Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some of our more common questions.
Should you have additional questions please reach out to:  support@earthactivisttraining.org.

General Questions

What is Earth Activist COVID-19 Policy?

In-Person Courses

We follow all current, local health and CDC guidelines regarding vaccination, testing and masking. Due to the rapidly changing nature of COVID-19 we ask that all participants abide by the conditions set by teachers and staff. Currently, there are no requirements for masks or vaccines

What is Earth Activist Training's Refund Policy?

For Online Courses

  • Refunds are available until a course is scheduled to begin, minus a $50 administration fee.
  • After a course has started you may receive up to a 50% refund from the start of the first class until the beginning of the 3rd class
  •  After the 3rd class has began you are no longer eligible for a refund
  • You have the option to transfer your payment to another course for an administrative fee of $50

In Person Courses

  •  Deposits are non-refundable
  • Refunds are available until 14 days before a course is scheduled to begin, minus a 10% administration fee
  •  All tuition is non-refundable within 14 days of the course starting or after it has begun

In the event that EAT must cancel a course all tuition will be refunded

Who can benefit from taking a course with Earth Activist Training?

Just about everybody.  An Earth Activist Training touches on the whole realm of sustainability, but it’s not just a set of techniques or solutions.  It’s about learning to see how all the solutions fit together into systems—whether that’s food-growing systems, or cities, or social systems.  So whether you’re a home gardener or a policy maker, an activist or simply an earth-lover, the course will give you new skills, insights, and a way to assess and intervene in the systems around us.

Do you offer scholarships?

Earth Activist Training is committed to increasing the diversity of global permaculture and regenerative land movements.We recognize the history of these lands called the United States and Canada and seek to do what we can to rectify the deep injustices and systems of inequity that formed and continue to shape society today

We offer a select number of pay-what-you-can Diversity Scholarships are available for Indigenous People and People of Color working in environmental and social justice in each class.

These scholarships are pay-what-you-can with the recommended value of 50% of standard tuition, but any amount will be accepted and appreciated. Scholarships are available as our funds allow.

The Diversity Scholarship application can be found on the registration form for the course you are interested in.


Will you be recording your online events and classes?

Yes, we record all events and classes. Make sure to register for the event you are interested in and we will  email you the recording within 48-72 hours of the event ending.

Does Earth Activist Training have an office?

Earth Activist Training is based out of the San Francisco Bay area and does not have an office. We are an online organization that runs online trainings and in-person trainings

I have more questions….Who do I contact?

Mariah is the Program Administrator of Earth Activist Training and looks forward to supporting you. She can be reached at support@earthactivisttraining.org We are a very small team and appreciate your patience and understanding that it may take us up to two business days for a reply.

I am handicapped, disabled, alterabled, neurodivergent. Can I safely take a course with you?

Yes, all are welcome!

When you register for a class with us,  you may share any learning needs that you may have. We will review your registration form and may follow up with you if necessary. 

All of our classes are closed captioned and we have ASL interpreters on call when needed. 

Please contact support@earthactivisttraining.org  to chat further.

I signed up for the newsletter/course with you and I haven't received any emails?

Unfortunately, this happens from time to time, please check your spam or promotions folders for emails from us. If you find an email from us in there, please move the email to your inbox or add us as a contact in your address book so our emails don’t end up in your spam or promotions folders.

Questions About Permaculture

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a system of ecological design that takes nature as our model, so we can meet human needs while regenerating the world around us.     –Starhawk

Permaculture is a system of ecological design, originally formulated by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the ‘70s.  Now it is a worldwide movement of designers, practitioners and teachers.  Permaculture has a set of ethics, principles and practices that lead us to design systems to meet our human needs in ways that regenerate the environment around us.

Please see our page What is Permaculture for more information.

How is an Earth Activist Training different from a regular Permaculture Design Course?

An Earth Activist Training includes a Permaculture Design Certificate Course—that is, an internationally recognized 72 hour curriculum taught by recognized teachers that opens the door to the permaculture world.  But we also include much more.  We include 15 additional hours of social permaculture and have a grounding in spirit, starting each session with a circle, with song, meditation and ritual to help us avoid burnout and develop our personal regeneration.

Does EAT give a permaculture certificate? What does certification mean? How could I use it?

Yes, our two-week intensives and 15 week online courses issue a valid permaculture design certificate on completion. It’s proof that you’ve taken a standard 72-hour permaculture course from recognized teachers. This doesn’t mean you’re now an expert. It does means that you have the foundation to begin a lifetime of study and work. Like any other certificate, it can be used in resume building, job and school applications, nonprofit grantwriting, and so on. If you’re requesting college credit, your school registrar may want to see it. Permaculture certification is de rigueur in some fields, and can be one of your credentials if you run a green business. We also offer many short courses that are not certificate programs.

Starhawk, why did you get interested in permaculture?

I had been practicing, writing about and teaching Goddess-centered, earth-based spirituality for many, many years when I first learned about permaculture, and it seemed to me to offer the practical tools that went with our understanding of the earth as sacred.  And as climate change rapidly progresses and so many of our environmental and social systems deteriorate, I see those practical skills as more and more necessary.  But I like to teach them with a grounding in the spirit and to bring in the tools of ritual and magic – “the art of changing consciousness at will” – to help us learn.   

To learn more about Starhawk and our teachers, please visit  Our Teachers  to learn more. 

Online Course Questions

I am having issues with Zoom

Ahh, technology, please try these simple fixes to see if it resolves your issue:

Make sure you are logged into your Zoom account

If you don’t yet have a Zoom account, you can sign-up for free here. Please enter your preferred name and pronouns into your Zoom account. (We recommend testing and updating your Zoom account before class begins.)

If you are still experiencing issues, please email support@earthactivisttraining.org

I just signed up for a class what happens next?

Thank you for registering for a course with Earth Activist Training, you should immediatly receive a confirmation email from us that says “thank you for registering”.

Then you will be sent a welcome email 1 week before the course is set to begin. This welcome email will include the Zoom link for class, your Mighty Networks invitation link and more. 

If you have not received any emails from us, please check your spam or promotions folders and move our emails to your inbox to mark them as important.

Time Zone Incompatibility: May I join your course if I cannot attend the live session?

Yes, we would love to have you join us! This is a very common questions actually.

We understand that some students live in time zones that are not compatible with Pacific Standard Time. We record all class sessions(except Maven Makers) and will post the recordings to Mighty Networks  within 48-72 hours of the class ending.

If you are taking this a class for a certificate your instructor may require that you fill out a summary of the class after you watch the recording. 

In-Person Course Questions

What level of experience do I need to take the Restoration Intensive?

None—to a lot! This course functions on multiple levels. If you are new to this work, or you’ve taken online courses but don’t have much hands-on experience, that’s fine. You’ll learn quickly! And you can think of this as a wonderful, restorative time in the woods, with the benefit of expanding your skills and learning and renewing your own nature connection.

I have some physical challenges, can I take your in-person courses?

Hey, Starhawk is 71! The work involves tasks requiring varying levels of strength and fitness, but when we work together, we can find ways that everybody can contribute. If you have questions, email us at support@earthactivisttraining.org and we’ll talk about it.


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