Join us for our Summer session of the Full Permaculture Design Course!
Earn an Internationally recognized Certificate in Permaculture Design this summer in our Flexible Weekend format course, located in Chester County PA (~ 25 min. from Philadelphia).
LIMITED AMOUNT OF GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE TO PA RESIDENTS! SE Ag Partnership can fund 7 attendees at 65%, so the participant pay only $340.20 for the full course. Please see below (3 links to files on Dropbox with additional information and the forms to apply for the funding).
Course work includes the 72 hours of Instruction in Permaculture based on the material in the Permaculture Designer's Manual (Mollison): theory, hands-on practicum, team design exercises, final presentation (the infamous Talent Show and celebration) and so much more. We will be implementing some projects on the campus this summer so there will be opportunities to "get your hands dirty" with this course!
Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to learn:
-Biodynamic Farming, Natural Farming
-Small Plot (Intensive) Farming/Gardening
-Edible Forest Gardening ("Food Forests" - perennial polycultures)
-Coppice/pollard agroforestry & coppice crafts/uses
-wild foods/edible & medicinal weeds - id and prep.
-food storage techniques & food fermentation
-Mycoremediation (Mycotechnology) techniques- using mushrooms to regenerate degraded urban sites & conventionally farmed ag land
-Ecological Restoration: project design, maintenance
-Forest stewardship and best management practices for forested areas
-Limnology (in-land water systems) management of ponds/lakes, streams...
-Water harvesting techniques -- rain gardens, bioswales ("keyline design")
-Designing a Children's Permaculture Garden
-Organic vegetable/fruit production
-Compost and Compost Tea
-Bokashi (indoor) composting techniques
-Harnessing the power of effective microbes (DYI E.M.s!)
Making and using low cost Effective Microorganisms
-Building Equitable Communities & Social Permaculture
-Appropriate Technology (rocket stoves/rocket mass heaters, biodigestors, tractorinos, passive solar design) & computer tools useful in Permaculture Design
-Creating 'closed-loop' systems
- Modern homesteading
-Urban Permaculture design
-Choosing a property, Siting a building
-Chickens, goats and other animals in a Permaculture System
-Vermiculture and more!
Note: This course may also be attended for less rigorous non-certification (see FEE Section below for more information). A minimum of 72 hours of course time is required to complete the certificate. Participants are urged to attend all sessions but, in the event of a scheduling conflict, illness, or emergency, etc. we can arrange for additional assignments to make up for ONE missed session.
The 450 + acres biodynamically farmed campus of the Kimberton Waldorf School - Chester Co. PA (approx. 25 miles outside the city of Philadelphia)
TIME 9:00 am to approx. 5:30 pm each session
Certificates are issued after satisfactory completion of the Permaculture Design Course requirements - certificate is conferred through the Eastern Pennsylvania Permaculture Guild teachers. (cost for additional Certificate = $20.00) Requirements include: * Attendance & Participation is design team exercises, presentations * Participation in the Talent Show (it's a lot of fun anyway - you will be glad you did!) * Satisfactory completion of the final design project * All Payment Agreements met in full... (please refer to our refund policy).
* SLIDING SCALE $900.00 - $[masked] for full course!
TO REGISTER FOR THE COURSE:
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION:
$200 non-refundable deposit required to hold your space in the course, due before May 10, 2013 (to receive a $50 discount on the course fees). Please see "PAYMENTS", below.
After May 10, 2013: $250.00, non-refundable deposit, due before June 5, 2103
(all options require payment of the non-refundable deposit with your registration, please contact us if you have questions)
Option 1: Pay the full balance of course fees (less deposit), before the start of the course June 9
if you require a more flexible payment schedule:
Option 2: Pay 1/2 of course fees (less deposit) by June 9, 2013 with the balance of course fees payable on/before August 1, 2013
(Note: Meals, Lodging & Transportation not included)
PAYMENT IN CASH, CHECK or MONEY ORDER- once you have registered here on the meetup, please send payment to (checks payable to Permanent Future Institute):
Permanent Future Institute
1233 S. Broad St
Lansdale PA 19446
In the spirit of the Permaculture commitment to the ethic of People Care, we offer a sliding fee scale - You decide what amount within the sliding scale you can pay. This is an honor system - please honor it:) Remember that those with the ability to pay the full fee are helping to fund others who cannot- even more people care!
* NON-CERTIFICATE OPTION: Those wishing to participate in an individual session/sessions of the course have the option of paying per day @ the rate of $90/day - note: you will NOT receive assignments/NOT qualify for the Certificate
* 10% Discount for teachers
* 10% Discount for 2 or more from the same household registering together (couples, family...)
