ABOUT

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

E.A.T. offers two-week residential courses in permaculture design that proved a Permaculture Design Certificate, recognized by the worldwide permaculture movement. We also offer training in Social Permaculture and Facilitation, a Sacred Earth Apprenticeship program, mentoring for teachers and designers, and consultations with community groups.

We link those who are creating positive alternatives for the future with those who are actively working for political change. E.A.T. has a special interest in  Social Permaculture: the application of ecological principles to designing beneficial human relations. And, we have a commitment to share these skills and tools with the communities most impacted by injustice.

positive solutions

Permaculture has many tools to address the problems of climate change and environmental degradation, and our courses focus on solutions and positive approaches to the grave problems which confront us today.

hands-on LEARNING

We believe learning should be interactive, participatory and experiential, so our courses include many hands-on projects, games, songs, exercises, discussions, and rituals as well as classroom time.

experienced teachers

E.A.T. teachers are deeply involved in organizing around climate change, anti-racism, and social justice as well as environmental issues.  We work with the Black Permaculture Network, and cowrote the solidarity statement that is on their website. We were instrumental in organizing the Permaculture Climate Change Solutions group with an international scope.

OUR Mission

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.

A Bit of Background

EAT began in late 2000 when author and activist Starhawk and permaculture designer and master teacher Penny Livingston-Stark asked some new questions: “What can permaculturalists and activists learn from each other that would make each more effective? What skills do people need to know in order to really ‘save the planet’? How can we teach these skills in ways that ripple out to others?” Penny and Starhawk combined their many years of knowledge and created the first Earth Activist Training, held the following spring in 2001.

E.A.T. course graduates have gone on to projects around the world, to start intentional communities, carry out bioremediation in flood damaged New Orleans, start urban community gardens, set up permaculture encampments for major mobilizations, restore watersheds and habitats, organize campaigns against forest clearcutting and GMOs, set up teaching programs and community centers, and many other important projects.

To connect with EAT folks on social media, find us on Facebook at Earth Activist Training.

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is ecological design aimed at creating systems that meet human needs while regenerating and healing the environment around us.

It does this by applying a set of ethics and principles that guide us in designing connections, flows, and beneficial relationships among various elements, whether in a garden, a building or an organization, and mimicking the way that nature works.

Permaculture is no one technique or process, but rather weaves together multiple approaches, technologies and solutions to problems of sustainability. Instead of designing separate things, we design connections and beneficial relationships.

To learn more, please visit our Schedule page for upcoming courses.

Our Teachers

Starhawk

(All Courses)

Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer, and one of the foremost voices in earth-based spirituality. Her twelve books include The Spiral Dance, The Fifth Sacred Thing, and The Earth Path, and her first picture book for children, The Last Wild Witch.

Starhawk directs and teaches Earth Activist Training and has been recognized by the Permaculture Institute of North America as a leading figure in the permaculture field and has been awarded PINA’s dual diplomas for excellence in education and permaculture site design.

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Charles Williams

(PDC, Social, Facilitator courses)

Charles, a certified permaculture designer, comes to EAT through a love of the wild, faith that healthy communities can solve complex problems, and a belief that working with one’s hands is sacred work.

Over the past two decades he has stewarded many pieces of land throughout the United States. His approach simultaneously promotes both preservation of wild spaces and conservation of the domestic. His deep respect for and relationship with the divine in nature informs all he does, integrating spiritual practices with land management.

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Pandora Thomas

(Social Permaculture Educator)

“The Earth Is My Employer.”

Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a caregiver, teacher, writer, designer and speaker.  Her work emphasizes the benefits of applying ecological principles to social design.

As a presenter both domestically and internationally, she has given keynotes and lectures on topics ranging from designing mutually beneficially diversity strategies, collaborative design, social justice, youth and women’s leadership, social entrepreneurship, permaculture and sustainability….

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Alfred Decker

Alfred Decker is an award-winning permaculture designer and one of Europe’s leading permaculture educators. Since his first PDC in 1998 in California, Alfred has been involved with social movements and projects throughout Europe and the Americas. He is the founder of the 12 Principles Permaculture Design consultancy, Permacultura Barcelona and the Forest Gardens project at Can Masdeu; is a co-founder of the Spanish Permaculture Academy (Academia de Permacultura Íbera); and was a member of the European Permaculture Teachers Partnership and the Permaculture Council of Europe.  Alfred holds a post graduate diploma in sustainable architecture and renewable energy (Centre for Alternative Technology).

