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
- 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 $990 early bird through Aug 15, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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?
- Do it yourselfers
- Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors
- Green architects/builders
- Green businesses
- Green consultants
- 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
- Urban and rural farmers
- Vegan, raw food, slow food, and/or local food
- Yoga practitioners
Course dates (subject to slight changes until May 1)
Pay $990 through Aug 15 – 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 email@example.com.
Eric is one of the more dedicated and enthusiastic designers we have met. He didn’t wait to finish the course, but got one project started during the PDC itself, creating a food garden at a Habitat for Humanity site in Pasco County. He has shown many other people the advantages of permaculture through personal contact and an active permaculture web site, Codegreencommunity.org, that provides support and information to permaculturists in the greater Tampa Bay area. And most recently, he has become co-founder and one of the driving forces of a local food co-op in Pasco – Suncoast Food Co-op. https://www.facebook.com/groups/264378686981983/?ref=ts&fref=ts
He has transformed his yard into a food forest jungle complete with a pond ecosystem and much more – showing his neighborhood how to make food, not lawns. And he is selling the food he grows to the cooperative. How much carbon is he reducing by growing and selling food locally, eliminating thousands of miles of travel and the energy and pollution associated with pesticide and herbicide use, and by setting the example, influencing others to do the same?
Living bridge in Meghalaya, India
This is a wonderful example of the type of design solution we are interested in accomplishing with permaculture. Working with nature, rather than against her, the people of Meghalaya in India have created a beautiful design for a bridge that will survive heavy flooding. This is an exquisitely aesthetic and informative 5 minute video that you won’t regret viewing, or forget! How could we incorporate the lessons of this amazing design solution?
We are offering apprenticeship or “shadowing” opportunities to course students in several exciting projects we have ongoing. We are working on all of these from the Tampa Bay area, Florida. There is a lot happening, a lot that needs to be done and if we work together, the sky is the limit!
– Plan and implement a permaculture design for a city park.
– Plan and stage multiple food forests designs for Pine Ridge reservation.
– Work with Greenwood neighborhood on planning a permaculture community garden, and get it created.
– Help with fall planting and ongoing care for an expanding permaculture edible perennials nursery.
– Work on creating and expanding financial permaculture models, including innovative urban farming cooperative ventures, link-up, beneficial connection and integration of permaculture energies around the Bay for mutual benefit, start up businesses that get support from the existing community, time banking, etc.
– Work on community projects, including art gardens, neighborhood place-making, etc.
We are changing our name to more closely reflect our mission. We are focused on spreading the knowledge and practice of permaculture everywhere, to create more abundance, resilience, quality of life, and healing of both people and the earth.
Our projects include using permaculture to improve conditions in high poverty urban and rural areas with degraded lands, and working with schools, governments and organizations to educate people on the regenerative possibilities of conscious design. We create demonstration sites so people can see, feel, taste and smell what that is like.
These are non-profit activities that are supported by our for-profit education and design business. We offer high-quality education and aesthetic edible landscaping and other permaculture services via this service.
We feel that a Permaculture Guild has a very specific function of coordinating permaculture activities in an area and providing support and resources for professional permaculture designers and those who want to become professionals. While we do provide support to the permaculture community in a number of ways through volunteering and other resources, we feel a better way to describe the relationship is as a sponsor of Guild activities. It is not our main function to coordinate or facilitate all of the permaculture activities in our area, as a guild would do.
We love the abundance and regeneration inherent in the word “Grow” and we feel there is nothing more appropriate or needed than nurturing and growing the concept and practice of conscious design – far and wide!
As sustainable living consultants and designers we can help you save money while increasing your quality of life. We specialize in helping you create edible landscaping, organic gardens, passive heating and cooling retrofits in your home, and rainwater catchment. We guarantee that we will save you more than our consulting fee, if you follow our recommendations.
We offer a full range of services, from advice, to design, to installation. Many of our clients benefit from a one hour to full day consultation that helps them focus on how they should set up an edible garden. “What soil should I use? What plants should I plant and when? What plants will work together? How should I water and feed them?”
We go beyond organic gardening by working with nature, not against her. Our plant recommendations include many highly nutritious and unique plant species that are easy to grow in Florida, need little care, are drought tolerant, and provide abundant food in a short period of time. Though many gardeners struggle to grow food in our hot, humid summers, summertime can be the most productive time of year for us, with delicious greens and vegetables growing through the season with almost no care or upkeep. We will bring unique solutions to your gardening challenges that will make your garden easier to care for, more productive and more attractive.
