Education Programs

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Sustainable Living Workshops 

These offerings are the shortest and easiest way to get a taste for this learning community.  They are offered Wednesday evenings, 7:00-8:30pm.  Resident staff rotate, leading workshops in their areas of expertise in a wide range of topics across personal, social, and ecological sustainability.  A new schedule is put out each month; see the program page for more.  People from offsite and on are encouraged to participate; all fees are by donation.

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Holistic Sustainability Semester

This 3-month program features 3 days per week in classes learning about five sides of sustainability – personal, social, ecological, economic, and worldview.  The Semester is for adults of all ages, and is an immersion experience in the residential community, with extensive opportunity to implement what is learned on class days.  Completing the course earns a student both a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) and aEcovillage Design Education (EDE) certificate.

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Three-Month Permaculture Design Course

Interns, Lost Valley residents, and commuters from the surrounding area have the option of taking a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course at Lost Valley, with one class session per week for 12 weeks.  This is an add-on for interns and a stand-alone course for LVites and neighbors.  This PDC course follows the established international standard of 72 hours of contact time with qualified instructors, including a group design project that brings together everything the students have learned.  The course runs once each in the spring, summer, and fall.

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EarthQuest Youth Camps in Sustainability

EarthQuest is a year-round, unique educational experience for school groups from 5th grade through high school.  Students are taught the conceptual and practical, through indoor lessons and outdoor hands-on activities, by resident Lost Valley instructors.  There are a number of fully-developed curricula for school administrators to choose from.  In the 4-day flagship Holistic Sustainability program, students explore all three layers of personal, social, and environmental sustainability; other curricula focus deeply on one of those three elements, or primitive skills.

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