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Living with the Forest: An Ecocultural Land Stewardship Intensive

February 8 @ 4:00 pm - February 11 @ 5:00 pm


Thursday February 8th to Sunday February 11th, 2018

INSTRUCTORS: Tao Orion and Heron Brae

The Willamette Valley region offers a unique mix of conifer forest and oak savanna ecosystems. Although many old-growth conifers and oaks have been cleared to make room for industrial forestry and agriculture, opportunities abound to actively participate in rekindling the biodiversity of these ecosystems. This three-day intensive will use lecture and hands-on projects to delve into the principles and practices of developing a culture of regenerative forest and land stewardship in this special place. We will discuss different approaches to land management, investigate our personal relationship to the land, learn ecosystem assessment skills, and chart a path towards sensitive and sustainable use of forest ecosystems in our region.

LOCATION: Aprovecho

TUITION: $400 Tuition, $300 Low Income. This workshop includes all food and lodging. Partial work trade may be available on an individual basis. 


To reserve a spot in this workshop, submit your payment and fill out the registration form below. If you have questions before registering please contact Tao Orion at taoorion@gmail.com.

If paying by check, please make it out to Aprovecho and send it to:

Aprovecho ~ C.O. Living with the Forest

80574 Hazelton Rd. Cottage Grove, Oregon 97424

You may also use the Paypal service provided below.


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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAABOUT TAO: Tao Orion is a permaculture designer, teacher, homesteader, and mother living in the southern Willamette Valley of Oregon. She teaches permaculture design at Oregon State University and at Aprovecho. Tao consults on holistic farm, forest, and restoration planning through Resilience Permaculture Design, LLC. She holds a degree in agroecology and sustainable agriculture from UC Santa Cruz, and her interest in restoration was piqued when studying botany, wildcrafting, and herbalism at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies in Eugene, Oregon. She has a keen interest in integrating the disciplines of organic agriculture, sustainable land-use planning, ethnobotany, and ecosystem restoration in order to create beneficial social, economic, and ecological outcomes. When she is not writing, she is busy keeping up with her toddler and wrangling a diverse array of plants and animals on her 6.5-acre homestead, Viriditas Farm.

heronABOUT HERON: Heron Brae is an Oregon-born botanist, folk herbalist, and rewilder. She has studied the magic, art, and science of wild plants and landscapes since 1997, and holds a BS in botany and ecology from the Evergreen State College. She teaches programs in botany, herbalism, wildcrafting, and wild food tending at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies in Eugene. As a rewilder, she has collaborated on community living and forest tending projects with a cultural change focus. Her land-tending work is highly influenced by the work of Hazel (Tom Ward) of Siskiyou Permaculture and Finisia Medrano of The Sacred Hoop, as well as by the wildcrafting ethics and curriculum of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. Her independent research revolves around creating sustainable interdependent cultures grounded in place, with humans remembering how to be an intimately connected part of the ecosystem. Her work as a teacher provides spaces for people to relearn our human place of belonging in the wild through direct experience, practical skill-building, scientific knowledge, nature awareness, and emotional connection. Check out more about Heron at botanicalstudies.net  and heronbrae.com.


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February 8 @ 4:00 pm
February 11 @ 5:00 pm
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80574 Hazelton Rd.
Cottage Grove, 97424
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