A Few of Our Partners....
Bainbridge Graduate Institute
Channel Rock has been hosting incoming students in the Bainbridge Graduate Institute's MBA in sustainability and social justice program since its inception. Within three 5 day orientation to the program, new students are able to fully drop into why they are choosing the path they are about to embark on, explore deeply the concepts that are the foundations of the program, and create lasting bonds with their fellow cohort members. In keeping with our shared commitment to minimizing our carbon footprint, and in order to take full advantage of the beautiful journey to Channel Rock, each orientation begins and ends on a collective bus and ferry ride to and from Seattle. With a clear vision of the benefits of gathering at Channel Rock, BGI sponsors more events and gatherings at Channel Rock every year. Learn More at http://www.bgi.edu.
WWOOF Canada “World Wide Opportunities in Organic Farming”
Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, Canada (WWOOF Canada™) is part of a world-wide effort to link volunteers with organic farmers and growers, promote an educational & cultural exchange, and build a global community who are passionate about sustainable organic stewardship of food, animals and land while respecting nature and protecting natural resources. More information on WWOOF Canada™ at www.wwoof.ca.
Channel Rock hosts WWOOFers. The heritage garden at Channel Rock is purely organic. We practice permaculture and follow the biodynamic calendar. We cultivate the soil by hand, which reflects the work of John Poole, Gilean Douglas, and those who came before them. The garden is productive throughout the year and there is a constant supply of produce ready for harvest. In the summer months this is taken to our cob house on a daily basis and is used for preserving, canning and feeding our guests and visitors. Any abundance above what our Channel Rock community can use gets taken to our stall and sold to members of the larger community of Cortes. More information on wwoffing at Channel Rock at http://www.theprotectedplace.ca/
Reel Youth Canada
Reel Youth is a media empowerment program supporting youth, adults and organizations to create and distribute engaging films about the issues they care about most. Reel Youth’s stop-motion animation, video production, photography and hip-hop video programs empower participants to create their own media, engage communities, and play a meaningful role in inspiring positive change.
Reel Youth hosts residential film camp at Channel Rock on Cortes Island, with an emphasis on serving First Nations Youth. With an an amazing team of adults, the youth participants developed their film-making skills and created these six short films, which address some of the most pressing social and environmental issues facing them today: access to water, discrimination, Nature Deficit Disorder, music for everyone, food security, and media pressure. Films produced at the 2011 film camp can be viewed at http://www.reelyouth.ca/reinvent_films.html