Free Class: Permaculture and Preparedness: Learn to Survive and Thrive!

Many permies don't have bug out bags, and many preppers don't have gardens. Thanks to the rapid merging of both groups within the modern survivalist movement, permaculture and preparedness folks are discovering that there's a coherent continuum that starts with short-term self-reliance and grows towards long-term co-sufficiency.

Come learn how to apply the permaculture design process to your emergency and disaster preparedness planning and strategy.

It's a lot of fun to take a hopeful and positive approach to subjects that can be difficult and even scary to confront.

There's infinite joy to be had as you build more safety, security, resilience, and peace of mind into your family life, and it doubles when you're aligning with nature in the process.

In the class we'll cover the following topics and have time for questions and discussion:

Applying permaculture zonation theory to the geography of your emergency supplies

Water in the landscape and the survival rule of three's

Survival sprouting, long term food storage of healthy, organic, living foods

Precedents for redesigning the urban commons to enhance ecology and community resilience

Networking with local disaster preparedness community agencies, organizations, and institutions to promote permaculture based solutions

Guardin the Garden: case studies in tactical permaculture

The class is FREE, donations are optional!

Attendees will receive free Organic Trail Mix samples from Ant Permie's!

What to bring:


Sun shade hat



Seeds to Swap

Optional donation

For more information please call[masked]

Class Instructor: Ben Lawson
Co-founder/Director Gaian Mind Institute
Permaculture and Preparedness Director: Cross Bull Ranch

Ben Lawson is a multimedia designer, national touring musician, columnist, environmental educator, sustainability consultant, and permaculture farmer.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, since age 12 he's been deeply engaged in social and environmental justice movements. He studied Human Ecology and Environmental Anthropology at the University of Oregon until his music career brought him to Los Angeles in 2002.

His passion or the arts, sciences, and technologies of sustainability is in his blood. In the 1970s, at the peak of the "back-to-land" movement, his parents founded the American Village Institute. AVI was a pioneering enterprise non-profit which served as a technical training center that also produced, sold, and distributed tools and equipment for homesteading and farming. The remoteness of the rural eastern Washington site led to AVI's demise, as many weathered utopians flocked back into cities to plug in to the burgeoning digital era.

Ben's life's work has been to continue the legacy of AVI by creating high and low tech training and production centers in and near the urban core. In 2005 he co-founded the Los Angeles based Gaian Mind Institute which helps youth, families, groups, schools, and businesses develop strategies for self-reliance and co-sufficiency.
He's a certified Permaculture Designer, a certified member of the Community Emergency Response Team, and has logged many thousands of combined hours of multidisciplinary fieldwork, self-study, and teaching.

When he's not touring or recording with his indigenous rights advocacy band, he's teaching and consulting in the Los Angeles area and running the new Gaian Mind Institute headquarters located at Cross Bull Ranch in Topanga, CA.

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