Our programs are led by a consortium of leading teachers and practitioners in the Asheville area & beyond. Our goal is to inspire participants to walk their talk in their own lives, backyards & communities by putting what they learn into practice, thus creating a more resilient & regenerative world. Programs are listed below in order of length, ie: from 12 month to 3 day workshops. Locations & hosts vary. Click on links for details.


2017 PROGRAMS

[6 month] RESILIENT LIVING RESIDENTIAL INTERNSHIPS. Year-round in Asheville, NC. Three interns live at, and work with, Ashevillage Sanctuary & Institute for six months at a time. Work 35 hours per week focusing on a variety of tasks, from hands-on gardening and homesteading projects; to hospitality and house care; to administrative and outreach support — getting to experience the full spectrum of what we do. Read more.


[2.5 week] PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE, Certified. Learn systems-thinking and ethics-based approaches to observing and creating bio-diverse environments for people and planet. Learn principles, patterns, zones, sectors, micro-climates, site analysis, mapping and presenting as strategies for creating landscape design that enhances resilience and beauty. Gain your Permaculture Design Certificate. Read more.


[Online] WILD FOOD & FERMENTATION WORKSHOP with Sandor KatzComing in 2018. This comprehensive workshop is led by the world renowned fermentation expert, and New York Times best selling author, Sandor Katz. Along with Sandor, five of Asheville’s top wild food and fermentation experts will take you on field excursions to discover, taste, and learn how to work with wild, nutritional edibles you can find most anywhere. Read more.


PAST PROGRAMS, from 2016

[5 day] RESILIENT LIVING WORKSHOP. April 4-8, 2016, in Asheville. This comprehensive workshop is an overview of the basic skills you’ll need to create a resilient life. Learn from Asheville’s top teachers, gardeners, fermenters, healers, and botanists how to create a thriving, regenerative ecosystem, community, and home. In this workshop you will learn about homesteading, gardening, foraging, fermenting, food preservation, and herbal medicine making skills. If you are an aspiring urban homesteader, naturalist, activist, health professional, or hungry student, you will gain life-long wisdom in this week-long immersion.


[5 day] WILD FOOD & FERMENTATION WORKSHOP with Sandor KatzJune 27 – July 1, 2016, in Asheville. This comprehensive workshop is led by the world renowned fermentation expert, and New York Times best selling author, Sandor Katz. He will lead you in hands-on fermentation projects and classes. Along with Sandor, five of Asheville’s top wild food experts will take you on field excursions to discover, taste, and learn how to work with nutritional edibles you can find most anywhere.


[3.5 day] FOOD AS MEDICINE WORKSHOP.
July 4-7, 2016. [21 hours] You will learn how to preserve and enhance the harvest, add value to food, make delicious goodies, and skill up in hands-on whole food practices. Some projects include vegetable ferments, mead, wine, kombucha, wild greens pesto, mushroom and wild food walks. You will also learn the basics of wild plant identification and harvesting, local medicinal herbs in the landscape, harvesting and drying techniques, and making herbal medicinal teas.


[3.5 day] ORGANIC GARDENING WORKSHOP. July 11-14, 2016. [21 hours] You will learn how to naturally cultivate food and generate living systems as a foundational part of sustaining health, well-being, and life on our planet. You will gain knowledge about gardening and food production strategies including crop planning and planting, soil ecology, fertility and nutrient flow, vegetable, worm and humanure compost systems, mulching and cover cropping, pest & disease management, mushroom cultivation, and the importance of pollinators.


[3.5 day] VILLAGE SETTLEMENTS WORKSHOP. July 18-21, 2016. [21 hours] Learn about different models of ecovillages and Transition Towns. Explore a variety of governance, communication, and facilitation systems. Understand more about how sustainable economics and currency systems work, and alternates to the dominant paradigm. Engage with emerging social and community networks as models for creating a resilient future.


[3.5 day] WISE WATER WORKSHOPJuly 25-28, 2016. [21 hours] You will gain a deeper understanding of this integral part of ecological design and land management. You will learn about how to design on contour with swales, berms, keyline, and terraces. You will gain insight into rainwater catchment and use, stormwater best management, and water conservation practices. You will understand how irrigation, greywater, blackwater, ponds and dams work in a landscape.


[3.5 day] FOOD FORESTS WORKSHOP.
August 1-4, 2016. [21 hours] You will learn about integrated ecological agricultural systems that focus on natural succession, carbon farming (Biochar), and climate resilience. These include holistic land and forest management, agroforestry, milpas, polycultures, plant guilds, perennial plants and propagation, pest and disease management, integrated animal systems for healthy soil, bio- and myco-remediation, and fruit and nut tree tending and grafting.


[3.5 day] RENEWABLE ENERGY WORKSHOP. August 15-18, 2016. [21 hours] You will learn how to help address local and global climate issues by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating necessary transition steps toward a healthier future for life on this planet. You will receive an introduction to solar, hydro, bio-gas, wind, and passive solar design, and discover how these systems fit into integrated infrastructure design. Other topics that you will learn about include energy evaluation & efficiency, retrofits, greenhouse gas emissions measurement and mitigation.


