Advanced Core Course
Starts March 31
Early Bird Deadline - February 29
Register for the Course



Real Experience, Real Results

We’ve spent more than a decade implementing projects around the world - learning from some of the legends of ecosystem restoration along the way. We compiled all of the best lessons, approaches, and strategies into this course. 

But there’s more!

This course also provides the details that are so often left out. How to connect with nature, managing contractors and clients, equipment and materials, becoming a voice for the voiceless, budgeting and expenses, refining your offering, and so much more. 

This course takes you beyond theory, into practice.

A transformational experience that will reshape your relationship with water, land and life. 

This course provides you with everything you need to start engaging in water cycle restoration in a meaningful way.

From reading the book of nature, to the technical aspects of implementing decentralized water retention, to the personal development to be effective, to the business roadmap to ensure your success, the 4 phases of growth throughout the course deliver results.

Whether you’re already an expert, or a total novice, this course will propel you towards your water goals.

Act now an you'll also unlock the

Early Bird Bonus Content

Join the Advanced course before the early bird deadline on February 29 to unlock all of the following videos throughout the duration of the course

Construction Detail - 6 Pond System with Terraces

Full construction detail of our biggest and most complicated project to date. Includes; earthen dams, spillways, crossings, docks, monk pipes, water gardens, spring tapping, terraces, diving boards, and more...


Spring Tapping for Drinking Water

Learn how to safely and naturally develop a spring for drinking water. Learn this traditional Austrian approach that maintains the highest quality of water for your use.


Detailed Project Tour - 6 Pond System with Terraces

A nearly 3 hour in-depth project tour, explaining the process for designing and implementing these kinds of features. Get a taste of what's possible by seeing a recently developed project with a little time to grow in.


Earth Dam Key Construction

See our preferred process and equipment for the highest quality and most efficient methodology for creating a small key-way earthen dam. This video follows the development of a water body showing the dam construction process and details.


Pond Project Moisture and Materials Case Study

This project had no clay on site and as such provides a great example for mixing, clay ratios, and moisture - all critical components to successfully implement projects.


Consultation Walk-Through

Experience this example consultation to see how the process works, the general flow, and what kinds of solutions you might suggest, with a 1500 acre organic farm in Tuscany, Italy as the example.


Reading Land Examples

What to look for and where to look when it comes to reading land. Join this real world example as Zach explains in detail how he thinks and works during a consultation, following three different water courses throughout a property.


Restoring the Tuscan Watershed

The result of a workshop in Italy, this video goes through some of the key leverage points to consider when looking at regional scale water cycle restoration - using Tuscany as an example.


Urban Water Retention

This project shows a simple way to help hold water on the land from an increasingly hardened uphill landscape. As a result it created an abundant oasis of life in the concrete jungle, even during the winter.


SDMC Lifetime Access

The Sustainable Design Masterclass is a webinar series featuring some of the most innovative, talented regenerative designers in the world. Get access to the full library of webinars.


AMA Onboarding Sessions with Zach

Access to exclusive "Ask Me Anything" sessions with Zach leading up to the course. Start to get a feel for what's to come and prepare yourself to get as much value out of the experience as possible.

February 29th is the

Early Bird Deadline

Early Bird Gets the WormEnroll Now to get $3,520 in Bonus Content




Ecosystem Restoration, Regenerative Agriculture, Natural Resource Professionals, Permaculture Designers, Hydrologists, Academics, Students, etc.

Farmers, Ranchers, Homeowners, Homesteaders, Property Managers, etc.

Landscapers, NGOs, Landscape Architects and Designers, Engineers, Planners, Policymakers, Government, etc.

Concerned Citizens, Academics, Civil Stewards, Community Organizers, Watershed and Landscape Advocates and Activists, etc.

What are you looking for?


This Course is designed to empower students with the skills and knowledge needed to take effective action and achieve results for the health of our planet through water. There are three different archetypes that typically take our course, with unique pathways for each to ensure that you achieve your goals. The course content remains the same for all three of these pathways. The only difference is the amount and type of actions you need to complete to receive certification upon completion of the course. Together, our actions will leave a lasting positive mark.


