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Declan Kennedy in Dialog: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 7:30pm at L.A. Eco-Village

Prof. Declan Kennedy is an Irish architect, urban planner, permaculture designer and ecologist. Founder  of the Permaculture Institute of Europe, he has been teaching and practicing urban design, landscape and agricultural planning since 1972.

Declan served as Professor of Urban Design at the Technical University of Berlin, Chairman of the Board of the Global Eco-village Network – – and as Chairman of the Advisory Board at Gaia University International –

Declan coauthored with his late wife, Prof. Margrit Kennedy, Designing Ecological Settlements

At 80 years of age, Declan continues traveling the world and teaches ecovillage design from the ecological community which he co-founded and where he lives, Lebensgarten Steyerberg in Lower Saxony, Germany – (in English at: ).

Some people say “It is 5 minutes to 12 – for the Earth and for the environment.”
Declan Kennedy says, “the situation on Earth has already tipped over – it is already 5 minutes after 12! But – the good thing about midnight is – it is the beginning of a new day! So – let’s start afresh!”

Please join us for this rare treat of hanging out with Declan.

WHEN:  Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 7:30pm*

WHERE: L.A. Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Place, Los Angeles 90004

FEE:  $5 to $15 sliding scale.  No one turned away.

RESERVATIONS: or 213/738-1254

*Join us for a veggie potluck in our courtyard at 6:30 pm, if you’d like.  PLEASE bring your own non throwaway eating ware and make this a zero waste event.



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Urban Food Security with Hop Hopkins in the White House Place Learning Garden at L.A. Eco-Village Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 3pm

Join Hop Hopkins to hear first-hand how to improve local food security.

This is a free and open event.

About Hop Hopkins
As a certified arborist, Master Gardener, Permaculture Designer, and CERT instructor, Hop’s guiding vision is to help establish a network of residential food forests that can support the development of stable, human-scale solar self-reliant neighborhood communities integrated with cooperative local economies. Grassroots environmental justice community organizing in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles, along with several years staffing environmental programs with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust put Hop in the unique position of knowing a lot about a lot of things.

About the White House Place Learning Garden
After years of planning, fundraising, and building infrastructure for the Garden, there is a rich array of edible plants and fruit trees.  And the planting continues.

We invite teachers, staff, friends and neighbors to tour the garden during the open garden hours listed below and to attend the talks.

When:  Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Where:  White House Place Learning Garden at the northeast corner of White House Place and Bimini Place in Los Angeles Eco-Village

Regular Garden Hours*:
*Saturdays: noon to 4pm
*Sunday:   8am to noon

*If you plan to come on days when no talk is scheduled, call or text Lara:
213/383-8684 or call Lois 213/738-1254 or Julio 323/377-0973

Also upcoming in the White House Learning Garden on Saturday September 27, 2014 at 11am:  Meredith McKenzie “Shares the Ways of Watersheds”

 The White House Place Learning Garden is a project of the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust in association with the Los Angeles Unified School District. 

Thanks to the Rampart Village Neighborhood Council for their financial support for the garden.

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Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)–Europe Conference July 9-13, 2014 at Zegg near Berlin Germany

Over time, GEN is becoming richer in fascinating tools, mutual support, interesting people, important connections and deep insights. Let’s celebrate what we have created as a strong network, carrying forth the power to live sustainably in a post-growth world.

This year we will focus on strengthening the bonds between the national and local networks as well as reaching out to the Global South in mutual support. Amongst other interesting presenters we are proud to welcome Anna Breytenbach, the „Animal Whisperer“ from South Africa. Experienced members from long-term communities will share and support your process in founding or strengthening your community initiative, we will look into the transition of traditional villages and urban neighbourhoods into living communities and more.

 For more info and registration please go to our website at

GEN – Global Ecovillage Network


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for a sustainable water future

Drought-Proof Your Landscape with Greywater July 2, 2014 at 7pm at L.A. Eco-Village with Laura Allen

Interested in Reusing Greywater?

Greywater is water from sinks, showers, and washing machines. Instead of sending it down the sewer it can be safely and simply redirected into the landscape for irrigation. Reusing household greywater saves water, saves time, and reduces water flowing into the sewer system. Find out if a greywater system is a good match for your home and landscape in our informative evening slideshow presentation “Drought-Proof Your Landscape with Greywater”. 

Learn about

  • Common types of systems
  • Advantages and limitation of different systems
  • Plant friendly soaps and products
  • How much water you may save
  • System costs
  • Codes and regulations.

