Permaculture

Turn Problems Into Solutions and Constraints Into Resources

The Heartwood permaculture vision is to ethically create a productive, regenerative community that advocates for education, healing, and the sacredness of all life and place.

The Heartwood permaculture vision is to ethically create a productive, regenerative community that advocates for education, healing, and the sacredness of all life and place.

Permaculture was developed by two scientists, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren between 1972 and 1974 culminating in the incredible system of human habitation that mimics the most sustainable societies on earth.

From the first course of 26 students in 1981, thousands of people have learned the interdisciplinary earth science called Permaculture (permanent culture). Through observation and cooperation with natural landscapes and patterns, we arrange systems that self  manage to create abundant productivity and long-term resiliance.

Our 200 acre site at Heartwood Mountain Sanctuary is home to one of the finest Permaculture living classrooms in the US with numerous functioning Biosystems,: Greywater marsh, swales gabions and water catchment.  The first completed Cobb House in California (13th in the US), a beautiful Strawbalw Meditaion Temple, Strawbale Dormitory, large outdoor oven and other natural structures adorn the property.

The farms, gardens, Permaculture landscaping , orchards and wild corridors are teaming with life after 33 years of careful observation and biomimicry to create truly sustainable agriculture.  Our fresh farm eggs and produce go directly to the lodge kitchen, store, and local farmers markets.  Bioregional, waste-free, nutrient rich, delicious food is our goal.

Learn with us how to turn problems into solutions and constraints into resources.  How to promote the carrying capacity, complexity and symbiosis of your own home, farm, business, urban dwelling, and community.   By conserving resources, both renewable and non-renewable, and applying appropriate technologies, we can create stable, harmonious, cooperative and beautiful systems in which we live, work and play.

Upcoming Permaculture Programs

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220 Harmony Lane
Garberville, CA 95542

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(707) 923-5000

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