Conservation & Permaculture Library @ Elicon House

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Conservation & Permaculture Library

Wanna learn how you can practice conservation through permaculture?

We live at a time of great change. We are witnesses to how our civilization is directly causing the destruction of natural eco-systems and the mass extinction of species. Our generation has the singular possibility of making a difference, and of reversing the negative trend that will ultimately lead to massive societal disruptions and failures; shortages of all kinds: water, food, energy, etc.

Our Conservation* library is a rich source of information about how various facets of human activity impact the environment and natural systems. It has also a lot of valuable information about plants, animals, soil, water, other elements, and the possible positive interventions that can be made. Permaculture inspired authors show very practical solutions for us to learn.

We have developed this specialized library in order to collect, share, and preserve knowledge and to support our conservation mission by spreading the ethics, design principles and practice of PERMACULTURE.

With the study of Permaculture, you will encounter the Permaculture Flower and learn the 7 Petals (areas) in the Practice of Permaculture: 1) Building, 2) Tools and Technology, 3) Education and Culture, 4) Health and Spiritual Well-Being, 5) Finance and Economics, 6) Land Tenure and Community Governance, 7) Land and Nature Stewardship.

In the spirit of conservation, Permaculture and sustainability, we at Elicon House provide you with the opportunity of lifelong learning. Come learn with us!

 

* Conservation is the practice of preserving (protecting from harm or loss) and restoring natural biodiversity (huge variety of life forms).

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The Living Tradition Showcase @ Elicon House

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The Living Tradition Showcase

What are these amateur
and crude looking projects
doing at the lobby?

Well…
at Elicon House,
we celebrate a monthly theme
that could vary from environmental
to political, social,
religious and cultural themes.
We have designated areas
around the hotel
that our staff decorate
according to the set theme.

This is how it works:
• They are given a set amount
(approximately $7)
to be spent for art materials
and they have to come up with the best design.
They are encouraged to use natural materials
such as leaves, twigs, fiber,
and others combined with reused, recycled,
salvaged, mixed media materials.
• They meet and brainstorm
as to how they could best interpret the theme
and budget the money provided for the materials
needed to materialize their project idea.
• There are two important criteria:
their project must be innovative
(must show guests/ our public
ways of doing things differently)
and it must create a festive mood.

This monthly showcase
is our way of promoting our local traditions
and at the same time engaging
and challenging our staff’s team spirit,
creativity and resourcefulness.

Our wonderful staff
hails from different regions
of the Philippine archipelago.
They bring with them
different handicraft skills
like weaving, floral design and arrangement,
puppet and toy making,
which they use
to creatively interpret our monthly themes.

We at Elicon House,
through our Monthly Living Traditions Showcase,
endeavor to promote
innovative methods
of maintaining continuity
in the transmission of Philippine folk culture.

Conservation Art @ Elicon House

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Conservation Art

In line with promoting conservation*, we at Elicon House are proud to showcase the exclusive prints of Filipino-Canadian artist Paulina Constancia’s “Fish to Face”, “Floral Chorus” and “Hue & I in a Secret Garden” collections.

Paulina shares her thoughts about her creations: “Over all, the images portrayed in these collections revolve around a world where man and nature harmonious co-exist. There is mutual respect, cooperation and a joyful sense of connectedness. The good news is that this ideal existence that I portray in my art can certainly be made real with a little guidance, thanks to permaculture. We all have a lot to learn from Mother Nature’s patterns and relational dynamics.”

Paulina adds, “Art is not an inclination, it is part of our ‘Being’. Art is merely a manifestation of our awareness of what is around us. So in my art, I am simply being true to what I see and feel… I merely portray the beauty of creation as it inspires me. It is my bone that others in turn may also be awakened to Nature’s beauty and power.”

It is our hope that Paulina Constancia’s conservation art will inspire you to reconnect with the rest of creation and embrace your duty and privilege to help heal Mother Earth. Thank you and enjoy your earth-friendly stay with us!

To know more about the artist, please visit her website and blogs:

http://www.paulinaconstancia.com
http://www.daily-dose-of-art.com
http://www.utokpinoy.blogspot.com

*Conservation is the practice of preserving (protecting from harm or loss) and restoring natural biodiversity (huge variety of life forms).

Board Games @ Elicon House Community Living Room

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Board Games @ the Community Living Room

Spend some time
to cultivate health
and well-being…
for your SANITY!

Board Games + interacting with People
= Health and Well Being

Here are some of the benefits of playing board games:

For kids, teens and families:
• Practice social skills: communicating verbally
• Gain new skills or master skills in strategy games
• Learn to share, wait and turn-take
• Keeps you off the TV and computer
• Spend fun and relaxing quality time together
• Insight to life skills related to winning and losing

For Adults and older people:
• Reduce risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
– playing board games is a good way to challenge your brain
with mentally stimulating leisure activities
• Relieve stress, gain mental balance
• Relax and unwind (for the biz traveller)
• Stress relief and keep mind sharp

Board games offer a great way
to connect and interact with people.

Thus, at Elicon House,
we generously provide you
with a wide variety of strategy, chance,
and educational board games
to help you bond with family,
make new friends
and keep your mind
sharp and healthy.

All we ask–
is you return the items to the shelf
– complete and in good condition.
This way,
more guests
will have the chance
to enjoy them.

Happy Playing!

Note to Parents:
Please supervise your children
when using the board games,
so your kids may use them with respect.

