Transition Guelph

Posted September 15, 2014 by

r2013-logoMarch 2015 may seem like a long way off, but we are already thinking about it at Transition Guelph. With March brings another amazing week of events in our annual Resilience Festival, and we are already getting things in gear! Our first planning meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, September 17th and we have a few venues on hold for the main day events! We also have many of the volunteer coordinator roles filled and many others who are ready to lend a hand.

Why do we love the Resilience Festival so much? Well, it’s really an annual celebration of Transition Guelph. It’s a place where all our working groups, projects, and volunteers can come together to share stories, honour what has been accomplished over the year, and reflect on the events that have strengthened local community resiliency in our town. We can also think about the new friends that we have made!

This year we have a LOT to celebrate! With new governance restructuring, some great local food initiatives, and continued success with established projects, the volunteers of Transition Guelph are engaging more and more people around the city and bringing more people into the TG family.

What would you like to celebrate this year at the Resilience Festival? We are putting out an official call for submissions for events! Do you have a workshop that you’d love to run? Would you like to present an important topic as a speaker? Past festivals have seen shared storytelling evenings, presentations on building strategies, community gathers to talk about our inner transition, and more. We will be looking for events to host throughout the week as well as on our main day event.

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Posted September 11, 2014 by

Documentary Screening and Discussion!

Come learn about the important issue of salmon farming on the B.C. Coast. We will ask:

  • How does this industry effect wild salmon stocks, consumer health, environmental sustainability, and the wellbring of the First Nations and Coastal Communities?
  • How are people in Ontario effected by these farms?
  • Why is this issue important to Canada?
  • What can we do about it?

For more information, please visit

Join us on September 30th, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the University Centre (room number to come)

Traditional First Nations are welcome at 5:30 pm.

Presented with the help of OPRIG, Salmon are Sacred, and the University of Guelph Aboriginal Resource Centre

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For those who might not have heard of the Transition Healthcare working group, I thought you might be interested in learning a bit more about what this wonderful group is all about. Often, healthcare is associated with going to your doctor, treating illness, or even dealing with an injury. The Transition Healthcare Resilience group takes a bit of a different approach, however, looking at preventative healthcare and the impact of the current healthcare system on environmental and social problems that we face today.

wellbeingExploring Healthcare Through Food

Food is a hot topic in both environmental and wellness discussions around the world. Increasingly around the world, we see food that is full of toxic chemicals through pesticides, herbicides, and fertizilers. We also see genetic modification of our food crops that hasn’t been well tested to understand the long term effects on the human system. We are surrounded by processed “fast foods” that are ideal for busy people on the go, but horrible for our bodies.

Transition Healthcare explores the world of food looking at organic, non-gmo, whole options that are healthy for our bodies and good for our wellbeing.

Alternatives to Medication and Drugs

In today’s healthcare systems, we often turn to medication as a solution to problems and maybe don’t stop to think of it’s effects on our planet or the possibility of exploring less harmful options to keeping our bodies healthy. Transition Healthcare seeks to look at herbal, homeopathic, and other alternative healthcare as possible solutions for treating ailments and also promoting preventative healthcare as a viable option. Also, how do healthy lifestyles including diet and nutrition play into those solutions? The group seeks to promote awareness among complementary or alternative healthcare providers as a contribution to healing the environment as we help people to heal.

If you are interested in learning more, you can read about the Transition Healthcare Resilience group on our website here, or get in touch with us at Are you passionate about alternative healthcare? The group has some big things planned for the future and would love to have you on board!

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83 Essex Street (On the street in front of Heritage Hall)
Saturday, September 20 – 4PM

The artist collective Postcommodity, Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS) and Musagetes invite you to feast with us on the street!

Come join us in celebrating the inauguration of People of Good Will and the new community art space at Heritage Hall (83 Essex Street). We welcome and invite the community to play an active role in making Heritage Hall a meaningful stage and place for Aboriginal, immigrant, and culturally diverse peoples to exhibit and share their creative voices and visions with Guelph and the larger Golden Horseshoe region.

