Who we are

Since 1978, Heartwood Institute has been a leading Healing Arts school, teaching massage therapy and integrative medicine. Since its inception, Heartwood has taught thousands of students from around the world, empowering and transforming people's lives. Now, Heartwood is embarking on a new journey of healing: regenerating the land, and building community.

Mission: is to be a holistic-healing school and community dedicated to empowering each individual in fulfilling their dreams of a career and life with heart.

Vision: To ethically develop a productive, regenerative community that is dedicated to supporting holistic-healing education and right-livelihood, honoring the sacredness and unity of all

Purpose: is to learn, grow, and love through service. Service Is Love In Action.


food mission


Heartwood has a long history of World Class Instructors and Education, and is renowned for its excellent track record in the world of holistic education.

Since its inception, Heartwood has taught thousands of students from around the world, empowering and transforming people's lives. Over the years the most wonderful people in the world have come to Heartwood. These are people who want their love to make a difference in the lives of those around them. 


Our Permaculture center seeks to innovate new practices and tools for a sustainable world. We will conduct research and develop viable practices and technologies in the fields of sustainable food production, renewable energy, natural building and appropriate technologies.

Our educational programs focus on regenerative farming, land restoration and sustainable living environments, offering real tools for a real world.

Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts department focuses on a holistic system of plant-based education that merges nature with the science and art of agriculture and food preparation.

We offer an interdisciplinary study of whole foods to provide current and prospective chefs the necessary tools to create conscious food choices and expand the horizons of the food system.

Art Department

Heartwood's unique Art Department program puts an emphasis on projects that address issues of environment and social change. Our participants live on our beautiful, secluded mountain property and are immersed in a creative, collaborative environment.

As the program develops, we will create projects that support our common visions and invite our resident artists to engage with our Permaculture and Culinary Arts programs, weaving together diverse modalities and forms of expression.