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Holistic Management Intensive

Join us for a Holistic Management Intensive this December!

This is a Savory Accredited Course and meets the training requirements for becoming a Savory Institute Accredited Professional.

This 10 day immersive experience is designed for someone who wants to learn the whole of Holistic Management in one session. This unique framework builds your understanding of the whole you are working within and guides you in developing a context appropriate pathway to management for ecological, economic, and community health. There will be a mixture of inside course and individual work time, as well as outdoor, hands-on experience.

This training covers the following:

  • The Foundations of Holistic Management — 2 Days.

    • The fundamentals of holistic management.

    • The ecosystem processes and the tools to manage them.

    • Holistic decision-making.

  • Holistic Financial Planning — 3 Days.

    • The fundamentals of holistic financial planning.

    • Creating your holistic financial plan.

  • Holistic Planned Grazing — 2 Days.

    • The fundamentals of holistic planned grazing.

    • Creating, implementing, and monitoring your grazing plan.

  • Holistic Land Planning — 1 Day.

    • The fundamentals of holistic land planning.

    • Creating your holistic land plan.

  • Holistic Ecological Monitoring — 1 Day.

    • The fundamentals of holistic ecological monitoring.

    • Monitoring your land.

This course is for everyone from a producer looking to increase their carrying capacity to the community member who wants to develop their awareness of the products they buy.


The Location:

Sunburst Sanctuary and Organic Farm is a center for holistic learning, healing and conscious living, cared for by a cooperative community located in Lompoc, CA, about 45 mins North of Santa Barbara.

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The Facilitators:

Spencer Smith is the owner and operator of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management with his wife, Abbey. He is a certified Holistic Management educator with the Savory Institute and travels throughout Northern California and Nevada conducting Holistic Management workshops, courses, events and consultations. In addition to teaching, Spencer is a rancher himself and has decades of experience in ranch management including herd health, pasture management , and rangeland improvements.

Jesse Smith is the Director of Land Stewardship of White Buffalo Land Trust and is guiding the development of the flagship farm, as well as working with the team, contractors, and partners to grow the land under our management, and the impact in our community. Jesse brings years of experience in landscape design and basemap development, as well as visual communications design.

The Details:

Dates: December 9-18, 2019

Location: Sunburst Sanctuary, 7200 CA-1, Lompoc, CA 93436

Cost: $1,800 - Includes: Course instruction and all meals (excludes meals on day off)

* Shared Lodging and Tent Camping is available to students who would like to stay on site. Please email for more details.

For inquiries and questions, please contact Ana Smith at or by calling 805-637-5497.

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