Location: 7pm-8:30pm at  Los Angeles Eco Village 117 Bimini Place Los Angeles, CA 90004

Cost: $5 to $15 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Come join this event, no RSVP required.

This talk sponsored by Greywater Action in association with Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana and CRSP.
About Laura Allen
Laura is a founding member of Greywater Action and a resident-member of Los Angeles Eco-Village.  She has spent a decade exploring low-tech, urban sustainable water solutions. She has a BA in Environmental Science, a teaching credential and a masters in education from New College of CA. She is a co-editor of the anthology Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground. Laura leads classes and workshops on urban ecological sanitation technologies of rainwater harvesting, greywater reuse and composting toilets. Laura also works with the Greywater Alliance to help remove institutional barriers to sustainable water use.

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Greywater Design and Installation Workshop, SUNDAY, July 13, 2014 from 10am – 12:30pm at L.A. Eco-Village

Learn how to install the popular “laundry to landscape” (L2L) greywater system in this design workshop.

Laundry to landscape greywater systems are simple, affordable, and easy to maintain. With your own L2L system you can irrigate your landscape each time you do laundry, saving you water, time, and resources. Experienced instructors will lead you step-by-step through the design process, tailoring a system to fit your home. This system is legal to install without a permit, just follow 12 basic guidelines you’ll learn about in class.


  • How to design a system for your home and landscape
  • How to build a system- you’ll create a “mock-up” of a real system with real greywater parts
  • What parts you’ll need for your home
  • How much greywater you produce and how many plants you can water
  • What soaps and detergents are “greywater friendly”


  • Real L2L greywater system
  • Gravity “branched drain” greywater system from sinks

Cost: Sliding scale $15 to $40, limited work trade positions available

Location: The Los Angeles EcoVillage 117 Bimini Place, LA, 90004

Register here. 

Bring: Photographs of your laundry room and landscape. Site plan of your yard.

For more information on an L2L system refer to the SF Graywater Guide for Outdoor Irrigation, downloadable here or watch a video of an installation of this system on Ask This Old House.

Sponsored by Greywater Action in association with Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana and CRSP

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Composting with Kreigh Hampel, June 22, 2014 at 10am

When:      Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 10am to noon

Where:     The White House Place Learning Garden, corner of Bimini and
White House Place in the Los Angeles Eco-Village


This is a free and open event.

Kreigh Hampel digs under the mythologies of waste. Since 2003 he has served as the Recycling Coordinator for the City of Burbank while drawing on natural designs, simplicity and the community to engage regenerative thinking. He is a graduate of the UCLA Municipal Waste Management Program, a board member of the California Product Stewardship Council and has worked with nonprofits and public agencies on urban forestry, school gardens, solar energy, home composting and producer responsibility. He was recently named City Employee of the Year for his outstanding community service.  His motto is, “plant more, manufacture less.”

More info:  213/383-8684 or


Also, coming up in the White House Place Learning Garden:

Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 1 pm:  Hop Hopkins on Food Security

Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 11 am:  Meredith McKenzie on Watersheds

West Coast Women’s Permaculture Gathering, Seattle area, September 18-21 2014 Fall Equinox weekend

Join Permaculture’s Finest Women for a Weekend in the Woods!

Welcome to the West Coast Women’s Permaculture Gathering September 18-21 2014! This is our 4th year and we are gracing the greater Seattle area! Join us at Camp Hamilton near Monroe/Duvall for a long weekend together sharing skills, ideas and collaborating! Contributing & Collecting in Collaboration!
Where ‘Full Steam Ahead’ melds with ‘Relax and Receive’ for Continuous Thrivability
Considering how much permaculture activity is brewing in our respective regions these days, from public food forests to natural buildings and successful kickstarter campaigns, the subject of permaculture is upfront and growing! We will take a central focus of taking permaculture beyond an interest or hobby to inspiring women with permaculture examples to find their path to right-livelihood and thrive! Thivelihood!! This years Gathering will feature exciting presentations, skill-building opportunities and our first ever Saturday Market Place to support your right-livelihoods, followed by our first ever Dance Party around the fire near the lake! Tickets are available for the entire three days, Saturday only, children at a reduced rate, child care is FREE with ticket for whole weekend. See ticketing page for details.Spend a weekend with strong, committed women who share Permaculture ethics and vocabulary.  Come connect, learn, and laugh!  In a breathtaking space, surrounded by nature and amazing women, you will be inspired and invigorated.