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Lindsay dailey

(Restoration Intensive Co-Teacher)

Lindsay Dailey (she / her) is a permaculture educator and consultant that has devoted her practice to tending zone 4 and the edge of the wild. She has been a student of California indigenous land management, and is particularly passionate about working with prescribed fire as a healing tool in the landscape.

Lindsay works with private and tribal landowners to develop and implement wildlands management plan with a lens of regenerative reciprocity that improve ecological conditions of the land while deepening our connection to the natural world.

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Patty Love

(Regenerative Business Design)

Patty Love is a perpetually curious permaculture designer, teacher, and constultant based in the Genesee River Valley (Rochester, NY) where she practices and studies ecological and regenerative design, permaculture, and edible forest/forage gardening.  Her work is informed from her “dirt time,” education, reading, time in nature, conversations, perpetual curiosity, and spiritual pursuits.

She holds two Permaculture Design Certificates, including Earth Activist Training, and is a Certified Permaculture Teacher in addition to traditional BS and MALS Degrees.

Our Fellows, Presenters & Student Teachers

Annie-Rose London

(Social Permaculture Fellow)

Annie-Rose London is a social artist who seeks to create raucous experiences of joy and pleasure to counteract systems of oppressive mind control. She draws together the fields of ecological design, community arts, and social justice through facilitation and performance. Her earnest irreverence is inherited from a lineage of Jewish and Queer healers. She has called herself a performance artist, a clown, a ritualist, an educator, an activist – today she calls herself happy to meet you.

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Sunshine Rose Claymore

(Permaculture for Families/ PDC)

In order for change to effect the greater world we must begin with ourselves and immediate surroundings. As an environmentalist I began my Earth Activist Training with a diversity scholarship to the Sacred Earth Apprenticeship which gave me a solid foundation for personal goal setting while encouraging more ritual in larger groups.

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Europa Grace

(Social Permaculture Fellow)

Europa is a black, queer performance artist, group facilitator, and yoga instructor based in San Francisco.

Malik Coburn

(Permaculture Design Teacher)

Malik “Sol” Coburn (he/they) is a crate digging, oracle card reading, eclectic earth servant and learning teacher hailing from Potawotami/Miami/Illinois territory – also known as inner city Chicago.

Their developmental years were spent immersed in a loving community of family & friends, different religious institutions, school systems, and local political landscapes. Sol has dedicated their life to finding spaces where care for the earth, people, and sharing resources is embraced and illuminated. 

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Lisa DePiano

(Teacher Training)

Lisa DePiano is a certified permaculture designer, teacher and practitioner with over 15 years of experience. She is a lecturer in Sustainable Agriculture  at the University of Massachusetts and a research fellow at the MIT media lab.  She runs the Mobile Design Lab which specializes in participatory permaculture design and education and is author of Permaculture FEAST principles flash cards.

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Kanyon Sayer Roods

(Decolonization & Allyship Educator)

I am Ohlone & Chumash – California Native Woman.  I am a creative artist ever inspired by nature and the natural world, Catalyst of decolonizing conversations. Contemp/Traditional Artist, Native Representative, Consultant, Advocate of Truth in History, Multimedia Artist, “Coyote”, T.E.K educator, and much more – Let’s Talk

CEO of Kanyon Konsulting

Founder of Indian Canyon Two-Spirit Society

Cultural Director and COO of Costanoan Indian Research

Cultural Representative and Native Monitor for Indian Canyon Mutsun Band of Costanoan Ohlone People

Activist, artist, educator – an Indigenous Generalized Specialist

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Read about what our former students are doing.

resources

Climate Change Resources and Solutions

What are the policies we really need to deal with climate change? You’ll find them below in Starhawk’s Climate Change Primer! It’s a quick overview of the issues, vocabulary, pros and cons of the spectrum of real solutions. No single technology will make the necessary changes—we need a mosaic of varied approaches.

It is also a compendium of permaculture techniques; much of what’s listed here is what we teach in our Earth Activist Training PDC courses.

Who is it useful for? You, if you want to:

  • Better understand the issue.
  • Know what the solutions are and how they work together.
  • Know what policies to press your local, state and national politicians to implement.
  • Know what policies to implement if you are one of the above.
  • Know what kind of things to invest your money in if you still have some left.
  • Know what kinds of careers to pursue or subjects to study.
  • Save the world.

