Earth Repair Workshop

Toxic Realities and Radical Remedies: A Grassroots Bioremediation Intensive with Leila Darwish

Friday, April 4th: 7–9pm / Saturday, April 5th: 9am–3pm
Townsite Anglican Church, 6310 Sycamore Street —— Pay What You Can

Are you passionate about growing and gathering your own food and medicine, but lush plantsconcerned that the soils in your community are contaminated by heavy metals or chemicals?

Do you live in a place where industrial activity formerly occurred or is currently taking place and are concerned about the toxic legacies left behind?

Join us for a weekend of exploring and experimenting with a diversity of grassroots bioremediation tools to help heal the lands and waters that nourish us! How can we work with the power of living systems to heal contaminated and damaged land? When it comes to environmental disasters, like oil spills, how can we skill up and help with the recovery of the communities, lands and waters that we love?

This workshop will explore different ways we can work with the many micro-organisms, mushrooms, and plants that are the planets finest and oldest disaster responders, alchemists, and healers.

We’ll cover the basics of different community accessible bioremediation techniques, including:

      • Microbial Remediation
        Using microorganisms to break down and bind contaminants.
      • Phytoremediation
        Using plants to extract, bind, and transform toxins.
      • Mycoremediation
        Using fungi to clean up contaminated soil and water.

Other topics covered in the course materials include:

      • Contaminants 101 (heavy metals and chemicals)
      • Soil Testing
      • Site Assessment/Reading the Land
      • Designing Grassroots Bioremediation Projects
      • Applications for Water Contamination and Filtration
      • Oil Spills 101
      • Self-Care for Grassroots Remediators (personal protective gear, plant and mushroom allies for supporting detox and good health)


Leila Darwish is a community organizer, author, permaculture designer, educator, gardener, and grassroots herbalist with a deep commitment to environmental justice, food sovereignty, and to providing accessible and transformative tools for communities dealing with toxic contamination of their land and drinking water.

Over the last decade, she has worked as a community organizer for different environmental organizations and community groups in Alberta, BC and the USA on different environmental justice campaigns. She is a certified permaculture designer, a graduate of the Linnaea Farms Ecological Farming Program, and has also apprenticed on different organic farms across Canada and the USA. She has given workshops on grassroots bioremediation for a diversity of groups and organizations across the United States and Canada, and is the author of the new book “Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes” (2013, New Society Publishing).

For more information about the book and courses, please check out her website:

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