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The Deep Ecology of Forest Gardening Immersion 

Our great planet is calling for something new. This is a conscious and wholistic response to the current global shift. 

Feb 5 - Feb 11

Deep Ecology 

Deep Ecology invites us to view our species amongst the Earth with unity. It encourages a total shift in consciousness- one we have not functioned from for millenia. This lens allows us to honour the sacred elements that live within everything. 

Deep Ecology believes that by reclaiming our interconnected bio-intelligence we develop the radical creativity and joy need to ignite ecological and social change.



  • Deep listening & observation practices

  • Foster coherence between self and nature

  • Growing into 'ecological consciousness' 

  • Daily earth connection meditations and practices 

  • How to awaken bio-intelligence



Forest Gardening 

Branching from the larger framework of Permaculture, Forest Gardening is an regenerative design system for creating resilient plant communities. Based from close observation of natural systems, it results in self-maintaining, diverse and nutrient rich ecosystems. 

Forest Gardening is the art and science of growing plants in patterns that support mutually beneficial relationships for people and nature.



  • Edible Forest Gardening theory & design application

  • Garden planning and companion planting

  • Conventional vs. Organic vs. Wild

  • Ecological ~ Sustainable Gardening Practices

  • Vermiculture: The miracle work of earthworms

  • Cultivating soil building practices

This 7-day Immersion will explore both the practical wisdom and the theoretical underpinnings of a shift to a life-regenerating future - set within a framework of nature based learning. The forest gardening component offers hands-on skills for designing and creating regenerative living systems, integrating human needs with the ecosystems in which we are rooted. The nature-based, deep ecology exercises offer tools and a rich experiential perspective, that opens us to a larger sense of self.

The course is for gardeners, designers, ecologists, and those interested in creating regenerative, life-enhancing environments and futures.

Our shining Facilitators...

Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D. and Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera are founders and directors of The Living Centre and Living Arts Institute – a Centre for transition, regeneration and resilience located in Ontario, Canada.  Together they blend their over 40 years each of experience to offer programs that support individuals in the practice of conscious living.

Lorenna and Shantree are internationally celebrated visionaries, authors, educators, nutritional researchers and world peace workers.

Lorenna offers Earth centered training pathways that support the shift in consciousness needed to heal our alienation from the natural world. For over 25 years she has mentored ‘change makers’ from all walks of life. Her teachings support the reclaiming of our birthright as ecological beings, and with it an Earth-honouring vision that is centered in a practical spirituality. Lorenna is an Eco-Creativity guide and founder of Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings. Her teachings support the reclaiming of our birthright as ecological beings, and with it ourselves and our future. She is a Permaculture Educator, Ayurvedic Living Nutrition Educator and Sevenfold Path of Peace coach with a specialty in evolutionary regeneration at the personal, ecological and spiritual levels. Lorenna weaves the teachings of indigenous cultures, Deep Ecology, Living Systems Theory, Eco-philosophy with nature-centered movement and ritual processes.

Shantree is a Permaculture Educator, Ayurvedic Live-Food Nutritionist, Therapeutic & Shamanic Herbalist, Constitutional Ecological Consultant & Forest Garden Practitioner with 40 years experience in the Organic Natural Healing Arts. He is an expert on the medicinal and nutritional properties of herbs and trees of Carolinian Canada. His primary focus these days are on research, demonstration and education.

Since the mid 1980's Shantree has been applying permaculture practices to his 50 acres property. After 30 years he is now sharing his experiences with his students and apprentices. Shantree's laboratory ~ spiritually, emotionally, and physically ~ is the forest garden, from which spring ideas about shifting world paradigm through rethinking how we co-create with nature through our garden practices.


What this workshop includes:


-Educational Material

-3 Nourishing organic vegetarian meals a day.


-Accomodation..shared jungle dorm or a shared room in the Garden House.

*Limited spots available. 


-Wi-fi access. 

As a whole, this experience will naturally involve participation and exploration of an integral lifestyle. 


COST: $1225 US Shared accomodation

                 $1125 US Floor space 

**Early Bird receives $100 discount. Ends Jan. 7**


*Paypal payments subject to 5% surcharge


*We will get back to you to confirm your reservation and place your deposit as a follow up of registration.


*Info on how to get here, what to bring and what to expect will be e-mailed upon booking. 


**Cancellation Policy: Any cancellation must be done no later than 2 weeks prior to workshops or retreats. Any cancellation done outside of the policy will result in a non-refundable deposit. 


6:00 Morning Meditation & practices 

8:00 Breakfast buffet

9:30 Forest Gardening Session

1:00 lunch

3:00 Forest Gardening & Deep Ecology

5:30 Free Time


8:00 Creative Exploration & Group Sharing

10:00 Dream Time

Ends after lunch on the 11th

*When applying, please indicate the name of the workshop you are applying for.

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