Course Outline for Six Weekend PDC

Many Topics covered!
Weekend One Source Connection and Community

Day 1

  • Introduction to Permaculture and a Context for Today
  • Permaculture Ethics
  • Permaculture Principles
  • Hands on exercises, Principles
  • Permaculture and Community – the Power of Connection
  • Interactive Needs and Resource Exchange

Day 2

  • Elements of Conscious Design
  • Natural Law – Energy, Order, and Increasing Yield
  • Patterns in Nature
  • Hands on – bringing natural patterns into design
  • Design Charette – how to draw a design

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Weekend Two Land & Nature Stewardship

Day 1

  • Learning from Nature – hands on exercises
  • Trees and Their Amazing Energy Transactions
  • Hands on – Creating connection
  • Building Soil Fertility
  • Hands on – How to plant a tree sustainably
  • The Role of Water in a System
  • Hands on – controlling water in the system
  • Climate Sectors

Day 2

  • Strategies for Temperate, Tropical and Arid Climates
  • Hands on – Sheet mulching strategies
  • Zones Zero through Zone Five and Watershed
  • Based Bioregional Planning
  • Hands on – Designing with Zones
  • Food Security – Organic Gardening and Farming, CSA’s and Community Gardens
  • Biomass Recycling & Composting
  • Hands on – Thermophylic Composting/Vermicomposting

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Weekend Three Achieving Urban and Broadscale Food Security

Day 1

  • Hands on – Observing the Natural World
  • Gardening with Nature – Increasing yield with less work
  • Natural Remedies for Pests and Disease
  • Hands on – Transplanting, Comfrey tea, Propagating
  • Food Forestry – Understanding Natural systems
  • Accelerating Natural Succession
  • How to Create Successful Plant Guilds
  • Hands on – designing a plant guild

Day 2

  • Caring for Animals and Livestock
  • Incorporating Animal Energy and Patterns into the Design
  • Broadscale Environmental Remediation – Earth Care
  • Keyline Design
  • Hands on – Finding Slope, swale building
  • Agroforestry, Silvoculture, Holistic Management
  • Economics of Broadscale Design

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Weekend Four The Built Environment and Tools and Technology

Day 1

  • Natural Buildings
  • Retrofitting Existing Structures
  • Capturing and Reusing Water in the Built Environment
  • Hands on – Greywater for outdoor shower
  • Hands on – rain catchment
  • Eco Village Vision and Planning Community
  • Bioregional Land Use Planning

Day 2

  • Tools & Technology
  • Passive Solar/Wind/Earth – how to increase energy yield with the sun, wind and earth
  • Hands on – Solar Hot Water
  • Alternative Energy/Fuel – which ones work?
  • IT and Computer Tech
  • Transportation
  • Tools
  • Appropriate Technologies

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Weekend Five Cultural and Education, Finance & Economics as People Care

Day 1

  • Alternative Education Systems
  • Alternative Health Systems
  • Diversity in Human Systems
  • Conflict resolution as a design tool
  • Charette – What is tolerance?
  • The Arts in the landscape
  • Urban landscape – incorporating human energies into design

Day 2

  • Legal Strategies for Permaculture Design – LLC, Non-Profit, Corp Sole, etc
  • Monetary Systems
  • Debt based money
  • Sound money policy
  • Banking and Debt
  • Legal Tender Laws
  • Taxes & Inflation
  • The Non-Free Market Reality
  • Barter Networks
  • Local Currencies
  • Local Exchange Transaction System
  • Debt Free Money
  • Examples of Successful Systems in Place
  • Sharing the Surplus – what does that mean?

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Weekend Six Land Tenure and Community Governance

Day 1

  • Role of Community in Sustainability
  • Building Consensus
  • Elements of Successful Community Building
  • Community Solutions – City Repair, Permablitzing, Grass Roots
  • Conscious Community – Creating an EcoVillage
  • Open Source – Working out community solutions

Day 2

  • Bioregional Planning-Land Use
  • Watershed, Foodshed, & Energyshed and Bioregional Carrying Capacity
  • Care of Natural Systems & Managing Resources
  • The Village Republic and Bioregional Confederacies – Earth Care and People Care Aligned
  • Design Charette – Our Bioregion
  • Transitioning our Bioregions
  • Manifesting our Visions
  • Permaculture Careers

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