agriculture: permaculture design certification course

This course will be run most Saturdays, from February 23rd though June 1st 2013 (15 days over three months). Click here for a schedule.

what we are doing:

Permaculture is a holistic method of design leading to establishing a “permanent culture” guided by grounded ethics, principles and design practises. It considers the whole system at multiple levels of scale through the intelligent integration of social, economic, land, water, plants, and shelter sub-systems. Using Permaculture can lead to the design and implementation of self-sustaining, regenerative human systems that “do good” for both human kind AND the Earth.

what you will learn:

Join us for a dynamic, internationally recognized certificate course on the principles and practice of Permaculture Design. We will guide you to finding practical applications of sustainable design in urban and rural contexts though presentations, interactive design activities, and applied hands-on sessions.

Learning topics:
- Permaculture philosophy and design methodology
- Observational and analysis skills to read the needs and opportunities of a landscape
- Water systems including ponds, swales, keyline systems, and water catchment
- Soil building, amendments, erosion control, and planning for a productive harvest
- Animals in urban and rural environments
- Food-scaping – perennial and annual edible landscaping
- Integrated pest management
- Perennial food forests, guilds & agroforestry
- Appropriate technologies, natural building (cob, earthen plaster)
- Designing for energy efficient and sufficient homes and communities
- Small and large scale site design (room, home, village, region)
- The environment and economics
- Drafting and communicating design with hand and computer assisted design
- Community consultation and charette design processes
- Horticultural techniques (propagation, grafting, efficient weeding and planting)
- Personal and community sufficiency
- Planning for resilience
- Design of sacred space
- And much more…

type of lesson next step, zero to hero

skill required: 1 - beginners, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 - experts

Your chalkler will be:

James Richardson has taught Natural Building and Permaculture workshops at OUR Ecovillage, B.C., Lost Valley Education Centre, OR, University of Northern British Columbia and University of Victoria. He brings an experiential flare to his teachings, following a teaching career in Canada, New Zealand, and the United States, and teacher training at Queen’s University in Outdoor and Experiential Education. James has studied Landscape Architecture, Permaculture, Natural Building, biodynamic farming and community and brings to the space a deep understanding of the art and science of sustainability.

Sarah Adams, Innermost Community Gardens
Sarah runs Innermost Community Gardens based in Mt Victoria and several other community groups. She is passionate about people and what they achieve when they come together – ‘Social Permaculture’. Sarah is a keen gardener with a design background and loves the way Permaculture brings these together and provides a platform to keep on deepening her understanding of natural systems, how to work with them and how to apply these principles to any design situation.

Other Guests include:
Gary and Emily Williams, Waterscape NZ
Matt King, GreenEarth Developments
Kath Irving, Permaculture in Practise
Charles Barrie, Catchments Communities and Enviroschools NZ
Richard Self, Ecoforestry
Tim Packer, Sustainable Orchard Systems
Diedre Kent, New Economics and Alternative Currencies

What to bring

Writing materials (list will be provided).
All weather gear.
Motivation to learn with your heart, hands and head.

Charge: 1300  to 1600 (all inclusive) - deposit of $300 is needed to secure a place. We are pleased to support a partnership with Otago Polytechnic college whereby our PDC can count towards undergraduate or graduate work in Sustainable Practice. Accordingly, student loans will be available against a portion of the tuition for students who select this option.

For more details, click here or contact James Richardson at: [masked]

How to book and pay

RSVP above & pay the deposit using this eventbrite link

How to get there

Cross the carpark at Lawson Place. At the end you will find 3 paths. On the right a private path. On the left the Southern Walkway. Take the small path downhill in the middle. 200 meters after you will find a small white house with gardens around.

our cancelation policy:

If you RSVP for a lesson and fail to show up, you will get a "no show". Three no shows means you will be removed from chalkle. You may request to rejoin after six months.

If you cancel your RSVP:
- more than seven days = refund minus 10% admin fee.
- less than 7 days = no refund
- after 7pm night before = no refund and a no show will be recorded.

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