What is permaculture, and why would I take the Permaculture Design Course?
If you aren’t familiar with permaculture, please check out this page discussing permaculture. Second, permaculture design and practice supports you in your journey to become more resilient in a rapidly changing world. It connects you more with you home, your community, and the natural world. You will also save money on food, water, and energy while making your home more beautiful and healthier. All of this adds up to a better quality of life and deeper, richer connections with the world around you. Finally, completing the permaculture design course (PDC) admits you into a network of brilliant people actively expanding permaculture around the planet.
The internationally-recognized, 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course yields the Permaculture Design Certificate. The course serves as an introduction to permaculture design, which opens the door to further practice, work and advanced education.
The Bloomington Course and its Culture
The Bloomington Weekend Permaculture Design Course has been organized by Rhonda Baird with support from her mentors and co-teachers, Peter Bane and Keith Johnson since 2006. Over the years, the course has been offered at the Quaker Meeting House, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and Harmony School. Beginning in 2016, the course resides with the Center for Sustainable Living, which is becoming a resource for permaculture design education for the region.
With many years and decades of teaching and design experience, this teaching team offers one of the best foundational courses. Two of the teaching team members are involved in the Permaculture Institute of North America and the fledgling, regional Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute. Beyond the core material offered in the course, students have the explore designs done by the teachers as well as supportive practices such as Nature Connection skills. This course will use time in the classroom to delve deeply into design as well as offering additional field trips to see sites and projects in development.
Topics covered will include:
Permaculture Ethics and Principles; Patterns and Pattern Language; Design Process; Water Management; Soil Building and Earth Working; Garden Design; Natural Building; Waste and Bioremediation; Appropriate Technology; Economics; Invisible Structures; Community Building; Design for Catastrophe; and Villages.
Dates: February 5-7, 19-20; March 4-6, 25-27; April 8-9, April 29-May 1
Facilitators: Rhonda Baird, Peter Bane, Keith Johnson, and several guests…
Cost: $1,250; registration requires $250 non-refundable deposit. This covers tuition and Saturday lunches. Limited work-trade available.