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Introduction to GIS Mapping for Permaculturalists

January 24th to February 28th, 2024

Learn the fundamentals of making a map with Geographic Information Systems known as GIS.

No prior experience necessary, everyone welcome!



  • Location: Virtual
  • Dates: January 24th -February 28th, 2024  (6 weeks)
  • Timing: Thursday 6:00-7:00 pm PST
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  • Taught by Charles Williams, Program Director and Lead Teacher for Earth Activist Training
  • Each week has 1 hour of live and 1 hour of recorded instruction.
  • All live sessions are recorded and closed captioned.
  • Access to resources, documentation and recorded class content in virtual classroom.


  • We are dedicated to making our courses as accessible as possible by offering:
  • Early Bird tuition: $280!
  • Full certificate tuition: $300-$400
  • Four-part payment plans: $95 at registration with 3 monthly payments of $85
  • Audit tuition:  $200 (attend live sessions only)
  • Alumni tuition: $100 to retake this course
  • Diversity scholarships available: See below
  • Group Discounts: See below
  • All amounts are in US dollars
  • See below for details


  • Group discounts and Diversity Scholarships available? Yes!
  • Keep reading below


  • Contact: Support@EarthActivistTraining.org



Introduction to GIS Mapping for Permaculturalists is the first in a series of courses focused on digital map creation. This course will lay the foundation for creating functional maps with geographic Information system (GIS) software.

This is a practical how-to course designed to introduce students to digital mapping tools. We will demystify digital tools’ complexity and translate professional mapmakers’ jargon into easily understood terms. During this class, we will be using QGIS mapping software. QGIS is an open-source (free) application that stands alongside with ESRI ArcGIS (paid service) as the industry standard for digital mapping.

No prior GIS mapping experience necessary to take this course.


Here’s What You’ll Be Learning 


  • Orientation to GIS: What is GIS-Geographic Information Systems? What are its strengths and limitations?
  • GIS Deciphered: Get familiar with the language of GIS mapping and industry terms.
  • Data Storage and Management: How GIS data is structured and how to manage project files.
  • Projection / Coordinate system:  How to take a round earth and make a flat map.
  • Digital Map Structure: Learn about the difference between raster and vector data.


  • Orientation to QGIS: Get oriented to QGIS, its buttons and how to make maps from different forms of data.
  • Creating Map Layers:  Learn to create and manipulate data to map layers such as contour, zone, soil, and aspect maps.
  • Map Composition: Practice the basic rules of cartography and map layout.
  • Finding Data. Where to find and access open source data.
  • Make maps: through out this course you will be making multiple digital and printable maps.


Charles Williams, Lead Instructor

Charles Williams is Earth Activist Training’s Program Director and lead teacher. A long-time permaculture educator and certified permaculture designer, Charles comes to Earth Activist Training 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 Starhawk’s Golden Rabbit Ranch in California. His approach simultaneously promotes the 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.



Payment Options

We are dedicated to making this course work for you, and offer a range of options for payment.

Early Bird Tuition: $280!

  • Certificate Student. For students looking to get the most out of this course. You will get full access to all course materials and ability to earn a certificate. Sliding scale tuition $300-$400
  • Audit Student. For students who are looking to only attend the live sessions. ($200)
  • Alumni. For those who want a refresher or to complete the certificate. You need to have taken this course with us before. ($100)
  • Payment Plan for Certificate Students. Four-part payment plans. ($95 down with 3 monthly payments of $85)
  • Diversity scholarships. Available for Indigenous and People of Color working in or planning to work in environmental or social justice.
  • Group Discounts. For those who are for coming as a group of 2 or more people.

Every Abundant Tuition helps support a Diversity Scholarship.


This includes weekly live sessions, access to online class materials, and access to google classroom.

  • Abundant Tuition: $400
  • Standard Tuition: $350
  • Resilient Tuition: $300


This plan is for students wanting to take the Full Certificate Program.
  • Payment of $95 when you register.
  • Three monthly installments of $85 ($350 total).
  • Our Student Support Team will assist you in setting this up.


    • Alumni Tuition $100 – For those who have taken this class before, with full access to resources.
    • Audit Tuition: $200 – This only includes weekly live class sessions.


    • Groups of 2-5 people – Discount of $125 off each ($275 total for each person)
    • Cohort of 6-10 people – Discount of $150 off each ($250 per person)
    • Must indicate who is in your group at registration.



      • 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.

        Supported by your donations, a select number of pay-what-you-can Diversity Scholarships are available for Indigenous People and People of Color working towards environmental or social justice. 

      • These scholarships are pay-what-you-can with the recommended value of 50% of standard tuition ($175), but any amount will be accepted and appreciated.

      If you have any questions we are always here to help: support@earthactivisttraining.org



      You may also be interested in our Advanced Permaculture course, Advanced Permaculture. This course is a year-long course broken up into three six-week modules focused on: design, water management, soil care and building, incorporating animals into a system, building food forests, and managing woodlands.

      Regenerative Land Management a multi-year advanced permaculture diploma program, focused on knowledge and skill building for designers, land managers and activists. This program is designed to expand students understanding of regenerative design and build practical skills in land management.


      A core component of this course – and every Earth Activist Training course – is our private forum: Earth Activist Training Online network. This platform is where you will find course resources, your homework, and a network to connect with classmates and other Earth Activist students. 

      Recordings of each class will be available to you as a resource. You will have access to the course for a year after the course ends should you want to deepen your understanding of the material.

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