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PERMACULTURE THEORY & PRACTICE w/ Darren Doherty - M.A. Center Chicago

MA Center Chicago

Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7:30 PM (CDT)


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2 DAYS Aug 18 - 19 PERMACULTURE PRACTICUM WORKSHOP Ended $300.00 $8.49

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Permaculture Theory & Practicums w/ Darren Doherty

AUGUST 16 - 19, 2014

Darren Doherty is internationally recognized as a leader & pioneer in permaculture & regenerative agriculture.  A prolific & accomplished designer, Darren has completed more than 1,600 property development plans since 1993 in 47 countries! He has made his knowledge & experience accessible to over 12,000 students with 180 courses & seminars since 2001. 



AUGUST 16 - 19, 2014



Cost for 2 days: $260 before July 1 ($300 after July 1)

Cost for 4 days: $520 before July 1 ($600 after July 1) 

Work/Study options will be available.  Please email events.macc@gmail.com for more information.


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Applied Permaculture Design with the Leading Permaculture Expert in the World 

Darren Doherty, one of “the world’s leading experts” in Permaculture, will be conducting an Applied Permaculture Course on a 140-acre property in Elburn, Illinois, and a 54-acre farm in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Darren is often called a “teacher’s teacher.”  He has been described as “one of the most prolific permaculture designers on Planet Earth.”  His greatest strength is his practical application of Permaculture on 1,600 farms and properties that he has developed in 47 different countries.  

Permaculture “create(s) systems that are ecologically-sound and economically viable, which provide for their own needs, do not exploit or pollute, and are therefore sustainable in the long term" in the words of Bill Mollison, the founder of Permaculture.  "Permaculture uses the inherent qualities of plants and animals combined with the natural characteristics of landscapes and structures to produce a life-supporting system for city and country, using the smallest practical area."  Of course, Permaculture is Organic, but it goes beyond Organic since it is a way to design your garden, orchard, or farm so that it is in harmony with nature.

The class is designed in such a manner that both novices and experts will benefit from the practical application of Permaculture Design.

If you know what Permaculture is, join us to take your knowledge and experience to the next level.  Work with Darren as he applies the principles of Permaculture Design to each of the properties to develop a Permaculture plan that is both sustainable and profitable. 

Find out how Darren applies his Permaculture Principles with a methodology called “Regrarian.”  Regrarian’s are those who are actively undertaking the serious and timely process of regenerating, restoring, rehabilitating, rehabitating, rekindling, and rebooting production landscapes across this planet.

The first two days will be spent applying Permaculture principles around:


4. ACCESS (Roads, Tracks and Lanes )










The investigation and study of these elements will create an action plan to transform the farm from an orchard to a stacked sustainable enterprise in the first two days of the Applied Permaculture Design Course (Theory).

The next two days will be spent implementing the plan, explaining how to accomplish the plan, and setting a Gantt Chart for planned actions.  Find out where Permaculture is headed and learn the topics and use of Polyface Farming, Keyline Ploughing, and Regrarian Design.  Overall, you will spend four days with a leading expert in Permaculture.  

Students are welcome to attend the first two days ($260 with advance sign up), last two days ($260) or for all four days of the course ($520).  Work study can be used to fund part of the course as applicable.


What to bring

    • Maps/Plans/Photos of your own place or project for use in this PDC in the many design exercises.
    • Camping mattress/bedding for 2-4 night stay at Lodge; or
    • Tent or camping gear comfortable for an 2-4 night stay
    • Please verify weather forecast before packing your gear http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/elburn-il/60119/weather-forecast/332836
    • Camping mug/cup/plate & (refillable) water bottle
    • Flashlight/Head Lamp
    • Day bag or small backpack
    • Clothes for early August in Chicago-land (90 F(high)/45 F (low))
    • Sturdy boots
    • Long-sleeved shirt & pants/shorts
    • Wide-brimmed hat & sunglasses
    • Notebook, Laptop/Tablet & Video/still camera
    • A great attitude for participatory learning

If you want to have a portable chair for those times when we are stopping for a while around the Center, then bring one (though this is a Sherpa-free event!)

Anything you need to make your stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible.

Anything you need to make your stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible.


MA Center Chicago, Corner of Harley and Keslinger Roads,  41W501 Keslinger Rd, Elburn, IL 60119 (find us in Google maps by simply typing “MA Center Chicago”)


We’ll collect you from and drop you at the La Fox Metra Train Station, or you can choose any of the following options:


O’Hare International airport or Midway Airport both serve the Chicago-land area.  CTA elevated trains can transport you from either airport to downtown Chicago where you can get a Metra Regional Train out to La Fox, IL.


From the Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago, take Metra’s Union Pacific/West Line to the LaFox station in Kane County.  M.A. Center Chicago is within walking distance from the station, approximately one-half mile west. Exit the station parking lot and turn right on Keslinger Road.
View Metra Rail train schedules ›


(You can easily find us using the GPS on your smartphone in Google maps by typing “MA Center Chicago”)  The four main highways/roads surrounding MA Center Chicago are: I-90 to the North; I-88 to the South; Randall Road to the East; and Route 47 to the West.

Get directions from your starting location ›  


On-site accommodation in the newly remodeled South Lodge.  Please bring your own bedding. 

Shared Room:   USD$25/night – unfurnished room, sharing with 2-3 others (one bathroom).

Single Room:  USD$40/night – unfurnished studio room, single occupancy.

For those who prefer, on-site tent camping is available for USD$10/night.  If you are doing this then you’ll need to:

  • Hot showers will be available for use
  • Please bring all that you need, as  camping gear is not available on site
  • There are no laundry facilities available

Elburn and the surrounding area offers a multitude of accommodation options.  For a list of hotels near MA Center Chicago go to:  http://amma.org/groups/north-america/ma-center-chicago/guides/hotels


You are permitted to record anything and everything at this event.  By attending this event you give permission for images/voice of yourself to be used by Regrarians Ltd./HeenanDoherty Pty. Ltd and MA Center Chicago and Embracing The World.


We understand that sometimes circumstances dictate that you are not able to attend after you’ve made and paid for your booking.  We are happy to give a refund 14 days out from the date of this event, minus a USD$100 administration fee.  If you need to cancel your booking within 14 days then we will be unable to provide a refund though you can use your payment towards a future MA Center Chicago event.

Contacting the organizers

  • WEB: chicago.amma.org
  • Email: events.macc@gmail.com
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When & Where

M. A. Center Chicago
Keslinger Rd & Harley Rd
Elburn, IL 60119

Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7:30 PM (CDT)

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MA Center Chicago

Elburn, a far west suburb of Chicago in Kane County in Illinois, is the home of M.A. Center Chicago (MACC). Formerly known as Broadview Academy, the current site of the Center is spread over 140 acres.  Amma’s work will inspire M.A. Center Chicago to become the hub of Amma’s charitable, educational, and spiritual activities in the Midwest. The farmland that forms part of the ashram site will engender Amma’s green initiatives.

In the months and years to come, M.A. Center Chicago will herald various initiatives and ‘embrace the world’ through Amma’s love.

Amma Means Mother in Many Languages. Mata Amritanandamayi is known throughout the world as Amma, or Mother, for her selfless love and compassion toward all beings. Her entire life has been dedicated to alleviating the pain of the poor, and those suffering
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