Permaculture Design Course: 2-week Intensive
In our permaculture design certification courses, you will learn how to observe and use the same principles that make ecological systems self-sustaining and apply them to integrated homes and gardens. In addition, you will learn how to apply these principles to energy systems and water supplies, healthy communities, meaningful and fulfilling work, ecological economies and global political movements for change.
The course also weaves together the principles and practices of permaculture with nature awareness — participate in activities that deepen your awareness and intimacy with the rest of the natural world. Our program is founded on the reality that we are nature and have an amazing role in our watershed ecosystems.
Throughout it all, you’ll be engaged in learning and experiencing an empowering way of living in the world, surrounded and supported by like-minded people and instructors. Our goal is to make you a part of our farm community, incorporating our seasonal activities into your permaculture experience as time permits. Activities may include spring and fall pruning, seed planting, plant propagation, bed preparation, compost pile making, water harvesting techniques, natural building and other activities.
Each of our permaculture design certification courses includes the following:
- Permaculture principles and ethics
- Reading the landscape
- Pattern and pattern application
- Water harvesting
- Swale building
- Zone and sector analysis
- Climate and micro climate
- Urban permaculture
- Land access
- Community building
- Plant guilds
- Food forests and agroforestry
- The design process, principles, strategies and techniques
- Bird language and nature awareness
- Soil building and sheet mulching
- Pond management and ecology
- Earthworks and natural building
- Grey water systems
- Renewable energy systems
- Forest management
- Watershed management
- Group work on a conceptual design project
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