Back again by popular demand! Learn how to design from within nature and to create sustainable living systems in this Permaculture Design Certification course.
Beginning with thoughtful and protracted observation, and leveraging the resilience, diversity and stability of natural ecosystems, Permaculture offers a new way to look at designing practical systems for providing our food, medicine, energy and shelter in a truly sustainable fashion.
The class will take place over six weekends this summer beginning in June with optional workdays and study groups and cover all topics and course requirements for completing a Certificate in Permaculture Design. In total, there will be 72 hours of instruction time. Most class meetings will be held at the Garden with field trips to nearby sites. This is an engaging course taught in a progressive environment. It just may change the way you see your role in the care of the Earth. Opportunities are here for connecting with like-minded folks to create new ventures.
The detailed schedule for the six weekend course will cover the following topics:
June 7 - 8: Introduction to Permaculture, Principles and Ethics, Design methods, patterns and edges, personal ecology.
June 14 - 15: Permanent agriculture, forest gardening, soil building, urban hedgerows, water sheds and hydrology, greywater, water conservation methods, how to create base maps, drawings, client interview process.
July 12 - 13: Plant selection, temperate/tropic and dryland environments, response to climate change, guilds, conservation design.
July 19 - 20: Hands-on composting, worm bins, animals in an urban enviroment, beekeeping, myco-remediation, permaculture economics, bioregionalism, community planning.
August 2 - 3: Natural building, designing for solar energy, co-housing and place making, wind and hydro energy, appropriate technology, group design time
August 9 - 10: Design team presentations, resources for next steps, graduation.
Presenters include the SF Botanical Garden Society's Fred Bove, No. CA Permaculture Guild's Kat Steele, Kevin Bayuk from the Urban Alliance for Sustainability, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center's Brock Dolman, civil engineer and biofuel guru Ben Jordan, and author and ecologist Robert Kourik.
Other special guests presenters to be announced. Open to all levels of experience. Participants completing the course and group design project will receive a certificate.
Do you work for an organization or business and plan to take the course with a co-worker? A discount is available. A limited number of work-study scholarships are also available. Please call for more information. A payment plan is available to those who wish to stagger the payment of their course fees over the summer.
APLD CEU's: 31
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register and pay before April 30, 2008 and save 15%. Members of the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society pay $790, nonmembers $880.
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