How do we intentionally design our lives and  landscapes in balance with natural and human  cycles to create thriving selves, families, and  communities in a vibrant, natural world?
The Vital Cycles Year:
Join us for six, three-day weekends throughout the year weaving together 
permaculture design and personal ecology on a beautiful permaculture homestead in Soquel, CA. Please contact us at if you have any questions. 
Class sessions are Fridays noon to 7 PM, Saturdays 9 AM to 7 PM,  and
Sundays 9 AM to 5 PM. 

2020 Dates and Topics
February 14-16: Breaking Ground 

breath, soil, nourishment, ethics, principles, patterns 
April 24-26: Radical Roots 
sleep, water, earthworks, seeds, nature, bioremediation, climate
June 19-21: Emergence 
movement, agroforestry, trees, communication, plant guilds, awe
August 14-16: Full Flower 
creativity, invisible structures, policy, economics, land access
October 9-11: Fruitful Harvest
connection, catastrophe, animals, urban permaculture, energy 
December 4-6: Cycle Propagation 
healing, homesteading, pruning, planning, design project presentations
This is a PINA recognized Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and includes over 40 hours of 
additional materials and practice on Personal Ecology through Vital Life Skills.
  • Before December 31: $1295 / After December 31: $1495
  • Full-Time Teacher / Student / Elder: $1195 / $1295
  • Second Person in a Couple / Family: $1195 / $1295
  • Groups - please inquire at
Register for a free Introductory Session or the Complete Vital Cycles Program.
To learn more and hear about upcoming events and trainings contact Anne and Lydia at or (831) 288-2090 

About the Instructors:

Anne Freiwald, MPH: Personal health and permaculture educator and design consultant focusing on growing food in small spaces, working for over 25 years with individuals and communities on personal and community resilience. 

Lydia Neilsen: PINA certified permaculture educator, landscape and habitat designer, specializing in water cycle restoration and passionate polyculture.