Intensive Permaculture Design Course Florida, May 11-22, 2016

20151031_104323Our spring 2016 course will be Grow Permaculture’s 15th internationally recognized Permaculture Design Course, to be held May 11-22, 2016.

This is an intensive two week professional-level course held at our permaculture farm north of Tampa about 10 minutes from Brooksville, FL. Students will have the opportunity to participate with and observe farm-scale permaculture systems installation and learn in an immersive environment – interacting with appropriate tech, greenhouse aquaponics, perennial food systems, animals, solar and more. This is a diverse farm with many different elements and examples of permaculture that can be translated to a wide variety of settings, urban or rural. The course will address strategies and techniques for both urban and rural areas in different climates and circumstances.

Instructors: Koreen Brennan, Eric Toensmeier (via Skype), others TBA.

There will be a two day optional field trip program May 9-10, and there will be apprenticeship opportunities after the course, for those who would like to delve more deeply into applying what they’ve learned.

For people who may have difficulty spending 12 days on the design course, we will provide on-line materials that can replace up to 3 days of the course time.

By cooperating with nature and her energies, we are able to design human systems, from backyards to neighborhoods, farms or even cities to be more abundant, more long lasting, more ethical, healthier for all life in the system, and more enjoyable. Permaculture is a cutting edge approach to living that helps both people and the environment.

The course is designed to offer multiple opportunities including career mentoring and pathways, community building opportunities, resource networking, skill building, as well as what is for many, a life changing experience. We will offer written materials and study aids and exercises before the course and urge students to use them, as you will get much more out of the course. If you complete these materials, you will receive three days’ credit and can attend 9 days only.

Some of the subjects covered include:

  • Permaculture design ethics and principles
  • Master planning and site analysis
  • Reading the landscape
  • Pattern recognition in nature and society
  • Organic, intensive gardening and farming
  • Edible landscaping, food in small spaces
  • Soil building
  • Composting and vermicomposting
  • Designing sustainable water use
  • Water harvesting and greywater techniques
  • Building food forests
  • Agroforestry and ecoagriculture
  • Aquaculture
  • Alternative pest management
  • Natural building, regenerative building technology
  • Reducing energy costs in your home
  • Best forms of alternative energy
  • Appropriate technology
  • Self-reliant living, urban and rural strategies
  • Boosting your career with permaculture
  • Sustainable economies
  • Increasing quality of life through “placemaking” design
  • Community revitalization and rebuilding
  • Successful strategies for intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing, urban and rural

This course exceeds the requirements laid out by permaculture founder Bill Mollison for the internationally recognized 72 hour Permaculture Design Course. The training provides a deep and wide overview of permaculture design, with skill sets you can apply immediately. It is a thorough introduction to a subject that has many levels and areas of expertise and professional practice. Further study is available through our apprenticeship programs and advanced study.

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Who Takes This Permaculture Design Course?

  • Artists
  • Do it yourselfers
  • Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors
  • Gardeners
  • Green architects/builders
  • Green consultants
  • Homesteaders
  • Landscapers
  • Natural health practitioners
  • Non-profit/community organizers
  • People who care about the earth and each other
  • People who love healthy food
  • Permaculturists
  • Policy makers
  • Professionals (of many types)
  • Recent college graduates
  • Students
  • Urban and rural farmers
  • Vegan, raw food, slow food, and/or local food
  • Yoga practitioners

Early bird course fee is $1100 through Feb 29, 2016. Afterr Feb 29, it will be $1350. This fee covers all costs, including materials, three healthy meals per day and camping. Our courses are an investment in yourself and your future – you will make and save far more than the course cost, to the degree you use the information in the course. A non refundable deposit of $300 will hold your spot.

To register for the course, pay via our PayPal button on the right side of this web page. We offer a limited number of partial scholarships and work study.

http://www.growpermaculture.com/upcoming-courses/114-sept-27-2014-urban-permaculture-design-certificate-course-tampa-bay.html

For questions or to register outside of PayPal, contact Taina at: 727-495-6145 or info@growpermaculture.com.

Testimonials:

“This course changed my life forever. It changed the way I look at everything, and gave me tools to address problems I thought had no solutions. It reinvigorated my connection to, respect for and love of the natural world and increased my understanding of it tremendously. It made me feel powerful and able to change things rather than helpless or apathetic. It gave me hope again, a renewed purpose for life and so many tools that I never dreamed existed! It brought back magic to my life, lightness, and fun!”

“Realization: Permaculture is a thought process that can be applied to all systems.”

“This course is the most exciting one I’ve ever attended because it’s all about finding solutions and connecting people together.”

“I found this course to be very intense and comprehensive. At first it was a bit overwhelming but the key points were repeated over and over as the course progressed. About halfway thru the pieces started to fit together. Then we got lots of real universe examples of existing permaculture farms and installations. Discussion made me start to think about application and discern the successful from the less or non-successful.”

“The comprehensive dovetailing of skills, data and disciplines which then got used to create a design came together so beautifully – I know I can do this now.

It’s like a giant puzzle that you work and work till all the pieces fit . It changed my thinking and made me so much more aware. I believe that I am more responsible, aware and empowered from knowing what I now know.  And there’s hope for the future.

I also feel I have met my GROUP!  The friendships and contacts I’ve made on this course will be for a lifetime. “

“I’ve had my permaculture friends tell me this course changed their life. I never understood why, or what the fuss was about, until I did the course myself. It is a paradigm shift to a much nicer and better paradigm. Don’t hesitate to do this course!”

“I would highly recommend this course, taught by Koreen and her associates to anyone who has great concern for the future of this planet and the destructive path it is on.”

