CREATE + CONNECT
Learn Indigenous cultural teachings surrounding our connection to all creation and make a take-home teacher - in a setting that is inclusive for all participants!
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+ INDIGENOUS CULTURAL EXCHANGE
A traditional sharing circle will be opened for participants with introductions and a smudging ceremony.
Focused teachings will be shared at this time including:
• Love and respect for Mother Earth and all living creatures
• Respect for both historical and modern Indigenous lifestyles
• Importance of having a connection to the Indigenous history of what is now Toronto - a history spanning thousands of years
Focused teachings (based on chosen Workshop) will also be shared at this time.
Participants will be encouraged to immerse themselves in this cultural exchange.
Any questions, comments and/or personal experiences are encouraged to be shared during our sharing circle.
+ CREATIVE ACTIVITY
Participants will enjoy an creative activity (based on their chosen Workshop):
POCKET TURTLE WORKSHOP
A folded 'Pocket Turtle' will be created and designed by participants.
This portable teachings aide will allow participants to reflect on the Turtle teachings surround the:
• 13 Grandmother Moon Teachings
• 7 Grandfather Teachings
• Medicine Wheel Teachings
MEDICINE WHEEL WORKSHOP
A Medicine Wheel bracelet will be created.
Participants will learn cultural teachings surrounding the significance of the Medicine Wheel - a holistic symbol of balance and equality for all creation. The cycle of nature and the importance of multicultural acceptance will be covered during this workshop.
All activities are designed to be inclusive for all abilities and ages.
Time to reflect on the significance of teachings will be given during the Interactive Sensory Activity, while participants explore the natural artifacts from Toronto’s urban wilderness.
+ TEAM BUILDING
Our Workshop can be utilized to encourage team building in participants from all backgrounds (including Corporate clients) on a holistic scale - including:
EMOTIONAL - Participants are encouraged to support one another and share personally during our Sharing Circle activity
SPIRITUAL - Cultural teachings reflected on Aboriginal spirituality allow participants to reflect on their own beliefs in a safe space
PHYSICAL - Interactive exploration during Sensory Activity is paced so that all participants are supported and involved
MENTAL - We encourage participants to group together for optimum plant/water/animal-life interaction during Interactive Sensory Activity
INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS INCLUDE
· Experiential learning (first hand understanding and reflection of cultural teachings)
· Hands-on Learning (identification + handling of plant, animal and ecosystem artifacts unique to local region)
THIS WORKSHOP WILL ALLOW PARTICIPANTS TO:
· Gain an appreciation for Aboriginal culture and its relevance to present-day culture
· Gain an appreciation for nature and the environment - from an Aboriginal perspective
· Utilize this opportunity for self-reflection and personal growth and team building
+ CODE OF CONDUCT
Here at Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tours, we ask that all be respectfully aware of their interaction with creation while on a Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tour.
Please treat all creation (including all wildlife, plant-life, water-life, the environment, your tour-mates, your tour guide and yourself) with:
LOVE - Understand that all creation has a place.
RESPECT - Act in a manner that confirms your understanding that all creation has a place (love).
HUMILITY - Understand that you are of equal value to all other forms of creation - from the smallest to the biggest
BRAVERY - Face all conflict (with others and yourself) with love and humility.
WISDOM - Put your understanding to the test - until you both know (understand) and feel (experience) its truth.
TRUTH - Accept the validity of all experiences that occur.
HONESTY - Understand your own truth (how you think and feel about the validity of your experiences) and seek not to hide - but honor your reality.
And lastly POSITIVITY - Allow the serenity of nature to envelope you.
Please bring a smile, a positive attitude and have fun!
It was truly a pleasure to have them experience something that for most of them was unfamiliar and they might not normally get a chance to do. Lots of our kids live in high rise buildings with new immigrant families who are often busy trying to get by and they don't often get to have these experiences. Again, thank you for your knowledge and teaching."
Hilda Bynoe-Walker | Grade 5 Teacher | John D Parker Junior School
Currently only available for:
(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
(12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
easy ( inclusive for all abilities)
Tour Location: your preference (we come to you)