The People of Good Will project seeks to re-imagine the Underground Railroad narrative as a living history and metaphor of cultural self-determination for all culturally diverse peoples living in Guelph. The project will produce arts, music, performance and cultural programming throughout the year that brings the spirit of the Underground Railroad into the present and consciousness of people of Ontario. People of Good Will calls on just that—friends, neighbours, and curious folk who come together to support one another. We look forward to seeing you around the table!

This exciting long-term project is hosted by Postcommodity, GBHS, and Musagetes at Heritage Hall in Guelph. We’re also thrilled to have the minds and hands of the Aboriginal Resource Centre, CFRU 93.3 FM, the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition, Immigrant Services, the Office for Intercultural Affairs, and Silence working together to co-create this project.

For more information about the event and accessibility details, please email Danica Evering at, call 519-836-7300, or visit

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Inner Transition Guelph is thrilled to be bringing Gina Cenciose, one of North America’s top teacher/trainers in Non-Violent Communication, and her partner/assistant Norman Pasewalk, to Guelph!

Join us for three days of in depth experiential learning and practice in NVC, with a focus on the part NVC plays in peacemaking within ourselves, our families and relationships, at work, and in building a locally sustainable and socially just community!


Thursday, November 6, 6:30 – 9:00pm “What is Non-Violent Communication?”

(FREE, Donations gratefully accepted)

At this open, public event , Gina will give us an overview of the model of NVC as developed over 35 years by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg  We will learn how NVC helps us to:

  • develop honesty and empathy inside of ourselves and in our relationships
  • identify the destructive ways of thinking and speaking that characterize the downward spiral into conflict and disconnection
  • learn new ways of thinking and speaking that lead towards connection and growth in relationship to ourselves and others
  • recognize and value the needs behind all our actions
  • embody the presence, authenticity, and self-responsibility that nurtures peace, healing, self-empowerment, and social change.

This event can be attended on its own, or as the required introduction to Friday and Saturday’s day-long workshops.


Friday, November 7, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm  “NVC and Inner Relationship Focusing”

(by registration only, sliding scale tba)

At this experiential workshop, we will learn essential tools for embodying empathy:

  • Moment by moment mindfulness and empathetic presence to whatever is blocking our path to action, taking away our energy, and stopping us from embodying our ideals and values.
  • Moment by moment self-responsibility, and living from wholeness rather than lack.

There is a deep inner knowing, a wisdom in our body-mind which we’ve learned to ignore in our modern, fast-paced, head-oriented, consumer culture.  At this workshop, Gina will guide us in a process of listening to our bodies in a gentle and accepting way, and hearing the messages that our inner selves are sending us.  As we learn to listen to and understand ourselves better, we not only feel better; but also act in ways that are more likely to create the life, relationships, community, and the world we want.


Saturday, November 8, 9:30 am-5:00 pm “NVC, Peacemaking and Social Change in Practice”

(by registration only, sliding scale tba)

For most of us, it’s in those difficult moments -in a conflict, or in an argument- when it’s clear how our communication habits can keep us from the relationships, and consequently, the world we really want.  We simply haven’t been taught the effective communication skills, emotional vocabulary, or self-awareness needed to get “unstuck” in those challenging moments, or to prevent those moments from happening in the first place.

Imagine having the skills to transform those conflicts into opportunities for peacemaking, deepening connection and growth!

Imagine embodying the change you want to see in the world!

At this workshop, Gina will guide us in the one key principle of NVC essential to peacemaking and social change: whatever the circumstances, no matter what else is going on, we are committed to caring for the wellbeing of all.

We will learn to apply our hearts, focus our consciousness, and bring active attention to transcending and transforming fear and judgement. We will excavate underneath our habits to understand our needs, so we can know what longings, dreams, and values inform our reactions to others.  As Gina explains, “This allows us to reach for and maintain an open heart to the needs of another.  When we hear others with full empathic presence, their core, their irreducible humanity shines forth.  I think of this quality of pratical open-heartedness, of caring for the well-being of someone regardless of her or his actions, as an essential ingredient of the love I want to live in the world.”




Posted September 9, 2014 by

Join the eMERGE Staff for a Potluck Social Event! Come Eat, Meet and Greet our Staff, Board Members, Advisory Groups and Partners.

