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Santa Cruz Permaculture
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Santa Cruz, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, US
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Community Permaculture Calls 2021

Project: Santa Cruz Permaculture

Posted by Melissa Ott Fant 2 months ago

Practice permaculture each week at our ‘village campfire’ of ongoing interactive group calls. These calls are virtual, so you don't need to live in or near Santa Cruz to participate!

Hosted by experienced permaculture mentors including Santa Cruz Permaculture founder David Shaw, Lydia Neilsen of Rehydrate the Earth, and John Valenzuela of Cornucopia Food Forests.

Learn more and register here.

The Village

We’ve found that people thrive when practicing permaculture from within a supportive community container. This ‘village’ based learning is at the heart of our ethos at Santa Cruz Permaculture. The village provides a place for sharing and catching each other’s stories, forming connections and deep friendships, making commitments and accountability loops about what matters, and learning about the mysteries of nature and culture. 

We will build and co-evolve our learning village through the process of weekly community calls and our interactive website (call participants gain free access to the website during the call series). For the village-builders, or those culturally creative folks who want to develop community in their own neighborhood and bioregion, we will also provide the opportunity to build bioregional community in the place you live should that be a desire of yours. 

The Focus

The goal of this program is to create thriving and resilient individuals and communities. We do this through supporting people to connect with nature, community, and themselves more deeply, and use permaculture as the vehicle for doing so.

Each call includes a keynote talk on a relevant and seasonal topic. This is followed by a small group conversation for reflection, and a whole group conversation and Q+A. We close the calls with invitations for how you can apply what you’ve learned in your home and community. The next call begins with a check in about how it went applying what you learned. 

Our curriculum is ever evolving, changing with the seasons, and influenced by the topics people want to cover. It is dialogical and co-creative. We include and also transcend the topics covered in our permaculture design course, listed here just to get the flavor of typical topics. For example, during a 10-week cohort we may spend two weeks on composting (home or commercial), two weeks on no-till agroecology and food forests, a week on habitat and pollinators, a week on designing disaster resilience (personal and neighborhood), a week on economics and right livelihood, and a week on policies to support ecological living. Overall, our goal is to help you and your community thrive using a community based approach to permaculture as the means.

Why ‘Mentoring’ ?

Our process of mentoring is a long term commitment whereby both parties care about the positive outcome of the other and are self-aware that they are each learning from the process. In that sense it is always ‘co-mentoring’ and reciprocal

For the most part practicing permaculture is a deep, slow, and steady process. To be sure there are times when things move quickly, like when the food must come in or the fire be put out, though we’ve found that the best permaculture practitioners and sites are made through an ongoing and iterative process of think-trial-reflect-do. Mentoring works best when focusing on what really matters in a person’s life, and this takes time.  

Community Mentoring

Being immersed in a mentoring village of fellow practitioners provides greater surface area for storytelling, learning, feedback, exchanging plants and farm products, mutual aid, and so much more. The power of community cannot be overstated for human development and learning. In particular, intergenerational collaboration offers us the opportunity for greater wholeness and community in today’s fragmented world through maximizing the unique gifts of each generation. By creating a mentoring village together we not only each benefit individually from the wellspring or connections but also serve the greater good by building something powerful, durable, agile and resilient.

Guest Instructors

The weekly calls are hosted by Santa Cruz Permaculture founder David Shaw. Guest instructors shift each cohort but frequently include Lydia Neilsen, John Valenzuela, Paula Grainger, and others. Learn more about our team of instructors here.

Get Started

Our weekly calls are Tuesdays at 7:00-8:30 PM Pacific.

We align our calls with the seasons using a 10-week cohort model:

  • Fall 2020: October 6 to December 8

  • Winter 2021: January 5 to March 9

  • Spring 2021: March 30 to June 1

  • Summer 2021: July 13 to September 14

Learn more and register for the next call series at https://santacruzpermaculture.com/communitypermaculture/

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