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Permaculture Design Certificate Course (2nd annual) MetroPhilly, weekend format

  • Mar 20, 2011 · 9:00 AM
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Course work includes > 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.


Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to learn:
-Beekeeping basics
-Biodynamic Farming
-Orchard care
-Coppice/pollard agroforestry
-coppice crafts/uses
-wild foods/edible & medicinal weeds - id and prep.
-food storage techniques - food fermentation
-phyto/mycoremediation techniques for degraded urban sites & conventionally farmed ag land
-Ecological Restoration: design, maintenance
-Forest stewardship and best management practices
-Trail design/building/maintenance
-Limnology (in-land water systems) managing ponds/lakes, streams...
-Water harvesting - rain gardens, bioswales
-Designing a Children's Permaculture Garden
-Organic farming
-Building Equitable Communities
-Designing school garden to lunch programs
-Appropriate Technology (rocket stoves/rocket mass heaters, biodigestors, tractorinos, passive solar design) & computer tools useful in Permaculture Design
-Siting a building/settlement - choosing a property
-Making and using low cost Effective Microorganisms and Compost tea
and more!

March 20
April 10
May 15
June 5
July 10
July 24
Aug. 7
Aug 21

Note: This course may also be attended for less rigorous non-certification (see FEE Section below for more information).

The 450 + acres biodynamically farmed campus of the Kimberton Waldorf School - Chester Co. PA (approx. 25 miles outside the city of Philadelphia)

Other venues (to be announced) will take us in and around the Philadelphia Region. You will be notified of the location(s) prior to the start of the course. Additional Hands-On training opportunities also be available.

9:00 am to 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:
* Full Attendance at each session
* 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 read our refund policy)

$200 non-refundable deposit required to hold a space. All balances due in full by February 28. Meals, Lodging & Transportation not included.

* SLIDING SCALE $800.00 - $975.00 for full course! 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

* EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: $750.00 - $950.00 if paid-in-full by January 31, 2011
* 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, this is not always possible.

PAYMENT IN CASH, CHECK or MONEY ORDER- once you have registered here, we will contact you with details (payment address...)

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!)
Work-trade may be available on a very LIMITED basis for a partial fee reduction- please contact Melissa if you are interested in exploring this option.

What to Bring/Wear...
Water bottle, sun protection, rain-gear (if warranted), appropriate footwear/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.

Course Facilitators:
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 will also be teaching the "Sustainable Living Series" of courses at the Bucks County Community College - Spring 2011.

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.

You would probably agree with me >>> in most classroom situations, students, at least one, watch the clock and are ready to run. Funny, but that never happened in my class. We would go all day and still be so entertained, that “time” became the second thought, not the first.
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.

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  • Donna M

    Our first class was great! It exceeded my expectations. We learned to do some very cool stuff on our first day. The introduction and overview of Permaculture and PC Design was very good and the hands-on demonstrations and activities outside on the beautiful school grounds were great. Melissa is an excellent instructor - as was our pollarding and coppicing expert at the Kimberton Waldorf School. I really enjoyed meeting the people in our class. They're a diverse group of smart, fun and caring people that share the permaculture values. I'm looking forward to getting to know them better and to a stimulating and challenging course!

    April 8, 2011

  • Jamie w.

    Absolutely in love with this class- I have not been able to turn off my brain, dreaming of apple trees and basket willows, in all sorts of shapes and designs! Cant wait to do what I have learned AND to see what is next on the docket!

    March 23, 2011

  • Ben C.

    If I ever end up on a TV show on an otherwise deserted island y'all better be on my flight. EPPG, never leave home without it.

    March 22, 2011

  • Melissa M

    Another Amazing group of Permies ready and willing to learn all they can and ...DO SOMETHING! Thanks to all for making our 1st session of the PDC a wonderful experience.

    March 21, 2011

  • Melissa M

    The Full Spring/summer session PDC is now full :) This event is closed to registrations.

    March 10, 2011

  • lois d.

    hi melissa....i have finally made a connection....i am very interested in permaculture and all else organic and of the earth...keep me posted...thanks lois

    March 7, 2011

  • Melissa M

    Thanks for the reminder Jeff :)

    March 1, 2011

  • Jeff


    Anyone want to car pool? I'm in South Philly but will consider Center City and W. Philly.


    March 1, 2011

  • Melissa M

    A few spots left!

    February 22, 2011

  • Melissa M

    If you have registered for this course and have not yet sent payment to reserve your space in the course please let us know your intentions asap. If we do not hear from you by Tues. am (Feb 22) we will assume you are no longer interested in attending the course and will remove your registration. Sorry, but the course is now full w/ a waiting list...

    February 20, 2011

  • Melissa M

    Scott Kellogg of the RADIX (Radical Urban Sustainability Training ctr in Albany NY): will be our guest teacher @ the Apr. 10 PDC Session!! A limited number of spaces are still available for the PDC and for this course session w/ Scott.

    February 10, 2011

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