SunArise Permaculture Action Course

July 31 - August 3 | 2017

The Permaculture Action Course is a comprehensive program that will take you through the permaculture design process; touching on soils, water, forest gardening, appropriate technology, and several other aspects of whole systems design.


With a focus on catalyzing social transformation, you will learn techniques for regenerating ecology and explore community building through action-oriented organizing.

With experts in their respective fields teaching Natural Building, Rainwater Harvesting, Earthworks, Forest Gardening and more, this course will leave you with the practical tools to actually start building the world you want to live in. This course will lead into an on-site Permaculture Action Day before the Arise Music Festival and will incorporate the theme of exploring large, temporary human gatherings such as festivals and the long-term positive impact they can have on the land.

Course description

Course: Monday, July 31st, to Wednesday, August 2nd.
Action Day: Thursday, August 3rd.

The course will include three days of full-on permaculture education and community building, including:

  • permaculture design process
  • rainwater harvesting and earthworks
  • introduction to permaculture
  • natural building and appropriate technology
  • regenerative tools and techniques
  • permaculture gardening and food forestry
  • applying ecological principles
  • social permaculture
  • community organizing methods
  • soils and composting


Attendance is limited to 30 students! Secure your ticket today!

Cost: $379 ($199 registration plus $60 a night (three nights: $180) camping fee.

Ticket includes:

  • A three-day permaculture intensive course followed by a Permaculture Action Day, all on the festival site at Sunrise Ranch
  • Festival Early Arrival Access (with first choice of camping for the whole week)
  • Three organic meals per day, Monday through Wednesday (breakfast included on Thursday, Aug. 3, but not on Monday, July 31)
  • On-site camping

Arrival and check-in: 8-9 a.m. Monday, July 31st (early arrival on July 30th is available for $75 extra).

First session begins at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 31st.

All participants in the Action Course and Action Day must depart the west side of the valley by 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3, and may enter the festival with an ARISE Music Festival wrist band.

Action Day description

Thursday, August 3rd, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE!!

The 2017 SunArise Permaculture Action Day will be focused for the third consecutive year  in the Permaculture Orchard at Sunrise Ranch. We will be integrating principles and techniques explored during the three-day SunArise Permaculture Class on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, leading up to the Action Day on Thursday, August 3. During the Action Day, we will be planting, mulching, building stone walkways, finishing our cob oven, constructing a timber-framed archway, applying Biodynamic and mycorrhizal inoculants, and more! Come join us for a day of community building, live music, complimentary lunch and grounding through practical applications of holistic wisdom. This event is open to the public with limited positions available, so register now and we will see you there!

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