“Permaculture is the solution we have all been waiting for. As permaculturists, “We are the ones we have been waiting for” to save ourselves from ourselves. Koreen is incredibly knowledgeable and has experienced many areas of the world first hand.

If you have been feeling at a loss and discouraged this is your last chance to educate yourself as if the earth herself were revealing her deepest secrets on how you can help her.

This is what permaculture is.

Grow Permaculture far exceeded my expectations, even after years of experience working with organic gardening methods already.”

“I really enjoyed the whole PDC experience. I knew I would, but it was even better than I had thought. I loved the detailed theoretical classes in which I learned how to build soil, how to make it faster than it would happen naturally, how plants benefit each other. I also liked the hands on experiences a lot, it made many concepts so much clearer. I enjoyed the teacher’s methods, and the warmth of the teachers’ helpers. It was a learning experience in every single level not to mention a great opportunity to meet nice people and grow.  Thanks!!!”

Grow Permaculture is a professional permaculture design organization that does consulting, design work, and education for a variety of projects. We have a permaculture farm near Brooksville. We create guilds with community, business and other human elements as well as with trees.  We are invested in co-creating our local community to be everything it can  be. We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to co-create an intentional community and weave beneficial connection into the fabric of everything, regenerating both human culture and the natural world in the process.

Urban Permaculture Design Course Tampa Bay 2016-2017

This is Grow Permaculture’s 16th internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification Course, based on Bill Mollison’s work. This course will unfold 1-2 weekends per month over six months, from Oct, 2016, to March 2017. Permaculture design offers regenerative techniques, tools and design principles to enable you to live abundantly while caring for the environment and the people around you. Grow food with less work and expense, create stronger economic networks, and increase your overall quality of life, while using less, and helping the environment.
By cooperating with nature and her energies, we are able to design human systems, from backyards to neighborhoods, farms or even cities to be more abundant, more long lasting, more ethical, healthier for all life in the system, and more enjoyable. It is a cutting edge approach to living that helps both people and the environment.
The course is designed to offer multiple opportunities including career mentoring and pathways, community building opportunities, resource networking, skill building, as well as what is for many, a life changing experience. The course is extended over seven months to give students maximum time to absorb the information and put it into practice. This also allows people with busy schedules to take the course. There are volumes of material on permaculture on the internet. Our course offers focused and relevant written material, hands on practice, and interactive learning that will aid students to master key concepts. Materials are designed to guide students in continuing their education after the course, and we also offer apprenticeship opportunties. Instructors are veteran, professional designers and educators who have a wide range of on-the-ground design experience; this experience can help you shorten your learning curve, time, and expense significantly.
Instructors: Koreen Brennan, Eric Toensmeier (via Skype), Marie Nelson, and stay tuned for some more amazing teachers
We continue to refine and expand our curriculum based on feedback from dozens of students regarding what helps them learn best. We incorporate multiple learning styles including hands on, visual aids, immersion, lecture, interaction, and more. Our choice of materials, videos, expert speakers, field trips, focused hands on activities (that give you step by step useful skill sets), Florida-specific information, well-organized written materials, networking and career opportunities, and design tools are the result of this feedback. We live in this community and care about its future and we continue to work with graduates in the community to create something better, together.
Homes, work places, gardens, farms, ranches, communities, businesses, local economies, or cities that are designed with permaculture principles and techniques are more resilient; they use resources in a regenerative way, ensuring that we, our children and our grandchildren will have access to all the resources we need. By incorporating people care into the equation, this process becomes deeply enjoyable too.
Students meet others who think like they do, and often make life long friendships during the course; some find new career or lifestyle opportunities. Be the change you would like to see, and be effective at it, by designing that change!
Some of the subjects covered include:
Permaculture design ethics and principles
Creating abundance with natural patterns
Nutrient dense “beyond organic” gardening and farming
Grow more food with less work by working with nature
Edible landscaping, food in small spaces
Building rich, live soils
Designing sustainable water use
Greywater and rainwater catchment
Building food forests
Agroforestry and ecoagriculture, regenerative farming
Aquaculture
Composting and vermicomposting
Alternative pest management
Natural building, regenerative building technology
Reducing energy costs in your home
Best forms of sustainable energy
Appropriate technology
Boosting your career with permaculture
Sustainable economics
Increasing quality of life through “placemaking” design
Community revitalization and rebuilding
Successful intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing, urban and rural
Course fee is $900 early bird through May 31, 2016. This covers course materials, field trips, mentoring and all classes. Our courses are an investment in yourself and your future – you will make and save far more than the course cost, to the degree you use the information in the course. A non refundable deposit of $300 will hold your spot.
To register for the course, pay via our PayPal button on the right side of this web page. For questions or to register outside of PayPal, contact Taina at: 727-495-6145 or info@growpermaculture.com.
Here’s what our graduates say:
This course changed my life forever. It changed the way I look at everything, and gave me tools to address problems I thought had no solutions. It reinvigorated my connection to, respect for and love of the natural world and increased my understanding of it tremendously. It made me feel powerful and able to change things rather than helpless or apathetic. It gave me hope again, a renewed purpose for life and so many tools that I never dreamed existed! It brought back magic to my life, lightness, and fun! GH
This course is the most exciting one I’ve ever attended because it’s all about finding solutions and connecting people together. JJ
I’ve had my permaculture friends tell me this course changed their life. I never understood why, or what the fuss was about, until I did the course myself. It is a paradigm shift to a much nicer and better paradigm. Don’t hesitate to do this course! DM
I really enjoyed the whole PDC experience. I knew I would, but it was even better than I had thought. I loved the detailed theoretical classes in which I learned how to build soil, how to make it faster than it would happen naturally, how plants benefit each other. I also liked the hands on experiences a lot, it made many concepts so much clearer. I enjoyed the teacher’s methods, and the warmth of the teachers’ helpers. It was a learning experience in every single level not to mention a great opportunity to meet nice people and grow.  Thanks!!! MM
I am so grateful for your instruction Koreen, truly a wonderful and transformational experience. I will treasure and put in practice the permaculture ethics & principles every day, integrating them in my immediate environment and eventually reach out to my community. Thanks again for the excellent course, honored to have your friendship and be a part of the Grow Permaculture tribe. MO
After participating in Grow Permaculture’s PDC, I feel confident that I can accurately evaluate a variety of sites and come up with integrated, sustainable designs.
LB
The instructors have a wealth of knowledge and it’s clear they really want to share. I feel confident, after attending their PDC course, that I could make basic designs that would work well for any potential client. Knowing that they will review any plans encourages me to jump right in and design! MN
The unity of the group was awesome. The shared knowledge very inspiring. Learning this way with the hands on demonstration, I could understand more of the school. And thank you so much for all your teachings and welcoming of my son in the class.  Very grateful, DM
