Come Join Mother Earth’s Restoration Team!
We are meant to be Earth’s healing hands. Let’s get good at it!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Commit to a regenerative life
- The Regenerative Land Management diploma is a minimum two-year program with a deep dive into Earth healing and land management
- It encompasses 7 courses, one in-person Restoration Intensive, multiple internships tailored to each student’s needs and interests
- Students are matched with mentors who guide them throughout the program
- Students travel through the program with a cohort that provides solidarity, community-building, and resource-sharing about their learning experiences
- Teaching and guidance provided by Earth Activist Training, diploma awarded by the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA)
SCHOLARSHIPS & DISCOUNTS
- Diversity Scholarships and Group Discounts available? Yes!
- Details below
- Tuition for the diploma program encompasses courses, mentoring, and the peer network. There will be an additional expense for participation in the in-person Restoration Intensive
- Tuition is $5,200 total for the program
- This can be paid in two annual amounts or by payment plan. Please keep reading below for details
- All amounts are in US dollars
YOUR LEARNING JOURNEY
- Prerequisite: Permaculture Design Certificate
- Please note: we anticipate that this program will take two to three years to complete
WHY? THE WORLD IS CALLING
The world needs people who are trained, ready, and empowered in regenerative land management. 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.
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.
DEEP TRAINING IN PERMACULTURE
We have 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 Regenerative Land Management diploma will prepare you to be successful in your Earth healing endeavors, and to provide a livelihood for yourself and your family.
THIS PROGRAM IS FOR YOU IF:
- You have a great desire to live a meaningful life regenerating land and community
- You consider yourself grounded in values of Earth activism
- You want to work in urban communities providing good quality food, nature connection, and revitalization
- You want to gain the skills and experience to make a success of a farm, ranch, urban garden, or retreat space
- You have land and want to manage it regeneratively
- You are shifting careers and long for an immersion in nature
- You are a young person starting out and want a fulfilling life
- You are retiring and want a new direction to meaningfully impact your community
- You want to extend and deepen your knowledge and skills at carbon farming
- You want to make a positive impact on climate change
The Regenerative Land Management program is based on a comprehensive curriculum that includes a mixture of instruction, hands-on learning, and community building, designed to ground you in both theory and practice.
- 7 courses
- 1 in-person Restoration Intensive
- 1,200 hours of practical experience in internships, hands-on training, and/or paid work
- Mentor guidance and peer support
- 3 permaculture design projects
WHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE IN PRACTICE
- There are 7 required courses for the diploma program. The Resilient Land Design certificate in advanced permaculture accounts for three of these
- Keep reading to our Courses section below
- Each student will be assigned a mentor matched with their interests and familiar with their bioregion
- Together you will complete a Learning Action Plan: a personalized road map for the diploma program
- With your mentor’s support, you will create a total of three permaculture designs for your PINA portfolio
- Students will meet regularly with their cohorts, led by teachers Starhawk, Charles Williams, and Sunshine Rose Claymore
- The cohorts offer students a sense of solidarity and peer support throughout the diploma program
- Through networking and personal connections, students support each other’s learning journeys
To complement your classroom learning, you will gain hands-on, in-person experience through multiple supervised internships, totalling 1,200 hours over two years. This can be work you do as a volunteer or for which you get paid.
Internships will be designed in alignment with the Learning Action Plan. Your mentor will work with you to assess your skills, growing edges, and interests. Together you will craft a customized, flexible program with opportunities tailored directly to your needs and lifestyle. Up to 200 hours of previous experience, including other courses, conferences, and workshops, can be added to your internship hour total.
We recommend that in your second year, you seek out a longer term apprenticeship in a system you are most drawn to and would consider specializing in, or in an ecosystem where you intend to settle.
Optional: You are encouraged to invest at least one month interning in a country or community significantly different than your own. We realize that the pandemic has made this especially challenging, but hope that when travel resumes it becomes practical again.
