Do you dream of being a farmer?
…of living simply and in tune with the rhythms of the earth? Yes, you want to get connected to your food, its production, preparation and its sharing. You dream of village harmony, rhythm and connection without being in denial, pretending there are no problems, or trying to be nice when you really don’t see eye to eye with your neighbor. You crave traditional wisdom and simple living. You want the real thing: shared goat herding and milking, backyard eggs and poultry, community and connection, shared meals and an end to the isolation of parenting – for REAL.
But right now, you are not really sure where to start.
You’ve heard of Permaculture Design, but you’re not really sure what it’s about, how it’s unique. 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. Or maybe you associate Permaculture with scarcity and deprivation and really resist a life of limits.
You know you want to increase your self-sufficiency.
But, if you’re like most people, 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.
We know how it feels.
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 ignores the deeper aspect of “sustainability.” It doesn’t really tackle issues of birth, death, and personal transformation, village evolution, and spiritual centered-ness.
While they might consider political and social responsibility they often miss the soul-seeking needed to live closely with others. On the other hand some voices in the sustainability movement keep a tight grip on being right, ignoring the essential principle of non-judgement inherent in true self-direction and village living.
As we looked around we knew we didn’t want to emulate a life of deprivation and scarcity or alarmist thinking. No, we wanted abundance and positivity. We wanted connection and joy. So, we set out to find our own way.
And now we’re rocking the house. 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.
We want 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, right here. Right now.
That is why we created Lazy-Lady Living
Lazy-Lady Living combines our knowledge of Permaculture Design, Value-Added Farming, Nutrient Density, un-chees-ey Ceremony and Ritual, Contemplation of the Cycle of Life and Death, Trauma Resolution, Myth and Storytelling, Recovery of the Ancestral-Self and un-ending, but lasting Personal and Collective Transformation.
Check out more testimonials and media coverage here!
Lazy-Lady Living is different:
Much of the resources available for people wanting sustainability are either chock full of rules and fear-based guilt-inducing dogma OR they are just watered down superficial appropriations that have lost their ring of truth. They can often lead to isolating self-righteousness and/or guilt if you’re not measuring up.
What you need is inspiration . . .
without all the pressure, balance and a system for self-sufficiency that includes others without compromising your own space and autonomy. You need a model that reduces work and expands your sense of peace and harmony.
Our intention in creating Lazy-Lady Living is to create a unique sustainability course for modern times, the one you’ve been waiting for, the comprehensive, community based, virtual and fun course to get you started and seasoned on the path to sustainability…. without compromising your leisure and pursuit of the Good Life.
In fact, it is our aim to help you increase your fun factor, to play more, enjoy more and still get more of all that farming / save-the-world stuff done.
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.
What to Expect:
Lazy-Lady Living is a 12 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 community hangin’ out.
- Every week you will receive carefully crafted video instruction that you can watch at your own pace during the week.
- You will also receive targeted reading assignments and exercises to help you integrate the material and put it into practice.
Course Overview by Week
click each week for more details:
Week 1 - Permaculture and Traditional Foods
What is Lazy-Lady Living?
Permaculture’s Founders & Philosophy
The 3 Permaculture Ethics
The 12 Permaculture Principles
Traditional Foods & the Nutritional Pioneers
Value Added Farming & Direct Sales
Week 2 - Biodynamics Trauma and Initiation
Intro to Anthroposophy and Biodynamic Farming
Instinctual Knowing & Soft Animal
Trauma & Initiation
Myth Mending & Community Resilience
Week 3 - Cultivated Ecology
Cultivated Ecology ~ Permaculture Design Basics
Patterns, Zones, Guilds, Elements, Yield
Mulching, Composting, Green Manure, Food Forests
Annuals are out and Perennials are in!
A deeper look at a few more Permaculture Principles
Weed & Pest Control
Get you started with your Permaculture Design project
Week 4 - Backyard Milk Eggs and Honey
Backyard Chickens & Ducks
Milk, Eggs & Honey
Meat, Fiber & Work
Making Soap with Traditional Fats
Week 5 - Sacred Slaughter and Earth Rhythms
The difference between slaughtering a bird and a mammal.
How to honor the meat animal’s life without being cheesy or feeling like a fraud.
Seasonal rhythms and the four elements.
Seasonal celebrations and festivals.
Free-Birth and Birth Keeping
DIY Death and Home-Funerals
Week 6 - Backyard Wildcrafting Soil and Trees
Soil Care & Repair
Trees & forest management
Lazy-Lady salve & tincture
More Design work
Week 7 - Energy Water and Recycling
Ponds & Dams
Grey Water & Black Water
0 Waste & Recycling
Week 8 - Ethical Business and Cultural Creativity
Toward a new work ethic
You will also get:
As soon as you enroll you will get access to the LLL- Village with some orientation exercises, the private Village Forum and you very first assignment.
“Get Your Hands Dirty” Integration Weeks:
- Projects focusing on Traditional Food preparation and Biodynamic Farming and Lineage / Indigenous Soul.
- Projects focusing on backyard, community and kitchen gardening & animal husbandry.
- Projects focusing on Seasonal Celebrations, Birth & Death rituals, salve & tincture crafting and Food Forests.
After the course ends we have a wrap-up week where we will review, consider Week 7 pragmatic questions and send you off with a Social Enterprise dream of your very own.
You will have lifetime access to the LLL course material for as long as it is available (including all future upgrades 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.
18 Bonus Interviews
Once you complete Lazy-Lady Living you will have had a tour through the theory of true sustainability. In order to help you delve more into some areas, we have created an interview series to give you more depth and some practical tips in some key areas. We have invited some really inspiring and cutting edge thinkers to join us and share their knowledge with you. You’re gonna love it.