I would highly recommend this course, taught by Koreen and her associates to anyone who has great concern for the future of this planet and the destructive path it is on. Permaculture is the solution we have all been waiting for. As permaculturists, “We are the ones we have been waiting for” to save ourselves from ourselves. Koreen is incredibly knowledgeable and has experienced many areas of the world first hand. If you have been feeling at a loss and discouraged this is your last chance to educate yourself as if the earth herself were revealing her deepest secrets on how you can help her. This is what permaculture is. Grow Permaculture far exceeded my expectations, even after years of experience working with organic gardening methods already. This is just the tip of the iceberg on how much is available for you to learn as you will find out. The depth of how very differently agriculture and water managment and land useage really need to be can’t be stressed enough. SK
Thank you very much for this amazing course. The setting was ideal. The fact of being able to practice on real ground was invaluable. The presentation was very lively and instructive and really opened my eyes on how good design takes care of both the earth, the people and creates a surplus without waste. I love permaculture principles and how thoroughly and thoughful they are and how caring. JB
I am Graduate of Grow Permaculture’s Permaculture Design Course. I am very impressed with the quality and professionalism that I experienced during the course. I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. It was a great balance of theory and practical training. I feel very prepared and confident going forward with the new knowledge I have. I have made some very big improvements in the way my company conducts business. Our business is all about tree preservation & creating a healthier planet. I acquired the knowledge and ability to create a “truly” regenerative company. I am very grateful for the expert knowledge, compassion and competence of my teacher & Mentor, Koreen. Thank you for creating a better planet one student at a time. NN
The value of this course is worth far more than its cost. The knowledge gained is really priceless. There is so much information provided that is life changing and really valuable. I was told that I can save more than the cost of the course if I use only a portion of the information provided. This was true, but what wasn’t said is that I got something from it that is really hard to put a price on which is life long friends, and a new, creative view about life. CS
Who Takes This Permaculture Design Course?
Artists
Do it yourselfers
Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors
Gardeners
Green architects/builders
Green businesses
Green consultants
Homesteaders
Landscapers
Natural health practitioners
Non-profit/community organizers
People seeking a career change
People who care about the earth and each other
People who love healthy food Permaculturists
Policy makers
Professionals (of many types)
Recent college graduates
Religious leaders
Students
Urban and rural farmers
Vegan, raw food, slow food, and/or local food
Yoga practitioners
Course dates (subject to slight changes until May 1)
Oct. 15-16
Nov 5-6
Dec 3-4
Jan 7-8
Feb 4-5
Mar 4-5
Pay $900 through May 31 – full course price is $1100. A non refundable deposit of $300 will hold your spot.
To register for the course, pay via our PayPal button on the right side of this web page. For questions or to register outside of PayPal, contact Taina at: 727-495-6145 or info@growpermaculture.com.
This is Grow Permaculture’s 16th internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification Course, based on Bill Mollison’s work. This course will unfold 1-2 weekends per month over six months, from Oct, 2016, to March 2017. Permaculture design offers regenerative techniques, tools and design principles to enable you to live abundantly while caring for the environment and the people around you. Grow food with less work and expense, create stronger economic networks, and increase your overall quality of life, while using less, and helping the environment.
By cooperating with nature and her energies, we are able to design human systems, from backyards to neighborhoods, farms or even cities to be more abundant, more long lasting, more ethical, healthier for all life in the system, and more enjoyable. It is a cutting edge approach to living that helps both people and the environment.
The course is designed to offer multiple opportunities including career mentoring and pathways, community building opportunities, resource networking, skill building, as well as what is for many, a life changing experience. The course is extended over seven months to give students maximum time to absorb the information and put it into practice. This also allows people with busy schedules to take the course. There are volumes of material on permaculture on the internet. Our course offers focused and relevant written material, hands on practice, and interactive learning that will aid students to master key concepts. Materials are designed to guide students in continuing their education after the course, and we also offer apprenticeship opportunties. Instructors are veteran, professional designers and educators who have a wide range of on-the-ground design experience; this experience can help you shorten your learning curve, time, and expense significantly.
Instructors: Koreen Brennan, Eric Toensmeier (via Skype), Marie Nelson, and stay tuned for some more amazing teachers
We continue to refine and expand our curriculum based on feedback from dozens of students regarding what helps them learn best. We incorporate multiple learning styles including hands on, visual aids, immersion, lecture, interaction, and more. Our choice of materials, videos, expert speakers, field trips, focused hands on activities (that give you step by step useful skill sets), Florida-specific information, well-organized written materials, networking and career opportunities, and design tools are the result of this feedback. We live in this community and care about its future and we continue to work with graduates in the community to create something better, together.
Homes, work places, gardens, farms, ranches, communities, businesses, local economies, or cities that are designed with permaculture principles and techniques are more resilient; they use resources in a regenerative way, ensuring that we, our children and our grandchildren will have access to all the resources we need. By incorporating people care into the equation, this process becomes deeply enjoyable too.
Students meet others who think like they do, and often make life long friendships during the course; some find new career or lifestyle opportunities. Be the change you would like to see, and be effective at it, by designing that change!
Some of the subjects covered include:
  • Permaculture design ethics and principles
  • Creating abundance with natural patterns
  • Nutrient dense “beyond organic” gardening and farming
  • Grow more food with less work by working with nature
  • Edible landscaping, food in small spaces
  • Building rich, live soils
  • Designing sustainable water use
  • Greywater and rainwater catchment
  • Building food forests
  • Agroforestry and ecoagriculture, regenerative farming
  • Aquaculture
  • Composting and vermicomposting
  • Alternative pest management
  • Natural building, regenerative building technology
  • Reducing energy costs in your home
  • Best forms of sustainable energy
  • Appropriate technology
  • Boosting your career with permaculture
  • Sustainable economics
  • Increasing quality of life through “placemaking” design
  • Community revitalization and rebuilding
  • Successful intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing, urban and rural
Course fee is $900 early bird through May 31, 2016. This covers course materials, field trips, mentoring and all classes. Our courses are an investment in yourself and your future – you will make and save far more than the course cost, to the degree you use the information in the course. A non refundable deposit of $300 will hold your spot.
To register for the course, pay via our PayPal button on the right side of this web page. For questions or to register outside of PayPal, contact Taina at: 727-495-6145 or info@growpermaculture.com.
Here’s what our graduates say:
This course changed my life forever. It changed the way I look at everything, and gave me tools to address problems I thought had no solutions. It reinvigorated my connection to, respect for and love of the natural world and increased my understanding of it tremendously. It made me feel powerful and able to change things rather than helpless or apathetic. It gave me hope again, a renewed purpose for life and so many tools that I never dreamed existed! It brought back magic to my life, lightness, and fun! GH