Get Inspired! These are some of the internships our students have created:
- Working on an urban farm or farmer’s market
- Helping organize and manage a food forest
- Working in a community or school garden project with youth
- Working with your city council to increase zoning for localized food sovereignty
Supporting immigrant farmers to implement regenerative practices
Creating a land trust or other nonprofit organization
Creating a business plan for a local food-based enterprise
Working with a local beekeeper
- Learning from an arborist about grafting and growing fruit trees
- Learning from Indigenous leaders about fire ecology, practicing controlled burns
- Taking Wildland Firefighter Training, and/or participating in prescribed burns
Working in a wildlife rehabilitation center
- Volunteering on a ranch to gain experience with livestock
- Remediating depleted or damaged soils
Responding to a natural disaster
Community organizing to mitigate the potential impacts of climate change
These are examples, but there are infinite possiblities that you can design to fit your needs and programs!
We have many contacts and can help you find placements.
FIRE ECOLOGY RESTORATION INTENSIVE (Tentatively scheduled for Winter 2023)
Spend 9 days immersed in nature in Northern California’s beautiful coastal hills, and gain the theoretical, practical, and spiritual tools we need to mitigate the impacts of climate change. We’ll do hands-on forest management, bare-root planting, propagation and grazing techniques that can restore damaged lands and deter wildfire, all with a grounding in spirit, ritual, and deep connection to the rhythms and patterns of the natural world.
With fabulous food, friendships, and fun, we’ll hone our leadership and community-building skills.
RESILIENT LAND DESIGN
The Resilient Land Design is an advanced permaculture certificate. In 2022, this program consists of three courses that are six-weeks long each. All three courses are required components of the larger Regenerative Land Management diploma program. Click here to learn more and register.
- Water and Site Management: March 23-April 27, 2022
- Soil and Grasslands: May 25-June 29, 2022
- Food Forests and Forest Ecology: September 22-October 27, 2022
SUMMER & FALL COURSES
COMING JULY and AUGUST
DESIGNING FOR DISASTERS
- Location: Virtual
- Instructor: Chris Gilmour
- Dates: July 7-August 11, 2022
- Time: Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 pm PST (6 weeks)
- Website: Register here
COMING IN SEPTEMBER
EMPOWERING COLLABORATIVE GROUPS
- Location: Virtual
- Instructor: Starhawk
- Dates: September 11-October 16, 2022
- Time: Sundays, 9:00-11:00 am PST (6 weeks)
- Website: Register here
THE EARTH ACTIVIST TRAINING DIFFERENCE
ROOTED IN THE FOUR ELEMENTS
Grounding in spirit with a focus on
organizing and activism
Centering strength and abundance through biomimicry– human systems that learn from natural systems
Learning principles and practices for how to read the landscape, build healthy soil, clean water, and design integrated and sustainable food systems
Exploring solutions for climate change– and the strategies and organizing tools to implement them
FUNDING YOUR EDUCATION
- Our goal is to increase accessibility for our paid trainings
- Tuition is $5,200 total for two years. Administration fees are added for payment plans
- We offer three payment plans:
1) Annual payments: $2,600 per year for 2 years = $5,200 total
2) Quarterly payments: 8 quarterly payments of $660 = $5,280 total
3) Monthly payments: 24 monthly payments of $220 = $5,280 total
- Our Student Support Team will assist you in setting up this process
- $50 off each if you register together with a friend
- Please note “Friends Discount” and your friend’s name in the registration form or e-mail us with the information
- 15% off for groups of 3-5 people
- 20% off for groups of 6-10 people
- Must register together and indicate that you are a cohort
- Earth Activist Training is committed to increasing the diversity of global permaculture and regenerative land movements
- We recognize the history of this land 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 Diversity Scholarships are available for Indigenous Peoples and People of Color working in environmental and food justice
- These scholarships are pay-what-you-can with the recommended value of 50% of standard tuition, but any amount will be accepted and appreciated
MEET Your Teachers
A core component of every Earth Activist Training course is our private forum: Earth Activist Training Online network. This platform is where you will find your virtual classrooms, course resources, 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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