Prepare for the Worst and Have Fun While Doing It

In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, people are eager to share their skills with others – skills people could utilize in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, or a natural disaster.

The Edmonton Resilience Festival will be held on Feb. 7 and 8 and will feature a number of workshops teaching people various skills.

The resilience workshops range from the fun to the practical, including “how preparing for zombies might save your life”, hula hoop dancing, apple cider pressing, beekeeping, permaculture, wool dyeing and organic gardening.

Festival director Danielle Hiscock told the Edmonton Journal since people rely on technology, their ability to retain the same quality of life if something malfunctions could be hindered by not knowing how to do things like cook or sew.

“We have the intelligence and the systems and the space and the resources within Edmonton to take care of ourselves, but we’re starting to forget that,” Hiscock said. “People are starting to lose those sort of homegrown skills.”

She told the Edmonton Journal that reconnecting people with basic life skills creates independence and supports sustainability. Skills such as mending clothing and preserving fruits and vegetables grown in a backyard garden help reduce waste.

Life coach Jodi Carlson will be conducting a workshop on identifying core values.

“When you know what your core values are, you know why you are getting involved with your community,” she told the Edmonton Journal. She said knowing “what is really important to you when the going gets tough makes you more resilient.”

Hiscock told the Edmonton Journal she believes that if disaster strikes, people in Edmonton should be able to rely on their community to help them get back on their feet.

Perhaps a fun festival full of resilience-skills workshops is something that can be implemented in your city. Not only is it a way to teach people new things that may come in extremely handy one day, it’s a way to bring a community together.


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