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.
New in 2017: Now open every weekend April-October, Saturdays & Sundays from 10am-5pm! Our nursery specializes in open-pollinated perennials including edible landscaping plants, rare and endangered food crops, drought tolerant ornamentals and habitat plants. Join us for our three special Plant Sale Events focused on annual plants for starting your seasonal vegetable gardens.
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.
Ryan grew up in the home office of an architect, and often helped his dad with projects measuring buildings and visiting construction sites. When he was in high school, he visited a retreat center in Mendocino where one of the first permitted straw bale buildings in California was built. This sparked his interest in natural building, which led to him to pursuing a career in construction work. One of the more unique opportunities in that career was a summer internship with James Hubbell, a renowned natural builder and whimsical artist. Ryan strives to incorporate art and grace into all the projects he works on at the OAEC.
On Staff Since: 2012 Phone: x117
I build stuff, and I fix stuff.
My background is in architecture, solar design, and natural building. I worked for Solar Works in Sebastopol for several years, and did straw bale construction with Skillful Means all over California. I also worked with a landscape architecture firm in Marin managing residential landscaping projects.
My lady, Becky. Taking off-road hot spring trips in my Samuri. Dancing in my tu-tu in the desert. Making gourmet omelets and chili rellenos. Artisan tequila. Crabbing in Bodega Bay. Making flower arrangements. And designing my future Tiny House!
The OAEC is a place-based organization, and someone has to work to make the place function for all the programmatic wonderfulness!
Soaking in hot springs.
Building my Tiny House.