PERMACULTURE
FOR RESILIENCE:

A DESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE FOR PEOPLE WORKING IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT




April 29 – May 12, 2018


Permaculture Design Course

Course Description

This course equips people working in international development and grassroots projects with the perspectives and skills needed to engage with communities in partnership to incorporate elements into the design of communities, smallholder farms and land with household agricultural production that are holistic, appropriate, strategic, effective, diverse, as well as ecologically and economically sound. This course includes the 72-hr Permaculture Design Certification through the Permaculture Research Institute.

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a design science utilizing an innovative systems-approach to consciously design landscapes, human settlements and smallholder farming systems that integrate functional diversity and biological fertility by mimicking natural eco-systems. Diverse and fertile systems act resilient in the face of shocks.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for people who work with Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s), Government Organizations, or are Community Organizers. The teaching is directly relevant for international development practitioners, including the technical teams from agency Headquarters and field teams engaged in implementation.

What is the applicability?

People working in international development will benefit from the years of experience of our teaching team in applying permaculture around the globe. We have tailored the entire permaculture certification curriculum to better equip the people who work in international situations where people live in non-westernized conditions. The Quail Springs Learning site is ideal for the immersion of these teachings in an off the grid, nutrient cycling, dry land, water conscious community, where we work with the surrounding natural resources to provide for our shelter, water, food, and energy. Participants learn:

  • Tools to integrate sustainable systems design into existing projects
  • A systems analysis design protocol for holistic pattern recognition
  • To design stable and resilient food, shelter, water and waste cycling systems for health and resilience in all of your projects
  • To create an ethics and principle based training program within your organization that honors local customs, traditional knowledge and ecological conditions

The course has an emphasis on hands-on projects including a practical design project that is site and context specific and integrates all of the different elements of a thorough Permaculture Design.

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, PDC graduate

What does this course offer?


Permaculture Design Courses always include the internationally recognized PDC Curriculum that can be found in the Permaculture Designer’s Manual. Highlighted for this course are the following:

  • Agro-ecology Principles, Processes and Practical Applications
  • Building Soil and Fertility
  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Watershed Management and Erosion Control
  • Waste Streams/Cycling
  • Perma-Gardens Curriculum, A USAID TOPS program
  • Conflict Resolution / Peacemaking
  • Pattern Literacy
  • Food Forestry
  • Water Harvesting
  • Climate Change Resilience
  • Earthworks
  • Design Priorities
  • Broad Acre Applications
  • Food and Nutrition Security through Permaculture Design
  • Agroforestry
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Design Principles and Practices to build resilience in farming systems
  • Animal Systems and Agricultural Integration
  • Appropriate Technologies
  • Community Facilitation/Community-Based Development
  • Cultural Awareness and Honoring
  • And much more!

Instructors


Warren Brush

Warren Brush

Warren Brush is a mentor, storyteller, a certified Permaculture designer and teacher, as well as a husband, a father and a grandfather. 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. He is co-founder and a tender of Quail Springs Permaculture, Regenerative Earth Enterprises, Sustainable Vocations, Wilderness Youth Project, Casitas Valley Farm and Creamery and his Permaculture design company, True Nature Design.

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Lindsay Allen

Lindsay Allen

Lindsay has been working on farms since she was a teenager and has many fond and formative memories of playing in the garden with her mom & sisters as a young child. After college, her commitment and passion for food production and Permaculture were reawakened while work-trading on a variety of tropical farms in Central America. This experience led her to taking a Permaculture Design Course taught by Warren Brush in Kenya before taking a job as farm manager for an Australian Permaculture organization, FoodWaterShelther in Tanzania.

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Brenton Kelly

Brenton Kelly

Brenton Kelly was born in Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia. By his first birthday he saw the peaceful liberation and birth of the nation of Zambia. By his tenth year he had witnessed a variety of civil & revolutionary conflicts across Africa. His father was a Voice of America radio corespondent who then took his family over to Southeast Asia to cover the communist insurgency in Vietnam. Thailand was good for this 12 year old. The world was as big as domesticated elephants and as home made as the banana leaf to-go wrappers around the fresh roasted squid being sold from bicycle powered street vendors.

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Pandora Thomas

Pandora Thomas

Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a teacher, writer, designer and speaker. She studied at Columbia and Tufts University and with several permaculture and greenbuilding design programs. Her writing includes a children’s book, various curricula and a manual entitled “Shades of Green” for individuals wanting to teach green building to youth. She has keynoted and lectured on topics ranging from diversity, social justice, youth and women’s leadership, social entrepreneurship and sustainability. She has taught groups as diverse as Iraqi and Indonesian youth to men serving in San Quentin creating inspiring and hands on programs around permaculture design, sustainability, and outdoor and environmental education.

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Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole has spent 25 years in sustainable agriculture, livelihoods, community development and humanitarian response work. Presently based in California, he has close to a decade of field experience across Sub-Saharan Africa- with significant time in Mozambique, Uganda and Ethiopia.

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Registration Information


  • Sliding Scale Tuition: $1,450 – $2,150 (a deposit of $300 reserves your space with the balance due by March 1st)
  • Tuition includes: Instruction, three catered farm-fresh meals per day, camping & facilities, and immersion in the Quail Springs community

Discounts: (limit one discount per person – discount codes are not to be applied to a deposit payment)

  • Early Bird: $200 discount if paid in full by March 1st, 2018 (Discount Code: PDCIDEBIRD)
  • PDC Refresher: $200 discount for participants with a previous 72-hr PDC (Discount Code: PDCFRESH)
  • Bring A Friend: $150 discount (each) for couples or friends attending the course together (Discount Code: PDC4TWO)
  • Group & Family: Groups of 3 or more attending the course together, please contact us below
  • Financial aid: Payment plans and limited partial scholarships (based on low income / financial need & intention to use the training) available by application. We actively support diverse leaders in bringing their unique perspectives to this program through additional financial support as needed. We welcome those self-identifying as a person of color, LGBTQ+, indigenous, and persons working for global justice who have highly limited means. Please contact us below for more information.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Before April 1, 2018: Full refund, excluding $50 cancellation fee.
  • April 1 – April 29, 2018: Partially Refundable, $300 deposit non refundable.
  • After April 29, 2018: No refunds available.
  • In case of a valid personal medical or family emergency, we will consider, yet do not guarantee, requests for a transfer of fees (less course deposit) to another PDC with Quail Springs.

Registration Information


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