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EARTH ACTIVIST TRAINING

Quality Training in Permaculture and Regenerative Design 

When we work with nature, we can meet human needs while healing the environment around us. We teach permaculture design grounded in spirit with an awareness of social dynamics and a focus on organizing and activism. Become a skillful advocate for People Care, Earth Care, and a fair, just, and thriving future. 

Support Earth Activist Training

All donations are used to support Diversity Scholarship Fund.
We teach ecological design with a grounding in spirit, and a focus on organizing and activism. As part of our commitment to reparations, we offer scholarships to black and indigenous students and students of color engaged in social and environmental work. One of the permaculture principles is that diversity generates resilience, and over and over again we see that in action!
In this last year, we’ve been able to give 47
scholarship places to our online courses, for a value of close to $50,000. Recipients have come from Burundi, Fiji, Gambia, Jamaica, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan and Puerto Rico, as well as the US and Canada.

Recent Events

The Well of Regeneration

A Ritual for Brigid, Goddess of Fire and Water

Renew your spirit and replenish your energy at Brigid’s well! Imbolc, the ancient Celtic Festival sacred to the Goddess of the Holy Well and Sacred Flame, marks spring’s beginning. After a winter of storms, blizzards and floods, we are ready for regeneration! Brigid is the midwife, aiding the birth of all new things, and the patroness of poetry, smithcraft and healing. Join us for a guided meditation to her Holy Well to find our sources of personal and earth healing, and the inspiration to forge a world of justice and balance

Global Permaculture

Join Starhawk and Charles Williams and dip into our in-person permaculture design course for a talk and slideshow on the global permaculture movement. Get a sense of how permaculture is addressing climate change and informing the work of land restoration worldwide, and get some hope and inspiration.

Global Permaculture Movement

Get a sense of how permaculture is addressing climate change and informing the work of land restoration worldwide, and get some hope and inspiration.
Permaculture & Resilience

Conversation with Starhawk and Charles Williams. Permaculture is the system of ecological design that takes nature as our model to meet our human needs while regenerating the environment around us. Veteran permaculture designers and teachers Starhawk and  Charles Williams introduce us to the ethics and principles of permaculture and to inspiring ways we can build resilience in the face of climate change.

Permaculture & Resilience

The world is changing and the times ahead often feel uncertain. Many of us know we have a role to play in this significant shift, but it can be overwhelming.
Your Personal Economic System

Your Personal Economic System: Abundance and Regeneration

Your personal economic system is a web of resources from which you meet your human needs.  Using the paths of foraging, barter, trade, gifting, work for money, and business owning, we can collect resources to meet our needs and to share with others.  Sometimes a grounding in how other folks are weaving a web of abundance and regeneration helps us create a vision for ourselves, especially when accompanied by one of Starhawk’s magickal mind journeys.  Please join us to learn about some livelihoods, lifestyles, organizations, businesses, and communities where regeneration and abundance are flowing.  And we’ll go on a journey to discover a vision for building or reweaving your web.

Your Personal Economic System

Learn about some livelihoods, lifestyles, organizations, businesses, and communities where regeneration and abundance are flowing.
Community Disaster Response

Learn about disaster prevention, mitigation and community response through a permaculture lens. One that works with nature and in a way that applies to your unique situation and needs. 

Climate Change and disasters impact everyone, and we all have a role to play in keeping our communities safe. So we invite you to join us in this timely, vital training and solutions-focused think-tank.

Community Disaster Response

Disaster can strike at any time. Regardless of the cause, from climate chaos to social unrest, poorly designed systems to outdated infrastructure, we need to be ready.

2023 COURSES

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Winter  2023

In-Person Classes

Restoration Intensive: Fire, Forests, & Animal Allies

There’s a quiet revolution going on in the woods, of communities banding together to take responsibility for their forests and grasslands and create more safety and resilience in the face of climate-intensified wildfire.  This ten-day intensive will immerse you in one such community, focusing on deep listening to the land, hands-on skills for land restoration, and practical tools to mitigate the impacts of climate change. 

