Regenerative Land Management Training Program

** Congratulations to our flagship May launch! **

Our schedule for Fall 2019–2020 is now being formulated, check back for details.

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 both stop emitting carbon and pull it 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—soil organic carbon. 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 that we get that land into the hands of those who know how 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 the program to be as accessible and affordable as possible, but it is a time commitment that will take approximately two years.  If you already have extensive experience, you can document it and the program can be done more quickly.


How it works:

  • PDC Prerequisite**:  The pre-requisite is a Permaculture Design Certificate. This is a 72 hour course offered by groups world-wide that introduces students to the full range of sustainability systems, and is the entry to the permaculture world.  Earth Activist Training offers regular PDC courses, and we will also recognize certificates from other reputable teachers.
    • ** If you do not have your PDC but wish to begin this May, we ask that you commit to acquiring your PDC in the first 6 months of the RLMT Program
  • 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.
  • Ten-day Intensives:  You’ll do two 10-day intensives, one to kick off your first year and one the following year.  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 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.

Are you interested in applying to be a Mentor for the RLMT program?


  • 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.
  • An advanced 10-day 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.
  • 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—We are collecting a network of potential placements on land for our graduates to help you get out there and doing it!

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.

The Timing:

We are launching this program with our first May Intensive May 14-23, 2019, in Sebastopol, CA.  We will work with you to schedule ongoing internships and apprenticeships throughout 2019-2020.

Our second ten-day intensive will be scheduled in May, 2020.


The Cost:

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.


We are still offering Diversity Scholarships


Intensives:

The cost for each intensive is sliding scale $1600-$1800.  A deposit is due when you register, and payment for the intensives is due before the course begins.


Mentoring:

The cost for mentoring is $150 a month, payable monthly.


Internships and Apprenticeships:

Costs will vary, site by site.  You will make your own arrangements with the site, and your mentor will be available in case of any disputes.  Some will ask you to pay, others will be on a work-trade basis. Most will provide lodging and at least some food, and many will also have opportunities to earn money nearby.


Earth Activist Training is actively seeking host sites for Internships and Apprenticeships for our students.  

Are you interested in offering an Internship or Apprenticeship for the RLMT program?

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Additional Costs:

Additional costs to plan for include travel and potential fees for other online and shorter courses.


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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
  • Seed-saving
  • Propagation

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.

Project Management

  • 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.

Social Permaculture

  • 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.

Community Organizing:  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.


Our May 14-23 Intensive:

The site:  

Nursery and classroom location near Sebastopol, CA.  Plan to experience redwood groves, rare trees, greenhouses and propagation stations for flowers, native plants and permaculture food plants, ponds and streams—we will be at a truly magical place!

Accommodations:  The cost of the course includes camping on-site.  For those who don’t want to camp, nearby Sebastopol has motels and Air B&B available at additional cost.  We will have outdoor and indoor classrooms and places to eat and relax.

Food:  The amazing Carin McKay, author of Culinary Magic, will be catering and all meals will be provided in the base cost. Her food is healthy, organic, delicious and she can accommodate a range of dietary needs and sensitivities.


Curriculum for Intensive 1

(This may change and develop further, but it’s our rough plan.)

Daily Flow:

Each day will begin with an opening ceremony and time for personal regeneration.  Morning sessions often focus on information sharing, lectures and interactive learning.

Afternoons generally involve hands-on practice related to the morning’s learning.

Evenings are for practicing social permaculture skills, communication, conflict resolution or for slide-shows, conversation and fun!


Day One:  

Arrive, introduction to the group and the course.

Opening ceremony.

Day Two:

Overview of Regenerative Land Management. Gathering data and documenting change.

Personal intention and goals. Individual program design.

Day Three:

Soil ecology—deeper into compost, compost teas, microscope practice. Hands-on soil building. Introduction to social permaculture.

Day Four:

Water and carbon cycles.  Erosion control hands-on project. Communication skills practice.

Day Five:

Forest ecology.  Taking inventory and analysis. Hands-on forest management, thinning, pruning, shaded fuel breaks, and creating resilience in the face of wildfire.  Community disaster response.

Day Six:

Planning perennial systems—food forests and grazing systems.

Hands-on—propagating and grafting, seed starting.   Processes for community dialogue.

Day Seven:

Managing waste for carbon sequestration. Biochar, compost, worm bins, etc. Conflict resolution and mediation practice.

Day Eight:

Mapping and GPS systems—theory and practice. Site analysis. Community rituals and celebrations.

Day Nine:

Designing your personal curriculum and plan. Meet your mentor. Self-assessment and community assessment tools. Celebration and talent show!

Day Ten:

Sharing goals, resources, networking, and closing ceremony.



Projected Curriculum for Intensive 2

  • 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

Please make note this course curriculum is still in progress finalizing certain details so some areas are subject to change. If there is any specific question or concern, please reach out to us directly: info@earthactivisttraining.org


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Payment Options

A $375.00 deposit is due with registration in order to secure your space. We accept payment by check, money order, or credit/debit/Paypal.

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Earth Activist Training

c/o A. Faria P.O. Box 33,

Cazadero, CA, United States, 95421

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