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 2020 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 5-7: 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: Passionate personal health and permaculture educator focusing on growing food in small spaces, working for over 25 years with individuals and communities on personal ecology and community resilience. 

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