New Permaculture Design Diploma on Vancouver Island

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The start of January marked the beginning of something very exciting in my neck of the woods: a brand new full year diploma in Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems. This program at Pacific Rim College in Victoria BC Canada is a perfect and greatly needed addition to the ecosystem of permaculture offerings at schools in the Pacific Northwest. While it has all the elements of a regular permaculture design course (PDC) – and students do receive a design certificate – what I especially love about this program is its unique focus on community project management and business skills. I think it’s fair to say that most students take a PDC in hopes of building skills and knowledge to undertake their own projects and initiatives – whether that’s designing their own property, creating a community permaculture garden, working in the field of sustainability, or maybe even starting their own business. What’s common to all these things is the need for skills in project management, leadership and interpersonal dynamics, and communications. And while a lot of short PDCs focus on more technical subjects like site analysis, mapping, soils and the like, many folks would agree that this natural systems part is the “easy stuff” to learn. The hardest stuff – and the most common reason that permaculture projects or intentional communities break down – is the “people” stuff. How do you set up good long term maintenance systems for a shared site? How do you navigate the messy complexities of community engagement and collaboration? How do you manage and communicate about your offerings effectively so that you can actually make a profitable living with a permaculture business? The word “entrepreneurship” comes from the old French verb entreprendre, meaning “to do something” or “to undertake.” So while I know many people who are attracted to permaculture because…

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Permaculture Design Core Curriculum Notes

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Write your post here…”Study Nature, Love Nature, stay close to Nature. It will never fail you.” -Frank Lloyd Wright Sharing the release of the ‘Core Curriculum Notes’, an essential synthesis of permaculture design from the core curriculum of the Permaculture Design Course. A book of notes formatted as worksheets being freely offered to the World Community. It functions as part of a learning and teaching toolkit in combination with the Permaculture Design Core Concepts Cards. This is made in British Columbia. The download is a free offering at printable resolution here : http://gaiacraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Core-Curriculum-Notes-2017-Final.pdf For anyone wanting a beautiful hardcopy professional book form you can order the book here : http://www.lulu.com/shop/gaiacraft-and-delvin-solkinson/gaiacraft-permaculture-design-core-curriculum-notes/hardcover/product-23314805.html When you buy a book we get $14 towards developing more free open source learning and teaching tools. Those wanting to support us but not purchase the book can donate by paypal to kym@gigglingchitree.com This work is the culmination of 15 years of teaching 25 PDC’s during which time I took 20 advanced courses as well as a PDC with Rosemary Morrow in Greece, Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton in Australia and Toby Hemenway in Portland. While developing this body of work I have taken a Diploma and Masters Degree with Bill Mollison and the Permaculture Academy, a Diploma with Larry Santoyo and Scott Pittman through the Permaculture Institute, and this version is part of my current Diploma with Looby Macnamara through the Permaculture Association. Done under the mentorship of Larry Santoyo, this represents the culmination of my Doctoral work in Permaculture Education. “Information is the most portable and flexible investment we can make in our lives; it represents the knowledge, experience, ideas and experimentation of thousands of people before us.” – Bill Mollison and Reny Slay Profound gratitude goes to Kym Chi for countless contributions and editing as well…

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