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Permaculture, earth-based spirituality, organizing and activism… with Starhawk and a team of stellar teachers and designers.

An Earth Activist Training can set your life on a new path…or show you how to save the world. Green solutions are sprouting up all around us, but permaculture shows us how to weave them together into systems that can meet human needs and regenerate the natural world. EAT is practical earth healing with a magical base of ritual and nature awareness, teaching you to integrate mind and heart, with lots of hands-on practice and plenty of time to laugh.

Our two-week intensives are Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) scourses, offering the basic, internationally-recognized 72-hour permaculture curriculum with an additional focus on social permaculture, organizing tools, and spirit.

Visit the course page for information on all upcoming courses. To view a short video (March 2015) featuring Starhawk and Charles Williams visit our teachers page.

WATCH: Earth Activist Training Videos
Are you wondering what permaculture is and why Starhawk is so obsessed with it? Here are a couple of short videos we made that give a good, quick introduction. Please feel free to share these links with your friends:

Inner City Permaculture in Bayview Hunters Point

Permaculture Principles at Work: An introduction to permaculture principles, featuring the work of Erik Ohlsen of Permaculture Artisans and EAT.

YouTube: the short version features one of Erik's projects
A longer version, featuring two amazing projects, can be found at:

Tabir Tilth: Permaculture in the City: Connie Van Cyke's inspirational urban garden in Portland, Oregon.

"Permaculture: the Growing Edge"
The video documentary made by Starhawk and Donna Read. Featuring Penny Livingston-Stark, James Stark, Make Lakeman, Paul Stamets, Dr. Elaine Ingham, and many more! Get it here.

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Earth Activist Training thanks the Dougherty Foundation for their generous support! We also would like to thank the LUSH Charity Pot Program for generously funding our Diversity Scholarships! For more information on funding for our programs, see the Donate Page.


Special Appeal:
Help us fund scholarships to our upcoming course in Catalunya, Spain!
Visit our Donate page to make a contribution to the Spain course scholarship program.

Solidarity Statement from the Permaculture Community
We, the members of the undersigned permaculture groups and organizations, wish to publicly state our support for the BlackLivesMatter movement and the ongoing fight to end all police violence against communities of color. Permaculture is a system of regenerative ecological design rooted in indigenous knowledge and wisdom. Its three core ethics, care for the earth, care for the people, care for the future lead us to call for accountability for police who currently target, harass and murder people in communities of color, and especially the black community, with impunity. We cannot care for the people unless we assure justice for all people and assert the value of every person's life.

Permaculture also teaches us to look at patterns, and we see a recurring pattern of devaluing and dehumanizing people of color that extends back through the centuries, including the histories of enslavement, the genocide of indigenous peoples, segregation, exploitation and much more. We cannot build a vibrant future unless we acknowledge this painful past and recognize that its legacy continues today.

We see this current system is designed to benefit certain people at the expense of others and is part of the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few. Out of this comes an opportunity to redesign a truly restorative way of dealing with injustice, conflicts, competing needs, and past wounds.

At this time of grave environmental crisis, we recognize that the divisive impact of all forms of discrimination and prejudice hamper every effort to shift the path of our society off of the road to ruin and onto the path of regeneration. Our economic, political and social systems can only find ecological balance when they are founded upon justice. One of the core permaculture principles is that diversity creates resilience. We are committed to envision, design and create a world in which we affirm and celebrate human diversity, where we can learn from one another's perspectives and support one another's struggles. We are proud to lend our support to all those who work to make that vision real.

Pandora Thomas, Black Permaculture Network
Starhawk, Earth Activist Training

To add your name, your group, or to view additional signers, see:

EAT in Bayview Hunters Point
Earth Activist Training also runs inner city programs in San Francisco's poorest neighborhood. Check out our Bayview Hunters Point page to find our more information about these programs.

EAT's Mission Statement:

To bring the knowledge and resources of regenerative ecological design to communities with the greatest needs and fewest resources.

To teach visionary and practical solutions and personal sustainability to social change activists, and to teach practical skills, organizing, and activism to visionaries.

To cross-pollinate the political, environmental, and spiritual movements that seek peace, justice, and resilience.

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