PERMACULTURE
FOR RESILIENCE:

A DESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE FOR PEOPLE WORKING IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT




TO BE ANNOUNCED


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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Susan Cousineau

Susan Cousineau

Growing up farming in a remote mountain valley in British Columbia, Canada, Susan’s early years were steeped in discussions, often heated, between organic gardeners, environmentalists, conventional farmers, and loggers. Intending to (eventually) go to vet school, she completed a BSc in ecology and MSc in evolutionary biology, and ended up focusing on infectious diseases. These studies opened the gates to field research in Costa Rica, Amazonian Peru, western Canada, and East Africa — in addition to bioinformatics and mathematical modelling. Throughout it all, her goal has been to find ways to tie together ecological restoration, global health, and food security, which in 2012 led to a Permaculture Design Certificate in Jordan.

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Brenton Kelly

Brenton Kelly

In 2008 Brenton and his wife, Jan Smith, moved to Quail Spring to help advance the food production systems and program offerings, by farming and teaching. Brenton serves on the Board of Directors of True Nature Society as Treasurer and is the bookkeeper for the farm. He brings to his teachings over 30 years of experience in soil building, gardening, non-toxic land management and animal husbandry. His passion for land regeneration has led him toward the work of Bill Zeedyk and Craig Sponholtz, and in 2011 he studied with Craig, and began to implement this work through projects and course offerings at Quail Springs Permaculture, and the Quivira Coalition.

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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. His focal areas are in urban agriculture, food production system design, post-conflict recovery, organic horticulture, agricultural extension, permaculture, natural resource management and livelihoods. He spends much of his spare time in these countries climbing the odd mountain and researching succulent plants, primarily aloes.

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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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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 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 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.

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