This course is the most exciting one I’ve ever attended because it’s all about finding solutions and connecting people together. JJ

I’ve had my permaculture friends tell me this course changed their life. I never understood why, or what the fuss was about, until I did the course myself. It is a paradigm shift to a much nicer and better paradigm. Don’t hesitate to do this course! DM

I really enjoyed the whole PDC experience. I knew I would, but it was even better than I had thought. I loved the detailed theoretical classes in which I learned how to build soil, how to make it faster than it would happen naturally, how plants benefit each other. I also liked the hands on experiences a lot, it made many concepts so much clearer. I enjoyed the teacher’s methods, and the warmth of the teachers’ helpers. It was a learning experience in every single level not to mention a great opportunity to meet nice people and grow.  Thanks!!! MM

I am so grateful for your instruction Koreen, truly a wonderful and transformational experience. I will treasure and put in practice the permaculture ethics & principles every day, integrating them in my immediate environment and eventually reach out to my community. Thanks again for the excellent course, honored to have your friendship and be a part of the Grow Permaculture tribe. MO

After participating in Grow Permaculture’s PDC, I feel confident that I can accurately evaluate a variety of sites and come up with integrated, sustainable designs.
LB

The instructors have a wealth of knowledge and it’s clear they really want to share. I feel confident, after attending their PDC course, that I could make basic designs that would work well for any potential client. Knowing that they will review any plans encourages me to jump right in and design! MN

The unity of the group was awesome. The shared knowledge very inspiring. Learning this way with the hands on demonstration, I could understand more of the school. And thank you so much for all your teachings and welcoming of my son in the class.  Very grateful, DM

I would highly recommend this course, taught by Koreen and her associates to anyone who has great concern for the future of this planet and the destructive path it is on. Permaculture is the solution we have all been waiting for. As permaculturists, “We are the ones we have been waiting for” to save ourselves from ourselves. Koreen is incredibly knowledgeable and has experienced many areas of the world first hand. If you have been feeling at a loss and discouraged this is your last chance to educate yourself as if the earth herself were revealing her deepest secrets on how you can help her. This is what permaculture is. Grow Permaculture far exceeded my expectations, even after years of experience working with organic gardening methods already. This is just the tip of the iceberg on how much is available for you to learn as you will find out. The depth of how very differently agriculture and water managment and land useage really need to be can’t be stressed enough. SK

Thank you very much for this amazing course. The setting was ideal. The fact of being able to practice on real ground was invaluable. The presentation was very lively and instructive and really opened my eyes on how good design takes care of both the earth, the people and creates a surplus without waste. I love permaculture principles and how thoroughly and thoughful they are and how caring. JB

I am Graduate of Grow Permaculture’s Permaculture Design Course. I am very impressed with the quality and professionalism that I experienced during the course. I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. It was a great balance of theory and practical training. I feel very prepared and confident going forward with the new knowledge I have. I have made some very big improvements in the way my company conducts business. Our business is all about tree preservation & creating a healthier planet. I acquired the knowledge and ability to create a “truly” regenerative company. I am very grateful for the expert knowledge, compassion and competence of my teacher & Mentor, Koreen. Thank you for creating a better planet one student at a time. NN