* in rare circumstances we may consider payment of fees in barter/service, and/or allow installments but please remember there are expenses associated with offering the course which include: venues, teachers, guest teachers, supplies...so this is not always possible.
SPONSORSHIP Support our Permaculture Scholarship Fund! Gifts-in-kind and scholarship fund donations are welcome and honored. Please Consider sponsoring a Permaculture Design Certificate course participant. Those wishing to participate in the course, but lack available funding are encouraged to seek out sponsors (health food stores, environmental groups, holistic health care professionals - you won't know unless you ask them!). Donations are not tax deductable.
What to Bring/Wear... Water bottle, sun protection, rain-gear (if warranted), appropriate footwear/weather appropriate clothing, a notebook, camera, a packed lunch/snacks and your readiness to learn. Please refrain from wearing perfumes or fragrances, as it may inadvertently attract insects or affect other participants with sensitivities.
GRANT INFORMATION AND APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
Can be found Here:
and, the grant requirements Summary, Here:
About the Primary Course Teacher:
Melissa Miles is a Permaculture Designer, Environmental Biologist and Conservation Planner. Melissa's experience in Natural Resources and Conservation Planning includes > 15 yrs. in restoration ecology, managing nature preserves & conservation easements, providing conservation planning services to municipalities, land owners and farmers and providing conservation related educational programming to the general public and designing permaculture systems (on various scales). Additionally, Melissa has studied Biogeochemistry and Green Building & Sustainable Design at the graduate level, and has worked as an Environmental Engineer, Horse Farm Manager and has been managing Two Miles Micro-Farm (an urban micro-farm located in Montgomery Co. PA, selling organically grown produce at local farm markets/restaurants) for the past several seasons. Melissa teaches & lectures at various locations in and around the region, including Bucks Co. Comm. College's Green Jobs Academy & U of P Morris Arboretum and is currently working toward a PhD in Ecovillage Design and co-authoring a title on the subject of Anaerobic Digestion for Chelsea Green Publishing ("Dragon Husbandry" -- available Spring, 2013).
Additional instructors will be helping to facilitate by sharing with us their particular areas of expertise during the course sessions.
Recommended (not required) texts:
* Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture. Toby Hemenway. Chelsea Green, 2001 and 2010
* Permaculture Designer's Manual. Bill Mollison. Tagari Publishing
* Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. David Holmgren. Holmgren Design Services Publishing, 2002.
What other participants of EPPG PDC have said about the course:
Permaculture is changing my life! Not only is it giving me what I need to improve and regenerate landscapes, it is improving and regenerating my life. The principles and ethics, tools and techniques are transferable and applicable to my work as a teacher and to my relationships with others. Permaculture provides a wonderful way of being in the world.
"If you are interested in growing your own food and improving your land, no matter what size land you own, this course is for you. You will come away with a complete mind-shift in how plants grow and interact in our environment and learn more about God's design for life. Melissa is an energetic instructor and willing to answer a hundred questions if that is what you have. I am so glad I made the commitment and did the coursework because now I have a plan for our property and can help others too."
Permaculture is a design for Life!
Food is the essence of life and Permaculture is the essence of being self reliant with a huge accent on self sustaining agriculture. Purpose driven knowledge is one of the best experiences to have. I had such an experience when I took the certificate course in Permaculture with Melissa Miles.
Each and every session, Melissa created a compelling environment for my learning experience. The accent was always on improving the situation at hand. We the class came up with all of the possibilities and was able to implement the improvements. The hands on agriculture section are only one aspect of Permaculture. The in depth course also included aquaculture, biogas, transition towns and oh so much more. Melissa'a references make class a blast of fun!
As an Environmental Biologist, Conservationist and Planner, Melissa Miles has a personal drive to share her wisdom. Wisdom is delivered via Melissa's poignant humor. As director of the Easter Pennsylvania Permaculture Guild, Melissa has managed to grow the Guild to a crazy huge number… meeting her own expectations of what is possible. In my personal experience, after I have picked Melissa's brain about things that confused me, I was able to see the forest for the trees. Forest gardening can be profoundly simple. When concepts and methods are taught by Melissa, Permaculture becomes compelling. I never fail to be amazed by her in-depth answers as her memory and recall are truly amazing. Melissa lives Permaculture. The work/ study are forthright and simple. Reading proceeds field work. Then there is the camaraderie of the class to consider... Sharing of thoughts, food, experiences as well as knowledge is the class culture.
New self realizations came with each session. And now I am a lot closer to designing for my life as well as helping clients in my re-design business.
I am sad to see my course end … however I am happy to say I am an active member of the [Eastern] Pennsylvania Permaculture Guild.