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2024 Winter Weekend Permaculture Design Course

Register Now for our 2024 Winter Weekend Permaculture Design Course FEBRUARY 17 - MARCH 17 Get the same regionally tailored permaculture design education of our yearlong course in this alternative, intensive format designed to prepare you for the upcoming growing season. First 8 students to register with deposit get $75 off total tuition!〰️EARLY REGISTRATION SPECIAL〰️First 8 students to register with deposit get $75 off total tuition!EARLY REGISTRATION SPECIAL 〰️ First 8 students to register with deposit get $75 off total tuition! 〰️ DATES AND TIMES: WEEKEND ONE: Saturday Feb 17th – 9-6pm // Sunday Feb 18th – 10-5pm WEEKEND TWO: Saturday Feb 24th – 9-6pm // Sunday Feb 25th – 10-5pm WEEKEND THREE: Saturday Mar 2nd – 9-6pm // Sunday Mar 3rd – 10-5pm WEEKEND FOUR: Saturday Mar 9th – 9-6pm // Sunday Mar 10th — 10-5 pm WEEKEND FIVE: Saturday Mar 16th – 9-6pm // Sunday Mar 17th – 10-5pm Hosted at Treasure Lake Regenerative Education Site, Permaculture Forest and Farm in Petersburg, KY with supplemental online content from the TreeYo EDU Online PDC handbook. THE COURSE FORMAT & CONTENT This weekend course features full-day in-person learning experiences at an advanced Permaculture homestead in Northern Kentucky. In-class discussions will be supplemented with an online book and prerecorded lectures to allow for more time touring the property and learning through working systems.  Between sessions, students are expected to prepare for the next week by watching the assigned content.  However, the vast majority of content, covering the full breadth of permaculture, will be covered in person.  We will dive deep into agro-ecology literacy, giving you confidence to grow with nature rather than against.  The information and ability to recognize patterns will be your first step into the world of Permaculture Design. We will cover the following topics throughout the course: Ethics, Principles, and Methods of Permaculture Design Pattern Understanding: Interpretation and Application Climatic Factors: Broad Climatic Zones and Microclimate – Effects on Landscape and Design Water: Harvesting, Conservation, and landscape hydration with Earthworks Trees and their Energy Transactions: Tree Systems for landscapes and Tree Identification Soils: Classification, Food Web, and Restoration Aquaculture: Food Web, Aquatic Plants, Chinampas, Tyre Ponds, Water Quality Parameters Animal Systems: Integrate worms, chickens, goats, and many other animals in your design Strategies for Tropical, Dryland, and Temperate Climates: Influences on Vegetation, Housing, and Earthworks Introduction to Natural Building: Earth as a Building Material Fermentation and Nutrition: Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Sourdough Bread and Pickles Social and Economic Permaculture: Bio-Regional Organization, Living in Communities, Transition Towns and Local Resiliency And last but not least: A journey into the incredibly biodiverse local ecosystem, which is a unique food forest in its natural structure. The connections made here in this class will forward your environmental literacy and build community with other proactive stewards. FINAL DESIGN PROJECTS The course will end with the required student design projects that will utilize an evolving process.  Contingency plans for final project completion and presentation may be arranged with advanced notice for urgent circumstances.. The design project process increases learner retention by allowing for immediate application and direct practice of learned skills while offering a means to evaluates students’ comprehension of the theory and lecture sections of the course. Completing your first design project is a critical step to becoming a successful, effective, and certified Permaculture designer. The final design project is also considered to be a direct hands-on project because students will be engaged in a collaborative process that will yield a viable design proposal. TUITION & FEES Tuition for this course is $975, which includes all course materials and instruction as well as some meals. A deposit of $250 is required to register and secure your seat. Registration deadline is February 10. Payment plans and limited tuition assistance may be available; please contact us to inquire. Accepted payment methods include check, cash, PayPal and credit card (additional processing fee applies). LEAD TEACHERS Doug Crouch With 40 plus PDC’s facilitated across the globe, TreeYo Permaculture facilitator Doug Crouch is the lead teacher of this weekend PDC. After years of permaculture teaching and project management across on five continents, Doug moved back to the tri-state over the last few years to develop his families land further. His formal background is in the ecology of the local forest type and has been practicing and teaching Permaculture since 2005. He holds a Diploma in Permaculture Education, which demonstrates his commitment to crafting his creative facilitation style. Susan VonderHaar Susan VonderHaar is Director of the Cincinnati Permaculture Institute. She has been a community advocate of Nature Education for all ages since her Master Gardening training days in 1996 when she was first introduced to Permaculture. After a career in environmental research and development she came to the design certification course. She was taught by Doug and Braden Trauth in 2011 and joined the CPI teaching team. She received teacher training in 2014 from Peter Bane and Sandy Cruz. The practice of Permaculture continues to unfold and inform her in new ways as she grows with the community. Click on the following link to read more about Doug’s facilitation style and the resources we are happy to share.  Furthermore, to view some of the material you can expect during the course, please visit Doug’s TreeYo EDU site. ABOUT TREASURE LAKE Treasure Lake is local small business/homestead focused on agricultural production, research, and education. The property has been in the Crouch family since 1983, making Doug's efforts the third generation. It’s a wonderfully scenic place hidden in the hills of the northwestern corner of Northern Kentucky within Boone County. It is only two exits from the airport off I-275 and only 22 miles from downtown Cincinnati (2590 Lawrenceburg Ferry Rd).  We have been hard at work developing the broad acre forest for bio-diversity and wild food abundance for 20 plus years through active forest enhancement techniques pioneered by Doug. Furthermore, the following Permaculture Homestead elements and functions that can be experienced are: Animal Husbandry including goats, sheep, and chickens to manage succession and build soil whilst providing foods and manures Integrated Alley cropping orchard gardens for food production and plant stock Extensive Native Food Forest complimented with Tree Crops and specific management techniques to enhance this Hot & Cold Composting (Vermiculture) systems

