Our three seasonal Permaculture Design Certification courses will empower you to DIY and TIY—"Think It Yourself." Immerse yourself in information, ideas and inspiration on how to design sustainable, regenerative systems in balance with your home ecosystem. OAEC, an ecological demonstration site and intentional community for over 20 years, offers the longest consistently running Permaculture Design Certification course in the West.
Our 7-day Resilient Schools Training supports school community leadership teams to facilitate the development of a long term Resilience Action Plan (RAP) including sustainable facilities design, curricular integration and community involvement. The RAP strategically addresses a school’s academic, economic, climate and social needs yielding increased academic success, financial savings, ecological benefits and community preparedness. Participants will leave with a Resilience Action Plan (RAP) proposal for their school community and receive ongoing training and support opportunities from OAEC staff.
Cultivate your school's "living learnscapes" at our five-day residential educator trainings and one-day workshops. These educational opportunities support your school team in creating and sustaining garden-based ecological literacy programs and help you build a strong cohort of colleagues.
Healing Through Food, Gardening, Herbs & Ceremony: Remembering Our Way is a 3-day residential course at OAEC. During the course, we gather in OAEC’s abundant 40-year-old Mother Garden to remember our connection with the Earth, the soil, the food that nourishes us, and the healing ways of the plant world. Each day we will meet in a sharing circle, and our dinner table will become our altar of gratitude.
This course covers the healing capacity of the plant world, including herbal medicine and gardening both practically and spiritually. We will also cover Weston A. Price’s pioneering work in health and nutrition, while studying the vitality of traditional people before the introduction of processed foods. Read an article about the course.
Agriculture and the food system are responsible for roughly 50% of all human emissions. Improved farming practices can sequester impressive amounts of carbon. Many of these farming practices – such as conservation tillage, cover cropping, and managed grazing – are already widely practiced. Globally, promotion of carbon farming can help address social and ecological challenges from land degradation to climate justice. This course will review carbon farming practices from traditional to emerging systems.
Do you dream of establishing a land-based intentional community or education center? This course is designed to help you actualize that dream. Presentations and detailed hand-outs will cover topics such as visioning; how to find land and finance a purchase; the various legal forms available for holding land (limited liability company, corporation, land trust, etc.); organizing as a for-profit or a nonprofit; group decision-making process (meetings, agreements, facilitation, agenda management, conflict resolution); financial organization of your community; legal and insurance issues and costs; dealing with zoning and regulations; and long-term planning. We will also tour OAEC’s community and educational center, including our gardens, permaculture projects, natural buildings, and the community’s kitchen and food system.
Do you find yourself struggling with meetings, group process and decision-making? Are you frustrated by inefficiency, difficult power dynamics or organizational confusion? Do you want to increase your facilitation and general leadership skills? This weekend workshop will give you practical tools to enjoy more effective and participatory meetings in your non-profit, your business or your community.