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Discover more about EAT in a letter from our Founder Starhawk
The latest UN Report says we have only twelve years to turn it around! When you hear that, do you get a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach? Do you feel overwhelmed and hopeless? Yeah—me too, sometimes. And yet I know there is so much that we can do!
Climate change—it’s not just carbon numbers, it’s massive ecosystem degradation on a global scale. But here’s the good news—we know how to regenerate ecosystems on a large scale! That’s what we teach in our Earth Activist Trainings, that combine permaculture design with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism!
Our trainings change lives, and open up new career paths.
Our trainings change lives, and open up new career paths for students like these:
“Before the privilege of attending my first EAT course in March 2017, I had been trapped in the hole of working job-to-job. In June 2017, I took the Permaculture Design Course with Starhawk & Charles Williams. I am currently facilitating a project based environmental science curriculum in Gary, IN – a town that sits in the shadows of Chicago, IL as a poverty-ridden, violent, and food deserted area. The course helped me in how it provided me with so many resources, with the tools to create partnerships and therapeutic methods to bring beauty to ourselves and our surroundings.”
“Earth Activist Training completely changed my world. It brought together three strands in my life that had not been connected too closely until my experience at the PDC: Earth-based spirituality, the growing of food, and activism. I have been inspired to live my life in vastly different ways since attending the PDC in 2010. I have created a children’s gardening program, done permaculture education, built an amazing community of permaculture-ended people, created an arts and eco festival and taken a leadership role in pushing for regenerative urban agriculture in my city of London (Ontario) and Toronto.”
“I put out the blog and podcast Permaculture for the People which focuses on anti/post capitalism and permaculture. I am completing my PhD in Geography at Western University and my research focuses on the relationship between people and urban bees. Through EAT I learned that, to paraphrase Arundhati Roy, another world is not only possible but is on her way!”
EAT’s Diversity Scholarship Program for people of color working in environmental justice nurtures community leaders who can help us find new ways to grow food and grow the healthy social relations we need to transform our human ecosystems. But we need your help to continue. Here’s how you can support our work:
Make a donation, above! Or better yet, make a monthly donation! Could you pledge even $10 a month, the price of a couple of lattes, to help support out work? Our monthly donors let us plan ahead, prioritize, and help sustain the vital, ongoing organizing that keeps our program together. Or, come take one of our courses!
Registration is OPEN for our March 11-15, 2020 Social Permaculture Course at The Mushroom Farm on the beautiful Pacific coost in Pescadero Ca. Then in June we will be hosting our 2nd CORE ten day intensive for our long term Regenerative Land Management Training Program.
Earth Activist Training is looking for Mentors for our new Regenerative Land Management Training Program!
Mentors will work with one or more students to help guide them through the program, plan their goals, find internships and apprenticeships and document their learning.
A one-hour meeting each month per student—in person or by phone or online.
Additional time to write a short, one-paragraph report each month and potentially other emails during the month.
Three hours of training before the program starts. TBA
$125 per month per student.
A Permaculture Design Certificate. (Equivalent experience may also qualify)
Experience in one or more areas of our regenerative land management curriculum (Check it out here) for example, running a grazing program, a rural or urban farm, a nursery, a design or consulting business, forestry, forest management, community organizing, etc.
Good people skills, a desire to mentor and support students a must.
We launched this program with our first 10 day intensive in May 14-23, 2019. EAT offers our 2nd intensive, The Restoration Intensive Feb 23rd-Mar 2, 2020.
The next 2020 offering will be in June at OUR Ecovillage in British Columbia.
Please note: mentorship is a rolling process for the RLMT program. We are working to update this part of the program, please reach out with any questions, comments or concerns. Your input helps us improve our offering.
Mentors are expected to treat students respectfully, learn and practice the skills of good communication and constructive critique, and maintain good boundaries. Because mentorship is a position of trust, and because many people carry deep wounds around sexuality and intimate relations, we expect mentors to not engage in romantic relationships or sex with students. We ask mentors to occasionally be available to students in case of crisis or unexpected need—for example, to intervene if a conflict arises with an internship, but not to regularly spend significantly more time than what we’ve outlined above.
