Enjoy a variety of events for all ages at ABNC throughout the season.
The Future of Our Sense of Place in the Okanagan
Join us as rural advocate, innovator and wildcrafter Don Elzer shares his views about the landscape, the importance of storytelling and the future of the Okanagan Valley. Based in the Monashees, Don Elzer has spent much of his life developing concepts that link deep ecology to mainstream culture and then putting them into practice. He is best known for his work in alternative media and investigative research, as well as his early promotion of permaculture in the 1980’s. He is known as one of the first modern wildcrafters, creating a variety of products including a style of visual art made from natural found material; and eventually Wildcraft Forest Tea blends.
Elzer will also tell us about two efforts he is currently involved with that will include a mix of observations and ideas about the future of the Okanagan:
The “Wildcrafting Bioregional Studies Program” offers students an opportunity to learn and practice stewardship, restoration and harvesting in remote wildland areas. The program introduces participants to the foundations of the ancient art of “wildcrafting” that links to lifestyle, wellness, activism, stewardship, Ancestral Mapping and an understanding of the Earth’s energies. Participants will become aware of wild harvesting methods and the uses of wild botanicals.
The Okanagan Geotourism Initiative includes collaboration with similar global efforts helped by the National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations (CSD). This effort seeks to establish a Geotourism Charter for the Okanagan Basin that includes British Columbia and Washington State. Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. National Geographic ‘s Geo-tourism (NGG-tourism program) is “best practice” tourism that sustains, or even enhances, the geographical character of a place, such as its culture, environment, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. The program incorporates sustainability principles, but in addition to the do-no-harm ethic focuses on the place as a whole. The idea of enhancement allows for development based on character of place, rather than standardized international branding, and generic architecture, food, and so on.
http://www.okanagangeotourism.com/AboutGeotourism.htmlFor more information contact ABNC 250-260-4227……..Or Don Elzer at 250.547.9812