Regenerative Land Management Program
Create a meaningful livelihood restoring land and revitalizing community.
Our new long-term program is designed as a path for you to develop the skills, experience and confidence needed to run a farm, ranch, retreat center or urban farm in ways that heal damaged ecosystems and sequester carbon.
Our next online start for our Regenerative Land Management Diploma is March 31st 2021!
We have moved our course online to adapt to the current health & safety situation.
The RLM Program
We’ve designed this program to advance your permaculture practice and provide you with the deep and 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 RLM Diploma will prepare you to be successful in your earth-healing endeavors, and to provide a livelihood for yourself and your family.
Climate Change is more than carbon numbers–it represents massive ecosystem destruction on a global scale. To counter it, we need large-scale ecosystem regeneration, along with a shift to safe, renewable sources of energy. The good news–we know how to revitalize landscapes, to grow food and provide for human needs in ways that create more health, diversity and resilience in the natural world around us. The need–people who are trained, ready and empowered to do it! That’s what our program is designed to provide.
Regenerative farming and ranching are now on the world’s radar as approaches to climate mitigation. Many opportunities will be opening up in these fields in the coming years.
At the same time, half the farmland in North America is due to change hands in the next two decades as farmers age out. It is vital that we get that land into the hands of those who know how to manage it in ways that contribute to global healing!!
HOW IT WORKS
*The pre-requisite is a Permaculture Design Certificate. If you are currently enrolled in a course and wish to join our diploma program, you can join our diploma program. If you want to begin your journey with a PDC, our next online course begins in July. To learn more about our next Permaculture Design Certificate Course, visit our next PDC’s eventpage.
The Regenerative Land Management Program is based on a comprehensive curriculum that includes a mixture of instruction, experience, hands-on learning and community building, designed to ground you in both theory and practice and help you acquire both the knowledge and practical skills that you need.
Earth Activist Training will offer online instruction in the theory and science of regenerative systems, starting with our 6-month Resilient Land Design Program. You’ll take additional online programs in Social Permaculture, Resilient Business Design, Permaculture Infrastructure, and Designing and Community Organizing for Disaster.
Starting in 2022, you’ll take an in-person Restoration Intensive--a wonderful community experience where you can put your skills to work, learn more hands-on techniques, and organize a Community Day to revitalize a real piece of land. Throughout, we’ll help you find internships, apprenticeships or paid work to gain practical experience on the land. Monthly calls with your fellow students and teachers will keep you connected to your cohort and build networks of support. And you’ll have a personal advisor to help guide you through the program.
Over your time in Regenerative Land Management, you’ll complete three permaculture designs or farm plans–the first as part of the Resilient Land Design course.
At the end, your advisor will help you prepare a portfolio to submit to the Permaculture Institute of North America to be awarded a Permaculture Diploma.
MEET YOUR TEACHERS
Who is this for?
This program is for you if:
- You have a great desire to live a meaningful life regenerating land and community.
- You want to gain the skills and experience to make a success of a farm, ranch, urban farm or retreat space.
- You like working outdoors, you like to ground ideas and philosophies in action, and you are a doer.
- You are a young person starting out and want a fulfilling life path.
- You are retiring or changing careers in mid-life and want a new direction.
- You are shifting careers and long for more immersion in nature.
- You want to work in urban communities providing good-quality food, nature connection and revitalization.
- You have land and want to manage it regeneratively.
- You want to extend and deepen your knowledge and skills at carbon farming.
- You want to make a positive impact on climate change.
OUR FIRST CLASS STARTS IN
YEAR 1 OVERVIEW
In your first year, you will complete:
- Resilient Land Design: Advanced Permaculture Training (6 Months), where students will build their first complete regenerative system. See more about Resilient Land Design here.
- Social Permaculture with Starhawk + guests (6 weeks), Empowering Collaborative Groups Online, scheduled for Fall 2021
* Note: Graduation is cumulative… You can begin this program at any point in the student journey.
You will participate in an internship of choice or gain other supervised work experience totalling 600 hours. Note on previous experience: You can document up to 100 hours or logged time prior to start.
We recommend you split your time into 3 or more situations lasting 3-4 months or approx. 200 hours each. This will expose you to a variety of skills and sites.
For example, you might volunteer at an urban farm or community garden, learn to move fence and rotate livestock through pastures on a sheep farm, and/or sell produce at a Farmer’s Market.
+ You’ll have monthly calls with your cohort and teachers to stay connected and build support.
+ And you’ll meet with your advisor to complete your Learning Action Plan and get on track for the PINA Diploma.
*If you started your RLM Diploma Program in 2019 or 2020, please contact our team directly for support in continuing your journey.
We are actively seeking host sites for student Internships.
Are you interested in offering an in-person Internship for the RLM Diploma?
YEAR 2 OVERVIEW
In your second year, you’ll take three shorter online courses:
- Regenerative Business Design (8 weeks), taught by Patty Love, which will focus on the business and financial skills you need to build a successful regenerative business.
