Regenerative Design Institute

The Regenerative Design Institute is nestled in the hills of southern Point Reyes National park, just next to the Audobon Bird Sanctuary in Bolinas, CA.  The land is mystical and foggy, as deer and fox skip through the meadow with crows and hawks overhead.  Courses include: The Ecology of Leadership, Regenerative Design Nature Awareness (RDNA), Bird Language, Natural Dye Making and more!  This is truly a jewel of the SF Bay Area, and a place that everyone should check out!  James and Penny, the residential stewards, are an amazing couple with an abundance of warmth and knowledge.

Here is an excerpt from their site:

I n 2003, Penny and James were offered the unique opportunity to apply their design skills and expertise to develop the Commonweal Garden – a beautiful 17 acre site in Bolinas, California – into a large scale living permaculture classroom and demonstration center for regenerative design. With this opportunity to expand their work and vision, the Permaculture Institute of Northern California became the Regenerative Design Institute (RDI), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to education and training skilled leaders in regenerative design. RDI works in partnership withCommonweal, a health and environmental research institute and retreat center.

The Permaculture Institute of Northern California still exists as the original home-scale permaculture site that Penny and James developed in Pt. Reyes. It is now a private residence, where several of their graduated students live and care for the permaculture oasis. Occasional tours and seasonal volunteer days continue to take place at this site.

The Regenerative Design Institute at Commonweal Garden has grown strong roots, and hosts hundreds of visitors and course participants every year. RDI now offers a wide array of courses in permaculture, nature awareness, leadership, wildcrafting and more. Our capstone course, the Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness (RDNA) Program, is a unique 9-month intensive that combines permaculture, nature awareness, community leadership, and mentoring skills. In addition, custom youth programs and private tours are also offered.

By providing skilled designers, farmers, trades-people, educators, facilitators and community leaders, the goal of RDI is to spread the awareness that we can design and build development models worldwide that address human needs while simultaneously regenerating the surrounding environment to become more fertile and diverse in the process.”


About danblake222

*MSc "Integrative Ecosocial Design" with Gaia University *BA "Ethnography & Photography" with Minor in Spanish Linguistics from UCSC *Artist in Residence at Omega Institute *Handyman, House Painter, Writer, Photographer, Permaculture Designer, Gardener *Photography portfolio at

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