ENVigorate – March 20, 2018

Want to learn some new skills alongside friends in the Faculty of Environment ? All workshops are FREE and for many of them you’ll be able to take something home with you, whether it’s a candle, a plant, or a jar of sprouts. Due to limited space and materials, some workshops require registration ahead of time, so don’t delay! Don’t forget to register for the opening and closing ceremonies as well.

Workshop Schedule

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#ZeroWastePeriod: Reusable Pads, Panties & Cups:  An introduction to the wonderful world of reusable menstrual products such as Hannahpads, Thinx, Lunapanties, and the Diva Cup. Hosted by Heather Cray & Barb Davy, SERS PhD Candidates.

Beard Oil & Facial Serum MixologyIn this workshop you will learn about the benefits of different oils for skin and hair and get to mix your own personalized concoction of plant based goodness! Hosted by Patricia Huynh, SERS PhD Candidate.

Beeswax Candles (Morning Session / Afternoon Session): Make a beeswax candle that smell great and are an alternative to petroleum based candles! Hosted by the Ecology Lab.

Beeswax Wraps Learn how to make your own beeswax wraps as an alternative to plastic wrap. Hosted by Caitlin Scott & Beth Timmers, SERS PhD Candidates.

Bike Repair Learn basic bike repair knowledge so you can get ready for the spring biking seasons. Hosted by the UW Bike Centre.

Blanket ExerciseThe Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. The Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in a 1.5+ hour participatory workshop. Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. They are directed by facilitators representing a narrator (or narrators) and the European colonizers. Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. The exercise will be followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group. Hosted by the Aboriginal Education Centre.

City Nature Challenge

  • City Nature Challenge 2018: Which city has the most nature? The City Nature Challenge 2018 will help us find out! Over 60 cities in 17 countries around the world are asking people to explore nature in their urban areas and document the species they find. Help Waterloo Region show the world how biodiverse our region is by making as many observations of as many species as possible April 27-30! Any observation of plants and animals and fungi you find in Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge , Wellesley, Woolwich, Wilmot, and North Dumfries will count!
  • iNaturalist: An app that allows anyone to record species observations, share with fellow naturalists, and then discuss the findings. This app allows anyone to contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. This app will be used for tracking data during the City Nature Challenge, and was used at BioBlitz events all over the country in 2017.

Hosted by rare Charitable Research Reserve.

Coaster Engraving (Morning Session / Afternoon Session): While participating in this Laser engraving workshop you will be introduced to MAD’s new laser cutter/ engraver, then guided through the steps of making your own personalized engraved cork drink coasters using the laser cutter or burn tools. Example. Hosted by the MAD Lab.

Edible Sprouts (Morning Session / Afternoon Session): Using easily re-purposed materials, learn how to germinate from seed a wide range of edible sprouts in your own kitchen/backyard/office. Learn the health benefits of sprouting and take control of your own food production! Take home a started sprouting jar with seeds that will be ready in about a week for eating. Hosted by the Ecology Lab.

Finding your Place in Our Food System: Connecting UW students to where their place is in their local food system here at UW. Concepts such as what a food system is, the different moving parts of the system, how to move towards more sustainable food systems. There will be changes to win fair-trade prizes. Hosted by the UW Campus Market Garden.

Flamenco Party 101: In this workshop participants will learn some flamenco steps, clapping (palmas), a bit of singing, and how it all comes together with live guitar. No previous experience or special clothing necessary. Just bring yourself and be ready to stomp, clap, and yell “Olé”! Hosted by Claudia Aguirre, PLAN PhD Candidate.

Get Cozy: Learn to Knit: Learn some basic knitting techniques (casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch and binding off) and practice them by making your very own coffee mug cozy! Bring your favourite reusable mug and make a perfect cozy to keep your coffee and hands extra warm. Hosted by Kirsten Grant, GEM Masters Student.

Healthy & Sustainable Diets:  Do you wonder how to eat better? Do you want to minimize the negative environmental impact of your diet? If yes, come to this workshop to plan your personal sustainable diet! The purpose of this workshop is to teach you to calculate your nutritional requirements, to select foods with low environmental footprint, and to design a weekly meal plan that can cover your requirements. At the end of the workshop, you will be able to eat a healthier and more environmentally sustainable diet. Note: Please check your height and weight one or two days before the workshop; we will need them to calculate your nutritional requirements. Hosted by Diana V. Luna-González. Dietitian (registered in Mexico). SERS PhD Candidate. Foodie.

