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Reinventing Roots
Reinventing Roots
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Qasr a-Sir, Qasr a-Sir, Negev, IL
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Reinventing Roots

Project Type

Rural, Residential, Community, Demonstration, Educational, Political

Project Summary

Reinventing Roots is a small-scale BOT (Build Operate Transfer) devoted to helping develop economic and social empowerment through sustainable education to the general public and underprivileged communities, with a specific focus on indigenous peoples facing the struggle of assimilation.

Project Description

Reinventing Roots programs provide natural building and permaculture consultation to their host communities without the burden of financial investment with dynamic programs and courses designed for international and local participants.  Through active dialogue and observation, the ecological and economical needs of the community are identified. Each course is structured around the teaching of specific skills needed to meet these needs and systems are then implemented through student's hands-on learning. 


Economic development takes place as members of the community offer their skills or teaching abilities to both pass on knowledge of the cultural heritage and to provide logistical support in areas such as catering, tours, project management, housekeeping/site management, lodging, accounting and more. As a team of leaders arises, the community may choose to be trained and to take responsibility of these programs and run courses within their area as an autonomously functioning business.



Of Permaculture and Pastoralism: Heroes and Villains?

Pastoralists often get a bad press as agents of environmental destruction. But is this a fair portrayal? Are farmers better than cowboys? How do we as permaculturalists relate to the nomads?

Posted about 11 years ago (0 comments)

PermaNegev #3 students graduate

After a 6-week intensive course including field trips, practical sessions and workshops, our 3rd cohort of students have graduated! Congratulations and thanks to Carly, Jamie and Jeff....AND announcing PermaNegev #4, starting on June 2nd. Join us!

Posted about 11 years ago (0 comments)

PermaNegev #3 is up and running!

Our third course at the Qasr A Sir EcoKhan is well and truly underway! As we enter week 3, here are a few snaps from the course so far! Join us for PermaBlitz, starting March 14th! Putting theory into practice and moving our project forward!

Posted over 11 years ago (1 comments)

PermaNegev #2 has launched!

The second PermaNegev course to be offered at the Qasr A Sir Khan has started...........

Posted over 11 years ago (1 comments)

PermNegev 2: August 26th to October 7th

We will be offering another Permaculture Course at the Bustan EcoKhan this summer. Sign up now to study permaculture in the Negev Desert!

Posted almost 12 years ago (0 comments)

PermaNegev week 5: A cornucopia of a week!

As PermaNegev reaches its closing stages, thanks to Jono for this review:

Posted about 12 years ago (1 comments)

PermaNegev week 2!

We are still rolling here at the Khan in Qasr A Sir..........Thanks to Yossi and Sharon for this blog.......

Posted about 12 years ago (1 comments)

PermaNegev is off the ground and flying!!!!!

PermaNegev has launched! This blog from Torin, one of our first ever students on our first ever course.....enjoy

Posted about 12 years ago (1 comments)

Demolitions Report 2011

A report prepared by the Negev Coexistence forum on demolitions of Bedouin homes and crops by the Israeli government authorities in 2011.

Posted over 12 years ago (0 comments)

Israeli government passes Praver Plan to forcibly relocate 30-40 thousand Bedouin from their land

A message from Yeela Ranaan at the Regional Council for Unrecognized Villages.....and an insight into the urgency of demonstrating alternative development models and campaigning within Israel for a more humane approach by the government.

Posted over 12 years ago (0 comments)

The Search for Sustainability in the Negev

An article about the context of Bustan's work in the Negev.....and why you should sign up for our latest extended permaculture course!

Posted over 12 years ago (0 comments)


A 5-month intensive Permaculture, Arabic and Middle Eastern program at the Bedouin village of Qasr A-Sir

Posted over 12 years ago (2 comments)
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Rural Residential Community Demonstration Educational Political
Alice Gray - Permaculture instructor Raed Al Mickawi - Admin
Team Members
Alex Williams - Garden Manager 2015 season Jonathan Hughes - Garden Manager 2015 season Michael Kogan - Garden Manager 2015 season Yoshikazu Eri - Garden Manager 2015 season Yossi ROuch - Garden Manager 2015 season

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