Who we are
Rhizome Eco-Social Education Society, or RESES for short, is a registered non-profit organization that promotes ecological design education in the community. We are based in Kelowna, BC on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Syilx/Okanagan Nation.
Our vision is of an inclusive community where everyone has access to knowledge and educational spaces that promote sustainability.
We are a collaborative organization with a mission to empower individuals and communities by creating inclusive and accessible ecological education programs and demonstration projects.
Our mandate is to deliver free and low cost opportunities for community members to access ecological education programming. This includes meet ups, workshops, and courses. We also design and develop community-based demonstration sites where this programming can take place. We often work in collaboration with other organizations to make the best use of the diverse strengths already present in our community.
2023 Highlight: Digital Workshops
Are you interested in applying sustainable design concepts to your life and building symbiotic relationships between the land, yourself, and your community? In 2023-2024, RESES is developing a series of brand new digital workshops about Eco-Social Design (also known by the terms “permaculture” or “ecological design”). Our first step will be to invite the community to complete a survey to help inform the workshops. A special invite will be extended to folks who self-identify as experiencing barriers to attending these kinds of workshops due to financial barriers, mobility, physical or mental health challenges, or others. Stay tuned for updates!
2023 Highlight: Riparian Reanimation
we are very excited to announce a new project that RESES is partnering on in 2023, which is a learning, teaching, and performance experience about riparian habitats and communities in the Kelowna area. RESES board member, Madeline Donald, will be spearheading a project that engages local youth to make puppets inspired by creatures found in a local creek through weekly workshops. The puppets will then be brought into the community space through a series of performances. This project is being run in collaboration with the University of British Columbia and the Rotary Centre for the Arts, with funding support from the City of Kelowna.