From our beginnings as a small youth program in 2004, to an internationally recognized nonprofit and community in 2017, we have served thousands of youth and adults through educational courses, internships, rites of passage, service learning, and community building programs. Located in Southern California, we draw students from our region as well as from around the world to learn from our educational site—from South India, where international development workers are organizing farms for children and adults orphaned with disabilities, to Oakland, where urban gardeners employ formerly incarcerated youth to use regenerative design in cityscapes. The places, the people, and the stories are diverse and inspiring.
Our ongoing publicly offered programs consist of two Permaculture Design Certifications (including one for international development leaders), courses in land and watershed restoration, natural building, nature-based primitive skills, youth leadership (ecological and social justice oriented), and youth empowerment events in the local Cuyama Valley. Additionally, Quail Springs hosts a variety of private groups and schools – from elementary and high schools, to colleges and universities from locally and around the United States – to other nature connection, tracking, and youth-oriented organizations holding their own programming. In 2016, over 800 students and visitors passed through Quail Springs through our multiple program offerings. Quail Springs provides generous scholarships to ensure the inclusion, participation, and leadership of underrepresented voices. Our constituencies receive many unique and practical benefits, including: classroom and hands-on experience working with developing food systems; regenerative living design; personal, family, community and land stewardship; discovering, and nurturing their inherent gifts; and direct vocational training and experience.
We do this work because we are passionate about restoring our planet and we believe that these times offer us a call to action to live regeneratively – not just sustainably. As climate change and environmental conservation move to the forefront of the nation’s consciousness (the world’s), growing numbers of people are looking for ways that they can make a positive impact. Quail Springs is an important hub for people to share and discover ways of deepening their understanding of regenerative living. Our various offerings train individuals to be leaders in developing agro-ecosystems and communities that are culturally vibrant, ecologically equitable, natural capital rich, and steeped in social justice. Many of our course participants have realized that sustainability starts at home with the necessity of deepening their connection with their families, communities, and the land. We recognize and acknowledge the different paths each person takes toward living regeneratively. Quail Springs attracts people who choose to more deeply examine their role in the health of their communities and the planet. We receive overwhelming confirmation from participants that Quail Springs offers an immersive experience that is transformative.
Here is what some have to say:
“One of the most valuable things I learned was the importance of human involvement in creating solutions to heal the world.”2015 course participant
“After the course I see everything around me differently! I see patterns in the land and in my community. So much has changed in the way that I think about myself and where I want to take my journey.”2015 course participant
“Thank you Quail Springs for the beautiful location & support (and food!) throughout this course. I met truly marvelous, wonderful people and I feel supported and am supporting these allies in creating the vision, consciousness, and actions for a bright, whole, connected, and regenerative world.”2016 course participant
“I had so many moments while sitting in the classroom or out in the breeze, surrounded by a group of people committed to social justice, nature, and personal transformation, where I found myself witnessing the power of collaboration and community learning as we all exchanged stories and asked each other the tough questions. I heard again and again why there is a reason to have hope for a brighter future. I am so very grateful this course was held and can’t thank Quail Springs, the facilitators, and my fellow students enough!”2016 course participant
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