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
- 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 Mondays:
June 21st – September 6th, 2021
Tracks to Learn Permaculture:
- 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.
- 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 $2,000.
How do I sign up?
First complete this sign up sheet
- 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
2020 PDC OUTLINE
Day 1: June 21st - INTRODUCTION Teacher: Kateen Fitzgerald Morning Introduction to Permaculture Afternoon Ethics Principals (Holmgren’s 12)
Day 2: June 28th - CONCEPTS AND THEMES OF DESIGN Teacher: Kateen Fitzgerald Morning Concepts and Themes of Natural Systems Afternoon Concepts and Themes of Design
Day 3: July 5th - METHODS OF DESIGN Teacher: Simon Walter-Hanson Morning Functional Analysis Zones, Sectors, Slope & Orientation Yeoman's Scale of Permanence Afternoon Building the Map
Day 4: July 12th - PATTERN AND CLIMATE Teacher: Evelyn Cilley Morning Pattern Understanding Afternoon Nature and Climate Factors
Day 5: July 19th - 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 26th - SOIL AND FOOD SYSTEMS Teacher: Kateen Fitzgerald Morning Understanding and Working with Soils Afternoon Garden Strategies Seed Saving
Day 7: August 2nd - WATER Teacher: Simon Walter-Hanson Morning Water Cycles and Management Keyline Design Afternoon Water in Landscape Aquaculture and Mariculture
Day 8: August 9th - ANIMALS Teacher: Evelyn Cilley Morning Introduction to Mycology Afternoon Teacher: Kateen Fitzerald Domestic Animals Partnering with Wildlife
Day 9: August 16th - APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY Teacher: Joshua Langevin Morning Buildings and Structures Afternoon Appropriate Energy Conserving Technology Waste Disposal and Recycling
Day 10: August 23rd - RESILIENT COMMUNITIES Teacher: Kateen Fitzgerald Morning Designing for Catastrophe Afternoon Settlement Design
Day 11: August 30th - SOCIAL PERMACULTURE Teacher: Evelyn Cilley Morning Vision and the Inner Landscape of You! Afternoon Cultivating Social Permaculture
Day 12: September 6th - PRESENTATIONS Morning Present Final Projects Afternoon Presentation and Graduation