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.
Like the Chautauqua gatherings of the early 20th century, the Chautauqua Series at OAEC presents a mix of education and entertainment as a means of enlightening and enriching the local community.
The Chautauqua Revue has taken place in the OAEC’s North Garden Theater annually since 2003. The show is an homage to the great Chautauquas of a hundred years ago that were week long rural encampments that were a mixture of entertainment and education. Much of the audience for the Revue is now made up of folks who come year after year for an evening not only of quality entertainment, but to be part of the community spirit of the Chautauqua.
With the onset of the Great Depression, the introduction of radio, and escalating costs introduced by commercialization, the Chautauqua’s faded away. However, beginning in the 1970’s, there has been a revival of the spirit of the Chautauqua. While nowhere near as ambitious as the multi-day encampments that brought hundreds of people together, these modern descendants aim to awaken a sense of what is most positive about rural American culture.