Permaculture design with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism.
E.A.T. offers two-week residential courses in permaculture design that proved a Permaculture Design Certificate, recognized by the worldwide permaculture movement. We also offer training in Social Permaculture and Facilitation, a Sacred Earth Apprenticeship program, mentoring for teachers and designers, and consultations with community groups.
We link those who are creating positive alternatives for the future with those who are actively working for political change. E.A.T. has a special interest in Social Permaculture: the application of ecological principles to designing beneficial human relations. And, we have a commitment to share these skills and tools with the communities most impacted by injustice.
Permaculture has many tools to address the problems of climate change and environmental degradation, and our courses focus on solutions and positive approaches to the grave problems which confront us today.
We believe learning should be interactive, participatory and experiential, so our courses include many hands-on projects, games, songs, exercises, discussions, and rituals as well as classroom time.
E.A.T. teachers are deeply involved in organizing around climate change, anti-racism, and social justice as well as environmental issues. We work with the Black Permaculture Network, and cowrote the solidarity statement that is on their website. We were instrumental in organizing the Permaculture Climate Change Solutions group with an international scope.
To bring the knowledge and resources of regenerative ecological design to communities with the greatest needs and fewest resources.
To teach visionary and practical solutions and personal sustainability to social change activists, and to teach practical skills, organizing, and activism to visionaries.
To cross-pollinate the political, environmental, and spiritual movements that seek peace, justice, and resilience.
A Bit of Background
EAT began in late 2000 when author and activist Starhawk and permaculture designer and master teacher Penny Livingston-Stark asked some new questions: “What can permaculturalists and activists learn from each other that would make each more effective? What skills do people need to know in order to really ‘save the planet’? How can we teach these skills in ways that ripple out to others?” Penny and Starhawk combined their many years of knowledge and created the first Earth Activist Training, held the following spring in 2001.
E.A.T. course graduates have gone on to projects around the world, to start intentional communities, carry out bioremediation in flood damaged New Orleans, start urban community gardens, set up permaculture encampments for major mobilizations, restore watersheds and habitats, organize campaigns against forest clearcutting and GMOs, set up teaching programs and community centers, and many other important projects.
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What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is ecological design aimed at creating systems that meet human needs while regenerating and healing the environment around us.
It does this by applying a set of ethics and principles that guide us in designing connections, flows, and beneficial relationships among various elements, whether in a garden, a building or an organization, and mimicking the way that nature works.
Permaculture is no one technique or process, but rather weaves together multiple approaches, technologies and solutions to problems of sustainability. Instead of designing separate things, we design connections and beneficial relationships.
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Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer, and one of the foremost voices in earth-based spirituality. Her twelve books include The Spiral Dance, The Fifth Sacred Thing, and The Earth Path, and her first picture book for children, The Last Wild Witch.
Starhawk directs and teaches Earth Activist Training and has been recognized by the Permaculture Institute of North America as a leading figure in the permaculture field and has been awarded PINA’s dual diplomas for excellence in education and permaculture site design.
(PDC, Social, Facilitator courses)
Charles, a certified permaculture designer, comes to EAT through a love of the wild, faith that healthy communities can solve complex problems, and a belief that working with one’s hands is sacred work.
Over the past two decades he has stewarded many pieces of land throughout the United States. His approach simultaneously promotes both preservation of wild spaces and conservation of the domestic. His deep respect for and relationship with the divine in nature informs all he does, integrating spiritual practices with land management.FULL BIO
(PDC, Social, Facilitator, Teacher Training courses)
Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a teacher, writer, designer and speaker.
She studied at Columbia and Tufts University and with several permaculture and greenbuilding design programs.
Her writing includes a children’s book, various curricula and a manual entitled “Shades of Green” for individuals wanting to teach green building to youth.
She has keynoted and lectured on topics ranging from diversity, social justice, youth and women’s leadership, social entrepreneurship and sustainability.
Alfred Decker is an award-winning permaculture designer and one of Europe’s leading permaculture educators. Since his first PDC in 1998 in California, Alfred has been involved with social movements and projects throughout Europe and the Americas. He is the founder of the 12 Principles Permaculture Design consultancy, Permacultura Barcelona and the Forest Gardens project at Can Masdeu; is a co-founder of the Spanish Permaculture Academy (Academia de Permacultura Íbera); and was a member of the European Permaculture Teachers Partnership and the Permaculture Council of Europe. Alfred holds a post graduate diploma in sustainable architecture and renewable energy (Centre for Alternative Technology).FULL BIO
(Restoration Intensive Co-Teacher)
Lindsay Dailey (she / her) is a permaculture educator and consultant that has devoted her practice to tending zone 4 and the edge of the wild. She has been a student of California indigenous land management, and is particularly passionate about working with prescribed fire as a healing tool in the landscape. Lindsay works with private and tribal landowners to develop and implement wildlands management plan with a lens of regenerative reciprocity that improve ecological conditions of the land while deepening our connection to the natural world. She also develops and teaches curriculum that weaves together restoration ecology, traditional ecological knowledge, deep nature connection, and the making of beauty with materials from the wild. The co-founder of the Oak Granary, and former Wildlands Program Director of the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, she is currently the Ecosystem Restoration Program Director at New Paradigm College.
