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SUMMER 2016 WORKSHOPS:  

Designing and Implementing the Urban Food Forest

Saturday July 9, 2016

Instructor:   Brett Joseph, Ph.D., Center for Ecological Culture, Inc.

12:30 – 4:30 pm @ Community Greenhouse Partners, 6527 Superior Ave., Cleveland OH 44103

$5 - $30 Donation; RSVP bjosephCEC@gmail.com or (440) 265-1089


Building a Generative and Caring Local Economy Through Strategic Collaboration

Saturday July 16, 2016 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Instructor/facilitators:  Brett Joseph, LL.M. Ph.D., Center for Ecological Culture, Inc. and Robert Stevenson, Jr., Director, Be Beyond Foundation

Join us for an exploration of the socially transformative practices of multi-ethnic dialogue and collaborative inquiry that fosters appreciation of difference and reconnection with our common humanity.  Together, we will investigate the relationship between place and community in both urban and rural settings.  In the process we will search the creative edges of society, as revealed in personal and collective stories and struggles, to find common ground upon which to grow the seeds of ecological health, economic security, and social justice.  

Our goal will be to shed light on a pathway forward that enables us to “decolonize” ourselves and find mutual support and inspiration as we navigate through the prevailing chaos and divisiveness of the mainstream conversation centered on “categories” of race, class, gender and political ideology.  Through a commitment to sustained, nurturing conversation (the conversation that is not televised!) we intend to support the emergence of a caring, sharing economy linking urban, surburban and rural communities here in northeast Ohio.**

Following the workshop format, we will gather in a spirit of mutual appreciation and open inquiry at two locations, one urban and the other rural  (those needing transportation assistance, please see note* below).

At 10 am, the workshop begins with a gathering at the East End Neighborhood House located at 2749 Woodhill Road, Cleveland Ohio.  

At 11:30 am, we will form into carpools and depart for our afternoon workshop location.  

At 1:00 pm, the workshop resumes with a gathering at the homestead farm of our rural hosts, Michael and Christine Bennett, located at 13085 Gar Highway, Chardon Ohio.

The workshop concludes at 3:00 pm.

*For those who need transportation to the first workshop site, please arrive between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. @ Community Greenhouse Partners, 6527 Superior Ave., Cleveland OH 44103.  We will carpool from there, and return at the conclusion of the workshop at about 4:30 p.m.

**Attendees who are students of the 2016 CGP Permaculture Design class will earn 7 hours of credit towards their design certificate.

Attendees are invited by not required to donate to defray workshop costs

(suggested amount $10 - $30) 

RSVP bjosephCEC@gmail.com or (440) 265-1089


Please check back for announcements regarding future events!

CEC is in the process of upgrading it educational program with an expanded range of new offerings in ecological and social systems design, community facilitation cohort training, permaculture, caring economics, ethnoautobiography, active dreaming and personal mythology work, and other courses and workshops to be offered at our new local venues.  We anticipate publication of our 2016 spring schedule in early December 2015 - please check back here for updates.