Advanced Water Harvesting Workshop

with Brock Dolman, Erik Ohlsen & Jesse Savou 

Advanced Water Harvesting Workshop

This hands-on workshop will encompass site assessment, design and full installation of a cistern storage system. Participants will gain the skills to critically think through a multifaceted approach to reading topography, assessing sites and designing systems, including calculating runoff and storage potential compared against water use to select and size appropriate water harvesting systems from the many options available.

Through the hands-on installation we’ll cover CA building codes, roofing material considerations, gutters, filtration systems, tanks, tank foundations, plumbing basics and the construction of a diversity of water harvesting earthworks. Everything we do will be nested in a larger framework of conservation hydrology – a watershed-based approach of ecological emulation, which offers the tools to fundamentally transform how we think about and manage our water resources, to shift from a paradigm of scarcity to one of abundance.

We’ll explore policy opportunities and funding sources to support the scaling of rainwater harvesting solutions, as well as tour existing systems, large and small, which offer a tangible glimpse into the “new normal” of water management in the West. The future is already here – it’s just not evenly spread out yet!

What You Will Learn:

  • Critically think through designing water management strategies that increase the life supporting capacity andresilience of landscapes and communities.
  • Conduct a site assessment and calculate water harvesting potential compared against onsite water requirements.
  • Design and construct properly sized passive water harvesting systems, which include pre-filtration, tanks, andintegrated earthworks to harvest overflow.
  • Assess your sites’ location within the larger geographical, political and economic watersheds to assess existingand emerging opportunities for rainwater harvesting.

Location: The Permaculture Skills Center, 2185 Gravenstein Hwy South, Sebastopol, CA 95473

Dates: September 7-9, 2018

Time: 9 AM – 5 PM

Location: Instruction at the Permaculture Skills Center and installation at Shanti Permaculture Farm

Cost: $400

Early Bird (First 10): $375

About Brock:

Brock Dolman is an internationally renowned permaculture educator and designer. He is the Director of Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s WATER Institute and Permaculture Design Program, and he co-directs OAEC’s Wildlands Biodiversity Program. He co-instructs Basins of Relations and permaculture-related courses. Living up to his specialized generalist nature, and rekindling the dwindling art of the peripatetic natural historian, his experience ranges from the study of wildlife biology, native California botany and watershed ecology, to the practice of habitat restoration, education about regenerative human settlement design, ethno-ecology, and ecological literacy activism towards societal transformation.

About Erik:

Erik Ohlsen is the Executive Director of the Permaculture Skills Center, a vocational training institute which offers advanced courses in ecological design, landscaping, farming and land stewardship. He is also the Founder/Principal at Permaculture Artisans, since 2006, a fully licensed contracting firm specializing in the design and installation of ecological landscapes and farms throughout California. Erik and the Permaculture Artisans have worked on hundreds of innovative water harvesting projects ranging in size from urban backyards to broadacre landscapes.

About Jesse:

Jesse Savou is the Founder and Owner of BlueBarrel Rainwater Catchment Systems. She graduated from Stanford and earned her master’s in Ecological Design at the Conway School in Massachusetts. After building her first rainwater collection system as a post-grad school AmeriCorps project, Jesse launched Blue Barrel in 2012 and earned her professional accreditation from ARCSA (the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association). Also a certified Permaculture Designer, graduate of the Ecosa Institute’s intensive course in Sustainable Design, and Fellow of Sonoma County’s Leadership Institute for Ecology & the Economy, Jesse understands rainwater harvesting as one of many measures to bring our households into balance with the earth’s capacity to thrive. Jesse and her husband welcomed a son in 2014 and balance work and play at their farmstead outside Santa Rosa, CA.