The value of this course is worth far more than its cost. The knowledge gained is really priceless. There is so much information provided that is life changing and really valuable. I was told that I can save more than the cost of the course if I use only a portion of the information provided. This was true, but what wasn’t said is that I got something from it that is really hard to put a price on which is life long friends, and a new, creative view about life. CS
Who Takes This Permaculture Design Course?
  • Artists
  • Do it yourselfers
  • Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors
  • Gardeners
  • Green architects/builders
  • Green businesses
  • Green consultants
  • Homesteaders
  • Landscapers
  • Natural health practitioners
  • Non-profit/community organizers
  • People seeking a career change
  • People who care about the earth and each other
  • People who love healthy food Permaculturists
  • Policy makers
  • Professionals (of many types)
  • Recent college graduates
  • Religious leaders
  • Students
  • Urban and rural farmers
  • Vegan, raw food, slow food, and/or local food
  • Yoga practitioners
Course dates (subject to slight changes until May 1)
Oct. 15-16
Nov 5-6
Dec 3-4
Jan 7-8
Feb 4-5
Mar 4-5
Pay $900 through May 31 – full course price is $1100. A non refundable deposit of $300 will hold your spot.
To register for the course, pay via our PayPal button on the right side of this web page. For questions or to register outside of PayPal, contact Taina at: 727-495-6145 or info@growpermaculture.com.

Urban Permaculture Design Course Fall, 2015-2016

1797568_415148638619958_1118291950_nThis six month course starts on November 14, 2015. This is Grow Permaculture’s 14th internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification Course, based on Bill Mollison’s work. This course will unfold 1-2 weekends per month over six months, from Nov 14, 2015, to March 2016. Permaculture design offers regenerative techniques, tools and design principles to enable you to live abundantly while caring for the environment and the people around you. Grow food with less work and expense, create stronger economic networks, and increase your overall quality of life, while using less, and helping the environment.

By cooperating with nature and her energies, we are able to design human systems, from backyards to neighborhoods, farms or even cities to be more abundant, more long lasting, more ethical, healthier for all life in the system, and more enjoyable. It is a cutting edge approach to living that helps both people and the environment.

The course is designed to offer multiple opportunities including career mentoring and pathways, community building opportunities, resource networking, skill building, as well as what is for many, a life changing experience. The course is extended over seven months to give students maximum time to absorb the information and put it into practice. This also allows people with busy schedules to take the course.

We continue to refine and expand our curriculum based on feedback from dozens of students regarding what helps them learn best. We incorporate multiple learning styles including hands on, visual aids, immersion, lecture, interaction, and more. Our choice of materials, videos, expert speakers, field trips, focused hands on activities (that give you step by step useful skill sets), Florida-specific information, well-organized written materials, networking and career opportunities, and design tools are the result of this feedback. We live in this community and care about its future and we continue to work with graduates in the community to create something better, together.

Homes, work places, gardens, farms, communities, local economies, or cities that are designed with permaculture principles and techniques are more resilient; they use resources in a regenerative way, ensuring that we, our children and our grandchildren will have access to all the resources we need. By incorporating people care into the equation, this process becomes deeply enjoyable too. Students meet others who think like they do, and often make life long friendships during the course; some find new career or lifestyle opportunities. Be the change you would like to see, and be effective at it, by designing that change!

Some of the subjects covered include:

  • Permaculture design ethics and principles

  • Creating abundance with natural patterns

  • Organic gardening and farming

  • Grow more food with less work by working with nature

  • Edible landscaping, food in small spaces

  • Soil building

  • Designing sustainable water use

  • Greywater and rainwater catchment

  • Building food forests

  • Agroforestry and ecoagriculture

  • Aquaculture

  • Composting and vermicomposting

  • Alternative pest management

  • Natural building, regenerative building technology

  • Reducing energy costs in your home

  • Best forms of sustainable energy

  • Appropriate technology

  • Boosting your career with permaculture

  • Sustainable economies

  • Increasing quality of life through “placemaking” design

  • Community revitalization and rebuilding

  • Successful intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing, urban and rural

Course dates:

Nov 14-15
Nov 21-22
Dec 12-13
Jan 9-10 (optional field trip weekend)
Jan 23-24
Feb 20-21
Mar 19-20

Here’s what our graduates say:

This course changed my life forever. It changed the way I look at everything, and gave me tools to address problems I thought had no solutions. It reinvigorated my connection to, respect for and love of the natural world and increased my understanding of it tremendously. It made me feel powerful and able to change things rather than helpless or apathetic. It gave me hope again, a renewed purpose for life and so many tools that I never dreamed existed! It brought back magic to my life, lightness, and fun! GH
This course is the most exciting one I’ve ever attended because it’s all about finding solutions and connecting people together. JJ
I’ve had my permaculture friends tell me this course changed their life. I never understood why, or what the fuss was about, until I did the course myself. It is a paradigm shift to a much nicer and better paradigm. Don’t hesitate to do this course! DM
I really enjoyed the whole PDC experience. I knew I would, but it was even better than I had thought. I loved the detailed theoretical classes in which I learned how to build soil, how to make it faster than it would happen naturally, how plants benefit each other. I also liked the hands on experiences a lot, it made many concepts so much clearer. I enjoyed the teacher’s methods, and the warmth of the teachers’ helpers. It was a learning experience in every single level not to mention a great opportunity to meet nice people and grow.  Thanks!!! MM
I am so grateful for your instruction Koreen, truly a wonderful and transformational experience. I will treasure and put in practice the permaculture ethics & principles every day, integrating them in my immediate environment and eventually reach out to my community. Thanks again for the excellent course, honored to have your friendship and be a part of the Grow Permaculture tribe. MO
After participating in Grow Permaculture’s PDC, I feel confident that I can accurately evaluate a variety of sites and come up with integrated, sustainable designs. LB
The instructors have a wealth of knowledge and it’s clear they really want to share. I feel confidenct, after attending their PDC course, that I could make basic designs that would work well for any potential client. Knowing that they will review any plans encourages me to jump right in and design! MN

