Community & Collaborators


PLACE has many collaborators that make our work possible. Our collaborators are based on-site and offer a variety of services and education.

the Makery

PLACE has a new maker’s space with communal creation stations as well as some private tables for folks who wish to store more stuff and leave out their work. The room has some shared tools, supplies and an industrial sewing machine. Daytime use 10am to 6pm is consistently available. Most evenings til 10pm is also available, although there are occasional activities in the adjoining Art Barn that may require quiet due to the nature of the event (film screenings, classes, discussions, meetings). Some storage space may be available for an additional monthly fee. Read the AD for new members.

Fab Lab

PLACE Fabrication Laboratory is a shared workshop for creating sustainable technologies. Fab Lab is dedicated to folks working in the realm of environmentally friendly sustainable design and appropriate technology. From bike builder to rocket stove makers, gasifier to methane digester, the Fab Lab is an incubator for new ideas in a solutionary future. The space is better suited for metal and wood working, soldering, custom bike frame & trailer fabrication. We have shared equipment including a welder, chop saw, band saw, drill press and several hand tools. We are looking for others to bring their own equipment to share with other makers, so we can create a more robust and versatile working environment. It is home of Vessel Bikes, an electric bicycle company, creators of mobile sustainable education displays and permaculture technologist Nik Bertulis, who has been working on PLACE’s sanitation forestry greenhouse prototype, a 60 foot long vermi-fertigator and mobile rocket stove. Read the AD for new members.

Vessel Bikes

Vessel Bikes is a paradigm shift in transportation.  Hand-built artisan electric vehicles that are tailored to an individual’s lifestyle and persona.


Treewolf is a local small business that has a mindset focused on not only providing quality tree service, but also community service and networking.

Treewolf sets itself apart from other companies by paying particular attention to finer details and having a conservation mindset instead of quickly deciding to remove trees.  We specialize in hazard reduction, building clearance, reducing foliage density, aesthetic pruning, and removals if necessary. Another service Treewolf offers is the ability to mill wood on site using an Alaskan Mill. This way, the tree can be salvaged to make useful products like countertops, furniture, benches, and more. With the Alaskan Mill, not only is waste reduced, the beauty and character of the tree is preserved in an useful product that was grown and made locally.

PLACE School for Sustainable Living

PLACE School is a collaborative, community-based project that offers classes on a broad-range of social and environmental topics. During this critical period of transition to a post-petroleum world, our mission is to support the transition from petroleum-based lifestyles to build a sustainable community that relies on locally-sourced resources and has the skills we need to continue to thrive.

Courses include handcrafting skills (brewing, clothing and textiles, fermentation), permaculture, appropriate technology, homesteading, theater and arts, urban gardening, homemade health care, and herbalism. If you have interest in teaching here please read more on our TEACH page and fill out a short request form.

NEW! – PLACE Summer Camp!

A dynamic and exciting camp at PLACE for Sustainable Living is being offered this summer for
kids AGES 7-13 in the subjects of sustainability, the arts, and technology. Classes include gardening, natural building, bike mechanics, cooperative games, outside cooking, drumming, and more.

Positions are available to young adults for Assistant Counselors with a week training. Inquire about this program by emailing us: with “CIT” in the subject line.

Aso, please see our  2014 Summer Camp Program.

Extended Community

PLACE has partnered with many local organizations and continues to make connections with local partners in an effort to build meaningful connections and beautify our surrounding community. We have worked with:

Golden Gate Oakland

The Golden Gate Oakland District website is a collaboration of San Pablo Avenue and Golden Gate District merchants, organizations, residents, artists, and workers. This is our virtual hub for news, events, happenings, business promotions, and building community. Please join us in contributing and making use of this community hub for the benefit of everyone who lives, works, shops, visits, and travels through the Golden Gate District of Oakland, California, 94608.

Golden Gate Strategic Forum

We are a forum of Golden Gate district merchants, organizers, city office personnel, and neighborhood association (SPAGGIA) who meets to strategize on development without displacement for our neighborhood, bringing the community needs into the mix. We came up with the Golden Gate Second Saturdays, an initiative to hold a monthly Second Saturday’s event, with activities in the following categories: Art, Music, Food, Volunteerism, Classes, and Family Friendly too.

We’re focusing on the DIY character of our neighborhood. Our goals are:
– To encourage interactions between residents of the Golden Gate Neighborhood
– To show off our neighborhood features to residents and visitors
– To support local arts, music, business, and orgnizations
– To have a great party every month!

San Pablo Avenue Golden Gate Improvement Association – SPAGGIA, pronounced spa-jee-a

SPAGGIA is a non-profit, volunteer organization devoted to improving the quality of life in the Golden Gate neighborhood since 1984. We are on a Our efforts have resulted in the landscaped medians on San Pablo Avenue, improved street lighting, restoration and preservation of the local library, block clubs and neighborhood networks, crime prevention initiatives, community cleanups, candidate forums for local elections, and construction of the new Golden Gate Recreation Center (beginning in 2014).

St. Columba Church

We are working with the St. Columba Church to help with garden installs and work with the youth associated with the church.

North Oakland Restorative Justice Alliance

The North Oakland Restorative Justice Council is made up of various North Oakland community stakeholders working to address issues of community violence through a land based restorative justice lens.  The Council is made up of members of Bethany Baptist Church, Memorial Tabernacle Church, Growing Together, Phat Beets Produce, PLACE for Sustainable Living, the Bay Area Youth Empowerment Project, and various neighbors.  The council organizes to support communities dealing with institutional and interpersonal violence in North Oakland and to create a culture and process to curb future violence. This community based project is working at intersection of urban greening and displacement with a focus on building campaigns, initiatives, and practices around community safety and economic development without displacement in Oakland, California through the use of restorative justice. Read more here.

And You?

Want to partner with us? We are always looking for more organizations to create amazing collaborations with!

Please inquire by emailing us at


Fiscal Sponsor

Create Peace Project

create_peace_logoCreate Peace Project (CPP) was founded in May of 2008 by Ross Holzman in San Francisco, CA.  CPP was formed in response to the overwhelming amount of violence in the world, the violence and negativity streaming through the mass media, coupled with the severe lack of creative arts in people’s lives, the deterioration of arts-programing in U.S. public schools, and the suffering people are experiencing as a result.  Create Peace Project is responding to growing need to strengthen human connection, cultivate self-awareness, spread hope and create peace in people’s lives.