Sustainable Living Tour and Conversation – Program and Bios

Sustainable Living Tour and Conversation

Garden at Riverstone

Garden at Riverstone

Saturday, November 19, 2016, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Riverstone Retreat Centre – Durham

Program (Working Draft)

8:30 AM               Meet at Riverstone Retreat in large building

8:30 – 9:00           Coffee and Conversation

9:00 – 9:10           Welcome and Introductions

9:15-10:00           Tour of Riverstone Retreat Centre

  • EcoNest Tour
  • Play House
  • Hot water distribution system
  • Stackwall Washroom

10:00 – 10:25      Board Bus and travel to Ray Raciot Residential Property

(135616 Conc 8 Desboro

Between Sideroad 6 and 7, South of Desboro and North of Mooresburg)

Playhouse at Riverstone

Playhouse at Riverstone

Cell is 519-270-6156

10:25 – 11:20      Tour Raciot Property

  • Stack Wall Construction
  • Green Roof Technology
  • Photo Voltaic Solar System

11:20 – 11:45      Return to Riverstone Retreat

11:45 – 12:30      Lunch – Provided by …………

12:30 –   2:00        Josh Thorton, Natural Building.ca

2:00 – 3:00           EcoVillage Presentation – Brenda Dolling – www.wholevillage.org

3:00 – 4:00           Conversation – ACTION Planning? Follow UP? GBSusNet programming? Sub Committee?

Registration Deadline November 11th

Cost – $20.00, Lunch Included

 To register simply email randall@wightman.ca with your name, phone # and your stated commitment to attend. Bring your $20 with you. Trust.

www.gbsusnet.com – 519-889-0695

Session Leader Bios

Ray and Lisa Racicot – Their Story.Raciot Stack Wall Residence

We had been dreaming about getting off the grid for a few years before the chance arose to take the leap. We had considered converting our log home at the time to off grid but to retro fit it seemed like a daunting task. We would need to make a lot of upgrades to get it into a position that would be viable option. We decided to sever the current log home off with a bit of land and start from scratch in search of a more sustainable lifestyle.

We had been researching “back to the land”, “homesteading” and living a more self-sufficient and less reliant on the system and this seemed to be the perfect time in our lives to embark on that journey.   We looked at various building techniques, some conventional but mostly alternative styles. Alternative or “green” building techniques just seemed to appeal far more than the status quo style of house or the “McMansion”. We wanted something durable, that wouldn’t need a lot of maintenance years down the road when we would be looking at retirement age.

Do to the fact that we were looking for a less reliant life style we didn’t want to get into complex systems that would need specialized trades to install or repair so we designed everything to be simple enough that I should be able to fix it if it breaks. It has been a learning experience and there has been some frustrations along the way but all in all we are so happy with the decision we made to switch to a more sustainable off the grid lifestyle.

Joshua Thornton – Natural Build.ca; EcoNest

Clay-Straw Wall Construction

Clay-Straw Wall Construction

Joshua Thornton, the sole Ontario representative of the “Eco Nest” company, designs and builds the frames. He has also conducted research for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation on the material properties of straw and clay, and is also a workshop facilitator, public speaker, and lifelong student of making things. (NaturalBuildCoalition.ca) Joshua is passionate about the work he does and about sharing his knowledge. He has been part of other GBSusNet workshops and consistently demonstrates strong communication skills and hands on knowledge and experience that is leading edge.

To learn more about Josh Thorton and the Martin’s EcoNest visit – www.naturalbuild.ca/martin

 Ernie and Edith Martin – Riverstone RetreatRiverstone Retreat

Unique features of Riverstone include a solar heated hot water distribution system, stack wall and straw-clay construction as well as wattle and daub walls. A large vegetable garden, outdoor pavillion and forested areas make for many great aspects of a visit to Riverstone.The Martins built Riverstone Retreat and have operated it as a community gathering space for many years. The Retreat Centre is located near Durham Ontario on twenty-five acres of gently wooded land along the Saugeen River. This property is part of a historic homestead with 100 acres of farm and woodland area which is home to many bird and animal species. A network of beautiful hiking trails allows you to quietly explore the natural beauty of the area.
Situated on the property are four guest houses: a large stone house, the Econest house, and two caboose cabins. Private camping sites are situated along the Saugeen River nestled amongst cedars with a comfort station and showers. A large Pavilion suitable for celebrations and concerts is positioned in a park like setting by a stone water fountain feature near the river.

Visit http://www.riverstoneretreat.com/ for more info or to book your stay!

Brenda Dolling – Whole Village eco village

-BORN AND RAISED ON SPRUCE LANE FARM IN OAKVILLE, NOW PART OF BRONTE CREEKPROVI

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Whole Village – Caledon

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-B.A. IN PSYCHOLOGY/SOCIOLOGY; M.ED. IN EDUCATION

-32 YEAR CAREER IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION, MOSTLY IN HALTON

-MIDCAREER – VOLUNTEERED FOR 2 YEARS AS A TEACHER TRAINER IN LESOTHO, SOUTHERN AFRICA

-ADVOCATE FOR SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

-COMMUNITY ACTIVIST ON ISSUES OF POVERTY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

-PAST CHAIR OF HALTON COALITION FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

-SERVED FOR A THREE YEAR TERM ON THE CITY OF BURLINGTON’S SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

-CO-CREATOR OF AN INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY/ECOVILLAGE(CO-OPERATIVE) IN CALEDON DEVOTED TO SUSTAINABLE LIVING SINCE 2001

-PRESIDENT OF THE CO-OPERATIVE AND CO-ORDINATOR OF VOLUNTEER AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

-ACTIVE IN LOCAL FARM AND ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS

For more information on the Whole Village visit – http://www.wholevillage.org/