Date
17 February
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17 March
2024
Price

975

Permaculture Teacher Training

The Colorado Permaculture Guild invites you to take the next step in your journey and join us in our Permaculture Teacher Training Program; designed for PDC graduates who are ready to share the wisdom, and become stewards of regenerative practices. This course offers continuing education, as well as an opportunity to elevate your impact and cultivate thriving communities. Why Teach Permaculture? As a PDC graduate, you hold the keys to empowering others with the principles that have enriched your own journey. Join us in fostering a world where permaculture wisdom becomes a shared language of sustainability and regeneration. Register for this in-person 54-hour Teachers Training Course (locations TBD) on the Front Range in Colorado; March 1-3, April 5-7, and May 3-5, 2024. Let's cultivate nature’s wisdom together! > https://coloradopermaculture.com/teacher-training

Date
1 March
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5 May
2024
Price

900

Permaculture Design Course

Permaculture is ethics based design that applies principles to address challenges between people and the environment. As we know, challenges abound. In the next few decades we will need to reskill more of the population faster than ever before in human history. Much of what permaculture has to offer is part of that reskilling. We can design human habitats that are resilient, redundant and that provide for our needs. Our course follows the curriculum by the Permaculture Institute of North America. Permaculture design certification requires 72 hours minimum of student participation time and concludes with students receiving an internationally recognized certificate. This course is heavy on the ethics, principles and design aspects of permaculture. We cover many techniques that are useful in design. Students learn about whole systems and how to design a real existing site, working together in teams through the course and presenting their design on the second to last weekend. The certificate does NOT mean that you are certified to teach a PDC or that you have all the tools and skills to be a professional Permaculture designer. The permaculture design course is the foundation; students still need to build the walls, roof, openings, finish, and landscape. We have tools to help with this. If you have an interest in learning more about permaculture, about whole systems or about how to work within the limits of nature this course may be for you! We are beginning March 8th and will finish September 22nd. Register!

Date
8 March
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29 September
2024
Price

1550

Permaculture Design Course

Permaculture is ethics based design that applies principles to address challenges between people and the environment. As we know, challenges abound. In the next few decades we will need to reskill more of the population faster than ever before in human history. Much of what permaculture has to offer is part of that reskilling. We can design human habitats that are resilient, redundant and that provide for our needs. Our course follows the curriculum by the Permaculture Institute of North America. Permaculture design certification requires 72 hours minimum of student participation time and concludes with students receiving an internationally recognized certificate. This course is heavy on the ethics, principles and design aspects of permaculture. We cover many techniques that are useful in design. Students learn about whole systems and how to design a real existing site, working together in teams through the course and presenting their design on the second to last weekend. The certificate does NOT mean that you are certified to teach a PDC or that you have all the tools and skills to be a professional Permaculture designer. The permaculture design course is the foundation; students still need to build the walls, roof, openings, finish, and landscape. We have tools to help with this. If you have an interest in learning more about permaculture, about whole systems or about how to work within the limits of nature this course may be for you! We are beginning March 8th and will finish September 22nd. https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/event/2024-permaculture-design-course/

Date
8 March
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22 September
2024
Price

1550

Texas Soils for Tomorrow

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN REVOLUTIONIZING BEEF PRODUCTION AT THE GROUND LEVEL? Sunday, March 17 | 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday, March 18 | 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Quivira Coalition’s Carbon Ranch Initiative team invites you to the heart of West Texas for an opportunity to improve rangeland soil health using compost, biochar and hay bale applications. Join us for this immersive two-day series, set in the stunning landscape of Marfa and Fort Davis, TX. Participants will gain hands-on expertise applying compost, biochar, and hay bales to rangeland soils and learn how to monitor the transformative impacts of these applications on water retention, erosion control, and grass production. Participants will also learn about how healthy soils strengthen local beef economies and how on-ranch composting and biochar production contribute to mitigating climate change and wildfire risks. Ranchers should attend. Technical service agents should attend. People who eat should attend. Free! It’s highly beneficial for participants to attend both days. Day one will be held in Marfa to monitor the impacts of one-year old compost, biochar, and hay bale applications. Day two will be held in Fort Davis (about 20 minutes North of Marfa) to apply compost, biochar and hay bale to areas of bare rangeland or areas needing improvement. You can sign up for one or both days. Participants are responsible for their own lodging and transportation. Lodging recommendations and directions will be shared by email for registered participants. Questions? Contact Janet Garcia at janet.garcia@quiviracoalition.org. Register