(EAT Online Teacher)
Patty Love is a perpetually curious permaculture designer, teacher, and constultant based in the Genesee River Valley (Rochester, NY) where she practices and studies ecological and regenerative design, permaculture, and edible forest/forage gardening. Her work is informed from her “dirt time,” education, reading, time in nature, conversations, perpetual curiosity, and spiritual pursuits. She holds two Permaculture Design Certificates, including Earth Activist Training, and is a Certified Permaculture Teacher in addition to traditional BS and MALS Degrees.
Our Fellow & Student Teachers
(Social Permaculture Fellow)
Annie-Rose London is a social artist who seeks to create raucous experiences of joy and pleasure to counteract systems of oppressive mind control. She draws together the fields of ecological design, community arts, and social justice through facilitation and performance. Her earnest irreverence is inherited from a lineage of Jewish and Queer healers. She has called herself a performance artist, a clown, a ritualist, an educator, an activist – today she calls herself happy to meet you.
(Social Permaculture Fellow)
Europa is a black, queer performance artist, group facilitator, and yoga instructor based in San Francisco.
(Permaculture Design Student Teacher)
Malik “Sol” Coburn (he/they) is a crate digging, oracle card reading, eclectic earth servant and learning teacher hailing from Potawotami/Miami/Illinois territory – also known as inner city Chicago. Their developmental years were spent immersed in a loving community of family & friends, different religious institutions, school systems, and local political landscapes. Sol has dedicated their life to finding spaces where care for the earth, people, and sharing resources is embraced and illuminated.
He has a genuine non-stop curiosity for embodying processes that are taught by nature. This is channeled through cultivating fun and culturally sensitive curricula; co-curation of events; and consulting with those who seek to find the parallels to their daily lives in nature.
After studying Integrated Marketing & Sustainability at the University of Redlands – Johnston Center, Sol’s intentions and passion led to immerse himself in two Earth Activist Trainings. Having been privileged with these experiences brought him to want to share. From leading an Environmental Science Program in Gary, IN at Lighthouse College Prep; to leading captivating lecture series’ & curating public programs at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Sol’s current projects involve building the Environmental Team at SavemoneySavelife, community wellness advocate at Verde Holistic Wellness Studio, and member of Chicago Urban Permaculture Salon. Sol moves with a listen-first attitude, understanding that resilience is true security – feeding what we want to grow. These experiences have led to a current residency with Social Ecologies in Chicago, IL.
You may contact us at: cultivate.regenerate@gmail(dot)com
Lisa DePiano is a certified permaculture designer, teacher and practitioner with over 15 years of experience. She is a lecturer in Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts and a research fellow at the MIT media lab. She runs the Mobile Design Lab which specializes in participatory permaculture design and education and is author of Permaculture FEAST principles flash cards.FULL BIO
Read about what our former students are doing.
Climate Change Resources and Solutions
What are the policies we really need to deal with climate change? You’ll find them below in Starhawk’s Climate Change Primer! It’s a quick overview of the issues, vocabulary, pros and cons of the spectrum of real solutions. No single technology will make the necessary changes—we need a mosaic of varied approaches.
It is also a compendium of permaculture techniques; much of what’s listed here is what we teach in our Earth Activist Training PDC courses.
Who is it useful for? You, if you want to:
- Better understand the issue.
- Know what the solutions are and how they work together.
- Know what policies to press your local, state and national politicians to implement.
- Know what policies to implement if you are one of the above.
- Know what kind of things to invest your money in if you still have some left.
- Know what kinds of careers to pursue or subjects to study.
- Save the world.
You are welcome to download it for free, but we deeply appreciate donations to Earth Activist Training’s Diversity Scholarship fund, which we use to support the attendance of people of color working in environmental, food and social justice movements. Suggested donation for the download is $15. Your support will help us continue to train people to implement these solutions.
In these chaotic economic times, it’s harder than ever to find the funds to offer these courses and make them accessible—but it’s more vital than ever to share these skills. So please help out with whatever you can spare.
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