Earth Activist Training strives to keep our doors open to all applicants.
Please take a moment to explore our payment opportunities below.
Sliding scale tuition varies for every course.
Please register early by paying a deposit on your tuition (details below). The minimum deposit will be listed as an option in the payment drop-down menu. We need to have your deposit in hand before we can consider you registered for the course.
Tuition balance for all registrants is generally due 30 days before the session; each course will list the specific due date. If you are registered and need a little more time, please contact us for options.
PAY ONLINE via PayPal at: EarthActivistTraining@gmail.com
The deposit reserves your space in the EAT course. It is nonrefundable (for those applying for work-trade, please see below). However, with enough notice, we can switch your registration to a different session. In the unlikely event that we cancel a session, all monies paid, including your deposit, will be refunded.
If you have applied for work-trade and we are unable to accept you in that role, and you are unable to pay on the regular sliding scale, we will refund your deposit.
We now have both online registration and online payment options available; please see individual courses for links. If you prefer to pay by mail, we ask folks to email us with their registration form and a note stating that their deposit is in the mail. In the case of work trade or scholarship applications we also require a personal letter (see Work Trade and Scholarships section below).
While EAT cannot offer refunds, deposits and course fees may be applied to a future course in the case of a cancellation up to 30 days before the course start date. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments or concerns.
Loans for EAT tuition and travel expenses are available through the Permaculture Credit Union. You need to apply separately, directly to PCU. Once they receive your loan application and proof of income, they can turn around in 48 hour—but you should give them a good week at minimum to account for mail time, etc. Sooner IS better.
Two types of loans are available:
- Share Secured Loan: Interest rate is a mere 3.75%. For this loan, you, a partner, relative, employer, or someone who really, really likes you deposits the amount of loan in a savings account with PCU. Once you finish repaying the loan, they get their money back. Person depositing the amount doesn’t get interest on this savings account—that’s partly why the rate is so low.
- Signature Loan: You’re on your own here, unsecured. Normal interest rate is 10-15.5%, depending on your “credit score.” PCU gives a discount of .75 off the interest rate, because it will be used for a permaculture-esque purpose.
Amount of monthly repayment depends on amount borrowed. If under $1000, you have one year to repay. If over $1000, can repay over two years.
Requirements: You need to be a member of PCU to take out a loan. You become a member by opening a savings account (minimum of $50 deposit) and paying a $5 fee. You can become a member at same time as applying for a loan. You need to stay a member for the duration of loan repayment. After you’ve repaid your loan, you may close your account and receive your $50 back. To apply for the loan, you need their application, and to show proof of ability to repay, such as last two year’s tax returns or paycheck stubs.
You can download loan application forms from their web site.
For more information, membership form, and loan application, contact:
Permaculture Credit Union
PO Box 29300
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87592-9300
toll-free phone: 1-866-954-3479
We can offer a limited amount of work trade positions for most of our courses.
If accepted, students are required to pay at least half of the course cost, register with a 50% deposit, and be willing to come early and stay late to the course (depending upon the course and on the work trade job description). Additionally, work traders are required to fill out a work trade application with their registration, letting us know what your specific skills are. The deposit is due with your registration form, and without all of the above we cannot consider you registered. The remaining amount is due no later than 30 days prior to the course starting unless otherwise stated; most courses will have a specific date on which all balances are due, prior to the beginning of the course.
Work Trade Job Descriptions
The following job descriptions are typical, but may change, depending on EAT’s actual needs at the time.
At our California courses, work traders are asked to come three days early to help with set-up and general ranch projects. We will send you dates and directions in advance. In addition, the following are examples of work that may be required during the course. For students unable to perform physical labor, we can also arrange office work to be done on or off-site for an equivalent number of hours.
Need workers with good sense of what “clean” is. May need to arrive a day or two early or stay a day late. Before course, prep classrooms and library. Help teachers with books, class supplies, materials, and copying. During course, responsible for keeping classrooms, dining hall, and bathrooms clean, emptying recycling bins, and so on. On last day, help organize cleanup crews. Stay late to make sure all books and supplies are packed up, all areas are clean, supplies taken back to storage, and so on. Car and ability to drive are helpful, possibly mandatory, depending on each course needs.
For several weeks before course, contacts every participant and keeps track of their travel plans. Helps students connect into carpools. Answers transportation questions. Coordinates the EAT shuttle on first and last day of course. May include being a shuttle driver personally. Coordinates other shuttle drivers, ensuring all participants get picked up. This position needs person good with details and communication, committed to answering all phone calls & emails on time. It’s a job that can be done mostly at home, before the course, but will also involve coordination onsite for changes to travel plans for departure.
