permaculture design CERTIFICATE course 

Winter 2022

Are you ready to be an Earth Healer?

We are thrilled to announce a return to in-person courses in January 2022! Register now to secure your spot– places are limited. 

Earth Activist Training’s Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) is our longest running course– we’ve been teaching it for over 20 years. It’s the baseline course where all learning about resilient land management begins. We are thrilled to be back in-person this winter to offer our most requested and important learning opportunity.

In this PDC, we will explore an internally recognized curriculum with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism. Learn how it is possible to design human systems that mimic natural systems, using a minimum of energy and resources and creating real abundance and social justice. We will cover principles and practices for how to read the landscape, health the soil and clean water, design integrated systems, harvest water, drought-proof land, build soil, sequester carbon, make compost, compost tea, and biochar, and how to remediate biotoxins. Explore the solutions the climate change and the strategies and organizing tools that can put them in place. 

We are so excited to welcome you home to Earth Activist Training!

Internationally Recognized Certification

The Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) is our certifying body. To meet their standards we cover the 72 hours of curriculum required for certification.  

COURSE DATES AND LOCATION

Dates: Friday, January 7th-Friday, January 21st, 2022

Location: Black Mountain Retreat Center, Cazadero, California

Vaccinations are required. 

REGISTRATION

– Register here (all prospective students)

Diversity Scholarship application for Indigenous peoples and People of Color working in food and environmental justice

Work Trade application 

COURSE TUITION

We offer two payment options in order to meet our audience where they are: a one time sliding scale payment, and a 4 part payment plan. Our goal is to increase accessibility for our paid trainings. Read more about our Financial Values.

*Group Discounts are Available for groups of 3 or more. Contact us for information: support@earthactivisttraining.org.

PAYMENT OPTIONS: SLIDING SCALE OR DEPOSIT + PAYMENT PLAN

Sliding Scale: Select the payment according to your ability to contribute. 

  • Abundant Tuition $2,900
  • Standard Tuition $2,600
  • Resilient Tuition $2,300
  • Work Trade Tuition: $1,800

*Every Abundant Tuition helps us to cover the costs of our Diversity Scholarships. Thank you to those who can offer more!

DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS and WORK TRADE POSITIONS

DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS: Earth Activist Training is committed to increasing the diversity of the global permaculture and regenerative land movements. Our goal is to provide access to our programs through scholarships for indigenous people and people of color working in environmental and food justice areas.

WORK TRADE PROGRAM: This opportunity allows students who have more time but less income to join and contribute to Earth Activist Training’s learning community. Please see the Work Trade application (above) for full program information. 

We are always here to help.

Please contact us if you are in need of registration support: support@earthactivisttraining.org 

Read more about our co-founders and esteemed teachers, Starhawk & Charles Williams.

Learn how it is possible to design human systems that mimic natural systems, using a minimum of energy and resources and creating real abundance and social justice. We will cover principles and practices for how to read the landscape, how to heal soil and cleanse water, design integrated systems, harvest water, drought-proof land, build soil, sequester carbon, make compost, compost tea, and biochar, and how to bio-remediate toxins. Explore the solutions to climate change, and the strategies and organizing tools that can put them in place.

Earth Activist Training is unique in weaving social permaculture aspects throughout our course*: learn how to organize our human communities and groups, how to resolve conflicts, make decisions, work together effectively, and sustain our spirits.

*We are continuously looking to enhance our current online trainings with the magic of our in person gatherings which are taught interactively including songs, ceremony, and a variety of practical, hands-on, outdoor projects.

Who is this training for?

We firmly believe that everyone can benefit from learning how to apply  the tools and insights of permaculture toward the broad goal of earth regeneration. Permaculture has solutions not just for landscapes and agricultural systems, but also for social design, public policy and survival strategies for these challenging times.

