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ECI Winter Session

  • St. Joseph's Villa 81 Lynn Ave Hampton Bays, NY 11946 (map)

ECI Winter Session  Permaculture Seminar & Retreat

January 1st - 14th, 2018

At the historic St. Joseph's Villa on Shinnecock Bay
81 Lynn Ave, Hampton Bays, NY

Join the staff of ECI for a two week on-site intensive program of ecology education, organic agriculture, regenerative design, slow food, and wellness.

Program Fee: $1200 (including organic vegetarian meals with vegan options)
Rustic Lodging: $1050 (shared accommodations / limited to 12 participants)

Program Description:

A unique approach to field-based learning, the ethos of the program is to familiarize participants with the most environmentally benign practice possible when creating human communities.  An interdisciplinary experience where you will learn how a resilient agro-ecology system and built environment that integrates the surrounding ecosystem are created.

Only 90 miles from the economic and cultural hub of New York City and accessible by train, the coastal community of Good Ground (now known as Hampton Bays) is composed of a barrier island set along the Atlantic, an extensive network of tidal marshes, both shallow and deep bays and a mainland section of Long Island with creeks and ponds in extensive terrestrial woodlands. We will use the full ecosystem of Hampton Bays as our classroom and laboratory. Through this seminar you will learn to tackle many of the primary anthropogenic challenges threatening the world’s resources. The ECI curriculum fills in the gaps between the human food web, our built environment, and the externalities that affect the surrounding ecosystem.

This program exposes participants to information essential to deal with the global changes taking place as the human population grows. Solutions we study include: alternative architecture, ecological engineering, environmental justice, permaculture design, regenerative community development, relocation self-build housing, sustainable food systems, and much more.

Experience Gained:

With 90 percent of the human population expected to relocate during the first half of our current century to urban communities set along waterways, this program is of particular relevance to individuals pursuing and education or careers in:

agriculture • architecture • ecology • ecotourism • ecological design • engineering • environmental design • food studies • landscape architecture • government • non-govenmental organizations •  recreation management • sustainability studies • urban-planning

Please send any questions to or call us at 631-335-9137