Braiding Sweetgrass Workshop Part 2
The rare Charitable Research Reserve is honoured to welcome Charlotte Coates, a member of the Xws7ámesh (Samish) Indian Nation, a Coast Salish tribe, and signatory of the Treaty of Point Elliot in 1855, to share with attendees the work of Braiding Sweetgrass, a bestselling book by Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer that explores scientific knowledge, Indigenous wisdom, and the teachings of plants. Participants will independently read or re-read Dr. Kimmerer’s book of nature essays over the fall, winter and spring and meet seasonally to discuss the themes and stories within.
This is the second of a three-part in-person workshop. The first session took place on October 15, and the third will take place on April 29, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. For part two, attendees will meet Charlotte Coates outside the rare ECO Centre near the Slit Barn at 768 Blair Road at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, and the workshop itself will take place over rare’s trails (so please dress for the weather). People who have registered to attend the first workshop are invited to the second. Those who haven’t registered for the first workshop can still join in by purchasing a ticket below. Please reach out if the cost is a barrier to your participation.
Charlotte Coates works as an environmental research scientist at the University of Guelph with Professor Emeritus, Dr. Peter Kevan; studying micrometeorology of plants, pollination biology, and agricultural pest management and sustainability. Charlotte has had the opportunity to teach Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer in the course “Philosophy of the Environment” at the University of Guelph. In her own life, she practices braiding together Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants and seeks to transform this into collective knowledge, open to all people and widely applied. She lives in Guelph, in the Dish with One Spoon territory, and spends her time gardening, skiing, hiking, sharing food with friends and family, and learning from as many different plants as she can, as much as she can!
She is looking forward to the opportunity to share with you the work of Braiding Sweetgrass at the beautiful rare Charitable Research Reserve in Cambridge, Ontario. The workshops will be structured to follow the seasonal changes in plants native to this area, and will involve hiking, discussion, video/PowerPoint presentation, and storytelling.