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.
Main Office Phone: (707) 874 – 1557 x 101
OAEC Nursery Phone: (707) 874-9591
15290 Coleman Valley Road
Occidental, CA 95465
For Nursery and Parking, please use the second/upper driveway.
The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center is 65 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. In light traffic, the drive is approximately 90 minutes from San Francisco or the East Bay.
There are two ways to get to OAEC:
Occidental is off the path of convenient public transit, though buses do come to Occidental from Santa Rosa. You can get bus information from Sonoma County Transit.
We encourage and will help to facilitate carpooling, particularly among course participants.
It costs about $45-55 to get from the Airport Express drop-off in Santa Rosa to Occidental via taxi.
Guest parking is in our Upper Lot (the 2nd OAEC driveway on your right when driving up from the town of Occidental).