This 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
Designing sustainable water use
Greywater and rainwater catchment
Building food forests
Agroforestry and ecoagriculture
Composting and vermicomposting
Alternative pest management
Natural building, regenerative building technology
Reducing energy costs in your home
Best forms of sustainable energy
Boosting your career with permaculture
Increasing quality of life through “placemaking” design
Community revitalization and rebuilding
Successful intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing, urban and rural
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?
Do it yourselfers
Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors
Natural health practitioners
People who care about the earth and each other
People who love healthy food
Professionals (of many types)
Recent college graduates
Urban and rural farmers
Vegan, raw food, slow food, and/or local food
Permaculture Design Course
Moccasin Lake Nature Park
2750 Park Trail Lane
Clearwater, FL 33759
Saturdays and Sundays
Seven Weekends over Six Months
9 AM to 5 PM
To register for entire course or individual weekends
Call Cathy at 727-495-6145 or write firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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).
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)
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
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
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.
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
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
Saturday: Disaster permaculture – creating resilient systems, where do we go from here?
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
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:
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/
We’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
Planting seeds and plants
Native American skills
Observing nature through a variety of fun, active exercises
Designing with nature
Easy wild edibles
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!
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.
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.
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.
Grow Permaculture presents:
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
2570 Main Hwy, Miami
$10-20 sliding scale
Aug 15, 7 PM
Treehugger Organic Farm (a permaculture farm)
1975 S Flamingo Rd, Davie, Fl
$10-20 sliding scale
For more info, write email@example.com
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.
It’s almost May, there is two feet of snow in the swales we dug in 2011 at Pine Ridge, and we might get there this year just in time to hit yet another snow storm. But we have plenty of blankets and layers; we have shovels and other tools; we’re bringing up some hard to get plants in a trailer; we’re going to plant 500 trees there this year. Plus get a beehive going, create some rainwater catchment, fill a pond, and anything else we have the resources and manpower to complete.
Food forests at Pine Ridge reservation are full of metaphor. The Lakota have experienced a long history of sabotage of their food supply. Pine Ridge has recently declared itself sovereign. There is a place in that for the seven generation food and water security that can be created by a food forest. Food forests can create calm amidst storm; they are resilient for generations.
There is a spirit to Pine Ridge that keeps us coming back for more. It’s hard to describe. People have tried. You have to read between the lines to see it, without going there yourself and experiencing it.
As we are getting ready for our yearly trip, we started thinking about some of the highlights of last year’s journey in May of 2012.
About how the badlands looked with the sun setting on them when we were driving from Rapid City to Thunder Valley with a car stuffed so full of plants it felt like a jungle in there.
How the wind blew so hard one day you could stand at a 45 degree angle and not fall down and how we still dug trench and laid irrigation, leaning sideways. It was kind of fun. You could yell and the wind would take your voice somewhere into the next field, but the person next to you couldn’t hear you too well.
How the wind blew kept blowing so hard it shredded not one, but two of my tents! Both of them! And then someone just gave me a tent out of the blue. Which was low profile, thankfully (I know this secret well, having spent a month with my high profile tent wall resting on my face whenever the wind blew, the first year I stayed there – it miraculously did not shred or break). I had loaned my low profile to someone else so was using one of those high profile family sized jobs that someone loaned me – which does not work at Pine Ridge – do not bring! LOL. Do not bring!
How the high school group that was there helping us dig trench in the sleet (yes, it sleeted and froze after the frost date of May 15, and after we planted tomatoes for Kimilelee that all died got smart and used their cars and vans as wind breaks for their tents. They made a guild, while we, on the other hand, were scattered about like random, forlorn fruit trees with no skirt or blanket, or like stranger cats at opposite ends of the yard with their backs turned on each other in a snow storm. (Pine Ridge kind of has a way of making you want to enjoy all that wide open prairie space, so we pitch our tents all over the field and embrace the weather)
How most of the volunteers who said they would come, didn’t show up, and we ended up with between three and six (at various times) super intrepid tree-hole-digging souls who we will love forever and ever.
How I walked the field where we planted hundreds of honey locusts the year before, that didn’t get any water because the water tank broke, and they were still alive – I saw their buds just starting to come out and jumped and danced around them for joy.
How we helped set up the garden at the jail and planted a bunch of golden currants for a border and I’m thinking, I gotta come back when these are in season and taste at least just one because I’ve never had one. How intrigued I am by the berries that grow in colder climates that I’ve never tried!
How we stopped at a grocery store on the reservation and they had three shelves of white bread, and the only fresh food was one orange and one apple. And the closest place to buy fresh or organic food is 100 miles away in Rapid City.
