The Permaculture  Series

Permaculture comes from the terms “permanent agriculture,” or more broadly, “permanent culture,” and encompasses a design process by which humans can create relationships of mutual benefit with the natural world and with each other that provide for an abundance of human needs.  The tools and technologies of permaculture exhibit how humans can move away from an extractive, exploitative paradigm with the earth and one another, and towards systems of symbiosis, ecological regeneration, and community.

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Our Permaculture Story

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Get your hands dirty.

  • Learn the design principles and process of permaculture
  • Gain hands-on skills to directly transform the world around you
  • Relate to the earth symbiotically to create your food, shelter, water and energy
  • Get training in community building and action planning for a better world
  • Dig into practical tools for ecological regeneration with experienced practitioners



Ryan Rising

Ryan Rising is a community organizer and permaculture educator most recently known for organizing the Permaculture Action Tour. Ryan focuses on creating community access to land for regenerative living; connecting people to take direct action and transition to a resilient way of life. Ryan and the Permaculture Action Network have organized over 45 Action Days across the US.

Mike Wird

Mike Wird is an educator, permaculture designer and artist, who shares his dedication to social and environmental justice through cultural arts empowerment and regenerative practices. Mike has been actively cultivating a sense of community for over 10 years as a  Hiphop Cultural Arts Ambassador, and co-founder of an eco-social enterprise called Regenerative Lifestyles.

Stephanie Syson

Stephanie is co-founder of Dynamic Roots herbals and the Basalt Food Park where she innovated and grew a town seed library into a full-on public edible forest garden.  She is an educator and practitioner in the fields of permaculture, herbalism, seed saving and an avid promoter of edible polycultures and medicinal herb gardens in public spaces.

Keala Young

A. Keala Young is a whole systems designer, regenerative practitioner and permaculture teacher with a background in the healing arts. His rich study of permaculture and eco-village design includes certificate programs from Findhorn Foundation and Esalen Institute, as well as full-time engagement co-founding Atlan Living and Learning Center near the Columbia River Gorge in Central Cascadia.

What is Permaculture Action?

Times Monday
June 13
June 14
June 15
June 16
7:30 AM All Academy Yoga All Academy Yoga All Academy Yoga
9:00 AM Intro to PermacultureMike/Keala Social PermacultureMike/Keala/Ryan Implementing
Public SystemsStephanie Syson
10:00 AM Ethics & Start PrinciplesMike/Keala Urban PermacultureRyan/Keala/Mike Design TimeStephanie Syson
11:00 AM Principles & PatternsMike/Keala Natural BuildingMike Prepare for Action DayStephanie Syson
Noon Brunch Brunch Brunch
1:00 PM Design Method & ProcessMike/Keala Social PermacultureRyan Permaculture
Action Day
2:00 PM Water SystemsMike/Keala Governance & Decision MakingRyan Permaculture
Action Day
3:00 PM Soil SystemsMike/Keala Community/Social FocusRyan Permaculture
Action Day
4:00 PM Site Walk –
Reading the LandscapeMike/Keala
Eco-Village & Neighborhood
Action Day
5:00 PM Site Analysis & AssessmentMike/Keala Perennial Food SystemsKeala/Stephanie Permaculture
Action Day
6:00 PM Intro to MappingMike/Keala Forest GardensKeala/Stephanie Permaculture
Action Day
7:00 PM Dinner/Orientation Dinner Dinner
8:00 PM Orientation Free Time or Permaculture Cypher (Optional) Free Time or Permaculture & Direct Action (Optional)

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Academy students can look forward to a whole lot of perks with your admission fee including…

  • Until May 24, get a FREE parking or car camping pass good for the whole festival
  • 21 class hours of world class educational experience
  • Connections with like minded people
  • 2 healthy, organic meals per day (brunch and dinner)
  • Be the first people on site
  • First priority shaded and creekside camping

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