Permaculture Design Certification

Care of People, Care of Earth, Share the Surplus

Permaculture

LEAVING THE EARTH BETTER THAN WE FOUND IT

This Permaclture Design course will follow the structure and content of internationally-recognized PDC’s, while adding principles and practices of Yoga and Ayurveda.  We will look to the roots of permaculture with Bill Mollison and David Holmgren as well as the application and influence it has had around the world.

  • The daily rhythm will include participation in the ashram’s meditation, chanting, & satsang, as well as pranayama & asana sessions.
  • Two sattvic meals are provided, between which we will cover theory and practice of permaculture.
  • Each day’s theme will include lecture, discussion, activities, and hands-on application to digest the content in a dynamic way.
  • We will use the wild lands, fruit/nut orchards, gardens, and greenhouse as our classroom.
  • The container of the ashram will provide it’s own education – learning to live in harmony with the daily rhythm of the land and the community.
  • Yoga and Ayurveda will be explored in the context of holistic, regenerative living and will also provide frameworks for exploring permaculture in a Vedic way, such as through the five elements.
The Permaculture design course will spend time in the garden.

Earth

  • Soil Science & Soil Food Web
  • Fertility management including Composting, Compost tea
  • Earthworks
  • Natural Building
  • Agroforestry and agriculture
  • Ayurvedic herbalism – growing and using medicinals
  • Bio-remediation
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Land access

Water

  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Grey water design
  • Irrigation basics
  • Storing water in the landscape
  • Aquaculture
  • Alternative currencies

Fire

  • Renewable Energy
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Fire ecology
  • Ayurvedic diet and cooking
  • Animals in the landscape

Air

  • Site Analysis & Self Analysis (Ayurvedic Doshas, constitution)
  • Reading the landscape
  • Climatic strategies (Ayurvedic concepts of Desha, land)
  • Creating and working with microclimates
  • Mapping and map reading
In the Permaculture Design course we will learn how to grow vegetables sustainably.
In the Permaculture Design course we will learn how to grow vegetables sustainably.

Water

  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Grey water design
  • Irrigation basics
  • Storing water in the landscape
  • Aquaculture
  • Alternative currencies

Fire

  • Renewable Energy
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Fire ecology
  • Ayurvedic diet and cooking
  • Animals in the landscape

Air

  • Site Analysis & Self Analysis (Ayurvedic Doshas, constitution)
  • Reading the landscape
  • Climatic strategies (Ayurvedic concepts of Desha, land)
  • Creating and working with microclimates
  • Mapping and map reading
In the Permaculture Design course we will learn about planting and growing.

Ether

  • History of Permaculture and it’s roots in traditional cultures worldwide
  • Permaculture Ethics & Yoga Ethics: Yama & Niyama
  • Permaculture Principles
  • Design strategies and Ayurvedic elemental design
  • Social permaculture
  • Community organizing and governance
  • Urban permaculture
  • International applications & opportunities
  • Permaculture connection to Yoga, Ayurveda, Vastu, Jyotish (Vedic Astrology)

Upcoming Dates

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October 7, 2018 Permaculture Service Day
October 26 - 28, 2018 Permaculture Weekend: Yoga of Permaculture $170.00
November 4, 2018 Permaculture Service Day
December 2, 2018 Permaculture Service Day
December 14 - 16, 2018 Permaculture Weekend: Intro to Permaculture $170.00
April 14 - 20, 2019 Permaculture Design Certification: Part 1 $900.00
June 7 - 13, 2019 Permaculture Design Certification: Part 2 $1,000.00

Faculty

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Spencer Nielsen

Spencer Nielsen is a guide to Nature inside and out, in the wild lands, gardens, and consciousness.  He is a permaculture designer and educator based in Fairfax, California.  He has studied Ecology, Environmental Education, and Eco-Social Design, as well as Permaculture, Yoga, Qigong, Ayurveda, Daoist medicine, and Planetary Herbalism.  With over a decade of experience farming, landscaping, and gardening, Spencer currently teaches permaculture at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas.  He is a perennial student of herbalism and Ayurveda, currently with the East-West School of Herbology and the American Institute of Vedic Studies.  Spencer has worked on international projects helping to design…

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Kathi Keville

Aromatherapist Kathi Keville lives surrounded by her herb gardens at Green Medicine Herb School. Her lively, engaging seminars, offered throughout the US and Europe, incorporate her 45 years of extensive research and teaching about essential oils, herbs, Ayurveda, healthy living, wild edible plants, and botanical history. Kathi has written 15 herb books, over 150 magazine articles, and is American Herb Association director. www.ahaherb.com

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Colin Eldridge (Krishna Das)

Colin has been a Permaculture enthusiast and advocate since 2011. He enjoys sharing teachings on design, principles, ethics, medicinal plants, edible forestry, ecology, and sacred regenerative knowledge. He is a graduate of Hampshire College where he studied Environmental Studies, Education and Applied Art/Design. He completed a Permaculture Design Certificate, 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, and Gentle Yoga Teacher Training at the Sivananda Yoga Farm. He has been teaching, designing and consulting ever since. Colin teaches participatory and interactive workshops around topics such as Yoga, permaculture, art, social justice, and ecology. He has taught at many events and with many organizations such as…

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Lydia Neilsen

Through her business Rehydrate the Earth, Lydia Neilsen works on a practical and consciousness-based level to teach and implement techniques for ecosystem revitalization. Lydia educates individuals and communities in the creation of stunning regenerative designs including do-it-yourself scale earthworks for water infiltration, productive water conserving polyculture landscapes, soil building, greywater and other Earth healing strategies. She listens to the land and its inhabitants to facilitate the creation of vibrant, energetically alive, functionally beautiful habitats.  In addition to Rehydrate the Earth, Lydia teaches as part of several Bay Area Permaculture Design Courses and is a certified Permaculture Educator through the Permaculture Institute of North…

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