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  • Water, Land & Nature Stewardship
  • Leadership Development & Organizational Capacity Building
  • Home & Neighborhood Resiliency
  • Regenerative Business & Equitable Economy
  • Skills Shares & Appropriate Technology
  • Social Justice, Education, & Culture
  • Inner Resilience and Social Permaculture
  • Governance, Policy & Movement Building
  • Public & Private Partnerships
  • And Much More!


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  • DIY Skills in Permaculture
  • Natural Building
  • Seed Saving
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Alternative Economies Economy
  • Clean Energy
  • Food production
  • Herbal Medicine





[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] In biology there is no free lunch. Since the beginnings of plant and animal life the gift of urine has been a cornerstone of abundance synergy. Come and learn how the eco-san movement is reviving this ancient relationship. We will look at home-scale, humanitarian relief, city-scale and animal husbandry applications. Peepeeponics: How restoring ancient nutrient ...

Collaborative Economy

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] What are the ways in which we can cooperate and collaborate to make a stronger, more resilient economy? How can we ensure that we are integrating economics within the greater context of life and what is important? Koreen is a businesswoman and farm owner who has collaborated with investors, activists, seekers, suburbanites and many others ...

Gaia U: 10 Years of Supporting EcoSocial Designers. What’s Next?

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] In 2006 Gaia U opened its (virtual) doors to 40 intrepid actionists--ready to self-design and direct their learning and unlearning pathways through documented hands-on local projects while creating regenerative livelihoods. A "revolution disguised as a university" was how one of our pioneers put it. Liora Adler, co-founder of Gaia U with other Gaia U team ...

Transforming Money to Benefit Society

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Money itself has hidden characteristics that many people are completely unaware of. Yet these characteristics shape people's behavior in relation to one another, affect social norms, and ultimately influence the culture of communities and society. As a group, participants in this workshop will play a trading game using two types of "currencies". Afterward, participants will ...

A Toolkit for Creating The Permaculture City

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Based on Toby’s latest book, The Permaculture City, this presentation shows that urban permaculture is about much more than gardening in the city. Growing food is only a small part of the challenges we face in solving our essential and increasingly urgent problem of coexisting with a finite planet and with each other. The new ...

Jobs vs. Environment: A False Choice

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] The reality is that we deal with this everyday. We can probably even think about moments of our own experience (or others) where corporations have pitted workers against communities working to protect their health and environment. In this workshop, we’re removing the choice all together to realize what we know is possible: the ability to build ...

Collaboration: The Permaculture of Relationship Building for a Green and Equitable Future

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Join Green For All's Julian Mocine McQueen and Emerald Cities Collaborative's Tara Marchant for an interactive dialogue looking at deep alliance building with unlikely stakeholders that create effective, authentic partnerships that transform our communities, cities and societies. What practices and strategies are involved in building juicy relationships across sectors and demographics that truly move the needle on ...

Herbs in the Food Forest

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Learn how to incorporate culinary and medicinal herbs in the food forest.  In this interactive workshop, Marisha Auerbach will highlight the medicinal uses, ecological functions, and niche of some of her favorite herbs for the understory in the food forest.  Afterwards, participants will get to play the Edible Forest Garden card game, which Marisha has ...

Unlearning the Patrix (Patriarchal Matrix)

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] The Patrix, that unwanted but prevalent patriarchal matrix that includes (amongst other memes) racism, sexism and classism, sure needs unlearning and chasing away. Increasingly folks in permaculture are on to it and this workshop looks at strategies in use by Gaia U for accelerated patrix unlearning. Together, we will imagine a world without these memes ...

Confronting Climate Change, Challenging Capitalism: Local Community Resilience Heroes Converge  

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] It has become clear we face two distinct possible futures:  Economic Transition or Ecological Collapse.  If we stay the current course of a globalized industrial model, collapse is inevitable. The dominant economy asserts that young black men are completely expendable,  mountaintops and the peoples in Appalachia are expendable, that  indigenous knowledge that cultivates our global ...

Rekindling a Seed Culture

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] The first link of a resilient food system is seed- learn about the innovative ways that  people have brought seed back into the commons by creating local exchanges, seed libraries, regional seed companies and farmer breeding projects.  More than just preserving heritage it is about putting breeding work and selection as a core element of ...

Women in Permaculture: Celebrating Our Successes, Honoring Our Challenges

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Women have been leading and practicing Permaculture for decades though not always on stage many have made their presence and voices clearly heard as teachers, designers, practitioners  organizers and activists. We'll hear from 7 women of diverse backgrounds, ages and experiences in the permaculture movement. As they share their work, thoughts and experiences on being ...

Resilient, Local Economic Development Without Displacement

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Gentrification and displacement is a painful reality for many families and communities. Longtime residents of Oakland, particularly its vibrant Black and Latino communities, are being increasingly been pushed out as rents have skyrocketed. Come explore creative, equitable strategies and policies for treating land as our common heritage. Please join Tara Marchant, Emerald Cities Oakland Director ...

ReInhabiting the Village: Co-Creating our Future

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Jamaica Stevens ~ Author of ReInhabiting the Village: Co-Creating our Future What is the Culture of the Modern Village and how are we creating a Global Village? As we become increasingly aware of our interconnection on this one shared home called Earth, there is a compelling call to find our common threads and become the ...

Designing in Resistance: Beyond Solutionary Permaculture

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Permaculture is about solutions. This, we know. Describing how they see their own theories of change, many permies, transitioners, and other 'solutionaries' sometimes reference Buckminster Fuller's quote "you never change things by fighting the existing reality. Instead, you build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete". Permaculture, they argue, is that 'new model' ...

Relating Yoga

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] How can yogic practices help cultivate and empower awareness, congruence, intuition and communication? Relating Yoga is a nourishing synthesis of self care, self expression, and embodied listening. Facilitated sharing with other people interwoven with yogic practices. This is not a standard yoga class! Enliven your body, mind, and spirit - in community! ...

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