Quail Springs Permaculture


Regenerative Water Harvesting and Land Restoration Training Course

October 7-11, 2015

With Instructors:

Craig Sponholtz – Watershed Artisans, Inc.

Brenton Kelly – Quail Springs’ Land Steward, Farm Advisor & Restoration Program Director

Neil Bertrando – R T Permaculture Designer

Quail Springs Permaculture invites you to learn about what constitutes regenerative landscape design & restoration. Craig’s workshops offer an understanding of the science of water on the landscape.  

This 5-day Regenerative Water Harvesting & Land Restoration training offers hands-on experience in the assessment, design and construction of an on-going restorative and regenerative watershed project with intensive immersion and experiential training in:

-  Healing degraded land by harvesting runoff

-  Reading the landscape and making informed decisions

-  Recognizing the symptoms and causes of degraded land

-  Identifying regenerative natural processes

-  Understanding how humans affect and are affected by the landscape and watershed

-  Designing resilient solutions

-  Understanding management options for degraded land

-  Deciding what is doable and what should be done first

-  Planning and preparing to complete a successful project

-  Maintaining a project and ensuring its long-term success

Participants will learn skills needed to do high quality work that will stand up to natural processes over time. These skills will serve a wide spectrum of people and professions, from backyard restorationists to farmers and land managers. Craig Sponholtz believes in doing it right the first time and spends extra time with students on projects to ensure that they understand the subtleties of the work being done. Emphasis on quality ultimately fosters immense pride of a beautiful job well done.

"Craig Sponholtz’s Applied Watershed Restoration courses are a must. I was very impressed with the thoroughness, hands-on learning, and Craig’s deep knowledge – based on years of real-life experiences. The strategies taught are simple and effective. They build on natural patterns so you work with natural processes not against them. This way nature does the bulk of the work once the structures are in place. I highly recommend these courses for anyone working with the land and water."  - Brad Lancaster, author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond


Course Cost:

$750 (includes camping and meals)   

Financial aid/scholarships and several discounts are available to those who qualify!

For more information and to register:


Contact with questions:

Danielle Brehmer, danielle@quailsprings.org, 805-886-7239

* Financial aid in the form of payment plans and limited partial scholarships by application.  Inquire early.