Community Permaculture Calls

Practice permaculture each week at our ‘village campfire’ of ongoing interactive group calls. Hosted by experienced permaculture mentors including Santa Cruz Permaculture founder David Shaw.


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.

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- Composting: We’ll explore various home composting systems (including worm composting!) so that you can turn food scraps and organic materials into black gold for your permaculture garden.

- Mulch: Learn about the different kinds of mulch, the benefits, and how you can start using mulch right away in your garden.

- Fire Preparedness: With the recent fires, this topic is on a lot of people’s minds. We’ll explore how to design a plan to mitigate disaster from fires for homes and properties of all types and sizes.

- Simple Rainwater Harvesting: Do you know how much rainwater you could be collecting from your roof and landscape? Let’s find out and learn about some simple projects you can do at home to prepare for the coming rainy season.

- Orchard Design and Maintenance: From small potted trees on your apartment balcony to a homestead orchard, we’ll talk about fruit tree selection, siting your trees, how to plant, and how to maintain your orchard for seasons to come.

- And More! We hope you can join us!


We are offering a free “Open House” call on Tuesday, September 22 on “Design for Mitigating Disaster.” Join us for a lecture and discussion in the same format as the ongoing calls. This is also a great chance to learn more about the upcoming call series and get access to discounted pricing for the October 6 – December 8 cohort!


Learn more about and register for the free call on 9/22 and the 10-week call series:


Super Early Bird Discount. $20 per call, $200 for the series. Sign up by September 10.

Early Bird Discount. $22.50 per call, $225 for the series. Sign up by September 20.

General. $25 per call, $250 for the series. Sign up by October 6.

Dial-In Information

Register for access to the Zoom link:

Tuesday, November 3 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

More dates through December 8, 2020

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Community Event, Workshop & Lecture


Educational, Outdoor & Recreation




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