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Ecosystem Restoration Course

June 7-17, 2022, Atlan Community, White Salmon, WA
with Michael "Skeeter" Pilarski and Marisha Auerbach

Currently, the world's biodiversity is in decline due to resource exploitation and global consumption patterns.  Bioregional stability comes from ecosystem health.  Healthy ecosystems provide clean air, clean water, ecological services, habitat and food for wildlife as well as yields to support humanity.  As we face increased natural disasters, a global pandemic, supply chain disruptions, and social instability, now is the time to enhance our abilities to come together to practice ecosystem restoration.

The Ecosystem Restoration Course is a blending of ecosystem restoration, permaculture, regenerative agriculture and ethno-ecology. 

The course is for land-stewards, land managers, landscapers, and anyone concerned about ecosystem health as well as people who want to have a career in ecosystem restoration and earth repair.

Early Bird Price: $1,400 (before May 24), Regular Price: $1,600 (after May 7)

$250 Deposit to hold your place, Remainder of payment is due by May 24th

We are now offering a day rate for people to drop in for a single day, or more!  

The day rate is $150/day and includes all meals and camping.

Please send us a note if you are interested in the day rate (not set up on Eventbrite)

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This Course includes:

  • 3 Great meals a day for all 10 days!

  • Camping included.

  • An overview of restoration strategies and techniques from around the world, from ancient to modern, with a particular focus on indigenous and traditional methods.

  • All necessary instructional materials provided on-site.

  • Permaculture design principles and methodology.

  • Advanced, specialized course – certificate awarded on completion. (No PDC Prerequisite)

  • Half of each day is devoted to hands-on activities.

  • Field trips to local example ecosystems.

  • We will cover restoration of forests, deserts, wetlands, grasslands, and shrub-steppes.

  • Disaster preparedness and post-disaster response.

  • Course Certificate will be awarded to everyone who completes the course.

Hands-on Experience is essential for this work.

To provide direct experience to do ecosystem repair in your home communities, hands-on activities will make up half of our course time.

Projects could include:

  • Tree planting   

  • Hoedad use

  • Sheet mulching

  • Direct seeding

  • Seed-balls

  • Cyclone seeder

  • Invasive plant reduction

  • Scatterseed mix

  • Marking contour lines

  • Swales

  • Terracing

  • Bioengineering

  • Gabions

  • Check dams

  • Planting food forests

  • Plant Propagation

  • Sprigging

  • Crown division

  • Live staking

  • Hardwood cuttings

  • Rain gardens

  • Hugelkultur

  • Contour debris arrangement

  • Fuel reduction

  • Tree pruning

  • Making biochar

  • Zai holes

  • Erosion control

  • ...and much more!

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Meet Our Teaching Team


Michael "Skeeter" Pilarski

Michael “Skeeter” Pilarski has farmed in the Pacific Northwest since 1972. He has worked with over 1,000 species of plants. In 1978 he started the Friends of the Trees Society. He has been teaching permaculture since 1981 and has taught 40 permaculture design courses in various climates. He organized the Global Earth Repair Conference in 2019 and is organizing an online Global Earth Repair Summit in 2022. Michael is compiling best examples of ecosystem restoration and earth repair from around the world.

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Marisha Auerbach

Marisha Auerbach is an internationally recognized permaculture educator, designer and speaker based in Oregon and Washington.  Marisha has lived and practiced permaculture in both urban and rural environments.   As an avid gardener and herbalist, Marisha specializes in food production, ecology, and useful plants. Marisha is one of the most prolific, West Coast teachers of permaculture design courses and currently teaches permaculture online through Oregon State University.

Our Teaching Team


Flaco's goal is to guide people on a path towards understanding place in  a way that is beneficial for all relations.  Influenced by the diverse backgrounds of his grandparents and ancestors in Mexico and homesteading history of Washington, he brings an understanding of the indigenous history and culture to our course. He has worked on permaculture projects with Friends of the Trees Society, the Bullock Brothers, Aprovecho and diverse sites from Mexico, Northern California, and Pacific Northwest.   


Alex Slakie

Alex Slakie is a restoration ecologist, botanist, and herbalist from the Pacific Northwest. Through his business, Flora Northwest, Alex supplies willow live stakes and seeds for salmon habitat projects, sustainably harvested wild medicinal plants for herbal companies, and interesting nursery plants for home gardeners. He nursery grows and wild-tends willow coppices and stands of medicinal plants on the lower Columbia River and Columbia River Gorge.


Margo Robbins

Margo Robbins. Margo Robbins is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Cultural Fire Management Council (CFMC).   She is also a co-lead and advisor for the Indigenous People’s Burn Network.  She graduated from Humboldt State University in 1987. Margo comes from the traditional Yurok village of Morek, and is an enrolled member of the Yurok Tribe. She gathers and prepares traditional food and medicine, is a basket weaver and regalia maker.  She is a mom, and a grandma.

Click here to listen to a radio interview with Michael "Skeeter" and Marisha. 

About our site: Atlan Community

Our Site
  • Atlan is a Community project that includes the stewardship of 150 acres in the White Salmon watershed in the beautiful Columbia Gorge. There are two year-round creeks, fir forests, and an oak savanna with sweeping views. 

  • The community is made up of people living on the land, and in nearby acreage with other nodes of like-minded and like-hearted friends. We are a group of visionaries who are artists, designers, healers and natural builders.

  • Forest Camp is a rustic facility that consists of a 30-foot yurt, an outdoor kitchen, a forested amphitheater, campsites, composting toilets and a pair of on-demand hot showers. There are a variety of trails to explore the land; a short walk to the House of AnahAtlan and a slightly longer walk to the Collaboratory at the Artifactory,

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Accommodations and Food

Outdoor camping is included in the attendance cost.  Most people will be camping at Atlan. Some locals may commute to class daily.  There are no indoor accommodations on site, and the nearest motel is 6 miles away. We request that all participants take turns with basic housekeeping tasks, food preparation and clean-up, in a way that does not to interfere with class times.

All meals will be provided during the course. We are sourcing as much food as we can from our local farmers and purchasing organic as much as possible. Our cook will be providing nourishing meals throughout the course to support students in their learning process.  If you have food to share from your garden or farm, please let us know! 

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More Registration Information


Early Bird Price: $1,400 (before May 24)
Regular Price: $1,600 (after May 24)

$250 Deposit to hold your place.
Remainder of payment is due by May 31st


We will deduct $100 from your course fee for each full-paying student your outreach brings into the course.

Refund Policy:

If we cancel the event or the course cannot

run due to a government-mandated lockdown

there will be a 100% refund.

If you cancel, up to 30 days before the event starts,

we can offer an 80% refund. If you cancel up to to 7

days before the event starts, we can provide a 60%

refund.Any cancellations less than 7 days before the

course will be considered on a case by case basis.  

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Work Trade and Scholarships

Work Trade & Scholarships

We encourage anyone seeking scholarships to raise money from other channels to help pay your fees through friends, family, scholarships, donations. Some organizations will contribute funds in exchange for people doing workshops or presentations in their community after the course. If you can come up with any money at all, it will help your case when applying for a scholarship or work-trade.

Anyone may apply. Preference will be given to people of color, indigenous people, and other historically disadvantaged groups. This includes people from Native American reservations, the inner city, or non over-developed nations of “The Global South”. We will also be giving priority to those individuals who have already been involved in earth repair, permaculture or other related ecological work, and to people who will go on to give workshops and trainings in their home communities.

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