Talks & Sponsored Events

Social Forestry Book Events

Social Forestry: Tending the Land as People of Place, by Tomi Hazel Vaarde of Siskiyou Permaculture, is being released April 25th.

Wednesdays, June 7 and 21
Book Sales, conversation and signing
Ruch Farmers Market, Longsword Winery
A Greater Applegate booth
4-7 pm

Village Building Convergence
Social Forestry event
Bridgespace ~ 133 SE Madison
Thursday, June 15, Doors at 4.30 pm Meal at 6 pm
5 pm Elemental film screening
7 pm speakers, including keynote with Hazel on Zoom

Keynote Presentation & New Book Release: Hazel Ward (they/them) on Social Forestry, Climate, Biodiversity and Chuck Willer from Coast Range Association

VBC23 is proud to announce that the Cascadia Bioregion’s permaculture “Teacher of Teachers”, Hazel Ward (they/them) will be our keynote speaker of the evening. Beloved by their many students and countless communities across the western states, Hazel will be presenting timely and vital theories and practices concerning Social Forestry, it’s historical practice and essential benefits for all human and non-human communities. On this evening we will also have a limited number of Hazel’s new book on this topic available for sale.

Read more about the book.


TOPIC: Tending the Land as People of Place
Saturday, December 2, 2023
Ashland Venue To be Announced

Courses and Workshops

October 21-26, 2023,

Advanced permaculture course
Wolf Gulch Farm, little Applegate

Basic surveying and layout are essential skillsets for every farmer, homesteader, designer and consultant.  In this 6 day course, Hazel teaches the use of analog (non-battery operated) surveying tools, along with advanced skills in keyline, pond and swale layout, mapping and other core knowledge necessary for design and execution of permaculture projects.  Full Course Description.

Course Price: $850, includes camping, bring your own food. Early registration $750 until Sept.21, 2023.

Internship Program, by Application only
Dec. 2-12, 2023
Wolf Gulch Farm, little Applegate

In this experiential work opportunity, you will join Hazel at their homestead and social forestry experimental station for 6 days of forestry and natural building using hand tools. 4-6 hour work days will be combined with discussions and group food preparation and camp maintenance.  Full Internship Description.

Cost $250, includes camping. Interns bring their own food.  Interns should have either taken the Social Forstry course or read the whole Social Forestry book. Contact us for more information or application.

Jan. 20-25, 2024
Wolf Gulch Farm, little Applegate

Social Forestry connects villages and communities to their forested water catchment basin. Here in a developed industrial empire, the forests are lonely. We have lost our sense of living with forests as friends. We will explore reconnecting with forests through ecological knowledge, the use of hand tools and woodscrafts, seasonal festivals and work cycles, childrens’ stories, pilgrimages and stewardship covenants. We will learn ecological assessment, carbon sequestration methods, restoration forestry and the crafts and products that can be enjoyed while we are re-establishing our heart space and wonder in the woods.   Full Course Description.

Course Price: $850, includes camping, bring your own food. Early registration until Dec. 20, 2023: $800. This course has sold out for the last few years, so register early.

Next Date TBA, Ashland Oregon

This PDC is held over 6 weekends.  This is the permaculture certificate course offered around the world with lots of local flavor included.  This course is taught by Hazel, Karen Taylor and Melanie Mindlin plus special guests.  Full Course Description.

Course Price for 2022 was $850. Early registration $750.

Unscheduled Courses

Reanimate Acorn Culture
Weekend Workshop with Jon Carlson and Melanie Mindlin
Foots Creek Rd., Gold Hill

Explore balanoculture with stories and information on the history of oaks and acorn use, acorn nutrition and recipes. Gather, sort, shell, grind, leach and cook with us.  Full Workshop Description.

Cost $100-150, sliding scale includes camping. Bring your own food.  Some accommodations available.

Intermediate Permaculture Workshop

Gain confidence in your design skills with this workshop focused on permaculture site assessment and conceptual design for a site that includes many components of permaculture such as forestry, farming, water catchment and/or community involvement.  This 3-4 day workshop is offered at the intermediate level.  Full Course Description.



This botany course is a 6-day field intensive designed to be an esential part of training for stewards of earth repair, practitioners of Social Forestry or simply an opportunity to delve into the world of plants.  We will look at plants within their ecological and ethnobotanical contexts, exploring the eco-tones of our laboratory: the Little Applegate valley within the bio-region of the Siskiyous. Through storytelling, drawing, plant walks, discussion and botanical survey, we will hone our observation skills, gain fluency in identifying plants, use plan family key recognition chracteristics and build aptitude with analog plant identification resources.  In this field immersion, we will experience coming into relationship with the plant workd with all our senses.  Full Course Description.



If you or your organization are curious about permaculture, but are not ready or able to take the whole Permaculture Design Course, we can offer an introduction tailored to your region or organization.  An introduction can be anything from 2 hours to 2 days.  More information about the Introduction to Permaculture.


Optical Surveying for Earthworks and Water
Oct. 21-26, Wolf Gulch

Annual Storytelling: Tending The Land as People of Place
Dec. 2

Winter Camp Forestry Internship
Dec 2-12, Wolf Gulch

Social Forestry
Jan 20-25, 2024