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1 The Green Apprenticeship Center for Creative Ecology – Kibbutz Lotan

2 The Permaculture and Ecovillage Design and Training program of The Center for Creative Ecology (Kibbutz Lotan). Course formats in include 6-10 week sessions on Lotan and a college accredited fall semester “Peace, Justice and the Environment” program program in conjunction with Living Routes and UMassAmerherst. The Green Apprenticeship

3 The program focuses on the ethical, physical and social components of sustainable development and sustainable community from a Liberal worldview and the experience and tools we have acquire while working to enact change in our community. The program focuses on the ethical, physical and social components of sustainable development and sustainable community from a Liberal worldview and the experience and tools we have acquire while working to enact change in our community.

4 The Green Apprenticeship Elements of the program: Practice meets theory in hands on work in the organic garden and ecological building techniques including adobe bricks, geodesic domes, straw bale and construction with recycled materials Field trips to neighboring kibbutzim, ecological sites and natural areas Presentations, group discussions and films present a broad view of Israeli and world ecological and community issues Graduates will receive an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate and Ecovillage Design Diploma.

5 The Green Apprenticeship The program utilizes the unique facilities developed by Kibbutz Lotan and the Center for Creative Ecology: Ecokef Recycling and Organic Gardening Education Park Kibbutz Lotan Constructed Wetlands Wastewater Treatment and Migratory Bird Park (under construction) Migratory and Desert Bird Reserve Green Apprenticeship Solar Neighborhood Watsu (Water Shiatzu) Pool Community Recycling Collection Center

6 Media recognition of our work and outreach activities Media recognition of our work and outreach activities Design Like You Give A Damn Permaculture Magazine Communities Magazine The Jerusalem Post United Nations - IRIN

7 The 2006 Award for Ecovillage Excellence has been awarded to Kibbutz Lotan by the Global Ecovillage Network in recognition of its work in promoting ecological building, waste management and environmental education; and also for its work in promoting sustainability through the building of bridges between different ethnic groups in Israel.

8 Practical lessons are conducted at Kibbutz Lotan’s Center for Creative Ecology’s EcoKef (“Kef” means Fun) Education Park Arava: The Jewish Environmental Experience at Kibbutz Lotan

9 Hands on work in Lotan’s organic garden and… Green Apprenticeship

10 … Alternative Construction Utilizing Natural, Renewable and Recycled Materials Green Apprenticeship

11 The same techniques are used for constructing a new nature study classroom in the bird reserve and… Green Apprenticeship

12 …a hand crafted waterless toilet facility. Green Apprenticeship Link to Aaron Padwee’s (GA 2002) website – construction photos

13 Green Apprenticeship The program is based at Kibbutz Lotan, where participants will experience life in a community that makes a living connection between Jewish identity, cooperative kibbutz lifestyle and environmental awareness

14 Green Apprenticeship – a unique experiential program which offers Leadership training Leadership training Hands-on environmental studies Hands-on environmental studies A tool box of practical skills A tool box of practical skills Sustainable communal living Sustainable communal living

15 What have Green Apprentice Alumni to say about the program and How have they used the tools and experience in their communities?

16 Rachel Sandler is a second year medical student at the University of Iowa. She is an on and off campus activist and founder of Future Physicians for the Environmentactivist Future Physicians for the Environment “The GA is ten week long permaculture experience where you gain hands on skills in earth building, organic gardening, and environmental activism. The GA involves workshops, lectures, and lots of fun. I think I use skills and ideas I learned at the GA virtually everyday.”

17 Rachel Sandler is a second year medical student at the University of Iowa. She is an on and off campus activist and founder of Future Physicians for the Environmentactivist Future Physicians for the Environment “I learned from the GA How to compost, Lots about plants, How to see problems as solutions, That environmental justice and social justice go hand in hand, & How to design more sustainable systems.”

