Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) Course
Grass Valley, CA
PDC Course at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm (Nov.4-11, 2012)
Followed by Hands-on Training (Nov. 12-16, 2012)
See Ashram Website for Registration and further Information.
What Is Permaculture – How Does it Relate to Yoga?
Earn Your Permaculture Design Certificate…
In the Tranquility of the Sivananda Yoga Community
PDC Training Consists of Pre-course Study + 8 Very Full Days on Site
The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm has invited us to host another one of our design certification courses at their beautiful California location. This course will not only deliver the foundational educational experience for understanding permaculture design, but all involved will have the unique opportunity to experience it within the context of a practicing yoga community.
Understanding Yoga in Relationship to Place
Part of creating an integrated permaculture design includes learning to honor place. Sampling the yoga tradition at this site will help students better appreciate the connection between spirit and the natural elements that surrounds us at all times.
“I learned more than I thought possible. The site visits were amazing. I loved our overall group. Great vibe and life changing teachers. Thank you.”
“I appreciated working on projects, all the information, the videos, the site visits with such variation, all of it. I was never bored.”
“Showed how permaculture is more than just gardening
Earn a PDC Certificate
Students who complete this design course receive the world recognized Permaculture Design Course ‘Certificate of Completion’. Taking this training shows that you are a person who has invested in yourself and that you have been exposed to the challenges we are facing as a culture along with the kind of problem-solving thinking that can counter these challenges.
“..they gave me a job as soon as they looked at my resume with that
Amy – Loveland, CO
Income Generating Possibilities
In the permaculture tradition, having this certificate allows one to use the word ‘permaculture’ in the promotion of their work or business. Graduates may also teach in areas they feel competent in, offering workshops, lectures and seminars, and eventually, their own PDC Courses. Click here for more on certification.
|Description of our Full, Permaculture-Design-Certification Courses
If you landed on this page and happened to have missed the full course description, you might still be wondering what is actually covered in a certification course.
Additional Details About the Course
Begin The Training Now with Pre-Course Studies
This permaculture course actually begins with registration when the student receives a welcome email that contains:
- access to our Foundations of Permaculture webinar series,
- links to over 3-dozen selected handouts
- and the 150-Question Study Guide.
Students register with the Yoga Farm and we send out the welcome email. Within a week or so, students also receive a DVD of the webinars via US Mail along with the course textbook.
Included with the price of Registration
'Earth User's Guide to Permaculture'
by Rosemary Morrow
This gem of a text, shipped to students upon registration, is written by Rosemary Morrow, an Australian, that has taught permaculture around the world for decades.
The book is straightforward and loaded with illustrations and substance. It covers theory and also focuses on the practical aspects of how to create and implement a permaculture design.
This book is a must read for the serious permaculturist and is a requirement for students of our design certification courses.
150-Question Study Guide
If one is seriously interested in learning about permaculture but cannot commit at this time to a certification course, the webinars and self-study features of our design courses can be enjoyed now. Students will gain a solid foundation in permaculture from their own home. It includes the text book, the 150-Study Questions and links to over 3-dozen selected handouts. And the full $195 for this webinar series applies toward any of our design certificate courses for a period of up to three years.
Purchase Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series Separately
$195 Price Applies Fully Towards a Future Design Certificate Course!
Thank you so much for offering the webinar-only option. I plan to take a certification class within the next couple of years, but these webinars allowed me to really bring together the self-study and in-the-dirt projects I've been working on. THANKS!"
Leigh W. (Arkansas)
If one is seriously interested in learning about permaculture but cannot commit at this time to a certification course, the webinars and self-study features of our design courses can be enjoyed now. Students will gain a solid foundation in permaculture from their own home. It includes the text book, the 150-Study Questions and links to over 3-dozen selected handouts.
And the full $195 for this webinar series applies toward any of our design certificate courses for a period of up to three years.
Design Course Instructors
Bill has resided for 34 years in the sustainably oriented Community of Stelle, IL, where he has developed his deep interest in how people create permanent-cultures and authentic community.
Bill has hosted and taught at over 30 PDC Courses.
Mike has been a contributing teacher for the last three years and will lead several visits to his evolving permaculture homestead, sharing with students much of what he has learned.
From Mike: “We grow almost all of our own vegetables and much of our own fruit now as well. My goal is to be as food independent as possible with a minimum of preserving- so we use low tunnels and a greenhouse in the winter, shade cloth in the summer and eat in season. If you are careful with seeding and rotating beds on time, you can have an unbroken production of vegetables year round in most parts of the US. Of course, the more you can rely on perennials, the less you need to do of that. But most perennials produce in the summer and fall so you still need a healthy crop of annuals in my experience. It could be that varieties I am not aware of would help fill in the gaps.
There is always something new to discover. We are lacto-ovo vegetarians and have not yet reached the point of raising all of our own protein. We are growing dried beans and have chickens for eggs. We are going slowly, adding one piece at a time, learning a lot and enjoying each day. I learned a great deal of useful information from my training with Bill. But as important, I learned the benefits of patience and how to appreciate the way natural processes unfold. I look forward to meeting all who join us at this training and sharing our home and permaculture progress with you.”
Please join us if this training and this location speak to you. And feel free to register whenever you wish to begin your permaculture education with the pre-training studies.
Do Consider the 4-day Hands-on Training as an option as well.
These trainings are unbelievably wonderful when hosted in a location such as the Sivananda Yoga Farm. See pictures below.
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Information links are in the upper right hand corner of the page when it opens.
“This was unequivocally the best educational experience of my life. You made permaculture completely understandable and I am so inspired to implement this work. This training has tied it all together for me. Thank You.”
“Thanks so much for all your work!! I was so inspired by the course. I’ve already integrated permaculture into a community project I’m working on. After 25yrs of landscaping, I needed this boost of BLISS!”
Pictures from Previous PDC Courses on the Yoga Farm
|To get Another Idea of What Our Trainings are Like
Click Here for a Picture Summary
of the 2008 Grass Valley Permaculture Training
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