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Intro to Permaculture

Permaculture is...a new approach to creating abundance for people while caring for and healing the earth.

Our full day Introduction to Permaculture Design Workshop is jam packed with useful and simple information that you can use to design your home and your life to be more resilient, regenerative, healthy, and abundant.

This workshop will incorporate examples, hands-on and group exercises to help you assimilate the material. You will receive written material to take home that will provide a guide for further study.

Our goal is to reduce your expenses while increasing your quality of life.

Further, if you are interested in, or are considering becoming a trained permaculture designer, the cost of this workshop can be applied to any future professional Permaculture Design Certificate Course that we offer.

Learn:

  • Practical principles of permaculture in context of designing your own home.
  • Simple and practical design techniques you can use to create more abundance in your home and garden.
  • Basic gardening principles
  • Design techniques that save energy and expenses
  • Networking techniques to build future support

Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

Our Permaculture Design Course offers an internationally recognized certificate, based on founder Bill Mollison's work, upon successful completion of course requirements. Permaculture design includes regenerative techniques, tools, and design principles that enable you to live abundantly while caring for the environment and the people around you.

By cooperating with nature and her energies, we are able to design human systems, from backyards to neighborhoods, farms or even cities to be more abundant, more sustainable, more ethical, healthier for all life in the system, and more enjoyable. It is a cutting edge approach to living that helps both people and the environment.

Based on the permaculture principle of integration, we go beyond teaching a curriculum to include career mentoring and pathways, community building opportunities, resource networking, skill building, as well as what is for many, a life changing experience.

We continue to refine and expand our curriculum based on feedback from dozens of students regarding what helps them learn best. We incorporate multiple learning styles including hands on, visual aids, immersion, lecture, interaction, and more. Our choice of materials, videos, expert speakers, field trips, focused hands on activities (that give you step by step useful skill sets), Florida-specific information, written materials, networking and career opportunities, and design tools are the result of this feedback. We live in the Tampa Bay area, and care about its future and we continue to work with graduates in our community and across Florida to create something better, together. Many of our graduates come from all areas of Florida from Miami to Tallahasee, Sarasota and the East Coast.

Homes, work places, gardens, farms, communities, local economies, or cities that are designed with permaculture principles and techniques are more resilient; they use resources in a regenerative way, ensuring that we, our children and our grandchildren will have access to all the resources we need. By incorporating people care into the equation, this process becomes deeply enjoyable too. Students meet others who think like they do, and often make life long friendships during the course; some find new career or lifestyle opportunities. Be the change you would like to see, and be effective at it, by designing that change!

Some of the subjects covered include:

  • Permaculture design ethics and principles
  • Creating abundance with natural patterns
  • Organic gardening and farming
  • Grow more food with less work by working with nature
  • Edible landscaping, food in small spaces
  • Soil building
  • Designing sustainable water use
  • Greywater and rainwater catchment
  • Building food forests
  • Agroforestry and ecoagriculture
  • Aquaculture
  • Composting and vermicomposting
  • Alternative pest management
  • Natural building, regenerative building technology
  • Reducing energy costs in your home
  • Best forms of renewable energy
  • Appropriate technology
  • Boosting your career with permaculture
  • Sustainable economies
  • Increasing quality of life through "placemaking" design
  • Community revitalization and rebuilding
  • Successful intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing, urban and rural

Who takes the Permaculture Design Course?

  • Artists
  • Do it yourselfers
  • Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors
  • Gardeners
  • Green architects/builders
  • Green consultants
  • Homesteaders
  • Landscapers
  • Natural health practitioners
  • Non-profit/community organizers
  • People who care about the earth and each other
  • People who love healthy food
  • Permaculturists
  • Policy makers
  • Professionals (of many types)
  • Recent college graduates
  • Students
  • Urban and rural farmers
  • Vegan, raw food, slow food, and/or local food
  • Yoga practitioners

Workshops

We give workshops on a variety of topics including:

The Secret of Soils - soil building techniques that will create long term abundance in your garden

Abundance Gardening - grow food year around with less work; focus on perennials, Florida friendly food, edible landscaping and edible forest garden techniques. Florida or Southern California specific

Regenerative Economics - what are your options to create more stability, resiliency, and joy in your life by applying permaculture principles to finances? How can you incorporate these into your life? 

Designing for Resiliency - How can you retrofit your home and life to create maximum resiliency in the face of sometimes unpredictable changes? Simple, inexpensive ways to increase your ability to be resilient no matter what the circumstances are. 

We can tailor workshops to your specific needs in many cases. We also give children's workshops on nature awareness, working with nature, soil and gardening, our relationship with water, and more. 

Lectures

We give free lectures to non profit organizations, schools, churches, etc. We co-host a free lecture series at Moccasin Lake Park in Clearwater twice a month on subjects related to sustainable living. We regularly book guest speakers. If you are an expert in some aspect of sustainable living, and you are interested in speaking at one of our events, please contact us. 

For more information about this series, please see:  www.meetup.com/createclearwater

Koreen Brennan speaks about disaster permaculture, urban permaculture, urban agriculture, permaculture and social justice, and other topics at a regional, national and international level. See her speaking bio here.  

 

Advanced Course

We are offering a number of classes and workshops including courses in green building, social and financial permaculture, design, and more.