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Lost Species Day 2023: Orca Dreaming Workshop with Shilpa Shah

25 November 2023
2:00 pm
4:00 pm

Join artist and storyteller Shilpa Shah for a cosy afternoon of storytelling and art activities inspired by orcas to mark Lost Species Day 2023.

Orcas, also known as killer whales, are the magnificent black and white mammals who are the apex predator of the ocean. They are found in oceans all over the world. They are known for their intelligence and creative group hunting strategies. Orca societies are matriarchal – they follow the grandmothers’ wisdom and the mother-child bond is one of the strongest witnessed in the natural world. Some First Nations cultures honour the orca as a supernatural being. In this workshop Shilpa will tell some orca stories and everyone will be invited to take part in some easy-to-join art activities. We will also ponder what we humans might learn from the ways that orcas live!

Suitable for children aged 6+ and their carers.

All materials and tools will be provided.


Shilpa Shah is an artist, storyteller and community facilitator who has had a deep connection with orcas since childhood. She loves to share her enthusiasm for these magnificent creatures through different creative mediums. She has spent time with orcas in Iceland and the West of Canada and has volunteered for the amazing Orca Guardians Iceland. There are many threats to orcas currently, including chemical, plastic and noise pollution and the growth of fish farms. Shilpa loves orcas and is aware that any conservation and education work done to protect this apex predator will support the whole marine ecosystem.


Please contact or call call 01723 607101 if you have any questions or wish to discuss access requirements with us.

Image credit: Shilpa Shah


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