Seed Seva Spring Learning Retreat April 13-14 2019
We invite you to join us for our Seed Seva Spring Learning retreat, a 2 day seed stewardship course focused on the spring and summer aspects of seed stewardship. Seed is a precious common heritage, and an essential component to the future sustainability of our food. Our ancestors have faithfully passed us this incredible gift of life over countless generations. It has only been a few short generations that we have seen these connections slip away; Rowen White, in her work with Sierra Seed Cooperative and Indigenous SeedKeepers Network, is revitalizing the human connection to these sacred heritage seeds, and honoring their cultural and practical context within our daily lives. She is a part of a growing movement to “re-localize” and reconnect and rematriate the seeds back to into the rich soil of our hearts and the land under our feet, allowing for resilient seeds that will be ready to meet the challenges of the current conditions. Integral in this seed movement is the cultural memories and stories, and how we regain a sense of who we are as a culture through our foods and seeds. Join us as we learn about the creative ways of re-integrating seed stewardship back into our local community food systems, and how we can deepen our understanding of the nourishing cycles of life.
Course Dates are: April 13-14, 2019 at our home farm in North San Juan CA.
Early bird registration is $150.
Early bird discount is available until March 1st, where the fee will go up to $175
We offer an additional 2-day fall course, event details here.
Hosted at the home farm of Sierra Seeds in Northern California, a regional living seed bank curated and cared for by Rowen White and her family; you will enjoy this in-depth hands on immersion, focusing on re-integration of seed saving into our farms and gardens. Practical and integrative knowledge that will deepen your understanding of the cycles of life.
Our Seed Seva Educational program is a holistic, indigenous permaculture based approach to seed stewardship which honors the many layers of seed culture , from practical hands on skills, cultural context and memory with guiding principles that are rooted in an indigenous ecology of interconnected relations.
Seeds are sacred. By saving these seeds, we re-engage with a powerful lineage of Seed Keepers. I honor this responsibility from the center of my heart, and hope to share with you the deep, heart-opening aspects of these Seed Keeper traditions. Using an indigenous ecology of education via story, handiwork, and connection to place, we re-kindle our connection to our these ancient traditions. In all their shapes, sizes, colors, the seeds have granted us sustenance, flavors, art, craft and most importantly story and song. The life giving mystery in a handful of seeds has inspired the many stories and songs that create the sacred dance between people and plants. These seeds share insight on the alchemy of transformation of sunlight to food, one kernel into many.
Learning about seeds will fundamentally change your perspective on food, and how we can work together with our beloved plants to create sustainable food and seed sovereignty that is in alignment with our values and ethics.
The heart of our mission at Sierra Seeds is to cultivate, empower and grow good Seed Stewards. Through mentorship and education, we create greater sustainability in our food and seed systems by sharing essential practical skills coupled with deep and integrated seed literacy.
While this learning experience holds seeds as the center of our learning hub, we touch on many diverse array of topics on to cultivate fundamental seed literacy for all conscious and mindful eaters, lovers of life, guardians of life, storytellers, activists, and those who carry a new vision of Earth stewardship for future generations.
We will touch on many topics over our immersion, including basic botany, reproductive biology, on-farm plant breeding for organic and low-input systems, seed selection, maintenance and stewardship of bio-diversity, indigenous farming techniques, seed harvest, cleaning and storage, regional community seed initiatives, seed activism and the organic/local seed movement, and much more. This spring workshop specifically focuses on the planning, planting and tending of the seed garden, as well as other foundations of seed stewardship and seed literacy. You will walk away feeling empowered to steward at least one seed crop in the coming season, as our workshop is focused on engagement and action. The complementary fall workshop will focus on harvesting, winnowing, seed storage and more.
We utilize a number of methods of teaching that emphasis hands on engagement and in class dialogue. Expect to leave the immersion equipped and empowered with a clear action plan on how to integrate this seed knowledge into your life. We will have a dynamic team of teachers and facilitators that will bring all this knowledge to life! This is taught in both an on-farm and classroom setting, so the pace will be engaging and full.
Seeds are sacred. By saving these seeds, we re-engage with a powerful lineage of Seed Keepers. I honor this responsibility from the center of my heart, and hope to share with you the deep, heart-opening aspects of these Seed Keeper traditions. Using an indigenous ecology of education via story, handiwork, and connection to place, we re-kindle our connection to our these ancient traditions. In all their shapes, sizes, colors, the seeds have granted us sustenance, flavors, art, craft and most importantly story and song. The life giving mystery in a handful of seeds has inspired the many stories and songs that create the sacred dance between people and plants. These seeds share insight on the alchemy of transformation of sunlight to food, one kernel into many. Learning about seeds will fundamentally change your perspective on food, and how we can work together with our beloved plants to create sustainable food and seed sovereignty that is in alignment with our values and ethics.
