2014 Permaculture Design Course

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Looking for deep solutions in a world of challenges? Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments that uses natural systems as a model. Our 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate course will introduce you to strategies and tools for designing and living in landscapes, homes, businesses, and communities that are regenerative—that is, that go well beyond just depleting resources and the human spirit, to actually renewing and invigorating them.

You’ll learn to create and practice sustainable solutions for food, water, energy, and shelter; building social capital; developing a sustainable economy, renewing local communities on all scales, and more.

Gain a comprehensive framework for critical decision-making to guide re-designing human settlements, from backyards to cityscapes, based on the patterns of natural ecosystems. Permaculture is about a whole lot more than just gardening! Guest instructors will provide a diversity of examples of permaculture in practice. Students will apply the concepts of the course through a group design project. Most of the student design projects from past years’ courses are now being implemented around the Bay Area.     

This course is recommended for green architects, landscape contractors, county and city leaders, policy-makers, homeowners, farmers, business owners and anybody seeking a pathway to truly sustainable change. During this course you’ll develop new relationships, connecting with people concerned about and inspired by, many similar topics as you.

Many people find this course to be one of the most transformative experiences of their life.

“I would say personally it was one of my favorite things I have ever been involved in. Also in terms of what the world needs to heal, the info presented here offers the most rational and intuitively proactive response possible.” (Matt Grantham, Napa, CA)

“I wish I had taken this course before I was vice-mayor. The regenerative design tools and strategies presented are so needed in local government. Other government officials would certainly benefit from these tools, which can be applied to crafting solutions to the toughest challenges, by taking an integrated approach to doing more with less.”  (Tiffany Renee, former vice-mayor of Petaluma, CA)

“I’m not sure what I was expecting—but the course opened my eyes to what could be. I will never look at the land the same way again—I have a new toolbox to see and engage with the world. The design project gave our team an opportunity to direct our passions and build teamwork. It got us out of our comfort zone and allowed each of use to rise to our highest selves.” (Richard Parker, AIA, San Francisco, CA)

The course is led by Toby Hemenway, whose Permaculture guidebook, Gaia’s Garden, has been the best-selling permaculture book worldwide for the past seven years. Having taught over 50 Permaculture Design Courses, Toby is one of the premier permaculture educators in the world today. Guest instructors include acclaimed experts Larry Santoyo, Brock Dolman, Erik Ohlsen, John Valenzuela and others. See Instructor Bios to learn more. (Link to instructor bio page)

Upon successful completion of the course participants will earn a Permaculture Design Certificate issued by The Permaculture Institute (USA), the principal certifying body in the US.

For more information, please contact Ryan Johnston at (707) 789-9664 or ryan@dailyacts.org

 

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Location

Monkey Rance

Set in the picturesque hills of Petaluma, California, we’re excited to host this year’s course at Monkey Ranch, a 50-acre organic farm. The quiet surroundings provide the perfect retreat from the everyday hustle and bustle of work, allowing you to give your education the focus it deserves. Monkey Ranch will provide students with ample opportunities for observation of natural systems and patterns as well as design and hands-on exercises.   

Located just 10 minutes south of downtown Petaluma, 45 minutes north of San Francisco and the East Bay, and 10 minutes off Hwy 101 North, Monkey Ranch is a convenient destination for students from all over the region.