What is the ECM Sustainability Retreat?
Our Sustainability Retreat programs are an opportunity to learn more about the natural world that we live in and a chance to consider how we can live more harmoniously with this world. Unlike a class, sustainability retreats are hands on and immersive weekends spent on a Southeast Kansas Homestead. Camping out, fireside chats, delicious food from garden produce, and a fabulous instructor (England Porter) are all part of the experience. Get ready to get your hands dirty and dive into a world of permaculture while being surrounded by the peace and beauty of nature all weekend long.
In addition, retreat attendees are provided the opportunity to share what they learn with the Manhattan community by designing a sustainability project. To help with projects ECM provides workshops and a small grant to attendees to help fund their project.
This retreat targets young adults and seeks to empower them to make a positive change in the world around them. The retreats are free to attendees and happens once on the fall and once in the spring.
What Topics are Covered?
Typically each retreat has its own unique theme which serves as the central topic of the weekend. Past themes have included Native Pollinators, Composting, Foraging for Edible Native Plants, and Green Building practices. Within these themes environmental and social justice implications are key aspects of discussion while hands on activities are central to the teaching methods. To learn more about topics covered, feel free to check out the videos below which feature segments from our Spring 2020 retreat.
After the sustainability retreat participants will share sustainability with others through their own community project. The main requirement for the project portion of the retreat is simply that it must be relevant to the idea of sustainability and be executed in the general Manhattan area.
How do I Sign Up / Application
Our next retreat will be March 19-March 22, 2021. Find the application here!