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Intro to Permaculture Design - Short Course (Kittery Morning Format)

There is still time to sign up! Do you have an interest in sustainability, resilience, local food, and taking positive action for your school, neighborhood, or community? 

We are very happy to be offering this popular Permaculture Design Seminar Series Robert W. Traip Academy, in Kittery. The Resilience Hub and Portland Permaculture Group, started offering it in 2009. R.W. Traip Academy is beginning a multi-stakeholder design process with this course. With that, staff and students of R.W. Traip Academy, are grant-funded to attend this course, meaning no tuition will be required if are a Ranger. (Although you must RSVP here, if you are over 18. If you are under 18 please email the organizer with your name and email address to sign up.)

You do not need to be a Traip Ranger to attend. Tuition for this course will be applied to plants and materials for the Traip landscape.  

The instructors for this short course are Rachel Lyn Rumson and Julie McLeod

If, after taking this Intro Short Course, you are interested in proceeding to the full Permaculture Design Course (PDC), your full fee for this event will be applied toward the PDC fee. This is an affordable and accessible way to get your feet wet and decide if you would like to learn more about the potential for permaculture design. 

Three Saturdays: December 7 & 14, and January 4 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Participants in this Intro to Permaculture Design Short Course will meet on three times to work through a real, live design process. With our client (who will have completed a questionnaire in advance), we will co-create a practical permaculture design based on their specific goals and the assets and challenges of their site.

You will come away with a strong foundation for understanding and applying permaculture ethics and design principles. You will have a framework and a process for approaching a property from a permaculture perspective. You will feel confident about taking strides on your own property, if applicable, and will dispel that feeling of not knowing "where to start." You will understand much more about permaculture as a design approach.

Space is limited to 12 people. Traip Students and Staff are encouraged to participate.

Some student comments from the last iteration of this seminar:

“To my beginner's mind, the challenge elements of this property seemed to be overwhelming and complicated, but in the end Lisa began to bring together aspects of the property's challenges and assets and a design began to synthesize that was manageable and cohesive."

"I am impressed with the way the course was taught. It is great fun getting together in a small group like that and learning new things."

“It was excellent!!! I left the gathering thrilled and excited by all I'd learned."

“It was a great experience to walk through the initial analysis phase of a permaculture design. I came away with a better understanding of how to approach permaculture design and some of the questions to ask. ”

“It was superb. Much more than I could have reasonably expected. I'm very excited. ”


More Details:

By signing up for this event you are signing up for all three Saturday mornings; about 12 contact hours plus brief readings in between each session.

Topics Include:

Permaculture Background, Ethics and Design Principles

Design Process and Goals Articulation

Pattern Literacy (Hands-on)

Reading the Landscape and Data Gathering (Hands-on)

Real Life Examples / Strategies

Analysis Techniques and Options (Hands-on)

Integrating Energy + Shelter Concepts

Data Synthesis + Site analysis

Creation of Draft Design

Please wear weather-appropriate footwear and dress in layers. We won't be outside a lot but we will make a couple of short trips around the subject property. Please bring a notebook.

Handouts and copies of all presentations will be provided. Lunch will be a pizza party. Please bring a plate, bowl, utensils, napkin (less waste). A large selection of permaculture-related resources will be on display for reference and inspiration.

Please use the comments area below ONLY for communicating to the entire attendance list.  Every comment and reply generates a new email and overuse of this feature has caused members to leave the group in the past.  If you have specific questions about this event, please send a message to the event host (right column).  Thanks for you help!

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  • Gail S.

    It gave me a way better understanding of what I'm about to get myself into!

    1 · December 8, 2013

  • Sara

    Off to a fantastic start! I was nervous that I was too much of a novice for this course. So far everything is going super well.

    1 · December 7, 2013

  • Ashley B.

    I am very interested in this but the dates of this session don't work for me. Will there be a repeat of this and if so, do you know yet when? Thanks!

    December 2, 2013

    • Rachel L.

      There might be Ashley. Right now, nothing is planned accept the full permaculture design certificate course, but keep watch on our meet up. You never know.

      December 2, 2013

  • Rachel L.

    We have extended the sign up period as word of this is just getting out. Join us!

    November 21, 2013

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