Introduction to Permaculture
March 4-5, 2017
Found out about Permaculture and eager to learn more?
Join us for this two-day Introduction to Permaculture Workshop. This workshop is an easy, affordable way to dive a little deeper into the world of permaculture design. This course will include lectures, presentations and a tour. In this course you will:
See how the Ecological Design Process works
Get an in-depth look at design methodologies: Zone & Sector Analysis, Webs & Flows
Learn how to create Holistic goals for your property and your life
Get introduced to the scale of permanence.
Participate in Group Discussions
See examples of Permaculture in Practice and we enjoy a site tour of Trevecca Urban Farm
Network with Others focusing their energy on regenerative systems
Explore what to expect from a full Permaculture Design Course and how it will benefit you.
Find out how to Dive Deeper into Permaculture and Find the Resources you need to continue your studies
Learn how to Think Like a Designer and be able to immediately begin Applying Design to your own projects
Be able to Pick our Brains! We have been practicing permaculture for 16 years and have taught hundreds of people. We also continue to further our education, learning the most innovative regenerative practices being developed.
Cliff has vast experience in the fields of permaculture, food forestry, organics, appropriate technology, natural building, deep nature connection and regenerative agriculture, that allow him to offer an integrative approach to land and culture repair. He empowers others to take a hands-on approach to design in his regular and advanced course offerings. His humor, straight-forward style and determination to make positive change, make him an engaging instructor, consultant and designer. He has taught over 40 courses, and has taken over 20 professional development courses. As a professional designer, he has worked for farms, intentional communities, school campuses and homesteaders. Cliff is the main instructor and curriculum developer. He took his permaculture design course in 2004 from the International Institute of Ecological Agriculture, where he earned his certificate. He later received his teacher training certificate from Dave Jacke. He later went on to co-teach the teacher training course, with Jacke. Cliff has been featured in many podcasts, magazine articles and has been a speaker at many sustainability/farming events and conferences. Experience matters. For a detailed look at his experience, training & mentors as well as a list of courses that he has taught, check out his full resume.
Jennifer has been an organic gardening student and practitioner for over 16 years. She has a special interest in soil regeneration and re-mineralization to create ecosystem health and nutrient dense food. She runs a small nursery and market garden on an off-grid homestead in Tennessee with Cliff and her family. She has a passion for local in-season, nose-to-tail cooking, ferments and traditional foods. Jennifer worked as a midwife’s apprentice, birth mentor/doula and course organizer, for The Farm Midwifery Center, for many years before running Spiral Ridge full-time. She home schools 3 of her 4 children, and has mentored others in nature connection, permaculture and gardening at The Farm School. She has written articles for Permaculture News, B-Real magazine, Hand Picked Nation and as a guest blogger for other websites. Jennifer took her permaculture design course in 2007 from the Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology and Ecovillage Training Center.
Jason Adkins leads the Trevecca Urban Farm, teaches environmental justice at Trevecca Nazarene University and is a guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University. Jason started farming in 2002 and earned his Permaculture Design Certificate through Spiral Ridge Permaculture in 2012. In Davidson County, TN, he started three farms: Grace Farm, Son Farm, and Trevecca Urban Farm. These farms served, respectively, recovering addicts, teenage boys, and a variety of participants in downtown Nashville. Through a Trevecca University degree program and with neighboring K-12 schools, young people learn the particulars of growing all kinds of food and the big picture of how good farming sustains the people and the planet. The farm operates as a constellation of growing works that includes goats, pigs, chickens, worms, tilapia, orchards, gardens, mushrooms, and compost. These growing spaces are located on the Trevecca University campus and in the surrounding neighborhood—an area that faces food access challenges. Jason is the president and a founding member of the TN Organic Growers Association and has traveled to Asia, West and South Africa to consult on practices of sustainable agriculture with communities facing agro-ecological challenges.
Time: 9-5 Saturday, 9-4 Sunday each day with a break for lunch. We suggest you bring a brown bag lunch or go to a nearby restaurant.
This course is the first two days of our longer 12 day Weekend Format 2017 Permaculture Design Course. If you enjoy the class and want to attend the rest of the design course, you can put the $125 Intro payment towards the regular tuition.
Couples can sign up together for $20 off each. Groups welcome. Inquire for discounts.
Sign up below for the 2 Day Introduction to Permaculture.
Spiral Ridge Permaculture
444 Walker Rd.
Summertown, TN, 38483
We must receive and be able to cash your check before you can attend the course. No walk-ins.
Bookings are closed for this event.