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Fri, 14 Apr


Kingston upon Thames

Drop in and meet Rakesh Rootsman

Relaxed discussion, demo and talks all day

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Drop in and meet Rakesh Rootsman
Drop in and meet Rakesh Rootsman

Time & Location

14 Apr 2023, 12:00 – 20:00

Kingston upon Thames, Wood St, Kingston upon Thames KT1, UK

About the event

We open for our ususal drop in at 12 oc

Looking to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle? Want some tips, ideas, inspirations. Looking for people to work with? Come down to the Kingston Hive and join the conversation

PEDAL POWER DEMONSTRATION 13:00 - 16:00 Lets talk about energy and energy efficiency. Rakesh will bring his pedal powered generator maybe with a small PA system which we can use to help us understand in a fun and tangible way how much energy different appliances consume. Lets think about how we can save energy and money by making better choices.

Learn about the project he has initiated to teach people in deprived parts of London about energy efficiency and how you can help.


PHYSICAL MENTAL SPIRITUAL BALANCE 16:00 - 16:40 - Talk on how to design balance in your life (combining tantric tools for understanding where you are and where you are not balanced physically, mentally & spiritually; naturopathy for understanding the body, permaculture for how to design and make your personal health and wellbeing part of a natural flow)

LOW MAINTENANCE BIODIVERSE RICH COMMUNITY FOOD SYSTEMS 17:00 - 17:40 - The three most significant challenges humanity currently faces is biodiversity loss, feeding ourselves and lack of community. Forest gardens are a way of growing food, medicines, crafting materials, soaps, etc in a low maintenance way that also encourages a diversity of life. Making community forest gardens, connects people and gives people them a sense of purpose and hope.Did you know Borough of Kingston is home to London's first forest garden, and also a more updated forest garden.

18:00 - 18:40 - Making lifetime rich soil for food growing with biochar (less watering, more bacteria, well aerated soil for generations). Find out why there is such a great buzz around biochar, what is it, how do we make it, and can we really cook while making it, make electricity from it, heat water, heat houses, make water fileters, etc, etc, etc

19:00 - 19:40- Talk on the joys of collaborative working (how to work well in groups using sociocracy)

RAKESH IN KINGSTON Rakesh will be running a weekend long series of workshops and talks

FRIDAY 14th 1pm to 4pm Pedal power demo at the Kingston Hive. 4pm to 8pm A series of free talks on health and wellbeing; making biodiverse rich low maintenance food growing systems; collaborative working and the miraculous biochar.

SATURDAY 15th Practical on how to make biochar cook stoves and rocket stoves 10am to 4pm in Thames Ditton

SUNDAY 16th 10:30 to 13:00 Wild food walk (safe foraging) 15:00 to 17:00 Fermentation workshop @Kingston Hive

Rakesh "Rootsman Rak" is an experienced low impact living designer and teacher from the UK, specializing in community resilience, permaculture, creating food forests and low maintenance food growing systems. He has worked as an advisor to several community projects in London and throughout Europe and has taught in many countries around the world. Rakesh has turned his dyslexia to his advantage by developing talent for observation and hands-on learning and teaching methods. At a young age, he established a successful computer consultancy and, after achieving financial independence, acquired skills as a homeopath and yoga teacher which he put to use in Ananda Marga humanitarian relief projects in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Along with Permaculture Rakesh focuses on the human skills of communication and planning so necessary for successful communities.











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