In my own personal journey of becoming a more ecologically-conscious individual, I've realized the importance of getting my hands dirty and learning new skills. To change this world and adapt to a changing climate, we have to build more resilient communities. That task starts with ourselves. Here is a list of resources that I have either been to and visited (noted with *) or have heard good things about and bookmarked:
Permaculture: the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient
*Finca Tierra (Costa Rica): Tropical agroforesty homestead run by a lovely couple. This is where I got my permaculture design certificate and I highly recommend it.
*Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (Colorado): Based in the Rocky Mountains, Jerome has the oldest food forest in the United States. He also specializes in passive greenhouse technologies.
*Quail Springs Permaculture (California): Located in the high desert of California, Quail Springs is a gem in Maricopa, California.
*Radical Mycology: Peter holds a variety of workshops across the United States on mushroom farming.
Greenwave (New York): Ocean permaculture by way of growing kelp and shellfish in a multi-trophic system.
Rancho Mastatal (Costa Rica): Year-long immersive permaculture apprenticeship on the Pacific side of Costa Rica.
Taiwan Permaculture Institute: Permaculture has reached Taiwan!
Foraging/Herbalism/Wildcrafting: how to use plants
*Urban Outdoor Skills (Los Angeles): Pascal is largely focused on culinary potential of wild plants.
*School of Self-Reliance (Los Angeles): A classic. Christopher is focused on the survivalist aspects of wild plants and how to build shelter, fire, and weapons.
Maine Primitive Skills School (Maine): I'm incredibly jealous of the people who live in Maine. This looks incredible.
*Patrick's Wild Mushroom Adventures (NorCal): Super knowledgable and seasoned mushroom forager.
Natural Building: buildings that are accomplished with the use of natural materials primarily, as opposed to the use of man-made or industrial materials
SunDog School of Natural Building (California): a natural building school rooted in earthen material.
CalEarth (California): Superadobe home workshops.
Earthships (New Mexico): Building homes out of recycled materials.
Miscellaneous: other people doing cool shit
NorCal Community Resilience Network (Bay Area, California): Makes me wish I lived in NorCal.
*Oglala Lakota Cultural & Economic Revitalization Initiative (South Dakota): Initiative to restore resilience, self-sufficiency, economic independence, and cultural revival among the Lakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
*California Naturalist Program: I did a week-long intensive course at Camp Ocean Pines. This program helps you get rooted in the diverse ecology of California and how to communicate that to the masses.
Wonder Domes (California): My friend is building these earthen domes for artists in the Mojave Desert.
*Crescent Farm @ LA Arboretum (Los Angeles): A water-harvesting demonstration farm in the LA Arboretum that uses swales, hugelkultur, and lasagna mulching.
*Solution Craft (California): An awesome dude who travels around demonstrating solar cooking technologies.
*Theodore Payne Foundation (Los Angeles): The largest native plant nursery in Los Angeles.
*Ocean Safari Scuba (Los Angeles): Who I do most of my dives in California with. Extremely knowledgable and caring staff.