Regional Events

Year Round Food Gardening for Houston & SE Texas

Urban Harvest and the Permaculture Guild of Houston announce the start of the Houston, Texas Permaculture Design Certificate Course for the 2019-2020 year. The course is designed to be easy on working families and those with young children while highly affordable. It is now in its 20th consecutive year and is facilitated and partially taught by longtime permaculturists Bob Randall, Ray Sher, Shawn McFarlin, and Brian Herod. The class is on Sundays in five modules. The first module on two Sunday afternoons-- Sustainable Living Through Permaculture-- is repeated twice a year in late September and late January. It is a required prerequisite for the three modules in the fall, winter, and spring ("Designing Bountiful Gardens through Permaculture", "Greening Our Homes and Communities Through Permaculture Design", and "Restoring Nature Through Permaculture Design”). These three can be taken in any order or year. Students who complete all four modules can sign up for a fifth module—The Design Tutorial—leading to the certificate. Fall class dates for Sustainable Living are afternoons Sept 27 and Oct 6 ; Bountiful Gardens Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 10, 17, 24. For more information and to sign-up visit http://urbanharvest.org/education Four members of the Guild have permaculture diplomas.

Date
27 September
-
9 June
2020
Location
Houston, TX, USA
Organizer(s):

Robert Randall,

Price

by module, total $930

Permaculture Design Certification in Brooklyn,NYC

This course is the foundational 72 hour Permaculture Design Certification program, endorsed by PINA the Permaculture Institute of North America.We adapt our course to the northeastern corridor and to contemporary social and ecological issues in the United States and the world. Our Permaculture design certification course imparts a positive and empowering vision for social and ecological transformation. We will train you to be a permaculture consultant who can apply the permaculture principles to a diversity of landscapes, scales and issues from rural to urban, and temperate to tropical environments. Come be inspired by the possibilities of today! (Weekend format)

Date
22 February
-
4 April
2020
Location
The Brooklyn Commons, Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Organizer(s):

Andrew Faust,

Price

$900

Permaculture Design Course in Southern Oregon

Weekend PDC every other weekend starting Feb. 22nd. Learn from acclaimed permaculture elder Hazel aka Tom Ward along with Siskiyou Permaculture's Karen Taylor and Melanie Mindlin. This course emphasizes forestry, whole systems thinking and transition culture. Participants will be introduced to full menu of permaculture solutions and look at methods for creating persistence, resilience and becoming a people of place within a culture of celebration.

Date
22 February
-
3 May
2020
Location
Ashland, OR, USA
Organizer(s):

Hazel, aka Tom Ward,

Price

$775

St. Louis Permaculture Design Course

This course is an exciting opportunity to learn Permaculture Design in an urban environment with like-minded individuals. St. Louis is full of potential, as well as amazing work happening right now, and we uncover what it looks like to create a sustainable and equitable city through group design projects, local and global showcases, and hands-on practice on the land—all in conjunction with the paradigm-changing Permaculture Design Course curriculum through renowned Permaculture Institute instructorship.

Date
29 February
-
26 July
2020
Location
Conlfuence Farms, St. Louis, Missouri
Organizer(s):

Jason Gerhardt,

Price

$900

Hands On Permaculture Design Course on a Permaculture Farm

Take a Permaculture Design Course. Become a part of the worldwide movement to heal the earth. Learn how we can heal the damage done by the chemical and fossil fuel industries. Learn to create healthy soil sponges that sequester carbon and grow food. Meet good-hearted people like yourself to work with. You will be inspired by what you learn about living in harmony with nature and full of hope to act by seeing examples of what others have accomplished worldwide. We are creating real change. As the old decayed corrupt system collapses, we are creating a new world of collaboration.

Date
21 March
-
14 June
2020
Location
Rough and Ready, CA, USA
Organizer(s):

Cathe' Fish,

Price

$1100 plus discounts

Permaculture Design Course at OAEC

Spend two weeks with Brock Dolman and Kendall Dunnigan in one of the nation's best examples of a working permaculture site that is set up as a holistic, well-functioning organism at every level. We teach Resilient Community Design - where ecosystem meets "ego-system." Our work comes out of years of community organizing at the intersection of social justice and ecology - groups complete a real design project for a local community group. $1800 or $1700 if registered 30 days in advance, includes three organic meals a day and accommodations overlooking our beautiful gardens.

