Eco-Retreat, Accommodations, & Event Center

Please join us for an outdoor, COVID-safe, hands-on
72-hour PDC course that includes the following topics:

Learn the foundations of Permaculture and explore real-life examples of this powerful universally applicable holistic design system that regeneratively works with nature to provide for human and ecosystem needs and services.

Upon completion of all modules and presentation of their design, students will receive their diploma and be certified as Permaculture Designers.

Bruce Horowitz and Anna Simone Combi with Bob Bogle, Steve Lund and many Expert Guest Instructors.

Our Course takes place February 2-25. We will meet every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Payments can be made on PayPal to
and Via Phone 1 (800) 309-8010

Enrollees may cancel up to one week prior to the course and receive a full refund minus any applicable transaction fees.
After one week prior to the course no refunds will be issued.

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What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is a set of values and principles conducive to the harmonious integration of people, plants and animals within an ecosystem. It is the conscious design of cultivated ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural systems. "Permaculture is a design discipline based on the foundational ecological principles of nature." It's a process of taking one's observations of natural systems and applying the lessons learned to the human based environment. Permaculture is something we "use" to discover what to "do". It is a road map to finding our small place in the world as an integral part of the whole planetary system. Permaculture is a harmonious integration of the natural landscape design with human culture, providing food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable, resilient, diverse and stable way. Permaculture works with, rather than against nature.

What is Biodiversity?
Biodiversity is the term given to the variety of life on Earth. It is the variety within and between all species of plants, animals and microorganisms and the ecosystems within which they live and interact. It also refers to the multitude of different ecosystems in which species form unique communities, interacting with one another and the air, water and soil. All species depend on other species for survival. Ecosystems vary in size. A large stand of forest or a small pond can each be described as an ecosystem. Ecosystem diversity refers to the variety of ecosystems in a given place. Within any broader landscape there is a mosaic of interconnected ecosystems. To conserve biodiversity, conservation at the landscape level is critical. This enables the protection of a representative array of interacting ecosystems and their associated species and genetic diversity.

What is Sustainability?
Sustainability has a prominent place in public discourse as a complex synergy of social justice, ecological integrity, and economic vitality, applied across present and future generations. Beyond Sustainability is a shift to an ecocentric, regenerative paradigm.

What is a Shift to An Ecological, Regenerative New Paradigm?
Environmental Sociology advocates for a shift to an ecological paradigm that recognizes human-ecosystem interdependence and biological limits to the societal phenomena. Many people around the world see great danger in our current social paradigm’s desire for constant unconstrained growth. It is clear there is not an endless bounty of resources and that growth should not be the driving force. Through development and globalization, people around the world are using more resources than the earth can renew and therefore it is becoming clear that if we continue at current rates we will expend all our natural resources in trying to sustain our overpopulated world. Many Environmentalists and activists see the current crisis we face in overpopulation and environmental destruction of land and want large-scale changes in countries policies and institutions. Consumers are identifying that they must take responsibility for their consumer choices and buy only what they truly need, recognizing that the process of manufacturing, products brought into the store and then quickly thrown away must change. A real world solution to shift the dominant social paradigm is living in Ecovillages.

Soil Systems for Growing Healthy Food
Organic gardeners understand that soil is more than dirt: It is an intricate and highly sophisticated ecosystem. The most important elements of healthy soil are mulch, microbes, and moisture. When we feed the microbes with organic matter and provide them with water, they will create great fertile soil and take care of our plants. This is true for ornamental beds, vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and lawns alike. Rather than feeding the plants and protecting them against pests and diseases, organic gardeners strive for maximum biodiversity both above ground and below. The result is a beautiful, dynamic balance in which plants thrive.

*Subject to Change

Visitor $60/day, $20/module
Kama'aina $50/day, $15/module

Payment can be made in person with Cash or Venmo

Meet Our Amazing Teachers:

Bruce Horowitz

Bruce Horowitz is a certified permaculture teacher and designer, and organic gardener and compost educator. Bruce has a master's degree in Sustainable Community from New College of California and is one of the original co-designers of Hawaiian Sanctuary, where he continues to work as a permaculture and management consultant. Bruce has been on the board of many non-profits including the Cascadia Community Land Trust, Transition Whatcom, and Island Earth Fair.