You are welcome to download it for free, but we deeply appreciate donations to Earth Activist Training’s Diversity Scholarship fund, which we use to support the attendance of people of color working in environmental, food and social justice movements. Suggested donation for the download is $15. Your support will help us continue to train people to implement these solutions.

In these chaotic economic times, it’s harder than ever to find the funds to offer these courses and make them accessible—but it’s more vital than ever to share these skills. So please help out with whatever you can spare.

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Starhawk

Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer, and one of the foremost voices in earth-based spirituality. Her twelve books include The Spiral Dance, The Fifth Sacred Thing, and The Earth Path, and her first picture book for children, The Last Wild Witch.

She has lived and worked collectively for thirty years, and her experiences inform her book on group dynamics, The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups. Her latest book, City of Refuge, is a sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing. The second-highest funded fiction project ever on Kickstarter, it became available to the public in early 2016.

Starhawk directs and teaches Earth Activist Training which combines permaculture design certificate courses with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism. She has been recognized by the Permaculture Institute of North America as a leading figure in the permaculture field and has been awarded PINA’s dual diplomas for excellence in education and permaculture site design.

Starhawk’s books have been translated into many languages, while her essays are reprinted across the world, and have been included in numerous anthologies. Her writing is influential and has been quoted by many hundreds of other authors, from magazines to trade and academic press. Her books are often used in college curriculums.

Starhawk is a gifted teacher and speaker with an international audience. She is a veteran of progressive movements, from anti-war to anti-nukes, and is deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism. Her work in progressive movements spans over 30 years. (Enjoy this 2013 presentation: “Permaculture and the Sacred: A Conversation with Starhawk” from Harvard Divinity School.)

She has organized, trained protesters, and been on the front lines of antinuclear actions at Diablo Canyon, Livermore Weapons Lab, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and the Nevada Test Site, among others. She traveled to Nicaragua with Witness for Peace in 1984 and made two trips to El Salvador to give ongoing support for sustainability programs. She continues to be a witness for peace on the front lines of the Palestine/Israel war, working with Palestinian and Israeli peace activists.

A main focus for the last several years has been the global justice movement; Starhawk has taken part in many of the major actions, including those in Seattle, Washington DC, Quebec City, Genoa, New York City, Cancun, Mexico, and Miami. She co-founded RANT: Root Activists’ Network of Trainers, and teaches non-violent direct action training for groups throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Palestine, and South America.

She is active in the revived American peace movement, and works with Code Pink. Starhawk also works on countless environmental and land use issues, and is a founder and active member of the Cazadero Hills Land Use Council in western Sonoma County.

Starhawk is perhaps best known as an articulate voice in the revival of earth-based spirituality and Goddess religion. Besides her inspiring, much-read books, she is a co-founder of Reclaiming, an activist branch of modern Pagan religion, and continues to work closely with the Reclaiming community (www.reclaiming.org). She consulted on and contributed to a trio of popular films, the Women’s Spirituality series (directed by Donna Read).

Starhawk and Donna Read formed their own film company, Belili Productions. Their first release was Signs Out of Time (2004), a documentary on the life of archaeologist Marija Gimbutas, the scholar who made major discoveries about the Goddess cultures of Old Europe (www.belili.org).

Starhawk and Donna’s second documentary, Permaculture: The Growing Edge, came out in 2010. Starhawk has also made several short documentaries which can be found on YouTube: “The Spiral Dance Ritual,” “Reclaiming’s Spiral Dance: Three Decades of Magic,” “Permaculture in the City,” and “Permaculture Principles at Work.”

Starhawk travels internationally teaching magic, the tools of ritual, and the skills of activism. She lives part-time San Francisco, in a collective house with her partner and friends, and part-time in a little hut in the woods in Cazadero, California, where she practices permaculture in her extensive gardens, and writes. Her website is http://starhawk.org/.

In Earth Activist Training, which she and Penny Livingston-Stark developed and which she now teaches with Charles Williams, Pandora Thomas and others, many strands of her life work are braided together. This is the best opportunity for those who wish to do extended work with Starhawk.

Starhawk will teach at all the EAT courses.

Click here to view  Starhawk’s Books and Novels under the Writing link.

Charles Williams

Charles, a certified permaculture designer, comes to EAT through a love of the wild, faith that healthy communities can solve complex problems, and a belief that working with one’s hands is sacred work.

