November 7 – November 11, 2016

    Course Description

    East End Eden invites you to immerse yourself in a 5-day, practical and intensive exploration of how to become an effective water steward. We can no longer afford to lose rainfall by watching it run away to sewers carrying our soil and pollutants with it. We have to slow, spread, sink, saturate, and share our water resources now. We invite you to learn how to effectively harvest water in your community or on your land!

    Connor Jones speaking passionately about the mismanagement of water and how we can redirect water back onto land to re-hydrate our land:

    Topics of learning

    Learning Outcomes

    • Identifying soil types and earth resources
    • Keyline design: Maximizing beneficial use of water resources on land.
    • Basic surveying skills using a laser level and other leveling devices
    • Contour design: Reducing erosion to maximize nutrients for abundant harvest yields
    • Excavation of swales and terraces
    • Design and excavation of ponds and dams
    • Learn how sinking and slowing water creates a resilient ecosystem to re-hydrate and re-enliven dry landscapes and restore the hydrology.
    • Learn the design techniques, and strategies, while engaging with an active excavation of a water retention basin.
    • Learn how to read the landscape and determine appropriate locations for siting water harvesting earthworks.
    • Learn to design property access roads and sites for structures that merge with landscape and water management design.


    Connor Jones

    Founder of East End Eden Permaculture Demonstration Center

    Connor Jones is a certified permaculture designer and teacher with a lifelong fascination for ecology, anthropology, and traditional food systems. As a child he marveled at the wonders of nature in immersion with it and in small assembled ecosystems created at home. Later in life farming, and his love for ecology began to merge with the introduction to permaculture design. His discoveries led him to the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia at the age of 18 where he became certified to design and teach. Since then he has founded East End Eden a 10 acre family operated permaculture demonstration site in Ojai, California where he teaches regular workshops and offers mentorship opportunities through farm work trade positions.

    What’s included?

    What to Expect:

    • Engaging, hands-on instruction
    • Camping
    • Immersion on a permaculture demonstrate site
    • Healthy, organic meals & snacks
    • Field Trips
    • Networking & community Living
    • Fun!


    • 9am – 5pm class each day.
    • Two, 15 minute breaks per day in addition to a 1 hour lunch break.
    • A balance of indoor and outdoor time spread throughout each day.


    Tuition including organic meals and camping is $800. See below for details.

    *Carefully read check-out options before making your payment*

    Water Harvesting Earthworks Course