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West Coast Communities Conference, Fri – Mon, Oct. 9 thru 12, 2015 Northern California

@ Groundswell Institute, an emerging ecovillage and retreat center

Join other community explorers in the splendor of nature for a weekend of skill-building, networking, and celebration that promises to inspire and educate. Whether you are brand spanking new to intentional communities or have been living in them for years, the West Coast Communities Conference will provide plentiful opportunities for all to grow their own skills and knowledge. Inspired by the Communities Conference that takes place at Twin Oaks in Virginia each year, and organized with sponsorship from the Fellowship for Intentional Communities (FIC) and Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC), this event promises to be a brilliant convergence of those who see the vital role community has to play in the  trying times we live in. Anyone with interest or experience in worker cooperatives, rural communes, artist collectives, or any other kind of communal enterprise is invited to participate.

We will be limiting attendance in order to minimize impact on our land. Please register to ensure your spot. Registration fees are $100 for tenting and $150 for cabins, which includes access to all programs and three hot meals a day. In addition, there are day passes for those who don’t wish to stay overnight. There are plentiful scholarship and work trade options available – we do not want economic status to be a barrier to attending this event. E-mail us here if you would like to arrange a scholarship or work trade.

Go here to learn more about the conference and to register:

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Mushroom Cultivation & Application course – Bi-Lingual – October 30-November 1, 2015 at L.A. Eco-Village

With Radical Mycology founder Peter McCoy.
Bi-lingual:  English and Spanish (Spanish translations by Cris Sarabia).
     This Mushroom Cultivation & Application Course covers the essential principles and practices of high yield mushroom production for all budgets. 

      Starting with the fundamentals of cultivation, and progressively building in conceptual stages throughout the weekend, you will learn the powerful life skill of growing mushroom mycelium (spawn production) and fruiting mushrooms in any environment. And with an emphasis on techniques and tools that keep costs and complexity to a minimum, you will leave equipped to dive in right away.
     The approach Peter takes to working with fungi for food, medicine, and soil health not only goes deep into the skills of cultivation but also deep into the concepts and principles that underlie them. By understanding the how and why of cultivation, you can enhance your use of the most effective and inexpensive means to get high yields. This empowers you to think creatively in your cultivation design, leading to experiments that are consistently successful in the home, garden, or on the farm.
     Whether you are looking to grow your own edible and medicinal mushrooms for personal use or start a mushroom farm, this course will cover the core skills needed to hit the ground running.
3 day workshop fee:  $250
About Peter:

Peter McCoy speaks on behalf of the fungi, the most overlooked and misrepresented organisms in the web of life. A self-taught mycologist with over 14 years of accumulated study and experience, Peter is an original founder of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization and open-source movement that teaches the skills needed to work with mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience. Peter is the lead cultivation expert for the Amazon Mycorenewal Project and Open Source Ecology. Apart from his work with fungi, he is also a community organizer, street medic, zinester, artist, musician, lecturer, and teacher.

Peter’s work has been featured in various news and media outlets such as Grist, Vice’s Motherboard, Permaculture Voices, The Survival Podcast, and The Visionary Activist Show on KUPL. His unique approach to teaching accessible mycology has brought him to present at The Permaculture Voices Conference, The Village Building Convergence, The Northwest Permaculture Convergence, and The Telluride Mushroom Festival, Merritt College, as well as for countless community groups across North America.

Peter has written two publications on mycology and mushroom cultivation and he is the author of the upcoming book, Radical Mycology. His extended section on low-tech mushroom cultivation in the book Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes by Leila Darwish, has enabled countless community groups and bioremediators to begin practicing mycoremediation with a minimum of cost or complexity.

From his mushroom homestead in Portland, OR, Peter’s daily practice centers on cultivating, researching, and foraging for new intersections between healthy human and fungal relations. Peter is available for consultation on mushroom cultivation and remediation design, site surveys, lectures, informal talks, and teaching assignments. He can be contacted at radmycology [at] gmail [dot] com.

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One Day Permaculture Classes in July 2015 with Warren Bush at Casitas Farm

Couldn’t make the full 30-Day PDC and Farm Apprenticeship this year? Then join us for one or more of our specialized day courses!

