Course focus: Social engagement and place making
Reigniting the Village
Join Mark Lakeman, visionary architect, designer and co-founder of the City Repair Project, as he joins with Kym Chi of Pacific Rim College and Brandy Gallagher of O.U.R. Ecovillage, for an innovative and playful weekend workshop.
Together we will focus on social engagement and place making. Participants learn tools, techniques and strategies for community design and engage in participatory processes and models. Learn to create alternative patterns that address systems of isolation and oppression, while developing networks and beneficial connections on all scales…. and legal and regulatory change processes which can accompany us on this journey.
This workshop will highlight:
– the application of community development strategies in both an urban and rural context
– land based learning and regeneration of stewardship culture
– legal and regulatory of integrated design and precedent setting permaculture projects
– healing effect of social culture by restoring interaction and identity
In North America, what were once was known as ‘villages’…. has now been replaced by the Roman colonial grid, causing urban areas to become fragmented and disconnected from the natural world and community living. Working within the challenges of the current colonial framework and applying Permaculture tools and strategies, how can we more actively create positive change in our own neighbourhoods and communities? How can we creatively come together to build safe environments where everyone can thrive together?
Together we will focus on social engagement and place making. Participants learn tools, techniques and strategies for community design and engage in participatory processes and models. Learn to create alternative patterns that address systems of isolation and oppression, while developing networks and beneficial connections on all scales….and legal and regulatory change processes which can accompany us on this journey.
Discussions take place that inspire a rebalancing, healing effect on social culture by restoring interaction and identity, spatial place and gathering environments that fuse people and nature back together and reinspire the regeneration of stewardship culture, intergenerational connection, and cultural rituals – all the while working from personal to collective.
Mark will also present on various case studies of innovative projects he has worked on of various types and scales, as well as inspiring upcoming projects he is working on internationally and Kym/Brandy will bring together the local examples and organizatioinal/governance structures which create BC/Canadian examples.
This workshop will highlight the application of community development strategies in both an urban and rural context.
The workshop will also include a special ‘land based learning’ presentation by Brandy Gallagher of the legal and regulatory work of integrated design, and the precedent setting permitted permaculture projects on this ‘Lawful’ Demonstration Site and Research Center. A systems and structures tour of the site will be included.
Interactive energizers and networking activities will be led by Kym Chi throughout the weekend.
Accommodations, Courses, Events and all other services
For cancellation with more than 30 days notice, guest will be fully refunded.
For cancellations with more than 21 days notice, guest will be 50% refunded.
For cancellations with less than 21 days notice, guest will be charged full amount.
Health and Safety Policy
O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE adheres to the COVID-19 safety requirements set out by the British Columbia Provincial Health Authority as well as the Canadian Federal Health Authority. There are community/staff members at O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE who are living with high levels of health concern. We ask that you are responsible and respectful with their health needs while onsite. The COVID-19 policies which are set out by O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE for the duration of your visit will be e-mailed to you at minimum four days prior to the start of the course. In the interim, we ask that you take responsibility for learning about the local health guidelines for our region here, purchase two rapid antigen COVID-19 tests to bring with you, plan to create conscious relationships with others while onsite, bring masks for your own use as needed, and create a response plan for any case in which you may fall ill.
If there are any additional communicable illness concerns, of any sort, which are specific to your health requirements then you must contact O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE at email@example.com to make alternative arrangements at minimum 4 days prior to your visit.