20 Jul

Rural Talks to Rural 2022 Conference

The Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity (CCRC) is pleased to present this year’s R2R in-person conference (with virtual options) with the theme: Rural Today/Rural Tomorrow! We will be exploring where we are now and where we could be going in the areas of Wellbeing, Housing, Climate and Community. It all happens over three and half days in the Four Winds Barn in Brussels, Ontario, from October 17th – 20th.


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R2R22 Conference Themes

09 Nov


The Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity in association with Six Nations Tourism, the Two Row Wampum, Six Nations Polytechnic, RTO4, and the City of Waterloo, invite you to two unique presentations – one held at Six Nations and the other in the city of Waterloo.

WHERE: Chiefswood Park – 1037 Brand County Hwy. 54, Osweken, Ontario
WHEN: November 12, and 13th, 2022
TIME: 4.15pm-6.30pm

The presentation begins just before sunset on both days – with a Thanksgiving under the trees followed by a walk of the Park with stops along the way for stories/poems/songs. The journey concludes at the Six Nations Tourism Office with a light snack, and an interactive art experience with the Dragonfly installation. That’s followed by a discussion as to next steps for the Grand River Community Play being built for the summer of 2024 – a presentation that will run the length of the River.

WHERE: Abraham Erb’s Grist Mill – Caroline St N, Waterloo, Ontario
WHEN: November 19, and 20th, 2022
TIME: 3pm – 5.30pm

The presentation begins at 3pm both days with a water ceremony on Laurel Creek and is followed by stories/poems/songs. We will be led by music and enter the Grist Mill to experience the interactive Dragonfly installation. There will be a light snack and a discussion as to next steps for the Grand River Community Play that will be happening in the summer of 2024 – a presentation that will run the length of the River.

For more information: peter@ruralcreativity.org

14 Oct

R2R Market – local vendors and pop-up bookstore!

The R2R Market will be held on Thursday, October 20 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Brussels Four Winds Barn and is open to delegates and the public!

Local produce, its bounty from the County, and the kind of swag that you can take home and eat. A big thanks to Homegrown Food Basket for organizing the local vendors for our first R2R Market!

And in the value add department the popup bookstore courtesy of the lovely folks at The Village Bookshop in Bayfield will be at the R2R Market with choice books from their fine collection.

13 Oct

R2R22 Post-conference Workshop on Nonviolent Communication Available

1/2 day on Thursday, October 20, 1:15 PM – 4:00 PM
Full day on Friday, October 21, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Leading Practitioner Kit Miller of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence will lead delegates and others in a post-conference workshop on nonviolent communication (NVC). In partnership with Huron County Economic Development, this workshop will take participants through the impact that NVC can have on our own way of thinking and as importantly impact how a community can change its way of thinking and communicating.

Thursday, October 20, 1:15 PM – 4:00 PM at the Brussels Four Winds Barn, 60 Orchard Ln, Brussels, ON N0G 1H0

Session 1: ‘Increasing self-awareness and emotional resilience during difficult times.’
This is available to all R2R22 delegates who wish to attend.

Friday, October 21, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Libro Community Hall, 239 Bill Flemming Dr, Clinton, N0M1L0
Session 2: ‘Applying nonviolent communication to interpersonal dynamics.’
Session 3: ‘Applying nonviolent communication to teams.’

There is an additional cost of $40 to attend the Friday sessions and lunch is included.

If you are an R2R22 delegate and wish to attend the Friday sessions, register here.

If you are not an R2R22 delegate and wish to attend the Thursday and Friday sessions, register here.

13 Oct

Juno/Maple Blues Award winner Al Lerman and his Trio to play at R2R22

Something special is happening at R2R22

Wednesday, October 19 at 8:00 PM

Juno/Maple Blues Award winner Al Lerman along with Alan Black on drums and bassist JP Hovercraft will fill the Four Winds Barn in Brussels, ON with some great sounds. It is a part of the Rural Talks to Rural 2022 conference. If you are in the area it is open to the public. Time to shake a leg in this Rural Dance to Rural Dance event. Come on down!

Want to check out more – visit https://www.allermanmusic.com/home

Photo of Al Lerman and band


Photo credit: Rowen

11 Oct

R2R22 Libro Passport to Research

The Libro Passport to Research is an opportunity for delegates to explore the research happening right in their own rural communities. A hit at the R2R18 conference, delegates will visit different research stations located throughout the Four Winds Barn conference location from 10 AM – 12 PM on Monday, October 17th.

We want to thank Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health for creating this incredible line-up of researchers and practitioners who will touch upon the following:

  • Disruption and the Workforce: Experiences of Employees and Employers during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • The case of the rural healthcare research portal: Tracking organizational development
  • The Cost of Caring – The consequences of the pandemic for rural healthcare workers, a preliminary exploration
  • Engaging Rural Voices in Rural Health
  • 2SLGBTQIA+ perspectives on growing old in rural communities
  • S.H.E.D Talks: Sustaining Healthy Farms Through Empowerment and Dedication
  • Healthcare, Rural Seniors and Food: An Exploratory Study
  • Summer camp for kids and their grandparents: a model for increasing physical activity, improving nutrition, and strengthening relationships
  • How to Spot BS (Bad Science)
  • Skilled Healthcare Attraction and Retention Pilot

Visit our Passport to Research page today to learn more about the research and the presenters. https://www.ruralcreativity.org/libro-passport-to-research/

20 Sep

R2R22 – The game HOME to be presented at Radically Rural this week – Sept 21

NEWSFLASH: The CCRC has been selected to present the interactive game – HOME – at the Radically Rural™ conference in New Hampshire this week.

HOME is a collaborative storytelling/teaching tool designed by Game Designer Nolan (Polkinghorne) Wadsworth with the support of Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) to help communities have more productive conversations about affordable/attainable housing.

HOME asks us to inhabit the perspectives of people whose daily lives are impacted by the availability and quality of affordable housing. Players, who represent community members, participate in a housing design project and weigh in on the future of housing against the backdrop of very real struggles experienced every day.

At R2R22, delegates will have an opportunity to play HOME.