The course uses a variety of educational venues and formats- including lectures, discussions, demonstrations, team design work, hands-on activities, presentations by permaculture experts, and tours of local gardens/farms. The course is a 12-day program spread over two weekend days (Saturday and Sunday) for 6 weekends beginning April 3 and ending June 13. Course cost is $800.
The curriculum demonstrates how human beings integrate ethically, holistically, and dynamically into natural ecosystems which are continuously evolving. Some of these topics include:
- permaculture philosophy, ethics, principles
- reading the landscape & recognizing patterns
- catching, storing, and using rainwater & graywater
- bioremediation & soil building
- healthy home, natural building & retrofitting
- disaster preparedness
- how to integrate small and big animals
- renewable energy & appropriate technologies
- climate justice, transportation and sustainability
- local food production & food sovereignty
- sustainable local economics
- inclusiveness, social sustainability, community building & dealing with conflicts
- rural & urban applications of permaculture
Instructors for the course include Emet Degirmenci, Kelda Miller. Guest speakers include Michael Pilarski, Larry Korn, Jenny Pell, Deston Denniston, Mark Musick, Dan Bentler & some Vashon experts.