Restoration Intensive: Learn Fire Ecology (Next Courses: 2023)

UPDATE: This course will run again in 2023.

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We are meant to be Earth’s healing hands. Let’s get good at it!

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Come Join Mother Earth’s Restoration Team

Spend nine 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.

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


Dates: Saturday, February 26-Sunday, March 6th, 2022

Location: Black Mountain Retreat Center, Cazadero, California

Vaccinations are required.


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

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PAYMENT OPTIONS: Sliding Scale or Deposit + Payment Plan

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

  • Abundant Tuition: $1,900
  • Standard Tuition: $1,650
  • Resilient Tuition: $1,400
  • Work Trade Tuition: $1,200
  • Diversity Scholarships: Pay-What-You-Can

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

Group discounts available for cohorts of 3-10 people.

Work Trade positions: Available, but act fast as they go quickly.

Diversity Scholarships: Available, but act fast as they go quickly.


Click on this link to be redirected to Earth Activist Training’s PayPal account. Press “Send” to pay tuition. Please note in the Memo section, “February 2022 Restoration Intensive.” Further instructions can be found on the registration forms. We are here to help if you need support:

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This course includes all live instruction from Starhawk and guest teacher Delyla Wilson, access to our private training community: Mighty Networks, lodging at Black Mountain Retreat Center, nutritious meals each day, made with love by Chef Carin McKay, and community engagement with completion of the course.

We Are Students of Fire Ecology – What You Will Learn

Earth Activist Training’s Restoration Intensive is a chance to learn hands-on skills for land restoration and practical tools to mitigate the impact of climate change. Our January course in the beautiful Cazadero Hills of Western Sonoma County will center on fire. Fire is a natural part of these forests and meadow lands– but climate change has exacerbated the intensity, frequency, and danger of devastating wildfires. But there are always ways to mitigate fire’s impact and keep our communities safer. In this course we’ll gain hands-on experience in three major strategies: forest management, prescribed burns, and grazing and livestock.

  • Forest Management – thinning, pruning, limbing up and creating shaded fuel breaks. We will learn how to use the material we generate to build arbors and trellises, make biochar, and create natural buildings. We’ll have opportunities to prune fruit trees, learn how to take hardwood cuttings, and propagate plants
  • Prescribed Fire – We’ll learn about Indigenous burning, how to safely do a pile burn, and if conditions allow, we’ll do a prescribed burn
  • Grazing and Livestock Management – We’ll have a chance to work with animals, move fences, trim hooves, assess their condition, and plan grazing to regenerate grasslands, reduce fire danger, sequester carbon, and regenerate grasslands. Delyla Wilson is a breeder of livestock guardian dogs and expert dog trainer, so we will have opportunities to play and work with our canine partners

Responding to Climate Change in Community

Responding to climate change is not something we can do alone, and wildfire doesn’t stop at your property line. Community organizing one of the key regenerative strategies, so the class will culminate in a Community Day– organized with COVID safety in mind– that students will co-create and help lead.

Why Earth Activist Training?

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. Our in-person gatherings include songs, ceremony, and hands-on, practical outdoors projects.

A Typical Day

You wake up in the morning in the dorm you share with fellow students. After a hot shower and a hearty breakfast, you gather for a morning ritual, designed to teach the skills of deep nature connection and personal regeneration. Then it’s out into the woods for a session of thinning and pruning– or maybe to the grasslands to practice moving the goats and setting fences.

After a delicious lunch (we have an awesome chef!) and some stimulating conversation, you build a rustic rose trellis from the branches you cut in the morning. Then free time to rest or walk the trails, or catch up on some reading in our permaculture library.

Dinner is another fabulous meal– then there’s some classroom time to get background theory, or hang-out time for great conversations or music around the fire.

What Level of Experience Do I Need?

None– to a lot! We’ll teach you what you need to know. This course functions on multiple levels. If you are new to this work, or you’ve taken online courses but don’t have much hands-on experience, that’s fine. You’ll learn quickly!

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

I Have Some Physical Challenges– Can I Do This?

Hey, your teacher Starhawk is 70! The work involves tasks requiring varying levels of strength and fitness, but when we work together, we can find ways for everyone to contribute.

Please contact our Support Team if you have specific needs you’d like to discuss:


Starhawk (Full bio here)

Starhawk (she/her; pictured) is the founder and executive director of Earth Activist Training. She is an author, activist, and permaculture designer, who has been recognized as one of the foremost voices in earth-based spirituality. Her 12 books include The Spiral Dance, The Fifth Sacred Thing, The Earth Path, and The Empowerment Manual – upon which our social permaculture course is based.

Starhawk has been recognized by the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) as a leading figure in the permaculture movement, and has been awarded PINA diplomas for excellence in education and permaculture design.

Delyla Wilson

Delyla Wilson (she/her) began her journey into balanced, resilient living with environmental and social justice, and animal rights activism. Her lived experience has included farmstead learning and living, community street medicine, disaster preparedness, permaculture, and decades of animal management experience. A graduate of Earth Activist Training’s Permaculture Design Certificate, Delyla earned a Master’s degree from the University of Montana in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Resilience Education for Disaster Preparedness.

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