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Empowering Collaborative Groups

October 9th to November 13th, 2024

Now more than ever, we need the power of collaboration to bring lasting change.

Join Starhawk to learn how to design supportive, nurturing relationships, with a vision for evolving group dynamics.



  • Location: Virtual
  • Dates: October 9th-November 13th, 2024  (6 weeks)
  • Timing: Wednesdays 12:00-2:00 pm PST
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  • Taught by Starhawk, world-renowned social permaculture teacher, and guest presenters.
  • A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of this course.
  • Two hour weekly live class with supporting videos and material online.
  • 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!
  • Sliding-scale tuition: $300-$400
  • Four-part payment plans: $95 at registration with 3 monthly payments of $85
  • 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


  • Closed captions will be included in live classes, recordings, and supplementary materials, where possible.


  • All are welcome. There are no prerequisites to this course.
  • This course is a required course for the Regenerative Land Management diploma.


We are here for you. Reach us at: support@earthactivisttraining.org



  • 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 who want to improve communications and ways of handling conflict



  • Class 1 – Vision, Values, Mission
  • Class 2 – Power and Responsibility
  • Class 3 – Communication and Trust
  • Class 4 – Inclusion/Exclusion, Norms and Rules
  • Class 5 – Conflict in Groups
  • Class 6 – Leadership and Eldership


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!)


    Collaborating in Chaotic Times 

    Insights from both permaculture and magic will help us learn to be more effective and joyful as

    we work together to regenerate our world.

    We will need to do the hard, long-term work of making systemic change. Online or in-person, the work of change and transformation must be done with other people–those annoying beings who do not always agree with us, and want their own way!

    Collaborative groups may be healing, nurturing, and inspirational—or they may founder on the rocks of conflict and poor communication. But when we understand their patterns and challenges, we can design structures that favor supportive, nurturing relationships.

    In this six-week online course, Starhawk guides us through her book, The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups. It’s the book she wrote that draws on her decades of experience—often wonderful, sometimes painful—in activist groups, spiritual groups, permaculture groups, collective households and more.


    Read Starhawk’s The Empowerment Manual while you wait for the course to start.


    Starhawk (she/her) is the co-founder and executive director of Earth Activist Training. One of the foremost voices in Earth-based spirituality, Starhawk is an author, activist, and permaculture teacher and designer. Her 12 books include such beloved reads as The Spiral Dance, The Earth Path, and The Fifth Sacred Thing. Starhawk drew from 30 years of living collectively to write The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, which is the basis for this course. 

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

    Best known as an articulate voice in the revival of Earth-based spirituality and Goddess religion, Starhawk is the co-founder of the Reclaiming movement, an activist branch of the modern Pagan religion. In partnership with Donna Read, Starhawk is the co-founder of Belili Productions film company, whose most well-known project was a trio of popular films on the Goddess religion. 

    Starhawk’s work in progressive activism has spanned generations and geographies. As a global justice and peace activist, Starhawk co-founded RANT: Root Activists’ Network of Trainers, and has taught non-violent direct action across North and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. She has been on the front lines of anti-nuclear actions at Diablo Canyon, Livermore Weapons Lab, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and the Nevada Test Site. She has been a witness for peace in conflict zones across the world, including Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Palestine and Israel. 

    As a teacher of magical activism and permaculture education, Starhawk’s life work takes her across the globe. She currently lives part-time in San Francisco in a collective house with her partner and friends, and part-time in a little hut in the woods in Cazadero, California, where she practices permaculture in her extensive gardens and writes.



    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
    • 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 People 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 two or more people.
    • All prices in US dollars.

    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.


      • 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


        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.



        Ready for a full Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course?

        An Earth Activist Training PDC  is a 15-week course that explores an internationally recognized permaculture curriculum with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism. Learn how to work with nature to heal land and water as we create real abundance and advocate for social justice.

        Learn more here

        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.

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