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. 

Tons of resources in the Pacific Northwest as well. I've heard good things about Hawthorne Institute in Oregon and Adiantum School in Seattle.  Blue Wind School based in NorCal is another popular one. 


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.