Date
28 March
-
10 April
2020
Location
Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, Coleman Valley Road, Occidental, CA, USA
Organizer(s):

Brock Dolman, Kendall Dunnigan,

Price

$1700

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm Permaculture Design Course

This all-inclusive course is offered at the Sivananda Yoga Farm in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills in Grass Valley, California. The daily rhythm of the course includes morning and evening meditations, chanting and spiritual lectures. Yoga classes and high quality organic vegetarian meals are provided. Come connect with the earth, with yourself, and with community. Network with like-minded individuals. Experience the great outdoors in a whole new way through hands-on permaculture practice. Rekindle a deeper meaning in life and a new vision. This is a two-part Course: April 2-7, and June 5-11, 2020

Date
2 April
-
11 June
2020
Location
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, California, USA
Organizer(s):

Lydia Neilsen,

Price

$1,300 plus accommodation

Weekend Format Permaculture Design Course

This Permaculture Design Course is co-hosted by the Beacon Food Forest and Tilth Alliance. We will meet one weekend per month for eight months at the Beacon Food Forest and/or the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands in Seattle. The course will be co-taught by Dave Boehnlein and Jessi Bloom, authors of Practical Permaculture. This course will include a variety of guest instructors who will offer an emphasis on social permaculture concepts.

Date
4 April
-
8 November
2020
Location
Beacon Food Forest, South Dakota Street, Seattle, WA, USA
Organizer(s):

Dave Boehnlein,

Price

$1535

Fundamentals of Coppicing and Pollarding

Learn how to manage trees and shrubs to resprout after harvest, yielding fuelwood, fenceposts, building poles, craft and weaving material, livestock fodder, decorative stems for the floral industry, biomass, and much more. - Examine dozens of on-site examples of coppicing and pollarding and learn best practices - Learn about the wood properties and sprouting abilities of well over 20 different species - Help harvest and process materials from several coppice stools and pollarded trees - Leave with stem cuttings from a few of the fastest-growing and reliable coppicing species - Discuss the potential for applying these techniques on your land

Date
4 April
-
4 April
2020
Location
New Haven, VT, USA
Organizer(s):

Mark Krawczyk,

Price

$75-100 sliding scale

2020 Maine Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Be part of creating a better future. Change the way you see the world. Join The Resilience Hub as we approach our 21st internationally-recognized Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course offered in Maine. This one-weekend-per-month format is ideal for anyone who would not typically be able to take two weeks off from life/work to take an “immersion” PDC. The Resilience Hub is one of the most experienced permaculture design and education groups in the Northeast US, though there are many other great ones! We strive to achieve very high quality in our programs and are committed to continuous improvement.

Date
16 May
-
30 August
2020
Location
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME, USA
Organizer(s):

Jesse Watson,

Price

Sliding scale https://resiliencehub.org/pdc-sliding-scale/

Agroforestry and Keyline Patterning

Examine a range of different agroforestry systems on our small working farm, learn about some of the most promising species for the northeastern United States, and see how keyline patterning couples ecological water management with symmetrical row spacing. - Learn about the primary forms of USDA-recognized agroforestry systems and discuss best practices for system establishment - Walk through a maturing multi-species hedgerow/shelterbelt; several thousand linear feet of fruit and polewood-producing alley-crop style silvopasture; a 1000 log shiitake mushroom operation; and a managed woodlot with several small examples of silvopasture conversion - Learn the fundamentals of keyline design and gain experience

Date
30 May
-
30 May
2020
Organizer(s):

Mark Krawczyk,

Price

$75-100 sliding scale

Permaculture Design Course at Portland Community College

This class provides the traditional permaculture design course curriculum. We will cover the principles of permaculture for both urban & rural applications and sustainable human settlements. Landscape analysis, ecological planning & design methods, organic food production, food security, natural soil improvement, integrated animal systems, water harvesting, conservation and management, forest gardening, techniques and design strategies are highlighted in this class. Our field trips will feature living examples of permaculture in the bioregion. There will be hands-on projects each day in class on campus. Students will complete a conceptual design project in a group as their final project for the class. Upon completion of this course students will be awarded a Permaculture Design Certificate through the Cascadia Permaculture Institute. Audit available.

