Hello, I’m Tobi Kellner, Ecosystem Restoration Camps’ new Education Coordinator. A little bit about myself: I grew up in the mountains of Bavaria, then spent parts of my education in India and Scotland. I have worked for a number of years at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Wales as a consultant and lecturer on renewable energy before coming back to Germany to work as sustainability coordinator at United World College Robert Bosch College in Freiburg.
Like so many of us, I came to Ecosystem Restoration Camps through John Liu’s videos, and I realized that this is a cause I want to dedicate myself to. I believe that for this organisation to really make a difference and help restore large areas of land all around the world, education has to play a key role. Our camps need to become places where people not only restore the land but also pick up skills and knowledge that empower them to continue doing the “great work of our time” in their own places. I am very excited about working together with everyone in the Ecosystem Restoration Camps community to make this happen!
Ecosystem Restoration Deep Dive Webinar Series
Our member Timothy Sexauer and producer of the Muse Ecology podcast, started running the online ‘Deep Dive ecosystem restoration webinars’ this year. As a member, you can sign up for live participation and anyone can watch them back later on our YouTube channel.
First course in Spain
In June, Ecosystem Restoration Camps ran their first Permaculture Design Course (PDC) on the ground. Taught by renowned Permaculture teacher Rhamis Kent, at the stunningly beautiful Alqueria de Rosales education centre in southern Spain, around 30km from our Camp Altiplano. What made the course very special was the focus on restoring destroyed ecosystems and the close integration with the ongoing restoration effort at the camp. About half the participants were camp volunteers, and many of the discussions in the classroom and during the visit to camp were informed by their direct restoration experience.
Design Course by Daniel Halsey
There’s another great education opportunity coming up: Daniel Halsey, who co-designed the restoration plan for Camp Altiplano in Spain, will offer an advanced permaculture and ecosystem design course in Wageningen, the Netherlands, in November. Daniel will take you deep into the professional design process, in two separate modules. This certified course is organised by our Dutch partner-organisation The Plant. The Plant will donate 15% of the course fee to Ecosystem Restoration Camps if you mention “ERC donation” in the order notes and sign up through our link! There will also be a special side-event on 10th November, with a discount for ERC-members.