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Intro to Permaculture Design - Short Course

  • Jan 5, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Interested in learning about the permaculture design process but not sure if you want to invest in a full-blown design course?


Please join us for this popular Permaculture Design Seminar Series which we started offering in 2009. If, after taking this Intro Short Course, you are interested in proceeding to the full Permaculture Design Course (PDC) starting in April, your full fee for this event will be applied toward the PDC fee. This is an affordable and accessible way to get your feet wet and decide if you would like to learn more about the potential for permaculture. The instructor for this short course is Lisa Fernandes.

SPECIAL: We can take two students for time dollars in lieu of US dollars. Inquire with LisaF if you are interested and are an Hour Exchange Portland member.

January 5 and January 19 (9:00 am to 3:00 pm both days; snow days Jan 6 and Jan 20)

Participants in this Intro to Permaculture Design Short Course will meet on two Saturdays from 9:00 am to approx 3:00 pm at the home of our sample "client" to work through a real, live design process. With our client (who will have completed a questionnaire in advance) we will co-create a practical permaculture design based on their specific goals and the assets and challenges of their site.

You will come away with a strong foundation for understanding and applying permaculture ethics and design principles. You will have a framework and a process for approaching a residential property from a permaculture perspective. You will feel confident about taking strides on your own property, if applicable, and will dispel that feeling of not knowing "where to start." You will understand much more about permaculture as a design approach.

Space is limited to 10 students.

Some student comments from the last iteration of this seminar:

“To my beginner's mind, the challenge elements of this property seemed to be overwhelming and complicated, but in the end Lisa began to bring together aspects of the property's challenges and assets and a design began to synthesize that was manageable and cohesive."

"I am impressed with the way Lisa teaches. It is great fun getting together in a small group like that and learning new things."

“It was excellent!!! I left the gathering thrilled and excited by all I'd learned."

“It was a great experience to walk through the initial analysis phase of a permaculture design. I came away with a better understanding of how to approach permacluture design and some of the questions to ask. ”

“It was superb. Much more than I could have reasonably expected. I'm very excited. ”

More Details:

By signing up for this event you are signing up for both days automatically; a total of 12 hours of class time.

Day One

  • Permaculture Background, Ethics and Design Principles
  • Design Process and Goals Articulation
  • Pattern Literacy (Hands-on)
  • Reading the Landscape and Data Gathering (Hands-on)
  • Real Life Examples / Strategies

[suggested online readings + short homework during the gap]

Day Two

  • Analysis Techniques and Options (Hands-on)
  • Strategies: Energy + Shelter
  • Data Synthesis + Site analysis
  • Creation of Draft Design

Please wear weather-appropriate footwear and dress in layers. We won't be outside alot but we will make a couple of short trips around the subject property. Please bring a notebook.

Coffee/tea provided throughout the day. Handouts and copies of all presentations will be provided. Lunch will be potluck - please bring a dish to share and your potluck "kit" (plate,bowl,utensils,etc.) A large selection of permaculture-related resources will be on display for reference and inspiration. Approximately 12 contact hours

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  • Lisa F.

    Hi Everyone - here are the slides from the Intro Class - it's a fairly large pdf so it will take a minute to either download or load on your screen. http://resiliencehub.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/intro_shortcourse.pdf

    January 22, 2013

  • Malory S.

    Very informative.

    January 13, 2013

  • Ellen D. L.

    Very informative! So much information to absorb and have sink in! I appreciate the blend of theory and practice, studying a site with our new knowledge. Lisa is an engaging, knowledgeable instructor. I like her hopeful, pragmatic approach to what is potentially a very depressing scenario, the post-peak oil world.

    January 7, 2013

  • jennifer o.

    I am so excited to partake in this course! I've been a gardener for over 7 years now and am ready to broaden my skills and take them to the next step. Cant. Wait! XO

    December 13, 2012

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