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Name:
Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
Phone:
707-874-1557
Address:
15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental, CA, 95465, United States

Upcoming Events At This Venue

July 26, 2014

Whether you currently own property or dream of it, this two-week intensive course will immerse you in information, ideas and inspiration for how to design sustainable, regenerative systems in balance with your home ecosystem.

You will learn the ethics, principles and practice of “permanent culture,” by exploring topics such as organic gardening, mulching, natural building techniques, forest farming, water retention and regeneration, erosion control, community processes, and much more.

Using a combination of lecture, discussion, hands-on activities at OAEC’s 80-acre site, visits to local permaculture examples, and a group design project, you will have the chance tointegrate and apply the concepts of permaculture during almost 100 hours of course time. Upon completion of the course, participants receive a Certificate of Permaculture Design.

This course usually fills up 6 weeks in advance! Please register as soon as possible. The online registration includes a 2.99% processing fee. To avoid this fee, read about how to register by mail.

Start: July 26, 2014
End: August 10, 2014
Cost: $1650/1550 if registered three weeks in advance (includes meals and lodging). The deposit for this course is $300.

August 7, 2014

In 2014, join us twice a month in the backcountry for afternoons of wildtending. We will tackle projects together in the wildlands at OAEC, experimenting with management strategies that support the conditions conducive to abundance and resilience for a diversity of life. It is kind of like our Wednesday Garden Volunteer day, except we’re tending the grandmother garden!

Come get dirty and geek out on the plants and animals and insects that make a home in the woods, and feel at home in wildness.

Bring snacks, water, sun hat, long pants and sleeves (to protect from poison oak). If you have them, bring a pruning saw, Felcos, and gloves.

Meet in the OAEC “core area” and we’ll head out to the backcountry at 1:00pm sharp! If you miss the start time, you won’t know where to find us, so arrive at OAEC at 12:45pm to park. Please park in the upper Nursery lot (the second OAEC driveway on the right off of Coleman Valley Road).

 

Date: August 7, 2014 1:00 pm

August 16, 2014

Keep your California garden going all winter long with heirloom, open-pollinated and 100% California Certified Organic plants nurtured onsite at OAEC. Our selection includes beautiful and often rare varieties developed by our horticultural ancestors from around the world. Get a feel for our selection:

Start: August 16, 2014 9:00 am
End: August 17, 2014 5:00 pm

August 20, 2014

There is an organic, vegetarian lunch served for our volunteers at 12:30pm. You can come for all or just part of the day.

  • We suggest you bring a hat, sunscreen, extra layers or rain gear depending on season, sturdy shoes and water bottle.
  • We cannot accommodate a group of 6 people or more without prior arrangement.
  • Please be mindful that the backcountry acreage and community hot-tub and sauna are not available to our garden volunteers.
  • Children are welcome but must be able to participate. Please supervise your child at all times.
Date: August 20, 2014 10:00 am
Cost: Free

August 23, 2014

Keep your California garden going all winter long with heirloom, open-pollinated and 100% California Certified Organic plants nurtured onsite at OAEC. Our selection includes beautiful and often rare varieties developed by our horticultural ancestors from around the world. Get a feel for our selection:

Start: August 23, 2014 9:00 am
End: August 24, 2014 5:00 pm

September 4, 2014

We will tackle projects together in the wildlands at OAEC, experimenting with management strategies that support the conditions conducive to abundance and resilience for a diversity of life. It is kind of like our Wednesday Garden Volunteer day, except we’re tending the grandmother garden!

Come get dirty and geek out on the plants and animals and insects that make a home in the woods, and feel at home in wildness. Bring snacks, water, sun hat, long pants and sleeves (to protect from poison oak). If you have them, bring a pruning saw, Felcos, and gloves.

Date: September 4, 2014 1:00 pm

September 7, 2014

The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center invites the public to learn more about its land, community and programs. Our tours include an introduction to the Center’s organic gardens and bordering wildlands, educational programs and resident intentional community.

During this tour, take note of your favorite garden perennials! Afterwards, the OAEC Nursery will be open, giving you a chance to peruse the 100% California Certified Organic and often rare perennial crops that grace our gardens and landscapes. Bring home biodiversity to your garden!

Sturdy shoes, brimmed hat or warm layers (depending on weather), and personal water bottles are recommended. Please note that the terrain is very hilly and unpaved with dirt or gravel paths. RSVP by phone.

Date: September 7, 2014 1:00 pm

September 21, 2014

The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center invites the public to learn more about its land, community and programs. Our tours include an introduction to the Center’s organic gardens and bordering wildlands, educational programs and resident intentional community.

During this tour, take note of your favorite garden perennials! Afterwards, the OAEC Nursery will be open, giving you a chance to peruse the 100% California Certified Organic and often rare perennial crops that grace our gardens and landscapes. Bring home biodiversity to your garden!

Sturdy shoes, brimmed hat or warm layers (depending on weather), and personal water bottles are recommended. Please note that the terrain is very hilly and unpaved with dirt or gravel paths. RSVP by phone.

Date: September 21, 2014 1:00 pm

October 5, 2014

The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center invites the public to learn more about its land, community and programs. Our tours include an introduction to the Center’s organic gardens and bordering wildlands, educational programs and resident intentional community.

During this tour, take note of your favorite garden perennials! Afterwards, the OAEC Nursery will be open, giving you a chance to peruse the 100% California Certified Organic and often rare perennial crops that grace our gardens and landscapes. Bring home biodiversity to your garden!

Sturdy shoes, brimmed hat or warm layers (depending on weather), and personal water bottles are recommended. Please note that the terrain is very hilly and unpaved with dirt or gravel paths. RSVP by phone.

Date: October 5, 2014 1:00 pm

October 19, 2014

The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center invites the public to learn more about its land, community and programs. Our tours include an introduction to the Center’s organic gardens and bordering wildlands, educational programs and resident intentional community. During this tour, take note of your favorite garden perennials! Afterwards, the OAEC Nursery will be open, giving you a chance to peruse the 100% California Certified Organic and often rare perennial crops that grace our gardens and landscapes. Bring home biodiversity to your garden! Sturdy shoes, brimmed hat or warm layers (depending on weather), and personal water bottles are recommended. Please note that the terrain is very hilly and unpaved with dirt or gravel paths. RSVP by phone.

Date: October 19, 2014 1:00 pm

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.