Occidental Arts and Ecology Center biologist, permaculture educator and WATER Institute Director Brock Dolman will engage the audience in an inquiry concerning the spirit and processes of Planet Water. Water, watersheds and Permaculture practices that support regenerative ecological integrity and social resiliency will be explored. Water is the defining ‘element of life’ on Planet Water and the conservation of native ecosystems swimming, crawling, flying and walking with biodiversity is absolutely dependent upon hydrologically intact watersheds. As a committed practitioner of place inspired pedagogy – the fabled Lake Lahontan Watershed will figure largely in the unfurling and whirling while we wander the watery way.
Brock Dolman is a co-founder and co-owner of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center and the Sowing Circle Intentional Community. He is the Director of OAEC's WATER Institute and Permaculture Program. He is a wildlife biologist and permaculture, watershed restoration, roofwater and stormwater harvesting designer, consultant and educator. Brock has presented at numerous conferences such as Bioneers, EcoFarm, GreenPrints, HOPES and SolFest. He also has lectured internationally in Costa Rica, Brazil and China. He has been featured in the award winning films: The 11th Hour by Leonardo DiCaprio; The Call of Life by Species Alliance; and Permaculture: A Quiet Revolution by Vanessa Shultz. In 1992 he completed his BA, graduating with honors from the University of California Santa Cruz with the Biology Department and Environmental Studies Department.