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

Raincoast Re-Skilling Festival

The Raincoast Education Society has passed the Re-Skilling Festival on to Transition Town Tofino Ucluelet and the Tofino Botanical Gardens. More information regarding future Re-skilling Festivals please contact TofinoReskilling@gmail.com.
For information on past Raincoast Re-skilling Festival events please see below.

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.