PERMACULTURE
DESIGN COURSE

Cancelled for 2020


Permaculture Design Course

Course Description

Quail Springs’ Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is a 14-day immersive experience of hands-on practicum, in-classroom learning, and community building. Participants who complete the course will receive a Permaculture Certification through the Permaculture Research Institute.

Permaculture is a system of design based on ecology and land-based ways of knowing. We focus on degraded landscapes and ask the question: how can food, energy, water, and shelter systems be designed to regenerate land and community?

At Quail Springs we strive to create an integrated curriculum that is self-aware, actionable, and community based. We will work together to imagine and design systems for a sustainable and abundant world. At the Quail Springs PDC we aim to create a space in which inspiration abounds and relationships flourish.

Topics we will explore


  • Food forests
  • Kitchen gardens
  • Energy systems
  • Natural building
  • Watershed regeneration
  • Greywater and rainwater catchment
  • Growing food in a semi-arid landscape
  • Compost
  • Soil health and soil building
  • Carbon sequestration

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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Molly Ancel

Molly Ancel

Growing up in the Bay Area on the traditional homelands of the Chochenyo Ohlone people, Molly was immersed in the art, politics, and historic radicalism of the groups and people who make the culture of the Bay Area what it is. Her home and upbringing was an urban one which held nature in reverence.

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Sasha Rabin

Sasha Rabin

Sasha first came to Quail Springs on a cold snowy night in early 2008 to visit friends who had recently started calling the place home, and the warmth of the people there brought her back. She is passionate about creating a beautiful life, including the structures that house us for much of our time. This passion leads her to practice those things that help us remember who we really are and why we are here – activities and creations which remind us of our connections to each other, our food, our shelter and the earth.

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Juna Muller

Juna Muller

Raised nearby in the orange groves of Ojai, CA, Juna Rosales Muller learns, teaches, farms, and coordinates programs at Quail Springs. She studied political ecology at Colorado College and has worked in experiential, farm-based, and outdoor education for the past 7 years. She co-founded and co-taught Spiral, a young women’s permaculture intensive held at Dig In Farm in Massachusetts in 2015 and 2016. Juna is a ropes course instructor and helps facilitate rites of passage for teenagers with the Ojai Foundation.

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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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Jeff Reidl

Jeff Reidl

While earning his Bachelors in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnoecology with emphasis on Biocultural Diversity and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), Jeff became interested in learning deeper, more integrative ways of understanding and interacting with the world in an ethical and ecologically sound manner. Jeff completed his PDC in Austria, and later continued his training and education at

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Natalie Buckley

Natalie Buckley

Natty Buckley-Medrano joined the Quail Springs team in Fall 2017, excited to continue to learn, practice, and teach soil regeneration techniques through holistic food systems management. She is passionate about dryland farming and designing systems for both the sequestration of vast amounts of carbon and healthy integration of plants and animals. Her part in mitigating climate change is promoting and learning more about how best to feed the soil as it feeds us.

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Registration Information


  • Permaculture Design Course Tuition: $1,450 – $1,850 sliding scale (a deposit of $300 reserves your space with the balance due by October 1)
  • Course fee includes: Instruction, three 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 September 1 (Discount Code: PDCEBIRD)
  • PDC Refresher: $200 discount for participants who have already taken a full PDC (Discount Code: PDCFRESH)
  • Bring A Friend: $150 (each) discount for couples or friends attending the course together (Discount Code: PDC4TWO)
  • Group & Family: For groups of 3 or more attending the course together, click here to contact us about group discounts.
  • 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 click here to contact us for more information.

    Cancellation Policy:

    • Before September 1, 2019: Full refund, excluding $100 cancellation fee.
    • September 1 – October 1, 2019: Partially Refundable, $300 deposit non refundable.
    • After October 1, 2019: 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 Permaculture Design Course with Quail Springs.

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    COVID-19 Update:

    In order to honor social distancing practices and shelter in place, we are not currently offering any in-person courses. However, there are still several ways that you can stay engaged with our work!


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