Social Permaculture Intensive:

Nurturing Effective and Creative Groups

Social Permaculture Intensive with Starhawk 
and Pandora Thomas.

Collaborative groups may be healing, nurturing, and inspirational—or they may founder on the rocks of conflict and poor communication. 

In this five-day intensive, we’ll explore how to structure our groups for maximum group health, how to share power fairly, improve our communication skills, mediate conflicts and facilitate group processes.

We’ll explore issues of power, privilege and diversity, and how to shift ‘’call-out’ culture to call in understanding, mutual respect and support, and real relationships.  And we’ll share tools for decision making and constructive critique. Starhawk’s latest book, The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, will be our foundation. 

We’ll balance the process work with time outdoors in naas and wilderness awareness. Insights from both permaculture and magic will help us learn to be more effective and joyful as we work together to regenerate our world.

Who is this training for?

This course is for you if you belong to:

  • A group or organization seeking to make change.
  • A nonprofit or NGO that seeks to work collaboratively.
  • A spiritual circle, ritual group, or faith community.
  • A community group, Transition Town, collective, or worker-run cooperative.
  • An intentional community or household–or hope to start one.
  • A collaborative arts, theater, or music group, or band.
  • A family or a community of friends that want to improve communications and ways of handling conflict.


Topics include:

Permaculture principles for social permaculture:

  • Designing structures to support beneficial relationships.
  • Valuing diversity and edge.
  • Stacking functions.
  • Designing the physical to support the social.
  • Working with diversity–race, gender, class, sexual orientation, etc.

  • Group vision: picture of the world, mission, goals and governance.

  • Norms and Rules

  • Effective group structure

  • Power: Power over, power from within, earned and unearned social power

  • Communication:  Text and subtext, nonviolent communication, ladder of inference

  • Effective feedback.

  • Conflict—embracing, mediating and resolving group conflict.

  • Dealing with difficult people (starting with ourselves!) 


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*Sample : Early Bird Special

Sliding scale $650-$850

Includes food and lodging in dorms.  A few private rooms are available at additional cost.

Some work trade available, and a limited number of Diversity Scholarships for people of color working in environmental and social justice.

Contact for information (next registration details will be posted here when available).

This course can be used to fulfill some of the social permaculture requirements for our Regenerative Land Management Program and the PINA Diploma option.


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