Permaculture Design Course at Lost Valley
• $70 - $800
|Recurring Event (See all)
An event every week that begins at 3:00am on Wednesday, repeating until August 15, 2018
Permaculture is an ancient/modern design science for working with the forces nature to provide for human needs (Ex. food production and housing) while not degrading the ecosystem. The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course is the global standard in permaculture education, and includes 72 hours with instructors plus a design project.
This course covers permaculture ethics & principles, observation and patterns in nature, how to design, water on the landscape, plant systems, using animals, natural building, forestry, appropriate technology, energy, a group design project, and more. Upon completion students receive their certificate.
The lead instructor is Brian Byers, Lost Valley’s resident permaculture teacher. Half the course is taught by guest instructors which have recently included Andrew Millison, Tom Ward, Heiko Koester, Eva Edleson, and others from around Oregon and beyond.
The venue suits the course well, as Lost Valley has been teaching permaculture on its 87 acres since 1989. There are many on-site examples of elements such as earthworks, perennial plant systems, and natural building. At 30 minutes from Eugene/Springfield the location is rural but convenient, and the once/week schedule suits commuters who have Wednesdays free. Carpooling available.
Class days run 9am-4:45pm. Students can take the full course for 12 consecutive Wednesdays ($800) or cherry-pick select days ($70/day). This course costs less than most PDC courses because there are no food/lodging expenses. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate, or directly register online.
For a fuller experience, there is also the Holistic Sustainability Semester, which includes three months of living onsite in the Lost Valley community and goes beyond this weekly permaculture course to features classes 3 days per week in five sides of sustainability (social, personal, ecological, worldview, and economic). Both programs will run again in fall, from late August to mid-November.