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.