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Enjoy a Dan Hemenway Permaculture Design Weekend Workshop

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We are pleased to present a rare opportunity – a Permaculture Design Workshop by Dan Hemenway, veteran permaculturist with more than 30 years of experience teaching and applying permaculture in Florida and around the world. Dan will take students through the design process at a typical suburban home. This is an opportunity to gain valuable insights from the top veteran permaculture designer in Florida in an infrequently offered in-person workshop.

Dan will cover some basic and important aspects and tools of design and walk you through the site to go over specifics about the potentials of that site. You will get to participate in the process of a design, and will be exposed to tools and ideas that you will be able to use on your own property.

Friday Lecture:,
-Friday January 31, 2014
7 PM – 10 PM
Moccasin Lake Nature Park, Clearwater, FL
(open to the general public)

WeekEnd Workshop:
-Saturday, February 1, 2014
8:30 AM – 9 PM
private residence
-Sunday, February 2, 2014
8:30 AM – 5 PM,
private residence

7-7:30 pm Introductions. Form design teams.
7:30-10 Introductory slide presentation. Discussion, time permitting.

8:30-9 am Questions. Discuss format.
9-10 am Permaculture design principles.
10-10:30 Break
10:30-11a Zone System
11-noon "Succession" (slides)

noon-1 p.m Lunch.
1-1:30pm Presentation by host about site.
1:30-2:30 Site walk & talk.
2:30-3 Break.
3-4 Discussion walk.
4-6 Teams meet, discuss design project, begin design work.

6-7pm Dinner.
7-8 Break. Teams can meet again.
8-10 Social time or optional evening presentation (instructor’s choice).

8:30-10 am Questions. Discussion on design project.
10-noon Teams work on design.

noon-1 pm Lunch.
1-230 Teams present design recommendations.
2:30-3 Break
3-4 Instructor critiques team design reports.
4-4:15 Presentation on resources for further work in permaculture.
4:15-5 Open clinic and discussion period.
5 Workshop ends.

The workshop will remain intimate and has limited enrollment so please register early to reserve your spot. This workshop is expected to sell out early.

-Friday Lecture: sliding scale $10-20
-Weekend Workshop: $249.
-Early bird: If paid in full before November 20, 2013, the cost is $220.
You may pay via PayPal via our web site or via check to:
Grow Permaculture,
411 Cleveland St, #238,
Clearwater, FL, 33755
Please make the check out to “Life Dynamics.”

Organic, fair trade coffee and tea, a mostly vegan lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and mostly vegan supper on Saturday evening are included in the price.

We offer a limited number of scholarships for people active in their communities who cannot afford the cost. We also accept payment plans (note: Workshop must be fully paid before starting). Please contact us early for more info.

It is suggested that students purchase study materials 3 months ahead of the workshop, so that you can read them before the workshop begins. You will get a lot more out of the workshop if you study these materials first. You will receive full info on the suggested reading materials upon registration or RSVP.

If childcare is needed, please contact us to arrange.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Cathy at 727-495-6145, or

Dan Hemenway
Dan Hemenway is the principal instructor and developer of the workshop. He received permaculture training from Bill Mollison, permaculture movement founder, in 1981.
As a homesteader, he previously developed systems similar to permaculture that he had taught disadvantaged teenagers from 1978-81.
During three years teaching permaculture and sustainable horticulture to prison inmates (1981-1983), he founded what became The International Permaculture Solutions Journal (1983).
From 1978-83 he was a leader in the Massachusetts food self-reliance movement. In 1983. Mollison named him one of three North Americans then certified to teach the full Permaculture Design Course.
In 1983, he received the Conservation Award from Friends of Nature and in 1984, the Community Service Award from International Permaculture Institute, which awarded him five advanced diplomas the next year.
In 1984, Dan taught the first such course given in Mexico. Since then, he has conducted hundreds of permaculture programs worldwide, often introducing permaculture to new regions.
In 1987, he founded the Permaculture Education Project and taught permaculture around the world.
In 1991, Dan accepted an invitation to the Roots of the Future NGO conference in Paris, that contributed suggestions to the Earth Summit later held in Brazil.
In 1996, Permaculture Foundation/Network Kenya, named him honorary chairman. And, in 1996 as well, he was listed in the 1996-97 edition Who’s Who in America.
Dan has also founded the Forest Ecosystem Rescue Network, published dozens of permaculture publications, authored many permaculture articles, served on boards of several related groups, and given talks, courses, and keynote addresses worldwide.
At present, he teaches a permaculture course on the Internet, is implementing his design for his home, is studying chinampas by building some, and working with collaborators in far flung regions.

You don't want to miss this opportunity to meet one the foremost expert in permaculture design. Seat are limited - this is not a gimmick, Dan only teach to small classes - so register as soon as you can.


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