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self reliance expo
Join SOP at the Self Reliance Expo
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
1700 Rodeo Dr, Mesquite, TX 75149

Come join us at The Self-Reliance Expo! The Self Reliance Expo is produced by The National Self Reliance Project, whose mission is to educate...

Build an Outdoor Classroom
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
3928 Dickens Drive, Plano, TX 75023

Looking for a cool project? Come help us complete/finish out our NEW OUTDOOR CLASSROOM SPACE. Have fun meet others in the area who love...

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What People Say

What Our Students Have To Say!


Elizabeth Hurtado

" The team at SOP is absolutely amazing. The knowledge they impart is life-changing. So grateful to have found them. "

Peter Eberle

" Just started the PDC and I'm very impressed with their organizational setup and Nicholas' knowledge. Very, very instructive and helpful.This is a great school for anyone interested in learning permaculture. Can't wait for the next class. "

Terra York Mathers

“ One of the best things I have done is take the permaculture design course! Its life giving.... literally. ”

Lora Wood Plemons

" I loved every minute. Excellent people, excellent instruction, excellent discussion, invaluable knowledge. I wish I could take it again just to be able to integrate everything more fully. If you have any interest at all in sustainable living (which you should, if you reside on Earth), you must seriously consider permaculture training. There's really no other ship that can sail all the way across the sea. "

Collin Wayne Schickedanz

“ This is by far the best thing that I have ever done for myself. There was so much growth, and even more to be had. Thank you so much again, y'all have changed my life in more ways then you know! ”

Jeffrey Dheere

“ I had a great time, met some great people, and learned how to keep an open mind. ”

Fabiana Garibotti

“ What a great class we had these two last weekends! Whole Systems Gardening! So much good information! Such a nice group of people! Thanks so much! ”

Alesya Kulesh

“ Just wanted to drop by and Thank You - Nicholas Burtner, Anita Mills, Kristi Burtner and Mary-Kate Carter for teaching me to garden and giving confidence in my plant-growing abilities! ”

Todd Feltner

“ A school is only as good as its teacher/s, and Nicholas Burtner is a true teacher (leader) who cares about his students and the world at large. He practices what he preaches and he enables his students to go out into the world and do good works. I highly recommend the School of Permaculture! ”