Welcome to IHTEC.  The International Holistic Tourism Education Centre (IHTEC) began in 1993 and is based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.   Click here for a short YouTube video introduction from IHTEC founding President Julia Morton-Marr.

IHTEC is dedicated to developing Global Sustainability Education programs that educate young people through "A Culture of Peace through Tourism". Innovative and realistic, IHTEC has become an acclaimed vehicle of peace-building and protecting the environment within communities around the world. 

We switched to this new website in January, 2012.  If you cannot find information from our old web site on these new pages,  please click here to view the IHTEC archives.

The links at the top of the page will take you to our various programs, including our signature International School Peace Gardens (ISPG) project.  A visit to our photo album will provide a quick visual overview of the types of projects we have initiated.

The links along the left side of this page will provide more information about our IHTEC organization.  

We use Web technology to co-ordinate our activities with schools and organizations around the world.  Please follow the Conference Room link for more information and to arrange for us to meet you on-line.

If our programs will be of assistance in your school or organization, please click on the gold 'Register' button at the top of this page. 

IHTEC offers schools online workshops to introduce our programs for whole school involvement. Click on International School Peace Gardens at the top of this page, then follow the link to Teacher Resources.

It is Time to Say Goodbye to Our Charitable Status

With regret, the final IHTEC Board and original founders gathered together in July 2014 to confirm the “Voluntary Revocation of Charitable Status” and formal dissolution of the International Holistic Tourism Education Centre (IHTEC) as a registered charity as of June 30, 2014.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) advised that the charity had formally closed on December 15, 2014.

From a single Peace Tree planted beside St. Peter’s Erindale Anglican Church in Mississauga Ontario Canada in 1993, IHTEC’s primary International School Peace Gardens (ISPG) project grew significantly over the next 21 years.

When the first ‘School Peace Garden’ was dedicated at West Humber Collegiate in Toronto in 1993, we could not foresee that the concept would expand to so many schools across Canada, and  internationally to schools in countries around the world.  For example, ISPG was literally being taken around the world to 26 countries between 2013 and 2017 on the sailing voyage of the Hawaii based Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūle’a  double-hulled voyaging canoe. 

What will happen to the IHTEC web resources?  For the foreseeable future, we hope to keep the web site archive available, and we may even occasionally update the site with items of interest.

What will happen to IHTEC?  While our charitable status has been voluntarily revoked, IHTEC continues for the next year, as a Registered Corporation in the province of Ontario.  (BN: 88676 0099   Ontario Registration Number:  1188591)  Over the next few months decisions will be made regarding the future of IHTEC and its various projects.  This web site will be updated to reflect those decisions.

Finally, we must give thanks to all the wonderful donors, and acknowledge the thousands of volunteers, teachers and students from across Canada and around the world who have worked so hard to promote the various programs of IHTEC for these many years.

Julia Morton-Marr
International Holistic Tourism Education Centre (IHTEC)

Recent Events


May 8, 2021

The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) presented ISPG founder Julia Morton-Marr with their Anne Goodman Award in recognition of Julia's creation of the International School Peace Gardens program.


April 19, 2018

Coleen Riffo provided an extensive overview of the International School Peace Gardens project during the "Our Way on the Highway" radio program on KHTS in Santa Clarita California.  Click here for a video link to the broadcast.

April 29, 2018

Lydi Burnel started a series of meetings in Honolulu with the objective of re-activating the Hawaii School Peace Gardens (HSPG) project.


October 1, 2017

The Visioneers International Network presented their Lifetime Achievement Award to IHTEC founder Julia Morton-Marr in Vancouver British Columbia.   Click here for a link to our Awards page and a description of the of the Visioneers Awards.  Further information is available on The Visioneers International Network web page.


September 6, 2016

The Saugus High School in Santa Clarita California dedicated their new Peace Garden.  Our thanks to Colene Riffo for many years of hard work and dedication to this project.  Follow this link to The Santa Clarita Valley Signal coverage of this event.  Colene interviewed IHTEC/ISPG founder Julia Morton-Marr in 2010....see the interview here.

September 16, 2016

The Saugus High School in Santa Clarita California received further coverage of their new Peace Garden in the Santa Clarita Gazette.

September 21, 2016  (International Day of Peace)

Dorothea Sheasby, registrar of the 'World Citizens in Canada', presented  the ' World Citizenship  in Action Award 2016' to IHTEC founder Julia-Morton-Marr.  The event took place at the Peace Stone in Richard's Memorial Park, Mississauga Ontario.

Click here to see the award and visit our photo album to see pictures of this event in the Canada section.

Copies of Julia's acceptance speech are available in English and Spanish on the ISPG Teachers Resources page of this web site.  A link to a video of this event will be posted after editing has been completed.

October 6, 2016 

The historical timeline of IHTEC events was updated on the 'History' page of this website.  A new statistical chart provides an indication of the number of students, teachers, etc. exposed to IHTEC projects between 1993 and 2005.  (Time permiting, this chart will be expanded to cover 2006 - 2014).  Click the History tab on the left margin of this page to see these updates.

December 10, 2016

A commemorative stone was installed adjacent to the
first ISPG Peace Tree planted at St. Peter's Anglican
Church in Mississauga Ontario.

The inscription on a plaque attached to the monument

"St. Peter's Children's Peace Tree which began
Julia Morton-Marr's worldwide International School
Peace Gardens program. Spring 1993"

The monument, donated by Allograph, was first used 
in the Ontario Parks Association display at Canada
Blooms in Toronto in March 1998.  (Click the Photo 
Album tab above to see a photo in the 'Canada'
section of the album.)