Redwing Institute Creates Earth Day Event


Scene from the documentary Treeline. (Photo Courtesy Patagonia Films)

Redwing Institute founder Lisa Gervais is launching an Earth Day event that she hopes will raise awareness and provoke much-needed discussion about our world. Redwing Institute EARTH Day XChange will explore our natural world through film, food, insight from thought-provoking invited speakers and engaging activities.

It’s a perfect fit for Redwing Institute, an organization that offers discovery walks that provide urban experiences in positive teachings of Aboriginal culture, and it does this with a strong dose of nature. Gervais has brilliantly blended her experience developing creative online engagement with her passion for positive human development, history and the outdoors.

Her efforts have paid off. Redwing Institute was awarded the 2016 Unique Experience of the Year for Toronto, Ontario from the Luxury Travel Guide and the Bespoke Tour Operator award.

“I am so excited to be commencing Redwing Institute’s season five and celebrating the launch of our new biomimicry & innovation-inspired program. We have had the privilege of working with the best people over the past four years. They are well-read, well-traveled, curious, culturally respectful, environmentally-conscious, interested and interesting,” says Gervais. “Additionally, we will be premiering a beautiful documentary film and getting the audience connecting and interacting through some experiential activities. I can’t wait! It will be a fun and interesting evening.”

Gervais hosted a 2017 EARTH event in Toronto. (Photo Courtesy Lisa Gervais)

On Redwing Institute a refreshing journey

The event will feature a handful of dynamic speakers who you may not have heard of, but should. Jamie Miller, PHD is a biomimicry consultant and educator who finds design secrets from the natural world and since 2004 has been exploring design thinking and our separation with nature. Miller has made it his mission to change the way we think, behave and create through the lens of nature.

“The more we talk about the brilliance of nature, the more we can start to recognize that it holds the design secrets to our species own sustainability,” says Miller. “I’m more than happy to be a part of the Earth Day event with Redwing Institute to carry on this conversation.”

For a sneak preview, watch Jamie’s latest TEDx Talk:

Suzanne Smoke of Alderville First Nations and Executive Director of Biindigen Healing and Arts is a Traditional Knowledge Keeper. She is also a proud member of the American Indian Movement and will be speaking at XChange.

The event will also feature Marianne Lefever, an architect and a strategic thinker with over 10 years of experience in climate mitigation and sustainable city design. She is currently working with the Dutch urban planning studio PosadMaxwan to transform cities around the globe into healthy environments and communities.

“With more and more people moving into urban areas, it’s high time we shift our focus back to creating healthy places for healthy people,” says Lefever.

There will also be another treat in store at the conference, as Treeline: A Story Written in Rings will be screened. Directed by Jordan Manley, this 40 minute documentary is about our oldest living companions on earth: trees. The film brings extraordinary forests in British Columbia, Japan and Nevada “to life” through cinematic exploration and through the film we learn what the oldest trees have to teach us.

Manley is no stranger to the craft. A Vancouver based photographer & filmmaker, Manley’s films are an effort to explore the human relationship with nature. Jordan produced and directed four seasons of the award winning “A Skier’s Journey”, a film series that examined the ties between landscape, culture, and skiing.


Earth Day: Earth Day is an annual event that will be worldwide April 22.

EARTH Day XChange date: Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Price: $75.00

Time: 6:30pm – 10 pm

Included With Admission: Mexican food, one (1) drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), film screening, invited speaker presentations, interactive activities.

Location: Winchester Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester Street, Toronto

Rod has previously worked for and is currently freelancing for Huffington Post Travel. He’s also written travel articles for the Toronto Star and Up! Magazine. Living in Toronto but raised in the small central Ontario village of Holstein, Rod is a country boy at heart who has never met a farmer’s market he didn’t like.

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