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2014 Courses, Workshops & Events

Following is a listing of our previous and featured courses, workshops, and events both produced by Living Mandala and by our affiliated partners and friends. If you are interested in working with Living Mandala to produce or promote a course, workshop, or event contact us.

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The Global Summit

Women, Money, Power, & Politics

Nov 16 - 18, 2014

San Francisco Women’s Building

San Francisco, CA

The Global Summit is a biennial event enabling participants of all different levels to interact in focus groups and think tanks, creating plans and goals and helping shape a new operating system that works for 100% of humanity - impacting everything from grass-roots markets to global trade policy.

Since its launch in 2008, through coinciding with the London Summer Olympics in 2012, The Global Summit continues to be a magnet for the world’s most innovative social, economic and environmental pioneers. With this year's biannual Summit theme of Women, Power, Money & Politics, we’ll explore the ways women’s rise to power is impacting business, politics, our world economy and culture. Click Here to Find Out More.

The Seed Academy

With Don Tipping, Bill McDorman & Special Guests

Sept 10 -14, 2014

Seven Seeds Farm

Williams, Oregon

Join the Seed Academy with master teachers Don Tipping (Siskiyou Seeds) , Bill McDorman (Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance) & Special Guests at the Permaculture Oaisis Seed Saving Haven - Seven Seeds Farm in Williams, Oregon to learn the most highly valuable and little known secrets of Saving Seed. This one -of-a-kind course is an in-depth, hands-on training for farmers, gardeners, educators, entrepreneurs, permaculturalists & anyone interested in learning how to start their own Seed Saving Business. Read More.

Discovering and Recovering A Vision for Your Soul's Path:

A Conversation About Vision Quest, Rites of Passage, and Deep Nature Connection as Pathways to Living Your Life's Purpose

June 24, 6pm - 7pm, 2014

On-Line of Phone

Permaculture Design Course

For International Sustainable Development & Social Entrepreneurship

June 21 - July 5, 2014

Quail Springs Permaculture

Maricopa, California

This course is designed for people who work with non-government organizations or government agencies, community organizers working in international development and/or social entrepreneurship, as well as volunteers and students with dedicated interest in the subject matter. Permaculture is an integrated design system that provides a framework for consciously designed landscapes that provide diversity, stability, and resilience for individuals and communities.   Permaculture is in 160 countries with many thousands of grassroots projects on-the-ground. Lead Instructors: Warren Brush with Quail Springs,  Casitas Valley Creamery & Farm, and True Nature Design, and Joseph Lentunyoi of the Maasai people and Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya returning as co-instructor., and a host of amazing support instructors and guests. Read More.

7 Stages to Sustainability

Permaculture Design Course

Design Course Presentations & Passion Show!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

10am - 8pm

The PLACE for Sustainable Living

Oakland, CA

Commercial Aquaponics Training

With Applied Permaculture Design

Backyard, Family & Commercial Systems

                                                         May 8 - 12, 2014 

This training will be led by our incredible team of Aquaponics instructors, professionals and educators from around the world: Including:

  1. Max Meyers of Nor Cal Aquaponics - lead instructor, known for combining the sciences of Aquaponics & Permaculture

  2. Rob Nash of Austin Aquaponics - bringing over a decade of experience with large scale Aquaponic farming techniques and hybrids

  3. Samantha Rodriguez of EZ Farms & Fish - who brings beauty and abundance to backyard systems and beyond

  4. Jon Parr of Fishnet Aquaponics - who is presently building California's largest commercial Aquaponics system of over 8 acres of Aquaponics in greenhouses

  5. Bock Doleman of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center - known globally for his work with watershed restoration and regenerative water system designs as well as the wealth of knowledge on aquatic ecology and permaculture.

This course is sure to be one the largest diversity of instructors and hands on experience ever offered in an Aquaponics training! Read More.

