Courses and Events

Optical Surveying for Earthworks & Water

Advanced Permaculture Course with Hazel aka Tom Ward

October 16-21, 2021
(with any luck)
Wolf Gulch Farm, Little Applegate

6 day certificate course for advanced students

Basic Surveying and layout are essential skillsets for every farmer, homesteader, designer and consultant.  In this 6 day course, Hazel teaches the use of many analog (non-battery operated) surveying tools, along with advanced skills in keyline, pond and swale layout, mapping and other core knowledge necessary for design and execution of permaculture projects.  
Course price $700, includes camping, bring your own foo.  Early registration $600 until Sept. 16th.
Click here for Reviews of this amazing course.

Advanced Permaculture Course with Hazel aka Tom Ward
Next Course Date: 2022 (with any luck)

This is a 6 day course at Wolf Gulch in Southern Oregon with winter camping.

Social Forestry connects villages and communities to their forested water cathcment basin.  Here in a developed industrial empire, the forests are lonely.  We have lost our sense of living with forests as friends.  This Social Forestry course will explore reconnecting with forests through ecological knowledge, the use of hand tools and woodscrafts, seasonal festivals and work cycles, childrens' stories, pilgrimages and stewardship covenants.  We will learn ecological assessment, carbon sequestration methods, restoration forestry and the crafts and products that can be enjoyed while we are re-establishing our heart space and wonder in the woods.
Course Price: $700 includes camping; bring your own food
early registration by one month previous is $600 .  This course has sold out each time for the last few years, so register early.

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Fall Storytelling with Hazel aka Tom Ward: 

Every year we offer a storytelling event in Ashland in early December.

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020

Now available as an audio recording with Zoom chat and posters.
Suggested Donation $5, Sliding scale starts at $1

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This winter we dream:  the eco-future beckons.

Hazel will unfold a vision of community coming together to repair eco-system functions by facilitating the return of Salmon, Beaver, and Fire.

We will celebrate the writing of Kim Stanley Robinson, author of several visionary science fiction books that explore the application of permaculture principles and pathways.  His book Antartica is about eco-anarchists under the ice sheet doing species recovery, his series Red Mars, Blue Mars, Green Mars and The Martians, explores planetary engineering that allows eco-social development.  The Science in the Capital Trilogy explores critical geo-engineering in the face of fast climate change.  His new book is The Ministry for the Future and proposes the planetary coordination of Transition and Power Down in the near future.  

We all need visions of positive and practical efforts to slow the Sixth Extinction and stabilize planetary ecosystems.  This is brave work in the face of our confusing times.  Science fiction seems to be the place where we explore our options.  Most Utopian visions skip the messy details of Transition and assume a break from the past without any details.  Kim Stanley Robinson has walked into that gap with his latest tome.

Our Cascadian options are dictated by the actual conditions of our bioregions.  Hazel will review our best threads of vision and  practice that can carry our emerging Ecotopian cultures into the work of ecosystem restoration and cultural repair.  We need to come together with clear priorities and mutual aid right now.  

Our lives as hyper-individual consumers are over.  The old regime is failing to change fast enough in the face of planetary emergency.  We can move forward without the brittle and inappropriate institutions of the last half millennium.  Our lives together will be sweeter as we learn to cooperate and grow into People of Place.

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WINTER/SPRING 2020,  Ashland, OR
Weekend PDC starts February 22, 2020

This PDC is held over 6 weekends on the dates below.  This is the permaculture certificate course offered around the world with lots of local flavor included. This course is taught by 
Hazel  aka Tom Ward, a senior permaculturist with decades of experience, along with Melanie Mindlin and Karen Taylor plus special guests.

Course Price for 2020 is $775, early registration until January 22nd  $675
Class meets every other weekend , both Saturday and Sunday all day.  

Fall Social Forestry Internship

Internship Program
Next offered December 6-15, 2020
By application only

Little Applegate, Southern Oregon
Description:  In this experiential work opportunity, you will join Hazel aka Tom Ward at their homestead and social forestry experimental station for 9 days of forestry and natural building using hand tools.  4-6 hour work days will be combined with discussions and group food preparation and camp maintenance.  

Cost $200, includes camping but not food.  Students are expected to bring their own food and organize group purchase of additional supplies as needed.  You will be camping and need to bring what you will need to be comfortable in fall weather.  There is a shelter with cook stove, wood stove and work space out of the rain.
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Social Forestry Reunion
For Social Forestry Graduates ONLY
NEXT REUNION WINTER 2021 (with any luck)
Dates TBA


"I took the PDC with Siskiyou Permaculture, hoping to gain some useful tools for working with my rural property.  I got what I was looking for, and so much on top of that.  If you are interested in food security, biodiversity, healthy watersheds and ecosystems, or creating community, or to simply start seeing the natural world with a whole new set of eyes, heart and inspiration, I can't think of a better place to get started than here with Tom, Melanie and Karen." - David PDC graduate 2014

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Intermediate Permaculture Workshop
Next Charette TBA 
Gain confidence in your design skills with this workshop focused on permaculture site assessment and conceptual design for a site that includes many components of permaculture such as forestry, farming, water catchment and/or community involvement.  This 3-4 day workshop is offered at the intermediate level.

Pond Installation Workshop
We are planning a pond installation workshop to be held at a location TBA in 2015.  This will include general instruction on earthworks, surveying of the pond site, interacting with equipment operators and planting the dam.  If you're on our mailing list, you will receive an announcement about the course.  Otherwise, watch this page for updates.

Water Resource Design Charette
Next Charette TBA
Learn how to integrate and balance water resources on a small homestead or farm in Southern Oregon.  We explore strategies for drought proofing, rainwater harvesting, greywater, irrigation district water utilization, small scale carbon farming and horticultural self-reliance based on careful use of water. This course uses an open consultancy and design charette format.

Advanced Course in Teaching
We have plans for an advanced seminar for students who have taken the Permaculture Teachers Training to work on curriculum, participatory learning techniques, course materials, peer support and the process for the diploma in teaching.  Contact us to give us encouragement if you are interested in taking this course.

Botany Up Close and Permacultural
Wolf Gulch Farm, Little Applegate Road

This botany course is a 6-day field intensive designed to be an essential part of training for stewards of earth repair, practitioners of Social Forestry or simply an opportunity to delve into the world of plants.  We will look at plants within their ecological and ethnobotanical contexts, exploring the eco-tones of our laboratory: the Little Applegate valley within the bio-region of the Siskiyous.  Through storytelling, drawing, plant walks, discussion and botanical survey, we will hone our observation skills, gain fluency in identifying plants, use plan family key recognition characteristics and build aptitude with analog plant identification resources.  In this field immersion we will experience coming into relationship with the plant world with all of our senses.  More Info.

Instructors: Hazel, Mulysa Melco and guests
Fee  Includes camping; bring your own food.