After a one hour consultation with Koreen, I put in a fantastic vegetable garden using waist high containers over the summer and am hooked on growing my own veggies now. Also I am using the Bokashi method of composting and LOVE it! I then got a grant from our local water and power company to convert my lawn in front to native garden and I’m doing that now! I’m having SOOO much fun with this new game. So, I owe Koreen a big thanks for turning me onto a whole new world. My plant kingdom is truly flourishing! Barb Dakin
We were impressed with the amount of useful information Koreen was able to impart to us in one day of design consulting. We had some ideas and plans for our 5 acre homestead but also a lot of questions. She was able to answer all of them and shared a lot more with us that we did not know was possible or would not have thought of. We love the integrated cob bench design, the detailed plant information, the energy savings ideas, and the water systems suggestions. We are excited about moving forward and can’t wait to try out some of these ideas. Scott and Leslie Brown
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Edible landscape or garden design
We design landscapes to be both beautiful and functional. An edible landscape is:
Organic – we use integrated pest management and other techniques to eliminate toxic chemicals
Natural – we design gardens to work with nature, rather than against her, thereby reducing work while healing the environment
Easy to care for – less work than conventional gardens
Abundant – we use stacking methods and other space saving methods to increase yields in small spaces
Beautiful and interesting – flowers, colors and textures
Healthy – providing nutritious food year around
Economical – skip the fertilizer, and reduce your grocery bill with fresh, healthy food you grow yourself
Environmentally sound – we use water saving planting methods and other environmentally friendly techniques
We can also help you determine what to plant, when and how if you prefer to create your garden by yourself but need some help getting started. We use our focused interview process to provide you with quality information that is specific to your needs in a short period of time. Interested in selling your food? We can help with that too.
Enjoy the aesthetics of a backyard pond that is a naturally balanced system. When you have all the elements of nature present, very little care is needed. Let us help you ensure those elements are there.
We focus on increasing your yields in unexpected ways; we look for the edge, find ways to stack functions on your farm, we save energy and input costs, and tie it all together. We recommend gradient changes that are financially sound, make sense, and will create resiliency. We guarantee that our recommendations, if implemented, will save you more than our consultant fee.
Shelter and energy
We offer solutions for more sustainable living in your home, such as energy reduction analysis, consultations on planned renovations, and partnerships with green architects and builders to maximum energy savings, aesthetics and integration of the built environment with the food systems and water catchment.
1 hour gardening consult – $65. Travel is additional if site is more than 10 miles. Client receives a short questionnaire to determine interests and priorities. We will walk your site with you and give you specific plant, design and structural recommendations. This is great for people who want to design their yard themselves but would like to get some feedback.
3 hour consultation – $175 – Client will receive a questionnaire which is filled out ahead of time. This allows us to spend maximum time assessing the site and providing more in-depth feedback during our visit. We will discuss what your options are with you, and prepare a short written report that will summarize the key points. This is recommended for people who want a good overview of what their options are, but are not yet prepared to do a full design implementation on their site, or who already have much of the design work done but would like to go in-depth on plant selection or other details.
Full day consultation – $400 – Client fills out a questionnaire ahead of time, and we will walk the site with the client and go over detailed options, point by point. A full day allows us to delve into the design process, the integration and placement of elements on the site, and specific details such as plant selection and installation sequences and techniques that save time and money. You will receive a several page report summarizing key factors, including further recommendations, after the visit.
Full permaculture design – $400/day – designs usually take 3 days minimum; complex designs can take many days; discounts are provided on more complex designs.
A full permaculture design includes:
1. A site drawing that includes placement of permaculture elements including water catchment, plants, hardscape, etc. This drawing can be used to guide installation.
2. A permaculture analysis regarding the opportunities and limitations or challenges of the site and available resources.
3. A written description of the proposed design that addresses food production, landscaping, soil building, ecological repair, water conservation/catchment, affordable energy efficient retrofits, greywater and blackwater systems, on site energy production, education, culture, health, finance, community building, in an integrated, holistic manner.
4. A written program of implementation, staged to meet your needs (finance, timing, etc).
5. Recommendations for maintenance
Our services routinely prevent costly errors and provide clients with options they were unaware of that allow them to achieve something closer to their ideal, reduce costs and time, and provide more abundance.
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