Date
17 March
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18 March
2024

Regenerative Beekeeping

At The Santa Cruz Permaculture Farm A Comprehensive Approach To Beekeeping, Pollinator Habitat, And Biodiversity Have you ever wanted to learn the skills needed to produce your very own honey? Interested in producing your own beeswax, pollen or propolis? Have you ever wanted to ensure your garden or farm has a sustained and healthy source of pollinators for a bountiful crop of fruits and veggies? We are pleased to offer this beginning level beekeeping practicum grounded in a natural approach to apiculture, with a focus on sustainable hive management, honey production and pollinator health. Humankind’s relationship with bees reaches back to the dawn of time. Our dependence on bees for their role in our food systems, and our responsibility for their care continues to this day. Come engage with these incredible little beings and learn both the art and science of regenerative beekeeping. Learning Objectives Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to: Have knowledge of different hive styles and beekeeping equipment Engage in seasonal care of honeybees Promote honey production and understand harvesting techniques Identify pests and hazards to the hive and mitigate them using IPM Process beeswax to make candles, salves and countless other products Create a customized pollinator garden plan for your home or farm so that you can promote pollinator health Understand the intricate and fascinating life cycles, behavior, and natural history of the honey bee Full Series: 6 Weekends Over 6 Months Pricing Full Tuition: $1295 Partner / Spouse Tuition: $995 (When one partner registers for the full course, the second gets a discount) Early Bird Discount: $1195 (Register more than 30 days in advance) Super Early Bird Discount: $1095 (Register more than 60 days in advance) Teachers: $995 (Special price for For K-12, College and University Teachers) Youth: $795 (Special price for ages 13-18) Spring – Summer 2024 Springtime Prep – Mar 23-24, 2024 Growth – April 20-21, 2024 Harvest Time – June 8-9, 2024 Summer in the Apiary – July 27-28, 2024 The Bounty of the Bee – August 24-25, 2024 Preparing for Winter – October 5-6, 2024 Session Times: Sessions typically run 9am – 5:30pm both days, with a lunch break. REGISTER NOW Spring – Summer 2025 Session 1: TBD Session 2: TBD Session 3: TBD Session 4: TBD Session 5: TBD Session 6: TBD 2024 Session Times: Sessions typically run 9am – 5:30pm both days, with a lunch break. REGISTRATION TBD! Individual Sessions If you don’t want to sign up for the full course but would like to sign up for an individual weekend, you’re welcome to do so! The tuition is $295 per weekend. Springtime Prep (a great intro to Beekeeping!) – Mar 23-24, 2024 REGISTER NOW Growth – April 20-21, 2024 REGISTER NOW Harvest Time – June 8-9, 2024 REGISTER NOW Summer in the Apiary – July 27-28, 2024 REGISTER NOW The Bounty of the Bee – August 24-25, 2024 REGISTER NOW Preparing for Winter – October 5-6, 2024 REGISTER NOW Previous slide Next slide Session Descriptions Classes run from 10am-5pm both days. Session 1 – Springtime Prep (A Great Intro To Beekeeping!) Weekend one provides a thorough overview to beekeeping and can be attended as a standalone workshop if you can’t join the whole series Understanding different beekeeping styles Building beekeeping equipment Sourcing bees and installing an apiary Beekeeping in community ***Students who would like to start a hive at home will receive a 15% discount on nucs and hive equipment available for purchase Session 2 – Growth Expanding your apiary Inspecting colonies Planning a pollinator garden Record keeping Preparing for a honey crop Session 3 – Harvest Time Harvesting techniques for honey Queen health and production Planting flowers for bees Beeswax processing Session 4 – Summer In The Apiary Summering your bees Honey Bee nutrition and supplements Common pests and diseases Integrated pest management Session 5 – The Bounty Of The Bee Beeswax – nature’s most versatile material Propolis production and use Late season honey bee forage crops Fall apiary management Session 6 – Preparing For Winter Winterizing bees Equipment care Medicinal honeys Dreaming of spring Frequently Asked Questions What if I miss some classes? Can I make them up? Yes, you can make up material you missed during the next session. How do I register? What is the refund policy? Where is class held? Can I camp on site? What time does class start and end? Do I need any equipment for the course?

Date
23 March
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6 October
2024
Location
Price

1295

Permaculture Design Course- Sierra Foothills

If you have always wanted to learn about Permaculture and earn a Permaculture Design Certificate, or if you have always wanted to learn some of the “on the ground skills” of homesteading and self sufficiency, this design course is absolutely for you! We will be learning practical topics and skills, from designing food growing year round, fermentation, foraging, creating healthy thriving soils (without fertilizer), from tree crops and food forests and much more.

Date
23 March
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9 June
2024
Location
Organizer(s):

Cathe' Fish

Price

$1200 with early bird discounts, discounts for couple, discounts for cash

2024 Soil Science Day

A special seminar just for you, OHBA’s 2024 Soil Science Day. Come learn about working with nature to achieve unparalleled results in your horticulture and agriculture business. Day 1 starts with globally recognized Dr. Tom Dykstra visiting about energy levels in plants and how to manipulate to make your crops bullet proof against pest insects. Tom will use the 100 years of recorded citrus production as a base model, and we’ll learn about using a brix instrument to manage results. After lunch, Dr. Adam Cobb, one of the primary educators from the Soil Foodweb School, will present the latest in soil microbiology. By understanding the microbe roles and how to enhance, you will achieve beautiful, healthy growth with reduced problems & cost. Day 2 begins at the nationally recognized Nature’s Way Resources for a 1/2 day of a brix instrument, hands on workshop. Additionally there will be a tour of Nature’s Way in the morning. https://www.facebook.com/events/763498435660607/?ref=newsfeed

