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Permaculture Design Certificate Course in Hot Springs, NC

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Permaculture Design Certificate Course: Designing Cultural Ecosystems
Earn your internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification during this 13 day residential course that integrates real-world design, homestead skill building and deep nature connection.
Offered by Spiral Ridge Permaculture Click on Spiral Ridge PDCfor more details.
Lead Instructor, Cliff Davis with Jennifer Albanese, Jessie Smith, Jason Hurd, Goodheart Brown, Phillip Kendall & David Kendall.

We need to change our inner landscapes. The culture of our minds. We need vision. We need a positive, solution focused mindset. We need to be inspired and we need to take action. We need to regenerate and heal our landscapes, our personal lives, our relationship with nature and our culture & communities. We need resiliency training. We need to learn how to connect with nature so we may learn how to mimic it in the design of our present and future. That’s what this course is all about.

For 13 days you will be immersing yourself in an intensive, educational retreat. Take time out of your life to stay on a beautiful farm along the Appalachian Trail, learning tools, guiding principles, and strategies to create lush productive landscapes, reduce your energy use, and create more stability and security for you and your loved ones. You will create a village, and find community with a group of caring individuals sharing the knowledge and enthusiasm that come from joining forces and focusing on solutions. All levels are welcome. Whether you are new to these ideas and wondering where this path will take you or if you have been in an a related field and need new inspiration.

Our program contains the internationally recognized 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course curriculum, but we are ready to give you even more value. You will receive all of the benefits of attending a typical PDC, but you will also get…

→Over 100+ hours of instruction; live stream talks, lectures, slideshows, site tours, exercises, games, facilitated group discussions and more.
→Field trips to sites incorporating permaculture practices.
→Hands-on skill building classes with practical exercises and implementations.
→An opportunity to learn from professional designers, farmers, homesteaders & community organizers that are actively putting the design process to work, not just teaching about it.
→In depth study and utilization of the Ecological Design Process. Most Permaculture Design Courses do not teach the Ecological Design Process. This professional process will give you a step by step approach to applying the principles of permaculture. Knowing this process will give you greater confidence to move forward with a design. You will be taught how to create holistic goals, read the landscape and use the scale of permanence to organize data and develop a design to meet those goals. Time to work in teams to experience the design process from beginning to end, presenting to the rest of the class at the conclusion of this course.
→A class entitled, Graphic Tools for Permaculture Design Drawings. Skills to be acquired: Plan graphic methods for representing: landform and topography, rock, water, vegetation, structures, roads and pathways, general use areas, property/utility lines and other linear representations, abstract diagrammatic methods for site analysis, labeling systems, title block, use of scale. A personal set of tools to be provided as part of overall fees) will include: lead and color pencils, felt tip black pens and markers. Other tools will be demonstrated.
→Plenty of time for questions, discussions, and individualized attention from the instructors to dive deeper into a topic or discuss personal projects you are working on.
→Teaching that is catered to all levels of experience. Beginning students will find the course gives them a comprehensive understanding of permaculture and how to apply it and the inspiration and resources to take it further, while advanced permaculture students and certificate holders come away with a more in depth understanding of the ecological design process, deep nature connection, advanced strategies, and more.
→A curriculum that is designed as an ecosystem, in and of, itself. We incorporate the scale of permanence to organize class schedules. The 8 Shields model dictates our daily rhythms. We integrate different learning modalities to appeal to the different types of learners. Design practice throughout the whole course, rather than just at the end, to build skills and confidence as well as learn to cooperate in teams.
→Introduced to complimentary practices, such as Holistic Management, whole farm planning, Keyline and Broadscale Design and the 8 Shields Model.
→Nature Connection – Time for the core routines of deep nature connection as taught in Jon Young’s work in the Art of Mentoring.
→People Connection – social gatherings in the evenings with story and music.
→Full immersion for 13 days. We have found that shorter PDC’s leave the students short changed. We like to take our time covering the material, with plenty of time for hand-on activities, group process and design, community building and fun. We have also found that some down time facilitates a better learning environment.
→Fully catered meals (omnivorous OR vegetarian, with gluten free options) so you may focus on your time on course activities.
→Camping facilities on a beautiful mountain farm
→A complimentary Spiral Ridge Permaculture T-shirt at graduation
→Discounts on future courses and the possibility of earning credit or cash by referring others to our future PDC’s.
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