Earn your livelihood healing the Earth and bringing water back to land. Equip yourself with all of the essential skills to establish or enhance your career as a Water Cycle Restoration Practitioner. A meaningful and rewarding vocation working with nature and creating a better common future awaits you!


Create water abundance and stability through partnership with natural processes. Learn  to work with water on your land, creating an eco-oasis suitable to your context, soil type, and climate. Steward your land with confidence, knowing that you are cooperating with nature to create abundance and resiliency for generations to come.


Create change in your environment and your community by being an advocate for water and nature. Most people don’t know what’s possible, much less how to do it. There is so much hope, and yet people are drowning in despair. Become a guiding light for others, towards a peaceful and prosperous future.

Advanced Course 2024



Whether to safeguard your property from flood, drought, and fire, create a lush oasis in your own backyard, or develop or start a meaningful vocation in ecosystem restoration, this course propels you towards your goals, opening a world of possibilities along the way.

Our world is inundated with environmental and humanitarian crises, and yet the power to heal our planet, providing prosperity and peace, is within our grasp.

This course isn't just about learning water cycle restoration, it's about becoming an agent of change for a better common future. By understanding and implementing these practices, you'll play a vital role in rejuvenating our ecosystems and safeguarding the future of life on Earth.

Empower yourself with the knowledge and tools needed to make a tangible difference on your landscape, in your community, and beyond. Together, let's embrace the opportunity to create a world where the water cycle thrives, nourishing all living beings in its path.

Starts March 31

After the course starts

it won't open again until 2025

Our Students

Success Stories

At Water Stories, we believe that education is just the beginning. Our mission extends far beyond imparting knowledge - it's about empowering our students to become catalysts for positive change within their communities and across the globe.

Brian Kerkvliet

This course is not just about water but about a way to live and see in the natural world. A way to identify opportunities to make your surrounding system thrive with abundance. There’s a philosophy, a tool kit and a methodology offered in this course that cannot be gained anywhere else. Completing the course gave me greater confidence to continue my work as a consultant designing and implementing water in the landscape features in our area... it’s really a lifestyle that is very fulfilling. I see not only joy in people, but joy in the ecosystem response, which is amazing!  That’s what happens when you embrace these kinds of systems.


Gerhard Üblinger

This course opens the doors to the world that needs to be discovered by yourself. What I loved most was the peer group in this first course having such profound, warmhearted and openly cooperating people in the course really surprised me... This course allowed me to be able to build my first big Pond for swimming and storing rainwater being prepared for the hiccups to come. We formed a German speaking group that now feels like a peer group for the future, allowing us to go deeper and train explaining together... Thank you for this training. It was the best course experience I have had so far!


Julia Eden

Zach's course has given me all of the missing pieces so that I can offer a truly holistic service to my clients, as well as the confidence to act as an educator to the wider community. Perfect! I know exactly what I need to do to save the world and make money, and what I have left to learn to do it confidently. This is amazing. More than I could have hoped for. Please keep it going. I love all of you guys that made this possible for me and I really hope we can beat the Green-Meanies and get the Solar Punk future we deserve! 


This isn't about giving you a fish, or even teaching you how to fish. It's about training you to create healthy environments wherever you go, so the fish will thrive; benefitting the whole landscape with your efforts!

It's an investment in yourself, your community, and mother earth.

Feedback from Students

Tomás GarcíaTomás García

What I have learned in Water Stories has truly changed my perception of what is possible, and I am very grateful to have been able to join this family of water cycle restorers.

Brian KerkvlietBrian Kerkvliet

The content topics and videos were awesome. The professional design sessions were invaluable to touch base with other students and see how things are going.

Water nourishes every living being on our planet.
When we nourish water, it benefits all of life.

Transform your relationship with

water, land and life.

Join the CourseFebruary 29 - Early Bird Deadline

Impact Of

The Core Course

We live in a time of crisis; drought, flood, wildfire, water scarcity, mass migration, species extinction, and climate extremes. These problems are massive and can feel overwhelming, yet there are so many things we can do to have a tangible impact when we start working with water and nature. The Core Course takes you on a practical journey, teaching you what to do, how to do it, and even how to make a career out of it.

