Social Permaculture Weekend

Group Leadership and Empowerment: Social Permaculture Mini-Intensive

Taught by Starhawk, Europa Grace and Annie-Rose London

December 7th-9th, daily from 10am-7pm, with optional potluck dinner on the evening of December 6th
Location: Oakland, CA
Sliding scale $200-$350, flexible payments available

This course is non-residential. We will provide light breakfast foods, tea and snacks but participants should bring their own bagged lunch.

*Applications welcome through 11/27/18: Application here->

In this time of environmental and social meltdowns, we need one another to make positive changes and plant the seeds of a new world. But to work together, and to embrace diversity and challenge the systems of oppression that divide us, we need the skills of building group bonds, establishing clear communication and resolving conflict creatively.

This three-day intensive explores social permaculture—looking at how we can design groups, structures and new patterns that further beneficial human relationships. We’ll explore how to structure our groups for maximum group health, how to share power fairly, mediate conflicts and facilitate group processes. Starhawk’s latest book, The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, will be our foundation. Insights from both permaculture and magic will help us learn to be more effective and joyful as we work together to regenerate our world.

Read more about our instructors, Starhawk, Europa Grace, and Annie-Rose London, here: EAT Instructors

This course is for you if you belong to :

  • A group or organization seeking to make change.
  • A nonprofit or NGO that seeks to work collaboratively.
  • A spiritual circle, ritual group, or faith community.
  • A community group, Transition Town, collective, or worker-run cooperative.
  • An intentional community or household, or hope to start one.
  • A collaborative arts, theater, or music group. A band!
  • A family or a community of friends that want to improve communications and ways of handling conflict.

Topics include:

Permaculture principles for social permaculture:

      • Design beneficial relationships.
      • Value diversity and edge.
      • Stack functions.

    Group vision: picture of the world, mission, goals and governance.
    Norms and Rules.
    Effective group structure.
    Power: Power over, power from within, earned and unearned social power
    Communication: Text and subtext, nonviolent communication, ladder of inference
    Effective feedback.
    Conflict—embracing, mediating and resolving group conflict.

Course location: We are pleased to host this event in the Resilient Wellness Health Hub, a center for community health and education in Oakland, CA, located at 3641 San Pablo Avenue.

Accessibility Info: Resilient Wellness is a wheelchair accessible space. We will have folding chairs and floor cushions for seating and can arrange more comfortable seating if your access needs require it.

Course cost: Our sliding scale of $200-350 includes all instruction, materials, course resources, snacks and beverages; payment can be made flexibly at your own pace via our online link, provided when your registration is accepted.

To apply: Please complete our application form here; our coordinator will respond during weekday business hours with follow-up information shortly after your application is received. Please email us with any questions!