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Special Event: The Lost Language of Flowers
June 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
A Special Ecotherapeutic Event: The Language of Flowers:
With special guest April Martin-Ko
April is an artist and uses mixing a variety of artistic expression to explore the meaning on situated in a particular place. She is currently working as a Pedagogist where she collaborates with early childhood educators and children leading inquiry based projects.
Nowadays, most people swipe right, text, or ask to exchange numbers if they like someone rather than sending a bouquet of carefully selected flowers. However, did you know that flowers were used to communicate in secret a long time ago? Did you know that there are hidden messages in the plants we have here?
- Upon arriving, there will time to mix and mingle, and connect with like minded people!
- On this special event will be hosted at the rose garden in Stanley Park where you will learn about the different flora and foliage used to communicate in the Victorian gothic age.
- You will then engage in creating your own message in an EcoArt activity using the new language you’ve gained and sharing in groups what messages you created and what it means to you!
- You will then be taken on a guided walk through Stanley Park, learning about common plants that we might see everyday that have ‘hidden’ messages we can uncover through digging deeper into their context and historicity within the land we live on. Through her knowledge and experiences working with flowers, and specifically Ivy and Plantain, April will share her experiences and ideas on diving deeper by connecting nature through art, walking practices, and writing.
- You will then participate in an activity on what you’ve noticed and share your experiences in groups.
A bit about the Language of Flowers:
Floriography (language of flowers) is a means of cryptological communication. The language of flowers has existed for thousands of years. During Victorian times, floriography was used as a means of coded communication through various flowers and floral arrangements, allowing people to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken.
Why we do this:
The aim of our events, both collaborative and guided EcoArt Therapeutic walks, are to support your mental health and wellbeing, as well as promote goal oriented cognitive development skills to increase creativity, problem solving and personal development through its process.
Based from EcoNova’s Meetup group: Nature Therapy and EcoArt ReGeneration Being with others in nature enhances our joy and shared experiences of awe.
ITEMS TO BRING –
- Blank Paper or any old journal to draw on.
- Colored pens, pencils or crayons. Colored is best but any writing utensil will do.
- Proper hiking/outdoors shoes and weather appropriate clothes that can layer as the weather might change quickly.
- Light snacks and water.
FEES AND CONDITIONS
We want to make ecotherapy available for everyone and offer this event for free.
***April also has over 25 years of experience working alongside diverse communities in a variety of settings within the social services field. April is also an artist and graduate student at UBC where she explores what it means to be situated in a particular place through land based inquiry and artistic experimentation that includes dance, poetics, sound, photography and textiles. Moreover, how these contextual experiences attempt to acknowledge Indigenous histories and cosmologies and consider the ethical implications of encounters on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples.