Permaculture Design Course for International Development & Social Entrepreneurship
June 21 – July 5, 2014
early bird registration discount by May 7th, see bottom of page for registration details
Presented by Quail Springs Permaculture
In Association with
Roster of Instructors & Presenters
Jeanette Acosta - Tribal Indigenous Knowledge, Permaculture Teacher
Noah Jackson - Founder of Forest Voices
Jay Markert - Founder of Living Mandala
Alissa Sears - Leader of Strategic Planning & Global Betterment with Christie Communications
Janice Setser - Former Program Manager with Mercy Corps
Melanie St. James - Co-Founder of Empowerment Works
Brenton Kelly, Andrew Clinard & Lindsay Allen, Quail Springs’ Farm Management Team
and other special guests TBA!
“My learning journey at Quail Springs helped to nurture my presence of mind to be a better and more active listener – a vital trait for the international development professional. The coursework was incredibly pertinent to my work in Uganda and without a doubt made me more aware, more compassionate, and more focused in my role as a project manager and human being.”
- Grant Buhr, Project Focus, Quail Springs’ PDC graduate
Permaculture is an integrated design system that provides a framework for consciously designed landscapes that provide diversity, stability, and resilience for individuals and communities. Permaculture is in 160 countries with many thousands of grassroots projects on-the-ground.
This course will assist you and your organization with integrating into your projects:
- Increased Food Security
- Community-Based Development
- Waste Cycling
- Sustainability Education
- Clean Water and Drought Proofing
- Health and Nutrition
- Sustainable Vocations & Enterprise
Integrated Design, Composting, Water Harvesting, Compost Toilets, Waste Cycling, Earthworks, Rocket Stoves, Design Priorities, Ecological Building, Aquaculture, Bio-Sand Filtration, Broad Acre Applications, Food Forestry, Bio-Engineering, Resilient Food Production, Greywater Systems, Livestock Integration, Soil building, Watershed Restoration, Integrated Pest Mgmt, Biomimicry, Appropriate Technology, Peacemaking, Conflict Resolution, Community Organizing, Drought Proofing Landscapes, Rebuilding Springs, Refugee Camp Strategies
This course is designed for people who work with non-government organizations or government agencies, community organizers working in international development and/or social entrepreneurship, as well as volunteers and students with dedicated interest in the subject matter.
Our instruction team for the PDC for International Development & Social Entrepreneurship is comprised of a diverse mix of guest presenters led by Warren Brush of Quail Springs Permaculture and Joseph Lentunyoi of PRI Kenya returning as co-instructor.
Warren Brush is a Permaculture designer and teacher as well as a mentor and storyteller. Warren is co-founder of Quail Springs Permaculture, Regenerative Earth Farms, Casitas Valley Creamery & Farm, Wilderness Youth Project, and his Permaculture design company, True Nature Design. He works in Permaculture education and sustainable systems design in North America, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Australia.
Joseph Lentunyoi is a Permaculture advisor/trainer, and an Organic Agriculture practitioner. Joseph is co-founder of the Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya, to which he brings extensive practical knowledge of sustainable farming as well as teaching experience. He served as the Sustainability Director for Nyumbani Village, where over 900 children live who have been orphaned by HIV related diseases. He has experience working with non-governmental organizations, children in schools, women’s community-based groups, and in coordinating local and international volunteers. He teaches and designs with permaculture techniques extensively in East Africa, and has taught several international PDC trainings in Kenya and Australia.
Jeanette Acosta is a certified teacher and designer for permaculture and specializes in maritime culture, herbalism, ethnobotany and biodynamic principles. 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. In her work, she emphasizes humankind’s symbiotic relationship between earth and sky. 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.
Noah Jackson is a conservation consultant and storyteller whose work combines photography, writing, and new media to document conservation and community issues. Noah is the founder and director of Forest Voices. He has worked in Asia and Africa for over a decade, starting as a Peace Corps volunteer, and continuing through graduate work, a Fulbright fellowship, independent projects, and as an auditor and farmer trainer for the Rainforest Alliance. His storytelling work can be found in publications such as the National Geographic Traveler, the Rainforest Alliance Blog and Canopy newsletter.
Janice Setser has lived, studied, and/or worked for the last 18 years in Bolivia, Ireland, Honduras, Cambodia, and Burma (Myanmar), yet it is Tajikistan that has held her attention and her passions for the longest period of time. For over nine years, she has managed a variety of development projects on health, nutrition, agriculture, disaster preparedness, economic development, and ecological restoration while working for the organization Mercy Corps. Janice experienced an unusual sense of belonging, home, and even freedom in the mountainous region of Tajikistan. Through her work she developed a sensitive understanding of the physical, economic, environmental, social, and cultural constraints that locals face. Her dedication to the people in the region led her to venture into private sector development when her programs ended with Mercy Corps. Working independently for two years she pursued her passion to empower the marginalized through social entrepreneurship and capacity building projects. To this end she cooperated with local beekeepers to develop the market for honey, worked with youth on their professional development, and collaborated with locals to sensitively advance tourism. Janice also personally dedicated herself to raising awareness about the possibilities for ecological restoration in the region.
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Cost includes instruction, certification, catered meals, and camping accommodations.
Cost: $1,650 (a deposit of $300 reserves your space with the full balance due by June 10)
Early Bird: $1,450 for payment in full by May 7, 2014
Early Bird – $200 discount, course payment in full by May 7, 2014
PDC Refresher – $200 discount, participants with a previous 72-hr Permaculture Design Certification
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
How to Register
- Fill out Online Pre-Registration – Click Here
- Receive confirmation and details to your email
- Make payment to formally reserve your space
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