Permaculture Teacher Training for Women

Permaculture Teacher Training for Women: A Four-Day Intensive

Friday October 5th – Monday October 8th, 2018
A Program Co-Sponsored by the Women’s Earth Alliance
Wild and Radish Farm, El Sobrante, CA

With Pandora Thomas, Lisa DePiano, and Starhawk

Drawing on the wisdom of ecological systems and indigenous knowledge, permaculture offers us a vision, design approach, and tools to create a world of health and abundance. Increased inclusion and support of leadership and perspective from women of diverse backgrounds is vital to this vision.

In this unique and innovative program, we explore diversity and leadership while building our confidence. We practice teaching permaculture for various formats, from introductory workshops, special topics, and short courses, to the core permaculture design certificate (PDC) course.

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Cost: Sliding scale $650-$850. Work-trade and scholarship positions are FULL.
Dates: The course will run each day from 9am-9pm from Friday, October 5th through Monday, October 8th; there will be an evening off on Saturday when the course will stop at 5:30pm.
Location: Wild and Radish Farm, El Sobrante, CA. Camping available onsite for $25/night, many affordable food options nearby, rideshare assistance available.

Using permaculture principles as our guide, we work from patterns to details in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere. Participants walk away with heightened skills around designing collaborative and empowering learning experiences for diverse groups plus a fun and engaging set of activities for their teaching toolbox, including:

  • How to use permaculture principles and ethics in our teaching, life planning and leadership
  • Teaching techniques for different learning styles, audiences, and venues
  • How to work effectively as a teaching team
  • Best practices in planning, marketing, and evaluating courses
  • A comprehensive manual of resources and teaching materials
  • Access to a network of teachers and practitioners from around the globe

Participants design and teach a permaculture topic of their choice with personalized feedback from instructors who have more than 50 combined years of teaching experience.

To register: This course requires an application and is open to those who identify as women and/or were assigned female at birth, who hold a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) or who feel they have a working knowledge and experience with permaculture design. Women of color and queer or gender nonconforming women are especially encouraged to apply.

About Our Instructors:

Pandora Thomas

Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a caregiver, teacher, writer, designer and speaker.  Her work emphasizes the benefits of applying ecological principles to social design.

As a presenter both domestically and internationally, she has given keynotes and lectures on topics ranging from diversity, social justice, youth and women’s leadership, social entrepreneurship permaculture and sustainability. She has designed curriculum for and taught groups all over the world as diverse as Iraqi and Indonesian youth to men serving in San Quentin and men and women returning home from incarceration.

Pandora’s most recent projects include co-founding the Black Permaculture Network, working for 6 years with Toyota to design and serving as a coalition member of the Toyota Green Initiative, which supports African Americans in understanding the benefits of adopting sustainable lifestyles; co-designing, teaching with and directing Pathways to Resilience-a permaculture and social entrepreneur training program that worked with men and women returning home after incarceration, and working with Resilient by Design, leading the permaculture design team P+SET (Permaculture plus Social Equity) and nine other teams to collaboratively design climate adaptive solutions with and in the most vulnerable bay area communities. Continue reading Pandora’s bio here->


Lisa DePiano

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.

For over a decade she has taught permaculture to hundreds of students in dozens of courses in the United States and abroad, including the Permaculture Women’s Teacher Training. She runs the Mobile Design Lab which specializes in participatory permaculture design and installation and serves as a board member for the Permaculture Institute of the Northeast. Her public permaculture installations include the grey water system at Occupy Wall Street and the Lee Street Forest Garden in Cambridge.

Lisa co-founded the Western MA Permaculture guild in 2002 where she helped to develop the thriving permaculture network that helped to build many demonstration sites including, Paradise Lot.  She started her formal teaching in 2003 when she apprentice taught with Dave Jacke and Jono Neiger during their 3-week Permaculture design course. She went on to get her teaching certificate from Kat Steele and Benjamin Farrer in 2008. Making permaculture more accessible is a main motivation so she went on to design and run permaculture short courses first out of the public library and later at the Northampton Community Resource Center she co-founded and  at the Montview Neighborhood Farm, a 3 acre permaculture CSA and Food Forest on public land, she co-founded in 2004. Continue reading Lisa’s bio here->


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.

She has lived and worked collectively for thirty years, and her experiences inform her book on group dynamics, The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups. Her latest book, City of Refuge, is a sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing. The second-highest funded fiction project ever on Kickstarter, it became available to the public in early 2016.

Starhawk directs and teaches Earth Activist Training which combines permaculture design certificate courses with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism. She 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. Continue reading Starhawk’s bio here->


Permaculture Teacher Training for Women

October 5th – 8th, 2018

Location: Wild and Radish Farm, El Sobrante, CA, United States

Please fill out our application form here: Application

When an application has been received, we will send you a confirmation email. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and we will send notification of acceptance or deferral via email, at which point you will be asked to confirm your attendance with a deposit. If you have questions, or if you do not receive confirmation of your application submission within one week, please email to reach our coordinator.