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2008, Living Mandala
creative services by: 360 Degrees




Windbreak & micro-climate design

Coppicing for fuel and building materials

Hawaiian canoe plants

Installation of a new Food Forest System

Care & maintenance of integrated ecologically

abundant tropical agroforestry systems


In Association With

Regenerative Design Institute

Hale Akua Garden Farm

Facilitators & Instructors

Doug Bullock

Penny Livingston-Stark

John Valenzuala

and special guests

Course Description

This exciting and informative 5-day training, hosted at the beautiful Hale Akua Garden Farm, will include practical information and hands-on training on how to design, plant, maintain and harvest the abundance that a well planned agroforestry system can offer.

Agroforestry is an agricultural system that incorporates planting and encouragement of trees on land where animals are raised or crops grown. Tree planting can aid farmers and lands stewards by mitigating soil erosion, sequestering water and nutrients, providing wind breaks and microclimates, moderating extreme temperatures, and providing portential crop diversification.

For anyone traveling to Maui this is a great opportunity to stay on a fabulous organic farm, with salt water pool, sweeping views, hot tubs, yoga decks, and be in a restorative environment to learn and practice the art of regenerative agriculture and permaculture. Three delicious meals will be served featuring as much local produce as possible.

For locals this is a good opportunity to come and meet other like minded people who share similar goals and values for learning ways to provide for our needs while living in harmony and balance with the earth. We can reduce and potentially eliminate the need for importing produce from places like California. Our vision is to help this training support the Farm Bureau's Grown in Maui campaign that is building momentum on the Island.

Locally Grown in Maui

Ôø‡Buying Grown on Maui ensures that farming remains a viable lifestyle, and that the lands our keiki inherit can remain green. Buying local preserves our agricultural heritage and our connection to our ancestral roots. As Maui's second-largest industry, agriculture enables tourism, Maui's leading industry. Besides providing beauty for visitors, ag is at the core of agritourism, education and entertainment, and Maui as a culinary destination. In short, buying local is vital to our culture, our community, our economy, our health. And we are lucky. Home to over 800 farms, Maui already grows a stunning variety of nutritious, flavorful foods, including heirloom varieties. With its multiple climates, it can grow foods year-round, and just about any crop. We believe that this is an agricultural privilege, and a responsibility.Ôø‡ Maui County Farm Bureau

Site Details

Hale Akua Garden Farm is an educational community living ecologically and responsibly on 7 acres of sustainable land on the pristine North Shore of Maui. Located in an emerald jungle of native plants, close to bamboo forests and a waterfall lagoon, the land (aina) is called Hale Akua, means Ôø‡House of the DivineÔø‡. The site is a 35 minute drive from the airport, and a 20 minute drive to the nearest small towns and sandy beaches.

The site features a grand view of the ocean and Haleakala crater amidst lush tropical surroundings with hiking trails that lead to fresh water pools and 300-foot tall waterfalls. The site has solar power and features its own fresh water well. Rain fills the ponds and there is a salt-water swimming pool, an infrared sauna, hot tubs cleaned with ozone, and hammocks for your enjoyment.

Food Forest Agroforestry Workshop in Maui

Hale Akua Garden Farm

April 14-18, 2009

Maui, Hawaii

Food, Fodder, Forage, Fuel, Fiber, Fungus, Fertility, Functional Farmaceuticals, Fertility Focusing on Pacific Island Tropical and Subtropical Forest Systems


Early Bird Discount!

  1. Registered and paid in full by March 1:

  2. $750 5-day course, with dorm style lodging and meals

  3. $450 5-day course, without lodging, lunch included

  4. After March 1:

  5. $850 5-day course, with dorm style lodging and meals

  6. $500 5-day course, without lodging, lunch included

  7. Receive a 10% discount for attending both the Introduction to Permaculture and Food Forest Agroforestry workshops.

Early Bird Discount!

