Want to learn some new skills alongside friends and fellow Environment students? 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 terrarium, or a jar of sprouts. Due to limited space and materials, some workshops require registration ahead of time, so don’t delay!

ENVigorate 2017 Workshop Schedule. 2018 Workshop Coming Soon!

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Bicycle Tire Jewelry: Make and bring home a pair of earrings upcycled from the inner tubes of bicycle tires! A fun and hands on workshop will teach you how to cut out pieces of inner tube and make them into your own unique earrings. Hosted by Catherine Brown, GEM MSc.

Beeswax Candles: Making a beeswax candle that smells great AND purifies the air! Hosted by the Ecology Lab.

Blanket Exercise: The 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 Kairos Canada.

Dendrochronology: Interested in the mysteries of trees? Captivated by the beauty of art? This workshop will (hopefully) satisfy both of these yearnings. We will start with an early spring walk through the nearby forest to sample trees and explore the stories they contain within. The next stage of the workshop will take place in the woodshop where we will be making dendrochronology prints. Art meet science. Hosted by Andrew Trant, Professor in SERS.

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Treaties, Profit and Oil: Enbridge Line 9 and “The Good Neighbour”: Join us for a screening of award-winning documentary “The Good Neighbour” along with a discussion on the film, tar sands developments, Indigenous rights, and local oil pipeline resistance. In the documentary, a Norwegian citizen travels to Canada’s tar sands, camera in-hand, to find out if Norway’s STATOIL is respecting Canadian First Nation’s treaty rights – as the company promised.

Friendship Bracelets: Want to show your besties how much you love them and how much #FRIENDSHIPGOALS you are? Or get on your partner’s REALLY good side? Or perhaps you might even wish to start an Etsy business for some much needed supplemental income! Well, come and check out this workshop, where you will learn how to stitch diagonals, arrows, Xs/Ys, diamonds, fishes, and hearts (YES, EVEN FISHES AND HEARTS!) into stylish little bracelets. The possibilities are endless. Hosted by Cheryl Chan, SERS MES Candidate

Gliding: Try Solar Powered Flying: Ever imagined what it is like to soar like an eagle? They use thermals of hot rising air to gain height and then fly across the landscape. We use gliders, or fixed wing aircraft with no engines, to do the same. The workshop will introduce the principles of flight, keys to read the landscape, share stories of flying up to 20,000ft, describe the local club where the Canadian national team trains and answer any questions. Hosted by Paul Parker, GEM Professor, Associate Dean

Knitting 101: The workshop is targeted to first-time/beginner knitters. Basic knitting techniques covered in the workshop will be casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch, and casting off; enough to get you started on a simple knitting project! Attendees will also learn basic knitting terminology and how to read patterns. Intermediate skills will be taught upon request. Hosted by Cheryl Reyes, SERS Undergrad

Laser Engraved Drink Coaster Making: 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. Example. Hosted by Dan Beaver, MAD Lab.

Laundry Soap: Learn how to make your own all-natural laundry soap that is better for your clothes and our planet. Each participant will have the opportunity to bring home a sample to try it out in their wash. Hosted by the Ecology Lab

Learn how to Henna: In this workshop, participants will get a brief introduction to the history and culture of henna use, learn the different styles of henna practiced around the world, and get to practice these styles on themselves using simple patterns. Hosted by Shefaza Esmail, SERS PhD Student

Mini-Music Lessons: Thinking about learning to play a new musical instrument and looking to give it a try first? Sign up for a private 20 minute “mini-lesson” with an experienced player to start learning some of the basics such as tuning, playing style options, and your first chords or melodies. Instructors available for acoustic guitar, 5-string banjo, and piano. Instruments will be provided for the lessons or feel free to bring your own. Hosted by Michael McTavish, SERS PhD Candidate

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 Don Duff-McCracken, MAD Lab.

Plantable Paper: 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! Hosted by Sara Harder, SERS Undergrad.

Salsa with Simron: In 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 Succulents: Are 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, SERS MES Candidate

Seed Bombs: Come learn about the importance of native seeds and create a seed bomb so that you can spread the wildflower love. Hosted by the Ecology Lab

Sprouting Out Loud! Sprouting 101: 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 Matt Morison, GEM PhD Candidate

Terrific Terrariums: Do you NOT have a green thumb? If so, moss terrariums are for you! In this workshop you will create your own moss terrarium that is low maintenance and will still provide some greenery in your life. Hosted by Patricia Huynh, SERS PhD Candidate.

The Circle Process: In Conversation with the Environment: Participants will experience and learn first-hand about the structural elements of Circle process; an indigenous method used around the world to build community, have difficult conversations, make decisions, and resolve conflict. The Circle discussion will be facilitated by PACS Professor Jennifer Ball, a professionally trained rural planner and co-author of Doing Democracy with Circles: Engaging Communities in Public Planning.  Workshop participants will have the opportunity to discuss and imagine the applicability of Circle in restoring environmental and societal relations. Hosted by Jennifer Ball, PACS Associate Professor