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Permaculture Food Forests Workshop:
A 5 day interactive workshop with daily skill building activities
October 13-17, 2022,
Atlan Community, White Salmon, WA

with Marisha Auerbach and Flaco

Food Forests are a beautiful way to enhance local food production while strengthening ecological functions and services in the landscape.  We begin by analyzing the site to cultivate a responsive design that integrates the natural features of the land with local strategies for growing food, building soil, providing water, and enhancing relationships between species to create an intentional forest of cultivated plants.

We invite you to join us at Atlan Community in the Columbia River Gorge as we delve into the design and initial stages of establishment of their food forest.  This workshop will cover the basics of food forestry, including site analysis, system establishment, plant selection and maintenance over time.  Come prepared to spend time learning outdoors from the land and connecting with other permaculture and fruit enthusiasts.  Learn from the food forest project at Atlan so you can do something similar in your own landscape and designs.  

The course is for home gardeners, fruit growers, land managers, landscapers, and anyone enthusiastic about growing fruit and supportive plants in a way that enhances the environment around them.  

Early Bird Price: $750 (10 tickets available), Standard Pricing: $850 

all tickets include camping and meals provided


Daily Themes:

Thursday October 13:  Overview of Food Forests
Friday, October 14:   Site Analysis and Design
Saturday, October 15:    System Establishment 
Sunday, October 16:  Plant Selection and Guilds
Monday, October 17:  Food Forests over Time

Meet Our Teaching Team

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Marisha Auerbach

Marisha Auerbach is an internationally recognized permaculture educator, designer and speaker based in Oregon and Washington.  Marisha developed the Online Food Forest Course offered through Oregon State University.  She teaches that course, as well as the other permaculture courses offered through OSU.  Marisha has lived and practiced permaculture in both urban and rural environments.   As an avid gardener and herbalist, Marisha specializes in food forests, fruit growing, food production, ecology, and useful plants. Marisha is one of the most prolific, West Coast teachers of permaculture design courses.



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.   

Our Teaching Team
More Registration Information


Early Bird Price: $750 (10 tickets available)
Standard Pricing: $850

$125 Deposit to hold your place.
Remainder of payment is due by October 1st.

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 a 75% refund. If you cancel up to to 7

days before the event starts, we can provide a 50%

refund.  Any cancellations less than 7 days before the

course will be considered on a case by case basis.  

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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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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.

Click here for our work/trade & scholarship inquiry form
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