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Tread softly, for this is holy ground;
It may be, could we look with seeing eyes,
this spot we stand on is Paradise.
~ Christina Rossetti

Do you dream of living simply?


Yes, you dream of wholeness and living in tune with the rhythms of the earth. You want to get connected to your food, its production, preparation and its sharing. You dream of village harmony, rhythm and connection. You crave traditional wisdom, the real thing: food, family, community and connection. Maybe you’d even like to create a livelihood from sound principles of sustainability.

But right now, it all seems overwhelming.

If you’re like most aspiring villagers, at some point you probably find yourself feeling overwhelmed, working a job that doesn’t fulfill you, feeding your family food that doesn’t nourish them, or stalling on the next stage of development because you’re not quite sure how to go about it even though you know in every cell of your body that simplicity and sustainability are the way of the future.

You know you want to increase your self-sufficiency.

But you feel paralyzed. It seems impossible to find the time or know the right place to start. You may have had chickens in the past and they all got eaten by racoons, or coyotes and it feels like too much work to do it all over again just for a few eggs. Maybe you’ve joined a forum or listserve to get some feedback and build a sense of community. Maybe you even have a real live farm, but are exhausted and overwhelmed. Despite your best intentions, you’re still feeling discouraged, or stuck, or isolated.


I know how it feels.

I’m a city girl. My mother tells the story of when she asked me where orange juice comes from and I said, You squeeze the can. Ya. I get the, not knowing the first thing feeling well.

When my family and I became interested in Food and Farming as adults, we were convinced that we needed to find a way to move to the country before we could have a farm. We would pore over Self-Sufficiency books for hours dreaming of the day when we could escape and begin our country farmer’s dream.

But then we realized we could start right in our own backyard.

As we got started, we quickly realized that much of the “organic farming” information and education is complicated and overwhelming. Tracking zones, researching companion plants, soil testing etc. was just too much for us while raising 2 young children. We also found a lot of the sustainability gurus were quite alarmist. We didn’t want to live in fear of the end of the world. We wanted to live filled with hope and inspiration. We wanted connection and joy.

So, we set out to find our own way.

And now we make a living as farmers and cultural creatives over at Tierra Soul Urban farm & Guesthouse. We are able to stay home with our kids and have manifested a world where hundreds of people each season come to experience the magic of Lazy-Lady Living in person.

I wanted to share this all with you so you can use your own cultural creativity and whatever piece of earth you inhabit to make a better world.



That is why I created Lazy-Lady Living

I have taken my knowledge of Permaculture Design Principles and combined it with my experience as an urban farmer over the last 10 years as well as with Nutrition and Traditional, Sacred & Healing Foods. Add to that, a deep sense of simplicity, sustainability and cultural repair, and you have Lazy-Lady Living, an 8 week comprehensive course that will introduce you to a whole new paradigm of food and farming, culture and community. I promise.

What you need is inspiration . . .

not another list of to-do’s. You need balance, and a system for self-sufficiency that includes others. You need a model that reduces work and expands your sense of peace and harmony without compromising your leisure and pursuit of the Good Life.

Freedom from how-to overwhelm…

Universally, the Permaculture Design Course is philosophical and design oriented and actually avoids offering too much situation specific how-to information. Instead, it focuses on foundational philosophy and principles that can be applied anywhere in any situation to make it doable without any how-to guidelines.

The goal is to become part of nature rather than a “thinking” and separate force. This takes time and observation. There are no short cuts to true sustainability. Nothing short of a paradigm shift is necessary and part of that is getting away from rules and “the right way” and moving toward experimentation and connection to nature.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.  ~ W. B. Yeats


What to Expect:

Lazy-Lady Living is an 8 week comprehensive program:

  • As soon as you enroll, you will have access to the Lazy-Lady Village, a private virtual salon where you will go for all your course content and instructions.
  • You will have immediate access to carefully crafted video instruction that you can watch at your own pace and as many times as you desire.
  • Once you are inside you will be invited to join our super secret LLL Facebook Group for some really awesome community hangin’ out and assignment sharing/discussion.
  • Included are targeted reading assignments and exercises to help you integrate the material and put it into practice.

Join a group:

Once or twice a year we hold a group run-through of the course. This way you will have the chance to make connections and ask all your questions of the Arias Clan (including Hettie Quackers of course). Once you have enrolled you are free to join any and every future group run-through at no extra charge.

