The course is presented as three 4-day parts; Design Principles, Design
Applications, and Community Integration, with a one day break between
each part. The fee for the whole two week course is $565, or
alternatively $200 per part. Healthy meals are available at $330 for all
meals, or $110 per 4-day part. On site camping arrangements are
available at no additional cost. You can also bring your own food (no
cook stoves please). A large natural food store is nearby.
For a registration packet call Cal Poly Conference Services at:
For program questions or to request more online info/registration forms:
or phone 805-756-5086
Discounts for current Cal Poly Permaculture students and extraordinary
work traders are available upon special request. There will also be
extra curricular evening presentations on-site by student participants
and invited guests, which will be open to everyone on a donation basis.
If you would like to schedule a presentation, please contact:
Eric Werbalowsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 805-652-1142.
The course site is uniquely inspiring, and includes comfortable
classroom facilities, outdoor strawbale amphitheater, traditional
festival circle for nights around the fire... all adjacent to a large
biodiverse organic garden peaking in abundance.
Students at this course will learn to observe and interpret "patterns in
nature" and apply them to their own home, livelihood, and community.
Theory and practice will be brought together through a specialized
curriculum and hands-on experience. Course includes a community
celebration and Talent Show!
Students are also encouraged to present their own products, services and
skills to further develop ecologically restorative relationships. A
special Exposition/Trade Show happens July 3 with free display space
The teaching team will be led by Larry Santoyo - an enthusiastic veteran
instructor of 25 design courses, and includes local permaculture
designers, Akiva Werbalowsky and Julian Kayne.
This training series satisfies all requirements for Permaculture Design
Daily curriculum outline (subject to change):
Sunday June 21
Arrival and Registration, Camp Set Up, Solstice Festivities at Sundown
Principals of Natural Systems and Design
Monday June 22
Program Orientation & Rules, Group Introductions, International
Permaculture Movement, Local Community Resources, Ethics & Principles of
Permaculture, Video Documentary, Group & Individual Assignments
Tuesday June 23
Pattern Understanding, Geometry of Nature, Edge Effect and Harmonics,
Flow Forms, Fibonacci Numbers, Golden Mean Proportions, Methodologies of
Design, Natural Guilds, Introduction to Business Guilds...
Wednesday June 24
Hydrologic Cycle, Climate and Weather, Riparian Area Management,
Daylighting Urban Streams, Water Harvesting, Keyline Systems,
Swale Construction, Gabions, Tree Planting, Food Forests, Urban
Forestry, Orchards, Restoration Forestry...
Thursday June 25
Introduction to Zone and Sector Planning, Landscape Profiles &
Biogeography, Reading the Landscape, Introduction to Land Use Planning,
Creating a Base Map, Site Planning, Simplified Civil Engineering, Design
Process, Drafting & Illustration Techniques, Presentation Methods and
Friday June 26 - Day Off
Home & Community Applications
Saturday June 27
Observation, Pattern Recognition, Selecting & Evaluating Real Estate,
Designing a Home Ecosystem, Design to Avoid Natural Disaster, Zone One
and Two, Housing Designs, Low Cost Heating and Cooling, Pattern
Language, Building with Tires, Rammed Earth, Underground, Passive Solar,
Cob & Strawbale Construction, Energy Conservation...
Sunday June 28
Observation, Pattern Understanding, Home Landscaping, Microclimates,
Soil Science, Garden Planning & Design, More Community Resources,
Irrigation, Sheet Mulch, Keyholes, Seed & Seed Saving, Composting,
Windbreak Design, Small Livestock, Water & Waste Systems, Using Roof
Water & Grey Water...
Monday June 29
Observation, Pattern Application, Zone Three & Four, Community Supported
Agriculture, Restorative Farming, Specialty Crops, Nurseries, Trees,
Grains, Guerrilla Planting, Woodlot Management, Forage Systems, Plant
and Animal Guilds, Constructed Wetlands, Chinampa, Ponds, Aquaculture...
Tuesday June 30
Field Trips to Local Permaculture Sites and Natural Areas on the Central
Wednesday July 1 - Day Off
Eco-nomic & Village Development
Thursday July 2
EcoVillage, Zone Five, Wilderness Preservation, Wildlife Management,
Intro to Invisible Structures , Urban Permaculture, Practical Community
Strategies, Regional Natural & Cultural History, Urban Observations...
Friday July 3
EcoVillage Concept Planning, Cohousing, Collaborative Communities,
Children, Elders & Family, Human Dynamics, Using Natural Patterns for
Organizations, Bioregional Plans, Land Trusts, Conservation Easements,
Green Politics, Design Team Presentations...
Afternoon: COMMUNITY EXPOSITION AND EXCHANGE
Saturday July 4
EcoVillage Design & Development, Eco-nomics, Right Livelihood, LET
Systems, Hours Bank, Earth Bank Centers, Land Access Strategies, Small
Business Strategies, Commonworks, Ethical For-Profit Business, Working
as a Permaculture Design Consultant, Revolving Loan Funds, Non-Profit,
Networking, Re-introductions, Design Team Presentations...
Evening: Talent Show/Certificate Awards/Celebration!!!
Sunday July 5
Depart following Breakfast
"We have no time to rush" -Dan Hemenway
"The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable
living from a small piece of land." -A. Lincoln
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