Value of the Course

The value this course provides is not in the video chapters, but in the changes in your life it will help precipitate. More than anything this course is meant to lead you toward implementing positive change within your own life and landscape.


• A way to earn your living healing Earth

• Opens the doorway to a livelihood or vocation in water 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

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Land Steward

• 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

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Water Advocate

• Gain the essentials from a decade learning from 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

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What you get as part of the full course

• 12 Video Modules 
• Access to all 3 Pathways and Certifications
• Directed actions to help you gain experience
• Bi-monthly office hours with Zach
• Feedback on your actions
• Access to an exclusive online community of practice

Ready to Begin Your Journey?

How much does the course cost?

This course takes a minimum of 6 months to complete and is structured as a membership to the Water Stories course platform. You can pay for 6 months of access up front, or pay on a monthly basis as you go.

You are welcome to go at your own pace and take longer to complete the course if you like, with the option to continue your subscription after the initial 6 months until you have completed all of the course work in order to receive certification and the alumni discount.

$485 per month
- or -
$2,910 for 6 months of access

Content Only Option

Do you want to join the course but don't have the time for the full experience?
Do you prefer to work at your own pace and have more time to watch the videos?
Do you not care about certification, the workbook, or the live sessions?

Then the content only option of the course might be a good fit for you.
This option will be available starting January 15th.

The Full Course - $2,910

• 6 months access to all 12 video modules
• Bonus video content
• Bi-monthly office hours with Zach
• Workbook with actions and feedback
• Certification for successful completion
• Access to an exclusive community of practice
• Alumni rate available for continued access

Content Only Option - $2,000

• 12 months access to all 12 video modules
• Self paced, all modules open immediately
• Can be purchased at any time
• Available starting January 15th

How long does the full course take to complete?

6 months. During the first 5 months new course modules will be released every other week, giving a week in between modules to digest the material and work on the actions for each module. During the last month students will have the chance to complete any remining workbooka ctions required for certification.

How much time should you plan to commit to the full course?

There are three elements to this 12 module training: video chapters, live sessions, and action steps. For each module you will watch a series of video lessons, and then work through our carefully crafted workbook. The actions solidify and actualize the teachings shared in the video chapters. During the first 5 months of the course, students should plan to spend 1 - 2 hours watching video chapters, 2 - 20 hours working through the actions, and 2 hours in live sessions every other week.

Overall students should expect to spend an average of 3 - 15 hours per week on the course.

Pathways for the course

Pathways can be thought of as your level of commitment and desired outcomes for the course. The professional pathway has the most required actions for each module and is the hardest to complete. It is designed to provide students with the experiences they need to become a water restoration professional. Some access to land will be required in order to complete some of the actions. Actions requiring land can be scaled up or down depending on context, a front or back yard is a sufficient amount of space. The land steward pathway is designed for those working on their own landscape. The advocate pathway provides a route for people without land access to learn the principles and practices of water restoration, in order to educate their communities and lead local initiatives.


We offer a certification for each pathway: Water Advocate, Land Steward and Professional. In order to receive certification, one must complete each of the required actions for the given pathway. You may change pathways during the course - if you find some actions too challenging, or decide to pursue a higher level of certification than originally intended. 

Individuals in the professional pathway who display a high level of excellence and preparedness to start working in a professional capacity will be selectively awarded our separate Practitioner Certification. This is exclusively for individuals that we feel comfortable recommending to others to lead projects. There is no defined or set pathway to achieve this certification, it is only attained by proving your abilities through on the ground work and results. Those who are awarded practitioner certification will be listed on the Water Stories website and community as certified practitioners and leaders in the field.

Alumni Membership - $48 per month

Once you've completed your desired pathway you will receive the corresponding certification and have the option to continue your membership with the alumni discount, for $48 per month.

Alumni Membership Includes

• Continued Access to the Course as it Evolves

• Access to the Alumni Community

• Access to Alumni Meetups and Events

• Opportunity for Private Coaching (additional fee)

• Access and Discount to In-person Opportunities

• Connections to Potential Projects

Cancelations and Refunds

You can cancel your membership at any time, but refunds are not offered. If you are unsure if the course is right for you please select the monthly payment plan, and you can easily cancel your membership at any time during the course with no more future charges after cancellation.

It takes a tremendous amount of effort from our team to support each student, and it is important that the effort put forth to make this training happen is valued. We highly recommend taking your enrollment seriously, and approaching the course with a high level of commitment if you choose to enter the program.

What if this price isn't feasible in my country?

We are committed to fair global access to our course, and we understand that throughout the world there is huge discrepancy in the availability of economic resources. This is why we created the Global Equity Scholarship. This program will make it possible for people from around the world to join at an equitable rate for their country.

We are currently still searching for benefactors and financial support in order to be able to offer scholarships for our January 2023 round of the course. If you choose to apply, you will be asked to provide information about your situation and goals, typical earning potential in your region, your earnings, and what monthly price you can reasonably afford to participate in the course.

Applications for our January 2023 program have closed. Please keep an eye out for the next round, June 2023.


We’ve got big plans to spread this work around the world, and we can’t do it alone. Our funding has run out, and the only way we’ll be able to continue making more free content is if people step up to help shoulder the economic burden of doing so.

Do you want to support the growth of this movement? The development of the next generation of water restoration practitioners? Do you want us to keep making more free content like our films and videos? We need your support to continue to grow and scale this movement.  

Our Global Equity Scholarship helps provide the course at an equitable rate to people around the world with less economic opportunity. We are matching all funds donated to provide scholarships to the top applicants. It’s important to us that all students have some skin in the game (no one gets the course for free). This allows us to offer the course at a price that is achievable for people in this context.

As a benefactor you will gain access to all of our courses and events, and also benefactor exclusive meetings and events. Your contributions make the Global Equity Scholarship possible, so we can provide this course at equitable rates worldwide. You are also helping fund the creation of more free educational content and films - to help people better understand the story of water. 

Pro Tier

Are you looking for more support to help grow your own business as a water restoration practitioner? This tier opens access to direct mentorship, hands-on training, and a host of tools to help you kick start your own business in water restoration. The professional membership is not currently available - we are aiming to launch this program sometime in 2023 if there’s enough interest. You can sign up for the waitlist below to be notified of more details as they become available.

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