Onsite Courses

Advanced Water Harvesting
With Brock Dolman, Erik Ohlsen & Jesse Savou

This hands-on workshop will encompass site assessment, design and full installation of a cistern storage system. Participants will gain the skills to critically think through a multifaceted approach to reading topography, assessing sites and designing systems, including calculating runoff and storage potential compared against water use to select and size appropriate water harvesting systems from the many options available.

Through the hands-on installation we’ll cover CA building codes, roofing material considerations, gutters, filtration systems, tanks, tank foundations, plumbing basics and the construction of a diversity of water harvesting earthworks. Everything we do will be nested in a larger framework of conservation hydrology – a watershed-based approach of ecological emulation, which offers the tools to fundamentally transform how we think about and manage our water resources, to shift from a paradigm of scarcity to one of abundance.

We’ll explore policy opportunities and funding sources to support the scaling of rainwater harvesting solutions, as well as tour existing systems, large and small, which offer a tangible glimpse into the “new normal” of water management in the West. The future is already here – it’s just not evenly spread out yet!

Date: September 7-9
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Holistic Seed Stewardship Workshop With Rowen White

This is the second seed workshop in a two-part series hosted at the Permaculture Skills Center with our guest Rowen White. Until just a few generations ago, seed stewardship was an integral part of every farm and garden. Now most people purchase seeds to start their gardens instead of planting culturally and regionally important heirloom seeds. This workshop is a holistic, indigenous permaculture-based approach to seed stewardship that honors the many layers of seed culture. We cover everything from practical hands-on skills to cultural context and memory, with guiding principles that are rooted in an indigenous ecology of interconnected relations.

Date: September 1-2, 2018

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Permaculture Skills Center Site Tour with Erik Ohlsen

Date: September 15, 2018
Interested in Permaculture but need or want a brief introduction? You’re in luck! The Director of the Permaculture Skills Center and Permaculture Artisans will be leading this informative stroll through our 5 acre demonstration site. Join us onsite to gain intimate knowledge of land regeneration with food forests, ponds, grazing, composting, and so much more.

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Women in Farming Symposium with Caiti Hachmyer

Date: October 13, 2018
Time: 8 AM to 3 PM

Please join us for the 3rd annual symposium Foundations and the Future: Celebrating Women’s Leadership in the Food Movement on October 13th! A day of education, celebration and dialogue, this 3rd annual symposium intends to acknowledge, celebrate and lift up the leadership and voice of women in the food movement. The day will focus on stories of emergent leadership and building connections to strengthen our collective movement through inter-generational dialogue weaving together policy, advocacy, justice, art and farming. Come hear powerful speakers, eat delicious food and enjoy the best of Sonoma County beverages, enjoy live music and take in the art show!

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Living Resiliency: Building Personal and Community Capacity with Kerry Brady & Brad Kammer

In this current planetary moment, we are presented with an extraordinary opportunity to create a truly regenerative Earth and thriving human communities. To do so, it is essential that we find ways to support ourselves, individually and collectively, to be effective instruments of change. Given what we face and all many of us live within our day to day lives, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Living Resiliency teaches tools, based on cutting edge research, about the brain and our biology, that increase our resiliency and ability to adapt to change. This course is for mental health practitioners looking to further their skills in working with clients, or any person looking to develop tools to bring into their own lives and communities.

Date: November 3-4, 2018

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Advanced Food Forest Design & Installation

What You Will Learn:

  • The ecological principles and patterns behind the food forest systems.
  • Carbon Sequestering in Agro-Ecological Settings
  • Food forest design best practices including tours of establish food forest sites.
  • The appropriate plant communities and planting plan approaches to a food forest.
  • Nutrient cycling in the garden
  • Water harvesting in the food forest
  • Irrigating edible forest gardens
  • During this course participants will install a mini food forest together.
  • Plant and Tree propagation

Date: TBD

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