Permaculture Campouts

Permaculture Community Campouts

Soul. Connection. Skills.

Fall Campout – October 21-23, 2022

Mount Madonna, Watsonville, CA

Also… save the dates!
Winter Campout – February 17-19, 2023
Spring Campout – May 19-21, 2023

About the Campouts

We’re here to connect with our tribe. To make something of ourselves and each other. To cultivate wholeness and community and nature connection. To walk through the hills, learn new skills, thrive.

This is our community campout.

Part permaculture convergence, part primitive skills gathering, part family vacation. Join us for a weekend of community and deep nature connection.

From the time of your arrival on Friday afternoon and your initial camp setup, to the moment you leave on Sunday, you will be immersed in a community of nature lovers, permaculture folks, skilled instructors and wise souls from all over the region. Choose from a variety of skill-building activities (ancestral arts, primitive skills, movement, herbalism, nature connection, and permaculture skill-building demos) led by knowledgeable guides, build connection with team members, listen to stories and songs by the campfire and enjoy delicious, healthy, abundant food provided by our caterer. As you head home from this immensely fulfilling weekend, we hope you will hold a piece of that warmth and connection until we meet again.

Food

They came for the community, but they stayed for the food! Our amazing caterer never disappoints.

Tod Nysether loves to cook good, healthful food, and it shows. He is the chef and owner of Simple Pleasures Foodcraft in Santa Cruz, California. Tod specializes in cooking for retreats and is adept in preparing attractive, delicious and healthful meals that meet a wide variety of dietary needs. He has more than twenty years of experience cooking in a variety of different professional settings that range from summer camps and commercial kitchens to fine dining restaurants and full-service catering companies. He thinks that food is at its best when it is prepared with a combination of the freshest ingredients, simple techniques and love. Tod is passionate about his work and is continually inspired to provide people with an experience that reminds them of how deeply satisfying good food can be. Get ready to lick your plates!

All meals are included with registration.

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Format

Arrival: Between 3:00 PM & dusk on Friday
Departure: No later than 1:00 on Sunday

Friday: We start with an opening circle at 5:30 PM on Friday followed by dinner and a social/open evening.

Saturday: In the morning we’ll circle up for people to share what activities they’ll host. We have a number of guides (see above) who have already committed to offering activities and there’s space for you to suggest more if you’d like. This process is called Open Space Technology or OST. The whole day will be spent on the land having fun doing these activities. We’ll break for lunch and dinner. In the evening we’ll have a group storytelling. 

Sunday: In the morning, after breakfast, we’ll circle up again to see if there are new activities to add, then go play. Folks are invited to pack up in the morning so that you can grab lunch at noon and hit the road no later than 1:00. 

 Youth & Children

Children ages 0-2 will stay with their parent or guardian.

Children ages 3-5 are invited to join our Tender Tracks program.

Children ages 5-11 are invited to join our Forest School program.

Youth ages 12 and up are invited to join the adult program.

Guides

Registration

Adults 18+

  • $250 – Super Early Bird Discount – Register by August 25

  • $275 – Early Bird Discount – Register by September 25

  • $295 – Regular admission – Register by October 14

Children and Youth Ages 3-12

  • $150 – Super Early Bird Discount – Register by August 25

  • $175 – Early Bird DiscountRegister by September 25

  • $195 – Regular admission – Register by October 14

Children 0-2

  • Free

Please click here to fill out our scholarship application for people with limited access to financial wealth.

 

Payment Options



Frequently Asked Questions

Are children allowed?

Children are very welcome and encouraged to attend! We have childrens’ activities available and hope you will take this opportunity to build connection with your children and make new family friends.

What kind of programming will you have?

We’re still confirming the schedule, but hoping to have a mix of “ancestral arts” such as archery, cordage, and wild food foraging, health and wellness such as movement and herbalism, and permaculture skill-building demos and discussions.We will have programming for different age groups.

How do I register? 

Please use the PayPal link above. Registration includes parking, campsite, catered meals, and all instruction and activites. There is a PayPal Handing Fee included in the price. You do not need a PayPal account to register. Clicking on the Pay Now button will take you to the PayPal site, and then once you make your payment please fill out the additional form to complete registration.

What should I bring?

Bring whatever you need to keep you comfortable. We will provide the food and the campsite, you bring your own gear. Some suggestions include: tent, bedding, flashlight, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, clothing layers for hot and cold weather, a journal, your camera, sturdy shoes, bug repellant, and your musical instrument or best stories!

Can dietary restrictions be accommodated?

We will have options for vegetarians and vegans as well as carnivores. Gluten is easy to avoid for those who need to, though we won’t be able to cook meals in a gluten-free kitchen. Please let us know if you have any allergies and we will do our best to accommodate.

Are there refunds allowed?

If we cancel:

  • We will refund 100% if we cancel or postpone the campout due to the coronavirus shelter-in-place directive, low enrollment, or weather.

If you cancel:

  • Up to two weeks before the course begins, you will be refunded, excluding a 20% processing fee. No refunds are given after that date.

What if it rains or there is nearby wildfire?

They say, “there is no bad weather, only bad gear.” We will not cancel due to rain unless winds and downfall are predicted to be extreme.

If air quality is poor due to wildfire in the region, we will postpone the event.

What time is arrival and departure?

Arrival: Anytime after 3:00 PM and before dusk on Friday.  
Departure: No later than 1:00 PM on Sunday.

Please read our COVID update on our Courses page here.

Please email info.santacruzpermaculture (at) gmail (dot) com with comments and questions.

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