Permaculture Design Certificate Course, February-May 2022

Are you ready to become an Earth Healer? 

Earth Activist Training’s Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC) is our longest running and most requested course– we’ve been teaching it for 20 years. This is the course where all of your learning about resilient land management and climate adaptation begins. 

We are so excited to welcome you home to Earth Activist Training!

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

This 15-week PDC  will  explore an internationally recognized curriculum with master teachers and in-depth opportunities for hands-on learning. Join lead instructors Starhawk and Charles Williams, with co-teacher Sunshine Rose Claymore for our next virtual PDC.

COURSE INFORMATION

  • Location: Virtual
  • Dates: August 30-December 13          (15 weeks). No class will be held on Tuesday, October 5th
  • Time: Tuesdays from 6:00-8:00 pm PST
  • A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of this course
  • Classes are live and will be recorded and available within 48 hours
  • Resources and recordings on the virtual class platform will be available for a year after the course completes 
  • Helpful Tool: Time Zone Converter

INTRODUCTORY OFFERING

  • Not sure you’re ready to jump in quite yet? No pressure. Try out our Introduction to Permaculture course, the first three sessions of the PDC. If you like what you’re learning, you can enroll in the full 15-week course

Learn more here

PAYMENT

  • We offer sliding scale tuition and payment plans to make our courses as accessible as possible 
  • Abundant Tuition: $1,200
  • Standard Tuition: $1,100
  • Resilient Tuition: $1,000
  • All amounts are in US dollars
  • Alumni Tuition: $100 to retake this course if you have already taken it before
  • Discounts and Diversity Scholarships available? Yes! Keep reading below

     

INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED

DEAF STUDENTS

  • If 6 or more students from the Deaf community register, we will provide an ASL interpreter for each class session 
  • Each session will have closed captions

QUESTIONS? 

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Explore the solutions to climate change – 

and the strategies and tools to put them in place

Artist’s Credit: Jessica Perlstein, designed for Starhawk’s book, The Fifth Sacred Thing. ..

YOUR LEARNING JOURNEY

Do you feel called as an Earth Healer? This course is for you. 

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

EVERYONE!

We firmly believe that everyone can benefit from learning how to apply  the tools and insights of permaculture toward the broad goal of earth regeneration. Permaculture has solutions not just for landscapes and agricultural systems, but also for social design, public policy, and survival strategies for these challenging times.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • 14-week course with weekly assignments building to a final design project
  • Dedicated Network to Support Your Learning:
    Two hours of live class per week, online support through dedicated teaching assistants, a private class forum for on our Earth Activist Training Online network for sharing information and resources, and three to five hours of homework per week
  • Recordings of each session and class materials will be available for a year after the class completes

REGENERATION IS THE ANSWER 

Permaculture has solutions not just for landscapes and agricultural systems, but also for social design, public policy and survival strategies for these challenging times.

PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES

In this course, you will learn how to design human systems that mimic natural systems using renewable resources. We will cover principles and practices for how to read the landscape, heal soil,  cleanse and harvest water, drought-proof land, make compost and biochar, sequester carbon, and bioremediate toxins.

HANDS-ON LEARNING 

We’re not just virtual! Hands-on projects that you will practice during your learning journey include site mapping, water harvesting , graywater and roof catchment, creating compost, sheet mulching, seed starting and plant propagation, an introduction to natural building concepts (cob, straw-clay, and plastering), and a collaborative design project. 

WE ARE ALWAYS HERE TO HELP

Please reach out to our Student Support Team at: support@earthactivisttraining.org.

FUNDING YOUR EDUCATION

SLIDING SCALE TUITION &
PAYMENT PLANS 

  • Our goal is to increase accessibility for our trainings 
  • We offer two payment options in order to meet our audience where they are: 1) a one-time sliding scale payment, and 2) a four-part payment plan
  • If you select the payment plan, you will pay an initial deposit of $500 and three monthly installments of $200 ($1,100 total). Our Student Support Team will assist you in setting up this process

Every Abundant Tuition helps support a Diversity Scholarship.

GROUP DISCOUNTS 

  • Groups of 2-5 people – Discount of $165 off each ($935 total for each person) 
  • Cohort of 6-10 people – Discount of $220 off each ($880 per person)
  • Must register together and indicate that you are a cohort

    We are always here to help: support@earthactivisttraining.org

    DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS 

    • Earth Activist Training is committed to increasing the diversity of global permaculture and regenerative land movements
    • We recognize the history of this land called the United States and Canada and seek to do what we can to rectify the deep injustices and systems of inequity that formed and continue to shape society today

      Supported by your donations, a select number of pay-what-you-can Diversity Scholarships are available for Indigenous Peoples and Peoples of Color working in environmental and food justice.
       
