72-hour Permaculture Design Certification Course (June 17-25, 2017)
Come learn with Wayne Weiseman, long-time Permaculture designer, teacher and co-author of Integrated Forest Gardening. This unique Permaculture course will be held in the hills of Paris, VA a spot rich in history and surrounded by biologically dense ecosystems within the Shenandoah & Blue Ridge Mountains!
WHAT is it?
A Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course offers a comprehensive introduction to Permaculture principles, applications & design practices and meets the international standard as the 72+ hour foundational course for Permaculture practitioners and teachers.
You will have many opportunities to put theory into practice by doing hands-on, creative activities at the Indian Pipe Technical School in Linden, VA, where Permaculture principles are actively practiced and promoted. These include vegetable gardening, animal husbandry, water capture & retention, etc. We will do a site analysis and create designs for a farm 1 mile from the sanctuary where more Permaculture principles are also being implemented. Special guests will share their expertise as well.
While learning about our habitat and our own relationship with the environment, we will look at how humans have been relating to Earth throughout history and into todays modern urban times. The three main historical viewpoints we will study are:
Training in hunter-gatherer living and nature skills sharpens our ability to see life as it is. We develop hand and eye coordination, and become one with an environment where we must observe and create what we need in an immediate and balanced way.
Exposure to various methods of sustainable agriculture, i.e. Permaculture, Biodynamic Agriculture, Bio-intensive gardening, the eco-agriculture movement, organic systems, the natural way of farming of Masanobu Fukuoka and indigenous systems of agriculture. You also learn about renewable energy systems (wind, water, solar), ecological building practices (straw bale, cob, cordwood, etc.) and everything from tool making to animal husbandry.
Studying the urban and suburban landscape and learning ways to live sustainably in the midst of concrete and close-quarters. Discover how permaculture design can help those living in urban and suburban areas meet their needs for nutrition, energy and community while maintaining meaningful work and upholding sustainable policies in towns and cities.
WHERE is this?
Lectures and discussions will be held at the Paris Apothecary in Paris, VA. The Ashby Inn and Restaurant will provide breakfast and lunches throughout the week. The Paris Apothecary (connected with the Ashby Inn) offers local coffee, tea and unique herbal drinks which can be visited throughout the course. We will frequent the Indian Pipe Technical School in Linden, VA along with a few more field trips to nearby farms and gardens.
Because this course is a game changer. It brings into focus practical principles and ethics that many of us have forgotten or dismissed. It is like picking up a master key that unlocks many doors leading to abundance and health. Students have repeatedly stated they have found that by regenerating the earth and improving their relationship with it they have regenerated themselves in the process. You want this master key!
TOPICS INCLUDE -
Permaculture ethics & principles
Concepts, themes, method of design
Climate & microclimates
Plants, gardening & farming systems
Primitive skills & foraging
Landform & water movement
Alternative energy & Natural building
Seed saving, plant propagation, grafting
Soil fertility & soil management
Native medicinal plants identification, uses & preparation
...and MANY more!
Questions? Please contact Christine Harris, Paris Apothecary Manager & Event Coordinator, christine.nharris24[at]gmail[dot]com
The Paris Apothecary (View)
692 Federal Street
Paris, VA 20130
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|