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.


We are dedicated to promoting social and environmental abundance through the research, education and demonstration of sustainable living practices. We lead by example and model alternative ways of living that build stronger communities, regenerate the environment and achieve economic prosperity. We offer a holistic, hands-on approach, focusing on cultivating healthy relationships with all that sustains us – our land, our farm, our community.

food mission

The journey

As we begin implementing our Permaculture Design Plan on our 200 acres, we invite you to join us on a journey of mutual learning and community building. We will be offering classes and residential programs in farming, land restoration, the culinary arts and a variety of fine arts.


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.