Holistic Management in Practice!

Holistic Management in Practice!

Holistic Management in Practice
2-4 November 2017 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
*Limited to 27 participants.

Kirk Gadzia will be teaching a 3-day course on Holistic Management at the Bauernhof Kitsteiner in East Tennessee. Kirk is an internationally known and respected Holistic Management educator who spends most of his time in the drylands. We are very excited to bring Kirk to the eastern U.S. for this course!

Kirk is an internationally respected educator who rarely teaches in the eastern U.S.

We are excited to be bringing Kirk Gadzia to East Tennessee!


  • Early-Bird Cost if registration is before 15 August 2017: $495 Per Person
  • Regular Cost if registration is between 15 August – 19 October 2017: $545 Per Person
  • Late Registration if you sign up between 20 October – 1 November 2017: $595 Per Person

Course Details
(specific information follows below)

  • What is Holistic Management?
  • Topics Covered in this Course
  • Who Should Take this Course?
  • Who is Kirk Gadzia?
  • Course Location
  • Cost
  • Refund Policy
  • Participant Restrictions
  • Included in the Course
  • What to Bring
  • What NOT to Bring
  • Course Policies
  • Local Lodging
  • Camping at the Farm


Kirk Gadzia has over 25 years experience teaching on 6 continents. Here he is teaching in Australia.

Kirk Gadzia has over 25 years experience teaching on 6 continents. Here he is teaching in Woodend, Australia.

What is Holistic Management?
Holistic Management is most easily defined by simply adding W to the word “holistic”. This describes what the process does – helps us manage whole situations rather than perceived parts. Managing the whole gives better results and fewer unexpected problems. Many publications today are filled with gloomy forecasts about agriculture and the environment. Yet, there are few who offer realistic solutions that strengthen both our economy and communities. To reverse this trend we must do it with people already on the land. Holistic Management gives human values a priority, while creating profit through proven financial planning procedures and ecosystem enhancement techniques.

Upon completion of the course you can expect to have a working knowledge of how to put the principles of Holistic Management into practice. This course will provide you with an understanding of how the Holistic Management model can help you achieve your goals. Understanding and managing the ecosystem is emphasized, as well as the tools available to you to influence your financial, land, and people resources. The course gives you the specific techniques you need to help you significantly improve your ability to make better decisions in your business.

Kirk teaching

Topics Covered in this Course:

Manage for Profit

  • Eliminate unnecessary costs.
  • Create new wealth from your resources.
  • Plan and achieve a profit.
  • Analyze new and existing enterprises for their contribution to the entire operation.
  • Increase production on your land.
  • Why most people actually plan for non-profitability and what the three keys are to reversing this tendency.

Manage for Land Health

  • How to “Leave it better than you found it.”
  • Improve rainfall effectiveness, increase production and regenerate soil health.
  • Enrich plant and wildlife diversity.
  • Reduce dependency on outside inputs.
  • Create a detailed grazing plan that enhances both your production and landscape goals.

Manage for People

  • Set realistic goals and achieve your desired quality of life.
  • Improve family and employee harmony and involvement.
  • Prepare for managed succession of the business into the next generation.
  • Learn leadership skills that create true involvement.
  • Understand the key communication skills that lead to effective management.
Kirk's hands-on style of teaching is extremely effective.

Kirk’s hands-on style of teaching is extremely effective.

Who Should Take this Course:

  • Beginning farmers, ranchers, and land managers who want to start off the right way with practical, hands-on examples and case-studies.
  • Experienced farmers, ranchers, and land managers wanting to cut costs, reduce stress, and generally improve their operations and quality of life.
  • Everyone who has profit as their goal yet values wildlife and the environment

from the Holistic Management International website Holistic Management is for farmers, ranchers, public land managers, and development organizations who want to achieve the following goals:

  • Enhance the health, productivity and profitability of their land
  • Increase annual profits, effectively and significantly
  • Provide a framework for family, owners, managers, foremen, communal agriculturalists and other ranch/farm stakeholders to work together toward a common future
  • Enable conservation or public land managers to consistently improve the health of the land while minimizing the cost to the public or constituencies


Kirk Gadzia

Kirk Gadzia

Who is Kirk Gadzia?
From the Regrarians website:

Kirk Gadzia is the foremost Holistic Management (HM) Certified Educator in the world. With over 30 years experience in the field across 6 continents, and Kirk has worked closely with HM founder Allan Savory. Kirk has formal qualifications in Rangeland Management & has co-authored several books, the most notable being ‘Bullseye! Targeting you Rangeland Health Objectives‘, which land managers around the world use as a primary resource. 

