Film Screening: Gugara

Thursday March 22nd 2018 at 8:00pm - 10:00pm

In the Evenky language, Gugara means the sound of a bell hanging from a reindeer’s neck. For centuries, it was one of the few sounds you could hear in the Taiga. Russian imperialism, modernity, and climate change have swiftly altered the rhythm of Evenky life and the sacred bond this rhythm shared with the reindeer.[…]

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A Mayor’s Vision: 100% Renewable Energy

Thursday March 22nd 2018 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm

David Mayberry, Mayor of the Township of South West Oxford, and Warden of the County of Oxford shares the vision of how his community is working toward 100% Renewable Energy. Oxford County (including Woodstock) is the third of 5 communities in Canada and 1,000 around the world to commit to 100% Renewable Energy. David’s talk will[…]

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Ecotherapy: Healing Our Relationship with Earth

Thursday March 22nd 2018 at 6:00 - 7:00pm

Ecotherapy is a much needed response in this era to bring light and intention to our relationship with earth. This workshop offers experiential opportunities to settle into a sense of how the earth heals us and ways we in turn can participate in the earth’s healing. Intended for those who are looking to further deepen[…]

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Minga Talks Resilience

Friday March 23rd 2018 at 7:00 - 8:30pm

Minga Talks Resilience: 3 takes on shifting social, economic, and personal paradigms to increase resilience Minga is pleased to be partnering with Transition Guelph and Royal City Brewing Co. to present the keynote event of inspirational presentations and conversation to launch the 2018 Resilience Festival. Join us to connect and hear three takes on shifting[…]

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Syrup in the City

Saturday March 24th 2018 at 10:00am - 1:00pm

Syrup in the City is Guelph’s Community Maple Syrup Festival!  It is a joint event between John McCrae Public School, Transition Guelph, and the Community Environmental Leadership Program of the Upper Grand District School Board.  Last year was our first year and we had nearly 1000 visitors to this family friendly event.  Visitors came to[…]

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Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 24th 2018 at 10:00am - 4:00pm

Guelph Seedy Saturday: The Place To Get Your Garden Seeds! Buy them from eco-responsible seed vendors and/or trade your extras at the Community Seed Exchange Table FREE admission. Also featuring: exhibits on gardening, community projects, and nature connection.

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eMERGE EcoMarket

Saturday March 24th 2018 at 10:00am - 3:00pm

Free to the public, the annual EcoMarket sees over 1,800 people through the doors of downtown Guelph’s Old Quebec Street Shoppes, welcoming families and residents looking to discover their path to energy savings and healthy living. From Heating and insulation to low flush toilets and electric cars, the EcoMarket brings together the the options available for households[…]

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Preparing for the Unexpected

Saturday March 24th 2018 at 10:00am - 12:30pm

Preparing for the unexpected is about reducing stress and increasing resilience by “taking back the reins” around potential risks through awareness, planning and community building.   This workshop starts with a simple risk identification tool that can be applied to virtually any context (e.g. fire, flood, extreme weather, you name it!) and then gets participants[…]

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Laughter Yoga

Saturday March 24th 2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am

Laughter Yoga stems from the Laughing Clubs of India and is being used in clinics and hospitals, schools and colleges, age care facilities and in business. Created and developed by a medical doctor who found that laughter shared many attributes associated with yogic breathing practices. He became convinced of the effectiveness of this new practice[…]

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Demo: Canning and Picking Basics

Saturday March 24th 2018 at 10:00 - 3:00pm

Jessica Martin will spend Resilience Festival day canning apple sauce, apple chutney and pickled carrots. Pop in and out as you wish to view and participate in the process of preparing ingredients, cooking recipes, filling jars, and waterbath canning them to make them shelf-stable. This will be a casual demonstration, that will be repeated as[…]

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Aligning Our Resilience Strategies to the Big Picture

