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Center for Bioregional Living - Andrew Faust, Juniper & Adriana Magaña

Hands-on Permaculture Classes - Summer 2023 Ellenville. NY

These are the workshops that many of you have been waiting for!   They will be relaxed, very informative, fun and a great way to have an immersion educational experience on our permaculture campus.


Andrew Faust and Adriana Magaña at our Center for Bioregional Living are proud to present a series of advanced permaculture and ecological design courses this spring/summer 2023.


We have thoughtfully crafted each of these offerings to extend your fundamental Permaculture design skills and advance them strongly, with these hands on trainings taking you forward on the wings of true experience!

Our themes this season are;

  • Water in the Land

  • Biodynamic Gardening

  • Whole site Design

  • Forest Gardens/Tree Crops

  • Natural Building


All the courses in this series function as stand alone teachings and they build off of each other when taken together.  Come participate in the co-evolution of our Center for Bioregional Living while learning to live well with how the earth works. 

Everything that we will be working on here will be used and enjoyed by future visitors and students for many years to come.  Camping is encouraged, in designated areas on our land, and taking in the natural beauty of the area at one of the many nearby hiking areas (Lake Minnewaska State Park, Sam's Point, Peter's Kill to name a few)

Forest Gardens and Tree Crops  

Saturday June 3  - 10am - 4pm - $100


This course will focus on gardening with nature through the creation of edible forest gardens, as well as the design and management of multi-functional woodlots.

Topics covered: designing, planting and management of woodlots for selective harvesting of fuel and building materials, understory value-added crops like shitake, ginseng, goldenseal and wild garlic, techniques for increasing the quality and productivity of wild edibles.

Hands-on activities: planting nut tree legacies, pruning and land management to accelerate succession.

Forest Gardens and Tree Crops    Saturday June 3  - 10am and go till 4pm - $100

Naturally Built Tiny House

Saturday June 10 and 11

10am - 4pm - $300


HealthyBuildings = Healthy People

Natural, local and bioregional buildings contribute to ecologically sound local economies and create beautiful, healthy homes and villages to live our lives in.


You will learn to apply the permaculture principles throughout the building process. This hands on workshop will teach you about creating buildings with trees cut from the land, maximizing on-site and local raw materials and framing with rough cut local lumber. Passive solar design Phased and integrated site development and building techniques. Building structures and sacred sites with good feng shui and natural energy. Insulating naturally, using rainwater for domestic needs and greywater for gardens.


Come and learn how to create healthy, natural reasonably sized homes, outbuildings and communities.  We will teach you how to analyze building locations and materials to determine how ecologically safe and sound they are.


How to use straw bales;

Earthen Plasters, Light Clay straw

Passive solar hot water systems for domestic heating

Off grid Energy systems, Minimizing household sources of Electro-Magnetic Fields.

Using gravity and low energy pumps and systems for indoor/outdoor plumbing systems.


When you complete this entire series you will know how to create a beautiful naturally built home and community, from the ground up, and how to set yourself up to be fully off the grid! 


Most of our time will be spent outdoors and there will be plenty of hands-on work. Home cooked and locally sourced meals included! 

Lodging options include limited indoor common area as well as tent space on our beautiful 14 acres. Bring tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags. Classes will start at 10am Saturday    There is a bus from Port Authority to Ellenville where we could pick you up. Let us know if this is the best way for you to travel and we will save dinner for you!  There is a Trailways Bus to New Paltz that we can pick up at too. Anyone driving who has extra space in their car let us know so that we may organize carpooling.   


For questions or to reserve a space email | Link for Short Line Bus | Google map of our area

Come on up to our Permaculture educational campus in Ellenville,NY!

Join us in the co-evolution of our Center for Bioregional Living where we teach the essentials of high quality ways of living well with how the earth works. Everything that we will be working on here will be used and enjoyed by future visitors and students for many years to come. Camping is encouraged on our land and taking in the sights at one of the many nearby gorgeous hiking areas (Lake Minnewaska, Sam's Point, Peter's Kill to name a few...)

Center for Bioregional Living is a seminal destination for permaculture education. Andrew Faust and Adriana Magaña have been applying permaculture design for more than 20 years and in 7 years they have graduated over 500 students in NYC. They have developed advanced permaculture design courses and workshops on there 14 acre property in Ellenville, New York They are turning their dreams into reality by developing hubs of permaculture design in New York, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and the Tri-State area.


One of our main objectives is to offer an immersion learning environment for Permaculture design certification graduates. A place that is a Permaculture farm run, off grid growing market scale vegetables, nuts and berries using biodynamic and permaculture techniques. From using rain water gravity showers, cooking and eating from on site to drinking fresh springwater. With the help of our apprentices, advanced courses and volunteers we have created a beautiful rain catch humanure outhouse with urine separation, a gravity fed shower, a temporary kitchen which we will finish this fall and grew a bunch of food that we eat stored in our interim root cellar and sold to Saltie and Roebling Tea Room in Williamsburg, Brooklyn


Extensive berry & orchard plantings, a chestnut coppicing woodlot and more. Natural building techniques and materials are displayed in all of the structures An extensive series of ponds add diversity, beauty and many growing opportunities such as chinampas and rice paddies. Highlights include a wide variety of fruit trees, medicinal herbs and berries planted close to their home making use of micro-climates, no-till and hugel culture garden beds, a pond plumbed for watering and their team of rotationally grazing chickens.

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