Kirk Gadzia founded Resource Management Services, LLC, which is a New Mexico based consulting, training and monitoring organization committed to assisting private and professional resource managers achieve sustainable results. Kirk is a Certified Educator with Holistic Management International. He has over 25 years’ experience teaching the concepts of Holistic Management worldwide. Combined with his extensive international consulting work on many agricultural operations, he is uniquely qualified to help you achieve your learning objectives. Kirk is co-author of the important National Academy of Sciences book: Rangeland Health. He holds a BS degree in Wildlife Biology and an MS in Range Science. Kirk works directly with producers to achieve profitability in their operations. He also provides customized training and consulting to a wide variety of conservation organizations. Years of assisting people on the land helps Kirk approach the course in an interactive, hands-on style. His courses are known for a relaxed atmosphere, open dialogue and practical real-life examples.

The Bauernhof Kitsteiner

The Bauernhof Kitsteiner

Course Location:

Bauernhof Kitsteiner
Bulls Gap, Tennessee, USA

The course will be held at the Bauernhof Kitsteiner. This is the farm and homestead of John Kitsteiner and his family. John is the author and creator of the Temperate Climate Permaculture website (www.TCPermaculture.com). The 96-acre (38 hectare) farm is located in the rolling hills and low mountains of the Ridge-and-Valley Province of eastern Tennessee, along the western edge of the Appalachians bordering the Blue Ridge Mountains. This farm is situated in what used to be the Oak-Chestnut Forest of eastern North America, but after the loss of the American Chestnut, these areas have shifted into an Oak-Hickory-Pine forest system. The farm is also situated within the Appalachian Mixed Mesophytic Forests ecoregion. According the the World Wildlife Fund (WWF):

This relatively small ecoregion contains a remarkable convergence of forest habitats, thus supporting a tremendous diversity of species, especially rich in reptiles, amphibians, and birds. It is a single mountain range, one of the oldest on Earth, encompassing almost every forest type that occurs in the eastern half of North America, from mixed deciduous forests in the lowlands to spruce-fir forests, similar to boreal forests 1,000 miles to the north.

The Appalachian mountain range has remained geologically stable since the Paleozoic Era – more than 245 million years ago. More than 158 tree species can be found here, ranking this ecoregion among the highest in North America for plant diversity.

Unfortunately, the land and forests at the Bauernhof have been degraded by overgrazing and poor management for many years. About half the property is in regrowth forest, and the other half is rolling hills. However, by working with nature, instead of against it, there are already signs of regeneration in the water, soil, and pastures.

Example of how we are using Holistic Management to regenerate the Bauernhof!

Example of how we are using Holistic Management to regenerate the Bauernhof!

Participant Restrictions: Due to space limitations, we have to cap the course at 27 participants. If this is a course you are planning on attending, please don’t put off registration!

Kirk teaching in a dryland environment.

Kirk teaching in a dryland environment.

Included in the Course:

  • All course material.
  • Breakfast: this will be a “continental” style breakfast each day of the course.
  • Lunch: we will have a variety of catered meals from local restaurants on each day of the course.
  • Coffee and snacks all day long.
  • Please let us know if you have any strict dietary requirements. We will try to accommodate, but options may be limited. 

What to Bring:

  • A good attitude, an open mind, and a willingness to learn!
  • Any writing material you desire (notepads, pens, highlighters, etc.)
  • Temperatures and precipitation in November in East TN can fluctuate widely, so be prepared for warm and sunny days or cold and wet days. We will be getting out into the field a bit, so bring appropriate footwear.
  • Camping supplies if you plan on camping. See below.

What NOT to Bring:

  • Anything illegal!
  • A bad attitude!

Course Policies:

  • Video or audio recording will not be allowed for this course.
  • Photos are encouraged!


Our farm is located within an easy day's drive of a large portion of the eastern U.S.

Our farm is located within an easy day’s drive of a large portion of the eastern U.S.

Local Lodging:


The morning of the signing, we walked up into one of the small valleys (maybe "dell" or "hollow" are better words?)

There are many primitive camping locations on the farm.

Camping at the Farm:

  • We will have primitive camping available. No specific campsites, just camping on the hills/pastures/forests of the farm.
  • Plenty of water available. Will have to haul to your campsite.
  • There will be 2-3 bathrooms available. Only one shower available, so it will be first come, first serve.
  • Cost for camping: $10 per night per person. Pay at the course (cash, check, Paypal).