Our Mission

The Harrison House Arts & Ecology Center is dedicated to the practice and teaching of drylands permaculture and to providing a place for artists to explore the intersection of art and ecology.

Growing Food, conserving water and climate change are subjects that many of us have thought about this past year as we’ve had to consider how to sustain ourselves.

To delve more deeply into these areas join us for a dynamic weekend at the Harrison House Music, Arts and Ecology center March 19-21 on an introductory learning journey into the heart of the many facets of permaculture. This course will be led by international permaculture educator, designer and storyteller, Warren Brush. Cost is $200 (early bird until February 19).

A full Permaculture Design Certification Course (PDC) will be offered May 15-28 facilitated by Brush along with a team of local and international specialists.

These courses will be held out-of-doors, socially distanced with strict COVID protocols in place. In the event that we must cancel full refunds will be given.

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“I had the chance to study Permaculture under Warren Brush in Joshua Tree at the Harrison House. What an incredible opportunity, and one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. As humans we can play an important role in nature by designing regenerative systems that nourish us and improve the environment and our communities. That’s what I want to do.”
– Justin Moore

“I’ve taken a number of PDC’s and permaculture related workshops over the years. This was one of the most powerful.”
– Jill Giegerich

“I am still reveling in the wonderment of the past two weeks. Warren’s special way of teaching will stay with me forever.”
– Julia Ehret

To learn permaculture is to become literate with the art (patterns) of nature and as humans to learn to live more regeneratively within her systems.”
– Eva Soltes, Founder/Director

Our Commitments & Projects

We are committed to practicing & teaching accessible home-scale solutions for:
– Sustainable water usage
– Local food production
– Building soil fertility and sequestering carbon

Our current projects include: 

– Rainwater-harvesting earthworks to support native trees for food, shade &
wind protection
– Rooftop-rainwater-harvesting systems
– Greywater-fed “oasis zones” for fruit production
– Soil regeneration
– Propagation of edible and medicinal native plant species
– Water-efficient vegetable gardening systems
– Growing the local culture of ecological awareness and stewardship
– Arts and Environment residencies and volunteer programs