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 Saturdays:

June 22nd – September 7th, 2019

 


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, no final design project required.

 

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

 


2019 PDC OUTLINE

Day 1: June 22nd - INTRODUCTION
 Teacher: Kateen Fitzgerald
 Morning
 Introduction to Permaculture
 Afternoon 
 Ethics
 Principals (Holmgren’s 12)

Day 2: June 29th - CONCEPTS AND THEMES OF DESIGN
 Teacher: Kateen Fitzgerald
 Morning 
 Concepts and Themes of Natural Systems
 Afternoon 
 Concepts and Themes of Design

Day 3: July 6th - METHODS OF DESIGN
 Teacher: Kateen Fitzgerald
 Morning 
 Systems Thinking
 Sector Planning
 Afternoon 
 Building the Map

Day 4: July 13th - PATTERN AND CLIMATE
 Teacher: Evelyn Cilley
 Morning 
 Pattern Understanding
 Afternoon 
 Nature and Climate Factors

Day 5: July 20th - 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: July 27th - SOIL AND FOOD SYSTEMS
 Teacher: Kateen Fitzgerald
 Morning 
 Understanding and Working with Soils
 Afternoon 
 Garden Strategies
 Seed Saving

Day 7: August 3rd - WATER
 Teacher: Simon Walter-Hanson
 Morning 
 Water Cycles and Management
 Keyline Design
 Afternoon
 Water in Landscape
 Aquaculture and Mariculture

Day 8: August 10th - ANIMALS
 Teacher: Kateen Fitzgerald
 Morning 
 Domestic Animals
 Wildlife Management
 Afternoon 
 Teacher: Evelyn Cilley
 Mycology



Day 9: August 17th - APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY 
 Teacher: Simon Walter-Hanson
 Morning 
 Buildings and Structures
 Introduce Final Presentation
 Afternoon 
 Appropriate Energy Conserving Technology
 Waste Disposal and Recycling

Day 10: August 24th - RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
 Teacher: Simon Walter-Hanson
 Morning 
 Settlement Design
 Afternoon 
 Design for Catastrophe

Day 11: August 31st - SOCIAL PERMACULTURE
 Teacher: Leigh Senna
 Morning 
 Vision and the Inner Landscape of You!
 Afternoon 
 Holistic Management

Day 12: September 7th - PRESENTATIONS
 Morning 
 Present Final Projects
 Afternoon 
 Presentation and Graduation

The Dirt Rich School is a for profit entity.