Our students include

    • Young people looking for a career oriented around sustainability
    • People in mid-life looking for a new direction for existing or new work
    • Retirees wanting new fields to explore
    • Established professionals wanting to broaden and deepen their knowledge of sustainable alternatives
    • People involved with intentional communities, co-housing and eco-villages, or those who want to start or join one
    • Gardeners, farmers, ranchers, and land stewards of all kinds
    • Green business entrepreneurs who want to have a broader understanding of the possibilities
    • Teachers, environmental educators, and youth workers
    • Anyone involved in gardening, especially school gardens and community gardens
    • Architects and landscape designers
    • Artists, musicians, poets, writers and dancers, and anyone who collaborates creatively
    • Community organizers and activists from many movements, including environmental justice, food justice, global justice, anti-oppression, human rights workers, and others
    • Dreamers, visionaries, and more…

Topic and Projects Covered

Hands-on projects vary with weather and needs, but may include mapping, water harvesting structures, graywater or roof catchment, compost, compost teas, sheet mulch, plant propagation, planting trees and shrubs, seed-starting, introductions to natural building concepts (including cob, straw-clay or plastering) and a collaborative design project. Our projects can be tailored to students of varied levels of physical ability and diverse ages and previous experience.

We welcome and enjoy participants of any age (though please email us to discuss attendance by those under age 16). There is no need to have previous experience with permaculture or horticulture, and we can accommodate a broad range of physical abilities or limitations.

Please contact our support team if you have specific needs you’d like to discuss: support@earthactivisttraining.org. 

Permaculture ethics, history and principles

Graduating students will have completed 72 hours of approved Permaculture Design Certificate curriculum in the following subjects:

Design:

  • Observation
  • Reading the landscape
  • Site analysis
  • Zones and Sectors
  • Mapping
  • Design tools and processes
  • Collaborative design projects
  • Broadacre permaculture
  • Urban permaculture
  • Permaculture for gatherings, mobilizations and disaster situations

Water:

  • Creating healthy water cycles in living systems
  • Water harvesting
  • Swales, ponds and earthworks
  • Keyline systems
  • Erosion control
  • Rain catchment for roofs
  • Greywater and blackwater systems

Earth:

  • Soil structure
  • Soil biology
  • Soil building
  • Compost
  • Sheet mulch
  • Compost teas and ferments
  • Mushrooms
  • Bioremediation and mycoremediation
  • Biochar

Plants:

  • Plant needs
  • Plant guilds and polycultures
  • Cover crops
  • Agroforestry
  • Food forests
  • Plant propagation
  • Tree care: pruning and planting, choosing varieties
  • Sustainable forestry

Animals:

  • Animals in our systems
  • Raising and feeding “microherds”—healthy soil microbial communities
  • Beneficial insects
  • Bees
  • Worms
  • Humane treatment of animals
  • Poultry
  • Livestock for the homestead
  • Holistic management grazing systems
  • The role of predators
  • Wildlife habitat
  • Alternatives for vegans

Climate:

  • Climate change and strategies for adaption and mitigation
  • Microclimates
  • Windbreaks
  • Drylands
  • Tropics
  • Wetlands
  • Cold climates

Energy:

  • Alternative and renewable energy: evaluating and designing systems
  • Active and passive solar
  • Wind
  • Microhydro
  • Alternative fuels and biogas

Natural Building:

  • Insulation and thermal mass
  • Sustainable forest products
  • Cob, straw-bale, light-straw-clay
  • Plasters

Social permaculture:

  • Personal regeneration and self-care
  • Site design to support social aims
  • Urban redesign
  • Group dynamics
  • Communication tools
  • Governance structures for collaborative groups
  • Ecovillages and community design
  • Meeting processes
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Alternative economics

Organizing and activism:

  • Strategic organizing
  • Pro-active and prefigurative movements
  • Campaign planning and organizing
  • Power mapping
  • Organizing in diverse communities

Spirit:

  • Connecting to the spirit in nature
  • Creating ritual and ceremony
  • Grounding and centering
  • Sensing and shifting energy
  • Drumming, dancing, singing and meditation
  • Daily rituals

WHAT OUR GRADUATES ARE SAYING

“Amazing, life-altering experience. We all grow and learn so much during this short time. The safe, supportive environment really facilitates people opening up, feeling empowered, and coming into their true potential. We each find our place and voice here, and are able to carry a piece of that back with us into our work… It’s as much about the inspiration, the community, and empowerment as it is about the information.”
– Brenda Whitney, Aurora, Illinois

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