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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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!

 

The Game Tables @ the Community Living Room

The Game Tables @ the Community Living Room

Can I play?
YES, at The Mayflower Inn,
you are most welcome to play and for FREE!

Ping Pong and Foosball
promise lots of exercise,
fun and laughter!

Join in the fun,
just remember this is a community space –
here we share and take turns.
Thank you.

Allow us to list the benefits
of playing Ping Pong & Foosball:
• Gets you out of your rooms
and away from the TV screens and computers
• Allows participatory games
that bring unconnected people together
• Increases social activity,
interaction and forges social connections
• Provides informal and spontaneous opportunities
to socialize, play and have fun
• Develops/increases mental agility
because it is fast-paced and
forces one to think & react quickly
• Allows physical exertion:
Cardiovascular and Aerobic Work-Out
• Allows you to gain/ master skills
• Provides a mental work-out:
require strategic playing &
problem solving which stimulate the brain
• Triggers laughter (oxygenates the brain)
and provides great entertainment
• Provides a relaxing and collaborative atmosphere
• Alleviates stress

Yes, you get all these for free;
plus, if you play with the other guests –
you will make new friends.
Sweat it out and have loads of fun!!!

Reminders:
You are sure to have fun at the game tables
but control the volume of your laughter
as there are other people
sharing this community space with you.

To maintain the quality of the table,
please do not use it as a work or dining table.
Also, please return the balls and paddles
in the designated area after playing.