COURSE DATES AND REGISTRATION
Dates for the 2016-17 course: October 22-23, November 12-13, December 10-11, January 14-15. Feb-May dates to be confirmed shortly, and will LIKELY be Feb 11-12, March 11-12, April 8-9 and May 13-14.
There are 2 steps for signing up for our course. They can happen in any order but we prefer you register first and pay the $100 deposit below to reserve your place.
Sign up for our 2016-17 PDC HERE.
The next step is to fill out our Course Cost Questionnaire, which gives us the info we need to recommend a course fee to you, which will be between $600-$1200. Most folks pay $800 total for the course, but the amount we recommend to you based on your honest responses helps us match need and cost, and is a conversation with you. One price does not fit all, and we work hard to assure that the course is accessible and also financially regenerative. Last year, only one student could not accept our recommended course fee and we modified it to accommodate medical bills that weren’t considered elsewhere. Then, half-way through the course, another student got a higher paying job and willingly began paying a higher course fee.
ABOUT THE COURSE:
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 October to May, 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.
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 short video from our 2015 Urban PDC!