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Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental, CA, 95465, United States

Upcoming Events At This Venue

October 27, 2014

Do you dream of establishing a land-based intentional community or education center? This course is designed to help you actualize that dream.

Presentations and detailed hand-outs will cover topics such as visioning; how to find land and finance a purchase; the various legal forms available for holding land (limited liability company, corporation, land trust, etc.); organizing as a for-profit or a nonprofit; group decision-making process (meetings, agreements, facilitation, agenda management, conflict resolution); financial organization of your community; legal and insurance issues and costs; dealing with zoning and regulations; and long-term planning. We will also tour OAEC’s community and educational center, including our gardens, permaculture projects, natural buildings, and the community’s kitchen and food system.

Space is limited, register online.


Start: October 27, 2014 10:00 am
End: October 31, 2014 4:00 pm
Cost: $675/625 if registered three weeks in advance (includes meals and lodging). The deposit amount for this course is $200.

November 7, 2014

Edible forest gardens mimic the structures and functions of natural ecosystems while producing food and other products, with an emphasis on low-maintenance perennial crops. Design and plant selection help provide fertility, control of weeds and pests, and more. Come for a hands-on introduction to this fascinating and delicious approach to food production.

Space is limited, register online (2.99% processing fee) or by mail.

Start: November 7, 2014 10:00 am
End: November 9, 2014 4:00 pm
Cost: $495/445 if registered three weeks in advance (includes meals and lodging). The deposit for this course is $100.

November 14, 2014

Do you find yourself struggling with meetings, group process and decision-making? Are you frustrated by inefficiency, difficult power dynamics or organizational confusion? Do you want to increase your facilitation and general leadership skills? Democracy in small to medium sized groups is achieved through clear goals, respectful communication and by using an efficient decision-making process that maximizes participation by everyone involved.

This weekend workshop will give you practical tools to enjoy more effective and participatory meetings in your non-profit, your business or your community. Topics will include values and goals; democratic organizational structures; consensus and other decision-making processes; facilitation skills; planning for and running effective meetings, the practice of council; conflict resolution; and crafting agreements.

Space is limited, register online or by mail. Please note that online registration includes a 2.99% processing fee. 

Start: November 14, 2014
End: November 16, 2014
Cost: $475/425 if registered three weeks in advance (includes homemade, organic meals and lodging at OAEC). The deposit amount for this course is $100.