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Permaculture Design Certification Course at Sirius EcoVillage, Fall Semester, 4 Weekends, Option to Gain 3 College Credits!!!

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Permaculture Design Certification Course in Western MA at Sirius EcoVillage: (Begins Sept 14th!!)

Fall Semester 2012 Weekend Series – Permaculture Design Certification Course at Sirius Community – an inspirational ecovillage located in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, just a 15 minute drive from the center of Amherst, Massachusetts.

Course #PLNTSOIL 596 - Independent Study; This course fulfills a core requirement for the Sustainable Food and Farming Major at UMass Amherst. Students in the 5 colleges can attend this course for 3 College Credits!

4 Weekends, 3 College Credits!!!

Renowned course instructors and guests include: Kay Cafasso, Mark Krawczyk, Keith Zaltzberg, Ryan Harb, Walker Korby, Llani Davidson, Eric Toensmeier, and more! You can learn more about the instructors here.

This is a 72-hour certification course that takes place over four weekends:

Sept 14-16;
Oct 26 (evening) -Oct 28;
Nov 16 (evening) – Nov 18;
Dec 7 – 9
Participants can expect:

Hands-on practice in the gardens and with ecological design practice;
Guided permaculture design process from client interviews with onsite design clients, to site assessment and design generation;
Time to to meet and work with some of the best permaculture designers from the northeast;
Opportunity to gain your certification in permaculture design.
University accredited: The Sowing Solutions Permaculture Design Certification Course is sponsored by the UMass Amherst Stockbridge School of Agriculture and UMass Permaculture. Any student in the 5-college consortium can receive up to 3 academic credits by enrolling in this course at no additional charge.

The venue:The Sirius EcoVillage is a retreat center offering organic meals, gardens, greenhouses, energy efficient and natural buildings, trails for hiking, snow shoeing or cross country skiing, sauna, and much more!

Tuition: Course tuition is a sliding scale of $900-$1200. There are additional fees for meals and accommodations (if needed) on site at Sirius. If you are enrolled in the 5 colleges, there is no additional fee for college credit. Please send an email inquiring about the details of event fees, and you will receive a complete information packet about the logistics of the course and a registration form.

Inquire & Register: E-mail Kay Cafasso at ecologicalgardens(at)

Sirius Community
72 Baker Rd, Shutesbury, Massachusetts 01072
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