is a permaculture activist, designer, and educator. Founder of the Urban Permaculture Guild, she facilitates workshops on sustainability, permaculture, and eco-literacy. Her focus has been urban eco-social design, city repair, and the power of placemaking. Kat presently leads the Growing Beyond Green Sustainability Initiative at Esalen. www.esalen.org/info/sustainability.html.
Permaculture is a design system inspired by nature and based on principles that can guide you, your household, and your community “beyond sustainability” to a more harmonious, ecologically friendly, and lower-impact existence. By adopting the ethics and applying these principles in our daily lives, we can transition from being dependent consumers to responsible producers. This journey builds skills and resilience at home and in our local communities that will help us prepare for an uncertain future.
Permaculture is a holistic design system for creating and sustaining regenerative human settlement patterns for healthy living. This permaculture course offers a new way to teach solution-based, eco-social design concepts by applying the principles of permaculture to the teaching of permaculture. Teachers and practitioners in any field can apply these skills and practices. This course will cover every aspect of being an effective educator and promoter of mutually beneficial relationships for a more sustainable and just future.
When we come together to co-create, to empower one another, or to challenge the structures of unjust power, we face unique challenges. All groups struggle with issues of power, conflicts, and decision-making practices. Collaborative groups may be healing, nurturing, and inspirational — or they may be foundered on the rocks of conflict and poor communication. During this workshop, we'll explore how to structure groups for maximum group health, how to share power fairly, improve our communication skills, mediate conflicts, and facilitate group processes.
Deep Ecology is a holistic approach to facing world problems that brings together thinking, feeling, spirituality, and action. It involves moving beyond the individualism of Western culture toward also seeing ourselves as part of the earth. This leads to a deeper connection with life, in which ecology is not just seen as something “out there,” but something that is part of us, and for which we have a role to play.