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7-Generation Bioregional Earth Summit Feb 6


Empowering Generations

Registration starts at 8:30 am
Program runs 9:00 am – 4:00 pm EST, in-person (morning also livestreamed) with lunch provided
Kortright Centre
9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge

Fired-up Youth and Feisty Grannies
9:00 am – 12:00 noon EST (Toronto), in-person and livestreamed

"Connections between generations are essential for the mental health and stability of nations." Margaret Mead

In some Indigenous cultures there's an understanding that, if you want to get something done, you bring together a "fired-up youth with a feisty granny." Young and old balance each other and become a formidable force. Generations working together can become a kind of "super organism."

We're bringing together 7-Generation GTB student Eco-Leaders and Elders-in-Residence, along with parents, teachers, Conservation Authority educators and community leaders. As part of the GTB Bioregional Learning Center network, many are participating in the Intergenerational Zone through local schools – generations learning from and with each other to build community while taking collective action.

Whether we're younger or older, how do we walk a regenerative path together, in community? Can we all see ourselves as elders-in-training to find the wisdom we need?

Recommended: Watch Building a 7-Generation World and Exploring Learning in an Uncertain World; listen to grade 12 student Ethan Bonerath interview Joe Brewer; read Generations (Re)United and Be an Elder.


Lunch provided
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST

Feeling the Path
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST, in person only (no livestream)

"May you always know you have my hand to hold." JJ Heller

There are some who say that in a world of polycrisis, the dreams of the young have been broken, as has the legacy of the old.

How can we find strength both in ourselves and in each other, moving from the individualistic Hero's Journey story to the collective story of the Carrier Bag?

Through an embodied intergenerational learning experience drawing on the land, this part of the day is designed to help young and old feel more empowered while helping them tap into their intuitive senses to take collective action. Weather permitting, we may wander out into the forest of the Kortright Centre.

We need to feel the regenerative path to walk it.

Recommended: Read The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction by Ursula K. Le Guin.


Summit Lounge
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm EST (Toronto), virtual

An informal opportunity to meet members of the Design School for Regenerating Earth and other 7-Generation Bioregional Earth Summit participants – get to know each other and discuss topics of interest. The Summit Lounge is hosted by Roberta Hill, Bioregional Coordinator at the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy in Maine.

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