GSS Halton Peel May & June Events

The Greening Sacred Spaces Halton Peel Chapter has started hosting workshops and events around gardens and gardening. Below are details of our May and June events!

May: Green Awards Night & Networking Event

Greening Sacred Spaces Halton Peel Chapter’s annual, ‘Green Awards Night & Networking Event’  took place on Monday, May 30, 2016. The event was a huge success as people from the Halton and Peel Regions gathered at Church of the Incarnation in Oakville to celebrate faith communities working towards a sustainable future.

The awards night celebrated faith organizations that are taking initiatives that sustain their congregations. It also provided a networking opportunity for attendees to interact and share ideas. Not only were faith communities celebrated, this event also celebrated Greening Sacred Spaces for receiving a one-year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation!

The grant allows Greening Sacred Spaces Halton-Peel Chapter to create a network to encourage and help communities of faith to explore spaces around their buildings and create gardens. By engaging faith based communities in the Halton-Peel Region through workshops, tours and presentations, the Greening Sacred Spaces Halton Peel Chapter aspires to create a strong network of faith based communities that share similar values of the importance of gardening and connecting to nature. This network of faith communities will allow these communities to learn from one another, approach one another for ideas and allow interfaith discussions, growth and appreciation of diversity.

The event featured an aboriginal speaker, Terrylynn Brant whose talk was titled the ‘Spirit in Gardening’. Terrylynn is a member of the Mohawk Nation Turtle Clan from Six Nations. Terrylynn shared her learned skills from a long line of traditional knowledge holders. She inspired the audience to connect their inner gardener and their spirit.

The event was concluded with the Awards Presentation. Unitarian Congregation Church and Applewood United Church in Mississauga were this year’s two Award winners Honourable mention went to St. Simon’s Anglican Church and Church of the Incarnation in Oakville.

Kevin Flynn, the MPP for Oakville presented the awards to winning faith communities and addressed how delighted he was for the Halton Environmental Network to receive the Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant for Greening Sacred Spaces. He also addressed the recent apology the Government of Ontario had issued for the brutalities committed for generations at residential schools and the continued harm this abuse has caused to Indigenous cultures, communities, families and individuals.

We thank everyone who came out to celebrate with us and hope to see more members of the community at our future events!


Kevin Flynn presenting members of Applewood United, Mississauga with their Greening Sacred Spaces Award.

Unitarian Congregation Winners

Kevin Flynn presenting members of Unitarian Congregation, Mississauga with their Greening Sacred Spaces Award.




Terrylynn Brant connecting gardeners with their spiritual responsibility in gardening through her talk titled ‘Spirit in Gardening’.

JuneMind, Body & Spirit Garden Tour

Greening Sacred Spaces’ Mind, Body & Spirit Garden Tour took place on Tues. June 21st at The Riverwood Conservancy. The workshop featured tours of multiple gardens at The Riverwood Conservancy and attendees learned about the different types of plants and gardens on the property. The workshop also included two presentations on the Mind, Body and Spirit in gardening as well as how to be good garden stewards of the environment.

Attendees planted flowers in their enabling garden. They had the opportunity to sit in their meditation circle. Jane New, their program coordinator shared stories of people who have used nature to heal from trauma. Attendees also had an opportunity to network informally while walking the tour. Discussions on what makes a sacred space took place and people shared their personal thoughts. “A sacred space is where you feel connected to a higher power, where you feel safe and protected”, said an attendee.

Connecting to nature and plants of many sorts allows many people to open up and release negativity or ill thoughts. Gardening and connecting to nature helps people heal their minds and allows them to relax. People often find themselves developing meaning behind the flowers they plant or where they plant them. Gardening can be a fulfilling process when watching a plant develop and grow over a period of time. One can see the plant enduring hardships and still thriving and some use that inspiration in their own lives to continue forward.

Riverwood Tour

Jane New from The Riverwood Conservancy helping attendees plant in their enabling garden.

riverwood tour 2

Attendees visiting the Somers Memorial Rose Garden