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Sustainable Living Education

The heart of the San Diego Sustainable Living Institute is teaching people practical and hands-on skills to empower them to create a sustainable San Diego.  We offer a wide range of classes with a holistic curriculum.  Each course is taught by a passionate expert and is catered towards student understanding and enjoyment. Below are some of the subjects and topics that we teach. To find out about our current course offering please visit here.


  • Introduction to Permaculture
  • Permaculture Design Course
  • Food Forestry
  • Advanced Permaculture Design

Water Harvesting

  • Rainwater Harvesting (passive and active)
  • Laundry to Landscape
  • Branched Drain Greywater Systems
  • Whole Property Water Planning


  • How to build healthy soil
  • Soil Food Web
  • Making compost
  • Composting with worms
  • Aerated compost tea

Organic Gardening

  • Designing an Organic Veggie Garden
  • Fruit Trees (how to plant, what to plant, pruning)
  • Mushroom Cultivation
  • Seed Starting/ Propagation
  • Seed Saving/ Storing/ Sharing

Animal Husbandry

  • Backyard Chickens
  • Sustainable Beekeeping
  • Raising Rabbits
  • Backyard Pigmy Goats
  • Chicken Processing/ Butchering
  • Aquaponics

Appropriate Technology

  • Solar Cooking
  • Building Your Own Solar Cooker
  • Solar Food Dehydrating
  • Rocket Stove and Other Cookers
  • Renewable Energy (solar and wind)
  • Bicycle Power Appliances
  • Solar Water Heating
  • Compost Heat

Natural Building

  • Intro to Natural Building
  • Strawbale
  • Cob
  • Adobe
  • Other Natural Building Methods (wattle and daub,straw clay, etc)
  • Cob Oven Building
  • Passive Solar Design


  • Canning
  • Fermentation
  • Beer Making
  • Wine Making
  • Mead Making