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Quail Springs Permaculture Design Certification Course


October 25 – November 7, 2015

Lead Instructor: Warren Brush
Co-founder of Quail Springs PermacultureTrue Nature DesignCasitas Valley Farm

Jeanette Acosta – Tribal Indigenous Knowledge / Permaculture Teacher
Lindsay Allen, Quail Springs Permaculture, Farm Manager / FoodWaterShelter, Permaculture Advisor & Board Member
Brenton Kelly  – Quail Springs Permaculture, Land Steward/ Restoration Program Director / Farm Educator
Sasha Rabin  – Quail Springs Permaculture, Natural Building Teacher / EarthenShelter.com


Immerse yourself in permaculture in action with this 14-day learning journey!

Share in the joy of community learning together and changing the world.

Take home the ability to design and apply natural principles to create stable and resilient systems that provide food, water, shelter and energy needs while regenerating ecology, community and economy.

Permaculture Design Certification Course (PDC) is sponsored by Quail Springs Permaculture, an internationally recognized permaculture education organization.  

This 14-day course includes the 72-hr Permaculture Certification through Permaculture Research Institute.

The grassroots Permaculture movement promotes effective methodologies for attaining sustainability worldwide.


Course Topics include:

Small Scale Food Production – Integrated Pest Mgmt – Composting – Tree Planting – Water Harvesting – Greywater Systems – Compost Toilet Systems – Natural Building – Earthworks – Watershed Restoration  – Appropriate Technology – Beekeeping BioEngineering – Alternative Economics  – Livestock Care – Goat Milking – Pastured Poultry – Cheese Making – Bread Baking – Saving the Harvest – Community Building – Nature Awareness

Permaculture is a conscious integrated design system based on ecology and sustainability principles to create resource efficient and productive human environments and reduce our footprint on the earth. Permaculture provides a framework for consciously designed landscapes that mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature that provide diversity, stability, and resilience. These systems yield an abundance of shelter, water, energy, and food for the provision of local needs.

View the PDC Program & Curriculum – click here



Warren Brush

Lead Instructor
Casitas Valley Creamery & Farm, Co-founder. True Nature Design, Director / Founder. Quail Springs Permaculture, Co-founder, Board President

Warren Brush is a certified Permaculture designer and teacher as well as a mentor and storyteller. He has worked for over 25 years in inspiring people of all ages to discover, nurture and express their inherent gifts while living in a sustainable manner.  Warren is co-founder of Quail Springs Permaculture, Casitas Valley Farm, and his Permaculture design company, True Nature Design.  He works extensively in Permaculture education and sustainable systems design in North America, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Australia. He has devoted many years to mentoring youth and adults to inspire and equip them to live in a sustainable manner with integrity and a hopeful outlook.  His mentoring includes working with those who are former child soldiers, orphans, indigenous peoples, youth, young adults and families.

Jeanette Acosta FotoBio_2Jeanette Acosta
Tribal Indigenous Knowledge, Permaculture Teacher

Jeanette’s ancestors were Native Americans.  She serves indigenous people with her participation in numerous committees and groups, including a growing emphasis on building collaboration among Native American nations to protect sacred burial and ceremonial sites.  Jeanette is a certified teacher and designer for permaculture and specializes in maritime culture, herbalism, ethnobotany and biodynamic principles.  In her work, she emphasizes humankind’s symbiotic relationship between earth and sky.  Moreover, she is a spiritual counselor, couples’ counselor, integrative medicine health care provider as well as a certified level 1 and level 2 Kundalini yoga and meditation teacher and teacher trainer.  Her experience dealing with international business people, world diplomats, heads of states, renowned artists/celebrities, and politicians gives her a unique perspective on various cultures and customs.

zenni-1Lindsay Allen
Quail Springs Permaculture, Farm Manager

FoodWaterShelter, Permaculture Advisor & Board Member

Lindsay joined the Quail Springs team in 2012 after making the long trek across the country from her Massachusetts home. Before coming to Quail Springs she worked in organic farming and Permaculture in Massachusetts, Illinois, East Africa and Panama. She is currently co- managing the farm, coordinating courses at Quail Springs, and is also the Permaculture Advisor and US Board member for the non-profit FoodWaterShelter in Tanzania. These days, Lindsay is enjoying teaching,  getting down and dirty in natural building projects and sharing the wonderful world of permaculture farming with others.


dome z 17_2Sasha Rabin
Quail Springs Permaculture, Natural Building Teacher / EarthenShelter.com

Sasha Rabin has been practicing natural building as well as teaching it since 2002, when she began her building career with an apprenticeship at the Cob Cottage Company. Since then she has taught all over the US through the organizations that she co-founded, Seven Generations Natural Builders and Vertical Clay, as well as collaborated with other schools and organizations including The Yestermorrow Design Build School, The Canelo Project, The Solar Living Institute, Quail Springs Permaculture, as well as taught at the Permaculture Research Institute in Jordan. Although she enjoys building, her true passions lie in the teaching and sharing natural building with others. Visit Sasha’s website at EarthenShelter.com to learn more.



Brenton Kelly  
Quail Springs Permaculture, Land Steward / Restoration Program Director / Farm Educator

Brenton has over 25 years experience in soil building, gardening, non-toxic land management and animal husbandry. He co-owned Island Seed and Feed in Goleta for 10 years before joining the Quail Springs team, and has taught 1000′s of folks about pastured poultry, bees, worms, vegetables, and more!





Registration Information

Cost includes instruction, certification, catered meals, and camping accommodations.
Cost: $1,450 (a deposit of $300 reserves your space with the balance due by October 11 )
Early Bird: $1,150 for payment in full by Sept 11

Early Bird – $300 discount, course payment in full by Sept 11, 2015
PDC Refresher – $200 discount, participants with a previous 72-hr PDC
Couples – $300 discount, applies to your joint total for couples registering, paying and traveling together
Check or Money Order – $25 discount, payment by check or money order
Families – Please inquire…

Financial aid in the form of payment plans and limited partial scholarships (based on low income / financial need & intention to use the training) by application. Inquire early to apply for financial aid by sending your application request by email directly to [email protected]

View the PDC Program & Curriculum – click here

REGISTER for Quail Springs’ Fall PDC – click here

Contact with questions:  
Kolmi Majumdar – email [email protected]


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