Water, Swales & Food Forest Design

Swales + Ponds for Land Regeneration

Mentored by

Ed Dale-Harris of SAWA

Permaculture Designer, Architect + Meditator

Location address: Greatham, GU33 6HA
Chosen age group:

Ages: children 8 - 18 · adults 18+ years

Available tickets:
Standard £20Concession £15
Next date: None - Register your interest
A summary
WATER IS LIFE Welcome to our Watery weekend in the SAWA Architecture Permaculture Workshop series. We will be looking at the element of WATER. Necessary for all living functions, the life giving force to earth and the substance we are mostly made of! Let's journey together and discover how we can use intelligent water systems, design a food forest ecosystem, and regenerate the land in collaboration with nature. We will be learning and immediately implementing designs in a real Permaculture site. We'll be working with a inspirational couple from London have embarked on a experimental wilding and food project in Church Lane. Swales for Land Regeneration The workshop will deliver an understanding of how we can use Permaculture design to catch, store and move water with K-lines, Swales and Ponds to accelerate regeneration and healing of the land. Water is life! Water is in all plants and animals. When we catch and store water in the land, we give the opportunity for food forest and other complex ecosystems to thrive. We want to show you some simple self build systems which you can integrate into your homes and back gardens. You will be able to implement, experiment, grow and learn. See for yourself the abundance nature can bring! Activities: * Introduction and Water in Permaculture, Ethic and Principles * Household water rainwater, greywater blackwater * Observation of Water in the land and water and interaction with materials sand, biochar, clay and mulch * Grey water filter systems from kitchen sink , grease trap * How to create a companion planting, food forest, fruit tree guilds/ ponds/ suds/ swale/ grey water systems - * Practical hands activity TBC based on site specific needs Expect to feel full of the vibrancy and excitement that new and practical knowledge brings us. Feel the flow of water and your deeper connection to it's movement in our world. Join us on a journey to take your learning out into your lives to create beautiful spaces in and around your homes, creating a wonderful appreciation for the magical elixir that nourishes us all - WATER And remember - The Knowing Is In The Doing! - learn through the senses intuitively and with resting awareness in the mind.
About your mentor
Ed Dale-Harris of SAWA
Permaculture Designer, Architect + Meditator
ARB Architect, Edward Dale-Harris believes we must look beyond sustainability and move towards regeneration, we have to change our destructive behaviour and do much better to protect nature as citizens of the earth and stewards of the land. When we heal the land, we also heal ourselves. We need more ‘self-directed learning’ to build self reliance, wellness and confidence. We must learn to share resources to create a healthier planet for all. Ed realises the importance of a mindfulness approach to regenerative design, using nature as our teacher, and valuing a collective and collaborative decision-making process for a grounded and successful project. He is on a mission to introduce others to socially, environmental and mindful architecture and to keep his learnings at a fair cost to enable all people from all walks of life and be truly inclusive. Ed qualified as an Architect in 2017 and has gained many awards for his design, commitment, vision, compassion, charity work, environmental projects and peace building developments. In 2014 Ed founded SAWA with Enock Ruziga in Rwanda whilst working together on the 'a house for a victim' project. In 2015 Ed received the ‘RIBA North West London Society Award’ at the CASS Design School for this project, nominated as the best live and community engaged project. Ed spent eight weeks on site building a compressed earth block (CEB) house with recently-released prisoners and some of the families of their victims. The project was instigated by Ed and the Ntarama House Building Cooperative, to facilitate development and peace-building in post genocide Rwanda. The cooperative was set up by REACH, a local reconciliation focused charity, to help reintegrate perpetrators back into their community, by enabling them to build homes for victims of the genocide. This profound experience and research propelled the work of SAWA into the world of socially, environmental and mindful architecture. Ed has grown SAWA, into a collective of freelance professionals and pro-bono network of supporters. The structure is flat it has no hierarchy, each project is discussed openly and relationships and roles are defined on a project basis which meet the specific