Mary Martin teaching a re-skilling workshop on Cedar Weaving at the September 22nd Re-Skilling Festival. Photo Dan Harrison

Raincoast Re-Skilling Festival

2014 Raincoast Re-Skilling Festival
November 30, 2014 (10am-5pm)
Tofino Botanical Gardens

The Raincoast Re-skilling Festival is designed to provide local residents with the skills to begin the transition away from a globalized, fossil-fuel dependent community towards a more localized, self-reliant community. This year's re-skilling lineup includes seven very different presentations - attend as many as you can!

10am Wilderness Safety & Survival (Francis Bruhwiler)
11am Sausage-Making (Tina Windsor)
12pm Strategic Fishing (Conor Mackenzie)
1pm   Knitting (Ariane Batic)
2pm   Building Tiny Homes (Phil Reimers)
3pm   Food Gardening: Grow Something, Eat Something (Sarah Platenius)
4pm   Building Water Catchment Systems & Raising Small Livestock (George Patterson)

New to this year’s Re-skilling Festival is a repurposing Swap Meet. In an effort to reduce needless waste, you can bring items to sell, swap, barter or trade. Reserve a table ($10) and sell or swap your goods, or just come browse what others have to offer! To reserve a table please call us ASAP at (250) 725 2560.


About The Raincoast Re-Skilling Festivals

The Raincoast Re-Skilling Festivals are designed to provide local residents with the skills to begin the transition away from a globalized, fossil-fuel dependent community towards a more localized, self-reliant community. The Re-Skilling Festivals provide the space to share knowledge about specific skill-sets and to highlight individuals, organizations, and businesses in our communities that have teachable and important skills.

Hundreds of communities throughout the world are actively engaged in re-designing their futures by re-structuring their energy systems around local resources and by re-skilling local residents to develop diversified, local and resilient communities. As remote, west coast communities, we are especially vulnerable to the risks associated with overdependence on foreign markets; therefore, it is essential that we begin providing opportunities for the re-skilling of local residents immediately. 

The Festivals showcase the knowledge that our communities already have as well as identify potential knowledge gaps. Re-skilling is not a quick fix, but rather a commitment to the long-term process of re-creating resilient communities. Learning these skills takes time and now is a good time to start.

Please see the video below from the 2012 Re-Skilling Festival in Tofino. 

To read more about the Tofino Re-Skilling Festival click on the Tofino Re-Skilling Festival link below
To read more about the Ucluelet Re-Skilling Festival click on the Ucluelet Re-Skilling Festival link below



 

Ucluelet Re-Skilling Festival

Dan Law delivers a wooden bow making workshop during the Raincoast Re-Skilling Festival, Ucluelet Community Center.

The Raincoast Re-Skilling Festivals are designed to provide local residents with the skills to begin the transition away from a globalized, fossil-fuel dependent community towards a more localized, self-reliant community. The Re-Skilling festivals provide a space to share knowledge about specific skill-sets and to highlight individuals, organizations, and businesses in our communities that have teachable and important skills.