Presenters for 2014 include:

We have an amazing line up of extraordinary speakers!
Jessi Bloom – Best-selling permaculture author, green industry advisor, & owner of design/build 
N.W. Bloom 
Marisha Auerbach – International advanced permaculture educator & consultant to environmental non-profits
EagleSongFounder of RavenCroft Gardens and Healing From the Ground Up herbal apprentice program
Jacqueline FreemanBiodynamic Beekeeper and owner of Friendly Haven Rise Farm in Venersborg, WA
Jeanette Acosta Author and composer raised by traditional indigenous healers, designer and ethnobotanist 
Emet Degirmenci International urban and indigenous permaculture community design

Honored Guest Starhawk – The Fifth Sacred Thing,The Last Wild Witch & Earth Activist Training

Join this amazing opportunity to gather with other revolutionary women!

Picture We are delighted to be creating this gathering and look forward to sharing it with YOU!
Help us spread the word, “Like” and share us on Facebook

To get up-to-date announcements about the gathering and to be part of the biggest (maybe the only!) online group of permaculture women please sign up for the google group:

Sneak Preview: White House Place Learning Garden, Earth Day, April 22, 2014 from 3 to 6pm at L.A. Eco-Village

Come check it out.  It’s still getting ready for local school kids.  But it’s  far enough along for you to come take a peak at what will soon be an awesome learning garden for the eight schools within walking distance of L.A. Eco-Village.

Ray Cirino will be here with one of his remarkable pizza ovens.  Bring your own pizza to bake in his oven if you’d like, or buy a piece of Ray’s great pizza.

WHEN:           Tuesday, Earthday, April 22, 2014 from 3 to 6pm

WHERE:         Los Angeles Eco-Village, corner of Bimini and White House Place, LA 90004
(directions here:

BE OUR GUESTS.  No fees and no reservations required for this event.

This event hosted by the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust, a nonprofit tax exempt organization

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72 Hour Permaculture Design Course On-Line – Anytime – Free!

WHAT:     72 Hour Permaculture Design Course
WHEN:     Anytime
FEE:         Free!

COMPLETE PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE with Larry Korn, among America’s leading permaculture authorities.

“Though the problems of the world are increasingly
complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

The complete 72+ hour permaculture design course curriculum is now available completely without charge together with some amazing interviews on sustainable living and intentional community design from some of the world’s leading permaculture educators. There is no catch here — the course is completely free; optional internationally-standard certification is also available as a paid service.

This is the same permaculture design course curriculum that is taught for thousands of dollars around the world, now available to you without charge. Our goal is to take permaculture mainstream, which requires making the knowledge available to people around the world without barriers. Many thousands of people have signed up since this course has been launched and we are continuing to fine-tune and release content.

Get started anytime and spread the word for a more regenerative  planet and healthier living :

Course lectures in:
– Permaculture Fundamental
– Design and Patterns
– Plants, Climates and Soils
– Water and Aquaculture
– Urban Permaculture
– Social Permaculture
– Experiential Site Visits
– Student Presentations


  • Natural building construction
  • Pattern observation and site analysis
  • Renewable energy and appropriate technology
  • Reading the land and natural cycles
  • Rainwater harvesting and conservation
  • Soil regeneration and land restoration
  • Passive and active solar design
  • Food forests, trees, and garden design
  • Greywater considerations and system design
  • Business and financial permaculture
  • Waste recycling and treatment
  • Urban permaculture for sustainable cities
  • …and much, much more!and sustainability interviews, community forum and free course materials!


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“Just Doing Stuff” fair with Transition Town founder Rob Hopkins: Sun. Oct. 13, 2013 in Westchester, and Mon. Oct.14, 2013 in Pasadena

What:         The Power of Just Doing Stuff: Transition Town Fairs

Where:       Westchester Sunday October 13, 2013 AND Pasadena Monday October 14, 2013

More Info

Westchester event:  Sunday 10/13/13 from 2:30pm to 7pm.  Go here for details and to register:


Pasadena event: Monday 10/14/13 from 10:30am to 2pm.  Go here for details and to register:

featuring award winning “Repair Cafe” and other activities, veggie potluck lunch (bring your own eating ware), speed dating mini talks, and more.
Transition groups (Los Angeles and Pasadena) host Rob Hopkins, founder of the international Transitiion Town movement.  Rob gives a talk and hosts his renowned “The Power of Just Doing Stuff” fairs.




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