Welcoming Diane Black

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Diane and Hayden in the Wintergreen kitchen

Many visitors to Wintergreen will already have met Diane Black, our new Operations and Facilities Manager. Diane has been volunteering and working in the kitchen since the spring, and has been gradually taking over the role that Karen Smereka has been in for the past five years. We’re thrilled to be adding Diane to the family of Wintergreen employees, and equally thrilled that Karen isn’t exactly leaving… just concentrating more on her very fine work at the Yoga Connection in Perth. So those of you who have already signed up for next year’s workshops can expect to see Karen and Diane in the kitchen and in the gardens, picking produce to prepare for your dining pleasure.

Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 10.42.11 AMWhen Diane is not at Wintergreen, she will likely be working away on the straw bale home that she started building this year, or creating beautiful work in her studio in Perth. Diane is an artist, specializing in sculpting with clay and iron. Diane also teaches adults and children through various workshop venues. Perhaps you will see her teaching at Wintergreen one day!

Death and Dying

There are still a couple of spaces for Saturday’s workshop, On Death and Dying. Register online or give us a call at 613 273 8745.

Join us for a day of thoughtful repose as we contemplate the many ways that our physical bodies might leave the Earth. Enjoy meaningful conversations, beautiful surroundings, and fine food as we talk about a topic that affects us all but rarely enters our daily conversations.

We will be guided throughout the day by Dr. Brian Goldman and Julie Vachon. Brian Goldman is an emergency department physician and host of CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art. Julie Vachon is a Metis woman who lives and shares the sacred teachings. The discussion will be moderated by Lawrence Scanlan, writer and veteran journalist, and a member of Wintergreen’s Board of Directors.


Change in the Canadian Climate

Canadian climateThere is change in the air. With the new cabinet announced this week, Trudeau is sending a strong signal that climate protection is high on his agenda. Quoting an article from the National Post,

“As signals go, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has put a big green light on his Liberal government’s promised climate change agenda.

Catherine McKenna, an international lawyer with an eye-popping resume, was named the new minister of “environment and climate change” Wednesday at Rideau Hall as Trudeau installed his new Liberal cabinet.

But the signs of climate policy green shoots go well beyond a high-profile new MP and the semantics of a ministerial name change.

Former Liberal environment minister and party leadership climate advocate Stephane Dion is Canada’s new foreign affairs minister — a powerful post that will give him oversight on ensuring climate policy is integral to Canada’s foreign policy.

Dion was also named chairman of a new cabinet committee on “environment, climate change and energy.”

Read the full article here.

There have been many terrific posts about the new cabinet and the new government. Here’s one of our favourites:Climate Change

Better yet, the Canadian public seems to be holding Trudeau accountable for his 184 election promises. The Trudeau Metre website (trudeaumetre.ca) shows us that two of his promises have already been fulfilled, the first of which was to name a cabinet with gender parity. Not bad for the first three days in office!Canadian climate

So now, we keep up the pressure, in the most forward-looking and positive ways possible. Join us for the march on Parliament Hill on November 29, organized by 100% possible. Because. It. Is. 100%. Possible. Now it’s up to us to make it so.

You can learn more about our sister organization, the Wintergreen Renewable Energy Co-operative on FB or on the website. Better yet, join us for the AGM on December 3. Details will appear on the Co-op website in the next couple of weeks.

Momma’s Prayer Flags

prayer flagsJoin us in celebrating the publication of Momma‘s Prayer Flags by Wintergreen Studios Press! This collection of poetry was written at Wintergreen during the workshop led by Lorna Crozier earlier this year. It features an extraordinary collection of poems written by the 11 people attending the workshop. The book is available online from amazon.com (it will be available through amazon.ca in a few weeks). It can also be purchased at Wintergreen – pick one up the next time you visit!

Congratulations to the poets, and a big thanks to Lorna Crozier and Susan Olding for their work in pulling together this fine collection, and to Melanie Craig-Hansford for gracing the cover of the chapbook with her drawing.

Book launch – tomorrow!

first gearCome and celebrate the remarkable memoir by Lorrie Jorgensen at tomorrow’s book launch, Saturday October 10, at 3 pm. This is a free event — everyone welcome! You will have a chance to meet Lorrie, as well as her mentor and teacher, Helen Humphreys. Lorrie will read from First Gear, share stories, and we will all have much to be grateful for on this weekend of Thanksgiving.

Fall Open House

Sunday, October 4 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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For several years now, Wintergreen has taken part in Ontario’s Natural Building Coalition House Tour, which takes place in early fall. Take advantage of the Open House to see our lodge as well as many outbuildings, featuring both straw and cordwood construction.

To learn more about other locations in the area featuring natural building techniques, and to learn the event in general, check the website here.

Wellness Weekend at Wintergreen

This just in… we’re hosting a wellness retreat at Wintergreen from the evening of Sept 25 through to Sunday afternoon Sept 27.

This special event is in response to requests we’ve received for a an agenda-free weekend at Wintergreen. Registrations are limited to 8 participants, and registration closes Sept 14. Hope you can join us! It will be a wonderful way of celebrating the beginning of the fall season (and for those of you with children in school, a treat for surviving September!).

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That’s some tomato!

tomatoWe’ve been known to grow some big tomatoes in our gardens at Wintergreen (don’t even get me started on the zucchini), but this one beats all. Five tomatoes fused on the vine to make one enormous fruit.

Now we just need to decide what to do with it. A soup? Pasta sauce?

Come see our gardens at the Open House on October 4. All welcome to this free event!