Date
1 June
-
30 September
2020
Location
Portland Community College, Portland, OR

Urban Permaculture Design Course

Earn your permaculture design certificate in this two week intensive hands-on course at Garfield Community Farm, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's largest urban permaculture farm. Study with Darrell Frey, author of Bioshelter Market Garden and the Food Forest Handbook, farm director John Creasy, and permaculture designer Elizabeth Lynch. Throughout the course you will also hear from other regional experts. Course certified through the Permaculture Institute of North America.

Date
15 June
-
27 June
2020
Location
Garfield Community Farm, Wicklow Street, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Organizer(s):

Darrell Frey,

Price

$1,200, includes some meals; $1,650 includes lodging

Linnaea Farm Summer PDC

Creating Resilient Systems During Climate Chaos Permaculture Design begins and ends with profound observation of the natural world. It's all about turning problems into solutions! We're in a time of great transition and climate chaos – what an opportunity to ally ourselves with Nature and learn the skills of how to create positive, lasting, and fruitful change in our landscapes and communities. Explore processes of ecological regeneration in the wake of human disturbance, and learn how to assess, design and implement systems that are truly sustainable. Instructors: Oliver Kellhammer, Hannah Roessler, Adam Huggins and Leila Darwish plus many special guests!

Date
20 June
-
4 July
2020
Location
Linnaea Farm, Manson's Landing, Cortes Island, BC, Canada
Organizer(s):

Oliver Kellhammer,

Price

$1200 CAN

Earthen Building Techniques and Natural Plasters

Discover the beauty, strength, and simplicity of earthen building techniques and the ways they can add character, mass, and warmth to our homes, outbuildings and more. Learn to source materials, mix and build with cob, adobe, wattle and daub and earthbags. - Experience several built examples of these materials on-site including a wattle-and-daub bathhouse, an earthen floor in a 20x30 super insulated home, plaster-on-lath interior and exterior walls, and an earth-bermed root cellar with earthbag retaining walls - Understand the fundamental mixes for different types of earthen building and learn to identify suitable materials - Bring your own soil samples

Date
27 June
-
28 June
2020
Organizer(s):

Mark Krawczyk,

Price

$150-200 sliding scale

Firefly Gathering

Skills for Living with the Earth The 13th annual Firefly Gathering will take place June 3-7, 2020 at Deerfields in Mills River, NC, just 30 minutes outside of Asheville. We gather each summer to learn and celebrate the skills necessary to live with the Earth. Our family-friendly classes, experiential learning, and culture bring together folks of all ages. Each day is full of workshops spanning wilderness survival skills to permaculture, plant identification to cooking over fire, cow milking to bowl carving, basket weaving to blacksmithing. Through our time together at Firefly, we not only share skills to connect to the land, we connect also with ourselves, one another, our ancestors, and our future generations.

Date
3 July
-
7 June
2020
Location
Mills River, NC, USA
Organizer(s):

Permaculture Design Course

Our 3rd Annual PDC offers PINA-recognized curriculum by diplomates Peter Bane and Keith Johnson—veterans of over 100 courses, and features guest and regional instructors from the Great Lakes. Renewable energy, multi-functional hedgerows, rotational pasturing, energy-efficient buildings, regenerative forestry, composting toilets, year-round greenhouse yields, aquatic systems, and high quality food production and storage make Blue Sky Farm a standout demonstration. Join us for warm days, cool nights, good company, and swimming in the big lake. Tuition, organic meals, and camping included; sliding discounts for early payment. Skilled facilitation; satisfied graduates.

