Permaculture Design Certification

October 3-6, 2014

Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism and Permaculture In Action Present:
Permaculture Design Certification +Plus +Plus +Plus!

140+ Hours of Permaculture Design, Hands-On Implementation, and Strategies for Cultural Healing

Course Length: Four Permaculture Packed Sessions!

Dates: Oct 3rd-6th (Fri-Mon), 9am-6pm
Nov 7th-10th (Fri-Mon), 9am-6pm
Dec 5th-8th (Fri-Mon), 9am-6pm
Jan 9th-11th (Fri-Sun), 9am-6pm

Instructors: Dylan Ryals-Hamilton, Patricia Allison, and Zev Friedman +Plus Friends and Guest Teachers

Read more about your Permaculture Design Certification instructors here.

Learn to create joyful human futures in balance with the natural world and disengage from consumer culture!

Join a worldwide community of millions of empowered Earth-healers exploring a diverse range of topics ranging from Edible Forest Gardening to Alternative Economics (see below).  The immersion in this ocean of structured new ideas creates a life-changing experience, leaving you with a newfound sense of possibility, a deeper “whole systems” way of thinking about sustainable land use and life in general, and a new group of committed, intelligent, fun-loving friends and collaborators.

This course is perfect for:

gardeners who want to take it to the next level

urban homesteaders

sustainability and environmental studies students looking for a “nontraditional” post-grad opportunity

agriculturalists

anyone who is ready to shift toward a new–and very real–way of living

What You Will Learn:

Principles of Regenerative Design
•    Creating Integrated Human Ecosystems
•    Restoring Soil Fertility
•    Harvesting, Use, & Conservation of Water
•    Creating Food Forests & Local Foodsheds
•    Animals & Aquaculture in Home Systems
•    Processing Human Waste
•    Edible Landscaping
•    Natural Building & Appropriate Tech
•    Alternative Economic Strategies
•    Sustainability in the City
•    Healing Cultural Damage
•    Mapping and Design Process
And Much More!

Tuition: $1150

Early Bird Discount before September 10th: $975
To enroll go to: Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism.

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Announcing: Earthaven Permaculture Design Course (PDC) by Permaculture in Action

Patricia Allison, Dylan Ryals-Hamilton and Zev Friedman will co-lead a Permaculture Design Certification class this winter at Earthhaven EcoVillage beginning January 9, 2013.

PatriciaOur first gathering. Chilly April morning.  Most of us didn't know each other. Zev_ big mushroom

 

 

 

 

New Format, accessible to folks outside the immediate Asheville area

Since we love this stuff and we’re always trying to make it better, we have created yet a new format which we hope will be accessible to most people within a 5 hour drive of Earthaven Ecovillage (near Asheville).   This new format adds a full 2 days to our typical 14 day PDC’s (making it 16 days total).  We’ll be using this extra time in the spirit of Permaculture in Action to complete some exciting permaculture work projects at Earthaven and to take tours of successful existing permaculture sites.

As PDC student you’ll be joining a worldwide community of several million people who have gone through the same core curriculum around a diverse body of topics: from “forest agriculture” to “passive solar building” to “ponds and aquaculture” to “designing for economic yield”, “creating intentional communities” and “urban permaculture”.   The immersion in this ocean of structured new ideas creates what is often a life-changing experience, leaving you with a newfound sense of possibility, a deeper “whole systems” way of thinking about sustainable land use and life in general, and a new group of committed, intelligent, fun-loving friends and collaborators.

Add to this formula the fact that most of the class will be happening in the heart of Earthaven EcoVillage!  There will be guest teachers to jazz things up, and the tuition includes the cost of delicious organic meals the whole time!

Earthavensign Earthaven-ecovillage

Class Dates

The format consists of three 4-day class sections (Thursday through Sunday), one 3-day class section (Friday through Sunday), and one 1-day site walk and design brainstorm which will be scheduled with each design group and an instructor once the class begins.  The dates are:

  • Thursday, January 9 –> Sunday, January 12
  • Thursday, January 23–> Sunday, January 26
  • Thursday, February 13 –> Sunday, February 16
  • Friday, March 14 –>Sunday, March 16
  • Snow date weekend:  Feb. 27-March 2

Cost is on a Sliding Scale:

Please believe us, we always do our absolute best to make classes affordable.  We are all doing this work because we believe in it and want to get you involved and make a life-giving difference in the world.   So if you can possibly pay higher than the bottom on the sliding scale, we are so thankful!   This cost includes 38 meals (Thursday lunch through Sunday lunch)

“Bring-a-friend” discount: and get a $75 discount off your tuition.