We live in a time of crisis;
drought, flood, wildfire, water scarcity, mass migration, species extinction, and climate extremes.
These problems are massive and can feel overwhelming
yet there are so many things we can do to have a tangible impact when we start working with water and nature.
The Core Course takes you on a practical journey,
teaching you what to do, how to do it, and even how to make a career out of it.
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Create Your Own

Water Abundant Landscapes

The Core Course is your gateway to the fundamental skills needed to retain water on landscapes and recharge aquifers. You might want to create a water abundant landscape on your land, or start a meaningful career building water retention systems, or be a champion of water cycle restoration in your community.

Whatever your background, this course will teach you the how and why of water cycle repair and provide you with the foundational understanding of how to re-hydrate landscapes - no matter how degraded. You will learn the what, why, and how of water cycle repair.

A mind-shifting journey

Actions that lead to experience

Beyond sharing the practical stories and videos, the core course is designed to help you undergo an even more important mental shift that will help you see the landscape in a new way. Each module has a series of actions and activities for you to implement. This is where the real learning will take place, and where you’ll gain the confidence you need to proceed. In the community we share our experiences and learn from each other's approaches and results - a community of practitioners helping, and supporting one another.

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Explore the Course
The training you need to succeed

Learn more about the content and format of the course, the enrollment options, and what you can expect from the experience. We’ve designed this course to provide you with everything you need to become a water cycle restoration practitioner and restore the health of your lands, waters, and communities.

Inspiration and Guidance from Global Water Heroes

This course features the insights of Water Heroes like Sepp Holzer, Waangari Maathai and Rajendra Singh, who have restored landscapes, rivers, and rainfall through water retention. You’ll learn how they retained water, rehydrated land, and led their communities towards large scale Earth repair. You’ll learn about their mindsets, and have the opportunity to gain the mental fortitude that’s required to make true systemic change.

Zach Weiss leads the course, sharing the wisdom gained from working with and learning from the world’s best water leaders. Throughout the course he shares the essential knowledge and most important approaches he’s gained from more than a decade of professional experience implementing decentralized water retention on 6 of Earth’s 7 continents. You’ll learn the most effective techniques, how they work, and how to create them yourself.

Your Teacher

Meet Your Instructor

Protégé of revolutionary Austrian farmer Sepp Holzer, Zach is the first person to earn the Holzer Practitioner Certification directly from Sepp - through a rigorous two-year apprenticeship. Since his certification, Zach has worked in 23 different countries spanning 6 continents, covering a wide range of climates, contexts, land-forms, and ecosystems implementing Decentralized Water Retention Earthworks.

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One Course,
Two Different Formats

The Core Course is offered as Essentials and Advanced to support the diverse needs, goals, and schedules of our students. Both options include the same core video content, modules and lessons. Where they differ is in the class experience. Essentials is self paced access to the content, while Advanced is with a class cohort including live sessions and a workbook of actions to be completed for certification. Certification is only available to those that complete the advanced course.


Completely Self-Guided
Online and At Home Course
4 Phases of Growth
12 Video Modules
Bonus Video Content


6 Month Live Online Training
Class Cohort with Other Students
Workbook Journal to Support Your Actions
Live Sessions Every Other Week
Access to the Alumni Membership
Everything in Essentials

Purchase Anytime

Core Course Essentials

The Essentials program is a self-guided online course. Students will have access to the foundational content of the Core Course, which is the 12 module video library. The course library consists of 80+ educational videos on restoring water cycle health through mindset, ecological awareness, community engagement, planning and building water retention features, and offering water cycle restoration services.

Enroll anytime.
You don’t have to wait for the next course to start, begin your journey immediately.
Self paced.
All of the modules are open immediately, go through the content as quickly or slowly as you like.
12 month access.
Watch the course at your own pace, you have a full year’s access to all of the content.
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Sign Up Today

Core Course Advanced

The Advanced program is a live 6-month training with a class of other students around the world. Students have access to all of the content of essentials, plus a workbook with guided actions and feedback and live bi-weekly sessions with Zach. Course modules and bonus videos are released every week, over a 6 month period. Successful completion of the advanced program results in Water Cycle Restoration Certification.

