Committing to Place: Intentional Rural Living


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“The most radical thing you can do is commit to your community,” said Mark Lakeman, one of the guest teachers in our 5-day long permaculture module at Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Centre. Continue reading

City Repair Calgary workshops in July

The Meaningful Work Project is proud to support an exciting upcoming workshop with Mark Lakeman from Portland:

Cracks in the Pavement

Placemaking and the remaking of a modern city with Mark Lakeman

Thursday July 17th

7pm – 9m

We invite you and your friends to join us for an inspiring look at what is possible in the city of Calgary and in your neighbourhood!

This inspiring talk is geared towards anyone from community builders, public service people, artists, industry professionals, municipal government employees and activists.

Mark Lakeman is an inspired urban designer who, with his neighbours, transformed their own intersection into a place for community gatherings and interaction in 1996.  This started a mini-revolution in Portland, OR that has spread throughout the city and birthed City Repair, an organization that engages citizens in transforming places.

Register here:

A Learning Journey to Oregon

We’re going on a Learning Journey*!

The Meaningful Work Project is going to explore local economies, ecovillages, permaculture and more in Oregon at the end of January.

At the Planet Repair Institute

The famous cat condos at the Planet Repair Institute in Portland.

MWP Founder/Director Alla and long-time volunteer and Advisory Group member Lindsay are planning on taking a 4-day course at Breitenbush Ecovillage focusing on a permaculture approach to the economy. This is part of a year-long, four-seasons Permaculture Design Certificate; however, we’re focusing specifically on this module. Some of the topics include: Shifting the Global Economy to Sustainability, Right Livelihood, Local Economies , Community Banks and Currencies, Legal and Financial Issues. A great fit for the Meaningful Work Project.

And did we mention that the Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Centre, as per the name, is located on natural hot springs?

We’ll also be visiting Fosterville Ecovillage in Portland (check out their video), learning about City Repair from original co-founders Mark Lakeman and Jordan Fink, and visiting the Planet Repair Institute.

As a means of networking, sharing ideas and getting inspired with new ideas, we’ll also be offering a by-donation 3-hour workshop. (See our invite below).

*So what’s a Learning Journey? The following is borrowed and modified from an Art of Hosting course on Participatory Leadership:

Our Learning Journey is a co-created learning and training ground to:

  • DEEPEN our current capacity to lead our community in a meaningful way;
  • CONNECT with other practitioners and their stories from the field and explore ways to work together;
  • ENHANCE our skills and abilities to host strategic conversations and change processes – about meaningful work, planet repair, permaculture and more;
  • IMAGINE and create future plans using different practices in the individual and collective work.

Meaningful Work Portland 2014