Who: You! Come Eat, Meet and Greet the eMERGE Team! Friends and Family and Children are welcome!

What: A Social Potluck! Bring a delicious potluck item and/or your great spirit for some fun! This event it BYOB.

Where: 47 Medowview Ave, Guelph (Mary-Kate Gilbertson’s Home). The event will take place mainly outside so please dress for the weather.

When: Tuesday, September 23rd beginning at 5pm.

Why: To have the chance to meet and network with the eMERGE Staff, Board Members, Partners and Guelphites!

Please share this with friends! Any questions can be directed to Sarah at

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Jon Young, author of Coyote’s Guide To Connecting with Nature, will spend the evening laying out a hopeful vision for getting people reconnected with themselves, others, and the natural world. He is the co-founder of the 8 Shields Institute, which works to create nature connection in communities around the world. This talk will provide a comprehensive and inspiring set of tools to help young and old answer the warning of Richard Louv’s widespread diagnosis of nature deficit disorder. A must-go event for educators and community leaders, parents, neighbours, aunties and uncles – anyone who wants time-tested and effective approaches to get the people in your community out of doors, having fun, and reconnected with the natural world.

Posted September 8, 2014 by

The 2nd Anniversary of the Guelph Community Orchard Project fast approaches. This has been a wonderful summer for growth of all crops, including the orchard. There have been fruits on many of the trees and shrubs we planted, even though they are still in their infancy.

To honor the 2nd Anniversary, a work party and potluck supper are planned for Sunday, September 14th. Work party from 4-5:30 pm (approx.) at Harcourt United Church, 87 Dean Avenue; and then a potluck at Gail Bartlett’s home at 26 Eleanor Court beginning at 6 pm. If you have potluck dishes that need to be kept warm, the warming ovens at the church will be available.

There is plenty of weeding and clean-up to be done and summer stories to share. Bring your family and friends to help celebrate. Pass the word to anyone who might be interested to join us.

Please RSVP to to give us some idea of how many folks will attend.

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Help the 2014 Guelph Poetry Slam Team get to Victoria to compete in Canada’s national team poetry slam at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW).
It is easy:
– donate stuff that you don’t want any more, by bringing it to the garage sale on the day of
– come to the garage sale and buy stuff that you need for your home and life!
– volunteer to help pick stuff up from people’s homes that don’t have vehicles

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We had a lovely August Inner Transition working group meeting… thanks Mary-Kate for hosting us!   Our priority was to co-lead and co-create our meeting from scratch by asking ourselves “How do we start?” This led to listing and prioritizing what questions were most alive in us.  We had a heartfelt discussion of some of the questions that arose, including:

Getting to know each other individually

  • What are you interested in and have to offer?
  • Where are you at with your own Inner Transition?

Getting to know Inner Transition as a group

  • What is Inner Transition about? What could it be?

Some questions that came up, but that we didn’t have time to discuss were:

  • What do we want/expect/need from the Inner Transition Guelph? from the Working Group Meetings?
  • What are our monthly needs, tasks and responsibilities, how do we get ‘er done, and share the workload?
  • How do we make decisions?
  • How do we co-create a self-organising group with co-leadership?
  • How do we best support each other in bringing our gifts forward?
  • How do we find a balance between the doing (hands) and being (heart)?
  • How could we describe IT in two sentences?
  • How can we bring our gifts forward, and also create an inclusive and accessible group?
  • How do we best welcome in new people as we go, but also not start over and over again as a group?


Bare Bones Process:

  • Check in, including meditation (led by James), and coming up with group guidelines (Marseye) (30 mins)
  • Brainstorm, prioritize, and discuss agenda items… volunteers to facilitate and scribe? (60 mins)
  • Check out, including “How did this meeting serve you, and how could we improve it next time?” (30 mins)
  • Merry-making

What to bring? 

1) Your questions, ideas, inspirations, longings, concerns, challenges, and successes; including what you’re working on, dates for any planned events, supports needed, etc.
2) Your booking calendar to set the date for the next IT working group meeting, and
3) an open mind and heart

If you have any questions, concerns or input, you can email us directly at

Hope to you see you there!

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