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Prospect Rock Permaculture Design Certification

From: Keith M.
Sent on: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 10:19 AM
Hi All-

I hope you're well and enjoying a fruitful spring!

We are gearing up for our course this summer, and have just 3 spaces left remaining...  we'd love to fill them with folks who value the unique opportunities this course affords- so please share this with friends, networks, activists, organizers, growers, builders, and designers.

Read on for details about joining us for free open lectures and guest presentations- all are welcome!

The 6th Annual Prospect Rock / Burlington Permaculture Design Certification Course is held at Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson, VT from July 21 - August 2.

Willow Crossing Farm is Vermont's longest established permaculture research and education facility, and the only debt-free 'financial permaculture' working farm we're aware of.  Its a family-run homestead; organic fruit, nut, and medicine nursery; wildlife refuge and pollinator sanctuary; natural building and regenerative infrastructure sexperimentation site; and venue for farm dining, education, and music.  
We host one of the most diverse collections of tree crops and other multi-use plants anywhere- providing unique opportunities to practice permaculture directly hands-on, and to immerse yourself in wild ecology.  Our location allows us close working relationships with (and to visit) some of the nation's leading herb farms, organic seed companies, winter vegetable production operations, farm restaurants, and other food-system revolutionaries- as well as immediate adjacency some of the best hiking, boating, biking, and rock-climbing around!

Graduates of all of Prospect Rock Permaculture's various programs comprise the nation's largest PDC alumni network!  Our leading permaculture design certification courses attract an incredible diversity of students from all over the world: Architects, Landscape Architects, Farmers, Homesteaders, Activists, Town and City Planners, Food Systems Workers, Extension Agents, Children and Adult Educators, Community Activists, Social Entrepreneurs, Graduate and Undergraduate Students, Renewable Energy Specialists, Builders, complete 'Noobs', and folks traveling from all over the country typically comprise our groups.  
The curriculum is specially designed to simultaneously accommodate the many students who seek us out for 'refesher' or second PDCs- seeking Advanced Permaculture Design Opportunities or looking to develop their skills as Permaculture Educators.

Prospect Rock and Burlington Permaculture comprise the most experienced team of educators, researchers, designers, builders and growers presently delivering courses in North America.  
Lead instructor Keith Morris has created ecological design education programs for the University of Vermont, Sterling College, the Yestermorrow Design Build School, Paul Smiths College, and has worked with the State of Vermont in developing permaculture education for public schools.  He's implemented permaculture projects throughout North and South America, in Europe, New Zealand, and West Africa- working with farms, towns, schools, indigenous peoples, squats, activists, and in solidarity with exploited populations.
Mark Krawczyk has studied and practiced permaculture all over the world, including working with Geoff Lawton, Darren Doherty, Ben Law, Jerome Ostentowski, Peter Bane, Dan Hemenway, and more.  He is presently writing a book on Coppice Agroforestry with Dave Jacke.
Lisa DePiano completed her Earth Activist Training (EAT), and brings her formidable experience in community scale permaculture design, social entrepreneurship, activism, and experiential education.  
Alissa White is an accomplished nursery woman, artist, ethnobotanist, and community organizer.  She completed her PDC with Penny Livingston Stark and helped co-create Permacorps International while working on the ground in Haiti.
 Skotty Kellogg is the co-author of the book Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-it-Ourselves Guide (South End Press) and is the co-founder of the Radix Center, teaching ecological literacy and deomnstrating sustainable techniques for urban areas.
We'll also be joined by the region's leading growers, designers, food-systems workers, natural builders, herbalists and more in our annual community celebration of the proof and possibilities of permaculture design.  
Feel free to join us for a meal, design presentations, or guest lectures free and open to the public- our tradition that we are proud is starting to catch on with other PDCs!

Head chef Emily Wheeler is a clinical herbalist, Permaculture Design Course graduate, and specialized in creating culinary works of art from seasonal local organic food to deeply nourish us all.  As Emily is also a member of the teaching team- the meals, food sourcing, modern nutritional science, food preservation, wild-crafting, and localvore innovations are central to the course experience.  We are happy and experienced in meeting the needs of gluten or dairy intolerant, vegetarians and vegans, food allergies, and other special diets.  

Many people have expressed interest in the last few open spaces in the course- we will fill them based on first come, first served upon receipt of the deposit. 

For details or to register, please visit, call (802)[masked], or email [address removed].

If you don't end up with a space in this course- we are happy to announce we will be hosting Starhawk, Charles Williams, and all the members of the teaching team above (yes- including the food!) for our first

EARTH ACTIVIST TRAINING!  September 7-21, 2013.

An 'EAT' is a two-week permaculture design certificate course with a focus on organizing and activism, and a grounding in earth based spirituality.  Explore the strategies and organizing tools we need to make our visions real, and the daily practice, magic and rituals that can sustain our spirits.  
Most excitingly, this will be the first time we've had Starhawk in Vermont in a few years and she'll be joined by awardees of the recent Gender and Diversity Permaculture Educator scholarship.  This course is filling quickly, please reserve your space soon if you are interested.

Please like us on facebook or subscribe to our newsletter to receive notifications of free guest lectures, farm tours, or to receive details about our workshop series- including the upcoming Artisan Stone Masonry and Permaculture Earthworks, and Natural Beekeeping, including hands-on work with Warre and Top Bar Hives.

I hope you all are having an excellent spring!  Thanks for sharing our work with your friends and networks.


Keith Morris 
Prospect Rock Permaculture 
Design and Education for Ecological Culture
P.O. Box 426  
Jeffersonville, VT 05464 
[address removed]
(802) [masked]
"If we do not do the impossible, we shall be faced with the unthinkable."
Murray Bookchin [masked])

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