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. We usually organize these events through our Facebook Group Permaculture Kelowna, but we also share them via our newsletter. During the warmer months we try to organize at least one event each month.
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. We are currently working to secure the funding to pay each organizer fairly for their time. 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 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.
To date, we have organized workshops on the following topics:
Introduction to permaculture
Natural building and cob houses
DIY edible mushroom growing at a home-scale
Webinar on systems design and decolonization by Vernon Permaculture Community
We have also organized guided tours of permaculture projects such as:
Summerhill Pyramid Winery's food forest and market garden
Local permaculture initiatives at private residences
Richard Walker's food forest garden in Osoyoos
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.
So, 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 are interested in hosting a meetup, work party, tour, or workshop, don't hesitate to get in touch with our team and we will help you organize it! Simply fill out the form at the bottom of this page!
Stay tuned for updates!
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!