4 Seasons Ecovillage & Permaculture Design Course

Breitenbush Hot Springs, Oregon

July 15-19, Oct 6-10 2013

Jan 20-24, Apr 13-17 2014

We are excited to be teaming up with Gaiacraft to offer this year-long Permaculture & Ecovillage Design Course through 4 intensive modules over the 4 Seasons at the beautiful healing and nature oasis of Breitenbush Hot Springs! Complete your Permaculture Design Certification over four short-term intensive study residencies throughout the four season. This year-long training will have an in-depth focus on Ecovillage design, with mentored research, independent design work, and collaboration with other students between inspiring and empowering retreats. Permaculture is a design methodology that guides us in the creation of thriving, resilient communities. Gain the skills to build a new world.  Join us for the whole program or start with the Intro Module to feel it out. Read more.

Soil Food Web Intensive

An Intensive Course With Dr. Elaine Ingham

March 17 - 21, 2014

MA Center / GreenFriends Farm, Castro Valley, California

This workshop, with Dr. Elaine Ingham the internationally revered soil expert of our time, is for farmers, landscapers, ranchers, creators and distributors of agricultural products, waste management professionals, soil and garden enthusiasts of all types, and anyone who touches the earth.  Simply put, this information needs to be central to any sustainable agriculture or land management. Read More.

Permaculture for International Sustainable Development

& Social Entrepreneurship

Weekend Workshop with Warren Brush

Feb 28 - March 2, 2014

MA Center /GreenFriends Farm  - Castro Valley, California

Permaculture applied in varies environments and situations around the world, from a diversity of climates and ecologies to a diversity of cultures, with a particular focus on strategies for the developing world. We will also look at strategies for social entrepreneurship. Topics Include:

  1. People and Patterns - Shifting worldviews and worldview formation, dispelling myths that we and others may carry, honoring the myths of place

  2. Understanding and designing household and village dynamics based on natural patterns and cycles

  3. Invitation, Approach, Consensus, Demonstration, Nurture and Ongoing Relationship Tending in community work domestically and internationally

  4. Techniques, Strategies, and Pattern application in international settings

  5. Discovering personal experience pathways and creating demonstration in your own life as a jumping off point to international work

  6. Climate Profiles & Appropriate Technology

  7. Design for Disaster

  8. Social Entrepreneurship

  9. Read More.

Earth Activist Training
Permaculture Design Course

January 5-19, 2014

Cazadero, N. California

This unique permaculture design certificate course has an additional focus on earth-based spirituality, organizing, activism, and social permaculture. Learn how to heal soil and cleanse water, how to design human systems that mimic natural systems,  how to use a minimum of energy and resources to create real abundance and social justice.  Explore the strategies and organizing tools we need to make our visions real, and the daily practice, magic and rituals that can sustain our spirits.  This course is participatory, hands-on teaching with lots of ritual, games, projects, songs, and laughs along with an intensive curriculum in ecological design. The course is facilitated by facilitated by Starhawk, Erik Ohlsen, and a host of special guests. Read More.

Introduction to Permaculture
Weekend Workshop at Esalen

January 10-12, 2014

Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

Permaculture is a design system inspired by nature and based on principles that can guide you, your household, and your community “beyond sustainability” to a more harmonious, ecologically friendly, and lower-impact existence. By adopting the ethics and applying these principles in our daily lives, we can transition from being dependent consumers to responsible producers. This journey builds skills and resilience at home and in our local communities that will help us prepare for an uncertain future. During this workshop, you can learn the basics of permaculture design theory and action, and gain a solid understanding of how you can apply permaculture principles in your home, garden, apartment, farm, or business. This course also gives a comprehensive overview of sustainable design techniques for your immediate environment, and the basics of designing resilient systems including energy cycling, nutrient cycling, animal systems, and veggie growing systems. We’ll use examples of existing urban and rural permaculture systems, projects, and designs to show how you can use permaculture design to create positive change. Read More.

For Upcoming Courses, Workshops, & Events Click in Permaculture, Ecovillage Design, Sustainable Living Skills, & More Click Here.

For 2013 Courses, Workshops, & Events Click Here.

For 2012 Courses, Workshops, & Events Click Here.

For 2011 Courses, Workshops, & Events Click Here.

For 2010 Courses, Workshops, & Events Click Here.

For 2009 Courses, Workshops, & Events Click Here.

For 2008 Courses, Workshops, & Events Click Here.


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