Meetups and Workshops

Each season, RESES hosts a variety of meetups, project tours, and workshops around topics related to ecological design, where local community members get to share their knowledge and ideas. 


Events are hosted by one of the RESES team members, or by a community member or organization working in collaboration with RESES. As long as someone shares our values and is passionate and knowledgeable about a topic, they are welcome to present, lead a discussion, or host a meetup. Depending on the type of event, our events are always either free, by-donation, or low-cost so that they can be accessible to all who wish to learn. They are a great way to build community and engage in knowledge exchange! 

We have a list of pre-planned workshops lined up for each year, but we always invite community members to pitch ideas for other workshops or meetups throughout the year that can be added to our roster! Community members who are knowledgeable about a topic corresponding to a pre-planned workshop can also request host or co-host the workshop! We want to empower our local community members to be leaders in ecological design!

Beyond these more structured events, we often meet causally to watch a movie about ecological design, to discuss a particular topic, or do hold a work party at a community member's house or at a local community project, such as the Spring Valley Middle School garden.

We place a strong focus on events that are welcoming, inclusive, and present ecological design as an approach that is doable by anyone regardless of means or access to land.



Due to the current circumstances, we have decided to design most of our workshops to be hosted either in person OR online as webinars or virtual site visits. As the Covid-19 situation is currently uncertain, we will select a location for each workshop as the date approaches and we are able to confirm whether or not the event can happen in person or not.

Pre-registration via Eventrbrite will open for ONLINE EVENTS approximately 2 weeks in advance. ATTENDANCE WILL BE LIMITED TO ALLOW SPACE FOR DISCUSSION AND QUESTIONS.

2021 Workshop Series

Mar 20th: Landscapes as Cultural Phenomena

11 - 1pm

Format: Webinar - confirmed (Link will be sent to people who register via Eventbrite)

Landscapes and human societies have been shaping one another for millenia. This webinar-style workshop will discuss how this fact is sometimes overlooked when we view Nature and Humans as separate. Using case studies, RESES co-founder, Lucie Bardos, will explore some of the ways that landscapes have historically been shaped by traditional and Indigenous peoples. She will also highlight some of the tensions that exist between environmental and social movements when these human-landscape relationships are not recognizated and respected. She will further discuss some ways that settlers can re-engage in meaningful relationships with nature through art, intuition, and decolinized thinking. Lucie's sister, M.Arch candidate, Alice Bardos, will join the discussion to talk about her Masters project, which explores how architecture, social movements, and waterways intersect. 


The webinar will include a 1hr15min presentation, followed by a moderated 30-45 minute session for questions and discussion. 



April 24th: Introduction to Permaculture Workshop

11am - 1pm

Format: Webinar - confirmed (Link will be sent to people who register via Eventbrite)

At this workshop, people will get introduced to the concept of ecological design, also known as Permaculture. They will learn how nature can guide the design process, and will be taught a series of permaculture ethics and principles that can help them design a sustainable garden, home, or community project. The workshop will go in depth into defining what permaculture is and isn’t, and will introduce concepts, such as “zones” and “sectors”, and “eco-tones”, which will help participants understand how to read landscapes and cultivate their “designer’s mind.” 




June 26th: Food Forest Tour

10am - 11am

Format: In-Person Workshop with social distancing measures in place and a max of 10 attendees

City: Osoyoos

This guided food forest tour will take place at a local demonstration project, and will teach participants about forest gardening. This includes creating “plant guilds”, which means incorporating medicinal plants, food plants, wildlife habitat/food plants, and nitrogen fixing plants into planting systems where each plays an important role in maintaining a thriving ecosystem. This event will take place at Richard Walker’s food forest project in Osoyoos, BC. Richard Walker is the esteemed author of the book: “Food Forestry North of the 49th” and has graciously hosted this guided site visit in previous years. His home garden project contains plants suited to Okanagan growing conditions.






Sept 4th:  Summerhill Pyramid Winery Food Forest and Market Garden System Tour

9:30am - 10:00am

Format: In-Person Tour (outdoors with social distancing)

City: Kelowna

Come join Culinary Garden Manager Megan Berry at Summerhill Pyramid Estate Winery for a tour of the Culinary Garden! Summerhill's market garden system has been designed using both permaculture and biodynamics and works to cycle nutrients and water, while creating a beatiful living landscape made up of both annual and perennial species. This is a great workshop for those interested in urban farming or market gardening!




Oct 16th: Composting Toilet Design

10am - 1pm

Format: In-Person Workshop OR Webinar (depending on provincial COVID-19 guidelines)

In this workshop we will lead participants through a step by step design, implementation, qne maintenance plan for a safe and simple compost toilet system that can be built using readily available materials from the hardware store. As a real-life model for the workshop,  we will be using the compost toilet that RESES is currently building in collaboration with the Milpa Comunitaria Kelowna (Kelowna Community Milpa), which is a garden project that brings together the Latin American community in Kelowna to grow culturally significant crops such as corn, beans, squash, and various herbs.



Nov 6th: Sustainable Social Systems Design

9am - 12pm

Format: In-Person Workshop OR Virtual Tour (depending on provincial COVID-19 guidelines)

At the workshop, participants will learn how to apply the ethics and principles of ecological design to the design of social systems. They will be shown how these principles can be used to design our everyday life experiences, foster positive human relationships, grow livelihoods, design organizations, etc. Participants will be shown several case studies of projects that were created using integrated ecological design and will have the chance to participate in design games and activities.

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Be an event host with RESES!


Even if you're not an expert, but you would like to lead a group discussion or need a hand implementing your forest garden or other ecological design project, let us know! As they say, many hands make light work! 

If you would like to host an educational workshop, we will soon be able to provide an honorarium to cover the cost of organizng the event, which inclues your time, as well as space rental and any additional materials needed. 


Please note that we do ask that people with the idea to host put in the work themselves to organize the event. RESES can assist with promotion, brainstorming, supplies (depending on what is needed), or tech support for online events, but the host is the primary event organizer.

To host an event, simply fill out the form at the bottom of this page and one of our team members will follow up with you!

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If you would like to join our Kelowna Community Permaculture Design Course faculty, we are always accepting new faculty members to the ranks! We do ask that you meet the following criteria:

  • you hold a Permaculture Design Certificate or other certification relevant to your teaching topic

  • you have several years of experience working in a field associated with your teaching topic

  • you have several years of teaching experience

  • you have read and agree to uphold all of the values listed on the Our Values page


Please email us at to discuss joining our faculty!

Host an Event with RESES

Thanks for pitching your event idea! One of our team members will be in touch with you as soon as possible.