Great Lakes Permaculture Design Collaborative Presents
2017 Ann Arbor Permaculture Design Certificate Course
Course Dates - Six, weekend classes, 72+hour course - one weekend a month over six months
May 20 & 21, June 24 & 25, July 8 & 9, August 5 & 6, August 19 & 20, September 16 & 17
Location - The Event Barn at Dawn Farm 6633 Stony Creek Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Course Fee -
- 990 early discount; ($330 non-refundable deposit before March 20, 2017)
- 1290 regular fee; ($430 non-refundable deposit on or after March 20, 2017)
Course fee includes textbook and all course materials • Convenient payment plans available •
What is permaculture? Permaculture design is a holistic science and an ethical approach to organizing the world around us for the benefit of all. Permaculture is also a network of practitioners working to ensure mankind’s place on this planet in an energy descent future.
Why study permaculture?
- Better understand your local environment and improve your ability to interact with the local ecosystem
- Learn how to save money on food, water, fuel, energy, and materials
- Increase the beauty and health of your home system
- Learn practices that regenerate the environment and the community
- Understand the role of design in your life and how to identify and practice sustainable/regenerative design
- Become part of a network that spans the globe
The internationally-recognized, 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course yields the Permaculture Design Certificate. This course includes hands-on demonstrations and field trips that go well beyond the prescribed 72 hours. The course serves as an introduction to permaculture design as developed by concept co-creators Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, which opens the door to further practice, work and advanced education.
About this course
The Great Lakes Permaculture Design Collaborative is a trio of permaculturists from Ann Arbor, Michigan; Bloomington, Indiana; and Chicago, Illinois. We’ve teamed up to create a unique hands-on learning experience that can catapult you into a regenerative practice of your own.
This course empowers you to take up permaculture design in your own life and to share a common context to participate in the global network of permaculture practitioners.
glpdc.info will send you to the host of our upcoming Permaculture Design Certificate course.
This PDC is designed for greater impact through active, peer-based learning using liberating structures and other learning approaches. To enable this students complete approximately 10 hours of reading and recorded lecture in between each class. Ultimately, students will have deeper understanding and will be more able to apply and adapt their learning across the wide variety of situations they will encounter.
This course dives deeper than traditional lecture-based courses into the design process through case studies, hands-on activities, games and stories to build a quality foundational experience. Also, the location based nature of the course builds community that will exist after the course, giving it more impact in the local area.
I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to deepen their knowledge of Permaculture, learn from a dynamic team of instructors, and connect with likeminded people in and around your local area. - Nate 2016
Topics covered will include:
Permaculture Ethics and Principles; Patterns and Pattern Language; Design Process; Water Management; Soil Building and Earth Working; Garden Design; Natural Building and Eco-Architecture; Waste and Bioremediation; Appropriate Technology; Economics; Social Structures; Community Building; Design for Catastrophe; Transition Towns and Village-Building.
William Faith is a long-standing activist in the fight for the rights of animals, care of the earth and social justice.
Upon encountering permaculture for the first time in 2005, the nature of his artistry and activism changed for the better, both finding a confluence in permaculture. Shortly after completing his certification in permaculture design at the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Summertown, TN in 2006, he co-founded Ars Terra, a sustainable homestead project in Palmdale, CA, where he taught several permaculture courses and workshops before moving to Chicago, where he co-founded the Chicagoland Permaculture Guild in 2012, and completed an advanced permaculture design course at Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture in Fountain City, WI in 2014.
William has given many presentations on permaculture at colleges, universities, eco/green fairs and festivals and private events, also giving several radio interviews on the subject.
2015 heralded the birth of Genius Loci Permaculture -- a full-service Design, Build and Education firm.
Milton Dixon is an permaculturist, forager, educator, and and all around computer savvy guy. Having relocated to Ann Arbor from urban Chicago he is syncing with the rhythms of permaculture in his new location. You can read about his latest projects at Permaculture Productions. He has taken a PDC with Midwest Permaculture, a teacher training course with David Jacke, and besides working with the GLPDC, he has taught PDCs with Midwest Permaculture, The Permaculture Project , and a two year Educators PDC co-designed with Jesse Tack. He is a farm consultant for Polliwog Farm and co-manager at the emergent The Cooperative at Dawn Farm.
Rhonda Baird is a seventh generation Hoosier, with deep ties to the forested hills and rivers of southern Indiana. Though permaculture practice began formally in 2005, she grew up in a working-class family that gardened and foraged. Within this context, she began asking: “What is going on in the world? And, what can I do about it?”
In her 20s, she became an organizer and carried her interests to community design, social justice (working with ACORN, the AFL-CIO, and a domestic violence program) and forest issues.
In 2005, as she was finishing up her second stint in graduate school, she stumbled into a Permaculture Design Course with Peter Bane and Keith Johnson. She never looked back. From the end of that course, she began apprenticing as a teacher. In 2006 she co-originated the Bloomington Permaculture Guild. In 2008, she began working with Permaculture Design Magazine (formerly The Permaculture Activist). In 2010, she joined the board of the Association for Regenerative Culture. In 2014, she presented at the North American Permaculture Convergence on Permaculture and Children; co-originated the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute, and became the board president of a local non-profit, The Center for Sustainable Living, in order to transform it into a bioregional permaculture institute.