Permaculture Design Course in Orange County
Permaculture Design Course in Orange County
“Observe nature thoroughly rather than labour thoughtlessly.”
DATES: Classes are the one weekend a month for six months.
9 AM – 5 PM
Specific dates are:
January 19th & 20th, 2019
February 9th & 10th, 2019
March 9th & 10th, 2019
April 13th & 14th, 2019
May 18th & 19th, 2019
June 1st & 2nd, 2019
“The world will continue, but it is up to us to decide how we will participate in its future.”
This course is a 96 hour+ survey of Permaculture Design.
In order to transform the world and create a more sustainable existence, we must first take responsibility in our own lives and in our community.
The Course begins by establishing a renewed understanding of biodiversity and an overview of the prevalent patterns found in natural systems. This exploration of natural patterns and our place in them lays a foundation upon which we construct the ethics and design principles of Permaculture.
Our collective actions towards this abundant future must be empowering, intentional, and self-correcting. The solutions to our common problems are found in the vital study of the ecosystems that surround us, both constructed and wild.
Once the basic design principles and protocols are in place, the ecological patterns and systems we observe are translated into techniques and technologies that are applicable to our urban environment. We learn to arrive at solutions by asking, “How would nature do it?”
The necessary practices to overcome any obstacle are revealed in our demonstration that all things, no matter their size, are a larger part of the whole.
"You sparked a fire, you have inspired me to live life with continued happiness and share the knowledge I have gained with everyone."
The Permaculture Design Certificate Course is the foundation of Permaculture education and it includes:
Weekend 1 and Weekend 2:
Nature teaches us the language of patterns and shows how the garden can act as a metaphor for systems design. Observing and understanding the information presented by natural habitats reveals foundational design principles.
Mollisonian Design Ethics
The Origins of Form
Natural Succession Modelling
Indicators of Sustainability
Design Methodologies, Sectors & Zones
Weekend 3 and Weekend 4:
All locations and situations have a designated set of zones and sectors that determine site design decisions. Factors that are identified and addressed include solar, hydrological, geological, cultural, and political conditions. These conditions also inform the palette of techniques and technologies that are applied.
Base Mapping & Property Design
Reversing Erosion & Watershed Management Practices
Soils, Compost & Mulch
Conservation of Energy
Passive Cooling & Heating Techniques
Strawbale, Cob and Adobe Buildings
Weekend 5 and Weekend 6:
Site development includes a self-analysis of human dynamics, capital and socioeconomic study. It shows methods for community-wide sustainability, creating right-livelihoods and a sense of place. Personal and communal development pushes the designer to integrate themselves into the design, which aids in its success.
Eco-neighborhoods and Intentional Communities
Business Guilds and Cooperatives
Alternative Banking and Economic Strategies
"You opened such a wide door that I've been a full-time student almost continually since! I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation on Environmental Consciousness. You were the people that initiated me on this path... I remember at the opening session having the firm conviction that I had just discovered my life's work!"
LOCATION: Locations in and around Los Angeles County
TEACHING TEAM: Instructors are internationally acclaimed leaders in the world sustainability movement:
– LARRY SANTOYO, Land-Use Planner, Landscape Designer, Pioneer of Social and Civil Permaculture
– JOHN VALENZUELA, Permaculture Designer, Rare Fruit Grower, Horticultural Expert
– ELIJAH SANTOYO, Economist, Psychologist, Master Chef, Ethnomusicologist,
– PLUS other local experts and guest speakers
CERTIFICATION: Upon successful completion of the course a Certificate of Completion is awarded through The Permaculture Academy & The Permaculture Institute U.S.A., the national organization for Permaculture in the United States.
"This class is worth whatever price you paid to be in the room."
The course is 96 hours of total instruction time.
Tuition also includes two hands-on workshops, a field trip, and a copy of Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway.
Attendance to all scheduled class days
Attendance to one hands-on workshop
Completion of all homework assignments
Presentation of a design team project
Participation in the class Talent & Trade show
Suggested but Not Required Reading:
Upon successful completion of the Permaculture Design Course, a Certificate of Completion is awarded through The Permaculture Academy & The Permaculture Institute USA.
Makeup classes available for missed weekends.
A three installment payment plan of $600.00 every two months is also available.
Please register for the payment plan at the following link.
“We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing and then intervening at the right time.”
FOR MORE ON THE COURSE FROM A BEGINNER'S VIEWPOINT VISIT: JEN’S PERMACULTURE DIARY