Transition Guelph

Category: Community Engagement

The Two Rivers Market is a local market at Tytler Public School in the Two Rivers Neighbourhood. It focuses on bringing community vendors, local farmers, and neighbours together to strengthen the community, provide access to local food, and encourage local makers to share their products.

The market will launch on May 27th 2017 and run a pilot season until Thanksgiving. The market will run on Friday afternoons from 3pm – 7pm. As this is a community initiative, there will also be other events taking place at the market such as BBQs, film screenings, community meetups, etc.

Welcome to the Two Rivers Market

harcourt-prep-day-01Planting season is upon us and there is so much going on with TG right now. May is looking jam packed right now! I’m sitting at almost 7 months pregnant right now and I can honestly say that I plan on spending every spare moment gardening – and there’s no shortage of opportunity. I’ve got some raised beds in my backyard that are ready to go, a plot at my local community garden that I’m excited to start this year, and a number of other projects that I can get involved with on weekends to lend a hand. It’s an awesome opportunity to get outside, meet friends, work communally, and also expose my son to a lifestyle that I truly believe in!
If you’ve been interested in getting involved with Transition Guelph, this is a great time of year to jump in. All events are open to the public with no experience required. TGers are friendly, open, and come from all walks of life. I can honestly say that this is the warmest group of people I have ever had the pleasure of spending time with. So no excuses! Come hang out!
 
This Saturday April 30th: Join us at the GROW Communal Gardens to learn and share skills with experienced gardeners! 9am – 12pm
 
Tuesday May 2nd: Come hang out at 10 Carden from 7pm-9pm as we try to (successfully) watch Revolution and eat yummy snacks
 
Saturday May 7th: The Guelph Community Orchard is going to be hanging out at Harcourt United Church from 9am – 12pm. Stop by and lend a hand!
 
Saturday May 14th: Treemobile sorting day! We are still looking for volunteers as we DOUBLED orders from last year (yay Guelph!).
 
Sunday May 15th: Treemobile planting/delivery day! If you’ve got a vehicle or a shovel to share, come plant!
 
PLUS: check out all the amazing reskilling workshops hosted by Minga Skill Building Hub
 
Details for all the events are online here: http://www.transitionguelph.org/events/ Please share this post.
It would make me beyond happy to meet some of you in person and make new friends 🙂 <3

We are taking a second attempt to share Revolution, an exhilarating and hard-hitting full length feature film from award-winning Sharkwater filmmaker Rob Stewart. Not only does it shed light on crucial environmental topics and how we can save the planet, but he shows how past world events have taught us what we need to do to save the future.

We had some technical difficulties when I tried to screen this during the Resilience Festival and I promised we would reschedule. I hope you can all make it out and join me in watching this amazing film, glitch free this time! Come join us at 10 Carden at 7pm to watch this amazing film, enjoy some snacks, and talk about the movie!

Stewart met with renowned world experts who helped him find out about important issues affecting our lives. In an effort to uncover the secrets to a safer world, Stewart goes on an adventure filled with action and drama that will leave audiences around the world, at any age, inspired about how they can get involved in the fight to save our planet.

Revolution is not just about the environment—it’s a film about hope and inspiration. It’s a call-to-action with an uplifting message that tells us it’s possible to alleviate the damage already done. It’s time for a Revolution!

Revolution premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has already gone on to win ten awards, including the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Atlantic Film Festival, Most Popular Environmental Film Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Social Justice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

 

RSVP online at https://www.facebook.com/events/263551160649944/

Let’s get together! It’s always good to reconnect with community and this is a chance to catch up on projects and learn more about how to get involved. If you’re interested in learning more about TG, this is a great opportunity to find out about opportunities to get involved. If you’re a usual suspect, come share amazing food and reconnect with projects that are on the go right now!

  • Learn about volunteer opportunities
  • Get connected with project coordinators
  • Brainstorm new projects!
  • Give us your feedback

Bring some food to share along with plates and cutlery. Kids are welcome although no official childcare will be provided. RSVP online at https://www.facebook.com/events/1741262456110609/

 

connectionWell, as the week wraps up, I can honestly say it’s been an amazing week of events for this year’s Resilience Festival. I feel quite honoured to have been a part of the celebration this year. So far, I’ve been able to attend The Great Turning film screening and discussion, a wonderful film screening of The Garden hosted by our partners at OPIRG Guelph, as well as tonight’s Keynote Speaker event where we heard from local heros on the festival’s theme of “Unleashing Your Awesome”. I also facilitated an amazing visioning session and got to share my experiences with many new faces at a film screening of In Transition 2.0. I am also incredibly excited to attend the Main Day celebration at St. George’s Church tomorrow, including Seedy Saturday, The Reskilling Fair, Workshops, Candle Light Potluck, and Open Mic Entertainment. It’s hard to believe so many awesome activities can be jammed into a single day.

