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Urban Permaculture Design Course with Albert Bates

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  • ICA Building

    4750 N Sheridan
    1st Floor, MLK room
    Chicago, IL (map)

    41.968444 -87.655224

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    Chicagoland Permaculture Guild Presents:



    Saturday, August 2 - Friday, August 15, 2014


    Climate change, peak energy, economic recession, fracking, GMO's… it's easy to get overwhelmed, and the sheer scale of these problems can make us feel powerless -- but there is something we can do about it: starting right where we live, we can begin to connect all our seemingly small D.I.Y. efforts together to create real change and truly sustainable communities using the positive, solutions-oriented holistic design science of permaculture. We can redesign our cities to integrate harmoniously with natural systems, learning to observe and solve problems the way nature does. This complete, 2-week intensive permaculture design certificate course focuses on creative, pro-active strategies for creating rich and abundant urban environments.



    Albert Bates: 

    Albert Bates was a civil sector representative at the Copenhagen climate conference, trying to point the world back towards a stable atmosphere using soils and trees - Garden Earth. His books include Climate in Crisis (1990), The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook (2006) and The Biochar Solution (2010). He has taught appropriate technology, natural building and ecovillage design to students from more than sixty nations. A co-founder and past president of the Global Ecovillage Network, he is presently retired and living in an ecovillage in rural Tennessee, from where he is a frequent consultant to many celebrities, governments and international permaculture designers. When not tinkering with fuel wringers for algae, hemp cheeses, Bedini wheels or pyrolizing cookstoves, he is busy designing a way out of petrocollapse and climate apocalypse that is graceful, practical and fun-filled.

    Co-teachers: William Faith and Milton Dixon

    This course follows the 72-hour curriculum developed by Bill Mollison and yields the Permaculture Design Certificate which opens the door to further practice, work and advanced education.

    Topics covered will include: Permaculture ethics and principles, pattern language and literacy, soils, ecological systems, composting, water catchment and use, climate and microclimate, food production and security, constructed wetlands, cultivated ecology, food forestry, broadscale design, renewable energy, bioregionalism, alternative currencies, biofuels, ecovillages, transition towns, natural building, urban land reform strategies, design process, and much, much more...,

    Guest teachers (via webcam) will include: Marisha Auerbach, Darren Doherty, Andrew Millison, Chris Nesbitt, Davey Phillip, Richard Perkins and Nicole Foss.

    This course will include classroom time, hands-on experience, site visits and field trips.


    Course Fee (incl. all course materials and meals during the course): 

    Early Bird Discount: $1,250. (before July 2nd) 

    Regular Fee: $1,350. (after July 2nd)


    About our location: we are very pleased to be holding this course at the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA). The “Greenrise Uptown Learning Laboratory” demonstrates a creative culture for living and working within a historic 8-story building on the north side of Chicago. It is also the home for an intention- al residential community. ICA is creating a “green culture” among its diverse tenants while establishing an energy efficient eco-system that aims to take the entire building off of the grid.

    On-site lodging available for an additional fee.

    Sponsored by: Chicagoland Permaculture Guild

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  • kathy

    Unfortunately those dates do not work for me, as I have a wedding to attend.

    May 8, 2014

  • Isadora

    I'd absolutely love to take this course, but would much rather do it on the weekends over a longer period of time. Actually that's the only way I could attend.

    May 5, 2014


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