$500 – $1,100

Permaculture Design Course in Traverse City - Start Homesteading NOW!

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Abba's House

55 S Hope Ridge

Traverse City, MI 49696

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Earn your Permaculture Design Certificate

This intensive course will teach you the foundations of permaculture training in a hands-on and practical way. Not only will you learn in a classroom setting, but you will also have real-life practical experience on-site at the 40+ acre farm at Abba's House located just outside of Traverse City, MI. Because the course conveniently takes place on weekends, you'll be able to have a full-time job and still get the training you need to produce permanent productivity and abudance.


This course will teach you:

  • Beyond organic homesteading and sustainability

  • Next level backyard animal care

  • Planting self reliant food forests for perennial productivity

  • Low maintenance food and water systems

  • Permaculutre methods of design (contours, zones, orientation, etc.

  • Understanding Patterns in Nature (use of swales, water catchment, 3rd world design)

  • Gardening Climates & Zones

  • Using Local Knowledge in the Midwest

  • Trees & Perennial Systems

  • Water (catchment, dams, swales, urban systems)

  • Soils (basic elements, understanding pH, microorganisms, fertility, composting)

  • Earthworks (contour banks, stop-spread-soak, water harvesting)

  • Climate Designs (humid, drylands, cold-climate)

  • Strategies for Implementation

  • Reading the Landscape (understanding keypoint, middle slopes, establishing features in your designs)

Each participant will not only have the opportunity to see permaculture in action at this location, but will also to serve on a property of their choosing. Our Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) material was originally developed by Bill Mollison, co-founder of permaculture, to teach the principles and foundations of sustainable design. All PDC courses offered throughout the world must follow the same format to assure that the integrity of the certification process is upheld.


Mind, Body, Spirit Wellness


The three core tenets of permaculture are earthcare, people care, fair share. This particular course will have a focus on caring for the human body as well as caring for the land.


Dates, Times, and Class Info

Classes will be held on the following days / times:Saturdays, April 11, 18, 26, and May 2: 11am - 5:30pmSundays, April 12, 19, 26, and May 3: 1pm - 6pmThis schedule allowes you to maintain a normal work schdule and family life while taking the course. Children are welcome to attend, but must not disrupt the course teaching times. Participants may either audit the class attending only the dates above OR take the course to earn their certificate by fulfilling the additional requirements below. Participants seeking to earn certification are allowed only ONE absense, which they must arrange for with the instructor in order to get access to any missed material.


If you are taking this course to get your Permaculture Certification, you'll need to:

  • Completing the required permaculture design project before the May 30. These individual projects vary in length and depth, and are only required for those seeking to walk away with certification.
  • Minimum of 20 work hours at a site of their choosing before May 30. This may be their own properties or that of another student, a local garden or community space, or a neighbor. This work must be on a volunteer basis, and participants must NOT be paid for their labor.
  • Exit interview and meeting with permaculture instructor to review their project. This portion may be done in a group or digital meeting. To be determined.

Your Instructor

Kris Edler, trained by Geoff Lawton, has been teaching permaculture since 2013 and has been an organic urban gardener in Kansas City since 2006. He has been trained via the Permaculture Research Institute and continues annual trainings for furthered education. He has has a bachelors degree from the University of Michigan.

At a minimum, this course will meet the following criteria (in accordance with PRI certification):

– The lead instructor is an established permaculture teacher with a college degree, or equal credentials. The lead instructor is present throughout the entire course and course certificate bears his/her signature.– The course provides a minimum of 24 hours of contact with instructor(s), including group design time, homework assignments, hands-on projects, visits to demonstration sites and other learning activities, etc.– Course material is inclusive of, but not limited to, all subjects listed in the PDC Online (via PRI).
– Course includes at least one design project exercise or multiple design vignettes.

Certification

Participants of Permaculture Design Courses that meet the criteria above receive Permaculture Design Certificates from their lead instructor(s) upon completion of the course. The certificate attests that the recipient has acquired certain knowledge of the subject, and it enables the recipient to start using the word “permaculture” in their livelihood and professional practice.Persons who wish to teach PDC as lead instructors must have a Permaculture Diploma to do so. Co-teachers and guest instructors do not need a Permaculture Diploma.

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