Date
3 April
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3 April
2024

INTRODUCTION TO HERBALISM & MEDICINE-MAKING

  In this practical and fun class, participants will learn how to source, make, and use a wide range of herbal medicines. We’ll build your home apothecary by making tinctures, syrups, oils, salves, lotions, pastilles and much more. We’ll introduce herbal actions such as Adaptogens, Calmatives/Sedatives, Immunostimulants, Qi tonics and Harmonizers that can be grown in our gardens or sourced locally. We’ll also discuss the crucial role diet and nutrition play in promoting our vitality, immunity, and resilience to stress. Whether you’re interested in herbal medicine and want to begin your journey or are just looking for natural ways to support your energy and nervous system, relax more, and sleep better, all within a supportive community of practice, this class will teach you an abundance of tools that you will use for decades to come. Join seasoned herbalist Devalina Waring and guest instructors for a comprehensive introduction to herbalism and medicine making. Devalina is a clinical herbalist, whole-food chef, animist, beekeeper & educator. Originally from the West Coast of British Columbia, she has spent the last decade diving deep into herbalism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, functional nutrition and the natural world. Deva has been teaching herbalism classes at various schools in the Pacific Northwest and held herb camps throughout Northern California. She has a strong background in ethical harvesting, medicine making & herbal first aid. She is passionate about reconnecting people to land and getting people excited about plants. She is currently seeing clients through her private practice: www.wellrootedherbs.com. In her spare time she enjoys bee-centric bee keeping, exploring wild places and weaving. Full Series: 6 Weekends Over 6 Months Pricing Full Tuition: $1295 Partner / Spouse Tuition: $995 (When one partner registers for the full course, the second gets a discount) Early Bird Discount: $1195 (Register more than 30 days in advance) Super Early Bird Discount: $1095 (Register more than 60 days in advance) Teachers: $995 (Special price for For K-12, College and University Teachers) Youth: $795 (Special price for ages 13-18) Fall 2023-Winter 2024 Basics – October 14-15, 2023 Immune & Common Ailments – November 11-12, 2023 Nervous System & Botany –  December 9-10, 2023 Digestive System & Kitchen Herbalism – January 13-14, 2024 The Integumentary System & Topical Applications – February 10-11, 2024 The Herbal Garden – March 9-10, 2024 Session Times: Saturday 10am to 5pm & Sunday 10am to 3pm Spring-Summer 2024 Basics – April 13-14, 2024 Digestive System & Kitchen Herbalism – May 11-12, 2024 Nervous System + Botany – June 8-9, 2024 The Herbal Garden – July 13-14, 2024 The Integumentary System & Topical Applications – August 10-11, 2024 Immune & Common Ailments – September 14-15, 2024 Session Times: Saturday 10am to 5pm & Sunday 10am to 3pm REGISTER NOW Individual Sessions If you don’t want to sign up for the full course but would like to sign up for an individual weekend, you’re welcome to do so! The tuition is $295 per weekend. The Integumentary System & Topical Applications – February 10-11, 2024 REGISTER NOW The Herbal Garden – March 9-10, 2024 REGISTER NOW Basics – April 13-14, 2024 REGISTER NOW Digestive System & Kitchen Herbalism – May 11-12, 2024 REGISTER NOW Nervous System + Botany – June 8-9, 2024 REGISTER NOW Immune & Common Ailments – September 14-15, 2024 REGISTER NOW Previous slide Next slide Session Descriptions All sessions include plant walks, plant sits and lots of hands-on making & crafting. Classes run from 10am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-3pm on Sunday. Session 1 – Basics Explore the basics of herbalism: the how, what and why we use herbs. Explore the language of plants, learn how to engage with plants and become familiar with botanical vocabulary. Study herbal actions, constitution basics, and herbal dosage. Gain proficiency in the art of tea making and blending. Learn about infusions, sun teas, decoctions, and more. Learn about ethical wildcrafting. Discover how to source high quality herbs and learn best practices in drying/storing herbs. Session 2 – Digestive System & Kitchen Herbalism Explore digestion and nutrition basics to support overall health. Learn how herbs can support the digestion system. Discover herbal flavors and taste, and how they interact with the body. Learn about herbal monographs and materia medica. Make various herbal culinary items like herbal salts, vinegars, oils, pesto & herbally-infused ghee. Session 3 – Nervous System & Botany Gain understanding of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system and the benefits that a well regulated nervous system can provide. Learn about adaptogens, Qi tonics, and Nervines. Learn to identify plant families, their scientific names, and cultural history of plants. Understand the reproductive parts of plants, and how plants photosynthesize and communicate across landscapes. Explore the basics of plant constituents. Explore the basics of Tincture making. Session 4 – The Herbal Garden Get to know characteristics and ideal growing conditions for different plants. Dig into soil microbiology and structure, the carbon cycle, and how water moves in soil. Learn about holistic pest management, beneficial insects, and supporting your local biome. Differentiate between growing habits of annuals, biennials, and perennials and how to plan your garden thoughtfully. Explore the many methods of propagation and what works best for particular plants. Learn about watering and nutritional needs, the importance of mulch, and the basics of building rich compost. Discover the benefits of biodiversity and closed-loop gardening. Gain hands-on experience seeding, transplanting, pruning, and harvesting herbs. Session 5 – The Integumentary System & Topical Applications Discover the supplies needed for making herbal preparations. Learn about the integumentary system Make herbal body oils, salves, lotions & poultices. Learn about common first aid plants for topical care. Learn about making tinctures and glycerin extracts. Session 6 – Immune & Common Ailments Explore herbs for building a healthy immune system. Learn all about immunmodulators and immunostimulants. Explore the wonderful world of medicinal mushrooms. Make herbal syrups and fire cider. Make herbal gummies and pastilles. Learn about herbal vinegars & fire cider Frequently Asked Questions What if I miss some classes? Can I make them up? Yes, you can make up material you missed during the next session. How do I register? What is the refund policy? Where is class held? Can I camp on site? Are there readings, videos, and other materials to supplement our time together? What time does class start and end for the weekends of class? Full Series: 6 Weekends Over 6 Months Pricing Full Tuition: $1295 Partner

Date
13 April
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13 April
2024
Price