Over the past two decades he has stewarded many pieces of land throughout the United States, including Diana’s Grove in Missouri, Farm & Wilderness summer camp in Vermont, and Golden Rabbit Ranch in California. His approach simultaneously promotes both preservation of wild spaces and conservation of the domestic. His deep respect for and relationship with the divine in nature informs all he does, integrating spiritual practices with land management. Charles also understands the need for healthy community and knows that skilled human implementation is an essential part of any design. In these challenging times, he finds hope for the future through the interlocking, symbiotic relationship of spirit, community, and action.

Charles is a talented facilitator and conflict mediator. He has worked with many groups, from mass mobilization meetings with over 100 people to a handful of people working for progressive organizations, from Quaker-style Unity to anarchist-style consensus, from inexperienced teens to highly trained professionals. Through a rough and rugged process he has gained an eye for what helps build community and support.

As an accomplished tinkerer Charles brings a wide range of practical and somewhat obscure hand skills. He has installed complex systems such as solar electric arrays, gray water filters, and veggie oil diesel conversions. He has implemented simple systems such as emergency water filtration, humanure composting toilets, and rotational grazing plans. He is talented in wilderness tracking, solo canoeing, gathering and tending wild edibles, starting fire by hand, and mapping. He loves to work with his hands, whether he is tanning hides or repairing a generator, and this love is reflected when he teaches EAT’s hands-on segments.

Charles believes that no problems are unsolvable as long as we work together to develop and implement our plan effectively and honor the holy in our work.

Pandora Thomas

(Social Permaculture & Teacher Training Educator)

"The Earth Is My Employer."

Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a caregiver, teacher, writer, designer and speaker.  Her work emphasizes the benefits of applying ecological principles to social design.

As a presenter both domestically and internationally, she has given keynotes and lectures on topics ranging from designing mutually beneficially diversity strategies, collaborative design, social justice, youth and women's leadership, social entrepreneurship, permaculture and sustainability. She has designed curriculum for and taught groups all over the world as diverse as Iraqi and Indonesian youth to men serving in San Quentin and men and women returning home from incarceration.

Pandora's most recent passions include being a carepartner for her mother who was diagnosed with alzheimers, co-founding the Black Permaculture Network, working for 6 years with Toyota to design and serving as a coalition member of the Toyota Green Initiative, which supported African Americans in understanding the benefits of adopting sustainable lifestyles; co-designing, teaching with and directing Pathways to Resilience-a permaculture and social entrepreneur training program that worked with men and women returning home after incarceration, and working with the Urban Permaculture Institute in Marin City supporting a People’s Planning Process., which supports community members to assess and design strategies for their own resilience.

She most recently was awarded a fellowship with the Movement Strategy Centers National Association of Climate Resiliency Planners. Her fellowship is focused on supporting Community Driven Resiliency Planning. throughout the Bay Area and beyond.

Thomas has studied four languages and lived and worked in over twelve countries and her other achievements include being featured in the films The Future of Energy and Inhabit, presenting at Tedx Denver and SF, and being awarded internships and fellowships to the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia UniversityGreen For All, the Bronx Zoo and the Applied Research Center.

Her writing includes a children’s book, various curricula and a manual entitled "Shades of Green" for individuals wanting to teach green building to youth. Pandora studied at Columbia and Tufts University and with several permaculture and ecological design programs.

When she is not working you can find her spending time with her beloved mother and cats or in the redwoods.

Alfred Decker  

(PDC Europe)

Alfred Decker is an award-winning permaculture designer and one of Europe’s leading permaculture educators. Since his first PDC in 1998 in California, Alfred has been involved with social movements and projects throughout Europe and the Americas. He is the founder of the 12 Principles Permaculture Design consultancy, Permacultura Barcelona and the Forest Gardens project at Can Masdeu; is a co-founder of the Spanish Permaculture Academy (Academia de Permacultura Íbera); and was a member of the European Permaculture Teachers Partnership and the Permaculture Council of Europe.  Alfred holds a post graduate diploma in sustainable architecture and renewable energy (Centre for Alternative Technology).
After taking a permaculture teachers training with Rosemary Morrow in 2011, he undertook a two year mentorship and later co-taught six courses with her, ultimately earning a Diploma in Permaculture Education & Community Development in 2013 through the Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute (Australia). Committed to furthering the teachers’ training platform “Permaculture Teaching Matters” (PTM) that Rosemary developed in over three decades of teaching experience around the world, Alfred co-edited her forthcoming PTM manual and organised a successful crowdfunding campaign to develop the platform.
Alfred currently lives in with his partner Daniella Querol on a smallholding in the Montnegre i el Corredor Natural Park north of Barcelona, Spain, where they are creating a permaculture demonstration site and educational project called Can Comú. In the coastal mountains of Montnegre, Alfred is the co-director of the community biochar project Montbio, which won a 2017 Lush Spring Prize for Social and Environmental Regeneration.