We’ll gain experience with many aspects of forest and grassland management—understanding fire ecology, assessing the forest and fire danger, thinning, pruning, limbing up and creating shaded fuel breaks, pile burns, prescribed burns (weather permitting), working with government and other local agencies, making biochar, inoculating mushrooms, and creating other value-added products from the woods. 

Grazing can be one of our key tools for fire prevention and grassland regeneration, when done right. In our animal care segments, we’ll have a chance to work with sheep, goats, cows, poultry, and live-stock guardian and herding dogs, learning animal care, psychology and training, fencing, herding, and other aspects of humane care. 

Earth Activist Training teaches permaculture—ecological design—with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism.  We have a strong commitment to social justice, equity and radical inclusion, and these values shape everything we do. Our practical skills are always taught in a context of deep listening, wonder and reverence for nature, and we include ritual, meditation and respect for the natural world as a core part of what we do.

Responding to climate change is not something we can do alone, and wildfire doesn’t stop at your property line.  Community organizing is one of the key regenerative strategies.  So the culmination of our time together will be a community action day we organize and present, where we can share some of our new tools with the larger community and celebrate our progress toward resilience.

This intensive will have two tracks: a Welcome Track for those who are taking this as a stand-alone course and a Leadership Track for those who are taking this as part of our long-term Regenerative Land Management Program.  Our RLM students will have opportunities to take leadership on group projects and present tools and information during our Community Action Day.

The practical tools are important—but to apply them in a healing way we need both scientific knowledge and guidance from the land itself.  So each day will involve time for ritual, meditation, and listening to help us open our ears and hearts to what nature is telling us.

 

 

Permaculture Design Course

This course over and our next inperson course will be at OUR Ecovillege.

 

 

Virtual Classes

Regenerative Buisness Design

THIS CLASS IS CLOSED NEXT CLASS IN FALL 2023

In today’s changing world, our planet is calling for businesses to follow Earth-based ethics, principles, and ecological design processes– also known as permaculture!

Regenerative Business Design will guide you through a step-by-step process to build a business that can sustain you financially while staying true to your core values.

What do you need to know, consider, and plan for in order to launch a business that will have a high likelihood of success and a plan for handling failures, fumbles, and hurdles?

Fully participating in this course, including completing homework between classes and utilizing the tools developed, will empower you to be significantly prepared to put your business plan into action.

Permaculture for Climate Activists

THIS CLASS IS CLOSED NEXT SESSION IN WINTER 2024

This course is designed to give you hope, resources, and direction to support and deepen your work.

Climate change is upon us—and we can easily feel overwhelmed and hopeless when we consider the changes we need to make in response. But when we confront enormous challenges, we are most effective when we know what we are working for—not just what we are against. If we see climate change as massive ecosystem degradation on a global scale, then the response we need is massive ecosystem regeneration with justice and equity to heal our human ecosystems. 

The good news is that we know how to do it! 

Permaculture is a global movement of regenerative design that offers many approaches to healing our environment. In this course for climate activists we provide an overview of positive approaches to mitigation and adaptation. What is the most effective way to think about the problem? 

What policies should we advocate for, and which should we be wary of? How do we determine where best to put our energy?

If you feel a responsibility to do more than complain about our problems, if you are committed to doing something, you are an activist. Whether you are on the front lines of a pipeline blockade, or wondering where best to donate an extra ten dollars, whether you are a policy maker or a teacher, a parent struggling to raise conscious kids or a volunteer at an urban garden, you are an activist. 

 

Introduction to GIS Mapping for Permaculturalists

THIS CLASS IS CLOSED, NEXT SESSION IN WINTER 2024

Introduction to GIS Mapping for Permaculturalists is the first in a series of courses focused on digital map creation. This course will lay the foundation for creating functional maps with geographic Information system (GIS) software.

This is a practical how-to course designed to introduce students to digital mapping tools. We will demystify digital tools’ complexity and translate professional mapmakers’ jargon into easily understood terms. During this class, we will be using QGIS mapping software. QGIS is an open-source (free) application that stands alongside with ESRI ArcGIS (paid service) as the industry standard for digital mapping.

