Flute presenting at the first EAT
Q: I'd like transportation info, please.
A: Details and directions are in
packet, sent to enrolled students. It will vary for each location, of
course. Some general guidelines:
Don't book a flight without considering the lag time to
travel from airport to the class site—and back again,
plus check-in! Some students coming from far away have arranged
an extra travel day on either end, stayed overnight in the
city, and next day caught a carpool or bus to the EAT site.
People considering a train or bus have similar time lags.
Driving: If you have a car, we appreciate your offering
a ride to others. If you don't have a car, we will help
coordinate carpools for each residential course.
Can I arrive at the EAT site a day early? Stay
a day late?
The prime permaculture answer
to almost any question is: It depends! For the January courses
at Black Mountain Preserve, we often offer the opportunity
to come a bit early or stay afterwards, camp on Starhawk's
land, and help with setup, cleanup and ongoing projects. Work
traders often fuflill their work requirements in this way,
and others are welcome to join. For other courses—it
depends on the site, the timing, and other factors.
Can I just come for some days
and leave for others?
Preferably not. We occasionally
allow a student to come for one or two special sessions, and
we generally have several evening programs open to the local
community. But we encourage everyone who signs up to make
the space in their life and attend from start to finish. Some
of the class lectures will be confusing if you didn't hear
the earlier material, and the teachers will not be able to
take class time to update you on what you missed. It's also
difficult to hold the integrity of the circle if people drop
in and out. We'll all get much more out of it if you're there
consistently; and your affinity and design groups will be
better able to do their work. EAT is a priceless experience,
take advantage of it!
How about communications? Can
I call home, friends, and clients? Is there a place to check
email? Get regular mail?
Yes. Most of our EAT course sites
have a phone available for outgoing calls, but you must bring
your own phone card. Computer access is also available. At
most sites, wireless internet access is available if you have
your own laptop, although it may be limited. You can always
bring your own mobile phone, although it may not work from
remote locales. Of course you can receive emergency calls
and messages through the facility or EAT office. You can receive
snail mail, also, and we'll have someone taking outgoing mail
to post office.
May I tape record the lectures?
For personal, private use, yes.
Can I bring my cat? my dog? my
kids? my partner? my friends?
Here are our guidelines on guests,
whether of four- or two-footed variety.
Pets: Please leave all beasties at home or with a good friend.
Do not bring your dog, cat, or python.
Kids: All EAT courses except those designated "Family Friendly"
or "EAT with childcare" are for adults.
There is no childcare at EAT courses other than ones we specifically
tell you about. In the future, we hope to offer more family-friendly courses and courses with childcare, but that is dependent
on the facilities we use, the funding we receive, and student
Adults: We don't allow drop-ins or visitors into regular class
time, unless you make arrangements beforehand with the teachers.
Our course always offers a few evening sessions that are open
to the local community, and your guests are welcome to join
in at that time.
Can I camp outside? Is it cheaper?
A: It depends! Check the specifics
for the course you're interested in.
Q: I can't make this session, but would
like to be informed of future EAT sessions.
A: Send us an email to EarthActivistTraining(at)gmail.com
and ask to be put on the e-list to be notified. (This list
is never used for any other purpose, and your e-address
is kept private.)