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An Evening Not To Be Forgotten

A recent night in Tulum was an evening not soon to be forgotten. Friends, colleagues, partners, and new acquaintances arrived at Holistika in the late afternoon, sauntered through jungle paths, and were greeted with tasty drink and food – the only fish served being the invasive scrooge of the Caribbean Basin… Lionfish, Pterois volitans, in the form of ceviche prepared by the talented team at Ginger Tulum.

It has been a little less than two months since Art of Conservation moved our base of operations to Tulum and I have been busy reconnecting with the people we’ve met over the past year during our scouting trips to the Caribbean Basin who have in turn generously introduced me to many more people. So what better time to have a gathering to cement these new relationships and say thanks to the warm welcome? Right now and right here!

Lucy Spelman, Art of Conservation’s VP and One-Health Program Coordinator and Ize Berzins, our Consulting Scientist, arrived a few days prior to soak up our new settings – more on our field trips later – which filled our days from dawn to dusk with exploration and learning.

But before I go much further, I’d like to say thanks again to Holistika’s Denisse and Monica for making this event so easy and so much fun!

Denisse at Holistika July 2014 ©Art of ConservationThanks Denisse!

Monica at Holistika July 2014 ©Art of Conservation
Thanks Monica and Holistika’s head grounds staff member who looks handsome in his AoC t-shirt!

My next post will be full of photos from the evening… although I did not get as many pictures as I would have liked. I’m finding it more and more difficult to talk, walk, shoot photos, and really engage all at once.

More soon and thanks,

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You Are Invited! ART of CONSERVATION One-Health MEET-AND-GREET in Tulum


Please join us for an Art of Conservation Meet-and-Greet

Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014

Time: 16.30 – 18.30

Location: Holistika, Av. Tulum #83
Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Parking is available near the entrance of the common area and park. Enter on foot through the white arches, and then take a right. You’ll find us just down a ways on the path.

About Art of Conservation:
Our mission is to inspire children and their families to conserve biodiversity through creative learning and one-health awareness. We design all of our activities to encourage children, families, young adults, collaborating scientists, artists, and educators to explore the many connections between human, animal, and environmental health, and to understand how their actions have a ripple effect in each ecosystem.

Meet and Greet Event:
As you may know, we have just moved our base of operations from Rwanda to Tulum. The move is a big change, to be sure. But we have our reasons, and we’d like to share them with you. We are also very interested in what you think of our ideas for the future.

We have three brief presentations planned, one each by Julie, Lucy, and Ilze. Each will be a show and tell, of sorts, about our mission, history, and future one-health programs. We will continue with refreshments and plenty of time for conversation.

This is an informal gathering, a chance for like-minded people to get together to talk about their work, and plant the seeds for new partnerships. In our experience, one-health conservation works best when it is truly collaborative, cross disciplinary, and multi-dimensional.

Julie – Welcome. History of AoC
Julie Ghrist, Founder and Board President, AoC
AoC Program Director

Lucy – One-health conservation examples: Terrestrial
Dr. Lucy H. Spelman, Vice President, AoC
Zoo and wild animal veterinarian (DVM), author, educator
One-Health Program Coordinator, AoC

Ilze – One-health conservation examples: Aquatic
Dr. Ilze Berzins, Consulting Scientist, AoC
Aquatic animal veterinarian (DVM) at One World, One Water, One Health, LLC, PhD in Ecology, Master’s in Public Health

Catering kindly provided by: Xoco Loco
Thank you Holistika for this lovely opportunity to gather friends and colleagues and special thanks to Denisse Iglesias and Monica King

Please feel free to contact
Julie at [email protected] or text at (984) 166.89.97
We look forward to seeing you on the 19th of July!

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