About

Earth Activist Training teaches permaculture design with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism. We link those who are creating positive alternatives for the future with those who are actively working for political change. EAT has a special interest in what is now being called 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.

EAT 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. See our Schedule page for upcoming offerings.

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.

EAT 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.

EAT’s Mission Statement:

Begin With ObservationTo 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.

EAT course graduates have gone on 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.

EAT grads are at work in Brazil, Africa, Palestine, Israel, Mexico, Jamaica, India, Thailand, Spain, France, England, Australia, and all over the U.S. and Canada.

To connect with EAT folks on social media, find us on Facebook at Earth Activist Training.