Earth Activist Training
10th-24th July 2004, England
with Starhawk & Erik Ohlsen at Ragmans Lane Farm, Gloucestershire
A permaculture design course for visionary activists:
Learn the skills to transform a piece of land, a community
and our political and economic systems.
Permaculture is a system of ecological design. Spend two
weeks in rural Gloucestershire learning: Nature and wilderness
awareness Diversity in ecosystems and in our movement
Pattern thinking in design, strategy, and movement
building Solutions that exist: alternative energy,
organic farming, natural building, bioremediation and restoration
Soil and forest ecology and ecological economics
How to collect, conserve, and clean water Ecological
base camp design for action camps Movement building,
strategy and direct action principles and practices
Consensus process, facilitation and conflict transformation.
How to transform fear, rage, grief and frustration
into creative action How to stay grounded and centred
in tough and challenging situations How to create ritual
and weave magic into action. . and more! We will also be thinking
and planning for the G8 meeting in the UK in the Summer of
2005. On completion, participants will receive a permaculture
certificate. Participants will take these skills back to their
communities and actively share and apply them.
Core facilitators: Starhawk
is a lifelong activist, direct action trainer, ecofeminist
and author of many books that link earth-based spirituality
with political struggle, including The Spiral Dance, The Fifth
Sacred Thing, and The Twelve Wild Swans: A Journey to the
Realm of Magic, Healing and Action. www.starhawk.org.
Erik Ohlsen is an experienced permaculture teacher, community
organiser and activist from California. There will also be
visiting Guest Speakers.
two weeks accommodation and all meals): £100 - £400
sliding scale according to income: £400 waged, £250
low income, £100 unwaged (negotiable). We welcome applications
from people with disabilities, although unfortunately the
venue is not wheelchair accessible. Accommodation will
be either camping or small dorms/bunk rooms.
The food will be vegetarian and organic as far as possible.
Pictures from Starhawk's own garden
Selection criteria: As there are only limited places
available on this course, it is necessary to have a selection
criteria rather than accept people on a first come first served
basis. Priority will be given to people who are:
- involved primarily in the activist* community/movement
- have some experience of being involved in activism.
- involved with local groups and who will make a commitment
to share what they learn with their own communities and affinity
- are active in the UK, although we are open to applications
from people in Europe.
* we do not have a restrictive definition of what an "activist"
is and invite people to give us their own definition as part
of their application.
closing date for applications is Monday 31st May 2004.
If you are interested in taking part in this course, please
contact the organising collective for an application form,
Earth Activist Training
C/o 3 Yew Tree Cottages
North Nibley, Glos