Read the full description of our program. Then fill out a mentorship registration.
First round application is a pretty simple inquiry —we’re looking for short answers on each.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN SUPPORTING RLM Training Program!
We can offer a limited amount of work trade positions for most of our courses.
If accepted, students are required to pay at least half of the course cost, register with a 50% deposit, and be willing to come early and stay late to the course (depending upon the course and on the work trade job description). Additionally, work traders are required to fill out a work trade application with their registration, letting us know what your specific skills are. The deposit is due with your registration form, and without all of the above we cannot consider you registered. The remaining amount is due no later than 30 days prior to the course starting unless otherwise stated; most courses will have a specific date on which all balances are due, prior to the beginning of the course.
Work Trade Job Descriptions
The following job descriptions are typical, but may change, depending on EAT’s actual needs at the time.
At our California courses, work traders are asked to come three days early to help with set-up and general ranch projects. We will send you dates and directions in advance. In addition, the following are examples of work that may be required during the course. For students unable to perform physical labor, we can also arrange office work to be done on or off-site for an equivalent number of hours.
Need workers with good sense of what “clean” is. May need to arrive a day or two early or stay a day late. Before course, prep classrooms and library. Help teachers with books, class supplies, materials, and copying. During course, responsible for keeping classrooms, dining hall, and bathrooms clean, emptying recycling bins, and so on. On last day, help organize cleanup crews. Stay late to make sure all books and supplies are packed up, all areas are clean, supplies taken back to storage, and so on. Car and ability to drive are helpful, possibly mandatory, depending on each course needs.
For several weeks before course, contacts every participant and keeps track of their travel plans. Helps students connect into carpools. Answers transportation questions. Coordinates the EAT shuttle on first and last day of course. May include being a shuttle driver personally. Coordinates other shuttle drivers, ensuring all participants get picked up. This position needs person good with details and communication, committed to answering all phone calls & emails on time. It’s a job that can be done mostly at home, before the course, but will also involve coordination onsite for changes to travel plans for departure.
If you own or can borrow a large car or van, have car insurance, and are a safe & careful driver, we need you for this one. Shuttle drivers work on the first and last days of the course. They make several runs into town, driving students and their gear to the EAT site. Depending on how many hours owed, you may be asked to do other chores as well, during or before the course.
May need to arrive early. Works with teachers to support the hands-on segments of course. Runs errands, shops, and gathers tools & materials (straw, seeds, plants, manure, rocks, sand, clay…) from stores, gardens, storage sites, stables, etc. Not afraid to get hands dirty. Reasonable physical strength needed. Throughout the two-week session, keeps tools and materials organized and ready to roll, so the hands-on class sessions have what’s needed and start on time. Organizes cleanup of area after class projects, makes sure tools are put away every day. Stays late on last day for final cleanup of tools and materials, returns tools to storage. Ability to drive and own truck very helpful. This job needs workers who anticipate what needs to be done and take responsibility, not wait to be told.
Liaison between the cooking team and students; helps deal with any food issues that may arise. May need to arrive a day or two early to help organize kitchen, deal with food deliveries. Sets up recycling and composting systems. Orients kitchen teams in procedures for set up and clean up of meals. Makes sure health protocols are being followed during meal setup/cleanup periods. Particular attention to detail with regards to dishwashing and handwashing and overall health issues mandatory. On last day, stays late to organize kitchen clean up.
Breakfast cooks and Breakfast Coordinator
Requires waking up early (6:00 am) every day and preparing simple breakfasts: setting out cereals, yogurt, and fruit, making coffee and tea, and so on. Possibly some simple cooking (eggs and toast). Works with the kitchen coordinator and cooks to determine breakfast components. Learns and follows health protocol. On last day, stays late to help with kitchen clean up.
Not Available for Work-Trade
We cannot exchange for things like music, theater, artwork, tarot, bodywork, massage, Reiki, bellydancing, priestessing, or extracurricular teaching. These are all great things, but we can’t trade you to do them. We need our work-traders to do more prosaic things, like hauling a truckload of manure.
A statement about volunteering
We are currently expanding and organizing our international Mycelium Network of Earth Activists! Stay tuned for exciting 2020 volunteer opportunities coming up!
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