Throughout the month of July, we are pleased to offer an array of specialized day courses taught by Warren Brush and guest Instructors working in fields such as Beekeeping, Indigenous Permaculture, and more.
The schedule includes:

Tuesday, 7/7- Introduction to Permaculture and Design Methodologies with Warren Brush

Wednesday 7/8- Indigenous Permaculture and Herbal Medicine with Jeanette Acosta

Friday, 7/10- Earthworks for Resiliency with Warren Brush and Jesse Smith

Saturday 7/11- Living Soils and Compost Teas with Connor Jones

Sunday 7/12- Compost Making and Soil Building with Peter Ash

Thursday, 7/16- Broad Acre Permaculture, Forest Regeneration, and Keyline Systems with Warren Brush and Loren Luyendyk

Friday, 7/17- Food Forests, Orchard Care, and Grafting and Pruning with Loren Luyendyk

Saturday 7/18- Bee Systems and Enterprises with Nick Wigle

Monday 7/20- Aquaponics Basics with Andrew Clinard

Saturday 7/25- Urban Permaculture and Bio Intensive Kitchen Gardens with Warren Brush

Sunday 7/26- Greywater Basics with Warren Brush and Jesse Smith

Monday 7/27- Horticulture and nursery development with Mike Gonella

1 Day- $125
3 Days or more- $100/day
Sign up for 10 Days and get one day free- $1,000 (for 11 days)
*includes instruction and catered, healthy lunch
Register today! HERE or at
Please contact Ana at or at 805-649-8179 with questions and for payment information.
We still have a couple of spaces in our full month long course for those who are looking to deepen their knowledge and experience of Permaculture on a working farm! Sign up online HERE. For more information, email
It’s a summer of learning at Casitas Valley Farm and we look forward to seeing you there! 


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Greywater Installers Five Day Workshop July 23, 25, 26,29, & Aug 1, 2015 at L.A. Eco-Village

Watch for more details or go to

Interested in learning all about greywater, installing your own system, or becoming a greywater installer for your area? This course is designed for people with either basic plumbing, landscaping, or permaculture skills who want to learn how to design and build simple, economical residential greywater systems.

You will learn about the theory behind simple and high-end systems including the indoor use of greywater. We’ll cover basic plumbing and landscaping skills needed for the four types of common simple greywater systems. You will learn how to conduct a site assessment, determine which system to install and how to maintain existing systems. Additionally you’ll learn about what plants do best with greywater and the do’s and don’t of residential greywater reuse. By the end of the course you will know about proper installation of code compliant washing machine, and simple systems under the CA state code.

There will be an optional exam and installation for people wishing to be certified and listed on our website. The “installer’s page” contains contact info for graduates who wish to be listed, as well as an internal list serve for installers to share info, experiences, and get support.

Location: Los Angeles Eco-Village 117 Bimini Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Cost: $650 limited work trade available (send requests to

These workshops typically fill up, and we have to turn people away. Because of this, we are first opening registration for the following people: anyone with an existing landscaping, plumbing, or construction business, anyone working in a water utility (e.g. water conservation department). Register here.

If your main purpose of the course is to install a system in your own home, or the homes of your friends and family, please sign up here and we’ll get back in touch when we open this registration.

Learn more about the content and see the week’s schedule here.

This workshop sponsored by Greywater Action in association with Urban Soil-Tierra Urbana Housing Co-op

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Sustainatopia 2015 May 27 – 30, 2015 in Beverly Hills CA

Sustainatopia is pleased to offer you free tickets as a follower of the Los Angeles Eco-Village.
Use code FIRST300 to claim a free ticket.
Please feel free to share with others.
About Sustainatopia:
SUSTAINATOPIA 2015 takes place at the Hyatt Regency in Century City/Beverly Hills from May 27th-30th. We welcome 400 global speakers and major media such as CNNMoney, Inc. Magazine, and Forbes.
New this year, SUSTAINATOPIA 2015 will be hosting the LOHAS MARKETPLACE – a special 12,000 sq. foot outdoor expo space (open to the general public over 3 days) and featuring dozens of companies from around the country in the areas of food, family products, consciousness, health & beauty, yoga-based products and other LOHAS categories.
The EXPO is a family friendly event with plenty of activities and vendors for both parents and kids to enjoy.
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Greywater 101/ Introducción de aguas grises Wed., May 6, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Greywater 101/ Introducción de aguas grises

*This is a bilingual workshop (English/Spanish). *Este taller es bilingüe (Inglés/Español)

Learn how you can save water and keep your garden green with greywater. Aprenda como podemos conservar verdes nuestros jardines con agua gris. 

Greywater, water from sinks, showers, and washing machines, is a great source of irrigation and can greatly reduce your outdoor water use. Greywater systems are especially important in times of drought. Come learn about common and popular greywater systems, design considerations, water saving potential, costs, regulations, health and safety, soaps and products, and how to choose a system that is a good match for your home and landscape.

