Transpire workshop Nov 17 moved

Workshop this evening moved to my house: 54 Pandora Ave N. Kitchener, apt 1! 7-9. We will discuss prioritizing projects for greening your life. Workshop is FREE. Sorry for the inconvenience, looking forward to seeing you here!

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Transpire Organic and Wellness Program – Earth Friendly Living’s 1st workshop!

This Saturday evening from 7 to 9 pm at Healthy Foods & More, 75 Bridgeport Rd E., Waterloo, Earth Friendly Living will be providing our first workshop called ‘Living an Earth Friendly Life’. This is a great opportunity to strategies how to move forward with sustainable practices, to have a discussion and ask some questions, to connect with others who have some experience and others who are new to the concepts, and to use some creativity in a surprise activity at the end.

Everyone is welcome to come! I look forward to seeing you there!

Environmental Fair

On November 3rd, many environmental groups from around Kitchener came together at THEMUSEUM to share some messages about the environment with kids of all ages. There were lots of fun activities including riding a bike to make lights shine, and playing a game to learn how landscaping affects our water ways. At the Earth Friendly Living booth adults and children were invited to do art to express what they love about nature either on a giant canvas (see above) or on their own sheets. The pictures they painted show how they love feeling the sun warm their skin, and to see butterflies, birds, trees and other animals. By having people participate in this exercise, they first had to think about what they love, then take time to paint it, all the while thinking about that appreciation they feel. This in turn will help them to be motivated to keep natural spaces sustained so that they can continue to enjoy the things they love. Thank you very much, Garrett for your great help with this art project and THEMUSEUM for having us there.

One child’s depiction of what she loves in nature.

Why get an eco coach?

An article about career coaching written recently in The Ontarion, in Guelph, also speaks to to environmental lifestyle coaching. Although eco coaches, career coaches or personal trainers may be training logical processes, our behavior does not always follow logic. An eco coach, similar to other coaches, can help you to have increased motivation, and to make both large and small changes that are very important in reaching your goals. Furthermore, an eco coach can provide you with support in making potentially difficult changes and help you to make changes faster, reducing your impact on the environment faster and saving you money faster.

Vows for the earth

The following vows are taken from “Active Hope”, a book by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone. It really resonates with me, I hope you find so as well…

I vow to myself and to each of you:

To commit myself daily to the healing of our world and the welfare of all beings,

To live on Earth more lightly and less violently in the food, products and energy I consume,

To draw strength and guidance from the living Earth, the ancestors, the future generations, and my brothers and sisters of all species,

To support others in our work for the world and to ask for help when I need it,

To pursue a daily practice that clarifies my mind, strengthens my heart, and supports me in observing these vows.