Course-Social Forestry

Advanced Permaculture Course 
Social Forestry
6 days in the Woods with Tom Ward
February 1-6, 2020

At Wolf Gulch in Southern Oregon
2020 Course price $675, includes camping, bring your own food, see logistics.
Early registration price $575, before December 31, 2019.

Please register by filling out the Registration Form Below.
For more information contact Melanie

Social Forestry connects villages and communities to their forested water catchment basin.  Here in a developed industrial empire, the forests are lonely.  We have lost our sense of living with forests as friends.  

The horticulture of the west coast First Nations was awesome.  Anthropologists wondered why they never became agriculturalists.  The remnants of ethnobotany on the ground are still visible in many places on the west coast.  We will explore how me might return to landscape scale horticulture and the abundance. Social Forestry is about local communities working together to enhance and restore Oak Pine savannas, riparian corridors, brush lands, community woodlands and fire resistant old growth forests.

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.  Join us for underburning, forest management, coppicing, basketry and more at this hands on course. 

The course is held at Wolf Gulch Ranch where Tom has designed and maintained an experimental social forestry operation over the last 10 years. 

The Permaculture Design Course is a prerequisite for getting an advanced certificate from this course. Others may have the certificate held until they have a PDC certificate. You must complete all six days of the course to get your certificate. The course is open to all who have a working knowledge of Permaculture.

Cancellation Policy:
Until December 31, 2019, registration fee is refundable less $100 cancellation fee. After December 31, 2019, the fee is nonrefundable unless the course fills and we sell your spot. There will still be a $100 cancellation fee.

We hope that people will feel comfortable camping in the February weather as that will make it easiest for you to stay focused and connected.  Let us know if you need help with accommodation options in the local area.

Registration for Social Forestry 2018