19. Permaculture Design Course 2007

in the Ohio Valley*

July 6-14 *


*Section I - Permaculture Fundamentals*


*near. Athens, Ohio*


*August 24 - September 1*


*Section II - Design Practicum*


*Loveland, Ohio, nr. Cincinnati*


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The course that's been called "life-changing, transformative, and enormously affirming."/


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Join us as we map the terrain of a low-energy, high-satisfaction future in the historic and ecologically diverse Ohio Valley. Empower yourself with the skills of ecological design as we search for the roots of permanent culture.


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*sponsored by*


*Association for Regenerative Culture*


*Contact Peter Bane • 812-335-0383 • [log in to unmask]*


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*What is Permaculture?*


Consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fiber, and energy for provision of local needs. People, their buildings and the ways in which they organize themselves are central to permaculture. Thus the permaculture vision of permanent or sustainable agriculture has evolved into one of permanent or sustainable culture.




*Who Benefits*


Gardeners, farmers, homeowners, and prospective buyers of land and homes will benefit from the energy-saving and productive insights of permaculture, while student and professionals in the fields of ecology, agronomy, resource management, architecture, and planning will find their work enlivened by the holistic and interdisciplinary perspective of the course. Community development and aid workers, rela estate brokers, municipal officials, and religious leaders will find practical and creative applications for permaculture design in their respective fields of endeavor.




*Ohio Valley Locations*


• Near Athens in SE Ohio, the United Plan Savers Sanctuary provides simple rooms or camping in a beautiful forested setting. Bed & Breakfast lodging is also available nearby. Academic credit may be arranged for this section through Hocking College.


• Near Cincinnati, Grailville at Loveland is the national center of The Grail, an international women's spiritual association, and home of Heartland Ecovillage, now in development. The 300-acre site features youth education, a residential community, constructed wetland wastewater treatment, and a spacious and complete campus set amid rolling woods and pastures.






We will enjoy the best organic and locally grown foods of this diverse region, expertly prepared.






Each section is $475, or $895 for Fundamentals + Practicum: Tuition, meals, and materials included. Lodging options vary. On-site lodging is

extra: in the rustic setting near Athens we offer camping at $20 and a limited number of indoor beds in shared rooms at $95 for the Fundamentals course. At Grailville, lodging is available in semi-private rooms at $220. A limited number of work-trade scholarships and guild discounts may be available by application. See our on-line page at or contact Peter Bane at 812-335-0383, [log in to unmask] A certificate of apprenticeship in Permaculture Design is awarded on completion of both sections.






*Permaculture Fundamentals*


An unparalleled opportunity to experience world-class instruction, this course presents the elements of natural and cultivated sytems in the permaculture curriculum, covering the following:


             • Ethics & Principles


             • Observation and Patterns in Nature


             • Climate & Biogeography


             • Ecosystems


             • Water in the Landscape


             • Forests & Trees


             • Building Healthy Soils


             • Zone & Sector Design


             • The Home System


             • Natural Building and Energy Design


             • Microclimates


             • Animals & Aquaculture


             • Gardens & Plants


             • Appropriate Technology


             • Human Settlements


             • Local Economics


             • Mapping


             • Design for Fire & Catastrophe


             • Waste Cycling




*Permaculture Practicum*


This training in practical design for properties and human settlements will cover site assessment, pattern languages, broadscale landscapes, community and social design, map making, and presentation. The rural-to-suburban Grailville site encompasses education, ecovillage planning, and preparation for the 10th Continental Bioregional Congress on the edge of a large metropolitan region.






*Peter Bane* for the past 16 years has published /Permaculture Activist, /now the world's longest-running permaculture journal. He holds the Permaculture Diploma, and since 1992 has trained over 900 students in locales from Canada to Patagonia. A co-founder and planner of Earthaven Ecovillage in the N.C. Blue Ridge, where he designed and built his own passive solar, off-grid natural home, Peter serves as Vice-President of the Assn. for Regenerative Culture. He is helping to create a network of 20 "soaking centers " across the eastern US. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.




*Keith Johnson* has gardened for over 30 years from northern New Hampshire to subtropical California to southern Indiana and the southern Appalachians. For half that time he has applied permaculture, growing and propagating thousands of varieties of plants, and maintaining a large collection of seeds. He has worked as a journalist, chimneysweep, gourmet chef, bodyworker, webmaster, and orchardist, and founded Sonoma

(Calif.) Permaculture. Keith has also managed a design, consulting, and construction company specializing in masonry, earth repair, food forestry, and runoff management.




*Rhonda Baird* has been a labor organizer and a student of religion. A working mother and fiber artist, she took teacher training at the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, and is now writing curriculum as she teaches permaculture to young children. In 2006 she launched the Bloomington-area Permaculture Guild. Her current projects include designing a food landscape and living roof for Middleway House, a women's shelter, raising rabbits, and home-schooling her five-year old daughter.




*Scott Horton* is the editor of /Permaculture Activist, /a landscape artist, musician, and a working designer. He teaches at the Ecovillage Training Center in Tennessee, in the highlands of central Mexico, and in his native southern California. He lives in the San Jacinto Mountains near Palm Springs.




*Andrew Goodheart Brown *is a naturalist, raconteur, and an urban farmer in Asheville, North Carolina, where he makes brooms, ferments beer and wine, bakes bread, and cooks a wide assortment of fine foods. A permaculture teacher since 1995, he has trained farmers in sustainable agriculture in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, south Asia, Latin America, and central Africa. Andrew was awarded his M.S. in Ecology by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.


Peter Bane (publisher of "Permaculture Activist") will host permaculture workshops in Ohio this summer, and will also be in Columbus and Athens in April for free public talks. Check it out! - Anne



Assn. for Regenerative Culture

Peter Bane, Vice President

April 2007


Permaculture offers many locally appropriate solutions to the complex worldwide problems posed by pollution and resource depletion. Teaching people everywhere to take responsibility for food, water, energy, and economic security is the most powerful means to reduce the human footprint on our beleaguered planet.


We are offering the internationally recognized curriculum in permaculture design for the first time in Ohio at two locations this summer: July 6-14 near Athens, and August 24-Sept. 1 at Loveland, near Cincinnati. Cost is $475 for the week course which includes, course, materials and meals. Various lodging options are available in addition to this cost. A parallel program concluding this month near Charlottesville, Virginia, has attracted unprecedented interest.


This course, which has been taught to hundreds of thousands worldwide, has been called "transformative," and "life-changing." Certainly, for those aware of the urgent nature of the planetary crisis we face, this training in holistic ecological design will be empowering.


We ask your help in spreading the word. Please pass this e-flyer along to colleagues, your staff, students in your institution, or other members of your constituency. Our work is not-for-profit, offered at moderate cost, and applicable to people from all walks of life. Consider investing in training for key individuals in your organization. Donations for scholarship are welcome, are tax-deductible, and may be directed to Permaculture Scholarships—ARC, PO Box 1303, Waynesville, NC.


For further details on the course visit:

For an expanded view of permaculture:

For inquiries write: [log in to unmask]



Vicki Morrone

Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist

Michigan State University

C.S. Mott Sustainable Food Systems

303 Natural Resources Bldg.

East Lansing, MI 48824


517-282-3557 (cell)

517-353-3834 (fax)


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