Apr 2 - May 7 Spring 2013
Permaculture is an ecological design science which has as its key tenets to care for life systems on earth, to provide access to needed resources, and to promote synergy among elements in the system to minimize waste, work, and energy.
Permaculture is a methodology, or a conceptual framework, not a set of techniques, opinions, or practices. The philosophy associated with the permaculture design system, "native science," is the process of integrating fully with our surrounding ecology. The aim of a designer is to create sustainable systems that support peace, justice, and prosperity for all beings. The course will include presentations, time in nature, readings, and the opportunity to develop personal projects using permaculture principles.
This class covers the essential concepts that are the heart of the permaculture design system. You will be immersed in basic observation and design techniques. The goal is to empower students to develop an intuitive understanding of natural patterns and processes, and to utilize these in the design of the human environment. Students who participate in the basic course will acquire a foundational understanding of the concepts at the core of permaculture. Those who complete the full course will obtain a Permaculture Design Certification recognized by the global community of permaculture practitioners.
Thursdays 9:30 – 12:00
The Basic course is $400 for commuters. It will run from April 4 to May 9 (six sessions). The basic course is a pre-requisite for the Design Certification course which continues on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, the 15, 16, 17 and 22, 23, 24 of May from 9:30-6:00pm. The Design Certification course, inclusive of the basic course, is $1150. The course does not include overnight lodging for commuters, but if accommodations are of interest, please inquire when you register.
Benjamin Weiss is a certified permaculture designer and teacher. He has studied sustainable systems at The Farm Ecovillage Training Center, Growing Power, and the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute. Ben lives and works in the fertile cultural and agricultural soil of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.Read more...