Teaching and Speaking Engagements

Upcoming Events

February 8-11, 2018 ~ Living With the Forest: An EcoCultural Land Stewardship Intensive at Aprovecho in Cottage Grove, OR.

The Willamette Valley region offers a unique mix of conifer forest and oak savanna ecosystems. Although many old-growth conifers and oaks have been cleared to make room for industrial forestry and agriculture, opportunities abound to actively participate in rekindling the biodiversity of these ecosystems. This three-day intensive will use lecture and hands-on projects to delve into the principles and practices of developing a culture of regenerative forest and land stewardship in this special place. We will discuss different approaches to land management, investigate our personal relationship to the land, learn ecosystem assessment skills, and chart a path towards sensitive and sustainable use of forest ecosystems in our region.

March 8, 2018 ~ Beyond the War on Invasive Species presentation at the Ecological Landscaping Alliance Conference in Amherst, MA.


2 Week Permaculture Design Course at Aprovecho ~ May 7-19, 2018

Certified by Cascadia Permaculture Institute and the Permaculture Institute of North American (PINA)

 Join the Cascadia Permaculture Institute this spring for our 2 week comprehensive permaculture design course.  This course will help you gain a clear understanding of the theory and practice of ecological design through lecture, discussion, slideshows, design projects, and hands-on experience.  May is the perfect time to deepen your understanding of natural systems and how they can inform design.

Agroforestry and Forest Gardening Hands-On Practicum ~ May 21-June 1, 2018

Follow up your PDC with a hands-on project that applies that concepts of permaculture and methods of sustainable living. The installation project for 2018 is to be determined, but possibilities include building a composting toilet, installing a water tank, establishing perennial garden beds with earthworks, or developing a hugelkultur system (buried wood mass). Stay tuned!

6 Week Permaculture Design Certificate Course ~ August 6 – September 14, 2018

Join us for 6 weeks of empowering and practical solutions at Aprovecho, a site renowned for over 30 years of work in Permaculture and sustainable development while learning from an assemblage of many of the best teachers throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Teachers for this course include Jude Hobbs, Marisha Auerbach, Rick Valley, Andrew Millison, Tao Orion, Chris Foraker, Abel Kloster, and Mike Hatfield. Aprovecho’s Sustainable Living Skills Program is the oldest program of its kind in the Northwest and includes hands on training in appropriate technology, sustainable forestry, natural building, and sustainable agriculture.  The 72 hour Permaculture Design curriculum is woven throughout the program, leaving students with a framework for integrating strategies and techniques into cohesive designs for sustainable human settlement.  A certificate of Permaculture Design will be presented at the end of the program.

Permaculture Practicum in Water and Forestry Systems ~ September 24- November 11, 2018

This course is designed for farmers, landowners, contractors, and students seeking to deepen their on-the-ground experience in planning and implementing regenerative forestry and water systems in the context holistic homestead and farm-scale projects.

This program embeds students within three integrated focus areas: agroforestry and perennial food systems, timber based forest management, and water harvesting.  Projects will include construction of ponds and other earthworks, land survey and map making, indoor and outdoor aquaculture, keyline system survey and implementation, food forestry, timber harvest planning and management, tree falling, perennial food cultivation, harvest, and preservation, greywater system construction, woodland and stream restoration, and rainwater harvesting.




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