Transition East Bay

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Location: Alameda and Contra Costa counties (
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East Bay Transition

We truly don't know if this will work. Transition is a social experiment on a massive scale.

What we are convinced of is this:

if we wait for the governments, it'll be too little, too late
if we act as individuals, it'll be too little
but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.

There's not an ivory tower in sight, no professors in musty oak-panelled studies churning out erudite papers, no slavish adherence to a model carved in stone.

We can't sit back and wait for someone else to do the work. It's up to us.

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WANTED: Transition Minded Housemate -Aug 2013

Started by Loni Gray Aug 11, 2013.

wiki of local transition resources 2 Replies

Started by Martin Dooley. Last reply by Transition East Bay Mar 15, 2011.

What Transition East Bay Needs to Evolve

Started by Darlene Cavallara Jan 29, 2011.

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Comment by Leonard Barrett on August 12, 2009 at 11:13am
Hey folks:

I'm teaching bringing my Permaculture for Renters curriculum to Berkeley on Sept. 12-13.

This is a great opportunity for folks who rent or have small spaces to pick up skills to create more resilient households and relationships with their larger communities. In the past, landlords interested in integrating permaculture principles in how they manage their properties have benefited greatly too.

For registration and more information go to
Comment by Transition East Bay on August 7, 2009 at 3:50pm
You are invited to join us at our next meetings: Monday, August 10th at 7:00 at 351 Santa Clara, Oakland. BYO dinner. We are also going to have a fun potluck get-together on Wednesday, August 12th in conjunction with Spiral Gardens, corner of oregon and sacramento. If you would like to help in the garden you can come starting at 3pm. Otherwise, if you want to come to the potluck only, please bring a dish to pass around 5.30 or 6 ish.

The next meeting after that will be on Monday, August 17th at 7:00 at 351 Santa Clara also.

At these events, we'll plot next steps & network with others interested in building community, local food and meeting everyone's needs through re-localization and energy descent.
Comment by Lauren Minis on August 7, 2009 at 2:52pm
Work-traders needed next week for Soil Food Wed course with Dr. Elaine Ingham


Common Vision and Green Friends are proud to present:
The Soil Food Web with Dr. Elaine Ingham

August 10-14th at the MA Center in Castro Valley

We still have openings for people interested in work-trade for partial payment
or for the full cost of the course. See pricing for course below. If interested
in work-trade options, please contact Megan Watson at megan@...

The break down of the course is as follows:

10-11th: The Soil Food Web Approach
12th: Compost Intensive
13th: Compost Tea Intensive
14th: Microscopes: Identifying Soil Microlife
Sign up for individual days or the whole course.
Organic meals included. Optional Camping.

In this course you will learn to:

* Understand Soil Microlife
* Make biologically powerful compost
* Brew and analyze Compost Tea
* Grow healthier plants and food
* Never look at soil the same way again
* Save the planet through top soil health.

Dr. Elaine Ingham has revolutionized how the science and farming communities
understand the life of soil. Elaine's soil food web approach teaches how to
cultivate a soil that is teeming with the right balance of beneficial micro
organisms. Through decades of intensive research, Elaine has truly evolved
age-old compost and compost tea strategies to help thousands of farms,
golfcourses, ranches, and landscapes to reach incredible productivity without
the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Dr. Elaine Ingham is an
energetic, easy-to-understand speaker who can transmit a wealth of knowledge to
explain what life in the soil is all about.

The MA Center is the US headquarters for the international humanitarian and
spiritual activities of an India saint, Mata Amritanandamayi (known as Amma).
The 180-acre grounds serve as an educational hub for the Bay Area through
demonstration of exemplary sustainable design and practices. Drawn by the
site's beauty, accessiblity by public transportation, and the center's
uncompromising dedication to using all proceeds to fund international
humanitarian aid projects, hundreds of volunteers have joined together in
service to plant the orchards and reforest the hillsides. The MA Center will be
using a Soil Food Web approach for the orchards and landscape.
Course Costs:

Common Vision, GreenFriends, and Biologic Systems worked hard to make this
course about half the cost of Dr. Elaine Ingham's standard courses. May this
information help thousands!

$265 ~ Intro to the Soil Foodweb (Aug. 10-11)
$135 ~ Compost Technology (Aug. 12) Strongly recommended to attend Intro
$135 ~ Compost Tea Technology (Aug. 13) Strongly recommended to attend
Compost class
$160 ~ Light Microscope Class (Aug. 14) Each attendee needs to bring a
microscope meeting the specifications listed on the registration form.

Camping & Organic Breakfast Package: $12/person for Friday and Saturday night.
Common Vision will be hosting camping at Anthony Chabot State Park campsite.
The camping package will include organized carpools and shuttles to and from the
campground, organic breakfasts, and likely night-time music/slide
shows/movies/treats and morning yoga classes. Participants provide their own
sleeping gear, tents (optional), & marshmallows. $12/person per night.
$20/couple per night. Children up to 13 are free.

Room costs in San Ramon or Castro Valley range form $40/night to $120/night.
You will receive a list of local hotels and online hotel
booking options to assist your room search. Participants are responsible for
booking their own hotel rooms and coordinating their own
transportation to and from the M.A. Center.

Hotel Room Share: In efforts to reduce costs to participants, the M.A. Center
and Common Vision are creating a contact list of people
looking to share rooms. It will include each person’s name, sex, email
address, phone number, and room dates. Disclaimer: This service
is purely to assist course participants in connecting with other participants to
share rooms. The M.A. Center and Common Vision are not
responsible for your accommodation experience.

For more information, email us at
Comment by Transition East Bay on July 4, 2009 at 11:40am
save the date
Wednesday 29 July
Transition Town short film/light potluck/open space/ fun/
At Humanist Hall, Oakland
Comment by Transition East Bay on July 2, 2009 at 8:01am
Connect with us at our next meetings.
Organic potluck
Make friends
Plot with us
Wednesday July 8 and 15 6:30 pm
351 Santa Clara, Oakland
"water which is too pure has no fish" Ta'ai Ken 'an
Comment by Transition East Bay on June 18, 2009 at 6:50pm

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Comment by Ari Rubenstein on June 18, 2009 at 3:51pm
Hi there!

My name is Ari Rubenstein. My wife and I live in Alameda, CA aboard a 38 foot engineless sailboat. I'm passionate about sailing -- for it's own sake and as a practical response to peak oil. Specifically, I would like to help revive traditional (engineless) sailing & seafaring skills and lifestyles. I see the "Age of Sail 2.0" as a vital piece of our transportation, trade, and food gathering systems going forward.

Any sailors out there? Anyone who would like to sail? I have some smaller sailboats that would be perfect for basic instruction.

I find it very empowering to develop timeless skills that will allow global transportation powered by the wind, not petroleum.


- Ari

Comment by David Oertel on June 7, 2009 at 7:01pm
Thanks for the info. We are also focusing on the Oakland/Berkeley areas.
Comment by Judith Katz on June 5, 2009 at 11:55pm
This Thursday, June 11th at 7pm Michael Brownlee, a heavy at Transition US and a founder of Transition Boulder is going to be in SF to discuss the Transition Towns movement. Also we can discuss the formation of Transition groups.

Location: Park Library in SF on Page St/between Cole and the GGPark

Best way to get there is on the N Train or the Haight St. buses.

Hope to see you there, dudes and dudettes!
Comment by Ken O on June 1, 2009 at 10:09am
Does everyone here own a bicycle?

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