Permaculture: Ecological Design
"The keystone of permaculture is a paradigm shift in our own human consciousness.From monoculture mind to polyculture mind. From separation to unity. From exploitation and manipulation to respect and interdependence. From intervener to ecosystem participant." ~ Dave Jacke
Permaculture is a complete design system based on the principles of ecology and sustainability; it can be used to consciously design landscapes which mimic nature's patterns and yield an abundance of food, fiber and energy for local needs.
These hands-on trainings and workshops give you a comprehensive study into the principles and ethics of permaculture, design techniques, natural building, rural and urban gardening and community design. They meet international standards as foundation courses for all permaculture practitioners and teachers. Permaculture offers you visionary and practical solutions for personal and social change.
The Path of Regeneration
"Permaculture is practical, grass roots sustainabilty in action. It provides tools for people to reduce their immediate footprint and build resilient communities.“ ~Josh Byrne
Permaculture is an eco-logical approach to design; it is a way of making decisions and designing human habitat and culture based on observing nature. Permaculture ethics and principles can be applied to all areas of our lives, including gardens, energy systems, water conservation, economy and social structures.
Learn the foundational principles of permaculture and how to apply them. The mixture of theory and hands-on experience offers methods and strategies for creating positive changes in your life, community and the environment. Informative, inspiring and practical!
Four-Season Permaculture Certification (PDC)
An Applied Permaculture Design Course in Regenerative Living
"What permaculturists are doing is (some of) the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet. We don't know what the details of a truly sustainable future are going to be like, but we need options. We need people experimenting in all kinds of ways and permaculturists are one of the critical groups that are doing that." ~Dr. David Susuki, Renowned Environmentalist and Broadcaster
Learn permaculture throughout the four-seasons in an internationally recognized, 72-hour certification training in the ethics, principles, methods, techniques and practices of permaculture design. This course gives you a chance to implement as you learn, thereby reinforcing and refining new knowledge and skills.
The Art of Natural Building:
Focus on Cob & Cordwood
"Whatever good things we build end up building us." ~Jim Rihn
Natural building is an approach to building that uses minimally processed materials from nature to build durable buildings that are healthy and have a nurturing feel for those lucky enough to live in them. This workshop integrates hands-on practical learning, with integrated learning sessions laying the foundations for success with your future natural building projects.
The Art of Natural Building
Focus on Strawbale
Natural Building helps us connect to our local natural environment, to our own intuitive and innate creativity and to each other. It helps us to shift from an industrial, and often toxic building process to one that is affordable, empowering, community-building and life-affirming. We are co-creating; learning to dance in balance with nature. We are learning to "...live ingeniously in a low-carbon world!" ~ Zero Footprint organization
Straw bales are a highly insulative, low-embodied-energy, natural building material made from an agricultural waste product. For many, they are locally available and affordable. Straw is easy to work with for people new to construction as it is flexible and can be very forgiving.
The Energy Evolution:
Harnessing Free Energy from Nature
"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." ~Jane Goodall
Nature produces energy by slow, cool, implosive means – by a centripetal inward motion, while our present culture uses explosive centrifugal (outwards) movement, which is wasteful and many times less powerful and effective. It also uses up the Earth’s resources and pollutes her ecosystems. This workshop will examine the nature of energy, how energy flows and sustainable systems that draw on the power of the sun, water and wind. We will explore systems as simple as geothermal tanks and passive solar techniques, to more active systems like Rocket Stoves, geosolar and thermal mass. A hands-on building of a solar dehydrator. You will leave with an firm understanding of energy and the possibilities of collection, storage and flow.