Santa Barbara Permaculture Network Presents

Healing Earth

An Ecologist’s Journey of Innovation & Environmental Stewardshipwith Author & Ecologist John Todd

Friday Evening Talk & Book-Signing, 

October 18, 6:30-8:30pm  2019

Admission $10 (pay at the door, or Eventbrite)

Saturday Workshop, October 19,  9:30am -12:30pm

Admission $30, Students Free (must preregister on Eventbrite)

Location: Antioch University Santa Barbara Community Hall

602 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Short Video: What is a Living Machine? John Todd & Ecological Design

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The solutions for the future are going to depend entirely on us becoming intimately attuned to the natural world - John Todd

Please join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network on October 18th & 19th for an inspiring two day event with renowned ecologist John Todd, sharing his newly published book, Healing Earth, An Ecologist’s Journey of Innovation & Environmental Stewardship.

A stand-out from the sea of despairing messages about climate change, well-known sustainability elder John Todd has taught, mentored, and inspired such well-known names in the field as Janine Benyus, Bill McKibben, and Paul Hawken.

Best known for his Eco-Machines, greenhouses with tanks filled with a variety of plants and other living organisms capable of turning sewage and wastewater into pure drinking water, John Todd is an evolutionary biologist working in the general field of ecological design.  Ecological design uses sunlight, biodiversity and natural processes to create clean water with the byproducts of natural gases and biological material.  

John Todd’s work has spanned nearly five decades demonstrating how nature is capable of cleaning up some of the most toxic messes modern technology and the industrial revolution has unleased on the planet.  From old textile mills on the East Coast of America still polluting rivers and waterways, to ongoing oil spills, to luxury resort hotels, high rises, and even cities needing to solve present day sewage and water issues, John Todd has offered pragmatic visions of hope with his revolutionary ecological designs.

Todd’s recently published book Healing EarthAn Ecologist’s Journey of Innovation & Environmental Stewardship, chronicles many examples of workable engineering solutions for environmental problems, such as healing the aftermath of mountain-top removal and valley-fill coal mining in Appalachia; using windmills and injections of bacteria to restore the health of a polluted New England pond; working with community members in a South African village to protect an important river; and concrete suggestions for solving as yet unresolved issues related to the climate crisis.  

John Todd is a biologist and the founder and president of John Todd Ecological Design.  He holds degrees covering the fields of agriculture, parasitology, tropical medicine, fisheries and ethology. In addition to new paradigms in an academic setting, he is the founder and president of Ocean Arks International, a non-profit research and education organization and co-founder of New Alchemy Institute, a research center that has done pioneering investigation into organic agriculture, aquaculture and bioshelters. In 2008 he received the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award for the best idea and concept to help save the planet and humanity. In 2007 he was named one of the top 100 visionaries of the 20th century by Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, and in the “Genius Issue” of Esquire he was profiled as one of top 35 figures in “Inventing Modern America.”

The evening talk & book-signing takes place on Friday, October 18from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, admission $10 (books available for purchase at the event).  A Saturday morning workshop follows on October 19, from 9:30-12:30pm, $30 (must preregister for workshop on Eventbrite, sign up early as the workshop will likely sell out). Both events take place at the Antioch University Santa Barbara Community Hall, 602 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. For more information contact:, 805-962-2571,

A Community Event Hosted by

Santa Barbara Permaculture Network

Part of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network Civics 101 for Climate Change Series

Co-sponsors: Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, Antioch University, World Business Academy, Blue Sky Biochar, Teeccino, El Capitan Canyon Resort, Santa Barbara Aquaponics, Community Environmental Council, and the Santa Barbara Independent

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Learn More:

Saturday Morning Workshop Oct 19/Must Preregister on Eventbrite

NEW BOOK Healing Earth - An Ecologist’s Journey of Innovation & Environmental Stewardship

John Todd Ecological Design

Why Design Now: Eco-Machine at the Omega Center for Sustainable Living

Ocean Arks International

New Alchemy Institute & The Green Center

Ecological Design & Living Machines

Sustainable World Radio Interview with John Todd Episode 131

Eco-Machines/Living Machine examples: El Monte Sagrado Resort Taos, New Mexico; Eco Hood in Prescott, AZ 

Kathe Seidel, German Botanist, first to incorporate vegetation into wastewater treatment wetlands in the 1950


  • Occurred Saturday, October 19th, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Occurred Friday, October 18th, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Antioch University Santa Barbara Community Hall

602 Anacapa St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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