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IT TAKES A VILLAGE
A Green Wood Coalition Community 101 event

What can the community accomplish that institutions can't?
Join us for small group conversations about community-led, collective action and reflections on the recent "Shelter in Peace" homelessness initiative.
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 7:00 p.m.
Trinity United Church, Cobourg

All are welcome at no cost
 
Where Healing Happens

“A therapeutic garden is a plant-dominated environment purposefully designed to facilitate interaction with the healing elements of nature. Interactions can be passive or active depending on the garden design and users’ needs.” 
Definition: American Horticultural Therapy Association

SNOW BLANKETED the ground last March as Lori Groves picked up a sketch pad and measuring tape to begin planning Green Wood’s therapeutic garden. The drawing taking shape before her eyes was intricate and detailed. It called on the four “rooms” of emotional, physical, mental and spiritual healing at the basis of the RedPath Addiction Recovery Program facilitator training she had just completed; its four directional pattern drew from the elemental wheel of air, fire, water and earth, and its circular shape evoked the Indigenous cycle of life -- birth, life, death and rebirth. All of these teachings, Lori recalls, “just came together.”
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G.I.F.F.T. GARDEN (TOP PHOTO)
Green Wood Coalition Garden Coordinator Lori Groves, a horticultural therapy intern, waters pots of borage. Like everything in this G.I.F.F.T. garden -- Gardening, Inclusive, Free, Food, Together -- the plants are shared with the community. Beside, a sign lists what's ready for visitors to harvest.

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PRIDE CUT FLOWER GARDEN (CENTRE)
The youth-led group, QnA Northumberland, planted this extraordinary garden, now resplendent with Statice, Strawflowers, Snapdragons and more. Everyone is welcome to pick and enjoy.

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BUNNY TAILS (BOTTOM)
The therapeutic garden is designed to be a multi-sensory experience, and the Bunny Tails are one of its stars for children and adults alike.
The symbolic purple chair represents those lost to overdose.

'Show compassion, recognize
this was a person who deserved to live...'

                                             -Missy McLean

 
On Wednesday, August 31, memorial services and vigils will take place across the country in observance of International Overdose Awareness Day, remembering without stigma those who have died while acknowledging the grief of families and friends left behind.

Tragically, the event takes place amidst ever-spiralling overdose deaths. Here in Northumberland County, commemorative activities will take place in front of Victoria Hall in Cobourg throughout the day.

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Movie in the Garden
Screening of In My backyard, a film about the role of home veggie gardening in reducing food miles and food security.
Aug. 21, 7:45 p.m. (sundown)
Spiritual Park, St. John's Anglican Church, Port Hope
For information click here
Music in the Park
Enjoy the final two concerts, Aug. 18 and 25, of this Thursday night series presented by Cultivate Festival. Free hotdogs by Green Wood Coalition. 

Memorial Park, Port Hope. Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Click here for details.
Tattoos 4 Trauma
This non-profit event in memory of a son lost to suicide is being held to raise awareness of men's mental health and support organizations that walk alongside men in crisis. All proceeds go to Green Wood Coalition and Moms Stop the Harm. Click here for details and to book a tattoo.
WHAT DOES GREEN WOOD DO? 
It isn't complicated. 
Walking alongside those who struggle means showing up with kindness, compassion and respect. If you believe every human being deserves to live in dignity, please support our work.
And check out our 2021 ANNUAL REPORT to see the impact your donations make! 

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