How much the kids loved watering the plants.
How big the sky is, how many stars you can see, and how the 80 mile 360 degree clear view of the lands from Slim Butte looks.
How Bryan from Oglala Lakota Cultural and Economic Revitalization Initiative always comes up with these brilliant engineering ideas for things he has never dealt with before, but he just “sees” it, and how he then turns around and comes up with a brilliant idea for some issue in the community – such a well rounded genius.
How so many people helped us – how Dave Jacke sent us some awesome food forest plants, how Oikos and Bountiful Gardens donated some beautiful trees and bushes, how people who don’t know us from Adam believed in us and made it happen (and we could not have done nearly as much as we did without all of that).
How children were gently helped and encouraged to be a part of everything and how the kids had some serious skill sets at pretty young ages.
How Nick and Scott took people who came to visit Thunder Valley out back to the food forest to eat leaves off the linden tree, just to see their expression. J
How they were so helpful – how they got somebody out to dig a pond on really short notice, and how they made it happen to move and plant four 170 pound trees and how enthusiastic and engaged in creating resilience on the reservation. And how big the scope and breadth of their dream is.
How hard working and dedicated Shannon from Earth Tipi is, how much she has gotten done and she is still going.
How we would look up from digging and planting trees and there would be a horse at full gallop with a bareback rider, streaming by in the ditch. Or we were driving home one day and there was a Lakota in full headdress, riding down the highway bareback on a horse.
How, when we’re planting the butternut trees, we’re thinking – these trees will be here ten generations from now, still bearing food. We’re thinking of how the soil will be built over time, the temperatures modified, the wind calmed in the leaves. And how that center of calm abundance can spread outward once it is established.
How beautiful the apple tree buds looked when they started coming out. And how alive all the plants looked, and what a nice mix of plants we were able to get: serviceberries, nanking cherries, goldenberries, butternuts, cold tolerant pecans, hazels, three kinds of apple, pear, plum, apricot, goji berry, gooseberry, raspberries, buffalo berry, Siberian pea shrub, lilac, linden, pine, cottonwood, honey locust.
How one day when we were exhausted and still had lots of stuff to plant, and wondering how we got ourselves into this. We get out of the car, and a bald eagle circles above us three times, pretty low so we could see all the colors and feathers and his expression, and then soars off to the east. And we wondered in a different way then, and got to work.
Welcome to our 2013 Urban Permaculture Design Course!
What is Permaculture Design?
In this course you will learn:
- Sustainable design techniques
- Organic gardening
- Grow more food with less work by working with nature
- Edible landscape design
- Soil building
- Environmental stewardship
- Greywater and rainwater catchment
- Bioswale building
- Food forests
- Agroforestry and ecoagriculture
- Composting and vermicomposting
- Alternative pest management
- Urban, suburban and rural sustainable living strategies
- Natural Building
- Retrofitting the urban environment – your home, your community
- Best forms of sustainable energy
- Appropriate technology
- Successful careers in permaculture
- Sustainable economics
- Intentional communities
- Community building
- Regional/Local Community Revitalization
- and more
Over 100 hours of instruction to receive an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate. This course exceeds the requirements laid out by Bill Mollison for a 72 hour permaculture design certificate course.
- July 13-14, 2013
- Aug 10-11, 2013
- Sep 21-22, 2013
- Oct 19-20, 2013
- Nov 16-17, 2013
- Dec 14-15, 2013
Note: If you missed our July session, we have another class on July 28, plus on line materials, that will allow you to join this course on August 10th.
Who Takes This Permaculture Design Course?
- Do it yourselfers
- Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors
- Green architects/builders
- Green consultants
- Natural health practitioners
- Non-profit/community organizers
- People who care about the earth and each other
- People who love healthy food
- Policy makers
- Professionals (of many types)
- Recent college graduates
- Urban and rural farmers
- Vegans and people interested in, raw food, slow food, and/or local food
- Yoga practitioners
- $1100 – Full Price
- Payment plan available
- Robert Kluson, Extension Service – soil scientist specializing in sustainable food production in Florida soils, will take us on a journey into the earth
- Jungle Jay, archeologist, permaculture designer, adventurer, inventor and artist will take us on a hands on appropriate technology journey
- Bryan Roberts, green builder and designer extraordinaire will share his amazing and creative solutions for retrofitting the urban environment
- Marie Nelson, PhD, financial permaculture expert will share powerful economic tools of permaculture
“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 half way thru the pieces started to fit together. Then we got lots of real universe examples of existing permaculture famrs 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!!!”