The next group LLL run-through starts October 6th
Enrollment deadline is September 30th at 5pm

Lifetime Access:

On top of all that, you will also have lifetime access to the LLL course material for as long as it is available (including all future upgrades, additions and improvements) which we hope is a very long time! You can watch it over and over as many times as you like and participate in any special events or meetings we hold for the group.



Course Overview by Week

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You can live simply and sustainably too!

Even if you’re a rank beginner, a depressed veteran looking for fresh inspiration, don’t have a scrap of land or are an overwhelmed mama just trying to hold it together, Lazy-Lady Living will help you get some perspective and make a realistic and inspirational plan.

My family has been urban farming and immersing ourselves in traditional foods for over 10 years and this course includes the philosophy behind it all. We have specifically designed Lazy-Lady Living to take the stress and overwhelm out of farming.

That’s the Lazy part. We strive to do as little work as is possible for the greatest benefit and that is what the course is about – making your life simpler, easier, lazier.

Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars. ~Serbian Proverb


Is Lazy-Lady Living for you?


Who Lazy-Lady Living is for:

  • Mothers and Fathers who want to be more connected to the earth and its wisdom.
  • Families wanting to increase their self-sufficiency and interdependence.
  • People with a farming dream . . . or reality.
  • People with access to land, or people with no land of their own.
  • People who have never taken a Permaculture Design Course.
  • People who have a PDC and want to expand and go deeper.
  • People who don’t have the time or money to travel for a live Permaculture Design Course.

Who Lazy-Lady Living is not for (read these carefully):

  • People who think Permaculture is about being uber-frugal and self-sufficient. We are aiming for generosity and interdependence.
  • People who are only interested in the agriculture part of permaculture. We love the Social/Spiritual aspect as well.
  • People who would rather learn this all via books and Google and don’t mind wading through the morass of un-lazy advice.
  • People committed to vegan or vegetarianism. This course encourages conscious omnivorous-ness.
  • People who want one-on-one instruction or someone to spoon feed them. Lazy-Lady Living will change your life if you do the work, but it won’t do the work for you. Lazy-Lady Living is for self-directed learners, people who can take the ball and run with it.
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  • In order to maintain free international calling, LLL Q&As do NOT work with Linnux.



Enroll Now!


The next group LLL run-through starts October 6th
Enrollment deadline is September 30th at 5pm

We accept payments through PayPal only. PayPal accepts your bank account, debit and/or all major credit cards.
You don’t need a PayPal account. Just click the small pay without a PayPal account link in the payment window.

Once you make your payment you will receive instructions on how to find and access our secret private course website.
When you login for the first time there will be an orientation exercise waiting for you!

There are two ways to pay for Lazy-Lady Living:
By completing your payment you are agreeing to our Terms of Service.

One payment of $897


Three payments of $300

Due Amount
At checkout $300.00 USD
Every 1 month (x 2) $300.00 USD
Total $1,000.00 USD
* We calculate payments from the date of checkout.


If you have any questions or problems enrolling please Contact Us!
* Book costs will be under $200 USD if you are in the USA for required texts.

Once you are in the course you will have the option of adding a Permaculture Design Certificate for $400

Add a LIVE option!

We are working on adding a live option for all LLL graduates. Stay tuned, it’s gonna be amazing!


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If you have any questions or problems enrolling please Contact Us!

* Book costs will be under $200 USD if you are in the USA for required texts.

Once you are in the course you will have the option of adding a Permaculture Design Certificate for $400. If you complete this option we will include you in our listing of LLL Permaculture Design Certificate graduates.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
~ Margaret Mead

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What is it worth to you?

Most Permaculture Design Courses cost between $2000 and $3000 plus travel and accommodation costs ranging from $200 to $3000 and they don’t include many of the LLL unique aspects of Cultural Repair. In comparison Lazy-Lady Living is a bargain.

We have been doing this for a long-a@$ time and want to help you cut to the quick and get your inner farmer released so you can start changing the world one garden, one choice, one neighborhood at a time! Let’s do it!

What are you waiting for? Join the revolution!

Our Guarantee. Try LLL for up to 30 days (from your first day of enrollment), do all the homework, and if it’s not for you for any reason, we will refund your money in full.

Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions? Please contact me and we’ll get them sorted out!

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We need the tonic of wilderness. ~ Henry David Thoreau
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