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.
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 Revue is a variety show with four performances each Fall. There are 3 evening shows (Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm) and one Children’s Matinee (Saturday at 2pm).
Since 2002, the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center has hosted hundreds of performers for our annual Chautauqua Revue—from singer-songwriters to clowns, storytellers to trapeze artists, and dancers to teachers. Some acts draw attention to socioeconomic or political issues, honoring the original Chautauqua events (where child labor laws, women’s suffrage and prohibition were favorite lecture topics).
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.