Kiss the Ground Soil Advocate Training - January 2020

January 22- March 4, 2020

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Participate online from anywhere in the world via zoom Wednesdays from 4pm PST - 6pm PST. All classes are recorded. Click here to convert to your time zone.

We can DRAWDOWN carbon from our atmosphere and REGENERATE our land back to health by rebuilding healthy soil! Regenerative Agriculture, which blends modern discoveries in soil biology with indigenous wisdom and pioneering holistic thinking, is one of the biggest solutions of our time. And yet, it is just starting to come into the conversation. Kiss the Ground's 7-week online training will teach you how to be a knowledgeable, inspiring advocate for this powerful solution! From policy to education, farming, and business ―advocates are on the leading edge of positive change.

What you'll get:

  • A 7-week program to jumpstart your advocacy for regenerative agriculture
  • Ability to speak on healthy soil as a solution for global warming, flooding, drought, human health, food security, freshwater availability, farmer prosperity, and extinction/biodiversity loss.
  • Increased ability to confidently speak and present in public
  • A customizable slide deck to edit and organize for your talks long or short
  • A community of like-minded and inspired activists from all over the world
  • Monthly "All Advocate" webinars
  • Never-ending access to videos of your course's lectures + exercises + and links
  • Never-ending access to Kiss the Ground's Leadership Hub

Are you ready to realize the potential of your participation in the movement to regenerate our planet?

Since January 2018, we've trained over 1,800 Soil Advocates, from over 25 countries. They are now actively sharing and implementing the solution to some of the biggest problems facing our planet today, including global warming, droughts, flooding, and food insecurity. Graduates of the Soil Advocacy Training Course have created and passed public policy work, published articles, supported farmers, hosted local events in their community, and led talks at various events across the globe.

Scholarship Application Period is CLOSED.

*Scholarships will be reviewed and applicants will be given an answer by January 15th. For information regarding scholarships for future sessions, please email us at [email protected].


Soil Advocate Training is designed for ANYONE who is interested in learning more about the power of healthy soil and regenerative agriculture ―and interested in sharing a real, hopeful solution to some of the biggest issues on our planet today.

Whether it is discussions at social events with friends, family dinners or international summits, this solution-oriented group will be equipped to usher in a new view that shifts the actions and outcomes of our future!

You will learn how to compare degenerative, sustainable, and regenerative farming practices, how to speak about regenerative farming economics, how to address the water crisis, how to explain the potential of carbon sequestration, how to explain how soil health can help reverse trends in extinctions, and much much more. We will also spend time working on techniques and confidence building tools for becoming a more dynamic and engaging speaker.


Attend the training online from anywhere in the world. All classes are live and recorded in case you miss a session or want to take it at your own pace.

  • Course Dates: 7 Sessions from January 22- March 4, 2020
  • Day/Time: Wednesdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm (PST) / 7:00-9:00pm (EST)
  • Location: Online from ANYWHERE
  • Early Bird Course Price: (November 1- January 7) Online: $200
  • Course Price (January 8- January 22) Online: $225

This course is closed for enrollment.


"The course was perfect and invaluable. Knowledge is power and all of you at Kiss The Ground have empowered so many of us with the tools we need to help inspire others and send them your way for life lessons worth learning. This ripple will undoubtedly roll into a wave of green lands, un-silted waters and chocolate cake soil across the globe. Thank you, for all your time and energy. It quite literally means the world to me."

- Holly Rose

Your Instructors

Finian Makepeace & Don Smith
Finian Makepeace & Don Smith

Finian is one of the Co-Founders of Kiss the Ground and Don is part of their Leadership Team. They are constantly learning about how ecosystems function and then sharing this complex and vital information in engaging and inspiring ways. They have a wealth of knowledge and a passion for getting people fired up about solving global problems.

Course Syllabus

Week 1

Content: The big “Aha”. How Soil is built and what rebuilding soil means for the future of water, food, and reversing global warming.

  • Building Healthy Soil - Photosynthesis and Carbon sequestration. Learning how plants and soil organisms work together to build healthy soil. A “technology” with over 500 million years of research and development (R+D).
  • Water follows carbon

Public Speaking Techniques: Becoming more comfortable explaining topics that are new to you. How to engage the audience with questions. Plus, relating to the audience from where you are, versus pretending you are an expert.

Week 2

Content: Comparing Degeneration to Sustainability and Regeneration. Humans have been living in a degenerative relationship with nature. Our reaction was sustainability. But will sustaining an already degenerated planet do? Why “Regeneration” is our best option and what it means.

Public Speaking Techniques: Being with your audience and being yourself. How it feels to share comfortably vs the feeling of high stakes and pressure. Identifying your preferred subject areas.

Week 3

Content: Kiss the Ground Origin Story. How a movement grows. The importance of becoming an empowered advocate.

Public Speaking Techniques: Discovering your “why” and origin story. In public speaking, it is extremely useful to relate to your audience by sharing why you are passionate about this particular subject (the catalyst story of why you are there). It is important for you to be empowered by that story as well.

Week 4

Content: How to compare Degenerative Agriculture to Regenerative Agriculture. Compare and contrast the different agricultural practices for building topsoil versus losing topsoil. Understanding the basic principles of regenerative agriculture.

Public Speaking Techniques: Designing your presentation. Choosing key talking points that you relate to - stage one of choosing your subject matter. Choosing your target audience.

Week 5

Content: Healthy soil = healthy humans. We depend on the nutrients in the food we eat to reach our optimal health, and all those nutrients are made available by soil biology. Learn how to present the similarities between the human microbiome and the soil microbiome.

Public Speaking Techniques: “Table Topics” exercise. Are you saying what you want to say? Sharing your presentation concept - pick week 6 or week 7 for your presentation

Week 6

Content: Healthy soil leads to restored water cycles. Understanding the technical potential of restoring small water cycles, recharging groundwater and transforming climate through a focus on the plant-soil-water connection.

Public Speaking Techniques: Your presentation - Group 1 - each student will have the opportunity to give an 8-minute presentation (½ the class) Online students can submit a phone or computer video recording for review.

Week 7

Content: The Big 6 Benefits of Healthy Soil. Carbon sequestration, food security, health, water infiltration/restoration, biodiversity/ecosystem services, farmer prosperity.

Public Speaking Techniques: Presentations Group 2, practice, practice, practice


Are you ready to learn how to powerfully present the topics of soil health and regenerative agriculture as solutions to climate change, water scarcity, and feeding the world? ― you'll also be joining an interconnected group of world influencers transforming the discourse on agriculture and climate change to include the power of healthy soil and carbon farming.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts January 22 and ends March 4th​! It can also be taken as completely self-paced online course - you can decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Can I take this course at my own pace?
Yes! We encourage participation but if you are completely welcome to take this course on your own time. You have access to all recorded classes and content indefinitely!

Fantastic! Rich with information. Every class was filled with "Aha moments." I am a better person for having attended this course.”

– Annie Tenwick

This course is closed for enrollment.


Whether it is discussions at social events with friends, family dinners or international summits, you will be equipped to usher in a new view that shifts the actions and outcomes of our future!