Educators PDC

A Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) for only $500

Thank you everyone for your interest, the response has been wonderful! The course is now full. The PayPal button will remain below so that course participants can easily make payments. We are investigating having a second section of this course but everything is TBD. If you are interested please email Milton at  or call 773.789.8887.

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Permaculture design is decision making, critical thinking, and problem solving protocols based on the patterns expressed in nature. It joins high science and appropriate technology to meet local needs in all aspects of society from economy to waste management, food and water security to city planning and education.

SoMI Permaculture Mixer at Dawn Farm

On the second Saturday of each month we’ll gather in Ann Arbor to learn the skills needed to bring our communities into a local sustainable future. We will meet for 4 hours per session over two years, to fulfill the 72 hours required for the PDC. This PDC is designed for Michigan educators, parents, and community organizers, with SCECHs & undergrad/grad credits available but this course is perfect for anyone interested in the potential that permaculture has to offer.

About the Teaching Team

PDC Teacher Jesse Tack foraging  for applesJesse Tack took his PDC in Detroit in 2011 with Larry Santoyo and Keith Johnson, his teacher training with Peter Bane and Sandy Cruz in 2014, and runs the local sustainable group – Abundant Michigan, Permaculture Ypsilanti (AMPY) — actively moving towards local security for food and water systems. Partnering with Dawn Farm, AMPY has planted 1500 trees for fuel, food, and fiber resources for our local economy. Jesse has been an educator for 15 years, teaching guitar to individuals from 5-80 years old, small ensembles, rock bands, group and individual music therapy.

PDCE teacher Milton Dixon teaching during his teacher trainingC. Milton Dixon is a permaculturist, musician, forager, and web designer. He recently relocated to Ann Arbor from Chicago and is now working to sync with the rhythms of permaculture in his new location. He is a professional permaculture educator and designer, having taken a PDC with Midwest Permaculture in 2009 and a teacher training course with David Jacke in 2010. He has taught PDCs with Midwest Permaculture and The Permaculture Project at Kinstone Circle, is codesigner of greatlakespermacultureportal.com and organizes the Washtenaw Permaculture Meetup.

Additional teachers will include Zeal Chen, Nathan Ayers, Bridget O’Brien, and  Kristin Kaul.

Our PDC Includes

  • observation skills
  • ethics and the basis of ecological design
  • permaculture principles
  • indicators of sustainability, and how to use them
  • natural patterns as a design tool
  • the permaculture design process
  • the water cycle
  • catching and storage water
  • trees and their many roles
  • designing plant communities
  • biomimicry
  • methods of green and natural building
  • designing for disaster
  • population, energy use, and Peak Oil
  • appropriate technologies
  • community dynamics
  • city repair
  • designing for urban, suburban, or rural situations
  • money, finance, and local currency networks
  • permaculture in education
  • green business guilds and networks
  • building social capital
  • a design project – design curriculum, your home, site, or other project

PDC teachers Milton, Jesse, & Zeal participate in the AMPY GSC

Textbook

We will use Earth Users Guide to Permaculture by Rosemarry Morrow as the course textbook, the cost of which is not included in the price of the course. Please have your textbook by the start of the course. 

Tentative Schedule of Course Dates

January 10, 2015
February 14, 2015
March 14, 2015
April 11, 2015
May – Off for end of school year
June 13, 2015 – May be moved to coincide with SEMIS Summer Institute, Date TBA
July 10, 2015
August 8, 2015
September 12, 2015
October 10, 2015
November 14, 2015
December 12, 2015
January 9, 2016
February 13, 2016
March 12, 2016
April 9, 2016
May – – Off for end of school year
June 11, 2016 – May be moved to coincide with SEMIS Summer Institute, Date TBA
July 9, 2016
August 13, 2016
September 10, 2016
October 8, 2016 

Classes will be recorded and available to students who miss a session for review and so that they can come to the next class prepared and ready for the next topic. 

Registration

Thank you everyone for your interest, the response has been wonderful! The course is now full. The PayPal button will remain below so that course participants can easily make payments. We are investigating having a second section of this course but everything is TBD. If you are interested please email Milton at  or call 773.789.8887.

Payment Policy

A deposit payment is required to attend the first class, no refunds once the course starts. The cost of each session prorated from the full tuition. Your payment needs to be up to date to attend any particular session. Payments can be made online through Paypal, additional payments can be made at the class with a credit card. Pay full, half, or a deposit with additional payment every other month. We’re flexible so if you need a custom payment solution just let us know.

 

 

Questions? Email Milton at  or call 773.789.8887.

Educators PDC 2015 - Ann Arbor MI

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