very necessary way.

Embrace was such a moving project for me from the very start. I had never been to Burning Man and the possibility to go with a team such as the Pier Crew was something I was truly honored to be part of.

Off-playa I am a freelance Journalist and Photographer working and living in Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Through the eyes of Lung Liu

Meet the Crew! Randi Cuthbert

Randi Cuthbert

Design Lead

Her first gallery showing was held at the Portage District Arts Council art gallery at age 16. At that point in time, her primary focus was oil pastel and acrylic abstracts. One of her paintings now resides in the Manitoba Legislative buildings in the office of leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party, John Gerrard.


Now a mathematician by career, Randi continues to keep art in her life primarily through large scale Burning Man art installations. In 2011, she became a build lead with the International Arts Mega Crew on the Temple of Transition, which was the largest foundation less wood frame building in the world for its short stay in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. In 2012 she was again on a build crew. This time to create a full-scale version of a Spanish galleon, dubbed La LLorrona, with the Pier Crew as part of the Pier II project. These large scale art installations are the outcome of long hours, careful planning, ingenuity, dedication, and incredible teamwork.

Meet our Crew! Sarah Kay Smith

Sarah Kay Smith
31, Archaeologist based out of Vancouver, BC.

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I have always been passionate about finding, creating and building things. To me the Embrace project was a labour of love. It was an amazing way to deepen some connections in my life and forge new strong ties. The challenge of constructing the heart in Vancouver, bringing it down to the playa and then building a giant wooden, human shaped cathedral to hang it in was indescribable. The mechanical heart represents what our city has to offer: connections and togetherness through hard work and ingenuity. I look forward to sharing our work with our community here in Vancouver.

Meet our Crew! Nathyn Sanche

Nathyn Sanche 
Steel frame and mechanical motion design and fabrication for the heart

Being a multi-disciplinary certified welder, machinist, inventor, day dreamer and professional problem solver, Nathyn enjoys a challenge. He can often be found in his East Vancouver workshop creating art out of found objects, building sauna stoves, Tesla coils and tiny houses.

“Tell kids not to do something, and they’ll inevitably do just that. But let a youngster play with fire and they’ll discover—through a series of harmless burns, likely—its uses and dangers.”

The Build Blog – Coming into it’s full shape

The heart is coming into it’s final shape.

The inner foam has been carved out and left us with a glowing transparent shell.

Now we are fitting a wooden frame around it and working on the moving parts within.

Moving gears and lighting fixtures are being sketched and carved to fit the inside.

In less than 2 months our beloved heart will be nestled inside Embrace.

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Donation #20 – Cuddle Session


Torus started her cuddling business in the summer of 2013. First inspired by the power of touch many years ago intuitively, she took a short massage course in Feb 2012 and has been practicing part time massage since. She also took her yoga teacher training later that same year. In the first few months of 2013 she thought of how so many people are deprived of loving touch on a daily and long term basis. Thus she started thinking of ways she could help with spreading the love not just through yoga and massage but through more of an intimate physical level. Cuddling is something she absolutely loves to do with loved ones and friends, and being a part of an open and loving community where people often cuddle together at events, she thought of how beneficial it would be to those who didn’t have access to such community and freedom. Thus cuddling as a business came about. Soon after deciding this is what she wanted to do, she found online others that had started to do this as well in other places. She feels she has an infinite supply of love to give and wants others to experience the same.

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Researchers have discovered that Cuddling produces a hormone called “oxytocin” also known as the love hormone. This substance has many benefits in our physical and mental health, helping us to relax, feel safe and calm our fears and anxiety. The more our bodies experience oxytocin on a regular basis the happier we become as individuals and the better we feel about ourselves, the better we feel around others, the better we treat others, the happier they become, the better they treat others, and the world eventually becomes a happier and better place to live in.

How to buy Raffle Tickets

Step 1 – Send an Email Money Transfer from your online banking account to

Don’t forget to specify how many tickets and which items you would like to buy them for. ex. #15 The Burning Man Ticket

*Sorry, Paypal is not available to purchase raffle tickets*

Step 2 – Await confirmation email from Angie at 

Step 3 – Bring your fine self to Embrace Decadence to potentially win your prize in front of one and all!

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