Symbiosis Ranch
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Events/Open Houses/Sustainable Courses

Upcoming Tours

We are pleased to offer private tours for cattle customers on an individual basis throughout 2019! Spend quality time with us so we can match the right animals to your farm needs.  We are happy to answer your questions from beginner to advanced.  Call Bessheen today to schedule your tour 989.506.0057

Garden concepts and biodynamic tours are available on the volunteer schedule listed below. Please call so that we are prepared to meet your needs and education level. 



Learning to be a sustainable steward is now a hands-on experience! A hearty welcome is extended to all who wish to get back to basics. The Symbiosis Ranch in partnership with the Naturopathic Community Center offers sustainable living enthusiasts opportunities to volunteer to help with gardening, food preservation, animal husbandry, biodynamics, and sacred geometry.  There is no charge for these adventures. Please request to be put on the Symbiosis Ranch Volunteer List and we will keep you updated of schedules and coming volunteer activities.  Please be prepared for your experience by packing a lunch, plenty of water, garden and/or work gloves, and closed toed shoes.  Hats and bug repellent at your discretion. 


2019 Volunteer Schedule

Welcome to Summer! We welcome volunteers every Saturday, June through August, as there is always plenty to do!  We also have many projects on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The schedule on all of these days is 9 am to 5 pm, or any portion of that you can attend. Please contact us by e-mail or calling (989)506-0057 so that we know you are coming. 

Late June
Plant the Sacred Geometry Vegetable Garden
This year we will incorporate straw bale garedening!  Enhance the Berry Patches



Transplanting the Starters 

Working with plants in vegetable garden and transplanting green house items outside.





Herbal Harvesting/Preserving/Storing
Often the Harvest Season leads into October and even November
Join us for Canning and Dehydrating deep into the Fall Season



Start Plants in the Greenhouse and Apply Biodynamic Preparations 
Other activities these days may also include repairing sacred geometry gardens




Classes held at the Naturopathic Community Center, 503 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant, MI, or at Symbiosis Ranch depending on subject matter and materials/equipment needed. Contact NCC to register (989) 773-1714.

September 19-22 The Ultimate Plant Course
Hey all you plant geeks! I know there are many of us out there. We are offering a great way to learn all about plants from Instructor Wayne Weiseman. He will share lessons learned from teaching years of primitive skills. His own recipes have been used to create a series of herbal products.  His urban yard yields a huge percentage of his family's food--how does he do it!?! Come learn for yourself!  Students will go home with plant-based products created in class at the Symbiosis Ranch. You will observe, study, interact, and explore woodland, pastures, gardens, farm fields, and other ecosystems.  
Instructor: Wayne Weiseman
Class Time: Thursday 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
and Sunday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Class Fee: $399

October 17-20, 2019 Mixed Permaculture Course

We are at it again! Take advantage of the full course weekend or split your time between individual days of learning. This year, we will be hosting the following options for students to get your gardening groove on by gaining insights into the following topics: Thursday, 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.: The Alchemy of Gardening;

Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Soil and Composting;

Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Tree Identification and Guilds;

Sunday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Building and Using the Sweat Lodge!
Instructor: Wayne Weiseman
Class time: All day
Individual Class Fee: $89 for each day, $50 Thursday or $329 for the full course. These Courses will be held at Symbiosis Ranch.

Wayne Weiseman 


Wayne Weiseman is a Permaculture teacher, designer, consultant and author.

He lives in Carbondale, Illinois with his wife, Frances and daughter, Halima.

He was certified to teach Permaculture by Bill Mollison, the founder of Permaculture, and is recognized by the Worldwide Permaculture Network as

an instructor of the Permaculture Design Certificate Course. Mr. Weiseman is certified by the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) to teach continuing education in Permaculture to licensed architects and landscape architects. Wayne has taught hundreds of Permaculture Design Certificate courses and advanced work, lectured and consulted internationally for many years. His design portfolio includes numerous master plans for various clients.
Wayne has worked as a schoolteacher and as a consultant to educators and administrators in curriculum and professional development. As a primitive wilderness instructor, he relies on observation techniques and a thorough understanding of the natural world to ply his trade. He has worked extensively with corporate executives in the art of team building, and the application of ideas in business and life developed through the observation of the cycles and connections found in the natural world. He has worked as a builder and contractor, herbalist, renewable energy expert, and farmer for the past thirty years. For many years Wayne managed a land-based, self-reliant community project combining organic crop/food production, ecologically-built shelter, renewable energy and appropriate technologies.