WORKSHOP - Permaculture, learning from nature

Learn how to work co-creatively with your land to derive the maximum environmental resource benefits.

For too many Americans, food comes from the grocery store, water comes from the tap, and energy comes from the utility company. With our modern and energy intensive 21st century lifestyle, we have become disconnected from the seasonal rhythms, and the natural world systems that provide our life sustaining needs. This ignorance of the natural order has in turn, led us to degrade and destroy the very life systems (air, water, soil) we need to survive in a healthy and wholesome manner.


Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is an ethical system of ecological land design, which incorporates the disciplines of agriculture, hydrology, energy, architecture, economics, social science, animal husbandry, forestry, etc. Permaculturally designed land can have up to 16 times the yield of conventional single-crop agriculture. It follows a methodology that closes the loop on natural systems so that nothing is wasted, including labor, energy and resources. This workshop integrates and unifies the subject matter of all of our other workshops into a comprehensive big picture. This information packed seminar is intended to help the participant follow a path of endeavor that leads to a living model of wholeness. The workshop content explores in depth, the true source of our food, water and energy, in order to create a more sustainable, healthy and intelligent style of living.

This weekend workshop covers the following topics:

  • Solar energy - how to use it to grow food, dry food, cook food, heat a home, heat water, produce electricity and more.

  • The rain cycle and how it affects springs, creeks, aquifers, the soil, the forests, and the air temperature. Includes a primer on rainwater harvesting and storage.

  • A basic primer on seasonal food growing--what foods grow when and where and how. Topic covers growing food using organic techniques.

  • Why we need healthy, intact forests, fertile land, and pollution free streams and rivers for a healthy life.

  • Tap water-where it comes from and where it goes, and how to use it safely and more wisely.

  • Creating a sustainable lifestyle with perma-culture principles that enriches, rather than depletes, the bio-region we call home.

  • How to incorporate intelligent design features to make your home more energy efficient, practical, and less labor intensive.


* For more information or to register for this workshop, please go to the Workshop schedule page.


 Currently this workshop is unavailable in 2015