Earth Activist Training with Starhawk & Alfred Decker
In our two-week Permaculture Design Course, we gather together to explore an internationally-recognized permaculture design certificate (PDC) curriculum with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism.
Learn how it is possible to design human systems that mimic natural systems, using a minimum of energy and resources and creating real abundance and social justice. We will cover principles and practices for how to read the landscape, how to heal soil and cleanse water, design integrated systems, harvest water, drought-proof land, build soil, sequester carbon, make compost, compost tea, and biochar, and how to bioremediate toxins. Explore the solutions to climate change, and the strategies and organizing tools that can put them in place.
Earth Activist Training is unique in weaving social permaculture aspects throughout our course: learn how to organize our human communities and groups, how to resolve conflicts, make decisions, work together effectively, and sustain our spirits. Together we create a community contained by daily ceremony and interactive ritual throughout the course.
We teach interactively, not just through classroom presentation, lecture and discussion, but through games, songs, ceremony, guided visualizations, design practice, field trips, and a variety of practical, hands-on, outdoor projects.
Who is this training for?
We firmly believe that everyone can benefit from learning the tools and insights of permaculture to apply toward the broad goal of earth regeneration. Permaculture has solutions not just for landscapes and agricultural systems, but also for social design, public policy and survival strategies for these challenging times.
We welcome and enjoy participants of any age (though please email us to discuss attendance by those under age 16). There is no need to have previous experience with permaculture or horticulture, and we can accommodate a broad range of physical abilities or limitations. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have specific needs you’d like to discuss.
Topics and projects covered:
Hands-on projects vary with weather and needs, but may include mapping, water harvesting structures, graywater or roof catchment, compost, compost teas, sheet mulch, plant propagation, planting trees and shrubs, seed-starting, introductions to natural building concepts and a collaborative design project. Our projects can be tailored to students of varied levels of physical ability and diverse ages and previous experience.
We touch on all the topics below, some in more depth than others, given the limitations of a two-week course. The overarching theme we teach in the course is not any specific subject, but rather how they all fit together into systems that can meet our human needs while regenerating the environment around us. At the end of the course, we will spend time providing resources and direction for taking your permaculture studies further and deeper.
Topics covered: Design, Water, Earth, Plants, Animals, Climate, Energy, Natural Building, Social permaculture, Organizing and activism, Spirit.
A note from the organizers on travelling to this event:
We as Sieben Linden Ecovillage decided that we want to host a full Earth Activist Training in Germany (the first we know of), because we believe in the strength of bringing together activism, positive change and spiritual connection. At the same time we are very aware of the changing climate. Because of that we want to let you know the following: if you absolutely have to fly, we expect you to calculate what you should pay to offset your carbon emissions with this calculator: https://www.atmosfair.de/en/offset/flight/ and that you then donate the respective amount to e.g.
a) atmosfair directly,
b) Sieben Linden Ecovillage for its freshly starting agroforestry project (https://siebenlinden.org/en/support-us/) or
c) the Agroforst-Kampagne (http://www.agroforstkampagne.net/kontakt).
Of course you can decide to donate to any other Permaculture project in your area, too. But: please show the receipt of this donation to us once you’ve received a confirmation for your participation in the EAT. Thank you for taking care of the home of so many species (including us).
The prices for accomodation in Sieben Linden here (text on homepage only in German, please ask if you need an English version)
Preise für Übernachtungen in Sieben Linden hier, bitte bei Buchung angeben.
Besides the early bird and the reduced course fee, there might be more options available to reduce the course fee or the other costs (some of those options depend on where you live or on your age).
If you are living in Germany, please refer to the page „Ermäßigungen“ for your options.
If you are up to 25 years old, you can apply for funding from our „Anna-Schicht-Fund“, which will cover your board and lodging, so that you only have to cover the course fee. For more information on the Anna-Schicht-Fund, please get in touch with us!