“To be a complete person we must travel many paths, and to truly own anything we must first all give it away. This is not a riddle. Only those who share their multiple and varied skills, true friendships, and a sense of community and knowledge of the earth know they are safe wherever they go”
– Bill Mollison, Co-Founder of Permaculture
“Community is the ocean in which we swim. We are all products of associations that have shaped the development of our interactions, our ways of thinking and being. Evolution is inter-subjective, through communing we share our values and inner worldviews and discover better ways of being. Communities shaped by higher consciousness and conscience are vital keys to a sustainable relationship with the planetary lifeweb.”
– Alex and Allyson Grey, Co-Founders of CoSM
On the cusp of history our civilization and planetary ecology are in crisis. As individuals, cultures and ecosystems, we are all in transition on many levels. It’s a time ripe with possibilities for positive change. What can we do ourselves and with our community to be part of the solution?
Join us for a journey of becoming conscious planetary citizens with a Permaculture Design Course at CoSM. A small ring of learners will meet up once a season here at CoSM for a few days at a time to learn about how nature designs itself and how we can become sustainable designers ourselves.
Together we will learn how to map and design our land and our lives, plan for emergency and work to build a more sustainable future. We will gather once a season at CoSM, living, learning and eating together over a full cycle of 13 moons. The course will include a tour of the CoSM land and a studio visit with Allyson and Alex Grey.
Everyone will experience doing a year long mapping and design practicum project on the land where they live. As a learning group we will make a map of the CoSM land and creatively envision potential designs for the grounds. This project will be a wonderful way to make an enduring and positive contribution to the CoSM project that is creative, fun and educational.
The certification granted upon completion of the course will empower participants as permaculture designers, consultants and beginner teachers able to use the word permaculture legally in their practice, business or project. This sustainability education eco-training certificate is a practical path for greening your life, resume and portfolio.
Course Topics include
* design methods urban + rural * patterns in nature * climatic factors
* water * soils * earthworks * trees * animals *cold climates * dry lands * tropics * waste management * sustainability * native food and medicine plants * society * economy * architecture * mapping * self sufficiency * transition
The course shares a dynamic support system of worksheets, permaculture design gaming tools, an online social networking and educational platform, new permaculture videos, guest speakers and the incredible CoSM land hosting hundreds of species of plants and animals as our living classroom.
The dates are :
may 13 – 16
july 15 – 17
october 21 – 23
february 16 – 19
The cost for 14 days $1200 at CoSM with all meals covered.
Residence for those wanting to stay at CoSM is not included and has a range of options.
Course participants will also have to purchase 3 text books.
There are only 16 spaces available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more details and registration info.
Delvin Solkinson has completed a PDC, Diploma and Masters Degree with Bill Mollison and done advanced trainings with Rosemary Morrow, David Holmgren, Geoff Lawton, Patricia Michael, Robyn Francis, the Bullock Brothers, Tom Ward, Jude Hobbs, Larry Santoyo, Scott Pittman, Michael Becker, Robin Wheeler, Starhawk and Robin Clayfield. He is an accredited teacher through the Permaculture Research Institute and a Field Mentor through Permaculture Institute USA. Recently he completed a PDC in Portland with Toby Hemenway and a second Diploma through PI USA.
Guest Teacher and Teaching Assistant Martin Bridge is an artist educator and mycologist who creates works celebrating the sacredness inherent in nature and our duty to act as stewards for future generations.
Guest Teacher :
Dina Falconi is a clinical herbalist with a strong focus on food activism and nutritional healing. She has been teaching classes about the use of herbs for food, medicine, and pleasure, including wild food foraging and cooking, for over twenty years.
Permaculture legend Larry Santoyo reminds us
“true riches is having something to contribute
having the time to be creative
and being in love with everything again”