about this event

An 8 week in-person course to deepen your relationship with food, the land, community, and yourself. This course is just 2.5 hours, 1 day a week designed to cultivate a sense of belonging in a society overwhelmed by tech and stimulus outside of ourselves. Become empowered with skills to feed your family and community, enhance your preventitive healthcare routine, achieve self-reliance outside of a broken food system, and live simply and in right relationship with your environment and community as stewards of land and sea. 

Class Schedule:

Every Friday 9-11:30am

April 7

April 14

April 21

April 28

May 5

May 12

May 19

May 26

Finale Dinner – May 27th


In this course you will learn:

– Basics of organic gardening from seed to supper

  • Land observation
  • Seed saving
  • Soil health
  • Composting
  • Seaweed compost tea making
  • Pest management
  • What to grow when
  • Lunar planting and lifestyle
  • Companion planting
  • Native and bioregional planting
  • Harvesting
  • Food as medicine

– Introduction to history of the land and first Peoples – the Payómkawichum Tribe

– How to feed yourself, friends and neighbors

– How to recognize yourself as nature, and your intrinsic interconnection with your environment

– Community building and cultivating radical collective joy in the face of adversity

– Food Justice basics and how to be a part of the solution to a broken food system

– Ecopsychology principles

– Spiritual Ecology practices

– How to live in reciprocity with the land and sea that sustain us

Who This is For:

– Beginner + Intermediate gardeners

– Individuals seeking interdependence and like-minded community 

– Those curious about how to plant and grow food and herbs for cooking and medicine 

– Those seeking a joyful form of climate activism that heals ourselves as we work to heal the land

– Those in need of therapy for nervous system healing, physical challenges, or mental health struggles such as anxiety, depression, stress, fear, lonliness and trauma

What’s Included:

– 8 weeks of 2.5 hour live, hands-on education in our community garden in Vista, CA

– Tools + class materials

– Guest speakers

– Food as medicine cooking class

– Farm-to-table finale dinner for you and a guest

– Community What’sApp group for continued connection during + after the course

*BONUS* Recipe book by Aryuvedic Chef Jenny Griffith + FREE 30 minute on site garden consultation with land designer Joni Wold

NOTE: Access to this course information should not be restricted due to financial barriers. If you are in need of financial support or payment plan options, please email us directly at info@seaandsoil.org. We are here to support as much as possible. 


Joni Wold | Land steward, Regenerative Farmer and Arborist

Joni’s love for plants started in her backyard garden as a child, climbing fruit trees to harvest warm Plums and Apricots off the trees and spending time in her moms garden. She participated in the Future Farmers of America program in high school and worked at a production nursery as her school project. Although her path has been nonlinear, working with plants and the land has been her heart’s path for 16 years. Her studied education has been in landscape architecture, permaculture design, tree stewardship, pollinator planting, California natives, and many hours with her nose in related books. However, she believes working in close relationship with the land and with the seasons is by far the best teacher. After many years of managing nurseries and the maintenance department of landscape companies, she found the standard landscape industry to be far from a right relationship and true earth care so she stepped away and has been doing freelance work. For 4 years she was a member of a regenerative farm growing medicinal herbs and land restoration of grasslands in East San Diego. She has also participated in Silviculture projects with local San Diego Shepherds. She currently tends many urban food gardens, cares for over 60 fruit trees, and stewards land throughout San Diego County. Through the years her relationship with the land has become a spiritual journey as it’s brought her a lot of healing and a sense of belonging in the world. She believes the garden has soul lessons for us, and has experienced the healing when a community, with right intention, gathers together in the sanctuary the land offers us. 

Jenny Griffith | Aryuvedic Practitioner + Chef, Permaculture Designer, Herbalist

Jenny was introduced to Ayurveda at a yoga teacher training 10 years ago and loved it so much that I enrolled in the San Diego College of Ayurveda. Jenny attended culinary school at the Midwest Culinary Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio and went on to become a Certified Ayurvedic Chef at the Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley. Jenny has been teaching Ayurvedic Cooking Classes, cheffing retreats, and facilitating programs for clients from around the globe to share this vast medicinal science through the work of our hands. In 2021, she received her Permaculture Design and Herbalism Certification at Atitlan Organics with Sarah Wu in Guatemala. Jenny currently helps grow food and medicine at Villa Kali Ma Women’s Recovery Center in Carlsbad, CA, and Stepping Stones adult behavioral center in Fallbrook.  

She especially loves to educate people on how to step into radical self-reliance in such a chaotic world. 

Lex Weinstein | Surfer, Storyteller, Spiritual Ecologist

Lex Weinstein is a surfer, grassroots activist, storyteller and spiritual ecologist dedicated to the collective remembering of our intrinsic belonging as nature. Her documentations of surf culture through the lens of earth stewardship encourage honoring the indigenous roots of surfing, ecopsychology principles, and an ethos of radical collective joy in the face of adversity. In 2013, she completed her Permaculture Design Certification and later accepted a friend’s invitation to homestead on the North Shore of Kaua’i to immerse in an environmental studies of her own invention: farming and surfing. From there, the concept of Sea + Soil was born, and her passion for environmental justice became a pathway to grassroots reparations + healing of people and planet. In 2021 she founded the collective as an official nonprofit on a mission to reconnect and regenerate ecosystems and community, and has hosted garden parties with large groups on tribal lands and rehabilitation clinics throughout North County, San Diego. Lex is the face of Billabong Women’s first ever eco-friendly collection as a sustainability advocate and consultant, is a writer for international surf magazines such as The Surfers Journal, Wavelengths UK, and Honey Japan, and holds space as a facilitator of nature therapies through creative counseling, tarot meditations and a multitude of intuitive healing arts.