Sustainable Leadership Training

How do we meet our human needs without compromising the needs of others, the land, and future generations? How do we work with people and inhabit our landscapes in ways that create connection, mutual support, and healing?

In this training we will track the patterns in the natural world to helpIMG_5501 us read the land, ourselves, and community processes. Learning about these patterns helps to understand how to track needs and resources within a system, and how to be of service to living communities. We will practice seeing whole systems, and exploring leadership as a service to the natural world, which includes our human communities. The integration of body movement and outdoor applied learning combined with large and small working/thinking groups gives participants various avenues to understand and integrate the understandings.

This training also includes practical knowledge of how to harvest the natural elements that cycle through a place. We will deepen a working relationship with the most basic elements that sustain life: the sun, the rain, the earth. Ampersand’s site offers experiential learning with hand made appropriate technologies and approachable sustainable living systems. We will explore how the principles of permaculture and living systems patterns can help to envision and plan for next steps in your area of service.

This training is designed as a 3 day experience. Participants are housed at Ampersand or camp on the property for two nights. Vegetarian meals are provided.  Contact to discuss how to customize this training for your group.


Joel Glanzberg has been a builder, farmer, teacher, writer, storyteller, naturalist, and permaculturalist for over 30 years.  has found that Pattern Based Design requires us to shift our minds to a pattern way of thinking and seeing. Tracking and Living Systems Thinking provide the “mind” needed to see, think, and work in patterns. The triangulation provided by these three perspectives has become his passion. His deep experience in these three realms has fed the development of ways of working with these understandings with diverse groups of people. Joel has come to believe that each of these approaches is powerful in itself. However, the holistic experience of understanding natural patterns viscerally as well as intellectually and intuitively helps to integrate them into our lives and work in an even more powerful and effective way.

Bobbe Besold is an artist working in all media (including film, performance, visual art, writing and public art), she is a creative catalyst and a community collaborator, whose work focuses on ecological and social issues.

Amanda Bramble has focused on healing the land and the human relationship to our natural world for 20 years.  She practices this through ecological restoration, appropriate technologies, solar design, living off rainwater, helping community gardens, mentoring, and designing human habitats to live with a respect for the elements and cycles of the Earth.  She is the co founder and director of Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center.