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! We want to empower our local community members to be leaders in ecological design!
Our 2022 lineup of workshops was kindly supported by Valley First, a Division of First West Credit Union.
SPECIAL NOTE ON EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION:
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.
At RESES, we are committed to following the regional, provincial, and federal guidelines for best practices regarding COVID-19 safety. We are currently encouraging people not to attend any in person workshops or events if they are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or have come into contact with anyone experiencing symptoms. We also ask that everyone respects and cares for the wellbeing of other attendees. Wearing masks is optional and we respect the rights of the people who choose to do so.
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we realized that in order to better serve our community, we need to offer flexible programming, which in our case means offering both virtual and in person workshops. RESES strives to offer programming that is as inclusive as possible. We prioritize ensuring that folks who may be living on low incomes and/or experiencing long term health effects of Covid-19, chronic illness, disability, mental health struggles or other barriers to attending events in person are still able to participate in our programs.
We have not yet announced a public workshop or event lineup for 2023, but any updates will be posted on our website or you may choose to get notified by subscribing to our newsletter!
Here is what we hosted in 2022, stay tuned for what is coming up in 2023!
May 21st: Container Gardening in the Okanagan
Time: 1:30-2:45pm (subject to change)
Facilitator: Elana Westers
Format: virtual workshop
Description: This workshop will offer attendees useful tools and methods for gardening in the Okanagan. RESES member Elana Westers, who has years of gardening and landcsape design experience in her belt will be hosting this workshop. More info to come soon!
May 29: Composting Workshop
Time: 10am-12pm (subject to change)
Facilitator: Megan Berry
Format: in-person, outdoors
Location: Sumerhill Pyramid Winery, Kelowna (meeting point will be sent to attendees)
Description: This workshop, hosted by garden manager extraordinaire - Megan Berry, will focus on composting techniques for the Okanagan. It will include a discussion of various approaches to composting, with a focus on backyard systems. There will also be a hands-on element and a complementary sip of wine!
Jun 25th: Half Day Food Forestry Workshop
Time: 2-6pm (subject to change)
Facilitator: Richard Walker
Format: in-person, outdoors
Location: Osoyoos (address will be sent to addenees)
Description: This workshop will be hosted by food forest expert and author of "Food Forestry North of the 49th" - Richard Walker. It will take place at his home food forest site and will be a half day workshop focusing on food forestry, budding, and grafting trees - with some fun rare plant taste testing too! Richard will also be selling his book at a discounted price of $25/book or $20/book for purchases of more than 2 copies!
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 are 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!