The unity of the group was awesome. The shared knowledge very inspiring. Learning this way with the hands on demonstration, I could understand more of the school. And thank you so much for all your teachings and welcoming of Dylan.  Very grateful, DM
I would highly recommend this course, taught by Koreen and her associates to anyone who has great concern for the future of this planet and the destructive path it is on. Permaculture is the solution we have all been waiting for. As permaculturists, “We are the ones we have been waiting for” to save ourselves from ourselves. Koreen is incredibly knowledgeable and has experienced many areas of the world first hand. If you have been feeling at a loss and discouraged this is your last chance to educate yourself as if the earth herself were revealing her deepest secrets on how you can help her. This is what permaculture is. Grow Permaculture far exceeded my expectations, even after years of experience working with organic gardening methods already. This is just the tip of the iceberg on how much is available for you to learn as you will find out. The depth of how very differently agriculture and water managment and land useage really need to be can’t be stressed enough. SK
Thank you very much for this amazing course. The setting was ideal. The fact of being able to practice on real ground was invaluable. The presentation was very lively and instructive and really opened my eyes on how good design takes care of both the earth, the people and creates a surplus without waste. I love permaculture principles and how thoroughly and thoughful they are and how caring. JB
I am Graduate of Grow Permaculture’s Permaculture Design Course. I am very impressed with the quality and professionalism that I experienced during the course. I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. It was a great balance of theory and practical training. I feel very prepared and confident going forward with the new knowledge I have. I have made some very big improvements in the way my company conducts business. Our business is all about tree preservation & creating a healthier planet. I acquired the knowledge and ability to create a “truly” regenerative company. I am very grateful for the expert knowledge, compassion and competence of my teacher & Mentor, Koreen. Thank you for creating a better planet one student at a time. NN
The value of this course is worth far more than its cost. The knowledge gained is really priceless. There is so much information provided that is life changing and really valuable. I was told that I can save more than the cost of the course if I use only a portion of the information provided. This was true, but what wasn’t said is that I got something from it that is really hard to put a price on which is life long friends, and a new, creative view about life. CS

Who Takes This Permaculture Design Course?

  • Artists

  • Do it yourselfers

  • Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors

  • Gardeners

  • Green architects/builders

  • Green consultants

  • Homesteaders

  • Landscapers

  • Natural health practitioners

  • Non-profit/community organizers

  • People who care about the earth and each other

  • People who love healthy food

  • Permaculturists

  • Policy makers

  • Professionals (of many types)

  • Recent college graduates

  • Students

  • Urban and rural farmers

  • Vegan, raw food, slow food, and/or local food

  • Yoga practitioners

Permaculture Design Course

Moccasin Lake Nature Park

2750 Park Trail Lane

Clearwater, FL 33759

727-793-2976

Saturdays and Sundays

Seven Weekends over Six Months

9 AM to 5 PM

$1100

To register for entire course or individual weekends

Call Cathy at 727-495-6145 or write info@growpermaculture.com

Or Register via PayPal on right side of this web site near the top of the site

Please note, tuition is non-refundable unless course is canceled by us, but may be applied to any other courses or services delivered by Grow Permaculture at any time

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Detailed breakdown of dates and topics for Tampa Bay weekend PDC

Below you will find a schedule of Fall 2015 PDC, and some of the highlights that we will cover for each weekend.  We provide glossaries, outlines, additional written materials, self-testing material, videos and more, to assist you to access and absorb the information. Please note that there are sometimes changes in this line up based on needs of students/instructor availability (we have sometimes had surprise visits by veteran designers for instance).

Weekend One

Permaculture principles, patterns and design

9 AM to 5 PM

Location: Clearwater, FL (14 Nov TBA, 15 Nov is at Moccasin Lake Park, Clearwater, FL)

Nov 14-15,2015

  • Learn to work with nature, instead of against her

  • Apply permaculture principles and design in any setting or circumstance

  • Recognize and use the patterns of nature to increase abundance

  • Get practical tools that can be immediately applied to your life to increase abundance and quality of life

  • Hands on design techniques – zones, assessments, sectors, mapping, and more

  • We will cover an overview of the scope of what permaculture is and what it can do for your life and your community

To register for this or all weekends, call Taina at 727-495-6145

www.growpermaculture.com

Weekend Two

Secrets of the natural world – energy patterns of trees, water, land

November 21-22, 2015

9 AM – 5 PM

  • Special guest instructor

  • How to bring the magic of nature into every aspect of an urban environment through conscious design

  • Think like an ecosystem

  • Climates, strategies for temperate, drylands, tropical, subtropical and changing weather patterns

  • Rainwater catchment and sustainable water use

  • The transactions of trees – mimic the powerful energy transactions of trees in your design

  • Simple  secrets of building soils – how to grow lush, healthy plants anywhere

  • Broadscale applications with water and soil – transforming the landscape

  • Hands on techniques for preparing your land for regenerative abundance

Weekend Three

Growing food sustainably and abundantly

Work with nature instead of against her to create abundant organic gardens

and “food forests” that need little work to maintain.

