If you are interested in helping with this work (learning and practicing
permaculture in the process), just show up at the site. Contact Akiva
for directions if you need. If you have planned to do any work exchange
for the course fees, now is the time to follow through.
If you are interested in simply coming as a student at the course, call
Cal Poly Conference Services to register at:
For program questions or to request more online info/registration forms:
or phone 805-756-5086
A special Exposition/Trade Show happens July 3 with free display space
provided.Students and guests are also encouraged to present their own
products, services and skills to further develop ecologically
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
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