The earthstar mushroom is the more-than-human ally for this mentorship and learning circle. We are inspired by it’s mycelial healing network, and ability to create beautiful earthly expressions with the smallest amount of rainfall in a delicate arid environment.
Join us for a 6 month mentorship within the community of a learning circle! Each month will focus on an element and what it has to teach us about sustainable living and embodied ecological awareness. Dive deep into learning about how to be a healing influence on the planet with your lifestyle and land practices. Amanda Bramble will teach online classes and suggest resources and questions to inspire community conversation in a forum with your Earthstar Circle cohort. Converse live online with your peers in facilitated connective experiences. Expect two to three hours a week (or more, of desired) participation in class time, exercises, and community connection. There will also be an opportunity to gather at our off-grid Sustainable Learning Center in New Mexico for a community camp-out and living permaculture experience!
Make connections in a web of ecological and community projects, and orient towards your role in your local community
Learn about regenerative water systems, passive solar design, and natural building
Increase your ecological literacy and understanding of biogeochemical cycles
Learn land restoration and permaculture living techniques, focusing on arid lands
Includes elemental practices to deepen connection with your place
Get mentorship for your project and path as an earth healer in a one-on-one session with Amanda Bramble
Explore decolonial perspectives
Participate in group collaboration regarding your own project with your peers
My most honest resume is Ampersand, where we live within the designs that I have envisioned and created with the help of many friends, volunteers, interns and apprentices. The way we live off rain catchment in a place with scarce rainfall has deepened my relationship with water, weather, and wildlife...
“Amanda brings just what you want in a teacher- a vast depth of knowledge of the subject learned through lived experience, a steady demeanor to keep projects moving at a pace that still feels fun, and a warm, non-judgemental presence where you feel like you can ask any question – however small. I personally found it really powerful to have a femme teach me how to use certain power tools and building techniques- a space I normally find very masculine and intimidating, Amanda has such an intricate knowledge of the bioregion that she shares generously- and that spans how water flows and what that means for surrounding flora and fauna- to how to create fermented soda from pine needles. I cherish so many of the relationships I have made through their broader community over the years. I would recommend a course or workshop at Ampersand to anyone looking to learn more about off-grid living and living more broadly in right relationship with the earth, as well as connect with others who are trying to do the same. Seeing what Amanda and Andy have created over the last two decades in the high desert landscape is so deeply inspiring.”