Join us in learning the art and science of seeds, and be empowered to be a part of the seed freedom movement, to care for seeds for future generations. This is the spring module of a 2 part workshop. In this module we will be focusing on skill building for planning and planting a seed garden. This class is designed for anyone wanting a more heartfelt approach to seed stewardship and those wanting to deepen their connection to the plants and seed cycles....gardeners, farmers, permaculturalists, activists, teachers....
No prior experience necessary, just come with an open heart and mind! We will send out a bibliography of recommended reading and an orientation packet upon registration to get you excited and prepared for our immersion together.
There is limited space for this immersion, so sign up soon to ensure your spot!
Course Fee includes 2 days of instruction, 1 organic meal per teaching day plus snacks, and all handouts.
Course Dates are: April 13-14, 2019
Early bird registration is $150.
Early bird discount is available until March 1st, where the fee will go up to $175
More details to come upon registration, with details for lodging and other class preparation.
Course primarily taught by Rowen White, founder and director of Sierra Seeds. This in person immersion teaching is greatly enhanced by our signature Seed Seva distance learning mentorship, which you can learn more about by clicking here.
These seeds are the diverse expression of life itself, ever hopeful, renewing, and sustaining. We invite you to walk this path with us, to find those tiny little sparks inside your heart that yearn to be re-kindled.
What are previous students saying about Seed Seva?
"The Seed Seva Immersion was a transformational educational experience for me! Bridging practical skills, scientific information, activism and the sacredness of the seeds together is no small feat! I leave the immersion feeling inspired and prepared to steward seeds and to educate others as to why they are so important in all of our lives. It has changed how I teach. I can't recommend this course highly enough!" Amanda
"The depth of this work is immeasurable. Working with seeds is really working with the energy of life itself, of creation, of potential, of our ancestors, and of the future generations. Rowen has a very special way of sharing knowledge that touches on not only practical and evidence-based lessons, but also on the intimate and sacred aspects of it all, of why this matters to all of us and all our relations. And how we really can make a difference.
She brings worlds together so they do not feel so far apart.
She helps us see the humanity in those that are in power, and helps us to feel a sense of purpose in our relationship with seed-keeping and the many ways we can be a part of a solution-based movement to bring the seeds (in other words our capacity for sustenance) back into the hands of the people.
I highly recommend this immersion for anyone, whether you think you are interested in seeds or not. If you are living and breathing on this planet, you are eating, and the seeds matter to you. " -K.H
"The seed seva immersion with Rowen is a WONDERFUL class for EVERYONE!! In a time where there are so many imbalances, destruction, and chaos happening on the earth; we still have hope... that hope is the seed. From one tiny seed comes all the potential for life, creation and sustainability. I really love that no one owns the seeds but we are just in a co-creation with the plants stewarding the seeds as we steward the land. By learning this integral part of the process comes sustainability and adaptability. The plants adapt to your land and thus are more productive. Selective breeding, choosing the fruits that have the most desirable traits for you gives us the opportunity to co create new varieties of fruits that are desirable for eating and growing.
For people who are not farmers, this class is still good because it encourages us to tend our inner gardens and be selective about the seeds that we sow. Such a wonderful education that all should know! " A. S
"This workshop was taught with full heart, sacred mind, and connection at the center. The experience I gained from this immersion was practical, scientific, intuitive, hands-on, and simultaneously inclusive of story-- that which makes clear the larger contextual framework surrounding the urgency of Seed Work at this time. My heart is full from the time spent with Rowen and the beautiful land to which she tends" -Melody
"Seed Seva Immersion was a learning experience like no other. We were completely immersed into Rowen's family farm. We were made to feel so welcomed, as if one of her own family members. As students, we bonded with each other to form memories and friendships. We were able to share knowledge and skills and apply them to our work as Seed Sevas. Rowen's teaching style is unmatched. She provides information, inspiration, and a personal attentiveness to each student, while still creating a learning environment that penetrates the imagination of the mind and heart." K.H
" Beyond appreciation for the teaching of Rowen White. Cherishing every minute of this course to saving sacred diversity of seeds. The farm and classroom workshops are engaging applications that have transformed my heart in an awakening of the ways of my ancestors."-Maryann