Permaculture Design and Empowerment Retreat - Emerald Village, California

A Permaculture and Self-Empowerment journey that will change your life! This sixteen day course combines all the elements of the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification curriculum with an infusion of empowerment techniques to unleash your full potential as the architect of your own abundant future.

Designed specifically to extend your edge, this intensive 16 day course will give you all the tools you will need to design a holistic life of self-actualized empowerment. Whether your goal is to cultivate food security for inner-city families, become a leader on international aid projects, shift global consciousness or just lead a healthier, happier life, this course was designed for you!

Registration Information

Course Deposit by Sep 20, 2013

Coarse Deposit $350.00

Total Cost $1,400.00

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Set within the pristine valley of Vista, California, Emerald Village is a thriving intentional community founded on the principles of mutual support, earth stewardship and the celebration of life. Come visit us at:

45 minutes from Downtown San Diego and only 1.5 hours from Central Los Angeles, Emerald Village provides a uniquely fertile environment to align your future on the path toward regenerative abundance.

About the Course

The Permaculture Design & Empowerment Course (PDEC) is designed to help you create a regenerative point of view and way of being on all levels. We will apply the principles, ethics and techniques of permaculture design to how we think and interact with the world and our local community, as well as how we go about cultivating a holistically expanding and rewarding definition of self.

Observation Vision mapping
Communication Trust cultivation
Pattern recognition Biomimicry
Peak experience Earthwork artistry
Integrative Design Natural building
Self-witnessing Water systems
Food forestry Aquaculture
Soil building Paradigm shifting tactics

Personal Permaculture: Permaculture is about observing all of the elements in play to help co-create a system of regenerative harmony. To be able to do this for our local and world communities to the best of our ability, we need to be able to do this for ourselves first. This course will give you tools to help you balance your body, mind, emotions, and energy. Once we have created a safe space we will use affirmations, empowerment techniques, and indigenous rites of passage to push us through our growth zone, and give us unique and powerful opportunities to learn about ourselves. In addition we will practice non-violent communication, neuro-linguistic programming, and progressive vision mapping to help us define our goals and dreams and lay out the steps to implement and achieve them.

Community Permaculture: Permaculture is all about being on a team. A harmony of all elements involved. Through team building exercises, ropes course challenges, shared daily community responsibilities and team design projects we will hone our social permaculture "aikido". In this way we learn where our greatest strengths lie within a team and how to recognize, celebrate, and enhance the strengths of others. Through learning the elements which create a happy and regenerative flow within our micro-communities we get a clearer picture of what steps we can take to move towards a regenerative existence on a world scale.

World Permaculture: This is a very special time in the history of earth and the human race. By shifting our individual and community energies to more regenerative and holistic patterns we have the opportunity to shift our global awareness to a more healthy paradigm. With the abundance of resources and technologies available at this age our ability to build bridges between all of the living systems of our planet has never been greater. We can only do it with all of us.

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  • Yona F.

    This Permaculture Design & Empowerment Course runs over a jam packed 16 days from September 21st - October 6th. To receive a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC), participants are required to attend all 16 days of exciting hands-on and experiential learning. This $350 deposit reserves your place in the Sept 21st PDEC. Remaining course costs of $1050 are due upon the first day of the course ($1400 Total).

    August 26, 2013

  • Yona F.

    Super affordable PDEC course to include healthy food during the two weeks.

    August 26, 2013

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