Environmental Leadership Field School

Participants in this exciting, varied and rigorous program will receive tools for creative problem solving and gain insight to assist oneself and others to live sustainably, compassionately and with joy. Our mission is to provide experiences that mobilize future leaders from different fields to support and enhance the environment, biodiversity, and equitable relationships.

The New Age of Environmentalism: A Mindset

Tentative 2019 Dates:
June 17, 2019 – July 28, 2019

6 Weeks

Approximate Hours per Week:

lodging, food, utilities, WiFi, classes, books

To Apply:
Submit a cover letter and resume to sid@stanfordinn.com before April 15.

Now, more than ever, the world needs leaders who understand the true nature of the current environmental crisis. In response to this need, Mendocino Eco-Education and Events, Inc. in concert with John Jeavons’ GROW BIOINTENSIVE® (and hosted at the Stanford Inn Eco-Resort) offer this groundbreaking Field School whose mission is to help develop the next generation of environmental minds.

True sustainability extends far beyond electric vehicles and reusable water bottles. It begins with a deep understanding of soil, gardening/farming, food production and preparation, and most importantly, how we think. The Environmental Leadership Field School encompasses all aspects of this model, equipping diverse students who will be leaders with a range of interests and future careers from around the world with practical, real-life tools and experiences, enabling them to serve as examples to fellow students, colleagues, and co-workers.


The Stanford Inn Eco-Resort has been leading sustainable practices in inn keeping for nearly 40 years. Beginning in 2007, we partnered with John Jeavons’ GROW BIOINTENSIVE® to create an international training program in sustainable small scale farming and since 2012, the Stanford Inn has provided instruction in all that we do – including land-use, both landscaping and farming; building practices; nutrition; cooking; and our philosophy of sustainability. Our field school has had participants from a variety of institutions, including Yale University, Beloit College, UC Santa Barbara, and others.

Experiences and Focal Areas

Science of sustainability
On the ground farm experience —
soil development, planting, harvesting, composting
Carbon and Calorie Farming
Yoga, paddling experiences
Nutrition & plant-based cooking

Decision processes in business and life
Development of creative mindset
Cultural dynamics – identity and tradition
Mindfulness and Sustainability
Workshop series: brainstorming approaches
to education and development

Program Highlights