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Spring 2017 Six month Urban Permaculture Design Course Tampa Bay - Schedule


Weekend One

Permaculture principles, patterns and design

9 AM to 5 PM

Feb 18-19, 2016

  • Learn to work with nature, instead of against her

  • Apply permaculture principles and design in any setting or circumstance

  • Recognize and use the patterns of nature to increase abundance

  • Get practical tools that can be immediately applied to your life to increase abundance and quality of life

  • Hands on design techniques - zones, assessments, sectors, mapping, patterns, and more

  • We will cover an overview of the scope of what permaculture is and what it can do for your life and your community

To register call Debby or Taina at 727-495-6145, or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

$990 until Jan 20, $1100 full price for the full six weekend certificate course. Register via Paypal on right side of this page


Weekend Two

Secrets of the natural world – energy patterns of trees, water, land

Mar 4-5, 2016

9 AM – 5 PM

  • How to bring the magic of nature into every aspect of an urban environment through conscious design

  • Think like an ecosystem

  • Climates, strategies for temperate, drylands, tropical, subtropical and changing weather patterns

  • Rainwater catchment and sustainable water use

  • The transactions of trees – mimic the powerful energy transactions of trees in your design

  • Simple  secrets of building soils – how to grow lush, healthy plants anywhere

  • Broadscale applications with water and soil - transforming the landscape

  • Hands on techniques for preparing your land for regenerative abundance


Weekend Three

Growing food sustainably and abundantly

April 8-9, 2016

9 AM – 5 PM

  • How to grow food in Florida, the easy way, from seed to harvest

  • Jump-starting a food supply – feed yourself within one season

  • Integrated pest management (organic)

  • How to design and build a Florida friendly forest garden – plant lists, guilds, step by step implementation, propagation, low-water and no-water techniques, and more

  • Work with nature instead of against her to create abundant organic gardens and “food forests” that need little work to maintain.

  • Animals in a permaculture system

  • Hands on techniques

  • Container gardening, aquaculture, urban farming, agroforestry, small farms, making a living by growing food

  • Wrap up of food forestry specifics - designing, plant choices, etc


Field Trips and Hands-On Activities

See what is going on locally that will impact our future, get hands on experience,

and define careers and purpose.


  • Get into the garden and plant! Hands on intensive will assist you to integrate classroom learning.

  • See examples of permaculture in action.

  • See “green” buildings, organic farms, etc, and get feedback from experts on how to improve the designs using permaculture principles.

Weekend Four

The built environment and appropriate technology

May 6-7, 2017

9 AM – 5 PM

  • Learn to retrofit your built environment to reduce costs and help the environment

  • uCtting edge “green building” and how to solve problems of the built environment yourself with creative, low cost or no cost solutions.

  • Natural building techniques

  • Alternative energy and technology

  • Appropriate tech workshop – solar power, rocket stoves, and more

  • Putting it all together - integrating the off grid homestead for maximum production


Weekend Five

Financial and social permaculture – invisible structures

June 3-4, 2017

9 AM – 5 PM

  • Creating a regenerative local economy

  • Alternative approaches to creating abundance – how and why do time banks, local currencies, etc, work?

  • Business and community guilds; how to create abundance through connection

  • Social, economic and energy aspects of city and town life – practical solutions that work

  • Urban design - visible and invisible structure design for the specific challenges in cities and towns

  • Community building strategies and social permaculture

  • Intentional communities, increasing quality of life through permaculture design


Weekend Six

Saturday: Disaster permaculture – creating resilient systems, where do we go from here?

Design presentations

June 24-25, 2017

9 AM – 5 PM

  • Efficient ways to create more resilience for yourself, family and community.

  • Design for disaster – key elements to understand.

  • Where do we go from here? Options and resources.

  • Sunday: Really Free Market, design presentations, and afterparty

To register for this course call Debby or Taina at 727-495-6145, write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

$990 until Jan 20, $1100 for the full six weekend course. Register via Paypal on right side of this page