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Calendar

April 2013 – June 2015

Apr
27
Sat
“What is Democracy? Keystone XL and Grassroots Environmental Activism” with David Goodin Phd
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm
Prof. at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences at McGill and fellow climber, David Goodin Phd, will inaugurate the first Shakti Rice and Beans with a presentation and discussion on the topic of:

What is Democracy? Keystone XL and Grassroots Environmental Activism

Presentation will be in English, followed by a bilingual discussion period and a rice and beans dinner! Attendees are asked to bring their own bowls and spoons as we don’t keep any on the premises and do not like to waste paper or plastic.

The Rice and Beans dinners are intended to be a forum for the exchange of ideas on topics that matter most – the environment, health, community, adventure. The last weekend of the each month, Shakti will invite a member to share with us in an informal and friendly atmosphere.

 

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May
25
Sat
David Jaclin: “(Re)devenir singe : ce que l’escalade nous dit de l’évolution animale…”
May 25 @ 6:30 pm

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David Jaclin,  fellow climber and anthropologist.

(Re)devenir singe : ce que l’escalade nous dit de l’évolution animale…

Le débat est ancien qui agite les théories de l’évolution et s’efforce de placer Homo sapiens sapiens sur la carte du vivant (et, ce faisant, entérine rôles, statuts et  responsabilités d’une espèce aussi singulière que tourmentée). Entre caractères innés et caractères acquis, entre nature et culture, se pose ainsi régulièrement la question de nos origines animales. Je propose ici de laisser tomber la question des origines et de nous intéresser plutôt à celle du devenir. Autrement dit : le présent ne saurait se réduire, ni d’ailleurs être  entièrement contenu, dans le passé et les causes complétement déterminer les conséquences. Si nous sommes humains par héritage, si nous sommes  obligés de faire avec (un corps, une famille, une société, les autres),  nous sommes aussi, toujours, en train de (re)devenir humains en composant avec (un corps, une famille, une société, les autres). Ici évolution ne rimerait donc plus seulement avec adaptation, mais aussi  avec création. C’est précisément de ce potentiel de changement dont je  voudrais discuter avec vous.

Parce qu’un grimpeur est aussi singe qu’explorateur, je  voudrais partir de cette étrange pratique (qui consiste à s’envoyer en  l’air de mille et une manière), pour réveiller avec vous, non seulement  l’animal qui sommeille en chacun, mais pour poser (autrement) quelques  unes de nos problématiques écologiques actuelles.”

Find out more about David at  www.beastness.net

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Jun
29
Sat
Layla Abdelrahim: “First there was the Word, then Came Civilisation”
Jun 29 @ 6:30 pm
“First there was the Word, then Came Civilisation: How Fiction Structures the Reality of Predation and Violence”

Layla AbdelRahim
Abstract:  How we inhabit space, how we live in it and with the other living and nonliving beings ultimately depends on whether we see the world as wild, existing for its own sake or whether we understand existence as a food chain, where everything exists for the purpose of consumption: to eat someone else or be eaten by someone else. In this conversation, Layla AbdelRahim will discuss how our stories of origins explain the existence of things on earth and thereby structure our relationships with each other and across species with the world. Based on the research done for her book, Wild Children – Domesticated Dreams: Civilization and the Birth of Education (Fernwood, May 2013), the ontological premises in our fundamental anthropological narratives justify coercive relationships of dominance and splinter our sense of community with our environment. In this sense, what and how we “consume” is intimately intertwined both with our stories of origins and with the domestication of sexuality thereby structuring a culture of predatory socio-economic relationships that manifests itself as a culture of rape, carnivorism, exploitation of human and nonhuman “resources”, and forced, obligatory schooling.

Bio:
Layla AbdelRahim is an author, comparatist and anthropologist. She offers a critique of civilization from an interdisciplinary perspective that includes such fields as literature, medical anthropology, ethology, ecology and education.
Wild Children-Domesticated Dreams: Civilization and the Birth of Education:

This is a free event – please bring your own bowl and spoon!

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Jul
27
Sat
City Beekeeping and Sustainability, with Alvéole
Jul 27 @ 6:30 pm

City centers, moreover humanity itself, seems to hear the voice calling them towards local production, now more than ever, to endure Beekeeping Montrealsustainably. We believe that at the heart of this movement is the honey bee. Keeping bees not only protects an endangered species, but calls into question the fundamental notions of production, transport and quality of food, by reconsidering their link. It is a broadening of our perspective on the environment and a humbling awakening to the sublimity of nature. We, Alvéole, see beekeeping as a necessarily important practice and are determined to transform Montreal’s urban space.

Arisen from a group of young beekeepers and entrepreneurs, the project seeks to demystify beekeeping by encouraging people to keep hives on their roof, their balcony or in their yard. By a forthcoming and pleasant approach, Alvéole seeks to share the fascinating intricacies of a honey bee hive with their customers, as well as to insure the hive stays healthy and productive.

Website : www.alveolemtl.com

Vidéo : http://vimeo.com/59416876

Novae : http://www.novae.ca/pme/2013-04/alveole-fait-bourdonner-montreal#.UVydmQFJdEl.facebook

This is a free event – please bring your own bowl and spoon!

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Nov
30
Sat
“Re-wilding the Mile-End” and “Vermont vs. Tar Sand”
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm

9034918817_1c51cda71f_z-1Come join us for this lecture and discussion lead by two groups of McGill students.

