Read what participants had to say about Permaculture in Action 2012

I can read your mind…

Whether you’re new to permaculture and ready to get your feet wet or you’re a returning participant and just can’t get enough — you’ve been thinking about participating in a Permaculture in Action class this fall.

 

To help you make up your mind…

 

Check out what the 2012 participants had to say about their experience with hands-on affordable permaculture training with gifted teachers.

 

“I was really excited about the format.  I guess just I tend to be someone who learns better by getting my hands dirty and doing it, especially next to someone who knows what they’re doing.

Also the cost really appealed to me.”
–Nick

I’m glad I got on the earlybird bandwagon.  Coming from a landscaping background, I think that it’s appropriately priced.  I love the hands on aspect and the feeling of working as a village.  Before I was looking at $1200 classes, so this is more appropriate for me.  I love going over the designs for each project, sitting and learning and taking notes, but also the feeling of accomplishment after the project.
–Aaryn

My favorite thing would be the hands-on nature of it, it’s just a deeper learning than you learn sitting in class getting lectures.  I’m thinking in whole systems, it’s coming into view more clearly more me, how that thinking works, it’s like a seed that’s just germinating.  The cost makes the class attainable for a lot more people.
–William

I’m more pumped up than I’ve ever been and have excitement about possibilities.
–Phylis

“My favorite thing about it is what the class is designed to do, the actual experience in permaculture.  I’m now paying a lot of attention to water and how it behaves, how to catch it to use with the garden in different ways.  It’s great to see the design and watch how much a huge group can do in a day.  To me it’s magical, to use our bodies to change the earth, especially in implementing a design that’s so well thought out.
–Aaron

I definitely think it was a good value.  You guys are passionate about it, and that comes across, in a good way.  We did have some older folks in there, and you figured out things for them to do that worked for them.
–Charlie

My favorite thing is looking at the end of a work day and seeing what we’ve accomplished.  I’m really enjoying the classroom piece and learning about deeply applying the principles.”  I love seeing everybody’s designthe factors present in the landscape, where they want to go and what they want to do with it.  I see the permaculture design principles in use.
–Michelle

I knew nothing about permaculture at the beginning, I feel like I’ve bitten off the tip of the iceberg.  It’s shown me how much more there is to know.  You’ve staggered me with your knowledge of plants and food forests and interactions.
— Kurt

The lower cost casts a wider net.  It’s such a great model — the pace of it, the fact that it’s equal parts education, labor, community.  The scale doesn’t tip too far in any one direction. In terms of hands-on work, you’re very supportive of all levels of skills, pace and strength.  There is no pressure to do any more than you can, but everybody works hard, does a good job. It’s a fun environment.  I’ve learned things from every prorejct we’ve done.
–Ben

As a way of extending the knowledge I gain from my PDC, this class was extremely well worth it. The access to teachers alone and open dialogue there;  the access to other people in our community who are interested in all this stuff; that we get to look at designs (preliminary or final).  You’ve demonstrated that it’s not about having great wealth, but having an overall vision.
–Taylor

The price is so reasonable and the design of the class achieves so much — fair compensation for these great teachers, allows landowners to be able to afford installation of big projects.  That’s great because we are able to see more systems in place in the community.  I’m learning so much.

–Ben

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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What is your best current definition of Permaculture? 2012 PiA students respond

If you ask, “What is Permaculture” you’re likely to get a few different answers.  Zev and Dylan asked Permaculture in Action 2012 participants to offer their best current definition.  Here are a few of their answers.

“ A way of being in the world that pays attention to reality and makes a culture worth caring about.” -Aaron

“A design system that attempts to mimic natural systems in a way that promotes regenerative and sustainable outputs” -Ben

“I guess I view it as our best attempt to imitate nature and create systems similar to nature that can become independent of us and last over time as most of the systems in nature do.” -Nick

“A philosophy of principles that are ethically based for doing our lives, which includes gardening concepts but I think of it very much as a philosophy.” -Sherry

“Originally I said it’s the ‘least energy intervention to get work done or least amount of energy to affect change on a piece of land.’ I’m definitely starting to see it differently under application. Now I’m seeing it additionally, or more, in terms of a design tool to consider how to distribute energy around land, how to distribute forms and patterns, so they both work with what landowners or business or stakeholders need, as well as with what the land has on it. How not to put too many inputs into that situation that then upset the balance and make it unsustainable.” -Taylor

“”Basically, looking at anything you do in your life from a systems perspective, from the smallest detail to the end results, looking at a whole system so it works together.” -Kurt

“I’ve never been very good at the elevator speech on permaculture. Permaculture is the science of systems of design that mimics nature, follows ethical principles, focuses on integrating humans into the natural world with as little negative impact as possible and hopefully with positive impact, designs for maximum yield with minimum effort, designs for welfare of other species besides humans, utilizes local resources, minimizes inherent problems. Permaculture would be a big piece of the solution for the transition to minimal fossil fuel economy and culture.”-Cathy

“”Oh, I have a new way of expressing it. Permaculture is an approach to sustainability that uses whole systems thinking to create regenerative human communities.”-Michelle

We think they did pretty well.  What is your best definition of Permaculture?