December 12-13, 2015

9 AM – 5 PM

  • How to grow food in Florida, the easy way, from seed to harvest

  • Jump-starting a food supply – feed yourself within one season

  • Integrated pest management (organic)

  • How to design and build a Florida friendly forest garden – plant lists, guilds, step by step implementation, propagation, low-water and no-water techniques, and more

  • Animals in a permaculture system

  • Hands on techniques

  • Container gardening, aquaculture, urban farming, agroforestry, small integrated farms, making a living by growing food

  • Wrap up of food forestry specifics – designing, plant choices, etc

Field Trips and Hands-On Activities

See what is going on locally that will impact our future, get hands on experience,

and define careers and purpose.

Dates – 9-10 January 2016

  • Get into the garden and plant! Hands on intensive will assist you to integrate classroom learning.

  • See examples of permaculture in action.

  • See “green” buildings, organic farms, etc, and get feedback from experts on how to improve the designs using permaculture principles.

Weekend Four

The built environment and appropriate technology

January 23-24, 2016

9 AM – 5 PM

  • Learn to retrofit your built environment to reduce costs and help the environment

  • Ctting edge “green building” and how to solve problems of the built environment yourself with creative, low cost or no cost solutions.

  • Natural building techniques

  • Alternative energy and technology

  • Appropriate tech workshop – solar power, rocket stoves, and more

  • Putting it all together – integrating the off grid homestead for maximum production

Weekend Five

    Financial and social permaculture – invisible structures

February 20-21, 2016

9 AM – 5 PM

  • Creating a regenerative local economy

  • Alternative approaches to creating abundance – how and why do time banks, local currencies, etc, work?

  • Business and community guilds; how to create abundance through connection

  • Social, economic and energy aspects of city and town life – practical solutions that work

  • Urban design – visible and invisible structure design for the specific challenges in cities and towns

  • Community building strategies and social permaculture

  • Intentional communities, increasing quality of life through permaculture design

Weekend Six

Saturday: Disaster permaculture – creating resilient systems, where do we go from here?

Design presentations

March 19-20, 2016

9 AM –56 PM

  • Efficient ways to create more resilience for yourself, family and community.

  • Design for disaster – key elements to understand.

  • Where do we go from here? Options and resources.

  • Sunday: Really Free Market, design presentations, and afterparty

Financial Permaculture – Miami – May 31-June 4

FPC 14 Poster (BRENNAN) May 31 [New] (1)

Natural Building at Pine Ridge – August, 2014

This summer, for three weeks we will immerse ourselves in natural building at Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. You will learn to timber frame, build with cordwood, cob and straw bale on a walipini green house and a mixed media building. Dates: Aug 1-Aug 20. Further details to be announced. Set aside the dates on your calendar!

You can read more in depth and support our fundraiser for this if you feel moved to do so, at:

http://funds.gofundme.com/index.php?route=edit2/customize&url=ac3gyw&new=&start=

These structures will be built at the Oglala-Lakota Cultural and Economic Revitilization Initiative (OLCERI), an experimental and demonstration permaculture site on the reservation.  The greenhouse, designed by the Lakota founder of OLCERI , Bryan Deans, will be passively heated and cooled, and used for an experimental aquaponics system. These buildings are designed to create pathways to more sustainability, self-reliance, and resilience.

Additionally, you will have opportunities to learn other skills such as animal care, water conservation, erosion control and more.

Other volunteer positions available through the summer and into fall. We need gardeners especially, starting in late May.  Please sign up for our newsletter for further news on these offerings, or check back on our site!  Also, sign up in our Facebook group too: https://www.facebook.com/groups/permablitzpineridge/

Kid’s Permaculture Camp!

kidsWe’ll be holding a one week permaculture kid’s day camp this summer from June 16-20 at Moccasin Lake Park. This is our first kid’s activity in Florida and we’re excited.

This will be a weeklong immersion in the magic and beauty of the natural world, in the context of learning permaculture principles. Kids ages 8-12 will experience Coyote Mentoring while learning wilderness skills, how natural systems operate, and permaculture principles, all through action and observation learning in this beautiful 50 acre park.

Activities will include:

Basic tracking skills
Team building
Planting seeds and plants
Native American skills
Observing nature through a variety of fun, active exercises
Designing with nature
Easy wild edibles
Etc

Cost: $75-125

For more information or to register, contact Moccasin Lake Park at: https://www.myclearwater.com/gov/depts/parksrec/summercamp.asp

Enrollment is limited and class is expected to fill up – so register early!

Teachers:

Koreen Brennan – homeschooler and long time educator, Koreen loves taking kids into the woods and sharing the magic of nature. She has done so in the Redwood Forests, Everglades, Colorado Mountains, Sonoran Desert, and in backyards  all over. Koreen uses Coyote Mentoring, action learning, and other immersion learning techniques, and kids love it!

Jayne Cobb – as a Montessori teacher for many years, Jayne understands kids and what gets them excited and motivated. Her kids’ garden is so successful that it is now being replicated in other areas and she has spoken on a national level about educating through nature.

Benefit Corporations – are they a solution?

What if corporations had to prove they were having a net and material positive impact on society and the environment?

A Benefit, or “B” Corporation status is a relatively new legal structure for public corporations available in some, but not all states. It addresses some of the most problematic corporate law that encourages businesses to operate criminally. It isn’t a full solution but a step in the right direction. “The  purpose of a benefit corporation is to create general public benefit, which is defined as a material positive impact on society and the environment.” (Wikepedia)

What if all corporations had to demonstrate twice yearly in a questionnaire that their operations were having a material positive impact on society and the environment?  What if shareholders had to demand that of the company they invested in?

