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Published by Patterns for Abundance Design on 10/30/2018 in Onsite Courses

Permaculture Design Course July 14-27, 2019

Blue Sky Farm and Permaculture Center
11122 Sikkenga Rd, Montague, MI 49437, USA

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9:00 AM
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5:00 PM
The final cost is determined by the date you complete payment: by Dec. 1, ‘18 - $995; to Jan. 15, ‘19 - $1100; to March 1 - $1200; to May 1 - $1295; by June 30 - $1395

Do you know where your food and energy come from? Where your waste goes and what’s being done with your money?

Permaculture problem-solving leads to sustainable lifeways that nurture people and planet. During this magical fortnight, our team of world-renowned and locally grounded teachers will create a stimulating atmosphere for group learning, giving you the tools to practice regenerative land design. Join us for this exceptional opportunity in the friendly White Lake community. West Michigan’s wonderland of natural beauty, between lakeshore dunes and wooded ridges, and the emerging garden farm and homestead systems of Blue Sky Farm will provide us a laboratory for exploring carbon farming, the mycelial internet, polyculture gardens, home food preservation and storage, regenerative forestry, energy-efficient building science, and the circular economy.

Teachers from across Michigan will contribute to enriching this residential intensive with their hard-won experience in animal management, appropriate technology, and community development. We will present the 72+ hour curriculum recognized by Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) covering ethics, principles, design process, pattern knowledge, natural systems of soil, forests, and water, along with climate and microclimate adaptations, food and fertility systems, urban and village design, architecture and building methods, economics and finance. We will wrap up with team design projects to be implemented on the ground.

Come and practice observation and drawing, small-scale earthworks, tree care, waste reduction and redirection, and learn the arts of simple everyday living in community. We will have time to tell stories, make music, and swim in the lake, while we reflect together on the urgent challenges of our times, and find renewed commitment to a better world.

A veteran of 100 courses in five nations, Peter Bane is the author of The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Countryand an accomplished ecovillage designer. He holds diplomas from the Permaculture Institute of Britain, PINA, and the Permaculture Institute-USA. Rhonda Baird is a community and labor organizer, homeschooling mother, fiber artist, and gifted educator. UP-native Keith Johnson is a market gardener, seed saver, and landscaper extraordinaire. Both he and Rhonda are also PINA diplomates in Education and Site Design. Penny Krebiehl is a graphic facilitator, trained permaculture educator, market farmer, and a board member of the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute. She helped organize the first-ever Michigan-wide Permaculture Convergence at Brighton in 2013.

Course materials, tuition, meals, and camping in our managed woodland are covered by the registration fee. Commercial lodging is available locally by private arrangement. The $150 deposit is non-refundable if you withdraw before completing enrollment, but fully refunded if the course should for any reason be cancelled. The final cost is determined by the date you complete payment: by Dec. 1, ‘18 - $995; to Jan. 15, ‘19 - $1100; to March 1 - $1200; to May 1 - $1295; by June 30 - $1395. Full or partial payments are accepted at any time. 3% is added when using Paypal.

A limited number of partial scholarships may be available to support enrollment by people of color, recent immigrants to the USA from Two-thirds World countries, and Native Americans/ First Nations peoples. Instruction is given in English. To apply for scholarship, send a letter of intent describing your circumstances and how you would apply permaculture training in your community. Scholarship fund donations may be made via greatriversandlakes.org.

For information or to register, contact: Peter Bane, 812-335-0383, PcActivist@mindspring.com.

Early registration saves you money. If you pay by check (and save 3% not paying Paypal), make it out to Permaculture Activist, PO Box 182, Montague, MI 49437 .

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