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2014-15 Advanced Permaculture Design Certificate Course (Winter Weekend Format)

Are you interested in becoming a permaculture designer as part of the way you make your living in the world?  Do you need design experience so that you can move toward teaching permaculture? Are you ready to take your permaculture credentials to the next level, build your portfolio and gain confidence with your design skills?

Consider joining us this coming winter for The Resilience's Hub's Advanced Permaculture Design Certificate Course.  Over the course of two long weekends (one in November and one in January) and a Presentation Day (in February) you will deepen and broaden your design skills, your design business skills and - if desired - your teaching skills.

Space is limited.  RSVP with deposit to hold your spot.  Each student will complete a full design project, from start to finish, during this course and present to the group and "client" in February.  Students can choose any residential site for their design project as long as it is not owned by the student or family members.  Course will result in a comprehensive hand-drawn design (including overlays and detail drawings) and an accompanying design report with full design narrative, phasing, plant lists and supporting data.

Course Dates:  November 14, 15, 16 ||  January 9, 10, 11 || February 7 (from 9am to 5pm each day, plus films/guest speakers on the Friday & Saturday evenings).  Three additional day-long "electives" will be chosen by each student as well (see below).  Local homestays can be arranged for those traveling in to Portland for this course.

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This course will be comprised of the following components:

The Advanced PDC "Core"

• During class time:  Lecture, images, video, guest speakers, design exercises, small group work, final design presentations.  

• Self-directed work outside of class:  Readings, video, research, design exercises.  Students should plan on a couple of hours per week of self-directed work between course weekends.

• With mentoring (both inside and outside class time):  Design pre-work with your real "design client," site research and data collection, assessment and analysis, draft design review, final design creation, final report creation.

Core material to include:  Advanced pattern literacy & pattern language work, mapping and drawing skills, advanced survey techniques, comprehensive assessment & analysis, building science for climate adaptation and volatility, hands-on solar site assessment, social permaculture design techniques (to support your spatial designs) and more.

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The Advanced PDC "Electives"  APDC students will be asked to register for at least three of the following full-day "electives" between November and February.  These will typically be offered on Thursdays in Portland.  Choose electives that most support the permaculture pathway that you want to follow.   Full details to follow.  Each elective will be approximately $50.

• Nuts & Bolts of a Permaculture Business 

• Designing Effective Presentations / Public Speaking Skills

• Designing Successful Events (for Organizers and Educators)

• Interfacing with the Professional Design Community

• Multi-stakeholder/Participatory Design Techniques

• Facilitation Skills Through a Permaculture Lens

• Hand-Drawing Skills Intensive

• Intro to Google SketchUp(tm)

other electives may be developed between now and November

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Pre-requisites: The requirement for enrolling in the Advanced Permaculture Design Course is the successful completion of a Permaculture Design Certificate Course including the creation of a completed design. (Unfortunately, we cannot make any exceptions to this policy; copy of certificate will be required and, if not locally obtained, we may request a copy of a design you participating in creating).  Contact LisaF if you need advice on PDCs happening nearby if you need to complete your certificate before taking the Advanced Course.

Lead Facilitators:  Lisa Fernandes and Jesse Watson + Special Guests

Course Fee:  Early registration (if fully paid by June 30th) $1099 ($1199 thereafter).  Deposit is $250 to hold your spot (either by debit/credit/paypal on this web site or by printing the registration form and sending it in with a check).  Payment plans can be arranged.


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  • Rachel L.

    What a great photo capture!! Good timing too; I was just about to schedule some design work!

    November 20, 2014

  • Kathleen H.

    Fantastic format, full of information, masterful facilitators, great support for the rest of the course....we are all primed for success with our projects Thank you!!

    1 · November 16, 2014

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