Blue Sky Farm 3rd Annual
Permaculture Design Course 2020
The Permaculture Design Certificate course is a 72+ hour training experience. Students who complete the full curriculum are recognized internationally as Certified Permaculture Designers.
The course covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design & construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores the social and economic structures that support a culture that cares for the planet and all its inhabitants.
(Expect very full days)
West Michigan Lakeshore
Deposit to Reserve a Seat: $150
Early Bird (Before 5-1-20): $1295
Do you know where your food and energy come from?
Where your waste goes and what’s being done with your money?
Permaculture problem-solving leads to sustainable lifeways that nurture people and planet. During this magical fortnight, our team of world-renowned and locally grounded teachers will create a stimulating atmosphere for group learning, giving you the tools to practice regenerative land design. Join us for this exceptional opportunity in the friendly White Lake community. West Michigan’s wonderland of natural beauty, between lakeshore dunes and wooded ridges, and the emerging garden farm and homestead systems of Blue Sky Farm will provide us a laboratory for exploring carbon farming, the mycelial internet, polyculture gardens, home food preservation and storage, regenerative forestry, energy-efficient building science, and the circular economy.
Teachers from across Michigan will contribute to enriching this residential intensive with their hard-won experience in animal management, appropriate technology, and community development. We will present the 72+ hour curriculum recognized by Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) covering ethics, principles, design process, pattern knowledge, natural systems of soil, forests, and water, along with climate and microclimate adaptations, food and fertility systems, urban and village design, architecture and building methods, economics and finance. We will wrap up with team design projects to be implemented on the ground.
Come and practice observation and drawing, small-scale earthworks, tree care, waste reduction and redirection, and learn the arts of simple everyday living in community. We will have time to tell stories, make music, and swim in the lake, while we reflect together on the urgent challenges of our times, and find renewed commitment to a better world.
A veteran of 100 courses in five nations, Peter Bane is the author of The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country, and an accomplished ecovillage designer. He holds diplomas from the Permaculture Institute of Britain, PINA, and the Permaculture Institute-USA. Rhonda Baird is a community and labor organizer, homeschooling mother, fiber artist, and gifted educator. UP-native Keith Johnson is a market gardener, seed saver, and landscaper extraordinaire. Both he and Rhonda are also PINA diplomates in Education and Site Design. Penny Krebiehl is a graphic facilitator, trained permaculture educator, market farmer, and a board member of the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute. She helped organize the first-ever Michigan-wide Permaculture Convergence at Brighton in 2013.
Course materials, tuition, meals, and camping in our managed woodland are covered by the registration fee. Commercial lodging is available locally by private arrangement. The $150 deposit is non-refundable if you withdraw before completing enrollment, but fully refunded if the course should for any reason be cancelled. The final cost is determined by the date you complete payment: by Dec. 1, ‘18 – $995; to Jan. 15, ‘19 – $1100; to March 1 – $1200; to May 1 – $1295; by June 30 – $1395. Full or partial payments are accepted at any time. 3% is added when using Paypal.
Students in the 2016 NMI PDC celebrating their new book delivery, “The Permaculture City” by Toby Hemenway