Masters in Sustainable Veganic Gardening

The Tree of Life Foundation, in association with the Gabriel Cousens, MD Cousens’ School of Holistic Wellness, is pleased to offer its new Masters in Sustainable Veganic Gardening.

Prospective students may either earn a Certificate of Mastery from the Cousens’ School of Holistic Wellness, or pursue the option of earning either a Bachelors Degree or a Masters Degree from the internationally certified University of Integrated Science California (UISCA http://www.UISCA.org ) for a Master of Arts Degree in Sustainable Veganic Gardening.

Students with a Bachelors Degree may apply for their Master’s Degree upon graduation. Those with two years of college experience may apply for a Life Experience Bachelors degree through UISCA (not administrated by the Tree of Life, additional fees may apply) Those without any college level education will receive a Sustainable and Veganic Gardening certification through the Tree of Life Center US.

About the Instructor:

John Phillips, MS
www.gardeningforpeace.org

John Phillips, MSJohn’s professional experiences reflect his lifelong goals of helping to create world peace by helping to end world hunger; and his interest in fostering human evolution through the link between scientific and spiritual development. He teaches “Gardening for Peace” – aimed at changing human consciousness to make us aware of our connections with spirit and each other. This teaching has both practical applications to increase the world food supply, and the consciousness-raising potential to help lead us to a state of “Awakened Being”.

John is CEO of the Living Earth Training Center, Inc, where he develops training programs and internships in sustainable organic agriculture. He has served as CEO of EM Nature Farming Methods and helped foster the expansion of em technologies in the United States and other countries in the Americas. His contributions to the Tree of Life include conducting training programs and seminars, developing intern training programs in gardening and landscaping, and land management planning and design of the 160 acre campus and a supporting 10-acre satelitte facility.

Program Description:

The Masters in Sustainable Veganic Gardening is a one-year, in residence program consisting of a combination of work-study {practicums} (29 hours per week), classroom lectures, field trips, required and optional reading, individual mentoring and independent research and a thesis project.Based on our years of experience offering, “learn by doing” training in sustainable veganic gardening, we have developed this new program to provide students the opportunity for in-depth training for a full-year, four-season cycle.

The training takes place in our gardens at the Tree of Life Center US in Patagonia, Arizona.  Located in the ‘Mountain Empire’ region of southern Arizona at an elevation of 4500 feet, Patagonia experiences a four-season climate in a desert savannah/scrub forest biome.  Our location in Santa Cruz County is in one of the most scenic areas of the southwest.  Because of our proximity to Mexico and the mountain islands of southern Arizona, our location is in a region that is the subject of much research and natural resource conservation activity.

In our gardens, we utilize cutting-edge appropriate technologies and sustainable veganic methods.  We are in the process of developing a proto-type “Solar Eco-Village Healing and Training Center”, which will serve as a model for creating similar centers in various locations worldwide.  Our students will become thoroughly trained in the various aspects of sustainable veganic gardening, and should be able to effectively manage numerous kinds of micro-enterprises including organic sprouts and micro-greens production, veganic vegetable and fruit production, seed libraries and tool and equipment libraries, organic fertility product production and training programs.

Our students are recruited internationally, providing a cross-cultural learning context.  The Tree of Life Center US is a spiritual community and destination holistic healing and training center that works to creating world peace and a sustainable future.  Students are expected to participate meaningfully in the spiritual community at the Tree of Life as an integral part of their core studies.

What is veganic gardening?

Veganic gardening is the organic cultivation and production of food crops utilizing methods that are sourced only from plants, and using no herbicides, pesticides, inorganic fertilizers, animal by-products, or genetically modified seeds. Many “vegan” foods that you buy do in fact use animal-sourced inputs at the farm, even if the end product is comprised only of plants. Veganic farming uses no animal products or by-products such as bloodmeal, fish products, bone meal, feces, or other animal-origin matter, making the end product truly plant-sourced only.

Sustainable veganic gardening at the Tree of Life

At the Tree of Life, our veganic gardening methods employ specific techniques which focus on the fertility of the soil and the optimum nutrient density of the crops. Our agricultural approach supports our higher intention for spiritual and sustainable growth. Therefore we grow food to meet the dietary recommendations of Dr. Cousens – a vegan, organic, live-food, high mineralized, low-sugar, and high hydration diet. As such, the focus of our production is on sprouts, greens, and vegetables, though we do have a few fruit and nut trees on the property. We utilize a variety of methods that promote soil vitality, including EM-probiotic soil conditioning, sheet composting, vegan fertilization alternatives, composite mineral supplementation through seaweed extracts and low-water use irrigation.

Why is veganic farming so important now?

As Dr. Gabriel Cousens has written about extensively, animal agriculture (factory farming in particular) is an ever-increasing disaster for the land, air, water, and local ecosystems, as well as typically using 10-20 times more energy than the veganic farming methods as employed at the Tree of Life.

Current wide-scale animal agricultural practices are a major cause of resource depletion, more so than all other energy uses combined, due mostly to the resources required to grow the the excess grain needed to feed the animals we eat. Veganic farming, particularly if practiced by a significant percentage of humanity, moves us strongly toward a viable alternative solution to our current environmental crises.

From a spiritual perspective, the karma associated with plant-source only agriculture supports the awakening of the higher expressions of human consciousness on the planet. The way we eat determines the way we live, and the way we eat is determined by the way we farm; food production represents our relationship with the earth. If this relationship is free from exploitation and cruelty to animals and the earth, it positively affects the content of our minds and our lives.

The popularization of vegetarianism and veganism roughly correlates with the civil rights movements and cultural revolutions that have illuminated the need for equality amongst all peoples in our societies. Now is the time to further this journey into light and life through a revolution in our farming practices. Now is the time for veganic agriculture.

Student Expectations

The participant must be physically capable and hardworking as they will be expected to be a productive and contributing member of our team. A regular course and work schedule will be followed throughout the year and is expected to be maintained. Please understand that we experience a wide variety of climatic conditions (more details found below) so please come prepared for the full range of weather conditions.

Students will be expected to live in harmony with the Tree of Life Dharma, which includes adhering to a 100% vegan, 80% live food diet, and no drug or alcohol use.

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Details:

Prospective Students can request more information and begin the application process by filling out the form below.   Tuition for this program is $14,000.00.

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Program Details

Tuition and Fees

$14,000.00

  • includes $50 application fee
  • includes room and board for entire length of program
  • includes all educational experiences (field trips, auidos, videos, etc)

Additional Fees:

  • Optional Diploma and Transcripts ($800 payable to UISCA)
  • Travel expenses to and from the Tree of Life
  • Thesis Project Fund

Program Dates

There are four times per year to enroll in this program.  Program start dates are seasonally based and will be provided on the website as availability opens.