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DAWN "NorthWest"
dawnvoyager@gmail.com   website:  www.caneloproject.com/dawn
blog: www.dawnnorthwest@blogspot.com


This is your invitation to learn to live on the Earth in a way that takes care of the Earth, and people and can produce a surplus to share. A conscious effort is made to introduce ways of thinking about the design of an entire site, while building and gardening and conserving water and other resources. We also offer consultations and personal consultation on whole site design, & sustainable living!

We offer workshops teaching permaculture strategies, with projects such as rainwater harvesting, building affordable small structures with natural materials, organically growing & harvesting food, land restoration and more. Special workshops can be organized in advance for groups or upon request (minimum group sizes may apply). We have found that the workshops are a great way to learn about ancient techniques using materials that exist almost anywhere & skills that anyone can learn. Since some of these skills are being lost over generations, it's really rewarding to be able to bring these ideas back to life. We accept work exchange and internships for most classes, and also will be offering natural paints, recycled building materials and other resources for building beautiful, creative, natural, low-cost extensions of the Earth.

See photos: some of the workshop titles are linked to photos of past workshops, and description of what we do. To get more information, email: dawnvoyager@gmail.com


INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE  (Click on title to download PDF flyer)
Mondays, April 12, 2010 - May 12, 2010  01:00-03:20pm  see www.linnbenton.edu  $54

In this introductory class you will learn simple techniques to live sustainably on your own site. Topics include, site assessment, landscape design, organic gardening, harvesting rainwater, simple earthworks, and composting. You'll learn about land restoration, rain gardens and sustainable shelter. Discover how to find local community resources to share the bounty. A tour of local sites will be offered, where you can see examples of sustainable design and practice by local residents. Students will have the opportunity to participate in some of the projects. Students will provide own transportation for off-site excursions (carpooling encouraged).
Pick up a detailed syllabus at the Sweet Home Center.
Non-Credit Linn Benton Community College, Sweet Home Center http://sis.linnbenton.edu/courses.htm   search for “permaculture” to find description, and follow directions to register. CRN:  47040 Instructor: J. JOYCE
*Oregon residents aged 62 or older pay 75% tuition.

Other workshops are being scheduled privately. See below
 Instructor: Joelee Joyce, Permaculture Designer and Teacher.  DATE, details TBA
ANY INTEREST???  EMAIL US! dawnvoyager@gmail.com 


Growing & Harvesting Food "Forest": Composting, Mulching & Earth Worms. Learn the techniques for successful gardening in,this climate, how to conserve water and recycle your kitchen waste & other materials while creating an inch of soil in that barren looking back yard that subdivisions are blessed with; or in any soil in this area. If you thought you could never turn lawn, weed patch or uninviting bare spaces into garden, join us to change those ideas, enjoy building a food forest, enhance your living spaces  and put some earthworms to work. They'll love you for it!  (Cost includes simple starter earthworm kit).

Simple, Easy, Low Cost Garden Structures:  Learn some great, practical, low cost, easy to make techniques to shade & extend your outdoor living space even in the cold, wet weather! Use of recycled and locally available materials to build seasonal shade structures and easy to constuct window treatments to keep the house warmer, solar blockers for reducing heat in the summer.  Build a shade/privacy structure on this site.

Rainwater Harvesting Systems  Spend a full day learning creative ways to conserve resources and save money by harvesting rainwater to grow gardens, intercept stormwater sheet flow, stop erosion and restore the natural landscape. Starting at the top of the "watershed" on a residential site, we will learn which strategies are appropriate; learn to build simple earthworks, e.g., in-ground catchments which will slow the runoff and be a source for irrigation of trees and shrubs. We will evaluate rooftop catchment surfaces, calculate supply, demand, and learn how to size and build a rainwater cistern system.  Various types of above ground storage tanks are explored, which are intended to capture roof runoff.  We will visit a site with above ground cisterns, earthworks & raingardens.  Other resources to conserve water will be explored, e.g., recycling wash water.  An up to date resource list, bibliography, and examples of strategies to save a precious resource will be provided.

Introduction to Building with Natural Materials,  Lean about naturally sourced materials to build structures.  We will demonstrate how to use straw bales, cob and adobe, along with earth plasters & finishes.  This will be a hands-on workshop to build & sculpt small structures, such as garden walls & benches. An overview of design, structural elements, protection from rain, solar orientation, shading, sizing and scale will be given.

Natural Paints & Finishes:  For anyone interested in learning to make your own paints and earthen plasters. These can be made by hand from all natural, low cost, locally available materials and can be used to create & sculpt whimsical and beautiful decorative elements on walls; learn how to apply finishes of clay and cob on adobe & straw bale; try out natural paints made from only a few inexpensive ingredients such as Clay - Natural Pigments - Casein - Lime - Natural Oils; add fillers such as straw & mica and apply them to almost any type of wall surface including latex, gypsum, cement, sheetrock, earth plaster, or wood.

Earthen Baking Oven:, Enjoy a day learning the basics of building a low cost outdoor earthen oven, including building/sculpting and plastering the walls using clay & straw mixes, with layers of natural insulation. Baking in a wood-fired clay oven adds a distinctive flavor to pizzas, bread, and all sorts of baked dishes. The skills required are simple and require no prior building experience. Handouts with instructions & recipes provided.. For photos & description of past workshop see: http://www.caneloproject.com/dawn/dawn%20pages/workshops/breadoven.html
For more details: send email to dawnvoyager@gmail.com  for movie of Fall 2009 workshop in Oregon


Related Blog:  see community work at: http://mannamealgarden.blogspot.com

Donations for materials, time & effort very much appreciated.

Thank you for building a more sustainable world!