Date
5 July
-
18 July
2020
Location
West Michigan Lakeshore Region
Organizer(s):

Keith Johnson, Peter Bane,

Price

$1,395

Permaculture Design Course at OAEC

Spend two weeks with Brock Dolman and Kendall Dunnigan in one of the nation's best examples of a working permaculture site that is set up as a holistic, well-functioning organism at every level. We teach Resilient Community Design - where ecosystem meets "ego-system." Our work comes out of years of community organizing at the intersection of social justice and ecology - groups complete a real design project for a local community group. $1800 or $1700 if registered 30 days in advance, includes three organic meals a day and accommodations overlooking our beautiful gardens.

Date
18 July
-
31 July
2020
Organizer(s):

Brock Dolman, Kendall Dunnigan,

Price

1700

2020 Northeast Permaculture Convergence

Permaculture Convergences happen all over the world. The last Regional Northeast Permaculture Convergence was in 2014 at the MOFGA Fairgrounds in Unity, Maine. Permaculture Association of the Northeast (PAN) and regional permaculture organizers have joined together with DAcres in Dorchester, NH to make it happen next summer!

Date
24 July
-
26 July
2020
Location
D Acres Permaculture Farm, Streeter Woods Road, Rumney, NH, USA
Organizer(s):

Jesse Watson,

Price

TBD

The 27th Annual Southeastern Permaculture Gathering

Join us in the Southern Appalachian Mountains near Celo, NC ​ for our 27th Annual Gathering! The Southeastern Permaculture Gathering is a convergence of permaculture enthusiasts ​to learn new skills, serve the earth, create community & celebrate life.

Date
31 July
-
2 August
2020
Location
Celo Community, Burnsville, NC, USA
Organizer(s):

Permaculture Design Course

This full Permaculture Design Certificate Course will start by covering the basic nuts & bolts of permaculture design (principles, process, methods, etc.) and provide you with the tools you need to see the world through holistic lenses. Then the course will provide you with a variety tools that you can use when creating your own designs. For full details or to register: https://www.pearlstonecenter.org/programs-events/all-programs-events/permaculture-design-course/

Date
8 August
-
8 August
2020
Location
Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center, Mount Gilead Road, Reisterstown, MD, USA
Organizer(s):

Dave Boehnlein,

Price

$1535

Permaculture Design Course – Confluence Farms

Join us to earn your Permaculture Design Course certificate! Learn a variety of practical farmsteading skills, immerse into the flow of land-based lifestyle, and steep yourself in the design process of Permaculture at the Great Rivers Confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. We will be residing and learning at Confluence Farms, the new home of the Permaculture Institute. This land is at the early stages of development, and participants will experience a course packed with details of how to regenerate forests, watersheds, and soils while interacting with this rolling, beautiful landscape.

Date
9 August
-
22 August
2020
Location
Confluence Farms, St. Louis, Missouri
Organizer(s):

Jason Gerhardt,

Price

$1350-$1550

Green Woodworking – Build a Ladderback Footstool from a Tree

Build your own lightweight, elegant, durable ladderback footstool using basic hand tools and centuries-old techniques. Starting with a raw oak log, we’ll craft remarkably strong parts, connected using precision joinery, and finished with a woven seat. You’ll never look at wood the same again. All tools and devices will be provided for this workshop, and no prior woodworking experience necessary.

Date
12 September
-
13 September
2020
Location
New Haven, VT
Organizer(s):

Mark Krawczyk,

Price

$250-300 sliding scale plus $30-50 materials

Mother Earth News Fair

Working together to create a sustainable life. the Mother Earth News Fair is your passport to money-saving hacks, health-boosting remedies, and environmental strategies from leading experts and entrepreneurs around the country. In addition to presentations and hands-on workshops, you’ll encounter a vast marketplace abounding with innovative resources and products to enrich your life. Admission for children 17 and under is free, and there are plenty of youth-oriented activities – including live animals! With our growing emphasis on interactive programming, you can learn new skillsets live and on-site. More than ever before, the Mother Earth News Fair is truly an immersive

Date
25 September
-
27 September
2020
Location
Seven Springs, PA, USA
Organizer(s):

Albert Bates,

Price

$20-$150

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