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2012 Permaculture Design Certification Weekend Course in Unity Maine

  • Apr 21, 2012 · 9:00 AM
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This year's course is generously co-sponsored by MOFGA

A one-weekend-per-month format for the internationally-recognized full Permaculture Design Certificate Course, Running April through September 2012 in Unity Maine. This course is recommended for home-owners and renters, farmers and gardeners, landscape professionals, planners, architects, engineers, tradespeople, community activists and anyone interested in changing "how we organize ourselves" in the landscape. Expected Outcomes:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of permaculture origins, ethics, principles and design methodologies.
  • Enhance your ability to build soil, capture water, reduce energy consumption, generate energy, grow and store food, read the landscape and create edible perennial ecosystems.
  • Become a resource for your family and neighborhood, building resilience at the personal, household, enterprise and community levels.
  • Learn how to start transforming even challenging properties into healthy, hi-yielding, low energy systems of abundance.
  • Be able to approach any property and apply a permaculture design methodology and set of applied techniques to achieve increased resilience and true sustainability.

Past students are recommending the Permaculture Design Certificate Course course because...

"This entire experience has been phenomenal. Not only would I recommend this course, I already have. I am so grateful to have found the meetup and this class. I learned tremendous amounts about permaculture, the dynamics of the universe, and teaching. So many things from the class resonate with me on a daily basis, and I am sure they will continue to do so into the future. The learning environment, first hand experience, diverse group and yummy food all contributed to a learning experience that I looked forward to every month. Thank you." (Sarah Bryan)

"I would recommend this course because not only does it expose those who participate to the philosophy, principles, and techniques of Permaculture, but also you will learn in a nurturing and joyful environment." (Rael G.)

"It is tremendous and life altering and revolutionarily simple in it's brilliance and because you discover the tools within you to create the change that you know must happen in this great big beautiful injured world."(Sarah Bostick)

"It game me a much deeper appreciation of permaculture principles and some really valuable hands on practical skills that I could implement immediately. The material was always clear, well-organized, and relevant. Overall, it was a great experience." (Tom Beckley)

"It will change your outlook on life. And once you've been awakened, there's no desire to go back to the way things were.  It will change how you see yourself in the world. It is a necessary class for anyone looking to "rebuild our communities" (self, family, towns, earth) in a healthy manner."

"Only a true teacher has the ability to inspire the opening of minds, and Lisa, you not only opened my mind to a new way of looking at nature, your teaching, quite literally, is laying new neuron pathways in my gray matter as I write. I am not sure how Permaculture will manifest in my life and in my work, but I do know that I am already experiencing, on a daily basis, it's influence, and in ways that are not always 'landscape' oriented either. A welcomed surprise in my life indeed. Thank you very, very much Lisa." (Max D.)

"Many of us seek to improve our World but few of us have the practical skills needed to manifest the desired outcome. Taking the Permaculture Design Course I learned not only specific skill sets but had the amazing experience of working with other people from all walks of life who share this common goal. Charles, Julia, and Lisa were inspirational expert instructors who took the time to ensure each student's progress while providing the very best course material" (Kiarna Boyd)

"Overall, to say this permaculture class was great falls vastly short. It's like the language we have can't contain my feelings regarding the class. It was a paradigm-shifting spiritual type of event. This class on permaculture landscape design gave my life positive new meaning and direction. A positive solution-oriented Path to follow that looks at the destruction we have wrought on this planet full in the face, and doesn't shy away from the immensity of it, but like aikido, uses the same forces that create destruction to heal and recreate balance, beauty, health, community. This class was the perfect mix of people who magically came together at the right time. It was the stuff legends are made of when you reflect back on your life when you're near the end." (Jesse Watson)

Permaculture Design Certificate Course Details

Where: This course will take place in Unity Maine (with our August weekend being largely field trips to sites relevant to permaculture.)  It will consist of the traditional 72-hour PDC course + approx 40 additional hours to ensure we cover hands-on activities, regional examples and timely developments.

This year's course is co-sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).

When: This course will be held for one weekend per month, April through September. This works well for those who cannot take extensive time off from work or home responsibilities. Apr 21-22 | May 19-20 | Jun 9-10 | Jul 14-15 | Aug 11-12 | Sep 7-9 (3-day design practicum).  Class time generally runs 9am to 5pm with optional films/speakers on the Saturday night of each weekend.  Camping is available on-site for Saturday night.