They will present the results of their research on:

1.  “Re-Wilding the Mile End”:  How can citizens harmonize the interests of humans and nature in the newly-protected green space called Le Champ des Possibles – right around the corner from Shakti?

2.  “Vermont vs. Tar Sand:  Supply and Demand”:  How grave is the threat that oil from the Alberta tar sands will flow through Quebec, Vermont, New Hampshire, and then Maine in a pipeline that is already decades old?  Since Vermonters have strongly opposed this prospect, how can they reduce their own oil consumption by shifting away from a transportation system dominated by private automobiles?

This is a free event , and a potluck!  Please bring a dish to share (if you can) and/or your own bowl and spoon!

 

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Jan
25
Sat
Away from oil, towards resilience: concrete examples from around the world.
Jan 25 @ 6:30 pm

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Oil and other vital resources are dwindling and getting more expensive; humanity is on track to experience the worst of climate change;our economic system is out of control, creating unbearable inequalities. Around the world, citizens from the grassroots Transition movement are getting organized to create another society, more locally-based, resilient and fair. Join us for a short presentation of those inspiring projects and a discussion about what it could mean for the Plateau Mont Royal, followed by a potluck ! Bring a vegetarian dish, your plate and utensils.

This is a free event!

To learn more about the Rice & Beans seriesClick here

Jun
30
Mon
Summer Camp (Session 1, Day 1)
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Take a break from the swimming pool and get some time on the IMG_0014rock!

Session one of Shakti’s series of one-week summer camps starts today!  This session lasts from June 30th to July 4th.

Each day starts at 10am and ends at 3pm.

Participants will split the day between climbing and receiving gymnastics training from our qualified coaches.

Don’t forget to bring your lunch!

 

Contact us if you aren’t already enrolled Course Details & Pricing

Jul
7
Mon
Summer Camp (Session 2, Day 1)
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Take a break from the swimming pool and get some time on the rock!IMG_0064

Session TWO of Shakti’s series of one-week summer camps starts today!  This session lasts from July 7th to July 11th.

Each day starts at 10am and ends at 3pm.

Participants will split the day between climbing and receiving gymnastics training from our qualified coaches.

Don’t forget to bring your lunch!

 

Contact us if you aren’t already enrolled Course Details & Pricing

Jul
14
Mon
Summer Camp (Session 3, Day 1)
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Take a break from the swimming pool and get some time on the rock!IMG_0338

The third and final session of Shakti’s series of one-week summer camps starts today!  This session lasts from July 14th to July 18th.

Each day starts at 10am and ends at 3pm.

Participants will split the day between climbing and receiving gymnastics training from our qualified coaches.

Don’t forget to bring your lunch!

 

Contact us if you aren’t already enrolled Course Details & Pricing

Apr
11
Sat
Next Generation Activism
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm
Prof. at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences at McGill and fellow climber, David Goodin Phd, will present and start a discussion on the topic of:

Next Generation Activism

“You can’t fight City Hall!” is an age old saying about the powerlessness of people in the face of a giant bureaucracy.  It only gets worse when a person goes up against Provincial and Federal government agencies, international organizations, and giant multinational corporations.  The only way to win, it is thought, is to organize a social movement that becomes a collective force: once your cause is powerful enough, the leaders and institutions just have to listen to the people, right?  That is the old wisdom.  But does it still hold true today?

As a professor, I often hear about the old examples of the US Civil Rights movement, Ghandi’s Salt March protest, Rosa Park and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the like.  No one really asks whether those tactics still work today.  The People’s Climate March of 2015, for instance, mobilized hundreds of thousands of protesters through over 2500 global events, all on the same day of action.  Online petitions generated over 2 million signatures too.  By all measures, this was one of the greatest mass mobilizations of people ever achieved.  But the proverbial “city hall” did not notice.  It has been business as usual ever since.  What is wrong here?

My presentation intends to bring out these questions for open discussion.  We need to re-conceptualise activism for the unique challenges of 21st Century.  While learning from the past, we don’t need the prior generation’s activism.  We need an activism for the next generation, our generation.  The roles of corporate and independent media need to be understood and engaged in new ways.  The opportunities for online activism need to be explored—not just online petitions, but what of Twitter Revolutions, Wikileaks, and Anonymous Hack-tivism?  What is to be done about the “war against science” being waged by political Think Tanks that influence political leaders?  What of divestment strategies?  What are the aims of social movement activism: who is to be swayed, and how?

All these questions and more are what we, collectively, need to think about so that me and you, individually, can know what we should be doing.  My talk hopes to set the stage for what will need to be an ongoing, evolving, and adaptive discussion.

David K. Goodin, Sessional Lecturer

McGill School of Environment

Presentation will be in English, followed by a bilingual discussion period and cookies, because who doesn’t like cookies?
Jun
29
Mon
Summer Camp (Session 1, Day 1)
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Take a break from the swimming pool and get some time on the IMG_0014rock!

Session one of Shakti’s series of one-week summer camps starts today!  This session lasts from June 29th through July 3rd.

Each day starts at 10am and ends at 3pm.

Participants will split the day between climbing and receiving gymnastics training from our qualified coaches.

Don’t forget to bring your lunch!

 

Contact us if you aren’t already enrolled Course Details & Pricing