If you own or can borrow a large car or van, have car insurance, and are a safe & careful driver, we need you for this one. Shuttle drivers work on the first and last days of the course. They make several runs into town, driving students and their gear to the EAT site. Depending on how many hours owed, you may be asked to do other chores as well, during or before the course.
May need to arrive early. Works with teachers to support the hands-on segments of course. Runs errands, shops, and gathers tools & materials (straw, seeds, plants, manure, rocks, sand, clay…) from stores, gardens, storage sites, stables, etc. Not afraid to get hands dirty. Reasonable physical strength needed. Throughout the two-week session, keeps tools and materials organized and ready to roll, so the hands-on class sessions have what’s needed and start on time. Organizes cleanup of area after class projects, makes sure tools are put away every day. Stays late on last day for final cleanup of tools and materials, returns tools to storage. Ability to drive and own truck very helpful. This job needs workers who anticipate what needs to be done and take responsibility, not wait to be told.
Liaison between the cooking team and students; helps deal with any food issues that may arise. May need to arrive a day or two early to help organize kitchen, deal with food deliveries. Sets up recycling and composting systems. Orients kitchen teams in procedures for set up and clean up of meals. Makes sure health protocols are being followed during meal setup/cleanup periods. Particular attention to detail with regards to dishwashing and handwashing and overall health issues mandatory. On last day, stays late to organize kitchen clean up.
Breakfast cooks and Breakfast Coordinator
Requires waking up early (6:00 am) every day and preparing simple breakfasts: setting out cereals, yogurt, and fruit, making coffee and tea, and so on. Possibly some simple cooking (eggs and toast). Works with the kitchen coordinator and cooks to determine breakfast components. Learns and follows health protocol. On last day, stays late to help with kitchen clean up.
Not Available for Work-Trade:
We cannot exchange for things like music, theater, artwork, tarot, bodywork, massage, Reiki, bellydancing, priestessing, or extracurricular teaching. These are all great things, but we can’t trade you to do them. We need our work-traders to do more prosaic things, like hauling a truckload of manure.
Earth Activist Training is committed to increasing the diversity of the global permaculture movement.
We can offer a limited number of pay-what-you-can scholarships for indigenous people and people of color working in environmental and food justice areas. Last-minute scholarship applications are very difficult to provide for, so please apply early.
If you are applying for a Diversity scholarship, please indicate so on your registration form and completely fill out the embedded scholarship application. Scholarships are for indigenous people and/or people of color working in environmental and social justice, so let us know how you qualify.
HOW To apply
If you are applying for a Diversity scholarship, please indicate so on your registration form and completely fill out the embedded scholarship application. Scholarships are for people of color working in environmental and social justice, so let us know how you qualify.
On a Fundraising Ethic- A Message from Starhawk
EAT is a program of both practical skills and consciousness change.
Permaculture, nonviolence, wilderness awareness, and magic all teach us to look at the world upside down and sideways, to see patterns and relationships, not just things. When we do, we go through the personal transformation we call “empowerment.”
We want to not just teach about that transformation, but to embody it in every aspect of what we do, beginning with how we approach the cost of this program.
We’re asking you to take an active role in the fundraising work. One of the principles of permaculture that you’ll learn about is “stacking functions”: one element of a project provides multiple benefits. In sharing the efforts of fundraising, we all gain.
- Asking for help can be hard. But changing the world is essentially a process of asking for help. No one can do it alone. So our personal process of transformation begins.
- Fundraising is a vital skill for organizers, permaculturalists, and activists. Every project you want to do that extends beyond your personal means will require fundraising of some sort. We will all learn from the experience you gain in contributing to this program.
- If you invest your time and energy to make this happen, it will belong to you, not us, and you’ll get more out of it.
Our training changes lives, and opens up new career paths
“The EAT training changed my life and has allowed me to hold a positive vision of the future. After the EAT training in January 2002, a fellow EATer Abi and I converted an ’82 diesel VW van to run on veggie oil and traveled all throughout the US and Canada talking about permaculture and alternative fuel. The Earth Activist Training is a training like no other.”
” I know that some people probably are disappointed when they read that you expect them to raise some of their scholarship. I was a little apprehensive about asking friends. My friends rushed to support me. Even a man who was only an acquaintance came to me and asked could he help, because he felt that what I would bring back to our community is what is needed. … My faith has grown! In the future I will be able to encourage others to raise money and keep their hopes up along the way.… It feels so good to know as I write my letter that my money is making its way there. A peace and an accomplishment! I look forward to meeting you! I am so grateful to have found EAT and to know I will be a part of it!”
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