In order for change to effect the greater world we must begin with ourselves and immediate surroundings. As an environmentalist I began my Earth Activist Training with a diversity scholarship to the Sacred Earth Apprenticeship which gave me a solid foundation for personal goal setting while encouraging more ritual in larger groups.
This allowed an opportunity for me to align with a broader goal of mine, taking the Permaculture Design Course. The relationships that began to grow through these trainings greatly influenced my last two years. I have helped build multiple healing gardens for loved ones since the course.
Summer of 2018 I was the permaculture lead for our Summer Solstice Celebration of Life held on Standing Rock. It was my responsibility to help design the location of hundreds of trees added to the 10 year old orchard planted at the Medicine Wheel Living Park. Almost half of our volunteers were other Earth Activists who traveled across the country to help plant them, along with our three sisters mounds in community gardens outside the elderly housing complex. My friends and I also lead a cob stomp and build workshop that resulted in a straw insulated pallet playhouse for the youth to enjoy.
I took the Permaculture Teachers Training for Women with Pandora Thomas as well. During this training I was taught more education methods and learning styles while focusing on the dynamics of cultural diversity in a group setting.
This last year I have chosen to take the Regenerative Land Management Program to use intensives and mentorships as a foundation for setting up on own home site. Already I have felt more confident with experience while building my portfolio to help prepare to offer more restoration work in the future.
Through these Earth Activist Trainings I continue to connect with a worldwide network of alliances with others, bringing awareness to ways we can work together while protecting and preserving our precious planet. ~ Sunshine’s Story of Inspiration
[Earth Activist Training is honored to Welcome Sunshine as one of our January 2020 PDC Student Teachers]