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Intro to Permaculture Design (Four Evening Classes)

Want to learn more about Permaculture, but not ready for a full design course?

Permaculture principles and design tools can be utilized to re-envision just about any aspect of human settlements in new and exciting ways that not only meet our present needs, but actually enhance the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In other words, Permaculture goes beyond mere sustainability (leaving things no worse than you found them), to regenerativity (leaving things much better than you found them.)

This workshop, taught over four 2 1/2 hour evening sessions, is intended to give participants a thorough overview of this whole systems approach to the design of human infrastructure, from gardens and housing to work and local economics. This is the perfect opportunity for folks who have not had the time or resources to invest in a 72-hour certificate course, but would like to obtain a firm understanding of the basic underpinnings of Permaculture.

Participants will learn about a wide range of permaculture strategies through lecture, slideshow, and interactive activities. The information taught in the course is, by nature, applicable across contexts and scales, from single urban lots and blocks, to regional planning, as well as many "invisible structures" such as local economies, community organizations, etc.

Topics will include:

  • Principles & Ethics in Design
  • Zone and Sector Analysis
  • Urban Strategies
  • Local Economics
  • Edible Landscaping
  • Greywater & Rainwater Systems
  • Compost and Soil Building
  • And much more!


Mondays Oct. 15th - Nov. 5th 2012 from 7:00-9:30 PM


Marisha Auerbach has been actively practicing and teaching permaculture for the past 13 years, with experience in both rural and urban areas. As a food security activist, Marisha’s international permaculture work has taken her to Vietnam, Nicaragua, and Haiti. Her permaculture teachings are focused on empowering individuals and communities to enhance their self-reliance.

Leonard Barrett is a designer, land planning consultant, and teacher based in Portland, Oregon. His design firm, Barrett Ecological (, provides design and planning services to a wide array of residential, commercial, and community/institutional projects, ranging from small urban lots to many-thousand acre rural properties. Leonard has taught at colleges and universities throughout the northwest, and guests lectures at many permaculture and and ecological design courses. His design work is featured in the best-selling permaculture book Gaia's Garden: A Homescale Guide to Permaculture (2nd Ed.) by Toby Hemenway.

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  • Daniela

    Are we still meeting at TaborSpace?

    October 15, 2012

    • Marisha A.

      Yes. See you at TaborSpace at 7 pm tonight!

      October 15, 2012

  • Jeff

    Will there be future classes like this? I'd like to come but would have to miss the first class on the 15th. Would that be OK or is there another intro class that I could take?

    October 13, 2012

    • Marisha A.

      Hi Jeff ~ You can still join the class if you miss the first week and we think it will still be worthwhile for your education. We would recommend reading the first chapter in Toby Hemenway's book Gaia's Garden to be familiar with the material you missed. We hope you can join us!

      October 13, 2012

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