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Permaculture Design Course for International Development & Social Entrepreneurship

2015 Course:  May 30 – June 13, 2015

Each year Quail Springs’ Permaculture Design Course for International Development brings a roster of exceptional presenters and instructors from the USA and the world, with Warren Brush as our lead instructor and facilitator.

Please contact Kolmi Majumdar to join the interest list for updates on the PDC for International Development 2015 at info@quailsprings.org


Summer 2014 Course Info below for your reference

Permaculture Design Course for International Development
Presented by Quail Springs Permaculture

In Association with

Casitas Valley Creamery & Farm
Christie Communications
Empowerment Works
Forest Voices
Global Resource Alliance 
Living Mandala
Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya
True Nature Design

Lead Instructor

Warren Brush with Quail Springs, Casitas Valley Farms, and True Nature Design

Roster of Instructors & Presenters

Jeanette Acosta - Tribal Indigenous Knowledge, Permaculture Teacher
Tara Blasco – Co-founder of Global Resource Alliance
Lindsay Dailey – Director of Wildlands Project with Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
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, Consultant
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


Topics include

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.



Teaching Team

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.

Full Instructor & Presenter Bios Here
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.




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.



Lindsay Allen is Course Coordinator and with the Farm Management Team at Quail Springs Permaculture.  Lindsay joined team 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, helping to facilitate courses at Quail Springs, and is also the permaculture advisor for the non-profit FoodWaterShelter in Tanzania. These days, Lindsay is enjoying teaching and sharing the wonderful world of permaculture farming with others.




Lindsay Daily is the 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.




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.


Brenton Kelly
 is Farm Manager and Educator with Quail Springs Permaculture.  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!



Jay Markert, known as Jay Ma, is a permaculture designer and teacher, facilitator, natural builder, and community organizer committed to cultural healing through Peacemaker Principles.   Jay has facilitated educational programs, retreats, workshops, and events as well as community land development projects with organizations including the Regenerative Design Institute, the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Gaia University, Omega Institute, Harmony Festival, and others. Jay is co-founder and director of programs and development of Living Mandala, and works with other regenerative educators and institutions organizing educational courses, workshops, and events for ecological and social regeneration in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. He is currently an associate with Gaia University in Organized Learning for Eco-Social Regeneration.



Alissa Sears leads Christie Communications’ Strategic Planning and Global Betterment Divisions and serves as the Executive Director of the Christie CommUnity Foundation as well as the Board Chair of Safe Water International, serves on the Executive Committee of the Clean Business Investment Summit, and most recently as an Advisor on Impact Investing to the 300in6 Initiative.  Alissa leads Christie Communications’ Strategic Planning Division to develop results-oriented, comprehensive strategies across multiple industries for clients ranging from natural product companies to impact investment groups, social entrepreneurs to natural food and beverage products, green building to non-profit organizations and community groups. She has also helped to create social enterprises and sustainable development programs in communities in Northern Sri Lanka, Sudan, Rwanda, Cambodia, Malawi, Chad, Bolivia, Mexico, in the US, and beyond.

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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Course Registration

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 – $200 off for registering and paying by May 15, 2014

PDC Refresher – $200 discount, participants with a previous 72-hr Permaculture Design Certification
Friends – Register with a friend or family member for $150 off each.  Register with 2 friends or family members for $200 off each.  
Check or Money Order – $25 discount, payment by check or money order

Contact with questions:  Kolmi Majumdar – email info@quailsprings.org


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