With Warren Brush

December 6-10, 2017

San Luis Obispo | California


Join international educator, Warren Brush, with a dynamic teaching team, in San Luis Obispo, California. Learn about earthworks and hydration strategies for ecological farming, land restoration, water harvesting and earth reparation for agroecosystem stability... 


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Worldwide, topsoil erosion averages 30 to 40 tons per hectare (2.5 acres) a year or 30- to 40- times faster than the replacement rate of topsoil. The need for people is growing daily with hands-on skills in hydrological restoration and the integration of farming utilizing the principles that lead to ecological stability. Whether you are working on your own landscape, farm, or as a consultant, this course will grow your skills in the appropriate design and construction of structures that will reduce erosion, increase productivity, harvest & store water, and create resiliency in the ecologies that sustain us.  

The program offers an overview of: 

  • Ethics and principles of permaculture as applied to land restoration and regenerative design
  • Land component identification
  • Natural patterning in farm application
  • Water harvesting, drought-proofing and erosion mitigation systems applications
  • Natural patterning classification and an introduction to Fluvial Geomorphology
  • Earthworks & soil renovation techniques and machinery applications.  
  • Planting structures and guild development 

The following systems will be explained and participants will be able to assist in surveying, mapping and construction of various elements of:

  • Swales
  • Soil Armoring
  • Dams
  • Anti-evaporation structures
  • Water flow harvest structures
  • Keyline Plow 
  • Erosion mitigation structures



A major component of this course will be hands-on skill development where we will develop on-site earthworks with large earthmoving equipment: 

  • Landform discovery and mapping
  • Water flow calculation
  • Use of survey equipment
  • Soil testing for earthworks
  • Construction flagging                                     
  • Working appropriately with equipment operators  
  • Equipment overview and application
  • Large swale development and systems linking
  • System planting and commissioning
  • Dam surveying 
  • Additional hydration strategies

Tuition Cost:

$895 Early Bird Special until October 1, 2017

$1050 after October 1, 2017


For more information or if you have any additional questions, please contact Kelly at

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