Internationally Accredited Permaculture Designer Certification
2015 Summer Weekends Schedule
Introduction to Permaculture and Designer Certification Summer
Times and Dates
Introduction to Permaculture
Feb. 6, 7-8
or May 1, 2-3
2015 PDC Modules:
WK2 June 20-21
WK3 Aug. 5-16
WK4 Oct. 17-18
WK5 Dec. 5-6
Workshop Times: Saturday and Sunday 9AM - 4PM
Weekend 1 is an Introduction to Permaculture Workshop and the start of the 72 hour PDC. The series tarts Friday night at a public venue and you can continue your development over the next year.
Join us for an intensive introduction to permaculture principles, ethics, life and site assessment, at SouthWoods Permaculture. We will dig deep and discuss the needs, goals, and design options of an ecologically sustainable lifestyle. See the actual working models of Southwoods permaculture while defining your own adaptations for future resiliency. Group discussions will share experiences while hands on tasks will show the skills that make for sustainable food production and resource independence.Philosphical issues, group dynamics, economic, community, and transition will be challenging topics.
Weekend 1 Permaculture Principles
- Course Handouts, Overview, and Syllabus
- Group introductions and announcements
- Introduction to Permaculture
- Our Context and Permaculture Ethics
- An Introduction to Sustainability and Permaculture
- Weather, Seasonality Microclimates
- Natural Patterns, Observation
- Disruption, Temporal
- Spatial, Defaults
- Zones of Functional Space / Sector Analysis
Module 1 credits 16 hours towards the 72 hour Permaculture Design Certification, accredited by PRI/Australia. Additional modules 2- 5 are offered during the year
Introduction to Permaculture Weekend 1
Fees: $400 regular, $380 for first ten earlybirds and HLDS students. $775 for two.
12 credit hours will be applied towards Accredited Permaculture Designer Certification
The Designer Manual, process guides, site assessment tools, and materials will be
Each participant paying fully by check will recieve the Bill Mollison book "Permaculture, A Designers Manual" $104.00 value, free
Fruit, snacks, breads, and drinks will be provided. Bring your lunch and something to share. Dinner will be a group gathering at a local cafe or pub.
None commuting students - Free tenting areas and paid lodging available FCFS.
Dress for weather and bring your camera, notebook, and lunch. Recommended reading: Mollison - Designer Manual, Jacke - Edible Forest Gardens, Holmgren - Paths to Sustainability
All materials, documents and tools will be suppied.
Weekend 2 continues the Permaculture Designer Training at SouthWoods with field trips to local sites.
- Soils One
Properties, and Ecology
- Scale of Permanence Applied
Slope, and Aspect
Ecology and Cycles
and Store Systems
Mass, and Uses
Weekend 3 The Science of Successful Designs
- Web Soil
Capabilities and Limitation
Importance of Density
Power of Diversity
Patches and Niches
Thinking in Ecological Designs
Designs in Landscape
Levels in Nature
to Livestock (Small)
Weekend 4 Permaculture Design Charrette
Land Systems and Strategies
Systems and Integrated Hydroponics
PDC Weekend 4 Continued, On-Site Experience, Team Design
9 AM - 5 PM Saturday, Site Assessment and Concepting Teams (off-site)
9 PM - 5 PM Sunday, Design Lab work, Design Presentations. (at SouthWoods)
Urban and suburban lots may seem cramped and difficult to
manage for high productivity, but small lots can grow large amounts of
food and work as efficient homesteads. Join us Saturday and Sunday afternoon for an
urban site assessment and discussion to design small spaces.
Participant will use the SouthWoods design process to create functional
spaces and optimize the resources. Fruit trees, edible perennials and
shrubs, vegetables, and herbs are all part of the urban landscape. Using
the natural capital and ecological services of the urban lot will
create food spaces and an abundance of sustainably fertile soils. We
will visit a local community garden and talk of creative options for urban
harvests. Learn to design grey water systems,
biointensive gardens, chicken coops, water catchments, energy reduction,
solar collectors, nutrient cycling, and green house space.
and renters can benefit from the design process and discover the many
possibilities for their personal landscape.
Help retrofit and design an urban permaculture house and bring the solutions home to yours.
PDC Weekend 5
Management and Habitat
- Building Mycological
- Team Design Presentations
Scenarios Discussion (Cont.)
Intentional Community Design
Economic, Social, Civic
Steps, Personal Choices
- Certificateas and Acknowledgements
Comments, Evaluations, and Photos
Minnesota and the Midwest is at a crucial stage in climate change, economics, energy descent and transitioning to self reliant homesteads.
Permaculture has principles and ethics to help individuals, communities and families develop their resources into stable and continuously viable homes and property.
Permaculture principles guide participants in observing patterns of energy use and collection and storage of diminishing resources.
Theses workshops will introduce and expand Permaculture to participants and assist them in entering new patterns of lifestyle that secure an environmentally supported existance.
is where we start. The principles, ethics, and paradigm that makes
permaculture the solution to many of our ecological and economic
issues. We will study the reasons, the options, and working with natures
mechanisms, develop a more abundant and healthy lifestyle.
Our lands already have all the ecological
services we need to flourish and sustain anabundant lifestyle. For growing our
food, collecting fresh water for drinking and reducing your dependence on
purchased resources, Permaculture has a plan based on ecological solutions. Through group design charrettes we share in the insights and observations of others and develop comprehensive concepts that are scalable and transfereble.
Materials: Participants will be given supporting materials based on the days presentations. Participants should bring lunch.
and refreshments will be provided at breaks. Overnight campers should
be self sufficient and expect limited facilities. Outdoor cooking is
expected for personal meals. Dinner is supplied by the host.
The concepts I speak of concern the ecological and cultural landscape. How we can include connectedness of permaculture design and ecological solutions to enhanced our natural capital and our lives.
The understory and residential perimeter areas can be planted for minimal maintenance and maximum harvest. Creating a unifying pattern across the property will develop a lifestyle founded on sustainable horticulture.
If the occupants are willing the maintenance of a conventional landscape can be transformed into continual harvest with nutrient cycling. This can also be integrated with existing or new water catchments, composting and worm bins. Pull and Place practices will ensure soil fertility and increase organic material throughout the plantings. This will also increase soil moisture and decrease watering needs. Amendments are not seasonal, but more continuous as fruits are harvested and the ecological services are enhanced.
Design projects have expanded and taken the lead in our focus. SouthWoods participates in practicum training where invited and has foregone courses on-site. Video Presentations: Ecological Design Strategy, Following Natures Patterns, Exceptions to our Understanding, Competitive Exclusion, Companion and Nurse Plants, managing disturbance, groundcovers, Micro-climates and Mushrooms, Banker Plants, Tasty Ground Covers, Plant Systems, Micro-Climate Peaches.