No prior GIS mapping experience necessary to take this course.

Permaculture for Climate Activists

This course is designed to give you hope, resources, and direction to support and deepen your work.

Climate change is upon us—and we can easily feel overwhelmed and hopeless when we consider the changes we need to make in response. But when we confront enormous challenges, we are most effective when we know what we are working for—not just what we are against. If we see climate change as massive ecosystem degradation on a global scale, then the response we need is massive ecosystem regeneration with justice and equity to heal our human ecosystems. 

The good news is that we know how to do it! 

Permaculture is a global movement of regenerative design that offers many approaches to healing our environment. In this course for climate activists we provide an overview of positive approaches to mitigation and adaptation. What is the most effective way to think about the problem? 

What policies should we advocate for, and which should we be wary of? How do we determine where best to put our energy?

If you feel a responsibility to do more than complain about our problems, if you are committed to doing something, you are an activist. Whether you are on the front lines of a pipeline blockade, or wondering where best to donate an extra ten dollars, whether you are a policy maker or a teacher, a parent struggling to raise conscious kids or a volunteer at an urban garden, you are an activist. 

 

Resiliant Land Design -Advanced Permaculture

Resilient Land Design (RLD) is an 18 week advanced permaculture course focused on: understanding natural systems and cycles, learning the tools of regenerative land stewardship, and methods for applying restorative principles in design. The course is divided into three  6 week sessions which can be taken all together for a Resilient Land Design (RLD) Certificate or individually for personal growth and education.

  • Session one: WATER & SITE DESIGN,
  • Session two: SOIL & GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT
  • Session three: FOOD FOREST AND FOREST ECOLOGY
Advanced Permaculture: Water & Site Design

Water and Site Design is a six week deep dive into water management and restorative site design. The First three weeks will be focused on design and the final three weeks will focus on water. This class will cover:

SITE ANALYSIS & RESTORATIVE DESIGN

    • Orientation, Ecoliteracy, and Citizen Science. Introduction to ecology, citizen science, and record keeping from a land restoration perspective along with indigenous approaches to land and cultural competency
    • Holistic Goal-Setting and Design Principles. Practice holistic goal-setting and development plans. Learn how to write and design quality management plans
    • Mapping, Site Analysis, and Systems Theory. Learn the needs of a site and to design clear and effective maps for clients and community organizations. Explore the power of thinking in systems and how to apply ecological system centered designs

WATER HARVESTING & LAND RESTORATION

    • Water Harvesting, Water Cycles, Drought, and Flood Control. Learn the intricacies of how water moves in the landscape, how human systems impact this movement.  Delve into strategies for water harvesting and retention along with flood and drought mitigation.
    • Water in the Landscape: Erosion Control and Stream Restoration. Learn about water remediation strategies in urban and rural systems. Explore techniques for healing degraded lands suffering from erosion, drought, and water pollution
    • Water Management Plans and Case Studies. Review case studies around water management and write your own water management plan.

Spring  2023

Resiliant Land Design -Advanced Permaculture

Resilient Land Design (RLD) is an 18 week advanced permaculture course focused on: understanding natural systems and cycles, learning the tools of regenerative land stewardship, and methods for applying restorative principles in design. The course is divided into three  6 week sessions which can be taken all together for a Resilient Land Design (RLD) Certificate or individually for personal growth and education.

  • Session one: WATER & SITE DESIGN,
  • Session two: SOIL & GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT
  • Session three: FOOD FOREST AND FOREST ECOLOGY
Advanced Permaculture: Soil & Animals

Soil and Animals is a six week deep dive into soil science, building and management, along with managing animals for restoration. The First three weeks will be focused on soil and the final three weeks will focus on animals. This class will cover:

BUILDING SOIL & CARBON  

  • Soil Analysis. Learn the ecology behind regenerative theory of soil management. Gain skills in soil biology, chemistry, and structural analysis.
  •  Strategies for Soil Healing and Management. Examine regenerative soil strategies ranging from small urban settings to large-scale farming systems. Learn how to build and maintain healthy soils through techniques such as no-till, compost teas, ferments, crop covers, biochar.
  • Applied learning. Take what is taught in class and apply it in the real world. Through class exercises and case studies write your own soil management plan.