[3.5 day] NATURAL BUILDING WORKSHOP. August 22-25, 2016. [21 hours] You will gain insight in how to design efficient buildings using ecological materials, passive solar techniques, appropriate site selection, and basics of structural integrity. You will also engage in some hands-on natural building methodologies using clay, sand, straw, bamboo, and other affordable materials. Expect introductory-level instruction into natural wall systems and earthen finishes, which will leave you with the basic knowledge to continue learning how to create structures that are beautiful, functional, and place-based.


PAST PROGRAMS, from 2015

PageLines- FoodasMedicineWildFoodFermentationwithSandorKatz.jpgFood As Medicine Series: Wild Food & Fermentation Workshop with Sandor KatzMay 24-30, 2015. This comprehensive workshop is led by the world renowned fermentation expert, and New York Times best selling author, Sandor Katz. He will lead you in daily hands-on fermentation projects and classes. Along with Sandor, five of Asheville’s top wild food experts will take you on field excursions to discover, taste, and learn how to work with nutritional edibles you can find most anywhere.


PageLines- Ashevillage-NourishedKitchenWorkshopwithJennyMcGrutherbanner.jpgFood As Medicine Series: Nourished Kitchen Workshop with Jenny McGruther. August 16-22, 2015. This comprehensive workshop is led by author and award winning blogger, Jenny McGruther. Jenny will guide you in daily hands-on cooking classes, demonstrations, how-to techniques, and lectures on the health-enhancing powers of traditional foods. Five of Asheville’s top homesteading and natural food experts will take you on field excursions to discover, taste, and learn how to how to create your own nourished kitchen and farm-to-table life.


PageLines- Ashevillage-ResilientLivingWorkshop.jpgResilient Living Workshop. October 12-16, 2015. This comprehensive workshop is an overview of the basic skills you’ll need to create a resilient life. Learn from Asheville’s top teachers, gardeners, fermenters, healers, and botanists how to create a thriving, regenerative ecosystem, community, and home. In this workshop you will learn about homesteading, gardening, foraging, fermenting, food preservation, and herbal medicine making skills. If you are an aspiring urban homesteader, naturalist, activist, health professional, or hungry student, you will gain life-long wisdom in this week-long immersion.


PageLines- GardenApprenticeship.jpg[Permaculture Certified] Ashevillage Eco-Urban Homestead & Garden Apprenticeship Program. March 23 – October 23, 2015; Monday – Thursday. We invite you to work with Ashevillage, a one-acre eco-urban homestead and permaculture demonstration site that offers educational workshops. The 2015 apprenticeship program is designed for individuals interested in managing a site like ours, gaining experience in organic gardening, and other topics. Apprentices will learn by doing.


PageLines- Ashevillage-PermacultureCertifiedEco-UrbanHomesteadBuildingApprenticeshipcopy.jpg[Permaculture Certified] Ashevillage Eco-Urban Homestead & Building Apprenticeship Program. March 23 – October 23, 2015; Monday – Thursday. This 2015 Apprenticeship Program is designed for people who are interested in gaining skills and confidence in living water systems, natural building, natural finishes, and carpentry. You will learn on your feet. Work with your hands. Be an active member of a small team in a closely mentored environment.


PageLines- PermacultureSchool-DesignEcologyLivingSkills-medres.jpgPermaculture School: Design Ecology & Living Skills. June 8 – September 2, 2016 + 9 months of personal projects. A yearlong ecological learning journey for those who want to build their Permaculture projects, pathways, and careers. Gain skills in: ecological observation, awareness, ethics, principles & design; wise water stewardship; generative food systems & perennial agriculture; botany, nature awareness, food preservation & herbal medicine-making; natural building, energy assessment & efficiency; personal leadership & business skills; mapping & presentation skills; & more.


Water Retention Landscape Course With Brock DolmanWater Retention Landscape Course. June 2-6, 2015. With Brock Dolman, Director of Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s WATER Institute. Brock co-directs the Wildlands Biodiversity Program, Basins of Relations, and permaculture courses. This water retention landscape course offers basic principles and theory; observations of patterns in nature; techniques for rainwater harvesting including dams, swales, terraces, and keyline; a water retention landscape tour; design considerations for differing soil types, vegetation, watersheds, regions, and climates; overview of aquaculture vs. aquaponics; and more.


Permaculture School - Natural Building Workshop 2015Natural Building Workshop. July 6-10, 2015. This one-week learning experience offers a comprehensive understanding of natural building, and includes classes, slideshows, some hands-on workshops, and a field trip(s). It’s led by a team of instructors with 100+ years of building experience. Participants learn the basics of building using local clay, sand, straw, bamboo, and other abundant and salvaged materials.