Ausgewähltes Seminar

Earth Activist Training with Starhawk and Alfred Decker

Earth Activist Training with Starhawk and Alfred Decker

Earth Activist Training with Starhawk and Alfred Decker

Von Sa 10. Aug. 2019 bis Fr 23. Aug. 2019

In our two-week Permaculture Design Course, we gather together to
explore an internationally-recognized permaculture design
certificate (PDC) curriculum with a grounding in spirit and a focus
on organizing and activism.

Learn how it is possible to design human systems that mimic
natural systems, using a minimum of energy and resources and
creating real abundance and social justice. We will cover
principles and practices for how to read the landscape, how to
heal soil and cleanse water, design integrated systems, harvest
water, drought-proof land, build soil, sequester carbon, make
compost, compost tea, and biochar, and how to bioremediate toxins.
Explore the solutions to climate change, and the strategies and
organizing tools that can put them in place.

Earth Activist Training is unique in weaving social permaculture
aspects throughout our course: learn how to organize our human
communities and groups, how to resolve conflicts, make decisions,
work together effectively, and sustain our spirits. Together we
create a community contained by daily ceremony and interactive
ritual throughout the course.

We teach interactively, not just through classroom presentation,
lecture and discussion, but through games, songs, ceremony, guided
visualizations, design practice, field trips, and a variety of
practical, hands-on, outdoor projects.

Who is this training for?

We firmly believe that everyone can benefit from learning the
tools and insights of permaculture to apply toward the broad goal
of earth regeneration. Permaculture has solutions not just for
landscapes and agricultural systems, but also for social design,
public policy and survival strategies for these challenging times.

Our students include:

  • Young people looking for a career oriented around
  • People in mid-life looking for a new direction for existing or
    new work
  • Retirees wanting new fields to explore
  • Established professionals wanting to broaden and deepen their
    knowledge of sustainable alternatives
  • People involved with intentional communities, cohousing and
    eco-villages, or those who want to start or join one
  • Gardeners, farmers, ranchers, and land stewards of all kinds
  • Green business entrepreneurs who want to have a broader
    understanding of the possibilities
  • Teachers, environmental educators, and youth workers
  • Anyone involved in gardening, especially school gardens and
    community gardens
  • Architects and landscape designers
  • Artists, musicians, poets, writers and dancers, and anyone who
    collaborates creatively
  • Community organizers and activists from many movements,
    including environmental justice, food justice, global justice,
    anti-oppression, human rights workers, and others
  • Dreamers, visionaries, and more…

We welcome and enjoy participants of any age (though please email
us to discuss attendance by those under age 16). There is no need
to have previous experience with permaculture or horticulture, and
we can accommodate a broad range of physical abilities or
limitations. Please contact us at
if you have specific needs you’d like to discuss.

Topic and Projects Covered:

Hands-on projects vary with weather and needs, but may include
mapping, water harvesting structures, graywater or roof catchment,
compost, compost teas, sheet mulch, plant propagation, planting
trees and shrubs, seed-starting, introductions to natural building
concepts and a collaborative design project. Our projects can be
tailored to students of varied levels of physical ability and
diverse ages and previous experience.

We touch on all the topics below, some in more depth than others,
given the limitations of a two-week course. The overarching theme
we teach in the course is not any specific subject, but rather how
they all fit together into systems that can meet our human needs
while regenerating the environment around us. At the end of the
course, we will spend time providing resources and direction for
taking your permaculture studies further and deeper.

