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.

SPECIAL COVID-19 NOTICE REGARDING 2021 WORKSHOPS:

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

1-3pm

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

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.” 

 

May 1st: Introduction to Rainwater Harvesting

2pm-3:30pm

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

With flooding and drought becoming more common occurrences in the already dry Okanagan, this workshop will provide some background on the importance of local rainwater harvesting, and present the tried and tested methods available for people to slow, spread, and sink rainwater at their homes. With a focus on feeding the water-hungry home garden, this workshop will explore a range of techniques from low-cost, quick and easy, to larger longer-term investments. Learning how to mitigate flooding and drought on a property will also be key takeaways. The Okanagan gets ample rain within a year, we just need to learn how to store it, so it can be used in the months when less water is available.    

 

 

May 22nd: Gardening Methods for the Okanagan

1-4pm

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

This workshop will teach people planting methods and techniques, suited to the Okanagan climate and designed to save water, for typical edible garden plants. We will also cover organic planting and growing techniques that help to increase production and bolster plant health. Participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on practice planting seedlings with step-by-step advice from the instructor, and, if the workshop can take place in-person, will also have the chance to take seedlings or small plants home.

 

 

June 26th: Food Forest Tour

1-3 pm

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

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.

 

 

August 21st: 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 day to day experiences, positive human relationships, livelihoods, businesses, 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.

 

 

Sept 18th:  Lessons From Forest Ecology

10am - 1pm

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

This workshop will be a deep dive into forest ecosystems, where participants will learn about ecological succession, ecological niches, edge effects, soil building, nutrient flows, microclimates, food webs, and more. The lessons from this workshop can be applied to the design of sustainable home gardens, farms, or food forest gardens, and will provide useful information for those who value ecological conservation, or who may be interested in gaining a deeper understanding of ecosystems in general.

How to host an event 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 materails 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!

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 rhizomeecosocial@gmail.com to discuss joining our faculty!

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