  1. Registered and paid in full by March 1:

  2. $ 990 2-day + 5-day course, with dorm style lodging and meals

  3. $ 550 2-day + 5-day course, without lodging, lunch included

  4. After March 1:

  5. $1125 2-day + 5-day course, with dorm style lodging and meals

  6. $ 630 2-day + 5-day course, without lodging, lunch included


Dorm style accommodations and meals are included in course fees. There is phone, wireless Internet for your own computer, washer/dryer, DVD in meeting room, and a book library.

Cancellations up to 2 weeks before the course begins (May 16) will be refunded, excluding a $100 processing fee. No refunds are given after May 16.

Special Accommodations

Private Rooms are available for an additional fee. Please make non-dorm room accommodation arrangements with Wendy at Hale Akua Garden Farm:


phone (808) 572-9300


Register on-line and pay via credit card or register and pay via check by downloading an application and sending it to:

Regenerative Design Institute

P.O. Box 923

Bolinas, CA 94924

Online Registration: Food Forest Agroforestry Workshop

Online Registration: Introduction to Permaculture & Food Forest Agroforestry Workshop

Registration ends March 27, 2009

Refund Policy

Cancellations up to 2 weeks before the course begins (March 30) will be refunded, excluding a $100 processing fee. No refunds are given after March 31.


For questions or additional information contact the

Regenerative Design Institute


phone: 415-868-9681


Facilitators & Instructors

Doug Bullock

Since 1982, Douglas Bullock has lived with his extended family, friends, and interns on their permaculture site on Orcas Island. Douglas has facilitated or directly participated in comprehensive Permaculture projects and classes at their site and at sites around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Hawai'i, Costa Rica, the Bahamas, Nicaragua, California and Washington. Having traveled extensively collecting and studying agricultural systems, he is familiar with a wide range of climate strategies and crops. His specialties include permaculture design, tree crops, nursery practices, creating small and large-scale wetland environments, and implementing appropriate technologies. Douglas has also written articles and pamphlets on permaculture featured in the Permaculture Activist and in the International Permaculture Journal. Douglas, it has been told, put the "cult" in Permaculture. More information about Doug's projects and courses can be found at his website Permaculture Portal

Penny Livingston-Stark

Director & Founder Regenerative Design Institute

Penny Livingston-Stark is internationally recognized as a prominent permaculture teacher, designer, and speaker. She is the founder of: Sustainable Living Designs (SLD) - a professional permaculture design/build firm integrating landscapes and structures with water, soil, plants and energy efficiency; The Permaculture Institute of Northern California (PINC) - an educational and research organization promoting sustainable technologies and methodologies; and Regenerative Design Institute (RDI) - a non-profit education program focusing on hands-on skills development. Penny has been working professionally in the land management and development field for 25 years and has extensive experience in all phases of ecologically sound landscape design and construction as well as the use of natural non-toxic building materials. She specializes in site planning & design of resource-rich landscapes, integrating rainwater collection, edible landscaping, pond and water systems, habitat development and watershed restoration for homes, co-housing communities, businesses and diverse-yield perennial farms. Penny is currently on the board of the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, California and has served on the Redwood Empire Chapter of the Green Building Council. She co-created the Ecological Design Program and its curriculum at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture and co-founded the West Marin Grower's Group, West Marin Farmer's Market, and the Community Land Trust Association of Marin.

John Valenzuela

John Valenzuela is a horticulturist, consultant, and veteran permaculture educator with experience teaching and consulting a wide range of people including children, students, professionals, owners, renters, institutions, businesses, displaced sugar workers, and more. Living in Hawai'i for 15 years, John has studied and practiced tropical permaculture and taught extensively in the Islands. John has been a lead permaculture design course instructor at the Bullock Family Homestead in Orcas Island Washington for 10 years, and also has experience teaching in Costa Rica and throughout urban and rural California. His special interests are home gardens, plant propagation, rare fruit, food forests, agroforestry, ethnobotany, and native ecosystems. John is now based in his home state of California, where he maintains a small nursery and shares his passion for plants.