 

To Register for Permaculture in Action 2013, our fall “intro” classes or the Very Affordable PDC series 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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Bill Mollison video series now FREE online!

 

“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” –Bill Mollison

Bill Mollison’s life’s work has truly been a world changer.

NetWorks Productions is introducing for the first time on-line a series of lectures that are documents of two Permaculture Design Courses taught by Bill Mollison at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas, in 1994 and 1995.
We think these videos can be a valuable coaching tool to teachers of Permaculture as well as anyone interested in whole systems thinking.  The producers of the videos have invited the public to disseminate them widely so please feel welcome to share them with your community.
This series, The Permaculture Show, was aired on public access television in many cities, was sold or given to the various existing permaculture institutes, to libraries and to individuals.  This is a definitive selection from the original series.

Shannyn of Network Earth had this to say, “These videos were shot on a shoestring budget and have been transferred through the various best available evolving video mediums since the mid-ninties, so we apologize for the difficulties some may have understanding Bill’s thick Aussie accent.  I find him perfectly understandable.  If any Aussie would like to subtitle – have at it.”

 

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This is why we created Permaculture in Action…

It’s wild blueberry season in the high mountain balds now, when my family has a tradition of journeying up to Shining Rock Wilderness to camp out for a week, live slow and sweet as we tell stories and cook meals, and gather blueberries in the midst of the misty quartzite mountains.

At this time, we would normally be preparing with honey, freezers, dehydrators and canning jars to process many gallons of those incomparably delicious, magically medicinal small lowbush blueberries to eat through the winter and the year…

but this year they have again been about 80% decimated by the warmest winter on record leading to an early flowering which was then killed by frost.

I see this great loss (what would be a truly threatening loss without the artifical support of petroleum food distribution) as one more casualty of climate change, and more generally as a symptom of our global society’s unwillingness to grow up and take responsibility for our lives and the lives of a time beyond our own, an unwillingness which we have adopted in order to justify our practice of hunkering down in tunnel vision pop-culture comfort and pretending that our scared, depressed, spookily selfish lives are fulfilling.

In this situation, any person who boldly remembers to love life instead of falling prey to helplessness can’t escape the need to take meaningful action and grow new seeds in the metabolized compost of this toxic failure that we call the industrial economy.

This is why we created Permaculture in Action, because we aren’t going to sit idly by while a frightened adolescent mindset burns down the world, we’re going to instead do everything we can to help lovers of life learn and develop diverse strategies, real live hands-on skills and niches that enable each person to become a grounded, creative seed holder, to grow something that resembles old ways but with new layers, something that takes care of the earth and takes care of people and shares the surplus into the soil.
Our hope is that this class is the seed form of something that can help renew that cultural topsoil, eroded away deliberately by industrial war, to give real life-sustaining culture something in which to take root and thrive again.
Sound good to you? Come 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.
In vision,
Zev

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The new Calendar is here! The new Calendar is here!

We’re getting lots of interest in the Very Affordable Permaculture Design Course series.  People are ready to either sign up for the whole series and earn their PDC or save the dates of the classes covering their particular interests.

Click on the image below to download the flyer and calendar. It has all the dates for Very Affordable Permaculture Design Course Series and the dates for our fall Pemaculture in Action hands-on training classes.

Please do print it out and share it with your friends or post it at your business.

Click here to download the flyer and calendar for fall 2012 – spring 2013

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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The Permaculture in Action model (or how we can offer such high quality training at such an affordable price!)

Permaculture in Action developed in response to a demand for affordable, in-depth, hands-on permaculture education.

We also hoped that this class would help scale up the Transition Town movement in our region and elsewhere, and that it would deepen and broaden the impact of permaculture on cultural and ecological regeneration in general in these times that so desperately call for it.

Through a business model that relies on monetary inputs from Landowner-Clients as well as students, we created a truly win-win structure that installs high quality elements of permaculture systems for 25-35% of the cost of landscape contractor installation, and delivers a 10-day class, normally priced in the $1,000 range, for $300-400.

After the great success of the first ever 10-day Permaculture in Action class April through July 2012, we are excited to announce that we’re keeping the momentum and learning going!

Two Short Classes this Fall

–  for folks who want to get their feet wet (and returning participants who just can’t seem to get enough!)

1-day “Introduction to Permaculture in Action” class: Sunday, September 23, Asheville, NC, $40

2- day “Permaculture in Action, A Taste” : Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4, Asheville, NC $48

Very Affordable Permaculture Design Series Course (PDC) and Permaculture Series

Meets (Almost) Every Thursday Evening, September 13th, 2012 through Late-March 2013

$300 pre-registration, or Pay-As-You-Go Option: $15-$30 per class day!

Permaculture in Action Roots and Seeds Program
14-Day Full Growing Season Program, April through October 2013, $350 early registration

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.

We are honored and thrilled to offer our community a variety of opportunities for co-creating a regenerative human culture.  Thanks so much for your interest and support.

