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Hands-On Greywater Workshops/Conference: Simi Valley, Oakland – 10/21/17; Yosemite – 11/1-3/17

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Hands-on greywater workshop in Simi Valley 10/21/17.  Learn more here.


What: Localizing California Waters Conference

When:  Nov. 1-3, 2017

Where:  Rush Creek/Evergreen Lodge in Yosemite, CA

Details here:


Join us to convene on-site water organizations under one voice: California Onsite Water Association. At this intimate water reuse conference (focusing on rainwater, blackwater, greywater, and stormwater) professionals, designers, and policy advisers will work together to advance onsite water’s technical and policy future.


Stakeholders working in or on the integration and collaboration of onsite, distributed, and centralized systems.  Policy advisors, designers, professionals looking to create innovative BMPs, code adoption, policy advisement and evaluation feedback through collaboration.  Funding organizations interested in looking for input or participants in scalable resiliency water management projects/collaborations for California and the Western United States.  Watershed based management groups looking to collaborate with Water Management advisers to create resilient ecosystem services.

Key Invites:

Pisces Foundation, Water Foundation, California Governor’s Office of Planning Research, Wildlife Conservation Board, State Water Resources Control Board, Department of Water Resources, Department of Public Health, SFPUC, EBMUD, LADWP, Alliance for Water Efficiency, Central Coast Salmon Enhancement, Trout Unlimited, Cal Trout, SRF, The Water Institute, Occidental Arts and Ecology, Sierra Nevada Alliance, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Trust for Public Lands, Sustainable Silicon Valley, Imperial Water District, Pasadena Water and Power, Recode Oregon, Water Reuse, Utah Onsite Water Association, IAPMO, UC Irvine Pire Group, California Department of General Services (Architect), California Directors of Environmental Health, Imagine H20, ACWA, Water Reuse, The Walton Family Foundation, Dean Witter Foundation, California Resource Conservation District Association (Director), CASQA, ARCSA, QWELL, WERS, Santa Rosa Alternative Working Group

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Greywater Installer’s Course – May 17 – 21, 2017 at L.A. Eco-Village

greywater img_4964-150x150Interested in learning how to install greywater systems?
Becoming a greywater installer for your area?
This course will teach you how to design and install these water-saving irrigation 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.

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

 greywater 3 img_5176-150x150Cost $650. Limited work-trade positions available

(To apply for a work-trade position click here)

Register here

Location: Los Angeles Eco-Village (117 Bimini Place, Los Angeles, 90004)

What past participants have to say:

My favorite part of the course were the instructors, which I found incredibly knowledgeable and well prepared. I really liked the balance between the lecture and hands-on exercises. As someone who has designed and taught career educational classes, I think this course was designed masterfully and worthy of emulation. Instructing adult learners from a wide variety of levels is not easy. –Dorsey Moore- Principal- Sustainability for All

I really loved it all, it was a great balance of classroom hands-on stuff. The instructors were admirably prepared and incredibly generous. I really appreciate the balance of theory and practice. -Leigh Jerrard- owner of Greywater Corps and architect

Awesome experience, highly recommend it and I admire you both. My favorite parts were the exercises, the groups and the final project because it really showed we had learned. Having it set up this way is geniusDeva Luna- landscape contractor and Designer/Manager at EarthCare Landscaping

Tgreywater 2 img_5191-150x150he 5 day installer course was amazing! The teachers were both very patient and knowledgeable…. I found it very reassuring that the instructors were teaching systems that they had personally installed. They knew what worked and what didn’t from experience. It was neat to meet such a variety of people in the class such as landscapers, other plumbers and people that just wanted to install their own greywater systems in their own homes… I have gone from being a residential plumber to installing greywater systems and rain harvesting systems full time. I still refer to the useful handout binder that I received during the course when installing a greywater system. I felt very confident installing even the very first system I did on my own– Brian Munson – plumber (and now a Greywater Action instructor)

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Restoring Water and Healing Love as Keys for a New Culture, Thursday, September 24th, 7:00 pm at Agape International Spiritual Center, Culver City, CA 90230

A rare opportunity to meet and hear some of the pioneering internationally renown people  from Tamera Ecovillage in Portugal plus the “Water Gandhi” from India.  Details below.

