Dates for the 2015-16 course: Oct 17-18, Nov 7-8, Dec 5-6, Jan 16-17, Feb 13-14, March 12-13, April 9-10, and May 14-15.
The permaculture design course is a must-do for anyone trying to answer the call for change in our work and our lives, the way we live and the way we relate with one another to better meet our local needs. More than just an approach to regenerative food production, permaculture design helps us to understand how many efforts unite to form a common cause, while allowing that cause to be specific to the individual as long as the effort supports other people, the planet and the fair sharing of the resources provided by each.
Our course will meet one weekend per month from September through April, and take place at the Planet Repair Institute as well as at Jeans Farm, two locations along the Springwater corridor in the Johnson Creek watershed of SE Portland. During each session, we explore a different ‘layer’ of the possibilities for neighborhood transformation and ‘block repair’. We consider simple no-cost or low-cost interventions and small scale intensive systems that any neighborhood could implement in order to help transition our urban spaces into thriving social ecologies. Blending the whole system design methods of permaculture with the urban reclamation techniques of block repair, we explore opportunities to reclaim the commons, activate underutilized spaces, integrate water management and energy systems, create vibrant perennial food systems, and localize our economic relations.
Led by Mark Lakeman (co-founder of the City Repair Project and Communitecture Design) and Matt Bibeau (co-founder of the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children and long-time City repair organizer), the course will also include many of our bioregion’s top instructors of ecological design as guest presenters. The course will cover topics soil remediation, water harvesting, food systems and forest gardening, natural building techniques, urban ecology and foraging, plant propagation and grafting techniques, small scale energy systems, climate change resilience strategies, ecological patterning, community mapping, drawing and graphing techniques, collaborative design methods and more.
Course fees will average $800 per person, with higher or lower prices based on your economic ability and available spots (so your individual cost may be as low as $600 and as high as $1200). Fill out our Course Cost Questionaire to determine your individual course cost. By RSVPing and paying your $100 non-refundable deposit HERE, your place in the course is secured. You may opt to RSVP immediately or to wait until we respond back to you with a cost designation.
The course will run from 9am-4:30pm each day. Wholesome, mostly local and vegetarian lunch is included in the course fees.
Check out this new short video from our 2015 Urban PDC!