1295

Permaculture Design Course

At The Santa Cruz Permaculture Farm & Surrounding Region The Santa Cruz Permaculture Design Certificate course, certified by PINA, the Permaculture Institute of North America, includes the internationally recognized 72-hour curriculum, augmented by an additional 38-hours of hands on practice and field trips. Plus, folks have the option to camp on site, and build community around the fire! Our course brings in leading designers and teachers from around the region, each experts in different areas of permaculture. The Santa Cruz Permaculture network of instructors, alumni, community partners, and resources continues to grow each season, and by participating in our course, you become part of this network! Read interviews with our alumni here to learn how folks use the skills and knowledge they gain in this course. Additionally, course participants work in teams throughout the program to design a holistic permaculture plan for a real-life site in the community. The hands-on learning, workshops, and readings throughout the course prepare students with knowledge and whole systems thinking strategies that allow them to create detailed and thoughtful designs. Full Series: 6 Weekends Over 6 Months Full series registration is available up until the day before the first session. Late registration is available and you can make up any missed weekends with the next session. Use the next cohort registration and select the class you’d like to join on our registration form. Email info.santacruzpermaculture@gmail.com with questions. Pricing Full Tuition: $1295 Partner / Spouse Tuition: $995 (When one partner registers for the full course, the second gets a discount) Early Bird Discount: $1195 (Register more than 30 days in advance) Super Early Bird Discount: $1095 (Register more than 60 days in advance) Teachers: $995 (Special price for For K-12, College and University Teachers) Youth: $795 (Special price for ages 13-18) Fall 2023-Winter 2024 Session 1: October 14-15, 2023 Session 2: November 11-12, 2023 Session 3: December 9-10, 2023 Session 4: January 13-14, 2024 Session 5: February 10-11, 2024 Session 6: March 9-10, 2024 Session Times: Sessions typically run 9am – 5:30pm both days, with a lunch break. REGISTER NOW Spring-Summer 2024 Session 1: April 13-14, 2024 Session 2: May 4-5, 2024 Session 3: June 1-2, 2024 Session 4: July 6-7, 2024 Session 5: August 3-4, 2024 Session 6: September 7-8, 2024 Session Times: Sessions typically run 9am – 5:30pm both days, with a lunch break. REGISTER NOW Full Series: 2 Week Summer Intensive Pricing Full Tuition: $1895 Partner / Spouse Tuition: $1695 (When one partner registers for the full course, the second gets a discount) Early Bird Discount: $1795 (Register more than 30 days in advance) Super Early Bird Discount: $1695 (Register more than 60 days in advance) Teachers: $1695 (Special price for For K-12, College and University Teachers) Youth: $1395 (Special price for ages 13-18) Two Week Summer Intensive June 16-29, 2024 Our 2-week intensive covers the same curriculum as our 6-month course. Tuition includes catered meals and on-site camping. The 2-week intensive is followed by our 8-day Advanced Permaculture Design Course. Please consider joining us for both courses. REGISTER NOW Individual Sessions If you don’t want to sign up for the full course but would like to sign up for an individual weekend, you’re welcome to do so! The tuition is $295 per weekend. Broad Scale Permaculture for Ecosystem Regeneration: Integrated Animal Husbandry & Forest Management – February 3 & 4, 2024 REGISTER NOW Social Permaculture, Community Development, & Design Presentations – March 2 & 3, 2024 REGISTER NOW Regenerative Design & Nature Awareness – April 13 & 14, 2024 REGISTER NOW Regenerating Watersheds & Soils – May 4 & 5, 2024 REGISTER NOW Personal & Economic Permaculture – June 1 & 2, 2024 REGISTER NOW Home Scale Permaculture: Creating Natural Homes & Edible Landscapes – July 6 & 7, 2024 REGISTER NOW What Is Permaculture & Whole Systems Design? Permaculture is an ethically based whole-systems design approach that uses concepts, principles, and methods derived from ecosystems, nature connected communities, and other time-tested systems to create human settlements and institutions. It’s also been called “saving the planet while throwing a better party.” Learn more about permaculture. Grounded in the context of Permaculture & Whole Systems Design, this course covers a wide range of topics, including: Food Forests Fruit Tree Pruning and Care Agroforestry Nature Awareness Rehydrating the Earth Creating Water Retention Landscapes Rainwater Catchment Gabions Berms and Swales Greywater No-Till Agriculture & Carbon Farming Preparing Garden Beds for Planting Cover Cropping Mycorrhizal Network & Fungi Soil Ecology Composting Natural Building & Cob Construction Plant Guilds Crop Planning School Gardens Urban Gardens & Orchards Sudden Oak Life Integrated Animal Husbandry Holistic Management & Rotational Grazing Local Food Systems Designing to Mitigate Disaster Bioregional Networks The World Café The Work That Reconnects Nonviolent Communication Financial Permaculture Alternative Currencies Economic Permaculture Public Banking Community Development City Repair Transition Towns Social Permaculture Intentional Communities & Ecovillages Neighborhood Resilience Previous slide Next slide Session Descriptions All sessions include a mix of lecture and hands-on activities. Classes run from 9am-5:30pm each day. Session 1 – Regenerative Design & Nature Awareness Explore the principles and ethics of permaculture Learn design processes and methods for articulating client goals and desired outcomes, and site analysis Study ecology and employ natural patterns as a design tool Participate in a World Cafe with fellow students to access the collective intelligence of the community Practice nature awareness and observation Learn to add value to current systems and practices through the lens of regenerative design Session 2 – Regenerating Watersheds & Soils Learn about watersheds, climate, and the importance of slowing, spreading, and sinking rainfall to rehydrate the earth Study simple water harvesting systems from home to broadacre scale, including rainwater catchment methods and greywater design Explore the characteristics and management of healthy soil ecology with hands-on lessons and time in the garden Build a compost pile and prepare the garden soil for planting Find contour by making a-frame levels and build a berm and swale to slow and sink water into the soil Session 3 – Personal & Economic Permaculture Learn and practice nonviolent communication Participate in a Work that Reconnects workshop and learn about the Spiral of the Work That Reconnects Discuss and reflect on Right Livelihood and your role in the Great Turning Explore strategies for mitigating disaster through community resilience, permaculture design, and creating disaster plans Gain an understanding of financial permaculture, challenges with our current economic system, and concepts like money and banking Learn about topics like alternative

