Reskilling Group

Our meetings are held monthly to propose, discuss and plan upcoming reskilling projects and are open for anyone to attend. 

We sponsor reskilling classes and faires. People can get involved by coming to the events, attending the meetings and supporting the events, hosting or teaching an event with support and endorsement of the group

Contact: Rachel Dawson at or snail mail me at PO Box 761 Sebastopol 95473 

Mission Statement:

"Organizing venues for people to learn practical skills to increase individual and community resilience and networking with other groups providing opportunities for skill sharing."

If we are to respond to Peak Oil and Climate Change by moving to a lower energy future and relocalizing our communities, then we’ll need many of the skills that our grandparents took for granted. One of the most useful things a Transition Initiative can do is to reverse the “great deskilling” of the last 40 years by offering training in a range of skills.

Research among the older members of our communities is instructive – after all, they lived before the throwaway society took hold and they understand what a lower energy society might look like.

Some examples of courses offered in other Transition Towns around the world include: recycling grey water, knitting, sewing, cooking and food preserving, bicycle maintenance, natural building, herbal medicines, basic home energy efficiency, practical food growing, harvesting rainwater, composting waste (the list is endless). Transition Sebastopol's group has started to meet to organize reskilling classes for our area.

The intention behind the Transition Model's "Great Reskilling" is to give people a powerful realization of their own ability to solve problems, to achieve practical results and to work cooperatively alongside other people. And we all appreciate that learning can be fun!









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