You can find out more about all of our courses, workshops and educational events using the links below. New classes are regularly in development so please check back, or join our announcement list to be notified when new courses are open. Information about financial options can be found on our Money Basics page. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Permaculture Design Certificate Course
Western Sonoma County, CA

January 6th – 20th, 2019: two-week intensive residential course
Work-Trade positions and Diversity Scholarships available **Currently all work-trade and scholarship positions are FULL
Location: Black Mountain Preserve and Golden Rabbit Ranch, Western Sonoma County, CA

Taught by Starhawk with Pandora Thomas, Charles Williams, and guest lecturers

In our two-week Permaculture Design Course, we gather together to explore an internationally-recognized permaculture design certificate (PDC) curriculum with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism.

Learn how to design human systems that mimic natural systems, using a minimum of energy and resources and creating real abundance and social justice. Earth Activist Training is unique in weaving social permaculture aspects throughout our course: learn how to organize our human communities and groups, how to resolve conflicts, make decisions, work together effectively, and sustain our spirits. Together we create a community contained by daily ceremony and interactive ritual throughout the course.

We teach interactively, not just through classroom presentation, lecture and discussion, but through games, songs, ceremony, guided visualizations, design practice, field trips, and a variety of practical, hands-on, outdoor projects.

Complete details and registration form now available->


Social Permaculture Intensive
Sonoma County, CA

March 13th – 17th, 2019: five-day intensive residential course
Location: Black Mountain Retreat Center, Cazadero CA

Led by Starhawk and Pandora Thomas

Permaculture tools are well-known in their uses for healing and living harmoniously with the land, plants, and animals around us- but we can use these same tools to design our relationships with the people we live with, work with, and love. Join us for a five-day immersion into the practices and applications of social permaculture- hands-on, practical tools to develop the collaborations and dynamics we need to meet the challenges of the world.

Details to be announced; please sign up for our email list on the top of the page for updates.

Sacred Earth Intensive
Sonoma County, CA

March 18th – 22nd, 2019: five-day intensive residential course
Location: Black Mountain Retreat Center, Cazadero CA

Led by Starhawk and Demetra Markis

A program sponsored by Earth Activist Training.

Please join us for an intensive residency in magical and practical healing for ourselves, our communities and the earth. Myth and story guide us through a deep process of personal transformation, anchored with inquiry into plant medicine, tools of healing, plant preparations, and earth magic. Deepen your skills of ritual and ceremony, both personal and collective, while immersing yourself in the many paths to herbal practice and partnership.

Details to be announced; please sign up for our email list on the top of the page for updates.

Announcing EAT’s New Course!

Regenerative Land Management Program

May 14-23, 2019: Kick-off Intensive

Location: TBD near Sebastopol, CA.

Taught by Starhawk, Charles Williams and many guest teachers.


Create a meaningful livelihood restoring land and revitalizing community!

Our new long-term program is designed to give you the skills, experience and confidence to run a farm, ranch, retreat center or urban farm in ways that heal damaged ecosystems and sequester carbon.

Why?  We are beyond the tipping point for climate change, and to prevent global catastrophe we need to pull carbon out of the atmosphere.  The best way to do that is by regenerating living systems, using trees and plants to change that carbon into wood and food and humus.  Farmers are the new earth healers!

The opportunity—Half the farmland in North America is due to change hands in the next two decades as farmers age out.  It’s vital we get that land into the hands of those who know how to manage it in ways that contribute to global healing.  We need trained people—and you need to be able to make a thriving living for yourselves and your families.

The Program—We’ve designed a flexible program that should take approximately two years—less if you already have extensive experience.  It’s based around two ten-day intensives, short internships, a longer-term apprenticeship and many shorter courses, all guided by your personal mentor who will help you tailor the program to your own goals and needs.

>> See all the details HERE <<

Are you starting out in life, looking for meaningful work that can provide a livelihood for you and your family?  Are you seeking to change careers? Are you distressed about climate change and social breakdown, and want to make a positive contribution to the world?  Do you love nature and enjoy being outdoors?

This program is for you!

The cost: Each intensive costs sliding scale $1600-$1800 which includes food and camping sites or lodging.  We hope to provide work trade opportunities and Diversity Scholarships.

The basic mentorship and program fees are $150 a month.  Apprenticeships and internships will be by arrangement. We will work with you to make the program accessible.

Find out more—see the full program on our website, here.

Ready to join us? Register today HERE

Mother Earth wants you on her team! 


Permaculture Design Certificate Course
Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, Canada

June 28th – July 14th, 2019: two-week intensive residential course
Location: O.U.R. Ecovillage, Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Taught by Starhawk, Charles Williams, and many fine teachers from the ecovillage

This residential PDC course is held concurrently with the OUR Little Permies Camp, a homeschool, unschool, educational immersion program for kids that runs alongside the PDC and welcomes entire families to learn together! O.U.R. Ecovillage is an incredible model demonstration sustainable village community rooted in social, ecological, and economic well being; Earth Activist Training has been bringing our PDC course to this location for years. (And U.S. residents save a lot with the Canadaian currency exchange!) For all details, questions, and registration information, please visitthe O.U.R. Ecovillage Course page. (Please note, O.U.R. Ecovillage will handle all aspects on this course, so please contact them directly with your questions.)

This PDC is actually the first half of the International “Ecovillage and Sustainable Communities Design Certificate” (the United Nations ratified global curriculum for ecological community design). The second half of the course is a straight transfer for anyone who has been part of an Earth Activist Training/PDC. For details on the full 5-week course, please visit The Ecovillage Design Education Programme.

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