Take Care: Soundbath & Workshop on Care

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Take Care
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
7 p.m.

Free

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. West

Workshop on plant-care and self-care, followed by a sound bath
Featuring Darryl Cheng of House Plant Journal, curator/writer Geneviève Wallen and Kristin Weckworth of Kiko Sounds

Limited availability; registration required
Tickets available on the Facebook event as of Wednesday, January 9 at noon

The notion of care is central to Onsite Gallery's Winter exhibition, How to Breathe Forever. Taking place at Onsite Gallery, we invite you to join us for a special workshop on care, led by insightful creative thinkers who will share what care means to them:

  • Darryl Cheng of House Plant Journal will lead a presentation with tips and tricks on caring for houseplants
  • Curator and writer Geneviève Wallen will speak about healing spaces within art and share her experience developing an annual month of self-care
  • Kristin Weckworth of Kiko Sounds will speak about meditation and acts of daily compassion, and then will lead the audience in a 30 minute soundbath

As a participant you will:

  • Be asked to wear soft, comfortable clothes and bring a mat (there will also be blankets provided)
  • Receive a small houseplant to bring home
  • Leave feeling refreshed and armed with new knowledge of taking care

 

How to Breathe Forever underlines the importance and interconnectedness of air, animals, coral, humans, insects, land, plants and water. The belief that everything in the universe has a place and deserves equal respect is the core of this exhibition and positions our relations with others — including the natural world — as active and reciprocal. The artwork invites you to consider a personhood that attentively collaborates and exchanges with all living things.

 

Darryl Cheng is the creator of the incredibly popular blog and Instagram account, House Plant Journal. Darryl’s commitment to excellence and his passion for plants and thirst for knowledge have turned him into the king of the internet houseplant world. What was initially a hobby Tumblr page has turned into an Instagram account with over 250,000 followers, a go-to blog for anything plant related, the beginnings of his very own houseplant care book and plant time-lapse videos that have gone viral around the world.

Geneviève Wallen is a Toronto-based curator and writer interested in the manifestation of healing spaces within the arts. Wallen's interest in diasporic narratives, intersectional feminism, intergenerational healing and  BIPOC alternative timelines, inform her practice. She has curated exhibitions in Montreal and Toronto, and is currently Programming Coordinator at Xpace Cultural Centre, a board member-curator at YTB (Younger Than Beyoncé) Gallery, and a member of the collective We Critique, We Curate. 

Kristin Weckworth of Kiko Sounds is a teacher and artist specializing in sound therapy, meditation, yoga and relational aesthetics. As the co-founder of Toronto's contemporary design shop Magic Pony, and art gallery Narwhal, she spent over a decade collaborating with artists from around the globe, curating exhibitions, publications and interactive environments. Now she combines her experiences in contemporary culture with holistic modalities to offer ephemeral, immersive experiences intended to guide you back to a state of wholeness. Kiko creates settings for deep listening that induce profound states of relaxation and meditation, inviting in opportunities for intuitive awareness, self-healing and expansive creativity.

 

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

 

Image (left to right): Darryl Cheng of House Plant Journal; Geneviève Wallen (photo by Roya DelSol); Kristin Weckworth of Kiko Sounds.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. West)
Website: 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/take-care-soundbath-and-workshop-on-care-tickets-53442712592
https://www.facebook.com/events/2091523344257364/
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Image (left to right): Darryl Cheng of House Plant Journal; Geneviève Wallen (photo by Roya DelSol); Kristin Weckworth of Kiko S

grOCAD presents Wildflower Stratification Workshop

Black and white drawing of wildflowers.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 1:00pm

Gardening with Native Plants

Now is the perfect time to a get a jump on Spring and start native plant seeds for next year’s gardening season. This will be the first of a two-part workshop.

Native plants have evolved and adapted to our local growing conditions, making them perfect additions to your garden. 

Join us for a free, hands-on workshop (while supplies last) where we share tips, techniques and seeds to allow you to:

  • Learn about the benefits of gardening with native plant
  • Get to know varieties that can thrive in your conditions, and
  • Learn how to cold-stratify perennial seeds and plant them

 

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/132303807471899/
Email: 
ocadgrows@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free

grOCAD Plant Propagation Workshop

A sheet of paper towel with 20 jade leaves laying on it in three rows
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Come out and get your hands dirt-y with grOCAD! This workshop is about propagating common houseplants such as spider plants, golden pothos, jade and snake plants. We'll talk about the basics of plant propagation and get some baby plants started. All the materials will be provided and the baby plants will later be sold at the Plant Sale to generate funding to maintain our current garden projects.

grOCAD is a group of students, faculty and staff who are working together to integrate plant life to our everyday experience by cultivating areas in and around OCAD U’s campus. grOCAD’s aim is to increase healthy food accessibility, encourage discourse about how plants improve quality of life and heighten awareness to urban agricultural practices.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1 Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Website: 
http://www.facebook.com/groups/ocadgrows/
Email: 
ocadgrows@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free

grOCAD Plant Propagation Workshop

grOCAD student group logo
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Do you want to learn how to make new plants out of your existing house plants/garden plants?
Do you want to learn about the air-purifying qualities of house plants in a window farm?
Do you want to meet other students interested in gardening and caring for plant life?

Attend grOCAD's Plant Propagation Workshop!

ABOUT GROCAD:
grOCAD is an open group of students, faculty and staff collaborating to develop urban agriculture on and off campus, exploring themes of biophillia, food security and community building through plant life. We believe that the natural world and the human world are one and the same, and work to bridge this constructed divide in daily life. grOCAD is involved in on-campus installations, research, promotion of student and community work, gallery shows and publications relating to sustainable urbanism.

Find out more about this OCAD University student group or others: www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone (Level 1), 122 St. Patrick Street (SPA)
Email: 
ocadgrows@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free

Seed Saving Workshop

Fall is Time to Save Seed poster with illustration of hands holding a seedling
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Join the OCAD U Seed Library for a seed saving workshop led by OCAD U student Amanda Dong. This will be a hands-on workshop on how to collect and save seeds for coming seasons or to share with family and friends. Seed saving is an important practice in sustainable farming, it builds a stronger future for the community — keeps costs down, improves the yearly production/preservation of healthy produce, offers diversity and food security. Come expand your gardening skills and browse through our Seed Library!

The OCAD Seed Library, launched in June 2014, is an official branch of the Toronto Seed Library. The Toronto Seed Library (TSL) was started in November 2012 by the Occupy Gardens of Toronto Collective and students from the University of Toronto and York University. The TSL has grown into a strong cooperative made up of a diverse membership creating a free, self-perpetuating seed library system. To learn more about the Toronto Seed Library please visit their website at torontoseedlibrary.org

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1 Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Email: 
mchudolinska@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
Fall is Time to Save Seed poster with illustration of hands holding a seedling