For life, and in vision,

Zev Friedman and Dylan Ryals-Hamilton

 

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Permaculture in Action 2013 – 14 day Roots and Seeds Program

After the great feeling of possibility and support that was generated from the Permiculture in Action Spring 2012, we are excited to offer the next version of the class in 2013.

This time, the class will be 14 days instead of 10 days, and this time it will span the entire growing season, from April through October, with about 1 weekend of class per month, so that we can engage in a larger variety of seasonably appropriate projects and so we can see the maturing results of our work throughout the class. In adding 4 days to the class, we’re only increasing the tuition by $60 from last year.

We will be replicating the many successful elements of last year’s class, plus – taking the extensive feedback from our students and landowners to heart — we’ll be adding even more richness and depth to the program.

Of course, the increased length of the class enables a larger variety of physical projects such as

  • rainwater cisterns
  • duck runs
  • rocket stoves
  • all kinds of mushroom cultivation
  • community garden work
  • earthen building
  • passive solar design
  • biogas digestion
  • different composting strategies
  • and, an emerging favorite,  forest gardening!

This class is not a Permaculture Design Certification class.  However, it is an excellent complement to a PDC.  (If you’re interested in getting pursuing this certification, check out our Very Affordable Permaculture Design Course here)

In addition this class will prepare particularly motivated students as candidates for Permaculture in Action apprenticeships after the PIA is over, should they be interested.

For more information and to register, contact us: permacultureinaction@gmail.com, or call Dylan at (828) 989-9030.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.

We are honored and thrilled to offer our community a variety of opportunities for co-creating a regenerative human culture.  Thanks so much for your interest and support.

 

For life, and in vision,

Zev Friedman and Dylan Ryals-Hamilton

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The Very Affordable Permaculture Design Series Course (PDC) and Permaculture Series

We created the Permaculture In Action model because we heard people ask for an affordable hands-on permaculture education.

We also saw a need in our community for observable and replicable projects demonstrating the value and feasibility of real-life permaculture installations.

At the same time we realize the unique value of an in-depth design course which covers the full spectrum of sustainable and regenerative livelihood, while awarding the student with an internationally recognized design certificate.  And we realize that the typical PDC (priced in the range of $800-$2,000) is not affordable for many people.  Plus, many people who are interested in permaculture concepts are unable to commit the time necessary to acquire a PDC.

That is why we have applied our creativity to create an affordable Permaculture Design Course and Permaculture Class Series this autumn and winter.

This format provides a cost-accessible PDC for some, as well as an opportunity for many others to explore particular areas of interest within the curriculum.

The class will meet on every Thursday evening from September 2012 through March 2013 (we’ll take a break for Thanksgiving and another for the winter holidays). 

Participants will have the option either to enroll in the entire program (to earn a PDC), or to attend only those classes in which they are personally interested in on a class by class basis.

For more information and to register, contact us: permacultureinaction@gmail.com , or call Dylan at (828) 989-9030.  You can also learn more about the Permaculture In Action model by visiting  www.livingsystemsdesign.net or the Permaculture in Action Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @permacultureavl.

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Get a taste of Permaculture in Action this Fall

After the great success of the first ever 10-day Permaculture in Action class this spring, we are excited to announce that we’re keeping the momentum and learning going with 2 shorter, very affordable fall classes.

These shorter classes will follow a similar format to our  long 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 like ponds, edible plants, and animal systems.

 

These classes can both stand alone, providing unique and valuable experience and learning by themselves, and they will also provide an affordable taste of this kind of learning for those interested in the Full Season class in 2013.

Both classes will take place on properties for which we have 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.

1-day “Introduction to Permaculture in Action” class: Sunday, September 23, Asheville, NC, $40

2-day “Permaculture in Action, A Taste” : Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4, $48

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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First Permaculture in Action class was phenomenal! Watch the slideshow

From April through July 2012, we ran the first experimental 10-day Permaculture in Action class as a response to a demand for affordable, in-depth, hands-on permaculture education.

We hoped that this class would help scale up the Transition Town movement in our region and elsewhere, and that it would deepen and broaden the impact of permaculture on cultural and ecological regeneration in general in these times that so desperately call for it.

The first class was a lot of work for the organizers and teachers, but the incredible beauty of the result was well worth it.

Together with Cary and Grace Kanoy of Geocore Films, we video documented the entire class, and we are in the process of editing that footage down to short clips as well as a longer length feature.

 

Some of the photographs are included in this slideshow.

We also interviewed students multiple times about their experience in the class and we are in the process of writing an article with Dr. Phyllis Katz (originator of the national Hands on Science Foundation) for publication in international educational journals on the efficacy of this type of learning and to promote this work as a replicable model for social change.

Look for student testimonials, video clips and our finished study paper in the near future on www.livingsystemsdesign.net and the Permaculture in Action Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @permacultureavl.

Coming from this great feeling of possibility and support, we are excited to offer Permaculture in Action 2013.

This time, the class will be 14 days instead of 10 days, and this time it will span the entire growing season, from April through October, with about 1 weekend of class per month, so that we can engage in a larger variety of seasonably appropriate projects and so we can see the maturing results of our work throughout the class.

For more information and to register, contact us at 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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