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Wild Permaculture: An Advanced PDC

From: Benjamin W.
Sent on: Saturday, July 13, 2013 7:55 AM
Email [address removed] to register.
Location: Lancaster Pennsylvania, exact location to be announced.
Prerequisite: Students must have already obtained a certificate of completion from a permaculture design course. Exceptions may be made under reasonable circumstances.
Schedule: (the following dates are tentative but will be confirmed shortly)
8 Sundays, 10am-4:30pm
October 6th, November 3rd, December 8th, January 5th, February 2nd, March 2nd, April 6th, May 4th
We have chosen to offer this course from autumn through spring to take advantage of the dynamic changes that are observable in the landscape throughout this time period.
*Snow dates for winter classes: December 15th, January 12th, February 9th, March 9th
*Students will be expected to complete roughly 25 hours of work outside of class.

Tuition: We offer a unique, dynamic tuition structure. The cost for this course ranges from $350 to $700 based upon the number of students in the class. See below for more info on our tuition structure.

Course Content: This class will build on the PDC experience. Deep observation techniques will offered and emphasized, including “sit-spot” exercises, group nature awareness, advanced species and landform identification, pattern recognition skills, wild-land protocol, and tracking, and journaling exercises. The goal of the course is to empower students to understand deep forces and flows of nature with an intuitive ease. The class will also focus on advanced and experimental design techniques throughout the permaculture zones, with a very special emphasis on the rehabilitation and  maintenance of zone 4, the semi-wild.
Topics to be covered include:
·         Humans as keystone species
·         Agroforestry
·         Hunter/gatherer gardens
·         Zone 4 management techniques
·         “Farming” wild animals
·         Native science & primitive skills
·         5 Uses of Zone 4
·          Advanced permaculture principles
·         Aquatic  remediation
·         Guerilla gardening & Zone 4 expansion
·         Managing successions
·         Deep observation practices
·         Social & Ideological Zone 4
·         Spiritual Ecology
·         Novel ecosystems
·         Appropriate use of non-natives
·         Financial aspects of permaculture
Required Text: A Field Guide to Eastern Forests: North America (Peterson Field Guides) by John C. Kricher
*This text can easily be purchased used for less than $15 (including shipping) via
Teachers: This course will be taught by Wilson Alvarez & Benjamin Weiss
Wilson Alvarez is a certified permaculture designer, an experienced tracker, hunter, and forager, a practitioner of biointensive gardening, a poet, and an inventor. He has studied nature awareness through Jon Young’s Kamana series, among other resources, and has immersed himself the studies of native science and ecology for ten years.
Benjamin Weiss is a certified permaculture teacher and designer, an organic farmer, writer, poet, and musician. He has studied natural building & permaculture at The Farm Ecovillage Training Center in Tennessee, urban agriculture at Growing Power in Wisconsin, and received his permaculture teacher training at the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in Colorado.
Tuition Structure:
We offer a dynamic tuition model intended to make our classes accessible to as many people as possible, and to empower our students to begin building a community within their classroom the moment they register for the course.
                Here’s how it works:
The tuition per student is based on the number of students in the class.
Minimum class size: 10 students
Maximum class size: 20 students
Number of Students
Tuition per Student
Of course we work hard to promote our classes, but it’s also up to the students to recruit others to sign up so that everyone’s tuition can be lower. This also encourages our students to take the class with people they know, and to make connections with other participants before the class begins.
Registration Deposits:
We have a set budget for this class, and if we do not meet the budget we cannot offer the class. When you register, you will be asked what the maximum amount you are willing to pay based on the table above. The class will be official when the appropriate number of registrants is willing to pay the tuition that correlates with that number (example: 12 registrants each willing to pay $584). We’ll keep you updated on the registration status via the Facebook page for the class.
To register, each student must make a $350 deposit (the minimum tuition). Any remaining tuition (dependent upon number of registrants) is due on the day of the first class. This deposit will only be refunded if we do not meet our budgetary requirements and have to cancel the course.
Preparedness for the Class:
Obviously, because this class will take place throughout the winter months, students should come fully prepared to be outdoors for extended periods in very cold weather.
Roughly 30 minutes will be provided during each class session for lunch. Students should bring their own food and water.
Other things to bring:
·         notebook
·         writing utensils
·         compass
·         camera
·         any preferred field guides
·         pocket knife or multi-tool
·         work gloves
*Students will be notified of any other required materials as the course progresses.
Email [address removed] to register.

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