  • Early registration (November 6-December 10)  $900-1200
  • After December 10 $1,000-1,300

Work-trades:

We are offering a limited number of partial work-trade positions. Work-traders will need to have independent transportation and time available from November through December to put up fliers and do other class preparation work, as well as time in between class sessions to help on class prep work and physical site work.  Please respond to our registrar, Michelle Smith at permacultureinaction@gmail.com to learn more about work-trade opportunities

Scholarships:

We are accepting scholarship donations which we will track and offer to people who truly cannot afford to pay for the entire tuition. If you want to help someone without lots of money to get more involved in empowering themselves through permaculture, please contact us about contributing to the scholarship fund..

Registration:

Registration is open immediately. Please sign up right away to reserve your spot (there are 30 total spots). We need 20 full-paying students to make the class run, so the sooner you sign up and get your friends in, the sooner we know the class is happening. Email Michelle Smith at permacultureinaction@gmail.com for additional details and to register.

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Expanded learning opportunities and extended deadline for Permaculture in Action two-day Intro class Nov. 3 & 4

We are practicing the Permaculture principal of “Creatively Using and Responding to Change”!

A new opportunity has allowed up to expand our learning opportunities and extend the deadline for the Permaculture in Action two-day Intro class on Nov. 3 & 4

New deadline to register is now Monday, October 29, 2012

Download the flyer here

We will begin with a presentation of a completed permaculture design for the site where we’ll spend the weekend.  We will talk through the transformation of a small urban spec-house and lawn into a sustainable urban paradise.

Then we’ll introduce the hands-on action for each day, which will include getting our hands on a variety of possible projects including (but not limited to) pond building, planting into a polyculture forest guild, dry-stack stone masonry, plant propagation, and more!

Space in the class is still available, but is filling up quickly.

For more information and to register, contact us: permacultureinaction@gmail.com, or call Dylan at (828) 772-8509.

You can also learn more about the Permaculture In Action model by visiting  the Permaculture in Action Facebook page and following us on Twitter @permacultureavl. .

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Top 5 things you’ll learn at the two-day Intro to Permaculture in Action class — Nov 3 & 4

When you participate in a Permaculture in Action class you walk away with a ton of rich experience and new skills for creating thriving permaculture systems plus a deeper understanding of whole systems theory and practice.

Our annual Intro to Permaculture in Action class is happening again this autumn and this time we’ve expanded it to 2 days!

Click here to download the flyer

Zev and Dylan will be teaching from a completed permaculture master plan that includes ponds, integrated chickens and ducks, mushroom culture and diverse rainwater collection systems.

Here are the top 5 things (plus two bonuses) you’ll learn about when you join us:

1.  Blueberry guilds. (In Permaculture a “guild” is a group of plants–and sometimes animals–that work together to make the whole system thrive).

2. Small scale forest gardens in an urban setting.

3. Native medicinal plant guilds.

4. Strategies for erosion prevention (crucial in our mountains.)

5. Building and improving soil (we’re passionate about soil in permaculture!)

Bonus #1 — You’ll also have a fantastic time expanding our community of permaculture enthusiasts here in the Asheville and western NC.

Bonus #2 — You’ll be excited about the possibilities for creating resiliency and beauty on your own land and in our community!

The cost for all of this is only $48 for both days!

To register or for more information , contact us: permacultureinaction@gmail.com, or call Dylan at (828) 772-8509.You can also learn more about the Permaculture In Action model by visiting  the Permaculture in Action Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @permacultureavl.

 

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Watch this video. Zev and Dylan talk about the Nov. 3 & 4 Intro to Permaculture in Action

I pulled Zev and Dylan away from their PDC students’ work day to talk about the two-day Intro to Permaculture in Action class coming up Nov. 3 and 4, 2012.   Watch the video and then join us!

For more information and to register, contact us:permacultureinaction@gmail.com, or call Dylan at (828) 772-8509.You can also learn more about the Permaculture In Action model by visiting  the Permaculture in Action Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @permacultureavl..

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Clayton’s cookies keep the work party hummin’ for the Very Affordable PDC

Permaculture training is not just about learning how to install features and implement principals — it’s about building community!

And nothing builds community like sharing food together.  That’s why we encourage participants to bring food to share – potluck style – for snacks and meal breaks during our classes and workshops.

And so far, the food has all been really good!  Take Clayton’s cookies for example…

Participants are welcome to drop in for classes on Thursdays.  You’ll find the calendar here.

And remember to join us Nov. 3-4 for two fun days of hands-on, affordable Permaculture training with top teachers.

 

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Amazing response to the Very Affordable Permaculture Design Course Series

We have been incredibly humbled and amazed by the response to our Very Affordable Permaculture Design Course and Series!  We had people calling to join up to the very last minute!

Here’s a shot of our opening circle, which we held in a small piece of green space just across the street from Small Terrain Urban Homestead Supply Store where we’ll be  holding most of our classes for the series.

It seems we have met a real need with the Permaculture in Action model for bringing affordable hands-on training with top teachers to the Asheville area while also encouraging the rapid expansion of visible permaculture systems.