Thursday, September 24th, 7:00 pm
Agape International Spiritual Center
5700 Buckingham Parkway
Culver City, CA 90230
Tickets in advance:  $15 at Eventbrite. Or for $20 at the door.

Our ability to create a future worth living essentially depends on rediscovering our sacred relationship with two basic sources of life: healthy water and vivid love. What water is to nature, love is to humanity. Our modern culture has been following systems incompatible with the true nature of both water and love. Today’s world is marked by progressive desertification and thirst – in nature as well as within people’s hearts – which poses a serious threat to our common future. However, this is not the way our future has to be!

We are excited to announce that two global pioneers will be speaking in Los Angeles, who have been working for decades on revolutionary answers for these pressing crises, showcasing concrete models for the future:

Rajendra Singh, also known as “Water Gandhi.” is a well-known water conservationist from Rajasthan, India. Using a traditional method for retaining rainwater, Rajendra led a popular initiative that transformed approximately 8,600 square km of India’s Thar Desert into fertile land, providing a hundred thousand people with a decent living, and causing dried-up rivers to flow throughout the year again. As a result of this project, regional weather patterns changed causing overall precipitation to increase and extreme storms and droughts to dramatically decrease. The principles used are not limited to India, but tackle the global roots of our current water crisis and could be applied in California as well. Honoring his outstanding initiative, Rajendra just received the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize, an award commonly referred to as “the Nobel Prize for water.”

To him, water is more than only a chemical substance; he sees it as an ensouled being with which we can communicate.

Sabine Lichtenfels, is peace activist, spiritual teacher and co-founder of Tamera Peace Research Center in Portugal, where she heads the “Global Love School.” She is a source of profound feminine wisdom and peace knowledge, grounded in nearly forty years of experience co-leading one of the most radical experiments in community building and healing love of our times. She is the author of many books (among them Temple of Love and Grace. Pilgrimage for a Future without War) and has led international peace pilgrimages through Israel-Palestine and Colombia. Sabine was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as one of the “1000 Women for Peace” in 2005.

The event will be introduced and accompanied by Benjamin von Mendelssohn, director of The Grace Foundation and one of the next-generation leaders of Tamera, offering a brief insight into the “Healing Biotopes Plan,” the global peace strategy of the heart of Tamera’s work. Operating in the frame of holistic sciences, the plan starts from the premise that a few highly complex model centers around the world might suffice in replacing the informational matrix of violence that steers this planet within a relatively short time with a new global matrix of trust, compassion, and peace; creating a new morphogenetic field of global peace.

More info on Tamera Ecovillage here:

For more events with Tamera Team in California, go here:




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Regenerative Water Harvesting and Land Restoration Training Course October 7-11, 2015

Quail Springs Permaculture

Regenerative Water Harvesting and Land Restoration Training Course
October 7-11, 2015

Location/Climate: Southern California, High Desert

With Instructors:
Craig Sponholtz – Watershed Artisans, Inc.

Brenton Kelly – Quail Springs’ Land Steward, Farm Advisor & Restoration
Program Director

Neil Bertrando – R T Permaculture Designer

Quail Springs Permaculture invites you to learn about what constitutes
regenerative landscape design & restoration. Craig’s workshops offer an
understanding of the science of water on the landscape.

This 5-day Regenerative Water Harvesting & Land Restoration training
offers hands-on experience in the assessment, design and construction of
an on-going restorative and regenerative watershed project with intensive
immersion and experiential training in:

-  Healing degraded land by harvesting runoff
-  Reading the landscape and making informed decisions
-  Recognizing the symptoms and causes of degraded land
-  Identifying regenerative natural processes
-  Understanding how humans affect and are affected by the landscape and
-  Designing resilient solutions
-  Understanding management options for degraded land
-  Deciding what is doable and what should be done first
-  Planning and preparing to complete a successful project
-  Maintaining a project and ensuring its long-term success

Participants will learn skills needed to do high quality work that will
stand up to natural processes over time. These skills will serve a wide
spectrum of people and professions, from backyard restorationists to
farmers and land managers. Craig Sponholtz believes in doing it right the
first time and spends extra time with students on projects to ensure that
they understand the subtleties of the work being done. Emphasis on quality
ultimately fosters immense pride of a beautiful job well done.