I wanted to take some time to reflect on the keynote speakers from this evening and share a message that I took away from the event. Kevin Sutton, Chris Green, Sally Ludwig, and Christine Mills all shared their personal experiences, stories, and views on how they believe that we can move forward with our own work and unleash awesome in our lives. Each speaker brought their own background and history to the discussion, but there were definitely some common threads between the presentations that really spoke to me.

Chris Green from The Guelph Outdoor School led the presentations and talked about deep nature connection and coyote mentorship. One of the points that he brought up that really resonated with me is how we all feel when we take the time to connect with the natural world (which he took the time to point out includes ourselves and the people around us!). Whether it’s intentional or not, we all feel better when we strengthen our connection with the natural world, which he described as “tentacles reaching out to the world around us”. I thought it was a great visual! He also explained that when our connections strengthen, it’s like our inner “switch board starts to light up with green lights”. I think everyone in the room knew exactly what he was speaking to when he presented this amazing imagery.

Transition Guelph Co-Founders, Sally Ludwig and Christine Mills spoke next about their experience in starting Transition Guelph, the space they were in when starting the initiative, and how the movement grew in Guelph. Both also spoke about the nature of “Inner Transition” which is so core in the Transition model. In addition to the external connections that Chris Green spoke about, Sally and Chris spoke about the connections that we have to make within ourselves, and how that personal connection moves us to action. That motivation can come from different places for each of us, whether it’s concern for future generations, or living a lifestyle that contributes to a whole earth economy, taking the time to recognize the inner change that happens is key to the movement and it’s success.

Finally, Spoken Word Artist Kevin Sutton shared an amazing poem appropriately titled “Keynote” and did an amazing job of connecting all of us in the room! When listening to spoken word, I often let myself be taken away by the rhythm of the poem, so I probably won’t do his message justice, but what I took away built on the previous speakers’ themes of connection, and focused on the connection that we must form with each other in order to make change happen. This sense of communal or community connection was delivered beautifully in his piece.

This theme of connection has been prevalent throughout my festival experience this year. Thinking back to the discussions I had with folks at the Great Turning film screening, one of the questions we were asked to explore was “What keeps your inner fire burning?”. I got the chance to talk with about a dozen people around this topics, and while there were a number of different responses, I think they can be grouped into a few key categories: 1) taking action and seeing change happen, 2) continually learning and educating ourselves on key topics, and 3) taking time to reflect, or taking “down time”. One of the key thoughts I left with that evening was how these three topics were a continuous cycle, and how everyone there agreed that all three kept them moving forward with the work they were doing. I can see definitely similarities between these three topics, and the three types of connection that were discussed at tonight’s keynote events. All three types of connection: nature, inner, and community help create a clearer path of how we can move forward in our own journeys and in our own work.

To wrap up, this year’s festival theme “Unleash Your Awesome” has been a wonderful way to explore how we can all take action – big or small – to realize our potential and contribute to something bigger. Tonight’s keynote talk really helped frame how I can focus on unleashing my own personal awesome – by fostering connection with nature, my community, and also within myself.

The next Transition Guelph orientation will take place on the evening of Tuesday Febraury 3rd 2015 from 7 to 9pm.

We will watch the In Transition 2.0 movie, from 7 to 8pm, and then we’ll have a chat about Transition Guelph, our interests in transitioning and getting involved.  If you can’t make this date, please find some time to watch the Transition 2.0 movie on your own, and I’d be happy to meet with you for coffee sometime in the new year 🙂

Please RSVP to rodrigo@transitionguelph.org so I know how many will be coming 🙂

A little about Rodrigo: I have been involved with Transition Guelph since 2011, helped organize the first three Transition Festivals and am currently the secretary of the board for Transition Guelph.  I look forward to discussing our local chapter of this world-wide transition movement and talk about how you might get involved.

Summary of invitation:

What is this? An opportunity to find out about the Transition movement and Transition Guelph
Who can come? Anyone who is interested in community building, local resilience and Transition Guelph!
When? on Tuesday Febraury 3rd, from 7 to 9pm.
Where? Please RSVP to rodrigo@transitionguelph.org for the location.
Can I bring a friend? Yes!  Just let me know so I set up the space accordingly 🙂

Note: This session is now full! We will be hosting another session on Tuesday Feb 3rd

The next Transition Guelph orientation will take place on the evening of Tuesday January 6 (2015) from 7 to 9pm.

