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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

April 26, 2014

Savor your garden this summer! Take home 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: April 26, 2014 9:00 am
End: April 27, 2014 5:00 pm

May 3, 2014

Savor your garden this summer! Take home 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: May 3, 2014 9:00 am
End: May 4, 2014 5:00 pm

May 30, 2014

Avenues for women to learn basic techniques of woodworking and feel comfortable and safe are sadly scarce. We’re offering this intensive 3-day course to empower women to conceptualize and carry out basic carpentry projects.

Topics include:

  • essential tools and their proper use
  • safe and effective use of power tools
  • structural integrity
  • basic techniques such as cutting, nailing, drilling, driving, and leveling.

We will also tour the various buildings of OAEC to showdifferent styles of carpentry: standard professional, natural building, temporary, artistic, and hippie funk!

Come together with other women to share in this practical and empowering workshop. Space is limited, register online or by mail. Please note that our online registration price includes a 2.99% processing fee.

Start: May 30, 2014 9:00 am
End: June 1, 2014 4:00 pm
Cost: $495/445 if registered three weeks in advance (includes homemade, organic meals and lodging).

June 23, 2014

Are you an educator ready to create and sustain garden-based ecological literacy programs and build a strong cohort of colleagues in the region?

As part of our School Ecological Education Design (SEED) Program, our residential trainings at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s 80-acre site in West Sonoma County are for teams of K-12 teachers, garden coordinators, administrators and core volunteers who have a relationship with a specific school/district. We believe that making change in communities is more effective when teams of committed individuals organize together strategically.

To attend our School Garden Teacher Trainings, a team must submit an application, so we can learn more about your school and its needs. Apply now!

Start: June 23, 2014
End: June 27, 2014
Cost: $800 per participant. This covers a year of support and training from OAEC staff, curricular materials, instruction & staff costs, onsite accommodations and seasonal, locally sourced, organic vegetarian meals during the training. A $200 deposit per team member is due upon acceptance to hold your team’s space.

July 7, 2014

Are you an educator ready to create and sustain garden-based ecological literacy programs and build a strong cohort of colleagues in the region?

As part of our School Ecological Education Design (SEED) Program, our residential trainings at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s 80-acre site in West Sonoma County are for teams of K-12 teachers, garden coordinators, administrators and core volunteers who have a relationship with a specific school/district. We believe that making change in communities is more effective when teams of committed individuals organize together strategically.

To attend our School Garden Teacher Trainings, a team must submit an application, so we can learn more about your school and its needs. Apply now!

Start: July 7, 2014
End: July 11, 2014
Cost: $800 per participant. This covers a year of support and training from OAEC staff, curricular materials, instruction & staff costs, onsite accommodations and seasonal, locally sourced, organic vegetarian meals during the training. A $200 deposit per team member is due upon acceptance to hold your team’s space.

July 18, 2014

We will gather in OAEC’s Mother Garden for this 3-day workshop to remember our connection with the Earth, the soil, the food that nourishes us, and the healing ways of the plant world.

During this hands-on course, we will explore the wisdom of plant spirit medicine, medicinal herbs and oils, gardening as a practical and spiritual practice, and food as medicine.

Each day we will meet in a sharing circle and our dinner table will become our altar of gratitude. The workshop will also cover Weston A. Price’s pioneering work in health and nutrition developed during the 1930’s, while studying the vitality of traditional people before the introduction of processed foods. We will discuss and practice ways of including this wisdom for a healthy future for both ourselves and the Earth.

Space is limited, register online or by mail.

Start: July 18, 2014 10:00 am
End: July 20, 2014 4:00 pm
Cost: $495 ($445 if registered three weeks in advance) - this course includes lodging and 3 homemade organic meals a day. The deposit amount for this course is $100.

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 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 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

October 10, 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: October 10, 2014
End: October 12, 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.

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.