Quail Springs is an educational and land stewardship nonprofit organization dedicated to demonstrating and teaching holistic ways of designing human environments, restoring and revitalizing the land and community, and facilitating deeper understandings of ourselves and one another through immersive experiences in nature.
Quail Springs is a dedicated group of teachers, farmers, natural builders, inspired chefs, and land stewards who strive to further our mission through working, living, and teaching within the ethics of permaculture, most simply described as Earth Care – People Care – Fair Share.
Quail Springs is located in the Coast Ranges of the southern California mountains in a quiet canyon stretching east of the Cuyama River, surrounded on three sides by the ruggedly beautiful Los Padres National Forest.
Join as us we install a start to finish greywater system onto our new bathhouse. This workshop is for contractors, landscape architects and do-it-yourselfers. We will cover the basics of everything you need to know to grow gardens with recycled greywater. Students will spend some of their time learning in the classroom while a large portion of the workshop will take place outside, participating in hands on learning. Some of the topics that we will explore include:
- Design and install greywater irrigation systems
- Install shower to landscape and branched-drain greywater systems
- Drip vs. gravity systems
- Earthvalve technology
- Treatment wetlands
- Soap selection
- Soil biophysics
Blacksmithing is an ancient form of alchemy, bringing together fire, metal and air to birth functional and beautiful items that we depend upon in our daily lives. Instructor Justin Starting has been inspired by the way tribal blacksmiths use the simplest methods and materials to forge the highest quality tools. He believes that we can look to their traditional relationships with blacksmithing to bring consciousness and harmony back to our connection with metal.
The purpose of this class is to give people the basic blacksmithing skills to become self-sufficient in their practice. Through this hands on experience of working with fire and metal, students will learn how to take recycled or bought steel and forge it into a functional tool. Topics to be covered will include the following:
- How to forge steel
- Test reclaimed steels for their carbon content
- Work with fire, and learn about the different fuels and their characteristics for forging
- Anneal, harden and temper carbon steel
- How to set up your own forge with simple materials
- Forge their own carving knife or other small item
This class is designed to explore our ancestors’ relationship to the land through the art of traditional hunting. By cultivating this relationship of respectful exchange, we can deepen our understanding of what it means to live sustainably and remember our place in nature. The Sacred Hunt will be a combination of instruction, group discussions and hands-on experience in the field. Among the topics we will explore are:
- Nature awareness skills
- Intro to the bow and instinctive shooting
- Listening and cultivating an understanding of animal language
- How to honor the animals’ sacrifice with heartfelt exchange
- How to hunt in harmony with the land
- Small animal processing
- How sustainability lived by our ancestors can be a model for the future
This 5-day Project-Based Land & Watershed Restoration Training is a must for anyone owning land or working in landscape design. The course offers hands-on experience in the assessment, design and construction of an on-going land restorative and regenerative watershed project with intensive immersion and experiential training in:
- Healing degraded land by harvesting runoff
- Reading the landscape and making informed decisions
- Recognizing the symptoms and causes of degraded land
- Identifying regenerative natural processes
- Understanding how humans affect and are affected by the landscape and watershed
- Designing resilient solutions
- Understanding management options for degraded land
- Deciding what is doable and what should be done first
- Planning and preparing to complete a successful project
- Maintaining a project and ensuring its long-term success
Participants will learn skills needed to do high quality work that will stand up to natural processes over time. These skills will serve a wide spectrum of people and professions, from backyard restorationists to farmers and land managers.
Immerse yourself in permaculture in action with this 14-day learning journey! Share in the joy of community learning together and changing the world. Take home the ability to design and apply natural principles to create stable and resilient systems that provide food, water, shelter and energy needs while regenerating ecology, community and economy. The Quail Springs Permaculture Design Course (PDC) includes the 72-hr Permaculture Certification through Permaculture Research Institute.
Permaculture is a conscious integrated design system based on ecology and sustainability principles to create resource efficient and productive human environments and reduce our footprint on the earth. Permaculture provides a framework for consciously designed landscapes that mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature that provide diversity, stability, and resilience. These systems yield an abundance of shelter, water, energy, and food for the provision of local needs.