A message from Starhawk

What do I want for Winter Solstice/Yule/Hanukah/Christmas?

Support for Earth Activist Training!

Dear friends,

This year we have seen the devastating impact of climate change, from the horrific fires here in Northern California to the revved-up hurricanes in the Caribbean. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are clamoring for aid, and the immediate need feels overwhelming.

But I’m asking you to look toward the future.

Earth Activist Training teaches the tools and skills of regenerative design, and shares the understandings and practices we need to address climate change, and to organize around it. Our courses are a potent mix of permaculture, spirit, and activism.

EAT Keira, Aleya A-frame

And we have a commitment to share those tools with front-line communities who are experiencing the brunt of the changes—and resisting the forces that cause them. Our graduates have taught inner-city youth how to grow food—and to cook it, eat it, and feed the health of their communities. They have built cabins in the path of pipelines and installed graywater systems at Occupy Wall Street.

Diversity creates resilience in a system—that’s one of the permaculture principles. For our trainings, we offer Diversity Scholarships to people of color and differently abled people working in environmental and social justice. By offering not just one, or two, but multiple scholarships, we are able to create a different kind of group culture that enriches the experience for every student. We create warm and supportive communities where we can have courageous conversations—sometimes challenging, often exhilarating—and develop ongoing circles of support.

Looking around at the Northern California Permaculture Convergence this year, I was struck by how much more diverse the overall permaculture community is than it was even a few years ago, and what a wide variety of talks and workshops were being offered. Our programs have had a huge impact on this change, and our students were there, taking leadership—from being on the organizing committee to offering workshops on everything from beekeeping to Decolonizing Permaculture. I am very excited to continue mentoring some of the amazing people who have come through our programs.

Permaculture offers solutions to climate change, and methods to mitigate its impact. Permaculture systems can help us respond to emergencies and recover after disasters. We need many trained practitioners and organizers to get these tools into the hands of the people who most need them—and we have so many people eager to learn and help. For our upcoming January course, we’ve already allocated six full scholarships and eleven work trades—and the need keeps growing.

Won’t you help us help?

EAT hands seeds

The holidays and the season of giving are upon us. This year, can you give someone you love a stake in a viable future with a donation to Earth Activist Training? Just provide a name and address, and we’ll send back a beautiful card, hand-signed by me personally.

$1800 supports a full scholarship. $850 funds food and lodging for a work trader, or a full scholarship for our Social Permaculture or Facilitators’ training. For every 10 people who donate $75 or more, we can accept one more work trader from our waiting list. But any amount, no matter how small, is gratefully received and enormously helpful. Feel free to go ahead and donate whatever you can.

With enormous gratitude for your generosity,DonateNow



Feel free to donate whatever you can. Donations are tax-deductible, and any amount will help and be deeply appreciated!

Alliance of Community Trainers, the fiscal sponsor for Earth Activist Training, is a 501c3 nonprofit, and your donation is tax-deductible.

A message to share with your communities:

Earth Activist Training teaches ecological design with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism.  Now, more than ever, we need the tools of both resistance and regeneration, and we need to share these tools with activists and leaders in communities on the frontlines of environmental and social justice struggles.  Please help Earth Activist Training continue our Diversity Program, offering scholarships and work trade to people of color, differently-abled people and activists.  We are making a difference—in the permaculture community and the world, and you can be part of it!  Feel free to donate what you can, and thanks!  Your support makes our work possible!

Alliance of Community Trainers, the fiscal sponsor for Earth Activist Training, is a 501c3 nonprofit, and your donation is tax-deductible.