Saturday March 24th 2018 at 11:15am - 12:30pm

We all know that change begins at the grassroots. Most of this festival’s attendees are already willing converts to a new world order. And yet which new world order is it to be? The last few years have seen a gradual convergence on what that big picture might involve. Andrew Welch, author of “The Value[…]

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Get Started on the Ukulele

Saturday March 24th 2018 at 12:00 - 1:00pm

What’s all the fuss about ukuleles these days? Let Cynthia show you at this fun and engaging beginner ukulele workshop! She’ll cover everything from holding your uke to tuning it up, strumming and building a few chords. Of course, there will be a few songs in the mix, too. You’ll be making music on this[…]

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Permaculture Primer

Saturday March 24th 2018 at 1:00 - 2:00pm

Permaculture is a design system that teaches people how to integrate with the natural world. Join permaculture gardener, artist, and educator Michael Peter Schimp for this one hour talk on permaculture, its principals, and some easy permaculture techniques, plus q&a with a veteran permaculturist. Micheal Schimp got a certificate in Permaculture and Eco-Village Design in 2005[…]

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Ancient Fire Making

Saturday March 24th 2018 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Make a spark, nurse a coal, fan the flames! Join Guelph Outdoor School for the 4th annual intro session on ancient fire making.  The session features step-by-step demonstration of friction fire techniques: hand-drill and bow drill.  A survey of other options & gear including: char-cloth, flint & still, and local materials found on the landscape.  Lots[…]

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Emotional Resilience for Thriving with Change

Saturday March 24th 2018 at 2:30 - 4:30pm

What emotional tools do we need to transform systems of oppression, and support our transition to a sustainable, equitable, life-enhancing human presence on this planet? Join facilitators Lisa Woolgar and Kevin Sutton in a conversation exploring our own internal resilience in the turbulent journey toward a better world. Facilitator Bios: Kevin Sutton is a writer,[…]

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Going Zero Waste

Saturday March 24th 2018 at 2:00 - 3:30pm

Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use. (From ZWIA) Join us for a discussion with local zero wasters to learn more about this[…]

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Earth Hour Potluck

Saturday March 24th 2018 at 5:30 - 7:30pm

Join us for our 10th annual Earth Hour pot luck! Members, guests and friends of TG are welcome to an informal pot-luck meal to celebrate Earth Hour in a friendly, candle-lit setting. Here’s what to bring: A small dish to share (and please label it with the ingredients, to respect those with dietary restrictions.) Your own[…]

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Royal City Ukulele Ensemble Performance and Strum-along

Saturday March 24th 2018 at 7:30 - 9:00pm

Following your delicious dinner, you’ll be treated to a variety of songs performed for you by the Royal City Ukulele Ensemble, an adult learning ensemble program run by Cynthia Kinnunen. Anything goes for this group, from early 20th century ditties through to recent radio play, so you’ll never know what you’ll hear next! Following their[…]

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The Spring Beat – An Equinox Celebration

Saturday March 24th 2018 at 7:30pm

Spring brings a spirit of renewal and, down through time, many cultures have honoured the equinox through festivities. On March 24th, THE SPRING BEAT welcomes individuals who care about the earth and want to celebrate the cycles and seasons of change. Gary Diggins will host the gathering and facilitate an evening that offers live music,[…]

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Builders’ Talks: Building a Resilient Community

Sunday March 25th 2018 at 2:00-4:30pm

Come listen to five industry professionals talk about how we can start moving to more sustainable systems. Learn about renewable systems, sustainable building approaches, local clean energy, and more.     A Multi-Generational ‘Living Building Challenge’ Home – Gavin Baxter “The Living Building Challenge is the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings. People[…]

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Urban Ecology and Plant Identification

Sunday March 25th 2018 at 1:00 - 3:00pm

What edible and medicinal plants can we find in our own backyard? What’s the role of city-dwellers in nature connection and conservation? Urban environments are home to many fascinating, diverse plant and animal species that we interact with everyday, whether we know it or not. Join urban naturalists Danielle and byron for a fun afternoon[…]

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