This certified Permaculture Design Course is a mind expanding and paradigm shifting experience you won’t want to miss. Designed specifically to extend your edge, this intensive 14 day course will give you all the tools you will need to design a holistic life of regenerative abundance.
No matter your goals in life, this course is sure to inform your direction.
About the Course
Facilitated by internationally experienced and recognized permaculture educator, Theron Beaudreau, this 72 hour Permaculture Design Course will be held in South Austin only 30 minutes from downtown in a unique sub-ecoregion of the Edwards Plateau known for its diverse habitats, beautiful canyons and abundant spring lines.
WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING:
“This Permaculture Design Course was more than I could have asked for. Expectations surpassed. I hold more hope for our species now than ever before, while truly grasping the gravity of the situation. Thank you!” ~ Jonathan Horstmann, Co-Founder of Food is Free Project
”Activities were spectacular. The movement and energy was amazing throughout. Overall, I could not have asked for a better class and wonderful people to share it with!” ~ Adam Russell, Founder of Upcycle Organics
Tailored to engage students at any level of experience, and enriched with practical hands-on activities, the PDC will cover every major topic in Bill Mollison’s “Permaculture: a Designers Manual” and provide a solid foundation to practice permaculture at home or a platform to launch yourself into international aid projects abroad.
Some of the subjects students can expect to learn about:
1. Philosophies and Ethics of permaculture
2. Permaculture Design Principles
3. Patterns in Nature – how they apply to design
4. Methods of Design – turning damaged landscapes into productive, healthy landscapes
5. Climatic Factors – how to design within your climate where ever you are
6. Trees and Forest Systems – how to mimic nature in your design
7. Water – catchment, usage, importance and conservation
8. Soil – minerals, microorganisms, erosion prevention and soil creation
9. Earthworks – shaping the land to achieve our design goals
10. Aquaculture – fish and water plant production
11. Natural Building – cob, adobe, compressed earth and more!
12. Community Cultivating – strategies for community development
13. Urban Design Systems – designing for density
14. Animal System – understanding the role livestock plays in design
A wealth of other topics are also be explored as well and students are encouraged to share and exchange their own unique knowledge and skills. This PDC is designed to be interactive and inspirational to provide the best possible learning experience for all level of students.
Your experience will begin Sunday morning at 7:00am on the 20th of October. Each day starts with a light breakfast followed by an hour of hands on permaculture experience starting at 8am. From 9 to 9:30am there is a short review of the previous days’ lessons and at 9:30am the first session begins. Each day there are a total of four 1.5 hour sessions separated by a 30 minute break and a 1.5 hour lunch. Lunch break starts at 1pm and runs until 2:30 for the start of the afternoon sessions. The day ends at 6pm and is followed by an occasional, and optional, evening session from 7:30 to 9pm. Sunday, Oct 27th is a day for relaxation and reflection before reengaging the life altering fun on Oct 28th.
Set in the unique Balcones Canyonlands sub-ecoregion of the Edwards Plateau and conveniently located in South Austin only 30 minutes from downtown, this course gives you the option of staying in the comfort of your own home or allowing yourself to be immersed in on of Texas’ most diverse landscapes.
If you are planning to camp please remember to bring your own camping and sleeping gear. Outdoor showers and toilet facilities will be available for your use.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all provided and included into the cost of the course. Although the cost of food service has been factored into the price of the course, donations (local food, praise, kindness and tips for the chefs) are encouraged, appreciated and help to insure the highest quality of food options for all.
This Permaculture Design Course runs over a jam packed two weeks from Oct 20th – Nov 3rd, 2013. To receive a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC), participants are required to attend all two weeks of exciting hands-on and classroom learning. This $175 deposit reserves your place in the April 27th PDC. Remaining course costs of $650 are due upon the first day of the course ($825 Total).
SCHOLARSHIPS & SLIDING SCALE
Please contact us regarding scholarships & sliding scale options.
A very limited number of fully-paid and partially-paid scholarships are being offered for those engaged in permaculture and community projects but unable to attend due to economic limitation. If you are committed to social and ecological regeneration and can demonstrate your application of this commitment through your work in the community, please send an email by clicking on the “Contact the organizer” link in the upper right hand side of this page.
Requirements for Scholarship Consideration: Please send us your name and a three paragraph description of your relevant history, current work, and how you feel this course can help facilitate the advancement of your work.
Scholarship recipients will be chosen from the applicants based on their ability to impact social and environmental change through the use of permaculture design.
Deadline for scholarship applications is September 30th! Apply now!
CROWD SOURCE IT
If you are interested in a creative way to come up with funds for this course, look into fundraising for it through WeTheTrees.com. It is a great way to reach out to your family and friends, let them know what you are up to and give them a easy way to contribute to your education. Click on the banner below to learn more:
“Our Deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.” ~ Marianne Williamson
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ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
Theron Beaudreau: An international educator and consultant with many years of permaculture design and project management experience, Theron is an engaging teacher and inspiring mentor. He empowers his students to teach each other through thoughtful facilitation and creative activities. Theron’s commitment to creating a better world comes across in every lesson, encouraging others to follow their unique path.
In 2010, Theron founded Community Cultivators in Austin, Texas, a grassroots organization helping individuals realize the potential of community through the cultivation of mind, body and soil. In 2011, Theron interned with Geoff Lawton of the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia for three months and later became a founding manager of Rak Tamachat Permaculture, a permaculture education and training centre located in rural Thailand. Theron is now working on developing systems for higher level permaculture education and regenerative earth sciences through Eco-Pioneers.org.