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2008, Living Mandala
creative services by: 360 Degrees


History of THEORY OF Permaculture

Permaculture Principals

Design Methodology

Tour of Farm


Sharing a vision of how we can once again support modern culture to live in balance and

harmony with the Earth.

In Association With

Regenerative Design Institute

Hale Akua Garden Farm

Facilitators & Instructors

Penny Livingston-Stark

John Valenzuala

and special guests

Course Description

Permaculture (Permanent culture) is a design science, rooted in the observation of nature that focuses on human settlements that have the stability and resiliency of natural eco-systems.

You are invited to come stay at a beautiful organic farm with a salt water pool, sweeping ocean views, hot tub, eat delicious food (as local as possible) and learn the fundamentals of permaculture design.

There is a growing awareness that we need to come together to envision solutions to the serious impact our industrial practices have had on the planet. As we face growing fuel shortages, economic downturn, potential ecological collapse, permaculture offers practical strategies, techniques and principals to create restorative human activities addressing all aspects of what we need to live in healthy and balanced way.

This 2-day workshop will provide an overview of the theory and practice of permaculture design.

Traditional Hawaiian practices as well as other indigenous cultural relationship to land and culture exemplify the best practices that a well designed permaculture system supports.

A Regenerative Retreat in Maui

Ôø‡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. Delicious meals will be served featuring as much local produce as possible.

Networking for Locals

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.

Site Details

Hale Akua Garden Farm

Organic Farm and Eco-learning Center

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.

Introduction to Permaculture in Maui

Hale Akua Garden Farm

April 11-12, 2009

Maui, Hawaii

Sharing a vision of how we can once again support modern culture

to live in balance and harmony with the Earth.


Early Bird Discount!

  1. Registered and paid in full by March 1:

  2. $350 2-day course, with dorm style lodging and meals

  3. $160 2-day course, without lodging, lunch included

  4. After March 1:

  5. $400 2-day course, with dorm style lodging and meals

  6. $200 2-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 (May 16) will be refunded, excluding a $100 processing fee. No refunds are given after May 16.


For questions or additional information contact the

Regenerative Design Institute


phone: 415-868-9681


Facilitators & Instructors

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.