Lindsay Dailey (Restoration Intensive Co-Teacher)

Lindsay Dailey (she / her) is a permaculture educator and consultant that has devoted her practice to tending zone 4 and the edge of the wild. She has been a student of California indigenous land management, and is particularly passionate about working with prescribed fire as a healing tool in the landscape.

Lindsay works with private and tribal landowners to develop and implement wildlands management plan with a lens of regenerative reciprocity that improve ecological conditions of the land while deepening our connection to the natural world.

She also develops and teaches curriculum that weaves together restoration ecology, traditional ecological knowledge, deep nature connection, and the making of beauty with materials from the wild. The co-founder of the Oak Granary, and former Wildlands Program Director of the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, she is currently the Ecosystem Restoration Program Director at New Paradigm College.

Annie-Rose London

(Social Permaculture Fellow)

Annie-Rose London is a social artist who seeks to create raucous experiences of joy and pleasure to counteract systems of oppressive mind control. She draws together the fields of ecological design, community arts, and social justice through facilitation and performance.

Her earnest irreverence is inherited from a lineage of Jewish and Queer healers. She has called herself a performance artist, a clown, a ritualist, an educator, an activist – today she calls herself happy to meet you. She has served as the executive director of Berrett-Koehler Foundation and currently facilitates leadership development and creative practice in partnership with InterPlay, The Arts and Social Change Jam, and Earth Activist Training Social Permaculture Trainings.

Sunshine Rose (PDC, Permaculture for Families Teacher)

In order for change to effect the greater world we must begin with ourselves and immediate surroundings. As an environmentalist I began my Earth Activist Training with a diversity scholarship to the Sacred Earth Apprenticeship which gave me a solid foundation for personal goal setting while encouraging more ritual in larger groups.

This allowed an opportunity for me to align with a broader goal of mine, taking the Permaculture Design Course. The relationships that began to grow through these trainings greatly influenced my last two years. I have helped build multiple healing gardens for loved ones since the course.

Summer of 2018 I was the permaculture lead for our Summer Solstice Celebration of Life held on Standing Rock. It was my responsibility to help design the location of hundreds of trees added to the 10 year old orchard planted at the Medicine Wheel Living Park. Almost half of our volunteers were other Earth Activists who traveled across the country to help plant them, along with our three sisters mounds in community gardens outside the elderly housing complex. My friends and I also lead a cob stomp and build workshop that resulted in a straw insulated pallet playhouse for the youth to enjoy.

I took the Permaculture Teachers Training for Women with Pandora Thomas as well. During this training I was taught more education methods and learning styles while focusing on the dynamics of cultural diversity in a group setting.

This last year I have chosen to take the Regenerative Land Management Program to use intensives and mentorships as a foundation for setting up on own home site. Already I have felt more confident with experience while building my portfolio to help prepare to offer more restoration work in the future.

Through these Earth Activist Trainings I continue to connect with a worldwide network of alliances with others, bringing awareness to ways we can work together while protecting and preserving our precious planet.  ~ Sunshine's Story of Inspiration

Malik "Sol" Coburn (Permaculture Design Teacher)

Malik “Sol” Coburn (he/they) is a crate digging, oracle card reading, eclectic earth servant and learning teacher hailing from Potawotami/Miami/Illinois territory - also known as inner city Chicago. Their developmental years were spent immersed in a loving community of family & friends, different religious institutions, school systems, and local political landscapes. Sol has dedicated their life to finding spaces where care for the earth, people, and sharing resources is embraced and illuminated.

He has a genuine non-stop curiosity for embodying processes that are taught by nature. This is channeled through cultivating fun and culturally sensitive curricula; co-curation of events; and consulting with those who seek to find the parallels to their daily lives in nature.