En vez de usar agua potable para regar, podemos conservar verdes nuestros jardines con agua gris, que es agua proveniente de las lavadoras, regaderas, tinas, y lavabos. En este taller aprenderá tipos de sistema populares, cuestiones básicas del agua gris, beneficios del agua gris, jabones y productos recomendados, costos, regulaciones para el agua gris y como escoger un sistema para su casa. 

Location / Lugar: 
Los Angeles EcoVillage, 117 Bimini Place, LA, 90004

Cost / Costo Sliding-scale $5- $15. Entrada de $5 a $15 (ponga el precio de acuerdo a su posibilidad)

No registration or RSVP required.
No es necesario confirmar su asistencia. 

Questions/ Preguntas:

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Greywater workshop: How to install a washing machine system/ Taller de Aguas Grises, Sat., May 9, 2015 from 10am to 12:30pm at L.A. Eco-Village

*This is a bilingual workshop (English/Spanish). *Este taller es bilingüe (Inglés/Español)

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.

Aprende como instalar su propio sistema de aguas grises que utiliza el agua de su lavadora de ropa para regar su jardín. El sistema de agua gris De la lavadora al jardín es de bajo costo, fácil de instalar y fácil de modificar. Con este sistema se puede regar el paisaje cada vez que usa la lavadora, ahorrando agua, dinero, y recursos. En California se puede instalar este sistema legalmente, sin permiso, si sigue 12 lineamientos que aprenderá en el taller.  


  • 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”

En este taller aprenderá:

  • Como diseñar un sistema para su casa y jardín

  • Como instalar un sistema- va a hacer un modelo de un sistema usando partes reales

  • Que partes necesitará para su propio sistema

  • Cuantos galones de aguas grises se producen en su casa

  • Jabones y productos recomendados

Location / Lugar: 
Los Angeles EcoVillage, 117 Bimini Place, LA, 90004

Cost / Costo Sliding-scale $20 – $40. Please pay what you can on the sliding-scale.

Entrada de $20 a $40 (ponga el precio de acuerdo a su posibilidad). 

Register here/ Registrarse aquí

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.

Favor de traer lo siguiente al taller con usted:

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Build a Cob Outdoor Classroom with Ray Cirino, Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 10am to 5:30pm at Wonderland School, Los Angeles

After rolling in the mud for 13 years of cob, I thought it would be easier building with Lego® style cob blocks called Raygo® blocks. Kids get it and so do adults.
At this workshop we’ll be building a foundation for the circular cob bench and build some bricks. I just finished building a brick press that you can rent for your project. You will learn the techniques of building with cob and how to get started. Be part of something old and new that anyone can do. 
Event Details:
Date and Time:
Saturday, April 18, 2015
10:00am to 5pm

Wonderland School
8510 Wonderland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
$40.  Students under 18 free.

What to Bring:
Bring your lunch and drinks.

What to Wear:
Old cloths
More info or reservations:
Contact Ray at:
 The Great Challenges we now face as a species present the very opportunities that are giving birth to Ecological, Psychological, and Spiritual Sustainability.
Learn more about the amazing Ray Cirino here.

Home Funerals & Green Burials workshop, Silver Lake, CA, Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 2 to 5pm

When a loved-one is nearing transition, navigating the choices offered by the funeral industry can be both confusing and expensive. This informative workshop illustrates today’s options for green and natural after-death care, home funerals and final disposition.
Lively, informative afternoon facilitated by Death Midwife and founder of Sacred Crossings Rev.Olivia Bareham.  Films, discussions and refreshments.
Held at a private home in Silver LakeSpace is limited. Address will be given to registered participants $20 donation

RSVP to:


Silver Lake,  CA 
SUNDAY MARCH 8,   2 – 5 pm

“I feel blessed to have been given so much vital information – the films and slides and handouts were invaluable!  I wish I had known these things when people in my life have died, I would have done things very differently.”  – Jackie Cole –

WestCo | April 24-26, 2015 | Berkeley, CA

WestCo, an annual conference for members of cooperatives in the Western United States and Canada, will be held this year in Berkeley, CA from April 24th through 26th.

WestCo is a space for local cooperators to build community, attend educational workshops and social events, and celebrate their common interests and experiences. This year’s conference is organized by members of the Berkeley Student Cooperative.

More programming details will be released later in March. If you have any questions, please visit NASCO’s WestCo page or contact Zury Cendejas, Berkeley Student Cooperative VP of External Affairs, at

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