"Craig Sponholtz’s Applied Watershed Restoration courses are a must. I was
very impressed with the thoroughness, hands-on learning, and Craig’s deep
knowledge – based on years of real-life experiences. The strategies taught
are simple and effective. They build on natural patterns so you work with
natural processes not against them. This way nature does the bulk of the
work once the structures are in place. I highly recommend these courses
for anyone working with the land and water."  - Brad Lancaster, author of
Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond


Course Cost:
$750 (includes camping and meals)
$650 *EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT* until September 1, 2015

For more information and to register:

Contact with questions:
Danielle Brehmer,, 805-886-7239

* Financial aid in the form of payment plans and limited partial
scholarships by application.  Inquire early.


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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 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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Create Your Own Water-Wise Home & Landscape, Book talk, Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7:30pm at L.A. Eco-Village

With simple plumbing alterations and smart landscape changes, every home has the potential to create a sustainable water supply with an ecologically productive landscape. From reusing greywater, to collecting rainwater, to installing waterless composting toilets, our collective efforts can transform our home water systems.


This accessible guide–The Water-Wise Home: How to Conserve, Capture, and Reuse Water in Your Home and Landscape–by Laura Allen, founder of Greywater Action, explains how to use water smartly and efficiently, increasing supply, saving money, reducing wear on your septic system, and fulfilling your home and garden needs. She describes proven conservation techniques, explains how to create a water-wise landscape, and provides illustrated, step-by-step instructions for setting up a waterless composting toilet as well as systems to reuse greywater, harvest rainwater, and more.  The book also includes national trends, codes and regulations, costs, health and safety considerations, and system examples


From the Back Cover

Even as severe droughts become more common and the water crisis heats up worldwide, you can radically reduce water use in your own home. Laura Allen is your expert guide to building systems that conserve and reuse water while saving money and meeting the needs of your home and garden. These practical, low-tech solutions are an essential part of our new water future.

About L.A. Eco-Villager Laura Allen

Laura Allen 2015 for book promotionLaura Allen is cofounder of Greywater Action ( and has spent many years exploring low-tech, sustainable water solutions. She leads classes and workshops, including the first training program for professional greywater installers, and participates in writing state-level greywater and composting toilet codes. She lives in the Los Angeles Eco-Village and has facilitated the installation of many greywater systems in LAEV.



Date and Time:      
Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7:30pm

Los Angeles Eco-Village
117 Bimini Pl – Lobby
Los Angeles  90004


Book will be available for sale:  Story Press, 2015, $25



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Urban Soil Carbon Water Summit, February 24-25, 2015 at the Natural History Museum, Los Angeles

Conference website:  *

Living Soil +Carbon Sequestration + Native Plants = soil security = water security.

Twenty prominent presenters over two days in dialogue with Summit attendees will share strategies for:

• Restoring urban soils

• Reducing drought

• Creating a more verdant and economically viable city, and

• Sequestering carbon in the soil biome to reverse climate change.

Here in the City of Angels is the beginning of the collaboration with the billions of angels in the soil biome beneath our feet  to restore the soils of America’s urban environments.

The Summit host, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, located in Exposition Park, near downtown Los Angeles, seeks to inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds and empower the widest possible audience to enjoy, value and become stewards of the living Earth. The Museum believes that human beings are connected — to each other, to communities, to other species, and to the Earth.

As humans increasingly influence natural systems, it is critical that we understand these relationships. Therefore, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has donated all facilities and resources  during this Summit in order to spark the necessary dialogue around urban soil and water security.

Spend some time wandering in the beautiful gardens.    Learn more about the Museum at:

See conference website for sponsors and registration:

* not to be confused with the Urban Soil-Tierra Urbana Limited Equity Housing Cooperative in Los Angeles Eco-Village

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