This certified Permaculture Design Course is a mind expanding and paradigm shifting experience you won't want to miss. Participants have the opportunity to co-create designs for urban and suburban environments and learn about natural building, community cultivation and earth restoration strategies applicable to life anywhere on the planet.
You can watch a preview of what attending a Permaculture Design Course at Creation Flame is like by clicking here!
About the Course
Taught by internationally experienced and recognized permaculture educator, Theron Beaudreau, this 72 hour Permaculture Design Course will be held at the home of Creation Flame in Cedar Creek, Texas just 15 minutes from Austin.
WHAT STUDENTS HAVE SAID:
“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!”
”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!"
The course will cover every major topic in Bill Mollison's "Permaculture: a Designers Manual" and will also be packed full of rich, practical examples of permaculture design through Theron's direct experience learning from permaculture professionals, biologists and community organizers from around the world!
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
Many other topics will be explored as well and students are encouraged to share and exchange any relevant knowledge and skills they have. The course is designed to be interactive and inspirational to provide the best possible learning experience for all level of students.
This Permaculture Design Course runs over a jam packed two weeks from April 27th - May 12th, 2013. To receive a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC), participants are required to attend all two weeks of exciting hands-on and classroom learning. This $145 deposit reserves your place in the April 27th PDC. Remaining course costs of $580 are due upon the first day of the course ($725 Total).
Your experience will begin Saturday morning at 7:30am on the 27th of April. Each day starts with a light breakfast followed by an hour of hands on farm experience starting at 8am (learn how to care for chickens, milk pigmy goats, and take part in the community experience). 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. Saturday, May 4th and 5th are days off... even if you are too excited to stop, you'll have to direct the energy toward your own garden!
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The course will be hosted at Awesome Hollow in Cedar Creek, home of the amazing Creation Flame. In 2011 Creation Flame was the first to successfully replicate an open source Compressed Earth Brick machine designed by the Open Source Ecology project. This bourgeoning permaculture site is an ideal space to discover new knowledge and skills in permaculture design.
A light breakfast and lunch is provided. The cost of this service has been factored into the price of the course although donations (local food, praise, kindness and tips) are encouraged, appreciated and help to insure the highest quality of food options.
Limited camping is available for the cost of $10 additional per night. Please notify us in advance or through the registration form if you intend to camp to insure that space is available.
A very limited number of fully-paid and partially-paid scholarships are being offered for those interested in taking the course 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. Send an email detailing the work that you are involved in and how this Permaculture Design Course will help to advance that 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 applications is April 1st! Apply now!
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ABOUT THE FACILITATORs
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, 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 and later was 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
Wesley Thoricatha: Wesley has been a certified permaculture designer since 2012 and is the owner of Awesome Hollow, a 3.5 acre sustainable farm in Cedar Creek, TX, and a founder of Creation Flame, the "Church of Awesome" that celebrates spirituality through regenerative living, creative expression, and holistic healing. While still an avid student of all things related to permaculture, Wesley has gained firsthand experience in the fields of aquaponics, greywater systems, livestock, poultry, earthworks, appropriate technology and forest gardening through implementing all of these systems at Awesome Hollow. His greatest forte, however, is in building community and galvanizing action around the ideals of permaculture, and encouraging the application of its principles and ethics to our inner and outer lives.
When & Where
We are committed to providing on the best in land based training. Our Integrated approach has allowed us to partner with a wide variety of skill based educators from around the world.
It is our mission to provide the skills, knowledge and services for a young new generation of farmers to thrive while making even the most established farmers more resilient.