Environmental Workshops

What motivates your faith community to be more environmental? We invite you to meet with our team to design and request a variety of different workshops or presentations through the Greening Sacred Spaces Halton-Peel Program that interest and educate your community. We can plan hands-on workshops for all ages and types of groups in your faith community (i.e. youth group, green teams, seniors club, women’s group, etc.), show environmental films, take part in table-talks and events, and arrange guest speakers for small to large groups. We can target programming to your place of worship (for example, gardening on the faith property) or for individuals to take what they have learned and apply it at home, school or in the workplace.

Some of our current workshops include:

Gardening

We can help tidy or transform existing gardens or consult in the creation of a plan for a new garden. These workshops involve hands-on activities and can be done in the garden of the faith property or in a classroom setting with materials that can be taken home to personal gardens. Some of the topics we cover are:

  • Creating a garden: assessing space, planning your plants and creating a planting schedule
  • Vermicomposting: Creating an indoor composter using worms
  • Native species: How to choose the right plants for your green space
  • Self-Irrigating Planters (SIPs): starting a handheld garden of microgreens in recycled milk cartons using bits of old t-shirts
  • Seeds: learning about native seeds, seed libraries and making seed balls or seed spheres to disperse in local habitats or at home
Planting at the Solel Synagogue
Tarbiyah learning garden

Natural Care Products

The chemicals and by-products involved in making every day personal care products like deodorant or skin scrubs negatively affect the environment. The ingredients in the products themselves can be harmful to your health, not to mention the manufacturing of plastic containers and transportation of these goods being harmful to the environment. This workshop discusses these impacts and teaches participants some easy ways to create their own natural products using natural and chemical-free ingredients such as coconut oil, baking soda, sugar and essential oils. This is a fun activity for groups of all ages, where you get to take home your healthy creations!

All About Pollinators

We teach you about the process of pollination and how it is critical to the food we eat and the health of the habitats around us. This includes fun and interactive activities on pollinator animals and plants. This workshop can compliment the installation of a pollinator garden on your faith property or involve making seed balls or solitary bee hotels. We often team up with other great local environmental organisations, experts and conservation authority partners on these workshops. We make learning about pollinators fun and memorable!

Energy Efficiency

Being a more efficient energy consumer is good for the environment, your health and your wallet! We help you with tips & resources to be more efficient consumers at your place of worship & beyond.

Nature Identification and Appreciation

Have you ever wondered what kinds of species live on your faith property? Are you interested in pollinators like bees, birds and butterflies? Perhaps you’re more of a tree or flower person? Let’s take a nature walk to identify local species and talk about why the are important to the surrounding ecosystems. We can also and discuss how these species or habitats might connect to your faith or spirituality. There are a lot of fun indoor and outdoor activities about nature that we can lead for groups all ages!

Eco-mindfulness

Being mindful and connecting with nature has many physical and mental health benefits for all ages. We are developing a toolbox of activities for youth to encourage them to be more present in nature, make mindful sensory connections to the species and habitats around them (listening to bird calls, studying different leaf shapes and textures, looking at colour spectrums, etc.), and take advantage of all the amazing benefits of being outside.

Waste Reduction

Did you know that there are now FIVE R’s to consider? Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose! We go over these five R’s with helpful tips on what goes where in your green and blue bins, as well as different ways to apply the five R’s in your daily lives. This can be paired with a fun upcycling activity where we take an old item and transform it into something new! Examples of upcycling include turning used wrapping paper into gift bags, transforming old pillow cases into grocery bags, or turning old picture frames into serving trays. It’s a chance to be crafty and environmental all at once!

Guest Speakers

Are you organising an event in your faith community and would like someone to speak about an environmental topic? Let us know! We are available for speaking engagements around events such as Earth Day, World Water Day, World Oceans Day, International Day for Biological Diversity, or other events in your community where you would like to educate and inspire environmental stewardship!

Interested in another environmental topic?

We can design programming within GSS Halton-Peel or with the help of our various environmental partners in Halton and Peel regions that focuses on what motivates you to be more environmental and sustainable in your place of worship and within your faith community at large. We want to help!

To find out more about our workshops or to book a workshop with us, call us at 905 815 6185 ex 2 or email us at haltonpeel@faithcommongood.org

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