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Previous Courses

These are courses and workshops that Santa Cruz Permaculture has offered previously. You are encouraged to sign up for our newsletter to learn about future offerings. Please email us if you’d like us to offer any of these courses again.

Echinacea

Introduction to Garden-Based Herbalism

With Darren Huckle

October 2018 – April 2019

Herbal medicines abound in our bioregion. Herbs disguised as ornamentals and “weeds” await your discovery. By studying the foundations of garden-based herbalism, we will learn how to safely prepare and use garden herbs for teas, poultices, salves, tinctures, and more.

In this course, you will smell, feel and taste your way to understanding the uses for dozens of plants from our unique bio-region. This class is not only educational, but also very engaging, entertaining and fun!

systems change

Systems Change & the Next Economy

Regenerative Design for People & the Planet

January – April 2019

  • Define Right Livelihood & reflect on one’s personal Right Livelihood

  • Further identify your vocare, or calling, and ways to move toward it

  • Apply the reflective process of the Spiral of the Work That Reconnects to one’s role in The Great Turning

  • Examine how permaculture design can support the development of regenerative economies

  • Explain the core function and purpose of “economics”

  • Illustrate the inextricable relationship between economics, ecology, and people

  • Explore various alternative economic systems, including Buddhist economics, gift economies, and doughnut economics

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the money and banking system in the U.S.

  • Examine how finance and investing can align with your values and support a local, resilient economy

  • Assess alternative economic tools and business models, including complementary currencies, timebanks, land trusts, and cooperatives

  • Challenge the assumptions and connotations of “economics” common in U.S. society

Reimagining the City:

Urban Placemaking for Cultural Transformation

A City Repair Workshop with Mark Lakeman

Saturday, March 30th, 2019

  • How and where do communities grow? How can growth happen while preserving the integrity of neighborhood life?

  • How can placemaking address and involve those who are experiencing homelessness and houselessness in our community?

  • What are other added benefits we can integrate into placemaking in our cities, such as sustainable design that sequesters carbon, recharges groundwater, provides permanently affordable housing, and sustainable transportation?

  • What will we do by 2030 to create community resilience in the face of climate change? What can citizens and neighborhoods do right now, and what are successful strategies for working with government and businesses?

Echinacea

Herbs for Stress, Stamina, Sleep & Relaxation

May – June 2019

Join two seasoned herbalists to discover tools and techniques to help you thrive in a busy world.

  • Discover herbal allies to help you find balance and health in our challenging modern world

  • Learn how to make, source, and use many herbal medicines

  • Explore herb categories including Adaptogens, Calmatives/Sedatives, Aromatics, Qi Tonics, and Harmonizers that can be grown in our gardens or sourced locally

  • Discuss the crucial role diet and nutrition play in promoting our vitality, immunity, and resilience to stress

  • And more!