Date
13 April
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14 September
2024
Price

1895

PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE

PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE APRIL 14 - APRIL 27, 2024 Join us for our annual, transformational 2-week class on permaculture design and get your PDC from one of the leading permaculture education centers in Central America. Payment Options: Select Payment Options Put down a deposit ($400) Full Payment ($1500) Pago Completo - Soy Nacionalidad Costarricense ($950) SIGN UP NOW! If you prefer to pay your deposit or full course fee via a direct deposit, with Wise, with a check or via another method, please fill out a registration form and send proof of payment to info@ranchomastatal.com. For information on payment details go here. Are you looking for our fall PDC dates? DOWNLOAD FULL BROCHURE DESCRIPTION Join our experienced team of permaculture practitioners led by the Rancho Mastatal team for this annual life-changing 2-week experience. The course covers the core Permaculture Design curriculum (developed by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren) and emphasizes creating diverse multi-functional human landscapes based on ecological patterns. Utilizing Rancho Mastatal as a living classroom, the class will mix lectures (60%) and hands-on work (40%), exploring design solutions for both temperate and tropical regions.  Putting permaculture design into practice, the course concludes with a permaculture site design for a clients property. WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE? People who have their own land (small suburban plot all the way through to a large farm). This class will give you the tool kit to plan and implement your dreams. People who dream of owning land or are actively looking. The class will provide you with the skills to asses and analyze different pieces of land to make sure you get exactly what you want. People who are interested in living a more regenerative lifestyle. Professionals (eg, architects, designers, farmers, educators, community development workers, social workers etc…) who wish to deepen their knowledge in Permaculture to apply it at work or in their own projects. This course is applicable to anyone with an interest in designing resilient and regenerative futures. The whole-systems design thinking outlined in the course will give participants the tools to re-design and improve their surroundings; from gardens, farms and homes, to livelihoods, relationships and communities. Get inspired by some of our past alumni! WHAT IS PERMACULTURE? Permaculture is something you use, not something you do. It is not a course on gardening, but rather on how to design a garden. While practical skills and applications of design principals are incorporated into the course, the learning outcomes revolve around understanding and applying the ethics, principals, and methodologies of design. So while you will have a hands on practical session in natural building you will not come away with the technical skills to build your own house but you will better understand the design considerations, patterns and principals that guide our decision to build a natural home and experience the wonder of working with simple, locally available materials. Read more about what Permaculture is and why it is important. DOWNLOAD FULL BROCHURE WHAT WILL I LEARN? More in-depth information can be found in our downloadable brochure but some of the highlights include: Permaculture, history, ethics & principles - Why is Permaculture important and how we use it. Mapping and design - simple mapping techniques, understanding mapping and principles and how to present it. Water - its role in ecology, techniques and watershed management strategies Soils - understanding the types of soil, how to asses them, how to build topsoil & techniques eg vermicompost Growing food - Strategies including: intensive gardening, food forests, orchard design, syntropic agroforestry and more Farm to table - How to harvest and prepare your food, including, fermentation, cooking with local ingredients and more. Natural building - Passive design, cob building and earth building techniques, natural building design and more Building community - organization, decision making process, NVC (non-violent communication) & regenerative livelihoods Design projects - Bring all of what you have learnt to develop a design for a local client! DOWNLOAD FULL BROCHURE INSTRUCTORS Rancho Mastatal Team The Ranch’s seasoned core team will be co-teaching this class. The Ranch has over 20 years of experience hosting permaculture classes and putting into practice the toolkit that is provided to students during this course. The Ranch team is comprised of a dynamic group of professionals dedicated to creating a better community and environment. For more information about each member, please see their bios. Jorge Salazar Jorge is a practicing agroforester and the founder and owner of La Iguana Chocolate in Mastatal, Costa Rica. Jorge anchors an entrepreneurial movement in the region and has spent countless hours in his cacao orchards caring for his trees. His wife Vicky Chandler and the whole Salazar family have been perfecting some of the most desired chocolate recipes in all of Costa rica. KIS Botanicals KIS botanicals includes three plant-lovers: Solin, Ivannia and Kealy. Their goal is to preserve their ancestors’ medicinal plant knowledge through education and artisanal plant-based products. They have 4 hectares of cultivated medicinal and edible plants, using traditional agricultural techniques. They love to share their plant passion while striving to live in harmony with Mother Earth. COURSE START AND ARRIVAL DATES The course will start at 8 a.m. on April 14.  Students are encouraged to arrive on April 13. You must arrive before 6.30pm, we will not be able to attend you after this time..  Lodging the night of April 13 is included in the cost of the class. COURSE END AND DEPARTURE DATES The course will end at around 5 p.m. on April 27.  Most students will depart on the morning of April 28.  Lodging the night of April 27 is included in the cost of the class. COST Costa Rican National: $950 Other Nationality: $1,500 Includes food, lodging and course instruction. Payment Options: Select Payment Options Put down a deposit ($400) Full Payment ($1500) Pago Completo - Soy Nacionalidad Costarricense ($950) SIGN UP NOW! If you prefer to pay your deposit or full course fee via a direct deposit or check please fill out a registration form and send proof of payment to info@ranchomastatal.com. For information on payment details go here. Not ready to put a deposit down to guarantee a spot in the class? Sign up below for alerts for this workshop and we will let you know when the

