Saturday, February 24, 2007

Permaculture Courses in OH, VA and IN, '07

Other courses / workshops for 2007

5 Weekend Permaculture Design Course:
Sustainability Strategies for the Blue Ridge

near Afton, VA
This course is sold out but taking reservations for next year. Consider one of the other courses below.
March 2-4, 16-18, 30-April 1, 13-15, 27-29
with Peter Bane, Dave Jacke, Dave O'Neill, and Christine Gyovai.
$895 fee includes tuition, meals, materials. Lodging options extra.
For more information about the course including registration, directions, and faculty contact Christine Gyovai at 434-982-6464 or

This Permaculture Design Course lays the foundation for understanding the workings of natural systems and for designing human environments that produce food, shelter, and energy. It also provides participants with models of community development and extension by which they can create networks of support for themselves and empower others to do the same. The course provides tools to help design and develop an individual's urban or rural property in a sustainable manner, revitalize local communities, and help restore ecological balance. Permaculture promotes land use systems that work with natural rhythms and patterns to create sustainable cultivated ecosystems. Participants will learn how to design and build gardens, homes, and neighborhoods that model living ecosystems. By understanding patterns in nature students will learn how to grow food, manage water catchment and storage, utilize renewable energy and build community.

This course covers themes such as: ecological systems understanding, organic food production, natural soil improvement, watershed restoration, water conservation and management, edible forest gardening, native medicinal plants, natural habitat restoration, healthy buildings and human settlements, community and consensus building strategies, renewable energy systems, sustainable community development, local economics, reducing our ecological footprint, and ecological planning and design methods.

The 72 hour certificate course, presented by the Association for Regenerative Culture and the Blue Ridge Permaculture Network, is a rare opportunity to learn from the best teachers in the permaculture movement including Peter Bane, Dave Jacke, Dave O'Neill and Christine Gyovai. The course will be held over five weekends at the Rockfish Valley Community Center (RVCC), which is nestled in Nelson County at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains (March 2-4, 16-18, Mar. 30-Apr. 1, 13-15, and 27-29). For more information, see the website The cost for the course is $895, and a few work trade positions are available. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited. Lunches and snacks will be provided during the Design Course. Students will be responsible for their own overnight accommodations off-site, as well as transportation to and from the site. For a list of accommodations close to RVCC, go to the website:
Times for the course (subject to change): Friday 5:30 – 9:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Register and pay with check or Paypal

May 31- June 14, 2week Permaculture Design Course
through Indiana University (3 credit hours for IU students),
at the Lazy Black Bear, Paoli, In.
Contact: Andy Mahler, 812-723-2430 or andy[at]

Instructors, Peter Bane, Keith Johnson, Rhonda Baird, and guests. The fifth annual life-changing Pc certificate course at this lovely location. Enjoy world-class education in a unique and artful setting within the Hoosier National Forest one hour from Bloomington; draft horses, swimming pond, orgainc farm, hot solar showers, excellent music on site, and great food. Lose your ignorance: find hope. $1000 fee includes meals, camping, course materials, and dancing.

July 6-14, 2007 Permaculture Fundamentals Course
near Athens, OH
with Peter Bane, Keith Johnson, Rhonda Baird, and guests.
$475 fee includes tuition, meals, materials. Lodging optons extra.
Contact Peter Bane at pcactivist[at] or call 812-335-0383,
Appalachian Ohio is justly famous for herbal wildcrafting, pawpaw culture, organic farming, sustainable forestry, and a wealth of local economic initiatives. Join us in this trendsetting region of great natural beauty as we empower ourselves with ecological awareness and design literacy. This course, together with a Design Practicum, completes the standard 72 hour curriculum and awards students with the internationally recognized Permaculture Design certificate.
Register and pay with check or Paypal

August 24 - September 1 Permaculture Design Practicum
in Loveland, OH
with Peter Bane, Keith Johnson, Rhonda Baird, and guests.
Contact Peter Bane at pcactivist[at] or call 812-335-0383,
Second half of the certificate course taught in 8 days at Grailville. Wetland wastewater treatment, youth education, empowered women, and an emerging ecovillage distinguish this site on 300 Acres near metropolitan Cincinnati. Grailville will host the 10th Continental Bioregional Congress in 2008, and our design work will help perpare the site as well as realize the vision of Heartland Ecovillage. Gracious accomadations at the Grailville conference center make this an exceptional opportunity. Fundamental Course is a prerequisite for obtaining the Permaculture Design Certificate. $695 fee includes tuition, meals, lodging, and materials.

Register and pay with check or Paypal

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