This is a paradigm shift from the current model, where shareholders can and do sue companies that put people or the planet ahead of next quarter’s profits.

Of course, material positive impact is a relative term. But B Lab, the non-profit behind the creation of B Corporate structure appears serious about addressing environmental and social issues. http://www.bcorporation.net/

This legal structure allows corporations who feel that people and planet are important to make a public statement about that. It also protects them from greedy shareholders who could cut across the ability of the company to make positive environmental and social decisions if it affects profits.

The concept of passive investors who do nothing but rake in profits and who feel entitled to as many profits as possible needs to be seriously questioned. It is not a sustainable paradigm because it rewards and encourages criminal behavior from many angles.  But Benefit Corporations are a step in the right direction. And well known companies such as Patagonia and Ben and Jerrys are taking the lead.

http://www.patagonia.com/us/patagonia.go?assetid=68413

Another relatively new legal structure, for privately held companies, is the L3C.  A gradient step between for profit and non profit corporations, this structure allows a privately held, for profit company to accept money from both investors and grants/foundations.  It is a “low profit” corporation, operating much as a non profit, but retaining for profit abilities. This structure was created to meet the needs of “social entrepreneurs” who run businesses that have positive social and environmental purposes.

All in all, it’s good to see some people in the business community working to come up with solutions to existing structures that encourage destructive, irresponsible and criminal behavior. Much more work is needed, in every sector.

Permaculture in Cuba

Roberto Perez, Cuban permaculturist and spokesperson in the film  The Power of Community will be speaking at two locations in South Florida on August 14 and 15.
Roberto will be sharing some of the successes of permaculture in Cuba. For instance,  Havana has an extremely successful urban agriculture network that feeds more than 1/2 of the people in the city.
Roberto will also speak about the upcoming International Permaculture Convergence in Cuba in November. These events will help raise funds for worthy individuals to attend the convergence.
Born in Havana in 1970, Roberto Perez is the Environmental Education & Biodiversity Conservation Program Director of the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Humanity, the oldest environmental organization in Cuba.  A graduate of the University of Havana with a degree in Biological Sciences, he later did post graduate specialization in Community Based Natural Resources Management at the University of Nova Scotia, Canada.
Roberto has been part of the Cuban Permaculture movement since its introduction in the country in 1993 after the so called “Special Period”, caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union when Cuba lost access to oil, fertilizers, pesticides, and virtually all trading partners that the small island nation depended on to survive, facing economic collapse overnight.  Roberto has traveled extensively presenting Cuba’s approach to sustainable living in the face of declining petroleum and other non-renewable resources.
As part of the Cuban Organizing Group for the upcoming International Permaculture Convergence in November, Roberto is touring the U.S. in support of scholarships for IPC11 attendees from sometimes cash poor, but skill rich countries and USA , wanting to attend and share their work & projects with other Permaculturists from around the world.
Traditionally International Permaculture Convergences take place every 2 years and switch between continents & hemispheres.  Past host sites have been Australia, USA, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Nepal, Croatia, Brazil, Africa & most recently Jordan in the Middle East.

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Roberto Perez, Cuban permaculturist and spokesperson in the film ” The Power of Community” will be speaking at two beautiful locations in South Florida on August 14 and 15.

Roberto will be sharing some of the successes of permaculture in Cuba. For instance,  Havana has an extremely successful urban agriculture network that feeds more than 1/2 of the people in the city.

Roberto will also speak about the upcoming International Permaculture Convergence in Cuba in November. These events will help raise funds for worthy individuals to attend the convergence.

Born in Havana in 1970, Roberto Perez is the Environmental Education & Biodiversity Conservation Program Director of the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Humanity, the oldest environmental organization in Cuba.  A graduate of the University of Havana with a degree in Biological Sciences, he later did post graduate specialization in Community Based Natural Resources Management at the University of Nova Scotia, Canada.

Roberto has been part of the Cuban Permaculture movement since its introduction in the country in 1993 after the so called “Special Period”, caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union when Cuba lost access to oil, fertilizers, pesticides, and virtually all trading partners that the small island nation depended on to survive, facing economic collapse overnight.  Roberto has traveled extensively presenting Cuba’s approach to sustainable living in the face of declining petroleum and other non-renewable resources.

As part of the Cuban Organizing Group for the upcoming International Permaculture Convergence in November, Roberto is touring the U.S. in support of scholarships for IPC11 attendees from sometimes cash poor, but skill rich countries and USA , wanting to attend and share their work & projects with other Permaculturists from around the world.

Traditionally International Permaculture Convergences take place every 2 years and switch between continents & hemispheres.  Past host sites have been Australia, USA, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Nepal, Croatia, Brazil, Africa & most recently Jordan in the Middle East.

Aug 14, 7 PM
Zen Village
zenvillage.org
2570 Main Hwy, Miami
$10-20 sliding scale

Aug 15, 7 PM
Treehugger Organic Farm (a permaculture farm)
https://www.facebook.com/TreeHuggerFarms
1975 S Flamingo Rd, Davie, Fl
$10-20 sliding scale

For more info, write info@growpermaculture.com

Kickstarter campaign for Pine Ridge

We’re doing another Kickstarter campaign for Pine Ridge this year to pay for irrigation, fixing up housing and a number of other projects we have ongoing. See our photos, stories and more at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/892430421/permablitz-for-pine-ridge-reservation-2013. Our intention is to contribute to the creation of food and water sovereignty, healthy shelter and alternative energy  on the reservation.

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