We will watch the In Transition 2.0 movie, from 7 to 8pm, and then we’ll have a chat about Transition Guelph, our interests in transitioning and getting involved.  If you can’t make this date, please find some time to watch the Transition 2.0 movie on your own, and I’d be happy to meet with you for coffee sometime in the new year 🙂

Please RSVP to rodrigo@transitionguelph.org so I know how many will be coming 🙂

A little about Rodrigo: I have been involved with Transition Guelph since 2011, helped organize the first three Transition Festivals and am currently the secretary of the board for Transition Guelph.  I look forward to discussing our local chapter of this world-wide transition movement and talk about how you might get involved.

Summary of invitation:

What is this? An opportunity to find out about the Transition movement and Transition Guelph
Who can come? Anyone who is interested in community building, local resilience and Transition Guelph!
When? on Tuesday January 2015, from 7 to 9pm.
Where? Please RSVP to rodrigo@transitionguelph.org for the location.
Can I bring a friend? Yes!  Just let me know so I set up the space accordingly 🙂

BD_GG_FINAL_BLUE-300x203There’s something wonderful happening next week in Guelph. 

Everyone knows about Black Friday, and now there’s Cyber Monday – but what if the whole world decided to make a contribution to their preferred charity on one day? That’s the idea behind Giving Tuesday: one day where everyone can help make a change in their community by donating their time, money, or energy to help non profit organizations continue with the amazing work that they do.

Giving Tuesday is happening on December 2nd, and in standard Guelph format, we’ve given this wonderful concept a life of it’s own. Guelph Gives is aiming to make Guelph Canada’s most generous city (we’ve even been challenged by Regina!) and believe that Guelphites are up to the challenge.

1 City. 1 Day. $1 Million.

Transition Guelph is so excited to be participating in the wonderful events of Giving Tuesday. Guelph Gives is hosting a Giving Fair at Old Quebec Street Mall from 10am-6pm on December 2nd where you can go to learn about some of the amazing organizations in Guelph working to make Guelph a better place. You’ll be able to sign up for volunteer opportunities, make donations, and celebrate the day with us! At Stone Road Mall from 10-2pm you can participate in Charity Plinko (which just sounds awesome) and there will also be a free skate at the Sleeman arena from 11:30-1:30pm.

As a participating organization, TG is focusing on a few “asks” from you, the people!

OUR GUELPH GIVES GOALS:

  1. Sign up 10 new awesome volunteers to help organize Resilience Festival 2015.
  2. Raise $500 in donations or memberships towards essential (but not so sexy) costs like insurance and organizing costs of the Resilience Festival.
  3. Inspire others: a goal of a total of 50 retweets, #UNselfies or gifts to other nonprofits and charities.

So, are you up to the challenge? We will provide more information on December 2nd about how you can make your contribution to Transition Guelph. If you’d like to learn more about Guelph Gives (and we know you do!) you can visit their website at http://www.guelphgives.ca/

What is RAK day

RAK Day was started in 2008 by the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation to bring communities together by engaging citizens in small acts of kindness and generosity.

RAK is an opportunity to do something kind for someone else, to appreciate fellow citizens and for community building – it’s NOT about fundraising or giving money – just a day to celebrate kindness. Simple acts of kindness are endless; buy someone a coffee, congratulate someone on a job well done, offer to drive someone to an appointment, etc.

How to get Involved

There will be 50,000 RAK Day cards available in our community. The cards encourage the holder to perform a simple act of kindness for someone, then hand over the card to that person, and encourage him or her to do the same.

History
In 2013, over 200 organizations participated. For information about our past RAK days, please click here

Have you ever been at a really boring rally? Have you felt awkward chanting, or marching along in silence? We can change all that!

Radical marching bands bring music and energy to protests, marches and rallies. OPIRG wants to start a Rhythms of Resistance group here in Guelph, and Hamilton’s Flamingo Mutiny Brigade is coming to town to show us how and help get us started. We’ll learn about RoR and then learn and practice a couple of songs.

OPIRG has real and DIY drums so no need to bring anything. And don’t worry if you have no experience! This will be fun for beginners as well as experienced drummers.

Check out the links below for more information about activist drum groups, and to get excited!

Email volunteer@opirgguelph.org for more information.

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