Urban Permaculture Design Course Fall, 2014

1797568_415148638619958_1118291950_nThis is Grow Permaculture’s 12th internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification Course, based on Bill Mollison’s work. This course will unfold one weekend per month over seven months, from Oct 19, 2014, to March 2015. 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

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

Oct 19, Oct 25-26, Nov 22-23, Dec 13-14 (optional field trips), Jan 31-Feb 1, Feb 28-Mar 1, , Mar 28-29

9 AM to 5 PM

Special Early Bird rate will go toward our volunteer work at Pine Ridge reservation:

$990 until Aug 20, 2014

To register for entire course or individual weekends

Call Cathy at 727-495-6145 or write cathy@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

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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.

Urban Permaculture Design Certificate Course 2013 – Tampa Bay

The course will be taught during 6 weekends over 6 months:
July 13-14,
Aug 10-11,
Sep 21-22,
Oct 19-20,
Nov 16-17,
and Dec 14-15.
Learn to design your life to be regenerative and abundant at the beautiful Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater FL.
Instructed by Koreen Brennan, designer and teacher.

Welcome to our 2013 Urban Permaculture Design Course!

Urban PDC 2013 - Tampa Bay

We are offering a six month in-depth permaculture design course with career pathways, tools for sustainable living, hands on, apprenticeship potential, field trips, course materials and more. There is still time to get involved!

What is Permaculture Design?

Permaculture is conscious design of sustainable human systems of any size or complexity, from the backyard to watershed and beyond.  In permaculture, we work with nature, rather than against her, to increase abundance and long-term survival potential for humans and for other life forms. Permaculture is the art and design of conscious living for the greater good.

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
  • Aquaculture
  • 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.


Further, we offer optional field trips and/or project based activities on alternative weekends, in addition to the hands on, community building, teamwork, fieldwork, and other instruction during the course. The extra weekend schedules will be posted soon so you can mark your calendars. There will also be hands on apprenticeship design opportunities available while the course is ongoing. Career counseling and business building opportunities are also available. We want you to be successful using regenerative design.
Because the vast majority of people live in urban or suburban environments currently, our focus is on urban and suburban solutions. We are excited about the potential of all forms of permaculture in an urban environment. We are also versed in permaculture techniques for acreage and offer a well rounded course with an emphasis on urban solutions.
One of the things that many of our graduates say they love about the course is the connections they make; we believe that is an important part of a live Permaculture Design Course and so we work to create opportunities for creating beneficial connections, not just with course students but with the broader community as part of the course structure.

Course dates:

  • 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.

Course Location:

Moccasin Lake Nature Preserve
2750 Park Trail Lane
Clearwater, FL 33755

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
  • Vegans and people interested in, raw food, slow food, and/or local food
  • Yoga practitioners

Course Prices

  • $1100 – Full Price
  • Payment plan available
To register, type in the appropriate dollar amount and click the PayPal button “Buy Now” on the right hand side of this web page under Purchase Courses.

For more information, payment plans, or work-study info, contact Cathy at 727-495-6145 or or email info@growpermaculture.com

We also accept time bank hours – for more info ask the Tampa Bay Time Bank

Limited seating: a non-refundable deposit ($200) will hold your seat for the full class.

Through the entire course, you will receive over 100 hours of instruction, however, for this course, 72 hours -in the course room – are required to qualify for a Permaculture Design Certificate. Any missed class will be available online for you to catch up in case you cannot attend one of the weekends.

Deposits and payments are non-refundable and will be applied toward future courses and/or services only.

Course Instructors:

Koreen Brennan – owner at Grow Permaculture – is the lead instructor for this course. Click here to see her bio.

Koreen will be assisted by the following guest experts and teachers:
  • 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
Reminder: To register, type in the appropriate dollar amount and click the PayPal button “Buy Now” on the right hand side of this web page under ”Purchase Courses”.

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 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!!!”


Grow Permaculture is a professional permaculture design organization that does consulting, design work, and education for a variety of projects. We partner in a cooperative permaculture nursery, and with an arborist who specializes in saving trees. We create guilds with community, business and other human elements as well as with trees. We are active with the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Project in St. Petersburg, and also engaged in major volunteer projects such as permaculture systems at Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, a children’s food forest in St Petersburg, community gardens, and were extensively involved in disaster permaculture efforts after the Haiti earthquake.  We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to co-create an intentional community and weave beneficial connection into the fabric of everything, regenerating human culture and the natural world in the process.