June 14th, 2018: A message from Starhawk

In just a few days, it will be my birthday!  What do I want for it? So many things you probably can’t give me—although I know you’re doing your best.  A world of justice. A global commitment to regenerate our environment and mitigate climate change. A massive eruption of compassion and common decency!

I’m doing my best, too—and what I’ve been spending much of my time doing is Earth Activist Training—which pretty much combines all of the above:  regeneration of land and community, organizing for justice, and building beneficial relationships. So what I would most love as a birthday present is support for our programs—particularly our Diversity Scholarships for people of color working in environmental and social justice.

EAT hands seeds

What will they do with this training?  Our students are growing food in urban farms in Baltimore, teaching inner-city kids in Indiana, organizing a permaculture gathering at Standing Rock.  They’ve brought permaculture to global justice mobilizations and set up graywater treatment at Occupy camps, provided bioremediation after Hurricane Katrina and training designers and teachers at a suburban farm in the SF Bay Area, worked to empower girls and young women who live in public housing, and so much more!

I’m going to be 67—which honestly I find hard to believe!  The hair is gray—when I look in the mirror, I’m starting to look not just like my mother, but like my grandmother, and it’s always a surprise!  But 67 times ten would fund food and lodging for a work trader or almost half a scholarship to one of our two-week intensives permaculture design certificate courses.  Or consider a monthly donation of $6.70—less than the price of a latte and a scone. But that regular income helps us plan and pay for all the unglamorous work of keeping our project going.  Or, if you are experiencing financial abundance, $1670 would fully fund a scholarship to one of our upcoming courses!

You can donate online securely via Network for Good here:


Or send a check to our fiscal sponsor,

Alliance of Community Trainers
1405 Hillmont
Austin Texas 78704 USA
earmark it: EAT Scholarship Fund

Yes, the times are challenging…and that beautiful world of justice seems to be receding before us.  But the world is also full of people quietly doing their best—healing, planting, teaching, organizing, regenerating, and taking action to make the crucial changes we need.  Thank you so much for doing your part—and for supporting ours!


P.S. Please, share this letter with your friends and social networks. And, come take one of our programs yourself:  one of our two-week permaculture design certificate courses, our Sacred Earth Autumn intensive, or perhaps a Social Permaculture training next year.

EAT Keira, Aleya A-frame


Alliance of Community Trainers, the fiscal sponsor for Earth Activist Training, is a 501c3 nonprofit.