Cost: $975 Course fee includes full course materials and certification, coffee, tea + am/pm break refreshments, handouts, reference materials on a CD, field trips, guest speakers and camping. One evening meal per weekend is provided and lunches are on your own (we can decide brown bag vs potluck as we get closer). $250 Deposit holds your spot in this course.   Hour Exchange members can use up to 10 hours toward $200 off tuition in the upcoming Portland Permaculture Design Certificate Course (not including the deposit).

Also, (available to any student) reduce the cost of your course tuition by helping get more people trained. For every enrolled student that you refer, receive $50 off your total tuition for this course. OR if someone enrolls from the same household, you take 10% off the 2nd tuition. 

What: This course is comprised of lecture, hands-on exercises, guest speakers, field trips, readings/homework, video, discussion and student design projects. There will be pre-work before the course and some required reading between course weekends. Students must attend all sessions and complete the group design project in order to receive their certificates.

Register and make your deposit on this event page. 

Or use this form to send a check.  Remember, $100 off if fully paid by February 1st!

Course Flier to share with friends and post in your community.

Topics Include (but not limited to...)

  • Big Picture / Permaculture in Context
  • Permaculture Ethics & Principles
  • Patterns in Nature
  • Reading the Landscape
  • Intro to Site Assessment
  • Soils & Soil Health
  • Composting & Advanced Composting
  • Sheet Mulching Techniques
  • Building Your Permaculture Toolkit
  • "Synergistic Garden" & Masanobu Fukuoka
  • Zones & Sectors Analysis
  • Viewing a Property Through a Permaculture Lens
  • Season Extension / Hoop Houses
  • Permaculture Plants for the Northeast
  • Polycultures, Guilds and Forest Gardening
  • Keyline Design, Chisel-Plowing and Swales
  • Coppice Agroforestry
  • Animals in the Landscape
  • Water in the Landscape 
  • Biodynamics & Permaculture 
  • Herb Spiral and Pond Building
  • Renewable Energy for Home & Farm
  • Retrofitting Buildings for Resilience
  • Affordable Green Building/Examples
  • Retrofitting Existing Neighborhoods
  • Permaculture & Community "Invisible Structures"
  • Local Currency, CSA, Open Source, etc.
  • "Broadacre" Permaculture Lessons
  • Becoming Permaculture Resources in Your Community
  • Design Methodologies and Conventions
  • Mycelial Permaculture Connections to the World
  • Design Practicum + Presentations
  • Carrying Permaculture Forward

Lisa Fernandes (lead facilitator), Jesse Watson (Supporting Facilitator), with Charles & Julia Yelton, Mark Krawczyk, Kiarna Boyd and many guest/expert permaculture facilitators and instructors.

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  • Heather

    I left the PDC encouraged,happy that I could be there,thankful that Lisa was my teacher,and spurred on in my personal life,yes,maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel.Lots of great information,wishing I had the time to be immersed in studying for about a week following.Loving the chance to be immersed if only for a few days,looking forward to the next meeting.

    May 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This weekend's topics and discussions were a great way to kick off the class. I am extremely enthusiastic about learning more about the practices, principals, plants, theories, etc. I'm also very excited to be sharing this experience with peers of greatly diverse and levels of knowledge, and who are all forward thinkers, and an instructor who is so open and promotes positive thinking. Let the positive spiral begin! *High fives all around*

    April 22, 2012

  • Nick C.

    I will be driving from Harpswell if anyone in the area needs a ride. [masked]

    April 20, 2012

  • Dave S.

    I'll be driving in from the Windham area, if anyone would like to carpool feel free to get in contact. [masked] - Dave

    April 19, 2012

  • Leslie P.

    Hi- I would love to carpool with you... call[masked] or e-mail me to figure out the details ([masked]). Thanks, Leslie

    April 19, 2012

  • Heather

    Looking for people to car pool with Saturday morning,share cost,save energy,have fun.I would drive or commute with anyone else,contact me asap if you want a ride-before 5pm Thursday.Leaving Bath-have 1 spot if you want to park in my driveway.

    April 17, 2012

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