Nicole Masters Workshop

Reading the Land:

Tune in and become your own 'expert' in reading soil, plant and animal health signs.


February 6-7, 2023 | 9am - 4pm

Paicines Ranch, CA

Paicines Ranch Learning Center is excited to welcome Nicole Masters in leading a two-day workshop that encompasses complex ecological systems thinking. We’ll explore how listening and observing soil, plants and animals can guide us in identifying indicators of health, what it takes to bring vibrant life back to land, and where to start in taking action. We’ll also learn about the relationship of minerals to soil microbiology and aboveground function for regenerating healthy ecosystems.

What is the land saying to you?
When you change how you look at things, what you see changes!

— Agenda Topics —

At the end of the two days attendees will gain and grow:

  • A deeper understanding of the role that soil microbes play in healthy food production.
  • Steps to regenerate soils to lift quadruple bottom lines.
  • Methods to improve water quality and attract beneficial biodiversity.
  • Knowledge to identify and address soil constraints.
  • Tools to assess if your farm system is moving forward or backward.
  • Insights into what common weeds and animal performance is telling you about the health of your soil systems.
  • An ability to work through a diagnostic process to identify what is really holding your farm back from success.
  • Action steps!

An invite from Nicole: If you are serious about food production and building systems that take care of the environment and economics, then this is an event you can't afford to miss!

— About Nicole —

Nicole Masters is an independent agroecologist, author, coach and educator. For over two decades Nicole has been recognized as a knowledgeable and dynamic speaker on the topic of soil health. Her experience has spanned diverse sectors from horticulture, to commercial compost and diverse multi-species livestock systems, traveling from New Zealand across to Australia and North America. Working in biomes that range from temperate to semi-arid she has witnessed up-close, the power of soil health in making measurable differences in people's lives.


Her company, Integrity Soils delivers coaching and educational programs to producers and organisations spanning over 29 million acres. In 2021 Integrity Soils shifted away from in-person consultancy, to focus on training the next generation of coaches. Her book titled For the Love of Soil; Strategies to Regenerate our Food Production Systems showcases examples of the tools and principles producers are using to regenerate their soils.


When roads in the US are good, you’ll find her traveling in her Ford 350, horse trailer in tow, working alongside producers to build soil and sink her carbon emissions.



— Registration —

Registration for the two-day workshop is $279.00 and includes lunch each day as well as dinner on Monday. See more details below.

— Details & FAQs —

Start/end time?
Workshop hours are 9:00am - 4:00pm each day.

Are meals included?
Yes! Your workshop tickets includes two delicious and locally-sourced lunches on Wednesday and Thursday, as well as dinner on Wednesday, prepared by Paicines Chef Carlos & team. A cash bar will be available at dinner. Breakfast is not provided but coffee & tea will be available.

Can I buy a one-day ticket?
At this point we are only offering full workshop (two-day) tickets. If you would like to attend for only one day, you may sign up on the WAITLIST and we'll let you know if we can accommodate you as we get closer to the event.

Do you have scholarships?
If you are interested in a farmer or student scholarship, please fill out this APPLICATION. Scholarship tickets are $99 for the two days and include two lunches and dinner on Wednesday. We recognize and understand the unique circumstances some people may have which could require additional support. If so, please let us know in the application form.

If you are interested in and able to support bringing more diverse and critically important voices into this event, we invite you to make a donation on the registration page.

Are there overnight lodging options?
Yes! See below for lodging and camping information.


— Optional Lodging —

Traveling from afar? Stay at the historic Paicines Ranch and explore that the area has to offer. Lodging consists of an assortment of cottages, full-kitchen houses, and private rooms. To book lodging or to reserve a camping/RV spot, please email [email protected].

Alternative lodging options are also available locally. Please contact any of the below for more information:

— Location: Paicines Ranch —

Located in central California's San Benito County, Paicines Ranch is a historic 7,600-acre ranch that works to regenerate ecosystems by growing healthy soil, nutrient-dense food and vibrant, diverse communities. Using the practices of regenerative agriculture, the ranch team manages this diverse landscape in partnership with nature and livestock to produce 100% grass-fed-and-finished lamb and beef, and pastured pork, turkey and eggs. Paicines Ranch also grow organic grain, as well as organic grapes in a polyculture vineyard that is designed to be managed by sheep. Over the years, the ranch has become a renown destination for learning about regenerative agriculture through their programs and educational workshops while also serving as a treasured location for hosting weddings, retreats, and events.

— Remaining Questions? —

For questions, please contact [email protected]