Date
14 April
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27 April
2024
Price

1500

Introduction to Permaculture Basics

Permaculture can be viewed as the toolbox which holds the tools of sustainable living. Much more than a gardening system, it can help us work with soil, water, nutrient flows, plants, animals, buildings, the sun and our community to design resilant, vibrant, life renewing and positive future. Given the challenges that lie ahead for meeting humanities’ needs, such as Peak Oil, Permaculture represents an important skill set and a new language of pattern literacy. WHAT: This short format course will introduce the foundations of Permaculture, a whole systems design approach for sustainable human settlement. Permaculture (Permanent + Agriculture + Culture)

Date
20 April
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21 April
2024
Location
Organizer(s):

Don Tipping

Price

$500

Sowing Solutions Permaculture Design Course

Weekend #1 Sowing Solutions Permaculture Design Course Three Uplifting & Informative Weekends at the PDC THIS SPRING!! Weekend ONE Immerse in the Permaculture Design Certification Course during planting season with Sowing Solutions at our Permaculture Center in the  artisan Village of Shelburne Falls in Western Massachusetts. Practice ecological design alongside leading permaculture designers and educators in the northeast. Gain your permaculture design certificate with Sowing Solutions who is celebrating over 18 years of interactive permaculture education.  Network across the region and form lasting friendships and webs of mutual support. Visit numerous inspiring demonstration farms, homes, nurseries, and agroforestry projects. Apply your design skills in a guided process to create a design for a project site in the village. Join us for an informative and uplifting program! Instructors: Kay Cafasso, Keith Zaltzberg, Llani Davidson, Dave Dion, Ghadi Tayeh, and many special guests Cost: $1250-$1450; Sliding Scale. Work Trade, BIPOC Scholarship, Front Line Worker and Student Discounts, and Fundraising Support Is Available. Contact:   www.PermacultureSeries.org     PermacultureSeries@gmail.com Link http://www.PermacultureSeries.org Venue The Permaculture Place, Shelburne Falls, MA Address at The MillShelburne Falls MA 01370, US Starts Thu Apr 25 2024 Ends Sun Apr 28 2024

Date
25 April
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28 April
2024
Price

1250

Permaculture Homestead Design Weekend Intensive

We welcome you to join us for an immersive weekend introduction to Permaculture with a focus on homestead design. The key premise of this weekend intensive is that many people aspire to have a simple 1/2 acre permaculture homestead for their family, with food forests, fruit trees, berries, outdoor living systems with a fire pit, sauna, hot tub, cob oven, chickens, shade structures, water catchment, compost making, and so on. We'll attempt to answer the central question of, "What is the ideal human living environment?" Our home base will be Seven Seeds Farm which is in it's 23rd year of development with extensive plantings of a wide diversity of fruiting, medicinal and useful trees and shrubs, acres of diverse seed crops, multi-species animal systems, ecological forestry, off grid appropriate technology and vertically integrated cottage industry businesses. Seven Seeds Farm has become one of the most established Permaculture sites in N. America. Since 2000 with extensive earthworks and pond and water catchment systems, and an intensive organic seed farm and seed bank distribution hub (Siskiyou Seeds) have contributed to a blossoming of hope for regenerative resilient culture. This course will also include a design charrette involving participants in the assessment and design of a renewal of a neighboring homestead that has fallen into disrepair and is finding rejuvenation under the stewardship of the new non-profit, Seeds of Light, where this will become the new mission control for Kyle & Jessica Shinners and their family. So this is a unique opportunity to explore the initial stages of laying out a long term permaculture homestead. Some of the topics that we'll explore include: Observation, assessment & Design The Permaculture Ethics & Principles Mapping techniques Basic surveying for laying out swales for water catchment Fencing strategies Food forests & orchards Backyard poultry (chickens, ducks, turkeys, etc...) Permaculture zone & sector analysis Natural play zones and structures for children Social permaculture and people power considerations Long term needs assessment (considering the evolution of a family) Organic gardening Composting toilets & home composting for fertility Ecological forestry, fuel wood & natural building materials Long term health & vitality with nutrition & mental/spiritual well being This course is an excellent opportunity to both see an established example of the Permaculture dream and participate in the early stages of an emergent one as well. We'll alternate between lecture, tours and hands-on activities with some engaging "world Cafe" style exercises to help refine our dreams and plans. Mornings will include the opportunity to join in a guided Qi Gong class led by accupuncturist and Chinese Doctor, Kyle Shinners. Organic meals will bring us together around the hearth of good food and kind hearts. Participants are invited to camp, or sleep in their vehicle, or arrange local accomodations. We have outhouses and a bath house here. Don Tipping is the lead instructor who brings over 30 years experience in organic farming, seeds, permaculture and enthusiastic on-farm education. Don has been farming and offering hands on, practical workshops at Seven Seeds Farm since 1997. Seven Seeds is a small, certified organic family farm in the Siskiyou Mountains of SW Oregon that produces fruits, vegetables, seeds, flowers and herbs, while raising sheep, poultry and people. The farm has been designed to function as a self-contained, life regenerating organism with waste products being recycled and feeding other elements of the system. Lauded as one of the best examples of a small productive Biodynamic and Permaculture farms in the northwest by many, Seven Seeds helps to mentor new farmers through internships and workshops. In 2009 we began Siskiyou Seeds, a bioregional organic seed company that grows and stewards a collection of over 700 open pollinated flower, vegetable and herb seeds and is constantly breeding new varieties that we distribute nationally. Don is active in the Seed Stewardship movement and educates regionally on seed saving through the Seed Academy, the Student Organic Seed Symposium, Seed Schools and numerous conferences. He currently sits on the board of a new non-profit called Seeds of Light that is developing educational programs and workshops aimed at growing humans through their head, heart and hands. Don Tipping will be supported by co-teachers: Jessica Plancich-Shinners: Therapist & systems design expert Kyle Shinners: Accupuncturist, Qi Gong teacher, and 5 element systems teacher WHEN: 3 day Event begins Friday, May 3 @ 9:00am and runs through Sunday, May 5th at 4 pm. The event is 9 am through 6pm with dinner to follow and a more open, salon type format after dinner. People travelling from out of town can arrive Thursday eve to set up camp. WHAT: We invite you to join us for a 3 day intensive training in the basics of permaculture from an emirical lens. We will alternate between activities that nourish the head, heart and hands - with lecture, hands-on and integrative techniques. Don Tipping is the lead instructor who brings over 30 years experience in organic farming, seeds, permaculture and enthusiastic on-farm education. This is a deep dive into whole systems theory and management and an immersive experience in a mature Permaculture Farm site. WHO: Gardeners, farmers, permaculturalists, homesteaders, and those interested in stewarding land or a garden as a wonderful way to grow a positive future. No prior experience is necessary, however, some gardening familiarity will be helpful. HOW: includes delicious organic meals from the farm, camping, showers, instruction, handouts, field trips and a deeply nourishing dive into co-creating regenerative culture. Breakfast ingredients are provided but done self serve (or group coordinated) in our Seed Barn, whereas lunch and dinner will be spectacular farm based catered meals. If you are traveling from out of the area and would like to camp on Thursday (5/2/24) night please email don@siskiyouseeds.com to pre-arrange that. Or if you'd prefer to do an Air BnB there are some in Williams HERE. Course Fees:

Date
3 May
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5 May
2024
Location
Organizer(s):

Don Tipping

Price

$550

Spring Seed Academy

Join the Seed Academy with teachers Don Tipping, (Siskiyou Seeds), & guests TBA An in-depth, hands-on training for farmers, gardeners, educators, entrepreneurs, permaculturalists & anyone interested in becoming a part of the Seed Movement. Learn with the experts. Gain the essential skills you need to harvest & process seed. Learn the fundamentals of plant breeding & propagation. Receive the step-by step tools, strategies & inspired vision required to start or upgrade a seed business, or implement a seed system to you farm or homestead. Meet & network with your bioregional neighbors to optimize results. The Seed Academy’s mission is to

Date
17 May
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19 May
2024
Location
Organizer(s):

Don Tipping

Price

$550

Permaculture Design Certification Course

A live in person 2 week Permaculture Design Certification training with some of the best instructors possibly in the world! Instructors include, Penny Livingston, Doug Bullock, Michael Pilarski, Starhawk, Dave Boenlein, Brian Kerkvliet and many other special guests!

Date
20 June
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4 July
2024
Location
Organizer(s):

Penny Livingston

Price

$2000 if registered before Aprl 15, 2024

Permaculture Design Certification Course

A 2 week LIVE IN PERSON Permaculture Design Certification Course with some of the best most. experienced permaculture teachers in the USA and possibly the world. This training will be located at the beautiful Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island in Washington state.

Date
20 June
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4 July
2024
Location
Organizer(s):

Penny Livingston

Price

$2000 if registered before Aprl 15, 2024

2024 Midwest Permaculture Convergence

2024 Midwest Permaculture Convergence Friday, June 28, 20246:00 PM Sunday, June 30, 202411:00 AM Heart Valley Springs45580 18th AvenueBloomingdale, MI, 49026United States (map) Google Calendar  ICS Join us for our Midwest Permaculture Convergence to learn from leaders and connect with community members from across our region to build our Permaculture future! Stay tuned for more details as we solidify them! Speaker Line Up: Doug Crouch: Treeyo Permaculture - Petersburg, KY He will speaking about Orchard Gardens: a Permaculture Alley Cropping System More to come soon….. If you would like to give a talk at our Convergence about your Permaculture experience in the Midwest then please fill out the form below with details about it and we’ll get back to you:

Date
29 June
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30 June
2024

Permaculture Design Certificate Course – Youngstown, Ohio

Bending Oak Permaculture Farm and Three Sisters Permaculture are partnering to offer a Permaculture Design Course. This intensive 80-hour certificate program will equip you with inspiration and knowledge to make positive changes in your life & community and to design your own regenerative systems. We will include classroom and in-the-field learning as well as hands-on activities. Course Instructors: Darrell Frey (PINA Diplomate) and Elizabeth Lynch of Three Sisters Permaculture plus guests from Bending Oak Permaculture Farm. Join us to kick-start your journey beyond sustainability!

Date
29 July
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10 August
2024
Location

Fall Seed Academy

Join the Seed Academy with teachers Don Tipping, (Siskiyou Seeds), & guests TBA We welcomne you to the farm for an in-depth, hands-on training for farmers, gardeners, educators, entrepreneurs, permaculturalists & anyone interested in becoming a part of the Seed Movement. Learn with the experts. Gain the essential skills you need to harvest & process seed. Learn the fundamentals of plant breeding & propagation. Receive the step-by step tools, strategies & inspired vision required to start or upgrade a seed business, or implement a seed system to you farm or homestead. Meet & network with your bioregional neighbors to optimize

Date
4 October
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6 October
2024
Location
Organizer(s):

Don Tipping

Price

$550

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