18 Rachel Sandler is a second year medical student at the University of Iowa. She is an on and off campus activist and founder of Future Physicians for the Environmentactivist Future Physicians for the Environment “I have used what I have learned to live a more sustainable life. I also began a group at my school called Future Physicians for the Environment. We aim to bring environmental awareness to future medical professionals both in their personal and professional lives.”

19 Merav Carmi, 33, a third generation member of Nahalal, Israel’s first Moshav Agricultural Cooperative is an organic gardener and poet, has started the Yesh Meain Permaculture Education Farm, runs a monthly Fair Exchange market.Yesh Meain Permaculture Education Farm “The GA for me was an overwhelming experience, a treasure box filed with tools and keys. The time in Lotan made me believe again that one can change on a large scale as long as you just - do it and not get trapped in the fear of making mistakes.” Grandfather’s Tools at Yesh Meain Farm Photo: Dalia Bali, GA 2006Dalia Bali

20 Merav Carmi, 33, a third generation member of Nahalal, Israel’s first Moshav Agricultural Cooperative is an organic gardener and poet, has started the Yesh Meain Permaculture Education Farm, runs a monthly Fair Exchange market.Yesh Meain Permaculture Education Farm GA taught me that “there are always resources, always solutions, always amazing people to co-operate with, always love and abundance that are just waiting for us to surrender them.” Yael-Maya-Merav-Dalia (all GA 2006) Photo: Dalia Bali, GA 2006Dalia Bali

21 Merav Carmi, 33, a third generation member of Nahalal, Israel’s first Moshav Agricultural Cooperative is an organic gardener and poet, has started the Yesh Meain Permaculture Education Farm, runs a monthly Fair Exchange market.Yesh Meain Permaculture Education Farm What am I doing with what I learned from the GA? “I pass it on, create inspiring projects, make platforms for people to learn, talk and do ecology like we do here at my farm.” Merav’s Garden Photo: Dalia Bali, GA 2006Dalia Bali

22 Sarah Gilberg, 23, Washington, DC “ I use what I've learned in the GA program every day. I work for two nonprofit organizations whose missions definitely align with the principles that I learned at Lotan: The Institute for Local Self- Reliance emphasizes the use and care of local resources, promoting local economies, renewable energies, and zero-waste initiatives; and the Healthy Building Network promotes environmental health and justice throughout the life cycle of building materials.” Sarah at Greenbuild 2007, Colorado, promoting a tool to help building professionals choose environmentally and socially responsible building materials

23 Sarah Gilberg, 23, Washington, DC, works as an accounting associate with two nonprofit organizations: the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) and the Healthy Building Network (HBN). “I try to incorporate permaculture principles into my own personal habits, from transportation choices (planning my life within walking distance or at least within reach of public transportation) to water conservation, to backyard food production and composting.” Making a vertical structure for climbers while gardening in the backyard of my parents' house

24 Sarah Gilberg, 23, Washington, DC, works as an accounting associate with two nonprofit organizations: the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) and the Healthy Building Network (HBN). “I also try to share what I have learned with others in my life. What has been equally important to me though has been the friendships that I have maintained with other inspiring individuals - having this network helps keep me motivated to continue to improve my own habits and seek more ways to apply what I now know.” Building an Earthship made from earth pounded in used car tires, Jamaica 2008

25 Josh Tolkan, 24, participated in the GA during his University of Minnesota Master Degree Urban Planning studies. “My work as an urban planner will allows me to draw on the same principles that permaculture is based upon everyday… I believe with the kind of job I could teach some sustainable living skills to urbanites, and that is what I hope to work for. "

26 Josh Tolkan, 24, participated in the GA during his University of Minnesota Master Degree Urban Planning studies. “I plan on using the skills I learned in the GA in planning for cities that allow people to live permaculture life styles.” Josh and friend at meeting on light railroad planning

27 Support The Green Apprenticeship by making a donation to our Scholarship Fund and Solar Panel Fund

28 Please Visit Our Websites for Information and Updates About the Green Apprenticeship at Kibbutz Lotan’s Center for Creative Ecology


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