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 100% Certified Organic plant nursery specializes in open-pollinated perennials including edible landscaping plants, rare and endangered food crops, drought tolerant ornamentals and habitat plants - all tested in our onsite gardens and appropriate for our bioregion.
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.
Shannon is an artist, working as a photographer and cook. Originally from West Marin, Shannon graduated from University of Washington in Seattle with a degree in International Studies, minoring in African Studies and Human Rights. Her studies led her to move to Tanzania, to work for an educational center and permaculture project . Through working as a gardener, farmhand and cook, Shannon fell in love with eating and preparing the same food she grew. She is currently completing her Masters in Fine Arts at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco focusing on photographing and studying repeating dynamic patterns found in nature. Her photographic work can be seen here – www.shannononeillcreighton.com.
On Staff Since: 2015 Phone: 707-874-1557 x107
I see my work at OAEC as a beautiful and integral collaboration. With the mission of OAEC, the vision of the creative kitchen crew, and the wisdom of the gardeners, I hope to engage the senses, inspire the taste buds, and introduce people to the nourishment, flavor, and exquisite beauty of our homegrown produce. In addition to coordinating the program meals with the talented kitchen staff, I source the highest quality, sustainably farmed ingredients I can find.
It is a rare and incredible privilege to introduce people to food that is as deeply healthy and nourishing as it is beautiful and delicious. Bringing people together over a meal to me a ritual art form. It is so much more than eating; it is a vehicle of connection, vitality, and enrichment. If we are what we eat, than OAEC’s kitchen is a force of transformation.
Time spent quiet and moving slow while observing nature. Photographing, gardening, exploring. Eating food that I grew myself. Creating food systems with minimal waste. Compassionate communication and honesty. Building loving and supportive relationships and community. My incredible network of extended family.
I grew up in the San Geronimo Valley of West Marin in close-knit community. My relationship to nature and the outdoors was born there and remains a shaping force in my life today. I was introduced to cooking through educating myself about nutrition and radical power of food. My love of food and cooking grew through farming and gardening in a variety of communities. I spent ten years traveling around the U.S. and abroad in East Africa, working as a farmer and cook. Upon returning from a year living in Tanzania, I placed art at the center of my life and began my MFA in photography at California Institute of Integral Studies. Living in West Sonoma County and working at OAEC I experience a daily intersection of art, nourishment, and earth work.
Spending time in solitude watching the genius of nature. Self-care practices that invite me into my breath and body.