- Permaculture Infrastructure (approx 12 weeks): An overview of alternative energy systems, waste management, natural building and farm and small-scale renewable energy systems.
- Disaster Planning and Community Organizing: How do we plan for, respond to and mitigate natural disasters? What are the organizing skills we need in order to create community-wide responses?
**Final Dates, Details & Cost TBD as subject to change due to Pandemic
IN-PERSON TRAINING: You will take a 10-day in-person Restoration Intensive. We hope and expect that by 2022 we’ll be able to offer this as a live training. If not, we will offer it as soon as we are able. In this intensive, we’ll have a chance to put into practice many of the theoretical skills and principles we have learned. We’ll put some energy and expertise into land and community that needs it, and organize a Community Action Day.
+ You’ll continue meeting with your advisor to complete two additional land designs and prepare your portfolio for submission to PINA. At the end, you’ll submit your portfolio for review, and if it is accepted, you’ll receive your Permaculture Diploma.
You will participate in an internship of choice or gain other supervised work experience totalling 600 hours. We recommend that this year you look for a long-term placement in a system that you are most drawn to and are considering specializing in, or in a type of ecosystem or area where you intend to settle.
OPTIONAL: As part of your learning, we strongly recommend you spend at least a month interning or volunteering in another country, language group or culture. We realize that Covid-19 has made this especially challenging at the moment, but we hope that as travel resumes it becomes practical again. We have many contacts and can help you find placements.
You will continue with
+ monthly calls with your cohort and teachers.
+ advisor meetings to complete
- your Learning Action Plan and get on track for the PINA Diploma.
- two additional land designs and prepare your portfolio for submission to PINA.
COMPLETING YOUR DIPLOMA
At the end, you’ll submit your portfolio for review, and if it is accepted, you’ll receive your Permaculture Diploma.
We realize many people will not be able to complete all of the requirements in two years, and you can extend the program for a longer time if need be. There will be some additional administrative costs.
Earth Activists Online
The course’s live sessions will be hosted on Zoom as meetings and the entire course will be hosted on our online platform Earth Activsts Online. It will feature a private training space where rexources, class recordings, supplementary videos, readings and assignments will be hosted. In addition, it features a community activity feed, messaging, chat rooms and many ways to connect privately with your fellow course participants—like having a private Facebook for the course.
Online courses are currently held on Zoom, in real time and with backup recordings, as meetings that allow for breakout groups, questions and answers and group discussion.
Our teachers & staff, just as though we were on site, will be coming together virtually to cast a safe circle of space for growth and development.
Throughout the training students will have support from both the teaching staff and your fellow students, with live Q and A sessions, discussions, a lively online platform, and an affinity group/support group you’ll be part of. Our goal is to create a safe, nurturing and enriching community that will encourage you to push your learning edges and celebrate your achievements.
Diploma Program Format
Students will participate in live online courses, internships and apprenticeships, and, when it’s safe, in-person training. These will deepen your understanding of regenerative systems for food production, forestry, grazing, soil improvement and urban farming. As well, you’ll gain skills in business planning, communication skills, conflict resolution, and community organizing.
A comprehensive curriculum
Earth Activist Training has prepared a curriculum designed to introduce you to the broad range of tools and techniques available for regenerating land an help you gain the experience that will help you realize your goals.
A Personal Mentor
You’ll have a personal mentor who will meet with you each month in person or by phone or online, and will be available in between by email. They’ll help you keep moving through the curriculum, set goals for yourself, plan your internships and document your learning.
A rotation of internships
Like medical school, where you rotate through the specialties, you’ll do at least three short internships in a variety of situations to gain a wild field of experience and sharpen your hands-on skills.
Year 2 Restoration Intensive
In year two, you’ll go deeper into the techniques of Regenerative Land Management and the practical skills of running a farm or business during your 10 day in-person training. We are praying to start again in 2022.
A longer-term apprenticeship
In year two, you’ll be encouraged to do a longer apprenticeship in an area that fits with your long-term goals.
Short courses and online resources
Earth Activist Training will offer additional short courses and keep you informed of the many learning opportunities that exist in the world of regenerative agriculture.
At least a one-month internship
In a different country, language, or culture, ideally somewhere in the developing world, to help broaden your perspective, learn from the inspiring work being done all over the world, and build ongoing networks of friendship and collaboration.
Documenting your previous learning
Do you already know many of the skills in the curriculum? Do you already have experience farming, gardening, seed-saving, teaching—any or all of it? Your mentor will help you document what you have already done, and you can move through the program more quickly!
A network of placements
The Two-Year Curriculum
Here’s the list of subjects you will learn or document over the two-year course, through intensives, courses, readings, internships, apprenticeships, and documenting prior learning:
Basic Eco literacy and Systems Thinking
- Theory: Understanding basic ecology, principles and concepts.
