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. Please contact us at if you have any questions, or call us at 831-288-2090.
Class sessions are Fridays noon to 7 PM, Saturdays 9 AM to 7 PM,  and
Sundays 9 AM to 5 PM. 

2021/2 Dates and Topics
April 23-25: Breaking Ground 
breath, soil, nourishment, ecotones & edges, principles & patterns, soil inoculants, compost strategies, sheet mulching 
June 18-20:Radical Roots 
sleep, water, earthworks for water infiltration, seeds, bioremediation, rainwater roof catchment, swales and berms
August 13-15: Emergence 
movement, agroforestry, treestranspiration, pollination, plant guilds, place making, awe, tree guild planting, personal energy
October 8-10: Full Flower 
creativity, invisible structures, regenerative economics, land access and policy, urban permaculture, bioregionalism, grey water systems
December 3-5: Fruitful Harvest
connection, ancestors, preparing for catastrophe, animals, urban permaculture, energy creation, congruence
February 25-27: Cycle Propagation 
healing, homesteading, pruning, fermentation, food as medicine, 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 February 28: $1395 / After February 28: $1595
  • Full-Time Teacher / Student / Elder: $1295 / $1395
  • Second Person in a Couple / Family: $1195 / $1295
  • Groups - please inquire at
Register here for more information about upcoming workshops, introductory session or the complete Vital Cycles program.
You can also contact Anne and Lydia  directly at or (831) 288-2090 

About the Instructors:

Anne and Lydia bring together extensive backgrounds in community health and permaculture education and activism. Curiosity about and study of Alchemy and Biodynamic herbs inspires a deep integration of the health of the land and the health of the individual. We have an action-based perspective that highlights skills, practices and resources necessary for growth, creativity, and vitality in person and place.

Anne Freiwald, MPH: Personal health and permaculture educator and design consultant, working for over 27 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. 

In addition to this year long course, Anne and Lydia also offer permaculture landscape design consultations as well as signature and custom educational courses. Contact for more information.