August 2021 | Hosted on Zoom

I am: Series

This August, the Interpretive Centre is hosting a series of virtual workshops called the ‘I am:’ Series. This workshop series is designed to introduce participants to artistic and natural elements that support personal growth and development through hands-on arts-based activities.
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I am: Series

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August 2021
Hosted on Zoom

About the Event

This August, the Interpretive Centre is hosting a series of virtual workshops called the ‘I am:’ Series. This workshop series is designed to introduce participants to artistic and natural elements that support personal growth and development through hands-on arts-based activities. Workshops will focus on topics such as identity as it relates to personal learning, developing connections with environments, and building a relationship with oneself. Our goal is to activate the Interpretive Centre’s 4-guiding pillars: Environmental Sustainability, Education, Mental Health and Indigenous Heritage through this series with guest presenters to help us engage our communities.

WEEK 1: Wednesday, August 4th, 2021

I am: Mindful 

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/i-am-mindful-tickets-162984413769

Let's begin the month with a fresh start. Join us, with Art-Therapist Lisa Rusland, in a mindfulness meditation and art-based directive. This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to practice meditation and learn about mindfulness in practice. You will also receive some resources to begin your own daily meditation habits and to start living more peacefully.

Through the workshop, you will create “gratitude cards.” A simple, yet meaningful, creative project, these decorative cards are ideal for beginning daily gratitude practice or simply for those times when you want to remind yourself of all the things that you are.

Materials required for this workshop are:

A pencil/drawing tool, a black fine line pen/marker, a sketchbook/paper/surface to draw on, and colouring utensils (this could include pencil crayons, markers, pastels, paint... whatever is your preferred medium of choice!) 

If you'd like to use your own materials, please select 'General Admission' at registration.

A limited number of art kits are available for this event. Please select "General Admission + Art Kit" at registration. 

*Please note: Art kits are only available to be shipped to those living in Ontario.

This is a free event! 

WEEK 2: Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

I am: Poetry

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/i-am-poetry-tickets-164227493855

Let's come together with writer, spoken word poet, arts educator, and wellness consultant: Igho Diana, in the second workshop of this series, I am: Poetry. This workshop will be a spoken word writing workshop exploring elements of written and performance poetry as a creative practice. Participants will learn different writing techniques for self-reflection; the art of storytelling; and performance-based poetry as tools for building self-confidence and self-efficacy.

Over the last 10 years as a spoken word poet and 5 years as a facilitator, Igho has mastered the art of storytelling and community building. Join us for this creative wellness workshop as Igho walks us through self & community care using the art of poetry, and the written word. 

Materials required for this workshop are:

A writing utensil (pen/pencil), paper, and yourself. 

This is a free event! 

WEEK 3: Wednesday, August 18th, 2021

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WEEK 4: Wednesday, August 25th, 2021

I am: All My Relations

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Lisa Rusland

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Lisa's lifelong love for art led her to study art fundamentals at Seneca College, where she learned that she had a specific interest in fine arts. Lisa then went to the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD U) to study Drawing and Painting. At OCAD U, Lisa focused on developing her artistic ability in figure painting and portraiture, and Lisa has since had her artwork displayed in galleries both in downtown Toronto and in Florence, Italy. Lisa is currently completing a masters equivalent art therapist program at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. Studying to become an art therapist has allowed her to combine her passion for art and pursue her interest in psychology. Lisa’s learned person-centered approach that she brings to each art class allows her to focus on each students’ strengths and promote growth, all while creating a safe and encouraging workspace.

Igho Diana is a writer, spoken word poet, arts educator, and wellness consultant. In her twenty-plus years of lived experiences she has come to believe that being Black and Woman is a life-long lesson on resilience and grace. Thus, she dedicates her time documenting and sharing stories as testimony, through her writing, workshops, performances, and other speaking engagements. Her chief aim is to equip people (particularly Black, Indigenous, & Latino communities) with everyday strategies to prioritize their wellness.

Igho Diana

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Carolynne Crawley

Carolynne Crawley, founder of Msit No’kmaq is dedicated to social and environmental justice and supporting Indigenous led community work connected to Indigenous foodways. Carolynne is passionate about reconnecting people with the land, waters, and all beings as there is no separation between us.  From Indigenous perspectives across the Earth, they are all our relations to be treated with as much love, respect, and reciprocity as we do with our human loved ones. Carolynne leads workshops that support the development and strengthening of healthy and reciprocal relationships based upon Indigenous knowledge that decolonize existing interactions with the land and with each other. 
 

Carolynne is also a certified Forest Therapy Guide, a Blanket Exercise Facilitator, a Holistic Nutritionist, Storyteller, a Co-Producer of the documentary Reckoning with the Wendigo, and a member of the Tkaronto Indigenous Land Stewardship Circle.  Carolynne can be found speaking at events that center around social, food, and environmental justice.