needs and constraints of each project. Ed has collaborated with a range of community groups, individuals, charities, private businesses and professionals to deliver the best holistic well rounded result, fair to the environment and all. In 2016 Ed received the ‘RIBAJ Rising Star 2016 Cohort Award’ for We Yone School in the Ebola-affected region of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Enabling 180 of the most vulnerable children in the community to attend primary school and provide a community space for adult learning. WYCF, the client, which nominated him for the RIABJ award, says: ‘Ed demonstrated a commitment to the charity’s mission and vision that made it very easy to entrust him with a great deal of responsibility. Ed would deliver design iterations while involving other experts to improve overall robustness (rammed earth consultants, pro bono volunteers from international engineering companies and partners from architectural firms)... he conducted workshops with men, women and children and the community’s vision became firmly embedded in the design. He adapted to... poor internet, uncompetitive contracting, bad weather, language barriers, variable conceptions of time, etc.’ RIBAJ who granted Ed the award says ‘Ed has set himself up as a designer who can be parachuted into unusual projects and places to get things moving: from mobilising the direction of the design to hiring and motivating the right team’. In 2019 Ed received ‘The Agri Tech Centre AJ100 Best Collaboration of the year Award’ with Squire and Partners, with the judges describing it as ‘an exceptional example of architectural practices doing charitable work in the developing world’. Ed has spent a large amount of time volunteering his skills in Rwanda and Mozambique, while seeing festivals as an opportunity to be socially active and experimental in the UK. Delivering projects in challenging environments: post '14 Ebola Sierra Leone, post genocide '94 Rwanda and '79 Cambodia and post '15 earthquake Nepal. Working closing with international and grassroots organisations to deliver appropriate and considered results.
Applicants Requirements, Accommodation and Kit List
Accommodation: Camping is available at Greatham Village Hall, St John’s Field, but need to agreed prior to arrival. Bring your own tent and bedding etc. There are toilet facilities at the campsite, but no showers, we can offer showers at the neighbours house if needed. You are welcome to camp from the evening before and after the course begins. Connect with us to find out where Radical Inclusion: We would like to make sure this opportunity is available to all people from all backgrounds, wealth, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, identity etc. This course is open to adults and children aged 4+. All parents must remain fully responsible for their children during the duration of their stay. 16-18 year olds wishing to attend independently will require a parental guardian to sign a waiver on arrival, provided by me. Volunteering: Further opportunities to get involved with projects might be possible, so please get in contact at sawa.engage@gmail.com to register your interest. SAWA Workshops: There's a WhatsApp Group you can join to hear more about it all: Food: Vegan/Sugar free - we want to encourage everyone attending to engage with a plant based, healthy diet. Please bring along food to share with the group in respect to these requirements. Please advise us of any dietary requirements so preparations can be made in advance or bring your own to supplement. Kit List: Warm, waterproof clothing. Be prepared to get muddy too! Please also bring a food along to share, so we can organise a pot luck banquet with the whole group! If there are any specific requirements in relation to food, accessibility or any other matter, please get in touch and we will do all we can to try and accommodate you requirements.
Learning aims
Aim 1
To understand household water types
Aim 3
To have a practical understanding of how to create a pond
Aim 2
To have a practical understanding of how to make a grey water filter system
Aim 4
To understand water retention systems for planting
Flow of the Day
● 2pm Opening circle - Check-in and Introductions ● Introduction to Permaculture, Sustainability & Ecology - ethics and principles ● Explore through senses - Materials ● Energiser ● Making session Pt. I ● Tea and snack break to share ● Making session Pt. II ● 5pm Closing circle - Reflections
Pricing information
Ticket nameStandard
InformationPrices are a recommended donation, please let me know if you would like to donate a different amount. A recommended donation from children is £10 per child.
Ticket nameConcession
Where we'll be
Petersfield Road, Goulds House, Greatham, Hants, GU33 6HA
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