The 2nd Ecological Restoration Summit at Diamond Mountain Retreat Center


in partnership with Borderlands Restoration Network and SkyHarvest 
Support the volunteers working onsite building the loose rock dams: click here

Encouraging the rainwater that falls in arid regions to stay on the land, soak into the earth and benefit the plants, animals, and people that co-habitat there.

This five-night residential experience includes healthy vegetarian food, lodging in unique eco cottages,  two presentations daily from expert speakers, plus optional yoga and meditation taught by Diamond Mountain Director Ven. Sunam, SkyHarvest Director Alix Rowland and Kat Ehrhorn, SkyHarvest Project Manager and Diamond Mountain Spiritual Caretaker. We encourage you to connect deeply with yourself while immersing in the land and sharing knowledge and caring with the other participants and facilitators.

Throw that stone!

The Spring is regenerated by the dams.

Meal time includes delicious healthy vegetarian meals and exchanging ideas with experts.

Presentations during the summit

When: Monday, September 2 – Saturday, September 7, 2024 (Monday being arrival day, and Saturday departure, summit days Tuesday till Friday, Too long? Day passes are also available!
Diamond Mountain Retreat Center, 3209 S Old Fort Bowie Rd, Bowie, AZ

Ways to participate:

  • Option 1 – Free Volunteer  Track
    Four hours/day of strong hands on ecological restoration  plus educational presentations from experts, optional yoga and meditation.  Free pick up from Tucson Airport, food and shared lodging. 

    • Tour/training for the erosion control structures
    • Repairing/building upon erosion control structures
    • Remove horehound from the riparian area
    • Strategically place seed balls where we removed horehound
    • Planting within/along the spring

Please sign up here and our volunteer coordinator will discuss all your questions and details of your stay. If you live outside the US, please be advised that B1/B2 visa is required when volunteering with us.


  • Option 2 –  Paid Track – Eco Retreat
    Ecological restoration education, fun interactive opportunities to participate in easy optional ecological restoration, expert classes, yoga, meditation, free time for personal retreat.

    • Cost for 5 Days including a private Cottage and meals: $1,307
    • Cost for Day pass includes breakfast and lunch: $138


Some of the in person confirmed speakers:

More speakers coming soon!

This summit is produced in cooperation by three non-profit organizations; Borderlands Restoration Network, Diamond Mountain Retreat Center, and SkyHarvest. Our goal is to educate, connect and provide resources to people wanting to restore arid lands around the globe starting locally in Arizona.

In case you want to listen to the expert classes from last year’s summit: Reshape the Earth

Elise Gornish, Extension Specialist, Ecological Restoration, University of Arizona