Check out all the amazing people you will be hearing from:
Benefits of Lazy-Lady Living:
- Increase your sense of community and harmony.
- Reduce waste without sacrifice.
- Find surprising solutions without denying real problems.
- Have confidence to be right where you are.
- Gain a set of principles to guide your farming journey.
- Discover your hidden excellence that makes your farm or project unique.
- Decrease guilt and increase joy.
- Get in touch with Living in Season.
- Experience a connection with the ancestors and your lineage.
- Awaken your cultural creativity and funnel it into a project.
- Feel you are an integral part of saving the earth.
- Embrace your inner farmer whether you have access to land or not.
- Gain valuable skills for a new career in permaculture design.
- Learn a handful of principles that will save you money and increase your efficiency.
You can be a Farmer 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 8 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. That is the essence of the Permaculture Design Course – at least ours.
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.
- Individuals looking for a community working together on the sustainability thing.
- People with a farming dream.
- People with a farming reality.
- People with a backyard.
- People with access to 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.
- People with computer and internet access.
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 do not appreciate grounded mysticism (who are either super woo woo, or really anti woo – we’re in the middle).
- People who are only interested in the agriculture part of permaculture. We love the Social/Spiritual aspect.
- People who would rather learn this all via books and Google and don’t mind wading through the morass of un-lazy advice.
- People who aren’t interested in being part of a community of world-changers.
- People committed to vegan or vegetarianism. This course encourages conscious omnivorous-ness.
- People who have no access to a computer or the internet.
- 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.
- LLL is not designed to work with Internet Explorer, sorry. Firefox is your best bet.
- In order to maintain free international calling, LLL Q&As do NOT work with Linnux…
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.
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 $397:
Two payments of $199:
|At checkout||$199.00 USD|
|Every 1 month (x 2)||$199.00 USD|
|Total $398.00 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
What is it worth to you?
Most Permaculture Design Courses cost between $2000 and $3000 plus travel and accommodation costs ranging from $200 to $3000 and they don’t include any of the super important aspects of Cultural Repair and Course Bonuses of Lazy-Lady Living. In comparison Lazy-Lady Living is a bargain.
We have been doing this for a long-a@$ 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!
If you do sign-up you will have access to the course material for as long as it is available (including all future upgrades and improvements) which we hope is a very long time!
What are you waiting for? Now is not the time to be a rebel, it’s time to join the revolution!
We also have a guarantee. Try it for up to 30 days (from the first day of the course), do all the homework, and if it’s not for you for any reason, we will refund your money in full. No refund requests until the course starts in January.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Can I do Lazy-Lady Living at my own pace?
A. We have done our best to make this course accessible to as many people as possible. As a result the course is 100% online so you can do it from anywhere.
As soon as you enroll you will start your first exercise and start getting oriented to the course site including the private LLL Village Forum.
A week after you enroll, you will receive your first batch of instruction. After that you will receive instruction each week over 12 weeks.
Homework & Reading assignments will be optional/at your own pace unless you upgrade to earning your Permaculture Design Certificate in which case it will be between 2-5 hours of additional work depending on your personal pace. Some people will do less and some more.
Of course you will get the most out of the course is you do all assignments and we require you to do this before requesting a refund.
You will continue to have access to all the content after the course ends so you can go through it over and over again at your own pace.
Q. Is the permaculture design certificate included?
A. No it is not included, but you can add on that option for an additional fee of $400. We have done this in order to reduce the price for people who either don’t want/need the PDC credential, or who already have a PDC and don’t want to pay again for it, but are still interested in our unique course and focus on social permaculture.
Q. Can my family take the course together with one sign up fee?
A. With one paid tuition you get one account/enrollment. That means you can use it on one computer, have one membership to the Lazy-Lady Living Forum, and one line on the Q&A call. Our system will stop you if you try to login from more than one location. Please respect our policy.
Q. How is the course content delivered?
A. All the content is delivered via video & a pdf workbook. The material is so comprehensive and dense that you will likely want to repeat it over and over again. The Lazy-Lady Village Forum and Facebook Group will continue and build as long as we keep running the course.
Also, you get indefinite access to the course site for as long as we run the program (including updates and upgrades) which we hope is for a long time…
Q. Can I have one-on-one time with you if I live in Portland, or am willing to come to Portland?
A. We have farm tours on Saturdays at 9am (and sometimes Sunday brunch) but you need to RSVP or we may not be here! As you can imagine, we can’t promise extra one-on-one time unless you come for a Farm-Stay which you are welcome to do. Of course we will be available for general conversation, but we cannot offer focused instruction as we will have other guests and projects to attend to. At some point we may plan a live gathering so stay tuned.
Q. Will the course be worth my time and money if I am already a seasoned Farmer?
A. It depends on what you are looking for. Perhaps much of what we cover will be review for you. However, I recently took a business course which was mostly review, but in the review I was able to fine tune my understanding and really consolidate my knowledge.
In fact, because I was already a seasoned business owner I wasn’t feeling overwhelmed by soaking up so much new information and principles, but centered and clear and seriously implementing the tools I was receiving while having the support of the instructors as well as the course community. I do not regret it even though I was way more experienced than most of the other students.
Our course will have tidbits in each module for more seasoned “farmers” as well. Small things that can make a big difference. One of our main interests is helping farmers find financial freedom so that part may be interesting to you as well as our many socio-cultural modules like home-funerals and living SLOW and in season.
Q. Do I have to use Firefox instead of Internet Explorer?
A. Yes you must use Firefox to view our website. Firefox is a free browser that you can download and use to navigate the internet. Different browsers see websites a little differently and Internet Explorer isn’t able to see ours properly. I think if you take the time to upgrade, you will be happy with it as many sites will be easier for you to view.