The Permaculture Academy

For the third year, Permaculture Action Network and Sonic Bloom invite you to spend the days before the festival learning practical skills for regenerating ecosystems and building community.

The Sonic Bloom Permaculture Academy allowed me to take time to observe our surroundings and notice patterns of interconnectedness. The course was informational about the ethics of stewardship and how we can reclaim our role as conscious co-creators.” – Sunshine Rose

General Info & FAQ’s

Learn the Concepts of Permaculture

  • Permaculture design processes and principles
  • Rainwater harvesting and earthworks
  • Permaculture landscape design and food forestry
  • Natural building and appropriate technology
  • Social transformation and community organizing methods
  • ​Practical tools and techniques for regenerating ecology



Ryan Rising

Ryan Rising is a community organizer and permaculture educator based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, and co-founder of the Permaculture Action Network. After a decade of local organizing around direct action, food justice, ecological design, and community living, Ryan organized the Permaculture Action Tour with music producer The Polish Ambassador in the fall of 2014. Ryan has since co-organized over 80 Permaculture Action Days throughout 25 US states, bringing hundreds of people at a time to build greenhouses, rainwater catchment, gardens, and regenerative systems at 80 different local community projects including public food forests, urban farms, and ecovillages. Ryan co-founded the Gill Tract Community Farm, which produces tons of organic food annually distributed for free all around the Bay Area, and the Omni Commons, an urban commons and community center. Ryan focuses on creating community access to land for local food growing and regenerative living, connecting people to take direct action; and social permaculture—the ways we make decisions, build resilience, resolve conflicts, and organize in community. ​

Permaculture Action Network

Permaculture Action Network is a continental collective that mobilizes thousands of people to take direct action on regenerative projects by collaborating with performing artists and cultural events. Our work regenerates ecosystems and catalyzes movement for a just transition, partnering with a diversity of projects and groups forging pathways to collective liberation.

We have mobilized people to action days from shows and festivals including those of Rising Appalachia, Beats Antique, Raury, Lightning in a Bottle, Envision Festival, TPA, ARISE, Lucidity, Summer Camp Music Festival, and others. Sonic Bloom is one of our absolute favorites.

Check out this report back from last year’s action day before the festival, “Establishing a Local Food Supply…With No Water: Year 4 of Sonic Bloom Permaculture Action Days at District ONE Farms.”

Sonic Bloom Permaculture Academy graduates have gone on to:

  • Start their own permaculture design and install companies
  • Install edible landscaping professionally
  • Organize Permaculture Action Days
  • Teach ecological design science
  • Organize in social movements ranging on issues from immigration to housing
  • Design their own permaculture homesteads and regenerative farms

Academy students can look forward to lots of perks with their enrollment fee including…

  • 21+ hours of world class educational experience
  • 2 healthy, organic meals per day (brunch and dinner)
  • Yoga class every morning
  • Connections with like minded people
  • Be among the first people on site
  • First priority shaded and creekside camping
  • Free time in pristine Colorado nature
  • Festival car camping included
  • Academy/Festival combo tickets available