Graduates are celebrated and promoted through the Water Stories network and listed in our directory of practitioners. Graduates also have the option to join a monthly membership that includes continued access to all of the content, professional development sessions, bonus videos, and the evolving content of the course. They also gain access to additional one on one sessions and direct mentorship.

6 month course.
Go through the course over a 6 month timeline with other students from around the world.
Opens once per year.
Enrollment is open now through March 31. Once the course starts it won't be offered again until 2025
Live sessions.
Every other week throughout the 6 month course are live sessions for questions and discussion for each module.
Journal actions.
Work through our guided actions for each module that will lead you towards becoming a practitioner.
Gain certification in Water Cycle Restoration based on your pathway, either as an Advocate, Steward, or Professional
Alumni Access.
Join a community of practitioners with professional development sessions and student meetups.
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Compare The Courses

A side by side comparison of the Essentials and Advanced versions of the Core Course.

Join before February 29th and you'll get an extra $3,520 in bonus content



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    • Access to 4 Phases
    • Access to 12 Modules
    • Access to 150+ Chapter
    • Immediate Access to All 12 Modules
    • Can Be Purchased Any Time
    • Go at your own pace, self-guided study



Buy Now
    • Access to 4 Phases
    • Access to 12 Modules
    • Access to 150+ Chapter
    • 6 Month Guided Training to facilitate maximum progress, understanding, and practice
    • Certification for Successful Completion and Listing on the Water Stories Registry
    • Live Office Hours every other week with Zach Weiss for 6 Months
    • Workbook for Water Restoration Actions and Development
    • Direct Feedback and Project Reviews with Experienced Practitioners
    • Prioritized Access to and Discounts for In-person Opportunities
    • Opportunity for 1 on 1 Coaching with Zach (at an additional hourly rate)
    • Option To Join Alumni Membership for continuing professional development and access to the evolving course materials listed above.
    • Enrollment Opens Only Once Per Year

Value of the Course

The value that this course provides is not in the video chapters, but in the changes in your life it will help precipitate. This course will lead you through implementing positive changes within your own life and landscape. You'll leave the course with a new mindset, invaluable skills and knowledge, and a community to support you throughout the process.


  • A way to earn your living healing Earth
  • Opens the doorway to a livelihood or vocation in water cycle restoration‍
  • Potential to earn a 6 figure income per year, $60-200 per hour,
  • Learn nearly lost skills - gain the ability to return water to land‍
  • Spend your “on-time” doing something you believe in


  • Most useful track for Farmers, Growers, Landowners, and Land Managers
  • Improve the health, beauty, vitality, and value of your land
  • Increase ecological and agricultural productivity
  • Gain water security, save water, and reverse drought
  • Reduce the risk and severity of flood, drought, and fire
  • Save tens of thousands in consultants and contractors
  • Learn how to save your land from costly environmental disasters; drought, flood, and fire


  • Gain the essentials taught by leading practitioners
  • Learn how to lead your community towards a better common future
  • Gain civil courage and a community of peers for support
  • Strengthen or find your voice as an advocate for water and life
  • Learn how to clearly articulate solutions and how to inspire community action
  • Save tens of thousands in consultants and contractors
  • Become someone who can lead your community to have an impact on the climate and ecosystem

The Time Is Now

True change is only achieved through action

True change is only achieved through action. No one has ever changed the world by sitting on their couch and wishing that someone would do something. The Core Course teaches you how to revive water systems in order to create healthy land, abundant water, and strong regions for generations. Be that someone, do that something. Get started with the Water Stories Core Course.

Begin Your Journey
Become a Water Cycle Restoration Practitioner

Joining this course is a major step towards fulfilling your calling to heal our waters, lands, and communities. Whether as a professional, steward, or advocate, this training program will help you reach your goals.


The Core Course

Want to get a better feel for the course? Watch the introduction videos to the course to get a better feel for the content and format, what to expect, and what we expect of you.





February 29, 2024
Early Bird Deadline
Advanced 2024 Starts March 31
Join the Course

Early Bird - February 29

Enroll before the deadline to unlock bonus content