Dylan Green delivers a bee keeping workshop during the Tofino Re-Skilling Festival. Photo: Dan Harrison

Dylan Green delivers a bee keeping workshop during the Tofino Re-Skilling Festival. Photo: Dan Harrison

Tofino Re-Skilling Festival

The Tofino Re-Skilling Festival took place first in 2012 & then again in 2013 and 2014 in the Tofino Botanical Gardens. Please see the workshop schedule below to view what people learned, shared, and built during their time at the Festivals.

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 included seven very different presentations that were well-attended.

2014 Raincoast Re-Skilling Festival

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

2013 Tofino Re-Skilling Workshop Schedule:

Saturday Workshops
Children's Workshops all Morning:
10:00 am - 10:30 am: Friendship Bracelets - Patrice Hansen
10:30 am - 11:00 am: Sewing Skills - Ariane Batic
11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Wild Harvesting - Laura Griffith Cochrane
12:45 pm - 1:15 pm: Leather Work - Phil Reimers
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm: Light my Fire...without matches! - Harmony Ziegler
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Cedar Weaving - Mary Martin
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm: Tool Sharpening - Dan Harrison
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Bulding with Driftwood - Jan Janzen

Sunday Workshops:
10:00 am - 11:00 am: Fish Smoking - John Fraser
11:00 am - 1:15 pm: Food Fermentation (Kelp Pickles, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Kombucha, & Kefir, with water & dairy) - Josie O., Nick S., Dave W., Christiane W., Cindy H.
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Cooking Shellfish - Andrew Hanson
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: The Healthy Indigenous Diet - Nitanis Desjarlais
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Jam Making - April Robson

2012 Tofino Re-Skilling Workshop Schedule:

10:00 am - 10:30 am:    Composting    - Louise Rogers
10:30 am - 11:00 am:    Raising Chicke     ns   - George Patterson  
11:00 am - 12:00 pm:   Cedar Weaving   - Mary Martin
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm:   Traditional Foods   - Nitanis Desjarlais
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm:   Preparing Shellfish   - Bobby Lax
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm:   Wood Gas Camping Stoves   - Dan Harrison
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm:   Relaxation Skill   s  - Skye Ketilson & Coastal Bliss 
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm:  Cannin g - April Robson 
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Clothing Repair - Sairaa Thornton
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Bee Keeping - Dylan Green
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm: BREAK
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Garlic Farming - Josie Osborne
5:00 pm - 5:15 pm: Shaving Horse Construction - Phil Reimers

The Tofino Re-Skilling Festival was made possible with support from the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust and the Tofino Botanical Gardens

Nitanis Desjarlais teaching a workshop on traditional foods at the September 22nd Re-Skilling Festival. 

Josie Osborne teaching a workshop on Garlic Farming at the September 22nd Re-Skilling Festival. 

George Patterson teaching a workshop on Raising Chickens at the September 22nd Re-Skilling Festival.

Dylan Green teaching a workshop on Bee Keeping at the September 22nd Re-Skilling Festival.

Bobby Lax teaching a workshop on Preparing Shellfish at the September 22nd Re-Skilling Festival.

Louise Rodgers and Georgina Valk teaching a workshop on Composting at the September 22nd Re-Skilling Festival.

Sairaa Thornton and Erin Willis teaching a workshop on Clothes Mending at the September 22nd Re-Skilling Festival.