- Practice: Introduction to research techniques and protocols, measuring carbon, setting up trials and documentation.
Soil and Carbon
- Theory: Soil structure, chemistry, and soil biology, basic microbiology and mycology as they relate to soil.
- Practical: Taking soil samples, reading and understanding soil test results, compost, compost teas, microscope practice, actively aerated compost tea, sheet mulch, mushroom cultivation, bioremediation and mycoremediation practice, cover crops, no-till, biochar.
Water Harvesting and Water Cycles
- Theory: Water and climate change, water harvesting strategies, key line systems, erosion control and waterway restoration.
- Practice: Building water-harvesting structures on the landscape, by hand and with heavy equipment, use of the keyline plow, stream and landscape restoration, building roof catchment systems.
Plants and Food-Growing
- Basic botany
- No-till systems and regenerative production of annuals
Forest Conservation and Management
- Theory: Basic forest ecology, theory of forest regeneration, best management practices, reading forest management plans, sustainable logging techniques, social forestry, measurement, forest extraction, roads, paths, etc. Working with public agencies. Community forests.
- Practice: Forest assessment, sustainable harvesting, chain saw training, tree felling, limbing and pruning, path building, value-added forest products.
Range Management and Grazing
- Theory: Grasslands management and holistic management grazing as climate change strategies, evolutionary biology of grasslands and grazers, animal care and management, planned grazing, animal health and well-being, pasture management.
- Practice: Pasture planning, shepherding and herding practice, fence-building.
Agroforestry and Perennial Systems
- Theory: Planning and designing food forests and perennial systems. Perennial plants and polycultures. Food forests and forest gardens—temperate and tropical. Herbs and medicinal plants, nursery methods.
- Practice: Propagating, pruning, grafting, tree planting, horticulture practice.
Farm and Ranch-Scale Energy Systems: Solar, wind, micro-hydro, methane digestors, and other forms of off-grid power.
- Planning and sequencing, tools, materials planning, managing workers and volunteers.
- Financial and Business Planning.
- Product planning, budgeting, bookkeeping, accounting, grants and subsidies, monetizing products, marketing, advertising, socially responsible business practices, savings and investment planning.
- Self-care and personal sustainability.
- Communication skills, conflict resolution skills and practice, structures and decision-making for healthy groups, facilitation skills and practice.
- Oppression and Transformation: Understanding the systemic oppressions of racism, sexism, class, gender, age, disability, etc. and how to design systems and best practices
- Trauma and Healing: Recognizing trauma and its affects and supporting the healing process.
How to adapt to diverse communities, how to spread skills and tools to the larger community.
Practical Homesteading Skills
Basic carpentry, plumbing and mechanics, and other building and maintenance skills. Fencing and use of electric fences. Care and maintenance of tools and machinery.
Projected Curriculum for Restoration Intensive
- Financial planning
- Business practices and tools
- Review of internships and reports
- Land management plans
- Holistic management goal setting
- Grants and funding
- Integrative systems—silva-pasture, no-till, farming techniques
- Engaging annual systems and perennial systems
- Case studies
Earth Activist Training is committed to making our programs accessible and affordable. We fundraise extensively to provide scholarships and work trade, and we can help you with ideas for crowd-funding and earning-as-you-go.
The approximate cost for both year one and year two combined Diploma elements, is a Sliding Scale payment of $2500-2700, totalling an approximate standard tuition investment of $5200 total.
Due to Covid, this is subject to change.
A $500 Deposit is required to secure your spot in our diploma program. Once you make that payment, we will contact you to set up an annual payment plan, dependent on start date. Averaging approx. $225/ month.
Your annual payment includes monthly calls with your cohort and teachers and support from RLM Coordinator Sunshine Rose Claymore. Payment covers access to our private, online community
+ PINA membership fees
+ 4 sessions with your Field Advisor.
Besides your living expenses, additional costs to budget for may include books, equipment, and travel to internships. Some internships may charge a fee, but others will be free or may even pay a stipend.
REGISTRATION & PAYMENT
Year 1 Payment Options
A $500.00 deposit or one time sliding scale payment is due with registration in order to secure your space. We accept payment by check, money order, or credit/debit/Paypal. Make your payment below.
Checks and money orders should be made payable to Earth Activist Training. Please contact us for special intructions.
SLIDING SCALE $2500-2700 USD:
Resilient Tuition – Standard Tuition or
Abundant Tuition: *part of your payment goes towards our Diversity Scholarship Program
|Sliding Scale USD|
Diversity Scholarships available
Registration is available our 6 month course only*
Resilient Land Design is available as a stand alone training.
Registration can be activated online via a one time pay of our Sliding Scale or by making a deposit.
SLIDING SCALE $1150-1350 USD: Payment button below.
Resilient Tuition – Standard Tuition or Abundant Tuition*
*part of your payment goes towards our Diversity Scholarship Program
Interested in Resilient Land Design only?
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