OAEC supports diverse communities to design their own regenerative systems at the regional and local scale.
Our cookbook is a collection of inventive recipes inspired by seasonal eating from our biodiverse Mother Garden, orchards and Wildlands Preserve.
Experience the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center through a video tour and beautiful photographs of our Guest Houses, Meeting Room, Bathhouse, Kitchen & Dining Room, Mother Garden and more.
Our Biodiversity Nursery offers thousands of varieties of open-pollinated plants through our three seasonal Plant Sale events (focused on annual plants) and numerous Perennials weekends.
OAEC offers the longest consistently running two-week Permaculture Design Certification course in the West. Immerse yourself in information, ideas and inspiration on how to design sustainable, regenerative systems in balance with your home ecosystem.
Our School Garden Teacher Training supports schools to integrate the school garden into multiple subject areas using place-based, experiential learning.
Longwillow’s work life has landed her in many beautiful environments: an experiential and educational farm on the Kansas prairie; ropes courses in the woods of central Kansas and the rolling coastal hills of northern California; in those same foggy, green-in-winter, brown-in-summer rolling hills of northern California for environmental education; and ultimately, turning inward to the unparalleled beauty of the human soul in her work as a practitioner of the healing arts, working collaboratively with plant, gem, animal, environmental and planetary essences to help facilitate change and healing with humans and animals. Her tagline for that work, Tending to the Life of the Soul™, has been the thread which weaves together 5 decades of being in human form. Longwillow sees her role of Plant Sale Coordinator as a well balanced blend of both her professional and personal skill sets and welcomes the opportunity to co-create in a fun, celebratory spirit with both the plant and human communities.
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Native to the Midwest, I share what I’ve come to understand is the “well, I didn’t exactly mean to MOVE to northern CA, but it’s 25 years later so I’m pretty sure I have actually moved” story! While I still pine for summer thunderstorms and a big sky, Sonoma County has been my spot on the planet for a good long time. I like feeling surrounded by familiars…animal, tree, plant, human, rolling hills, fog…all of whom (and more) have become my “community.”
Born serious, I knew that helping other humans dive deeper into what it means to be alive was going to be a central thread in my life stream. It has proved to be true not just in all my work incarnations (minus that one little blip in the S.F. financial district…) but also in my own personal life journey. I also knew early on that for me a meaning-full life was one lived on the edge of “wild” places. And now, still living on the edge of the “wild” and still facilitating those deep dives into the nature of reality, I also make sure that the “fun” factor is woven into my life and those around me in hearty doses!
While perhaps an odd passion, I nonetheless have a strong desire, bordering on calling, to bring the topic of death and dying out of the closet. I can’t imagine life being as beauty-full as it is without the juice of the creative process…I believe that, when cultivated, it benefits all of creation. I have always been and will likely continue to be a lover of animals and harbor a passionate longing to help facilitate the communication between humans and animals. I also feel very, very strongly that moving more slowly through the world gives us an opportunity to truly and consciously absorb our respective “environments,” the result of which is Presence.
I feel a novella coming on! The OAEC Plant Sales MATTER for SO, SO many reasons. Some of those reasons can be measured, quantified and understood with our regular brain…others require a macro lens and perhaps a little looser interpretation of “value.”
I see the Plant Sales as an incredibly valuable community resource/celebration/model. While it has become one of OAEC’s avenues for generating money, the Plant Sales also have a long history as a gathering place for friends, family and community. It is a light-hearted celebration of our plant kin. It is a bold and–in this era of GMO proliferation–mighty statement about the value and importance of biodiversity. It is a reflection of what can grow out of a relationship in which people have been land stewards in the most loving and respect-full ways. It is an art installation of great magnitude. And, it is just plain, good old fashioned fun!
I’m practically an evangelist when it comes to the OAEC Plant Sales. After the last one, I wrote Doug and Michelle a “love” letter, emphatically declaring my genuine love and appreciation for all things Plant Sale, including their longterm involvement with and development of the Sales. Maybe that’s why I got the Coordinator job…
I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.