 

LAND MANAGEMENT WITH ANIMALS & FIRE

  • Integrating Animals Into Ecological Systems. Learn how to design wildlife and domestic animals into systems for resilience and restoration.
  • Practical Soil Management with Animals. Explore the role of animals in building soil, sequestering carbon, and improving ecological resilience.
  • Perennial Systems Thinking: Integrate animals, perennial plants and a systems approach to write your own holistic animal and perennial system design.

 

Summer  2023

Regenerative Land Management (RLM)

Regenerative Land Management (RLM) is a two to three year advanced permaculture diploma program designed to further your permaculture practice and provide a deep comprehensive training needed to apply these regenerative skills in your life! Whether caring for the land, building urban gardens, or decolonizing farmland, the Regenerative Land Management diploma program will prepare you for your earth healing endeavors, and to provide a livelihood for yourself and your family.

    • The Regenerative Land Management diploma is a minimum two-year program with a deep dive into earth healing and land management
    • It encompasses five core online courses, one in-person Restoration Intensive, individually tailored applied learning projects
    • During the program students will develop three comprehensive land management plans
    • Students are matched with mentors to guide and support them throughout the program
    • Students will be matched with a cohort to provide solidarity, community-building, and resource-sharing about individual learning experiences
    • Graduates are awarded a Regenerative Land Management diploma from Earth Activist Training, accredited through  Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA)
Sustainable Infrastructure

Managing land ecologically is a resource-intense activity that requires finding a balance between consumption, ecological impact, and financial solvency. This course will provide practical answers on balancing these often complex and sometimes competing needs. Sustainable Infrastructure centers student understanding on the fundamentals of farm and ranch scale energy systems, material choices, and waste management. We will explore how to design, maintain and manage energy systems, integrate cyclic waste management strategies, and evaluate and find low-impact materials for landed projects.

 

 

Resiliant Land Design -Advanced Permaculture

Resilient Land Design (RLD) is an 18 week advanced permaculture course focused on: understanding natural systems and cycles, learning the tools of regenerative land stewardship, and methods for applying restorative principles in design. The course is divided into three  6 week sessions which can be taken all together for a Resilient Land Design (RLD) Certificate or individually for personal growth and education.

  • Session one: WATER & SITE DESIGN,
  • Session two: SOIL & GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT
  • Session three: FOOD FOREST AND FOREST ECOLOGY
Advanced Permaculture: Food Forests and Forest Eco

Food Forests & Forest Ecology is a six week deep dive into desiging and managing food forests, urband and rural forests.  The First three weeks will be focused on the development and care of forests and the final three weeks will focus on food forests and perennial systems. This class will cover:

DEVELOPMENT & CARE OF FORESTS

  • Forest Ecology. Explore the intricacies of forest ecology, disturbance and succession, forest architecture, and fungal/bacterial relationship. Gain skills in reading and understanding your local forests.
  • Applied Forestry Learn forest measurement, analysis and best management practices (BMP). Apply what you learn in class to your context ranging from classic rural woodlands or complex urban forests.
  • Forest Management Plans. Using concepts from class write a forest management plan.

 

FOOD FORESTS & PERENNIAL SYSTEMS

  • Designing and Building Food Forests. Learn how to approach food forest design, ranging from how to select cultivars to how to arrange your plans for beneficial relationships
  • Management of Trees and Food Forests. Gain tools and techniques for food forest maintenance and care. Learn how to adapt food forest theory to a range of places and spaces.
  • Building a Design. Building from what was discussed in class design a food forest for your region and write a plan for management and maintenance.

 

Fall  2023

Regenerative Buisness Design

In today’s changing world, our planet is calling for businesses to follow Earth-based ethics, principles, and ecological design processes– also known as permaculture!