How to Henna: Henna is more than just art; it’s a tradition of celebration. Come learn the history and significance of some of the symbols, and get the chance to adorn your own hands with flowing and flowering henna designs! Hosted by Shefaza Esmail, SERS PhD Candidate.

Kundalini Yoga: Renew you and Change the Paradigm:  The revolution is internal and necessary.  Let us move from a the old story of separation to that of connection.  Kundalini Yoga is a powerful practice linking us to the holy trinity of mind, body and spirit so that we may come into union with self and thus with each other.  It is time to come together and move, breath, sing and be still together. Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is for everyone!  A unique practice, it is a uplifting blend of physical postures, spiritual guidance, dynamic breath work, meditations and mantras to understand and elevate the mind and human experience. Build your vitality and awaken and expand your consciousness. Hosted by Kasia Kord, registered massage therapist, cranial sacral therapist, mommy, hooper, life lover and yogi.

Line Lettering & Calligraphy: Come learn traditional calligraphy techniques that you can use for cards, signs, and art. Hosted by Emma Fretz Designs.

Macrame Plant Hangers Learn how to macrame a plant hanger to hang your favourite dangly plants! Hosted by Patricia Huynh, SERS PhD Candidate.

Maple Moment:  CANCELLED

Mountain Shelves (Session 1 / Session 2):  Learn how to use different tools to create a small mountain shelf to put on your wall. Hosted by the MAD Lab.

Needle Felting (3D Felting): In this workshop you will learn the fundamentals of needle felting, learn how to make different shapes, and get to make your own creature to take home!  Hosted by Heather Cray, SERS PhD Candidate

Photogram MakingWhile participating in the Photogram Making Workshop, you will learn how to make your own, one of a kind photogram to take home. A photogram is a fun, engaging art project that is great for beginners and pros alike. What is a Photogram? Take a look for yourself, Hosted by MAD Lab.

Plant Intelligence and Communication:  Plants are intelligent beings that communicate and make decisions, and humans are hard-wired to bond with nature. In this workshop, we will explore scientific and indigenous perspectives of plant intelligence, and how bonding with plants can nourish body, mind, and spirit, and restore health. We’ll also discuss the what’s possible with plants – what sort of future could we co-create with these amazing beings? Hosted by Heather Cain, RRPr,  Reflexology & Plant Spirit Healing.

Printmaking with Tree Rings: In this workshop, we will be making beautiful images from trees using traditional printmaking techniques. Hosted by Andrew Trant, Professor in SERS.

Salsa with SimronIn contrast to LA, NY or urban salsa (that increasingly dominates the salsa scene around us), Cuban salsa is less focussed on technique and complex turn patterns to make an impression. Cuban salsa is natural, absolute fun for oneself and for social dancing. It is expressive, communicative and entertaining while being able to dance with about anyone who just loves the latin rhythm. This workshop will be an experience for those who thought they could never dance (or always wanted to dance), because they have many reasons for why they should! Hosted by Simron Singh, SEED Associate Professor, Associate Dean

Sassy SucculentsAre you looking to turn a Cact-I into a Cact-US? In this workshop you will learn how to plant a succulent and how to care for it! Hosted by Alex Novacic & Amanda Shamas, SERS MES Candidates

Seed Bombs & Plantable Paper (Morning Session / Afternoon Session): Make your own paper out of recycled paper scraps and native wildflower seeds. Cut into a sweet shape or make a card to give as a plantable gift! You can also make your own seed bombs for some Guerrilla Gardening. Hosted by the Ecology Lab.

String Art:  Learn how to create beautiful signs made of nails and string. In this workshop we will be creating a mountain landscape. Hosted by Patricia Huynh, SERS PhD Candidate.

Welcome to Watercolours Workshop: From prints to tattoos to calligraphy, watercolours are pretty hot stuff right now. However, their prevalence in  contemporary design has not made it a less mystifying material. If you’d like a hand trying your hand at watercolours, or even would just like to play around on your own, come on out to this workshop! This workshop will consist of a 20 minute introduction to watercolour materials, techniques, and how to design and tackle projects. For the remaining 40 minutes you can choose to work solo or welcome the instructor to give feedback and advice as you practice techniques/ work on a piece. No experience, no materials, and no projects in mind necessary; all you need is warm feelings for the wild ways of watercolours! Hosted by Meaghan Mechler, GEM Masters Candidate.