Permaculture Design Course

Join us for a 12 week

 Permaculture Design Course!

We will be hosting weekly lectures for members of the community who are interested in learning to use permaculture or who want to earn their Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC).

Our lectures will be focused on temperate climate permaculture in urban and rural environments. Some of the topics that will be discussed in the lecture series include: the principles and ethics of permaculture, sustainable food systems, small scale designs, water conservation, soil food web, learning from nature and its patterns, designing integrated systems, and scaleable strategies and techniques.

Some class time may occur outdoors so come prepared to learn both inside and out. This consists of observations walks and interaction with the permaculture demonstration site.

We have launched this program in response to the many inquiries by our local community to open up our outdoor classroom and lecture hall. The purpose of these classes is to spread the knowledge and the joy of practicing permaculture and to empower our community to create a resilient and healthy world.

Lectures will be held on Thursdays :

Spring PDC: April 5th-June 21st

Fall PDC: August 2nd-October 18th


Tracks to Learn Permaculture:

  1. Take the 12 week lecture course plus 15 hours of free hands on experiential learning in the Permaculture gardens and get your PDC- Permaculture Design Certificate for $1,000.
  2. Don’t need a PDC? Just take the 12 week lecture series for only $800.

 

Looking for more?

Check out our Permaculture Internship that integrates regenerative land based education, mentorship, community living, and the Permaculture Lecture Series while earning your PDC for $1,500.


How do I sign up?

First Complete this sign up sheet 


Daily Schedule:

  • 9:30-10:00 Coffee and Greeting
  • 10:00-12:00 Lecture
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch (Bring a sack lunch)
  • 1:00-3:30 Lecture
  • 3:30-4:00 Q&A

Where: The lecture hall at the Dirt Rich School

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Spring term- Pay here
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Fall term- Pay here

    

 

 

 

 


2018 SPRING PDC OUTLINE

Day 1: April 5th - INTRODUCTION
 Teacher: Kateen Fitzgerald
 Morning
 Introduction to Permaculture
 Afternoon 
 Ethics
 Principals (Holmgren’s 12)

Day 2: April 12th - CONCEPTS AND THEMES OF DESIGN
 Teacher: Kateen Fitzgerald
 Morning 
 Concepts and Themes of Natural Systems
 Afternoon 
 Concepts and Themes of Design

Day 3: April 19th - METHODS OF DESIGN
 Teacher: Kateen Fitzgerald
 Morning 
 Systems Thinking
 Sector Planning
 Afternoon 
 Building the Map

Day 4: April 26th - PATTERN AND CLIMATE
 Teacher: Evelyn Cilley
 Morning 
 Pattern Understanding
 Afternoon 
 Nature and Climate Factors

Day 5: May 3rd - CLIMATE AND TREES
 Teacher: Evelyn Cilley
 Morning 
 Climate and its Effects on Design
 Afternoon 
 Succession/Establishment of Vegetation
 Trees
 Food Forests and Guilds

Day 6: May 10th - SOIL AND FOOD SYSTEMS
 Teacher: Kateen Fitzgerald
 Morning 
 Understanding and Working with Soils
 Afternoon 
 Garden Strategies
 Seed Saving

Day 7: May 17th - WATER
 Teacher: Simon Walter-Hanson
 Morning 
 Water Cycles and Management
 Keyline Design
 Afternoon
 Water in Landscape
 Aquaculture and Mariculture

Day 8: May 24th - ANIMALS
 Teacher: Kateen Fitzgerald
 Morning 
 Domestic Animals
 Wildlife Management
 Afternoon 
 Teacher: Evelyn Cilley
 Mycology



Day 9: May 31st - APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY 
 Teacher: Simon Walter-Hanson
 Morning 
 Buildings and Structures
 Introduce Final Presentation
 Afternoon 
 Appropriate Energy Conserving Technology
 Waste Disposal and Recycling

Day 10: June 7th - RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
 Teacher: Simon Walter-Hanson
 Morning 
 Settlement Design
 Afternoon 
 Design for Catastrophe

Day 11: June 14th - SOCIAL PERMACULTURE
 Teacher: Leigh Senna
 Morning 
 Vision and the Inner Landscape of You!
 Afternoon 
 Holistic Management

Day 12: June 21st - PRESENTATIONS
 Morning 
 Present Final Projects
 Afternoon 
 Presentation and Graduation

2018 Fall PDC OUTLINE

2017 Fall PDC OUTLINE

Day 1: August 2nd - INTRODUCTION 
 Teacher: Kateen Fitzgerald
 Morning
 Introduction to Permaculture
 Afternoon
 Ethics
 Principals (Holmgren’s 12)

Day 2 August 9th - CONCEPTS AND THEMES OF DESIGN
 Teacher: Kateen Fitzgerald
 Morning
 Concepts and Themes of Natural Systems
 Afternoon
 Concepts and Themes of Design

Day 3: August 16th - METHODS OF DESIGN 
 Teacher: Kateen Fitzgerald
 Morning
 Systems Thinking
 Sector Planning
 Afternoon
 Building the Map

Day 4 August 23rd - PATTERN AND CLIMATE
 Teacher: Evelyn Cilley
 Morning
 Pattern Understanding
 Afternoon
 Nature and Climate Factors

Day 5 August 30th - CLIMATE AND TREES
 Teacher: Evelyn Cilley
 Morning
 Climate and its Effects on Design
 Afternoon 
 Succession/Establishment of Vegetation
 Trees
 Food Forests and Guilds

Day 6: September 6th - SOIL & FOOD SYSTEMS
 Teacher: Kateen Fitzgerald
 Morning 
 Understanding and Working with Soils
 Afternoon 
 Garden Strategies
 Seed Saving

Day 7: September 13th - WATER
 Teacher: Simon Walter-Hanson
 Morning
 Water Cycles and Management
 Keyline Design
 Afternoon
 Water in Landscape
 Aquaculture and Mariculture

Day 8: September 20th - ANIMALS
 Teacher: Kateen Fitzgerald
 Morning
 Domestic Animals
 Wildlife Management
 Introduce Final Presentation
 Afternoon
 Teacher: Evelyn Cilley 
 Mycology

Day 9 September 27th - APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY 
 Teacher: Joshua Langevin
 Morning
 Buildings and Structures
 Afternoon
 Appropriate Energy Conserving Technology
 Waste Disposal and Recycling

Day 10: October 4th - RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
 Teacher: Simon Walter-Hanson
 Morning 
 Settlement Design
 Afternoon
 Design for Catastrophe

Day 11: October 11th - SOCIAL PERMACULTURE
 Teacher: Leigh Senna
 Morning 
 Vision and the Inner Landscape of You!
 Afternoon 
 Holistic Management

Day 12 October 18th - PRESENTATIONS
 Morning
 Present Final Projects
 Afternoon
 Presentation and Graduation
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Spring term- Pay here
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Fall term- Pay here

 

 

 

 

 


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