$150 – $1,350

Summer 2018 PDC: Two-Week Intensive Permaculture Design Certification

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447 Main Street

Norway, ME 04268

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FMI: ecologybasedeconomy.org/pdc

Explore how nature designs itself and how to emulate those processes to become sustainable designers ourselves. We will learn how to map and design landscapes and our lives, grow organic food in all seasons, plan for resilience, and work to build a more sustainable future for ourselves, our communities and the planet.

PDC at Moose Pond with Western Foothills Land TrustIn addition to a thorough grounding in permaculture ethics, principles and history, this permaculture design course will provide essential hands-on experience in organic gardening, forest gardening, social permaculture, natural building techniques, appropriate technologies and more, informed by the individual interests and skills of the participants. Culminating in a group design project, participants will gain skill and discover new skills in the permaculture design process.

Site visits and hands-on opportunities will include the Alan Day Community Garden, a food forest in its 3rd year of development, and a robust farm-to-school site at the Robert’s Farm Preserve. We will also visit a variety of local permaculture sites showcasing natural building styles from round-wood and traditional timber-frame, to a certified passive house. We will examine CEBE community projects promoting local food, green shelter, renewable energy and post-carbon transport and enjoy public film screenings and lectures. For inspiration and reference for our design work, we will also spend time in some of the region’s most beautiful and significant natural areas.

Completion of the CEBE PDC will empower individuals as permaculture designers, consultants, and introductory level teachers while enabling graduates to use the word "permaculture" in their practice, business or project.

DETAILS: Two Week Intensive PDC

Friday, July 27 – Friday, August 10, 2018

Community Focused

Social & Physical Landscape Design

Regenerative Culture

Facilitated by:

  • Scott Vlaun

Guest Teachers:

  • Rachel Lyn Rumson
  • Caitlin Horigan
  • Jesse Stevens
  • Aaron Parker


Moose Pond in Otisfield for camping

  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Access to electricity
  • Outhouse
  • Wood fired hot tub



  • Potluck opening night
  • Lunch included
  • Break dinner each night

Fare Share Food Co-op for groceries

Area restaurants include:

  • Café Nomad ($)
  • The Vegan Café ($)
  • Norway Brewing Company ($$)
  • 76 Pleasant Street ($$$)

General Daily Schedule:

  • 8:30a - 12p morning session
  • 12p - 1p Lunch
  • 1p - 5:00p afternoon session
  • 5:00p - 6:30p - Dinner break
  • 7:00 - 9:30 - Evening session*
  • There will be one day off for free time
  • *Evening sessions are not every night


  • Full Tuition: $1350, $1200 by 7/1
  • Deposit:
  • Early Registration Discount: $150
  • Scholarships: PLEASE APPLY HERE
  • Group rate (3 min): $1000 each
  • Referral discount: $100

Topics covered, but not be limited to:

  • Permaculture principles and ethics

  • Zone and sector analysis

  • Reading the landscape

  • Pattern recognition and application

  • Water in the landscape

  • Swales and berms

  • Climate adaptation and microclimate strategies

  • Scales of permanence

  • Mapping

  • Urban permaculture

  • Land tenure and access

  • Community resilience strategies

  • Design process and methods

  • Plant guilds and polycultures

  • Human-scale agriculture

  • Soil Carbon, Biochar and Mycorrhizae

  • Mushroom foraging and cultivation

  • Tools and appropriate technology

  • Seeds and seed saving

  • Food forests and agroforestry

  • Living soil systems

  • Animals in the landscape

  • Ponds and Earthworks

  • Gray water systems

  • Bioremediation

  • Natural building strategies

  • Renewable energy

  • Embodied energy and product lifecycles

  • Forest management and biodiversity

  • Managing watersheds

  • Ecological Economy and Equity

  • Group design project

  • Yoga for Gardeners

  • Talent Show!


Scott Vlaun PermacultureScott Vlaun, Facilitator
Center for an Ecology-Based Economy

As Executive Director of the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy (CEBE), Scott has helped lead the community’s response to climate instability and resource depletion. Through permaculture-inspired projects including a Community Food Forest, Edible Main Street in Norway, CEBE Community BikeShare, as well as the annual Foothills Food Festival and Electric Vehicle Expo, CEBE is known throughout the region as an innovator in the transition to a post-carbon economy. Scott has presented CEBE’s work to The New England Transition Network, New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Sierra Club Maine and Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District, among others.