The Kid’s Nook at Elicon House

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Kid’s Nook

At Elicon House,
we are family-attuned
and we have lovingly dedicated
valuable space for kids to play.
This space is provided for you
to enjoy some precious time with your kids.
Parent or adult supervision is required
for kids to use this space.

“It is in playing,
and only in playing,
that the individual child
or adult is able to be creative
and to use the whole personality,
and it is only in being creative
that the individual discovers the self.”
-D.W. Winnicott (British pediatrician)

Sustainable Guestrooms at Elicon House

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What we do:
TRANSITION MODEL: REFUSE
Listed among the items
we have banned from our hotel include:
single-use throw-away plastic products,
unnecessary lighting, useless packaging,
unnecessary amenities and facilities.
We only provide bulk bathroom tissue
and the basic naked soap.
What you can do:
Set aside soap you don’t wish to use.
Do not waste toilet paper
(clogs the toilet and sewage system),
do not use toilet paper as a sink plug..

What we do:
TRANSITION MODEL: REUSE
We aim to use items in a way
that extends or repeats the service cycle
without loss of quality:
drinking glasses, change of linen
and towels only upon request.
For long staying guest, linens
and towels are changed every 3 days.
What you can do:
Hang your towel so you can reuse them.
Keep your towels and sheets clean.
Do not use them to wipe off make-up,
clean shoes or wipe the floor.
If you have highlighted or dyed hair,
please use your personal fabric over the pillowcase.
Remember it requires millions of gallons of water
and tons of bleaching chemicals
to keep your towels and sheets white.
Request a towel or linen change only when necessary.

What we do:
TRANSITION MODEL: RECYCLE
Among our practices to realize this objective
include: recycling construction materials into homemade furniture,
garbage sorting at guestrooms, donating used linens and furniture
to charitable institutions,
composting food waste into organic fertilizer,
selling collected plastic bottles and cans
with the proceeds directed to our CSR outreach programs.
What you can do:
Cooperate with our garbage sorting system
by putting your garbage in the appropriate bin:
biodegradable, non-biodegradable or residuals.
If upon checking out,
you have an item you don’t need any more
and don’t want to take with you,
don’t throw it out…donate it!
Items collected will be donated
to our CSR Outreach Partners.
Donate your clothes,
magazines, books and personal belongings.
Many guests have participated in this program.

What we do:
TRANSITION MODEL: REDUCE
Here are our water and electricity
waste reduction measures:
guestroom main power key switch,
energy-efficient appliances,
100% LED Lighting (low emitting diodes),
task lighting, small tank toilets,
faucet aerators, sensor lighting,
heat pump, lower heater temperature.
Here are some of our energy saving practices:
replacement of inefficient appliances,
regular maintenance of equipment & appliances,
routine water audit and leak detection.
What you can do:
Here are ways in which you can help us
reduce energy use:
Use the stairs instead
of the elevator, (will improve your health),
do not smoke or eat in your room
(extra cleaning means extra energy use and use of pesticides),
remove the key switch when leaving the room,
do not tamper with the key switch,
turn- off appliances when not in use,
take shorter showers, turn off the tap while brushing
your teeth, shaving, or washing your face,
report malfunctioning equipment, leaking faucets and toilet.

All together,
our goal is to minimize our damaging effect
on the environment and
help RESTORE the earth
for our own good.
We are glad to have you onboard and thank you for your cooperation.
Enjoy your earth-friendly stay with us!

 

Nature Stewardship: KPAF & KGZ

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Stewardship
refers to the wise use,
management and protection
of that which has been entrusted to you.

Within the context of conservation,
stewardship means
wisely using natural resources
that you have been entrusted with
on your property,
protecting important ecosystems,
effectively managing alien invasive species
and fires, and grazing
or harvesting without damaging the yield.

The vision of Stewardship
• To ensure that privately owned areas
with high biodiversity value
receive secure conservation status
and are linked to a network
of other conservation areas in the landscape.
• To ensure that landowners
who commit their property
to a stewardship option,
will enjoy tangible benefits
for their conservation actions.
• To expand biodiversity conservation
by encouraging commitment to,
and implementation of,
good biodiversity management practice,
on privately owned land,
in such a way that the private landowner
becomes an empowered decision maker.

Katunggan Permaculture Adventure Farm (KPAF)
KPAF is meant to be a Nature Sanctuary
for Life Changing Family & Group Adventures.
“Katunggan” is the native word for “Mangrove”,
and Katunggan abounds where this
Permaculture Learning Development site is located.

At KPAF’s doorsteps are
three ecosystems:
land coastal, mangrove and marine.
It is a true Edge with immense value.

Kamagayan Green Zone (KGZ)
KGZ is an Urban Permaculture Development Site.
It has a lot area of 1,000 sqm.
Originally a barren and dry lot used as a motor pool,
KGZ has been converted into an urban garden
where we grow vegetables and herbs.
We have also planted hardwood
and fruit trees that now stand tall
and provide a habitat
for birds, bats, bees and all sorts of insects.
In the middle of KGZ is a large lizard-shaped pond
that serves as a rainwater collection reservoir
and aquaculture pond for tilapia and catfish.

Elicon House,
in collaboration with its affiliate companies,
maintain and support the nature stewardship
of The Katunggan Permaculture Adventure Farm (KPAF)
and The Kamagayan Green Zone (KGZ).
It is at these two sites
that we host
ecological awareness leadership workshops and camps
to our staff;
and to children, teens, adults
and older citizens of our community.