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Permaculture Design Certificate in Community at Lost Valley Educational Center, May 21-June 22nd

Colin Doyle


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How the Lost Valley ‘PDC in Community’ course is different

Most Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) courses are two weeks in length, or a series of weekends that equates to the same length. These courses cover all of the areas of permaculture that Bill Mollison says are required in a certificate course, but typically in an academic setting and without extensive exploration beyond the standard elements. Lost Valley’s PDC in Community course is rare in that it is a full certificate course taught in an aspiring ecovillage. In addition to the academic portion, students get an immersion experience in intentional community. The community of residents, staff, and volunteers goes by the name Meadowsong Ecovillage, and is typically 40-50 people of all ages.

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Being a member of this community for the length of the PDC course adds a special twist to this educational experience, in which students get to learn more about the social side of sustainability and their own personal dynamics. In addition to daily meals with residents, students can take part in whatever community activities they like, from evenings at the sauna or campfire to

the weekly community meeting or playing with little kids when the opportunity bumps into you. As all meals, food, and lodging are included in the course price and there is a lot to do or create on site, students can pass their time at Lost Valley in community immersion, but with the ever-present opportunity to walk the trails off into the woods or jaunt in to Eugene.



Many of the PDC in Community courses are also far longer than a standard PDC course – 5 weeks as opposed to 2. As a result, students get to learn about other interesting areas, spend lots of experience in the gardens and doing hands-on activities that connect to their classroom learning, take optional excursions, and have ample time to work on their group design projects. This also extends the immersion experience to over a month in community and at a beautiful site.


What will I do in this course?

Our PDC follows the standard 72-hour Permaculture Design Curriculum created by the Permaculture Institute. But being that our class is far longer than traditional 72-hour courses, we can do more and in ways that suit more learning styles, as mentioned above. The hands-on projects will relate to class topics, and be part of a broader series of undertakings around the Lost Valley site; this allows you to explore many different permaculture projects in varying stages (projects may vary by weather and other considerations). The five-week course will culminate with student groups presenting their permaculture design project for a particular area on the LV campus to the Lost Valley community and staff. Students who have completed the course will be awarded the Permaculture Design Certificate at the Closing Ceremony on Friday. A No-Talent Show, shindig, and cob oven pizza party will cap off the course.


What will I learn?

Lost Valley PDC in Community courses are for those with an academic, professional, or personal interest in sustainable living and design, on both the ecological and social levels. Using a combination of lecture, discussion, interactions with nature, hands-on projects, and community immersion, students will learn how to analyze their local environment and design holistic systems that meet the needs of people while respecting the needs of nature. While you will learn specific things about the Lost Valley site and Oregon ecology, the design methods you learn in this course will be applicable in any climate or environment.

How the Lost Valley ‘PDC in Community’ course is different

Most Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) courses are two weeks in length, or a series of weekends that equates to the same length. These courses cover all of the areas of permaculture that Bill Mollison says are required in a certificate course, but typically in an academic setting and without extensive exploration beyond the standard elements. Lost Valley’s PDC in Community course is rare in that it is a full certificate course taught in an aspiring ecovillage. In addition to the academic portion, students get an immersion experience in intentional community. The community of residents, staff, and volunteers goes by the name Meadowsong Ecovillage, and is typically 40-50 people of all ages.

permaculture

Being a member of this community for the length of the PDC course adds a special twist to this educational experience, in which students get to learn more about the social side of sustainability and their own personal dynamics. In addition to daily meals with residents, students can take part in whatever community activities they like, from evenings at the sauna or campfire to

the weekly community meeting or playing with little kids when the opportunity bumps into you. As all meals, food, and lodging are included in the course price and there is a lot to do or create on site, students can pass their time at Lost Valley in community immersion, but with the ever-present opportunity to walk the trails off into the woods or jaunt in to Eugene.



Many of the PDC in Community courses are also far longer than a standard PDC course – 5 weeks as opposed to 2. As a result, students get to learn about other interesting areas, spend lots of experience in the gardens and doing hands-on activities that connect to their classroom learning, take optional excursions, and have ample time to work on their group design projects. This also extends the immersion experience to over a month in community and at a beautiful site.


What will I do in this course?

Our PDC follows the standard 72-hour Permaculture Design Curriculum created by the Permaculture Institute. But being that our class is far longer than traditional 72-hour courses, we can do more and in ways that suit more learning styles, as mentioned above. The hands-on projects will relate to class topics, and be part of a broader series of undertakings around the Lost Valley site; this allows you to explore many different permaculture projects in varying stages (projects may vary by weather and other considerations). The five-week course will culminate with student groups presenting their permaculture design project for a particular area on the LV campus to the Lost Valley community and staff. Students who have completed the course will be awarded the Permaculture Design Certificate at the Closing Ceremony on Friday. A No-Talent Show, shindig, and cob oven pizza party will cap off the course.


What will I learn?

Lost Valley PDC in Community courses are for those with an academic, professional, or personal interest in sustainable living and design, on both the ecological and social levels. Using a combination of lecture, discussion, interactions with nature, hands-on projects, and community immersion, students will learn how to analyze their local environment and design holistic systems that meet the needs of people while respecting the needs of nature. While you will learn specific things about the Lost Valley site and Oregon ecology, the design methods you learn in this course will be applicable in any climate or environment.

To register or for more information please call (541) 937-3351 or visit us at: lostvalley.org
Lost Valley Educational Center, 81868 Lost Valley Lane, Dexter, OR 97431


 
 
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