After studying Integrated Marketing & Sustainability at the University of Redlands - Johnston Center, Sol’s intentions and passion led to immerse himself in two Earth Activist Trainings. Having been privileged with these experiences brought him to want to share. From leading an Environmental Science Program in Gary, IN at Lighthouse College Prep; to leading captivating lecture series’ & curating public programs at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Sol’s current projects involve building the Environmental Team at SavemoneySavelife, community wellness advocate at Verde Holistic Wellness Studio, and member of Chicago Urban Permaculture Salon. Sol moves with a listen-first attitude, understanding that resilience is true security  - feeding what we want to grow. These experiences have led to a current residency with Social Ecologies in Chicago, IL.

You may contact us at: cultivate.regenerate@gmail(dot)com

Lisa DePiano

(Teacher Training)

Lisa DePiano is a certified permaculture designer, teacher and practitioner with over 15 years of experience. She is a lecturer in Sustainable Agriculture  at the University of Massachusetts and a research fellow at the MIT media lab.  She runs the Mobile Design Lab which specializes in participatory permaculture design and education and is author of Permaculture FEAST principles flash cards.

For over a decade she has taught permaculture to hundreds of students in dozens of courses in the United States and abroad, including the Permaculture Women’s Teacher Training. She runs the Mobile Design Lab which specializes in participatory permaculture design and installation and serves as a board member for the Permaculture Institute of the Northeast. Her public permaculture installations include the grey water system at Occupy Wall Street and the Lee Street Forest Garden in Cambridge.

Lisa co-founded the Western MA Permaculture guild in 2002 where she helped to develop the thriving permaculture network that helped to build many demonstration sites including, Paradise Lot.  She started her formal teaching in 2003 when she apprentice taught with Dave Jacke and Jono Neiger during their 3-week Permaculture design course. She went on to get her teaching certificate from Kat Steele and Benjamin Farrer in 2008. Making permaculture more accessible is a main motivation so she went on to design and run permaculture short courses first out of the public library and later at the Northampton Community Resource Center she co-founded and  at the Montview Neighborhood Farm, a 3 acre permaculture CSA and Food Forest on public land, she co-founded in 2004.

Since 2008 she has been a regular Instructor at the Yestermorrow Design Build school where she developed a weekend and week long edible forest gardens class with Jonathan Bates of Food Forest Farm, a weekend and week long Permaculture for Regional Planning with Andrew Faust,  a week long Pemaculture Site Analysis course as part of a team of architects and engineers 3-week core curriculum for the Ecological Design certificate with Mark Krawczyk and a week long Farm Design course with Buzz Ferver and Jesse Selman. She has also been a regular guest teacher of the PDC there with Andrew Faust and Keith Morris.

In 2010 she co-created Permaculture FEAST a weekend based PDC that centers Social Permaculture with Jonathan Bates, Javiera Benavente and Abrah Dresdale again with the intention of making pemaculture more accessible and relevant to different communities.

She is a regular instructor at RUST with Scott Kellogg and with Andrew Faust and the Center for Bioregional Living.

Kanyon Sayers-Roods

Indian Canyon

Kanyon "Coyote Woman" (Hahashkani) Sayers-Roods is a Mutsun-Ohlone and Chumash Twospirit Indigenous person. She is proud of her heritage and her native name and is an active leader in the Native Community.

Kanyon is the Co-founder & CEO of Kanyon Konsulting LLC, where she strives to bridge the gap between indigenous and contemporary value systems. Her goal is to make a difference in the lives of others by sharing her life experiences and knowledge about California Native Americans focusing on global education with emphasis on promoting understanding of the relationship between humanity and the natural world.

Born and raised in Indian Canyon (the only federally recognized ‘Indian Country” along Central Coastal California) by her mother Ann Marie Sayers, Kanyon continues to be an Ancestor-in-training by honoring the past to shape the future.

As the opening speaker at events such as the Global Climate Action Summit and Americans for the Arts Annual Conference in San Francisco in 2018, Kanyon reminds her audiences of the importance of acknowledging the spaces and places that we are on.

Kanyon thrives as an artist, poet, author, activist, student, and teacher. Her art has been featured at the De Young Museum, The Somarts Gallery, Gathering Tribes, Snag Magazine, and numerous Powwows and Indigenous Gatherings. She is a recent graduate of the Art Institute of California, Sunnyvale, obtaining her Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees in Web Design and Interactive Media.