Social Permaculture Intensive with Pandora Thomas & Starhawk – September 28 – October 2, 2016 at QuailSprings CA


with pandora thomas
& starhawk

SEPT. 28 – OCT. 2, 2016

Land Restoration Training

Course Description

How can permaculture principles bring people together to co-create and empower one another to transform patterns of unjust power into healing, nurturing and inspirational collaborative experiences?

All groups deal with issues of power, conflict and the need to make decisions. In this five-day intensive, using approaches inspired by permaculture principles, we’ll explore how to structure our groups for maximum group health, how to share power fairly, improve our communication skills, mediate conflicts and facilitate group processes. And we’ll share tools for decision making and constructive critique.

We’ll balance the process work with time outdoors in nature, including hands-on work on the land, as well as walks, bird sits and wilderness awareness. Insights from permaculture, magic, and indigenous wisdom will help us learn to be more effective and joyful as we work together to regenerate our world.

This course is for you if you belong to a group or organization seeking to make change; a nonprofit or NGO that seeks to work collaboratively; a spiritual circle, ritual group, or faith community; a community group, Transition Town, collective, or worker-run cooperative; an intentional community or household or hope to start one; a collaborative arts, theater, or music group; a family or a community of friends that want to improve communications and ways of handling conflict.

Topics we will explore

  • Design beneficial relationships
  • Value diversity and edge
  • Stack functions
  • Design the physical to support the social
  • Working with diversity—race, gender, class, sexual orientation, etc.


Pandora Thomas

Pandora Thomas

Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a teacher, writer, designer and speaker. She studied at Columbia and Tufts University and with several permaculture and greenbuilding design programs. Her writing includes a children’s book, various curricula and a manual entitled “Shades of Green” for individuals wanting to teach green building to youth. She has keynoted and lectured on topics ranging from diversity, social justice, youth and women’s leadership, social entrepreneurship and sustainability. She has taught groups as diverse as Iraqi and Indonesian youth to men serving in San Quentin creating inspiring and hands on programs around permaculture design, sustainability, and outdoor and environmental education.

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Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer and teacher, and one of the most respected voices in modern Goddess religion and earth-based spirituality. She is the author or coauthor of thirteen books, including the classics The Spiral Dance and The Fifth Sacred Thing.

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Registration Information

  • Course Tuition: $825
  • Course fee includes: Instruction, catered meals and camping accommodations


  • Early Bird: $150 discount (Discount Code: SOCBIRD – Expires: August 1st)
  • Bring A Friend: $50 discount (each) for couples or friends attending the course together (Discount Code: SOC4TWO)
  • Financial aid: Payment plans and limited partial scholarships (based on low income / financial need & intention to use the training) available by application. Inquire early to apply for financial aid by sending your application request via email directly to
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