    • These scholarships are pay-what-you-can with the recommended value of 50% of standard tuition ($550), but any amount will be accepted and appreciated

    MEET YOUR TEACHERS

    THE EARTH ACTIVIST TRAINING DIFFERENCE

    Grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism

    Exploring solutions for climate change– and the strategies and organizing tools to implement them

    Creating strength and abundance through biomimicry– human systems that learn from natural systems

    Learning principles and practices for how to read the landscape, build healthy soil, clean water, and design integrated and sustainable food systems

    SOCIAL PERMACULTURE

    Social Permaculture = RESILIENCE 

    Social permaculture is the Earth Activist Training difference. It teaches us how to organize our human communities, resolve conflicts, make decisions, and work together effectively to maintain our spirits.

    We are continuously looking to enhance our current online trainings with the magic of our in person gatherings which are taught interactively including songs, ceremony, and a variety of practical, hands-on, outdoor projects.

    OUR STUDENTS

    We are:

      • Young people looking for a career oriented around sustainability
      • People in mid-life looking for a new direction for existing or new work
      • Established professionals wanting to broaden and deepen their knowledge of sustainable alternatives
      • Retirees wanting new fields to explore
      • Teachers, environmental educators, and youth workers
      • Anyone involved in gardening, especially school gardens and community gardens
      • Architects and landscape designers
      • People involved with intentional communities, co-housing and ecovillages, or those who want to start or join one
      • Gardeners, farmers, ranchers, and land stewards of all kinds
      • Green business entrepreneurs who want to have a broader understanding of the possibilities
      • Artists, musicians, poets, writers and dancers, and anyone who collaborates creatively
      • Community organizers and activists from many movements, including environmental justice, food justice, global justice, anti-oppression, human rights workers, and others
      • Dreamers, visionaries, and more

    international Certification

    The Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) is our certifying body. To meet their standards, we cover 72-hours of curriculum. Earth Activist Training’s course is unique in that our courses also teachings in social permaculture and Earth activism. 

    Graduation Requirements: 

    • Participation in all live classes 
    • Homework completion 
    • Final design project


      Weekly Commitment: 

    • 2 hours of live class
    • 3-5 hours of homework weekly
    • 15 hours for design project (estimated)
    • Additional support provided by teaching assistants, support sessions and on our online platform, Earth Activists Online

    OUR NETWORK

    A core component of this course – and every Earth Activist Training course – is our private forum: Earth Activist Training Online network. This platform is where you will find course resources, your homework, and a network to connect with classmates and other Earth Activist students. 

    Recordings of each class will be available to you as a resource. You will have access to the course for a year after the course ends should you want to deepen your understanding of the material. 

    Permaculture curriculum

    Graduating students will have completed 72-hours of approved Permaculture Design Certificate curriculum in the following areas 

    Design:

    • Observation
    • Reading the landscape
    • Site analysis
    • Zones and Sectors
    • Mapping
    • Design tools and processes
    • Collaborative design projects
    • Broadacre permaculture
    • Urban permaculture
    • Permaculture for gatherings, mobilizations, and disasters 

    Water:

    • Creating healthy water cycles in living systems
    • Water harvesting
    • Swales, ponds, and earthworks
    • Keyline systems
    • Erosion control
    • Rain catchment for roofs
    • Greywater and blackwater systems

    Earth:

    • Soil structure
    • Soil biology
    • Soil building
    • Compost
    • Sheet mulch
    • Compost teas and ferments
    • Mushrooms
    • Bioremediation and mycoremediation (mushrooms & fungi)
    • Biochar

    Plants:

    • Plant needs
    • Plant guilds and polycultures
    • Cover crops
    • Agroforestry
    • Food forests
    • Plant propagation
    • Tree care: pruning and planting, choosing varieties
    • Sustainable forestry

    Animals:

    • Animals in our systems
    • Raising and feeding “microherds”—healthy soil microbial communities
    • Beneficial insects
    • Bees
    • Worms
    • Humane treatment of animals
    • Poultry
    • Livestock for the homestead
    • Holistic management grazing systems
    • Role of predators
    • Wildlife habitat
    • Alternatives for vegans

    Climate:

    • Climate change and strategies for adaption and mitigation
    • Microclimates
    • Windbreaks
    • Drylands
    • Tropics
    • Wetlands
    • Cold climates

    Energy:

    • Alternative and renewable energy: evaluating and designing systems
    • Active and passive solar
    • Wind
    • Microhydro
    • Alternative fuels and biogas

    Natural Building:

    • Insulation and thermal mass
    • Sustainable forest products
    • Cob, straw bale, light straw-clay
    • Plasters

    Social permaculture:

    • Personal regeneration and self-care
    • Site design to support social aims
    • Urban redesign
    • Group dynamics
    • Communication tools
    • Governance structures for collaborative groups
    • Ecovillages and community design
    • Meeting processes
    • Meeting facilitation
    • Alternative economics

    Organizing and activism:

    • Strategic organizing
    • Pro-active and pre-figurative movements
    • Campaign planning and organizing
    • Power mapping
    • Organizing in diverse communities

    Spirit:

    • Connecting to the spirit in Nature
    • Creating ritual and ceremony
    • Grounding and centering
    • Sensing and shifting energy
    • Drumming, dancing, singing and meditation
    • Daily rituals

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