Permaculture ethics, history and principles

Design, e.g. observation, reading the
landscape, site analysis, zones and Sectors, mapping, design tools
and processes, collaborative design projects, broadacre
permaculture, urban permaculture, permaculture for gatherings,
mobilizations and disaster situations

Water, e.g. creating healthy water cycles in
living systems, water harvesting, swales, ponds and earthworks,
keyline systems, erosion control, rain catchment for roofs, greywater
and blackwater systems

Earth, e.g. soil structure, soil biology, soil
building, compost, sheet mulch, compost teas and ferments, mushrooms,
bioremediation and mycoremediation, biochar

Plants, e.g. plant needs, plant guilds and
polycultures, cover crops, agroforestry, food forests, plant
propagation, tree care: pruning and planting, choosing varieties,
sustainable forestry

Animals, e.g. animals in our systems, raising
and feeding “microherds”—healthy soil microbial communities, beneficial
insects, bees, worms, humane treatment of animals, poultry, livestock
for the homestead, holistic management grazing systems, the role
of predators, wildlife habitat, alternatives for vegans

Climate, e.g. climate change and strategies for
adaption and mitigation, microclimates, windbreaks, drylands, tropics,
wetlands, cold climates

Energy, e.g. alternative and renewable energy:
evaluating and designing systems, active and passive solar, wind,
microhydro, alternative fuels and biogas

Natural Building, e.g. insulation and thermal
mass, sustainable forest products, cob, straw-bale,
light-straw-clay, plasters

Social permaculture, e.g. personal regeneration
and self-care, site design to support social aims, urban redesign,
group dynamics, communication tools, governance structures for
collaborative groups, ecovillages and community design, meeting
processes, meeting facilitation, alternative economics

Organizing and activism, e.g. strategic
organizing, pro-active and prefigurative movements, campaign
planning and organizing, power mapping, organizing in diverse

Spirit, e.g. connecting to the spirit in nature,
creating ritual and ceremony, grounding and centering, sensing and
shifting energy, drumming, dancing, singing and meditation, daily

A note from the organizers on travelling to this event:

We are quite sure that you, as people interested in Permaculture
and future-oriented living, are well aware of the negative effects
of flying on the climate on this planet. Sitting in the burning
summer sun in August 2018, one of the driest years in our region
so far, we had an intense conversation about the impact of this
course on the climate: „Do we really want to ‚import‘ two teachers
from that far away? Teachers who will teach in english and thus
might attract more people that will board planes to participate?“

We decided that yes, we do want to host a full Earth Activist
Training in Germany (the first we know of), because we believe in
the strength of bringing together activism, positive change and
spiritual connection.

But we also want to let you know the following: if you absolutely
have to fly, we expect you to calculate what you should pay to
offset your carbon emissions with this calculator:
and that you then donate the respective amount to e.g. a)
atmosfair directly, b) Sieben Linden Ecovillage for its freshly
starting agroforestry project (
or c) the Agroforst-Kampagne (
Of course you can decide to donate to any other Permaculture
project in your area, too! But: please show the receipt of this
donation to us once you’ve received a confirmation for your
participation in the EAT. Thank you for taking care of the home of
so many species (including us)!

Informationen zum Seminar

Arrival / Beginnig of the course

Arrival at friday 9. august in the afternoon possible; the course starts on saturday 9:00 am


saturday 24. august after breakfast

Course fee - early bird discount until 10th of June 2019

course fee 1045 € , early birds 995 € (reduced course fee 713 €, early birds 663 €)

Full board

392 €


The prices for accomodation in Sieben Linden here (text on homepage only in German, please ask if you need an English version)


Alfred Decker

Permaculture Educator & Designer; Founder & Director, 12P Permaculture Design;


Author, Activist, Permaculture Designer and Teacher, and a prominent voice in modern earth-based spirituality and ecofeminism, USA


Weitere Teilnehmer*

Übernachtung: Raumwünsche


Ich möchte das Ökodorf unterstützen und zusätzlich zu meinen Seminarkosten folgenden Betrag als Spende für das neue Seminarzentrum zahlen:


Cancellation fees: from June 10th on: 50 EUR cancellation fee; from July 10th on: 100 EUR cancellation fee; from July 26th on: full price

Ich akzeptiere die Rücktrittsbedingungen und die Allgemeinen Geschäftsbedingungen
Ich habe die Datenschutzerklärung und die Datenschutzerklärung bzgl. Veranstaltungsanmeldungen gelesen und stimme diesen zu

Frage zur Veranstaltung stellen