One-On-One Mentoring

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One-on-one mentoring is a long term commitment whereby both parties care about the positive outcome of the other and are self-aware that they are each learning from the process. In that sense it is always ‘co-mentoring’ and reciprocal. The mentor gives you focused time and attention to work towards the goals you set out for. Drawing from decades of competence and skill-building in permaculture, we are here to support you in bringing forth your unique gifts whether it be in your home, a farm you’d like to start, a community project, political or social transformation, or personal development.

For the most part practicing permaculture is a deep, slow, and steady process. To be sure there are times when things move quickly, like when the food must come in or the fire be put out, though we’ve found that the best permaculture practitioners and sites are made through an ongoing and iterative process of think-trial-reflect-do. Mentoring works best when focusing on what really matters in a person’s life, and this takes time. Because of this, we require a commitment of weekly or biweekly 1 hour calls over a 10 week period.

Mentoring sessions are with David Shaw, founder of Santa Cruz Permaculture. If you’d like to work with any of our other guides please just let us know. Depending on availability they could come in for a session or the entire time.

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Other Mentoring Services

In addition to our one-on-one mentoring we also offer community permaculture mentoring, consultation, and permaculture design master planning. Consultation begins with a 90 minute initial consult at your site. This consult can be it, or you may want to sign up for permaculture design master planning which entails an entire weeks-to-months long iterative process leading to the production of a full-blown master plan for your site. One-on-one mentoring can happen independently or simultaneous to these processes.

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Get Started

Catalyst $500

  • One-on-one calls – 5 calls in 10 weeks

  • Permaculture village

Cultural Creative $900

  • One-on-one calls – 10 calls in 10 weeks

  • Permaculture village

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What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is an ethically based whole-systems design approach that uses concepts, principles, and methods derived from ecosystems, nature connected communities, and other time-tested systems to create human settlements and institutions. It’s also been called “saving the planet while throwing a better party.” Click here for more.

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Technology Requirements

Our sessions are held on Zoom though we will very seldom use the video function. Participants are encouraged to join the meetings through their telephones so that you can be hands-free and outside or walking around should you choose to be. Some people find they get more out of the sessions when sitting around the fire with family or friends, preparing a meal, or working in their garden.

Mentoring lineage

Santa Cruz Permaculture founder David Shaw wishes to thank the following mentors and communities of practice for informing this approach to mentoring: Juanita Brown, David Isaacs, Amy Lenzo and the World Cafe Community and Wiser Together initiative; Penny Livingston and James Stark of the Regenerative Design Institute; Mark Lakeman, the City Repair Project and Village Building Convergence; Jon Young, the Art of Mentoring, and 8 Shields; Liora Adler, Andrew Langford and Gaia University; Orin Martin, Christof Bernau, Nancy Vail, Tim Galarneau and the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz; Bill Plotkin, Palika Rewilding and the Animas Valley Institute.


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