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$$- Permaculture Water Harvesting With Brad Lancaster [Lakeside]

The San Diego Sustainable Living Institute is excited to host internationally renowned water harvesting expert and author, Brad Lancaster for a weekend workshop to train people on the permaculture approach to integrated water harvesting using rainwater and greywater.

The cost is $350 for 2 days or $200 for 1 day.

June 29-30, 2013

Registration is done through the SDSLI website.

About Brad Lancaster

Since 1993 I’ve run a successful permaculture consulting, design, and education business focused on integrated and sustainable approaches to landscape design, planning, and living. And as I live in the dryland environment, rainwater harvesting has long been one of my specialties and a passion. Through my business I’ve been able to share this passion and many of the fun innovations and daily adventures that come about from striving to live more sustainably and comfortably in the Sonoran Desert.  At home my brother and I harvest over 100,000 gallons of rainwater a year on a 1/8-acre urban lot and adjoining right-of-way. This harvested water is then turned into living air conditioners of food-bearing shade trees, abundant gardens, and a thriving landscape incorporating wildlife habitat, beauty, edible and medicinal plants, and more. Such sheltering landscapes can cool buildings by up to 20° F (11° C), reduce water and energy bills, and require little more than rainwater to thrive. Outside the home, I have helped others do the same and enabled clients to create ephemeral springs, raise the level of water wells, and shade and beautify neighborhood streets by harvesting their street runoff in adjacent tree wells.

Cover file to use - 6-29-2012.inddI started writing the Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond series as a way to empower my clients and my community to make such positive change in their own lives and back yards by harvesting rainwater. I wanted to provide an accessible resource that explains what water harvesting is, how to do it appropriately, and how to modify it to the unique conditions of everyone’s own site. I believe we all can become beneficial stewards of the land, and partners in the ecosystem in which we live, and I believe that by harvesting rainwater sustainably we can all begin to transform our households from consumers of resources to producers of resources. Drawing on my years of teaching, consulting, designing, on-the-ground implementation, and learning from others, I offer readers my clear and simple process to assess and design their own water harvesting landscapes.

About the Workshop

This 2 day workshop will teach people how to plant water back in the landscape to create abundant gardens that not only provide food, but shade, habitat, community, and more using rainwater and greywater! When most people think about rainwater harvesting, the first thing that comes to mind is usually a barrel or a tank.  However, there is a far cheaper, more widely applicable, and larger storage capacity method for harvesting rainwater: passive rain gardens or earthworks.  A rain garden or earthwork is a term for sculpting the landscape to direct rainwater to where you need it and away from where you do not.  These rain gardens then fill up and accumulate water every time it rains.  There is no need to mess with hoses, plumbing parts, or expensive pumps. Just stand back and watch rainwater runoff walkways, driveways, patios, and other hardscapes right to where you need it. In this way you can double or even triple the amount of water that your plants would naturally receive and eliminate erosion at the same time!

Combining seasonal rainwater harvesting with year round perennial household greywater ensures that our gardens and landscapes are hydrated and water abundant.  The greywater portion of the workshop will train people on how to best use greywater with the least amount of effort, materials, and energy.  Greywater is any water generated from a shower, tub, washing machine, or sink that is re-used again for irrigation or other uses.  Brad will show you how to design and install a simple, gravity fed greywater system from start to finish.

In this workshop, participants will learn everything they need to start harvesting rainwater and greywater. It will be a great opportunity for those with previous experience in Permaculture to take their knowledge to the next level, in addition to providing an excellent foundation to those just starting out.  There will be a mix of theory and plenty of hands-on applications as all participants will assess the site and then install passive rainwater and greywater systems.

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  • Sue V.

    Love to come but can't afford it...sad.

    June 24, 2013

  • Colin R.

    Really looking forward to this awesome event! We are so fortunate to be hosting Brad and to be able to learn from his body of knowledge and years of experience.

    June 23, 2013

  • Sheri

    I think I can go.

    April 24, 2013

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