Scott is also the co-founder of Moose Pond Arts+Ecology (MPA+E) that provides graphic design, photography, writing, and permaculture design services to ecologically- and community-focused organizations, publication, and individuals. In his travels documenting the organic seed and farming movement, he had the good fortune to conduct an extensive interview with Permaculture founder Bill Mollison in 2002 that led him down the permaculture path. MPA+E also maintains two acres of open space in a 50+ acre mixed forest, now in transition from market and trial gardens to a more perennial polyculture. In 2006, MPA+E hosted a two-week Permaculture Designers Course (PDC) led by Andrew Jones. Permaculture consulting work includes crop planning and forest management, timber frame design and construction, and edible landscape design and implementation.

Scott has written and photographed for publications including Mother Earth News and currently is a regular contributor to West Coast Maine and reviews permaculture related books for the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association. Scott teaches widely on permaculture, seed saving, and food system dynamics. He was recently a guest instructor at the Whole Systems Design PDC in Vermont, at Post Carbon Designs’ Permaculture in Practice course, and at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. He regularly teaches permaculture classes ranging from short introductions to local school groups, to multi-day intensives for adults. He has presented “Seed People, A Journey into the Organic Seed Movement,” an original slide show and lecture, at the Organic Seed Growers Conference, Restoring Our Seed, the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture Annual Conference and the Maine Farmer to Farmer Conference.


In addition to our facilitators, we are excited to include the following guest teachers in our program:

David Homa, Post Carbon Design
David Homa PermacultureDavid is a certified Permaculture designer, consultant, carpenter and professional landscaper. His work includes landscape implementation in residential settings, farms, businesses, schools and university projects throughout Southern Maine. Clients include:
University of Southern Maine, Bailey Farm Elderberry Cooperative, Casco Bay High School & P.A.T.H.S, Gray/ New Gloucester High School, Overland Apiaries, Fryeburg Academy, The Honey Exchange, Manchester Elementary School

Aaron Parker, Edgewood Nursery
Aaron Parker PermacultureFor over a decade Edgewood Landscapes has served southern Maine; designing, installing and maintaining functinal landscapes that are not only beautiful, but produce food, medicine and wildlife habitat with a minimum of external inputs. Aaron teaches a variety of course subjects including: Seed Saving and Vegetable Breeding, Propagating Plants, Introduction to Edible Landscaping, Perennial Vegetables for Maine, Tree Crops: Beyond the Apple, Making Yogurt at Home, Introduction to Low Maintenance, Low Input Gardening, Companion Planting for the Home Orchard.

Rachel Lyn Rumson
Royal River Collaborative

Rachel Lyn has been called an animator due to the life that she brings to groups, actively engaging them in their work. Her master's thesis on Regenerative Systems combined with her study of permaculture design are the keystone of her practice. As a systems thinker, Rachel Lyn embraces the complexity of each project and works to maximize the goals of her clients. In business and activism, she values task, process, and place as vital components of each project, seeking to develop communities that create, learn and change together.

Rachel Lyn excels at collaboration and engagement. She works with emergence on the land and with people, helping to connect and weave networks. She practices landscape permaculture design out of her studio at George Perley House B&B in Gray, Maine, where her family is innkeepers and homesteaders. Her practice has included multi-stakeholder design for couples, families, and communities.

After doing her PDC and Advanced PDC training at The Resilience Hub in Portland, Maine, Rachel Lyn co- facilitated PDCs, performed site consults, collaborated on several design projects and helped grow the organization. She also worked as a Social Permaculture Designer and Educator, specializing in large event planning and facilitation. In this capacity, she supported many community projects including the Transition New England Gathering, the Art of Participatory Leadership Training, and the Northeast Permaculture Convergence. She also assisted in the formation of the Portland Tool Library and the Greater Portland Community Land Trust, and coordinated countless events from skill-shares to festivals, to community conversations.

Prior to permaculture, Rachel Lyn was a university professor teaching sociology and psychology, a contract trainer and a serial entrepreneur and business coach.

She currently co-creates the Cooperative Design Lab program, a one-of-a-kind leadership development course for community organizers bases on social permaculture, and is co-designing a Social Permaculture course. Rachel Lyn also offers talks, skill-shares and site-walks on a limited basis and serves on her local planning board. Her permaculture presence online can be found at Royal River Permaculture.


The Center for an Ecology-Based Economy (CEBE) is hosting the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) course. This intensive two-week course covers the classic 72 hour PDC curriculum with principles developed by Permaculture co-founders David Holmgren and Bill Mollison over 35 years ago.

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