Quail Springs Permaculture Design Certification Course
We are developing our 2015 Instruction team and roster. In Fall 2014, we were pleased to have this team and hope to have most if not all of these instructors join us once again!
2014 Instruction Team
- Jeanette Acosta – Tribal Indigenous Knowledge / Permaculture Teacher
- Lindsay Allen, Quail Springs Permaculture, Farm Management / FoodWaterShelter, Permaculture Advisor
- Peter Ash – StraightAsh Environmental Solutions, Owner
- Lindsay Dailey – Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC), Director of the Wildlands Project
- Brenton Kelly – Quail Springs Permaculture, Farm Director / Principle 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.
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’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.
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.
StraightAsh Environmental Solutions, Owner
Peter Ash, certified in Permaculture Design, has been working in agriculture for 40 years. He has managed avocado and citrus groves in San Diego County for 35 years. He currently teaches composting and organic gardening workshops, the Master Composting Course in San Diego County, lectures and consults internationally on environmental issues including sustainability and integrated waste management. Peter owns and manages an organic grove & garden service designing and planting family fruit orchards, native plant and edible landscapes. Whether its for your home, farm, business, or community, Peter has the experience and the solutions you need. Peter has presented his work at the following conferences: Permaculture Voices 2014, Biocycle Conferences, NCSU Vermicomposting Conferences, IEEE International Global Humanitarian Conference 2013, US Composting Council Conferences 2013 and 2014, and the Clean India Conference. His work has been published in Biocycle Magazine, Edible San Diego (April 2014).
Director of the Wildlands Program at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, Lindsay is passionate about connecting people to nature and redefining our culture’s relationship to wildness. Integrating permaculture principles and traditional ecological knowledge, as a permaculture designer and educator Lindsay has developed land management strategies with indigenous communities in California, Mexico, and Australia. As former Executive Director of the Solar Living Institute and co-founder of Villa Sobrante, an urban natural building and permaculture demonstration site and community, she has been active in the realm of land-based education for the past ten years.
Inspired by California’s native cultures that sustained the most bioculturally diverse and largest human population on the North American continent at the time of European contact, she is passionately dedicated to tending the veritable native food forest that occupies the rolling hills and oak woodlands of Northern California, where she was born and raised. She is a red-carded wildlands firefighter (or prescribed “firelighter” as the case may be) and eagerly experimenting with using fire as a restoration tool to create conditions conducive to life for all living things.
Lindsay has studied and worked closely with Geoff Lawton, Brock Dolman, Darren Doherty, M. Kat Anderson, and David Holmgren. She spent three years learning about the healing power of plants at the California School of Herbal Studies and graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a B.A. in Latin American Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Literature, where she studied Latin American indigenous sovereignty movements.
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.
Quail Springs Permaculture, Farm Director / Principle 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 details TBA
Course cost: $1150-1450 depending on early or regular registration
Additional discounts for friends or couples registering together, groups, refresher course, families, and potential work trade.
Contact with questions or to express early interest: Kolmi Majumdar – email firstname.lastname@example.org