The Permaculture Design curriculum is woven throughout the program, leaving students with a framework for integrating the learned strategies and techniques into cohesive designs for sustainable human settlement. The internationally recognized certificate in Permaculture Design is presented at the end of the program. While a typical Permaculture design course runs for two weeks, this course contains 200+ hours of classroom and hands on time. Students will leave this program prepared to not only manage aspects of sustainable systems, but able to put all aspects together into an integrated whole.
At the end of this course you will have experience with:
*Building with natural materials including mixing and applying natural plasters, natural insulation techniques, and construction with cob.
*Designing and installing forest gardens and planting and tending trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
*Planning a garden for four seasons of food yields.
*Building a compost pile and brewing compost tea.
*Utilizing hand tools like levels and compass to establish base maps and plan water harvesting earthworks.
*Finding and maximizing the use of water as it moves through the land.
*Constructing swales, ponds, and greywater systems for increasing the availability of water in your landscape.
*Working with indoor and outdoor aquatic food systems including fish and aquatic plants.
*Canning, fermenting, drying and storing food.
*Building a solar hot water shower.
*Designing rocket stoves and rocket mass heaters.
*Selecting and falling trees with hand tools.
*Restoring eroded stream channels.
*And putting it all together into a Permaculture master plan!
Large Regenerative Systems
Permaculture Design Course - PDC 72hr
Tuition is on a sliding scale from $2,300-2,800. The sliding scale is offered for attendees to pay within their means. We seek to make this amazing course as accessible as possible to all and rely on some individuals paying on the higher end of the scale when possible.
We are now offering grants and interest-free tuition financing to qualified residential students. To learn more about these options to finance your education at Aprovecho call us at (541) 942-8198.
Aprovecho’s Sustainable Living Skills Immersion is the oldest program of its kind in the Northwest and includes hands on training in appropriate technology, sustainable forestry, natural building, water harvesting, sustainable agriculture, and Permaculture.
Permaculture Design Course and Sustainable Living Immersion
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During the six-week course you will be either in a shared dorm-room in our Strawbale dormitory or camping on our 40-acre land trust.
wifi - Email/FB only (weak signal)
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All meals emphasize local foods (much of which is grown on-site) and are completely organic.
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