Permaculture Design Certificate 2018

Permaculture Design Certification Registration

When: May – September 2018
Where: Tilson Homestead, Manitoulin Island (map)
PDC Cost: (includes food & camping)
Regular tuition: $1500

* Limited scholarships available – please inquire

For those interested in living and breathing a sustainable life, Manitoulin Permaculture’s 5-month, 100 hour Permaculture Design Certificate provides an introduction to fundamental permaculture knowledge and skills. Join us through the warmer months of 2017 for a expansive dose of reading landscapes, working with water, building soil, composting, installing solar panels, designing food forests, working on design projects and much more!

The most common format of a permaculture design certificate is a two-week, 72-hour course. While adequate to cover the required material, this format limits time for hands-on learning and leaves little chance to catch one’s breath or integrate the material covered. Manitoulin Permaculture’s extended PDC is designed to give more time for: observing through the seasons, hands-on learning, Q & A, going further with the subject material and connecting with others.

Each weekend runs from Friday at 1pm to Sunday at 3pm. Attendance is mandatory every weekend if you wish to receive a permaculture design certificate.


May 25 – 27: Introduction to Permaculture, Perennials, and Animal Husbandry

Introduction
  • Ethics
  • Principles
  • Zones (mapping)
  • Sectors (mapping)
  • Patterns
  • Design Projects
Perennials
  • Guilds
  • Forests
  • Propagation
  • Food Forests
Animal Husbandry
  • Integrating Animals into the Landscape
  • Everything About Chickens

PDC Instructor - Justin TilsonPDC Instructor - Rachael NeallyPDC Instructor - Mary YettPDC Instructor - Neil Lawrence


June 22 – 24: Landscapes, Soil, Climate, and Weather

Landscapes
  • Reading Terrain
  • Mapping
  • Earthworks
  • Keyline
  • Terraces
  • Raised beds
  • Swales
Soil
  • Types
  • Biology
  • Compost
  • Biochar
Climate & Weather
  • Hydrologic cycle
  • Microclimates
  • Site analysis

PDC Instructor - Justin TilsonPDC Instructor - Rachael NeallyPDC Instructor - Shane O'DonnellPDC Instructor - Connor Davis


July 27 – 29: Water & Natural Building

All About Water!
  • Catchment
  • Storage
  • Grey water
  • Ponds
  • Aquaculture
  • Aquifers
  • Ground water
  • Wells
  • Treatment
Natural Building
  • Strawbale
  • Light clay
  • Cob
  • Earthen plasters and finishes
  • Cob Ovens
Winter Growing
  • All-season greenhouses & climate batteries

PDC Instructor - Mark HamalainenPDC Instructor - Roland AeschilmannPDC Instructor - Justin TilsonPDC Instructor - Rachael Neally


August 31 – September 2: Everything about Renewable Energy

Energy
  • Basic physics
  • Emergy
  • Biofuels
  • Electricity
  • Solar Installation
  • Storage

PDC Instructor - Shane O'DonnellPDC Instructor - Mike Murray


September 28 – 30: Sustainable Society

Permaculture Beyond the Homestead
  • Alternative Economics
  • Transition Towns
  • Urban Permaculture
  • Where To Go From Here?
Design Projects
  • Presentations
  • Celebrate!

PDC Instructor - Justin TilsonPDC Instructor - Rachael Neally


Permaculture Design Certification Registration