Permaculture Design Course: 2016

Consider joining a Permaculture Design Course in North West Michigan beginning this winter—a 6-month, weekend modular course. Winter is a perfect time for knowledge sharing and gaining deeper understandings/development of new skills. A Permaculture Design Course is specifically designed to assist us in honing and improving our abilities to evaluate landscape and redesign it for a robust and resilient future!

You may not get your hands dirty, until our spring sessions, but those “bootcamp” skills follow a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and will occupy you for the rest of your lives!

Instead in this course, you will learn to see, consider, analyze and design productive landscapes from balconies to large farms and towns. Permaculture uses low technology and high science and the PDC remains solidly based in those tangibles.

“Central to permaculture are the three ethics; earth care, people care and fair shares. They form the foundation for permaculture design and are also found in most traditional societies. Ethics are culturally evolved mechanisms that regulate self-interest, giving us a better understanding of good and bad outcomes. The greater power of humans, the more critical ethics become for long-term cultural and biological survival. Permaculture ethics are distilled from research into community ethics, learning from cultures that have existed in relative balance with their environment for much longer than more recent civilizations. This does not mean that we should ignore the great teachings of modern times, but in the transition to a sustainable future,we need to consider values and concepts outside the current social norm.”

~ David Holmgren, on Permaculture Ethics.

This 72-hour course will be taught by professional, certified permaculture educators and permaculture designers, giving students the international qualification presently known as Permaculture Consultant’s Design Course certificate.

A collaborative, certified teaching team will consist of Kate Heibler Cobb, Rhonda Baird and Penny Krebiehl—along with permaculture teachers/presenters: Toby Hemenway, Bridget O’Brien, Levi Meeuwenberg and other local, regional permaculture designers and practitioners.

TC PDC 2016 Teaching Team & Guest Presenters
Kate Heiber-Cobb founded the Madison Area Permaculture Guild. Through her business, Sustainability on Stilts, she educates and consults on Permaculture. A leader in the movement to establish Permaculture as a foundation for urban design, Kate has training in Transition Towns, Radical Urban Sustainability, is on the Advisory Board of Edgewood College’s Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program, and the Board of Community Groundworks. She teaches at Madison College.
Rhonda Baird grew up gardening and foraging in Indiana. She is passionate about redirecting efforts from extractive practices toward skills that foster resilience and nurture life. To that end, she engaged in community organizing and non-profit work for 20 years, and came to teaching permaculture design in 2005. She co-originated the Bloomington Permaculture Guild, the Great Rivers & Lakes Permaculture Institute, and supports the Center for Sustainable Living as a permaculture resource for Bloomington, Indiana. She sits on the Diploma Committee for PINA, and is an associate editor for Permaculture Design magazine (formerly Permaculture Activist). She maintains a design practice through Sheltering Hills Design.
Penny Krebiehl has been sharing/educating through permaculture design since 2005, and is a graphic-recorder for courses and presentations, through the Mid-west & USA. Penny is a life-long Michigan garden-farmer, woods-wanderer, and arts educator. She is the founder of Northern Michigan Permaculture, a Certified Permaculture Designer and Instructor, Board Member of Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute, and Member/Beginning Grower, of the Bionutrient Food Association. As the originator of O’k CSA Cooperative, building a neighborhood, community gardening system in Traverse City, since 2004, she continues to serve the community/region. Penny’s work is focused through Northern Michigan PermacultureO’k Art & Design and the educational non-profit, Little Artshram, in Northern MI.
Bridget O’Brien is a passionate teacher and student of life. She has always felt the call to honor, listen, and play with the earth and its plant beings. Her diverse background in landscaping, marketing, merchandizing, floral design, fermenting, teaching, and community connecting has led her to attain Permaculture Design and Teacher Certifications. Bridget works to create Permaculture teaching tools and games; a steering committee member for Abundant Michigan Permaculture, Ypsilanti; the Marketing Coordinator for the People’s Food Co-op in Ann Arbor, MI; and, Executive Program Director of Rooted Love; non-profit providing the resources needed to establish edible classroom gardens, and sacred food forests.
Toby Hemenway is the author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, which was awarded the Nautilus Gold Medal in 2011, was named by the Washington Post as one of the ten best gardening books of 2010, and is the best-selling permaculture book in the world. His new book on urban permaculture, The Permaculture City, was released in July, 2015. Toby has been an adjunct professor at Portland State University, Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and has taught over sixty 72-hour permaculture design courses. He has presented lectures and workshops at major sustainability conferences such as Bioneers, SolFest, and EcoFarm, and at Duke University, Tufts University, University of Minnesota, University of Delaware and many other educational venues.
(Toby couldn’t make it to our course as a guest teacher because of necessary schedule changes on his part.  We still highlighted and utilized his new book “The Permaculture City” as one of our course books.)
Dan Kitteridge is Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association, Dan is the son of prominent leaders in the organic movement, and has been an organic farmer since childhood. His experience managing organic farms and developing sustainable agriculture techniques has connected him to farmers in Central America, Russia, India and the United States. Dan is passionate about raising the quality of nutrition in our food supply through collaboration with committed individuals, businesses, and organizations that support the value of people growing and eating really good food. Recommended reading: conversation/magazine/2015/fall/asked-answered-groundwork-for-health.html

Course Sections Include:

  • Introductions and a Vision of Permaculture in Succession
  • Beginning Permaculture
  • Ecological Themes
  • Designing Productive Landscapes
  • Increasing Resilience
  • Social Permaculture

Course Dates:

  1. March 19-20
  2. April 16-17 – Includes evening hours
  3. May 21-22 – Includes evening hours
  4. June 18-19
  5. July 16-17 – Includes evening hours
  6. August 27-28

Our course’s location will be in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan.  Our classroom venue is currently being decided/planned for, with detailed information and specific location to follow shortly.

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