SEEDS OF
SUSTAINABLE VOCATIONS:

SUMMER PROGRAM FOR YOUTH

TO BE ANNOUNCED


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Course Description

SEEDS of Sustainable Vocations is a 5-day intensive for youth ages 15-20 years old. This program offers hands-on learning around ecology, justice, community, personal expression, and fun.

Community & Justice

This summer we will play, sing, feast and collaborate! Come join a community of youth from all over to learn, adventure, and co-create. We’ll dive into shared projects on the land, explore justice, and practice telling our stories.

Ecology & Permaculture

At Seeds, every day will include time out on the land. Whether we’re learning animal husbandry by milking our goat herd, hiking to the top of our watershed, or exploring how to steward the places we live, we will develop our senses as people connected to a place. Imagine planting a food forest, picking salad for tonight’s dinner, or tending our flock of chickens.

Wilderness Skills & Hands-on Skills

We love hands-on learning! 2019 experiential skills include archery, tending our farm animals, crafting, animal tracking, cooking from the farm, the way of council, song, storytelling and natural building. We’ll work side by side to craft, have fun, and connect in new ways.

About Quail Springs’ Land and Community

Quail Springs is a leading environmental educational nonprofit that empowers students of all ages and backgrounds with knowledge, skills, and inspiration essential to cultivating ecological and social health. As stewards of a 450-acre, high desert permaculture farm and conservation site, we teach strategies for designing resilient environments and creating vibrant communities. Quail Springs is a collective of onsite educators, farmers, ecologists, natural builders, chefs, and artists connected to local and international networks of leading-edge practitioners and passionate change-makers.

Topics we will explore


  • Permaculture Ethics & Principles
  • Sustainable Living Skills
  • Leadership & Community Building
  • Natural Building
  • Ecological & Social Justice
  • Localizing Food & Economy
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Self Expression & Storytelling
  • Wilderness-based Crafts
  • Nature Awareness
  • The Way of Council and Relationship Building
  • And much more!

Instructors & Facilitators


Samantha Gupta

Samantha Wilson

Samantha Wilson has a Masters Degree in Divinity from Claremont School of Theology and is a Ph.D Candidate at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Depth Psychology, specializing in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecological Psychology. She co-founded Child Leader Project, a transnational youth organization supporting youth-led community organizing circles in Southern California and South India.

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Juna Muller

Juna Muller

Raised nearby in the orange groves of Ojai, CA, Juna Rosales Muller learns, teaches, farms, and coordinates programs at Quail Springs. She studied political ecology at Colorado College and has worked in experiential, farm-based, and outdoor education for the past 7 years. She co-founded and co-taught Spiral, a young women’s permaculture intensive held at Dig In Farm in Massachusetts in 2015 and 2016. Juna is a ropes course instructor and helps facilitate rites of passage for teenagers with the Ojai Foundation.

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Molly Ancel

Molly Ancel

Growing up in the Bay Area on the traditional homelands of the Chochenyo Ohlone people, Molly was immersed in the art, politics, and historic radicalism of the groups and people who make the culture of the Bay Area what it is. Her home and upbringing was an urban one which held nature in reverence.

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Brendan MacCorgarry

Brendan MacCorgarry

Brendan is an outdoorsman who has spent his life fishing, hunting, making, and turning over rocks all over California’s wild lands. Brendan has been a mentor to youth and adults in a variety of land-based and traditional skills for over six years. He believes deeply in the re-connection of our bodies and minds to the land through dedicated practice, hard work, and devotion.

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SEEDS is a program for youth ages 15-20, designed to dive deep into the intersections of community, justice, ecology, and self-expression. We foster and encourage the innate creative and resilient potential of young people who are concerned with the issues we all face in a rapidly changing and challenging world. Through this immersive 5-day experiential program, we help youth recognize their own gifts, and provide new insights and tools towards creating a more sustainable, just, and hopeful world.

The majority of our students are in need of scholarships, and YOUR generosity makes this program possible! From our hearts to yours, we thank you.


Seeds 2019

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Registration Information


  • Course Tuition: $700 – $1100 Sliding Scale (deposit of $250 reserves your space in the program once you are accepted with the balance due by June 10th). Sliding Scale means you select the amount within this range that is possible for your family to contribute. Additional scholarships are available.
  • Tuition Includes:instruction, course materials, 3 farm-fresh meals a day, transportation to field trip sites, camping accommodations, immersion in Quail Springs community life, mentoring support, alumni network, invitation to advanced trainings, access to job & internship resources and more.
  • Payment Plans: Payment plans are available after a deposit is made, contact us below for more information.

Discounts: (limit one discount per person – discount codes are not to be applied to a deposit payment)

  • Early Bird: $300 discount if paid in full by May 1, 2019
  • Group Discounts: We are actively seeking organizational partners who work with youth and wish to send groups of students from their home communities. Groups of 3 or more attending the course together, please click here to contact us.

Scholarships:

  • We offer generous scholarships to those who have high financial need. Scholarship awards are based on income, resources, student commitment, and ability to share skills learned with students’ home communities. We work with all students who would like to attend the program to make it financially accessible.
  • We actively support diverse young people in bringing their unique perspectives to this program through additional financial support as needed. We welcome and support as needed those self-identifying as persons of color, LGBTQ+, indigenous youth, and youth who have highly limited finances.
  • We deeply value and support equitable access to social & ecological justice education. We recognize the need to support diversity, equity, and allyship as core pillars of regenerating a healthy world community. The aim of our scholarship program is to grow connections between diverse young leaders, build bridges, push edges, and inspire each other to tend both our personal and ecological well-being.

Scholarship Application

Cancellation Policy:

  • Before May 1, 2019: Full refund, excluding $100 cancellation fee.
  • May 1 – June 1, 2019: Partially Refundable, $250 deposit non-refundable.
  • After June 1, 2019: No refunds available.
  • In case of a valid personal medical or family emergency, we will consider requests for a transfer of fees (less course deposit) to another course(s) with Quail Springs.


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Registration Information


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If you have a comment or question about this course please fill out our form below and we’ll get back to you soon.

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