What is Urban Permaculture? 

What does it have to do with my health/healing? 

Through his study of natural medicine, Dr. Michael Lipelt, founder and practitioner at Stillpoint Family Health Services (SFHS), learned of the importance of good health starting from the foundation of eating low on the food chain, which 15 years ago, led him to the study of permaculture. Reading the books of Bill Mollison, and taking classes locally at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, the Solar Living Institute, and the Regenerative Design Institute with Penny Livingston-Stark, he ultimately transformed his own five acres in Sonoma County using this training to the Stillpoint Permaculture Center (SPC).

Applying permaculture principles (see below) on his own land showed him the importance of first, slowing down and observing nature, not imprinting his own design and to instead, use nature, i.e., the seasons, the sun/moon phases, etc., as a design model, and reaching the milestone of a closed system of no waste. He found that everything he had learned could be applied to his practice, both in his physical office and in relationships, including helping you to restore and maintain your good health.

Today the SPC has evolved to use organic and biodynamic growing practices with grapes, veggies, fruit trees (peaches, plums, nectarines, figs, pears, apples), nut trees (walnuts and almonds), native plants, photovoltaic systems, windmills, a rain catchment system, a pond, animals (chickens, ducks, fish, llamas, geese, bees), cob structures, a geodesic dome (designed for community-based gatherings with dance & music) and teepee, with plans for expansion. Dr. Lipelt enjoys bringing clients to the SPC to share his connection with the land and the joy he gets from being in healthy relationship with life.

Permaculture Principles:

1) Observe and Interact
2) Catch and Store Energy
3) Obtain a Yield
4) Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback
5) Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services
6) Produce No Waste

7) Design from Patterns to Details
8) Integrate Rather than Segregate
9) Use Small and Slow Solutions
10) Use and Value Diversity
11) Use Edges and Value the Marginal
12) Creatively Use and Respond to Change


Care for the earth, care for people, share the surplus.
— Permaculture Ethics