Bruce has organized and taught at permaculture courses around the world including Earth Activist Training at OUR Ecovillage (CAN) with Starhawk and Charles Williams, with Penny Livingston at Buena Fortuna Gardens (MEX), as well as with Jenny Pell, Michael Pilarski, Marisha Auerbach, and the Bullocks Brothers at multiple courses on the West Coast (US). Bruce has also presented at events and festivals including Envision Festival, Oregon Country Fair, Vibrant Futures and multiple Permaculture Convergences. Bruce is a trained herbalist, a renowned natural foods chef and an ecstatic dance DJ. Currently he resides in Bellingham, WA where he is the chief land steward of La Semilla Urban Farmstead and principle of RIPE Landscapes Ecological Landsculpting Company. Bruce has worked with permaculture clients in arid, temperate and tropical regions of the world. He loves dancing, medicine-making, foraging, “hands-in-in-dirt” learning and “super-hero teamwork.” Bruce’s website is

Anna “Anahata” Simone Combi
Anahata is a certified permaculture teacher and designer, earth activist musician, herbalist, yoga teacher, and bodyworker. She is the co-founder of Blooming Biodiversity, an organization focused on social-environmental regenerative community projects via educational events and tours that incorporate music, hands-on learning and ceremony.
Anahata has a plethora of experience and credentials: She designed her own B.A. interdisciplinary degree in Cross-Cultural Social Work and Sustainable Development from University of Redlands and Johnston Center for Integrative Studies. She is a certified Work That Reconnects facilitator with Joanna Macy, is a graduate and was an assistant teacher of Starhawk’s Earth Activist Training and Permaculture Design Course. She is a trained teacher of the Ecovillage Design Education Course and graduated from the Siskiyou Seeds’s Seed Savers Academy. An activist and advocate for indigenous communities, Anahata is a Pachamama Alliance workshop teacher and has taught at the Regenerative Design Institute, OUR Ecovillage, La’akea Permaculture Intentional Community Big Island Hawaii, Auroville Ecovillage in India and Arkana Alliance in Amazon of Peru.
Anna was an herbalist medic at Standing Rock. She facilitated Expressive Arts Therapy and herbal botanical gardening for an Ayurvedic medicinal plant garden at Women’s Empowerment Center in Auroville Ecovillage in Southern India. She was an ecological leadership teacher for the Integral Leadership Work Scholar Program at Esalen Institute. She was a Children’s Program teacher at Omega Institute. She taught Winter on Maui, Permaculture Design Course with Jenny Pell. She has participated in and presented at a variety of social and environmental conferences and convergences including: Bioneers, The NorCal Building Resilient Communities Northern California Permaculture Convergence, Tribalize, PLACE for Sustainable Living in Oakland, and the University of Redlands Womens and Gender Studies Conference. Recently she lived at Hawaiian Sanctuary teaching the Permaculture Internship and currently resides at the Kalani Retreat Center on the Big Island of Hawaii teaching yoga, permaculture education and regenerative living skills.

Bob Bogle

Bob is a master bamboo builder, and has a background in agroforestry and tropical perennial plant system management. He specializes in social permaculture systems. He facilitates compassionate communication, authentic relating, storytelling, team building nature connection, mediation and personal growth coaching.

Bob’s eclectic career includes work as an Aircraft Mechanic, Rocket Technician, Senior Technical Trainer with a large Space Systems company, Large Business Model Communication Improvement Team Builder and Facilitator, Strategic Planning Consultant, Real Estate Sales and Property Consulting, Automated Entry Control Systems Design, Install, Service, Permaculture Design Trainer and Herbalist, Organic Farm Manager, Vocational Trainer and Circle of Men Group Facilitator for Incarcerated Men, Improvisational Instinct Counselor and Mediator.

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Recommended Reading List

Earth Democracy by Vandana Shiva
Nature and the Human Soul by Bill Plotkin
Gaia’s Garden and the Permaculture City by Toby Hemmingway
Permaculture Design Manual by Bill Mollison
Collapse by Jared Diamond
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
The Sustainable World Handbook
Worldchanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century by Alex Steffen
Eaarth by Bill McKibben
The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawken
Replenishing the Earth by Wangari Maathai
The Resilient Farm and Homestead by Ben Falk
The Earth User’s Manual by Rosemary Morrow
Mollison, Bill, Ferment and Human Nutrition, Tagari Publications.
Mollison, Bill, Introduction to Permaculture, Tagari Publications.
Mollison, Bill, Permaculture One and Two, Tagari Publications.
Jacke, D. & Toensmeier, E. (2005) Edible Forest Gardens: Vol.1 – Vision & Theory.
Jacke, D. & Toensmeier, E. (2005) Edible Forest Gardens: Vol.II – Design & Practice.
King, F.H. (1911) Farmers for Forty Centuries, Rodale Press.
Kimbrell, A. (2002) Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture.
Lancaster, B. (2006) Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 1:
Lancaster, B. (2008) Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 2: Water-Harvesting Earthworks
Holzer, Sepp. Sepp Holzer Permaculture
Holzer, Sepp. Desert or Paradise
Hopkins, R. & Heinberg, R. (2008). The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience.
Fukuoka, M.(1978) The One-Straw Revolution, Rodale Press
Abbott, I.A. (1992) La’au Hawai’i: Traditional Hawaiian uses of plants, Bishop Museum Press.
Alexander, C. (1979) The Timeless Way of Building
Alexander, C. et al (1977) A Pattern Language