Regenerative Business Design will guide you through a step-by-step process to build a business that can sustain you financially while staying true to your core values.

What do you need to know, consider, and plan for in order to launch a business that will have a high likelihood of success and a plan for handling failures, fumbles, and hurdles?

Fully participating in this course, including completing homework between classes and utilizing the tools developed, will empower you to be significantly prepared to put your business plan into action.

Empowering Collaborative Groups

We will need to do the hard, long-term work of making systemic change. Online or in person, the work of change and transformation must be done with other people–those annoying beings who do not always agree with us, and want their own way!

Collaborative groups may be healing, nurturing, and inspirational—or they may founder on the rocks of conflict and poor communication. But when we understand their patterns and challenges, we can design structures that favor supportive, nurturing relationships.

In this six-week online course, Starhawk guides us through her book,
The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups. It’s the book she wrote that draws on her decades of experience—often wonderful, sometimes painful—in activist groups, spiritual groups, permaculture groups, collective households and more.

Advanced Permaculture Course

Resilient Land Design (RLD) is an 18 week advanced permaculture course focused on: understanding natural systems and cycles, learning the tools of regenerative land stewardship, and methods for applying restorative principles in design. The course is divided into three  6 week sessions which can be taken all together for a Resilient Land Design (RLD) Certificate or individually for personal growth and education.

  • Session one: WATER & SITE DESIGN,
  • Session two: SOIL & GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT
  • Session three: FOOD FOREST AND FOREST ECOLOGY

ADVANCED PERMACULTURE  PROGRAMS

Advanced Permaculture Diploman Program

Regenerative Land Management (RLM) Is a two year diploma program designed to advance your permaculture practice and provide you with the deep comprehensive training needed to apply these regenerative skills in your life. Whether caring for the land, building urban gardens, or decolonizing the farmlands of America, the Regenerative Land Management diploma will prepare you to be successful in your Earth healing endeavors, and to provide a livelihood for yourself and your family.

Advanced Permaculture Course

Resilient Land Design (RLD) is an 18 week advanced permaculture course focused on: understanding natural systems and cycles, learning the tools of regenerative land stewardship, and methods for applying restorative principles in design. The course is divided into three  6 week sessions which can be taken all together for a Resilient Land Design (RLD) Certificate or individually for personal growth and education.

  • Session one: WATER & SITE DESIGN,
  • Session two: SOIL & GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT
  • Session three: FOOD FOREST AND FOREST ECOLOGY

Ongoing Mentorship Programs

Maven Makers

Have you been working on building a new business? Or have you launched a business that now needs support? Earth Activist Training offers affordable, collaborative coaching for regenerative business development.

Permacultre in Practice

Permaculture in Pracice (PIP) is a mentorship program lead by Charles Williams. Meeting regularly in small groups we discuss the ideas, designs, and challenges the members are grappling with. This program centers discussion and learning around the needs of its members. When not discussing topics brought forward by members, we will be discussing seasonally relevant regenerative land care. This is a space to get support and mentorship on your  projects.

THE EARTH ACTIVIST TRAINING DIFFERENCE

OUR MISSION

Permaculture design with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism

To bring the knowledge and resources of regenerative ecological design to communities with the greatest needs and fewest resources.

To teach visionary and practical solutions and personal sustainability to social change activists, and to teach practical skills, organizing, and activism to visionaries.

To cross-pollinate the political, environmental, and spiritual movements that seek peace, justice, and resilience.

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practical skills

Carbon draw-down, site analysis, design process, soil building, water harvesting, food forests, urban farming, bioremediation, mushrooms, animal systems, natural building, renewable energy, and more!

Organizing and Activism

Confronting oppression, fostering diversity, solutions-based strategies, community organizing.

Spirit and Community

Personal resilience practices to prevent and recover from burnout, communication skills, conflict resolution, social permaculture for nurturing and developing group efficacy,  creating community ritual, spirit, and magic!

a mix of magic, Spirit, awareness, activism & community

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