Though registration for the Certifcation is closed, most classes in the series are open to the public to join on a class-by-class or drop-in basis.  Individual classes cost $15 per section and some evenings include two sections.

In the first two classes we covered History and Ethics of Permaculture and Pattern Understanding.

This Thursday, Sept. 27, we’ll be engage in exercises to observe the Permaculture Principals in real designs and practice. (NOTE: This topic is covered in two sections so the full cost will be $30)

Next week, October 4, we’ll cover a topic that is growing in popularity: Trees, Forests and Agro-forestry.

And October 11, we’ll learn about Soil, Water and Eco-systems.

You can download flyer with the full calendar on the back here.  Look forward to seeing you soon!

For life and In vision

Dylan and Zev

 

 

 

 

 

For more information and to register, contact us: permacultureinaction@gmail.com, or call Dylan at (828) 772-8509.You can also learn more about the Permaculture In Action model by visiting  the Permaculture in Action Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @permacultureavl.

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Small Terrain Urban Homestead Store is host to Permaculture Series

The whole Permaculture in Action + Living Systems Design team as well as all the PiA participants want to extend our heartiest congratulations to our great friend, Natalie Pollard on the opening of Small Terrain Urban Homestead Supply Store & Design this Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012!

We are so proud and grateful for the heart, soul and sweat that Natalie has poured into this venture, an outstanding example of a social enterprise that can support our dreams of regenerative community in Asheville and Western NC.

We are especially excited because most of the Very Affordable Permaculture Design Series will be held at the store’s 278 Haywood Road, West Asheville location.

20/20/20 Special this Saturday at Small Terrain: 

The first 20 customers to spend more than $20 at the shop will get 20% off their purchase (excludes chicken feed + soil amendments).

We hope to see you there!

 

For more information and to register, contact us: permacultureinaction@gmail.com, or call Dylan at (828) 772-8509.  You can also learn more about the Permaculture In Action model by visiting  the Permaculture in Action Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @permacultureavl.

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Permaculture in Action two-day class features forest gardens and soil improvements

This fall our two-day course, “Permaculture in Action, a Taste”  will feature hands-on affordable training in two topics that appear to be steadily gaining interest among permaculture enthusiasts:  forest gardening and soil improvement.

 

 

 

These shorter classes follow a similar format to our  Full Season Roots and Seeds class in 2013  with about half of the time in each class spent in conceptual learning, and about half of the time spent on hands-on implementation of permaculture elements.

 

All Permaculture in Action Classes take place on properties for which wehave completed Permaculture Master Plans, and during the class we’ll be talking through each plan as well as the permaculture concepts and reasoning for the projects we’ll be implementing together.

 

This two-day class can stand alone, providing unique and valuable experience and learning, and it will also provide an affordable taste of this kind of learning for those interested in the Full Season class in 2013. Cost for both days is only $48.

Join us Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4 for affordable, hands-on training with top instructors, Zev Friedman and Dylan Ryals-Hamilton.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information and to register, contact us:permacultureinaction@gmail.com, or call Dylan at (828) 772-8509.You can also learn more about the Permaculture In Action model by visiting  the Permaculture in Action Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @permacultureavl.

You can also learn more about the Permaculture In Action model by visiting  the Permaculture in Action Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @permacultureavl.

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Learn about Forest Gardening, hands-on with Zev Friedman, Oct. 12, 2012

It’s almost time for phase 2 of the garden planting at the Marshall Library Demonstration Forest Garden !  
Registration is open!  

In a single, affordable, action-packed day, Zev is back and is offering participants another chance to learn background information about Permaculture and Forest Agriculture, and to participate in planting more edible trees and shrubs.

Local permaculture and forest garden enthusiasts may recall that earlier this year, Zev collaborated with the Town of Marshall and Friends of the Library to design and install a mid-size Demonstration Forest Garden on the property of the Marshall Library.

The design was unveiled and the first phase of installation was completed during a 2-day class with about 15 students. Core concepts of permaculture and forest agriculture were presented, and the students helped with an amazing transformation of a briar thicket into an accessible and beautiful forest garden.

Now, edible trees, shrubs, herbs and even mushrooms are inter-planted in a mostly native habitat that decreases erosion and helps uses stormwater runoff from the library building site for irrigation.

In phase 2, on Oct. 12, participants will again receive affordable, high-value training  as well as hands-on experience.

About half of the 6 hour day will be spent in classroom style learning presentation so you can take notes, ask focused questions and hear insight from other participants.  The other half of the time will be spent in the garden,  tweaking micro-design details and observing the kinds of up-keep that forest gardens appreciate as we learn from the past 4 months of experience on the site.

Come join us for this fun day full of exciting learning in the beautiful fall Madison County weather!

Hands-On Autumnal Forest Gardening Class at the Marshall Library

Friday, October 12, Marshall Library, 9-4:00

Cost: $25

To register you can contact Zev through our contact page or at zev@livingsystemsdesigns.net or by calling 828-279-2870

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