6-Day Family Friendly Training

6-day “Hands-on” Training – August 2011
Held at Midwest Permaculture in our Sustainably Oriented Community of Stelle, IL
We expect to be offering a ‘family friendly’ training every summer.  See Here for Details

 This Training is also Stage 2 or our 3-Stage PDC Certificate Course 
6 Students stayed on for the 5-day PDC Completion Training and earned their permaculture certificate.

This was our first training that fully welcomed families with children. Four families joined us along with 12 other individuals. Bottom-line... it worked out really well!

 

 “I so appreciated having families and their children in the course. 
It really added to the wonderful dynamic.” 
Kate – College Student 

 

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The Relationship Between Yoga & Permaculture

This video came out a a couple of years ago and we think Vidya (now Swami Omkara)  really speaks to why we’ve been working to organize courses with the Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA. The registration for our course at the Yoga Farm this year is officially closed, but we’re holding a 6-Day Hands-On Permaculture Intensive immediately following it. The Hands-On training is a great way to not only get a deep introduction to permaculture, but also to anchor your Permaculture Design Course training. 

Hugelkultur Video

Check out this time lapse video we made of the construction of a hugelkultur bed…

Hugelkultur is a raised bed filled with wood. As the wood decomposes it slowly releases nutrients to the plants in the bed. It also acts like a sponge, holding more water for the plants to access in between rains. We built this bed in Bill & Becky Wilson’s yard as a part of our Hands-On Permaculture Training this past August. 

6-Day Family Friendly Permaculture Training

 

 

Greetings from Stelle, IL. We are in the midst of a ‘permaculture training for families’ and took this photo in front of a hugelkultur bed that we built today in Bill and Becky’s back yard. This bed will now hold water and produce it’s own fertility for 5 years to come.  

We also want to say hello to all the folks visiting from The Survival Podcast. Bill skipped lunch yesterday to have a chat with Jack Spirko and returned to class, energized by their conversations. 

Permaculture is about a lot more than just gardening and growing things, it is about creating ways of living that care for people and the earth at the same time. We’re all having a really great week.  And what fun having young ones and families involved. 

The next 6-day hands-on training by Bill will be in California in early October.  With the experience of this training, Bill and Becky are planning to host another family training next summer.

 


 

 

Pictures From May 2011 “Hands-on Training” Week

May 2011 Hands-on Training Week
At Midwest Permaculture — Stelle, IL
For those interested, here are some pictures from our “Hands-on” work week.  It turned out to be a great time dispite the fact that it rained on most days.

The pictures are from student John Berton and myself, Bill Wilson. The narration is mine as well. You can learn more about our 6-Day course here.

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Learning Permaculture by Doing Permaculture

6-Day Hands-on Training –  May 22-28, 2011
Next Week –At Midwest Permaculture, Stelle, IL  

Last fall, at the request of our host following one of our full PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) Courses, I stayed on for an additional week to lead another group of beginning students for a hands-on permaculture training that included some classroom time on the foundations of permaculture.  I’ll have to admit, I thought it would end up being a fine week but nothing like the excitement of our full PDC trainings.  I was wrong.

If seeing is believing, then doing is knowing.  We had a wonderful week tackling all sorts of projects during the day and exploring permaculture design ideas and principles in the evenings. The students loved it.  I loved it.  Everyone learned a tremendous amount and came away with many useful and practical skills to begin their own permaculture projects.

From this experience we have created our new 6-day Hands-on Training that we intend to be offering for years to come.  And student who take this training, earn partial credit toward a PDC certificate.

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Pictures From May 2011 “Hands-on Training” Week

May 2011 Hands-on Training Week
At Midwest Permaculture — Stelle, IL
For those interested, here are some pictures from our “Hands-on” work week.  It turned out to be a great time dispite the fact that it rained on most days.

The pictures are from student John Berton and myself, Bill Wilson. The narration is mine as well. You can learn more about our 6-Day course here.

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