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Learn with Koreen! Urban Permaculture Design Certificate Course Tampa Bay 2014

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This is the internationally recognized 72 hour Permaculture Design Certification course, based on the founder of permaculture, Bill Mollison’s work. Permaculture design offers regenerative techniques, tools, and design principles to enable you to live abundantly while caring for the environment and the people around you. Working with nature allows you to grow food with less work and expense, create stronger economic networks, and increase your overall quality of life, while using up fewer resources and creating less pollution.

The spring 2014 course is our 11th Permaculture Design course and is the most comprehensive and intensive line up we’ve offered with expanded materials, videos, study aides and more. Expert speakers, field trips, hands on activities (that give you step by step real skill sets), great networking, well-organized written materials, and design tools are the result of close observation and extensive experience with the systems we are teaching about, feedback from dozens of students from previous courses, and thorough and in depth study of the best and most updated information out there on the subject. We have spent thousands of hours digesting information and have distilled it so that you do not have to do so.

Systems (whether homes, work places, gardens, farms, communities, local economies, or cities) that are designed with permaculture principles and techniques use resources in a regenerative way, ensuring that we, our children and our grandchildren will continue to have access to the resources they need. Be the change you would like to see, by designing that change!

Six Weekends plus field trips - from February through May 2014
Location: Moccasin Lake Nature Park, Clearwater, Florida
Environmental stewardship
Sustainable design techniques
Organic gardening
Soil building
Freshwater/wastewaster management
Greywater and rainwater catchment
Bioswale building
Food forests
Agroforestry and ecoagriculture
Composting and vermicomposting
Alternative pest management
Urban and rural sustainable living strategies
Natural Building
Retrofitting the urban environment - your home, your community
Best forms of sustainable energy
Appropriate technology - rocket stoves, solar and more
Successful careers in permaculture
Creating sustainable economies
Regional/Local Community Revitalization

Here’s what our graduates say:

“This course changed my life forever. It changed the way I look at everything, and gave me tools to address problems I thought had no solutions. It reinvigorated my connection to, respect for and love of the natural world and increased my understanding of it tremendously. It made me feel powerful and able to change things rather than helpless or apathetic. It gave me hope again, a renewed purpose for life and so many tools that I never dreamed existed! It brought back magic to my life, lightness, and fun!” GH

“This course is the most exciting one I’ve ever attended because it’s all about finding solutions and connecting people together.” JJ

“I’ve had my permaculture friends tell me this course changed their life. I never understood why, or what the fuss was about, until I did the course myself. It is a paradigm shift to a much nicer and better paradigm. Don’t hesitate to do this course!” DM

I really enjoyed the whole PDC experience. I knew I would, but it was even better than I had thought. I loved the detailed theoretical classes in which I learned how to build soil, how to make it faster than it would happen naturally, how plants benefit each other. I also liked the hands on experiences a lot, it made many concepts so much clearer. I enjoyed the teacher’s methods, and the warmth of the teachers’ helpers.
It was a learning experience in every single level not to mention a great opportunity to meet nice people and grow. Thanks!!!

After participating in Grow Permaculture’s PDC, I feel confident that I can accurately evaluate a variety of sites and come up with integrated, sustainable designs. LB

The instructors have a wealth of knowledge and it’s clear they really want to share. I feel confidenct, after attending their PDC course, that I could make basic designs that would work well for any potential client. Knowing that they will review any plans encourages me to jump right in and design! MN

The unity of the group was awesome. The shared knowledge very inspiring. Learning this way with the hands on demonstration, I could understand more of the school. And thank you so much for all your teachings and welcoming of Dylan. Very grateful, DM

I would highly recommend this course, taught by Koreen and her associates to anyone who has great concern for the future of this planet and the destructive path it is on. Permaculture is the solution we have all been waiting for. As permaculturists, “We are the ones we have been waiting for” to save ourselves from ourselves. Koreen is incredibly knowledgeable and has experienced many areas of the world first hand.
If you have been feeling at a loss and discouraged this is your last chance to educate yourself as if the earth herself were revealing her deepest secrets on how you can help her. This is what permaculture is.
Grow Permaculture far exceeded my expectations, even after years of experience working with organic gardening methods already.
This is just the tip of the iceberg on how much is available for you to learn as you will find out. The depth of how very differently agriculture and water managment and land useage really need to be can’t be stressed enough.

Thank you very much for this amazing course.The setting was ideal. The fact of being able to practice on real ground was invaluable.
The presentation was very lively and instructive and really opened my eyes on how good design takes care of both the earth, the people and creates a surplus without waste.
I love permaculture principles and how thoroughly and thoughful they are and how caring.

I am Graduate of Grow Permaculture's Permaculture Design Course. I am very impressed with the quality and professionalism that I experienced during the course. I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. It was a great balance of theory and practical training. I feel very prepared and confident going forward with the new knowledge I have. I have made some very big improvements in the way my company conducts business. Our business is all about tree preservation & creating a healthier planet. I acquired the knowledge and ability to create a "truly" regenerative company. I am very grateful for the expert knowledge, compassion and competence of my teacher & Mentor, Koreen. Thank you for creating a better planet one student at a time. NN

Who Takes This Permaculture Design Course?
Do it yourselfers
Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors
Green architects/builders
Green consultants
Natural health practitioners
Non-profit/community organizers
People who care about the earth and each other
People who love healthy food
Policy makers
Professionals (of many types)
Recent college graduates
Urban and rural farmers
Vegan, raw food, slow food, and/or local food
Yoga practitioners

Permaculture Design Course
Moccasin Lake Nature Park
2750 Park Trail Lane
Clearwater, FL[masked]
Saturdays and Sundays
Seven Weekends
Beginning on February 22, ending May 4,[masked] AM to 5 PM

To register for entire course or individual weekends
Call Cathy at[masked]

Early bird special $900 by November 30, 2013
Individual weekends, $195
Deposit to hold your spot, $200 (non refundable)
Register today. Call Cathy at[masked]
Seating is limited and we expect to fill to capacity, so register early.
Please note that there are no refunds offered unless we cancel the program.
You will be able to attend any future session of any day or weekend that you have to miss, however.
For more info, call Cathy or email her at [masked]
To pay online, use the PayPal button in the top right column of our website

Your registration package will be sent to you upon receipt of payment.

Your course fee is an investment into yourself and your future.
It also helps us fund our volunteer projects in some of the hardest hit and suffering parts of the world such as
Haiti, Pine Ridge reservation and areas in our own communities that are suffering.

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