Monday, September 23, 2013

International Permaculture Teacher to speak in Ithaca (9/25/13 and 9/26/13)


Lesley Byrne, international permaculture teacher and trainer, will give presentations in Ithaca on Sept 25 and 26, 2013.

“What’s it like over there?”
If you are interested in hearing about the realities of working internationally in permaculture, agriculture, women’s development, schools, health care systems, youth, or other grassroots movements, please join us for Lesley’s presentation, then dialog with her about these and other topics:

How do you get a foot in the door?

How do you prove yourself professionally?
How can you be culturally competent?
How can you live simply abroad and thrive?

This evening is open to all.
Lesley will highlight the realities for women working in the field.

Join us for this event on September 25, at 7pm, in the First Neighborhood (FROG) Common House at Ecovillage at Ithaca.

A self-determined sliding scale admission of $5-$20 can be paid at the door. Time Bank credits are also accepted for admission. Learn more about how to join Tompkins Time Traders at

For more information, contact

At Ithaca College, as part of the Sustainability Speaker Series, Lesley will present her work, “Regenerating Rusinga Island Through Permaculture.”

In December of 2012, Lesley was invited by Permaculture Research Institute Kenya to teach a permaculture design course to subsistence farmers on Rusinga Island. At that time, she learned about the history of environmental degradation of the island that continues from the colonial legacy. Since then, Lesley has returned to Kenya for a series of workshops to assist the development of an organic farmers association and a permaculture demonstration site at the local health clinic which supports the nutrition and health of individuals with AIDS and HIV. The local community is self-determining efforts to regenerate the landscape while ensuring food and water security, as well as economic and community development

This event will take place on Sept 26, from 7-9 p.m., in Textor Hall, room 103.
For more information, or to request accommodations for disabilities, please contact Marian Brown at: or 274-3787. Please make requests for accommodations as soon as possible.

Both of these events are brought to you by:
Ithaca College Sustainability Initiative
SEED Sustainability Consulting
Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute
Ecovillage at Ithaca

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