Small Farm Permaculture Design Course (PDC) ← Spiral Ridge Permaculture

Small Farm Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

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Date(s) - Jun/Sat/2013 - Jun/Wed/2013


Spiral Ridge Permaculture Homestead


Tags awareness, community building, design, earthworks, food forests, management, natural building, pdc, permaculture, regenerative agriculture, renewable energy, soil building, swales, water harvesting, zones




Small Farm and Homestead Permaculture Design Certificate Course “Regenerative Farming Systems”

Earn your internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification during this 12 day residential course. This course is specially designed for those interested in Regenerative Farming Systems and homesteading.

Permaculture is a design approach that uses ecological principles to create regenerative human communities that are harmoniously woven into the environment and that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.  This course is for gardeners, educators, environmentalists, urban planners, architects, homesteaders, foresters, farmers, reclamation specialist, landscapers, landscape designers, anthropologists, home/landowners, ranchers, landscape architects, mothers, community organizers and more.

For 12 days you will be immersed in learning tools, guiding principles, and strategies to create lush abundant landscapes, reduce your energy use, and create more stability and security for you and your loved ones.  You will join a community of caring individuals sharing the knowledge and enthusiasm that come from a solution-focused mindset, so that we may regenerate land, family and community.

All levels are welcome.  Whether you are new to these ideas and wondering where this path will take you or if you have been in an a related field and need new inspiration.  Now is the time to take action to benefit ourselves and future generations.  Yes, the earth is beset with problems, you are the solution.

“GREAT COURSE, GREAT FOOD, GREAT COMMUNITY. Highly Recommended!” – Minda, PDC graduate

You will learn…

  • Permaculture principles and ethicsWWPDC Design

  • How to read the landscape

  • Patterns and pattern application

  • Water harvesting

  • Swale building

  • Zone and sector analysis

  • Climate and micro climate

  • Mapping

  • Land access

  • Community building

  • Plant guilds,food forests and agroforestry

  • The design process, principles, strategies and techniques

  • Nature Awareness

  • Soil building and sheet mulching

  • Pond management and ecology

  • Earthworks and natural building

  • Grey water systems

  • Bio-remediation

  • Renewable energy systems

  • Forest management

  • Watershed management

  • And More!

Instructors include:

  • Cliff Davis-Spiral Ridge Permaculture Homestead

  • Jennifer Albanese-Spiral Ridge Permaculture Homestead

  • Jessie Smith-The Nectary Project

  • Special Guest Instructors

“It is clear that the instructors have spent significant time with the material, both in study and practice.” – Tandy, PDC graduate

“…my hope is renewed by the integrity of the group that present this program.  A true inspiration for the future of the planet, our Mother.” – Dutch, PDC graduate

“Got a question about agriculture? Ask Cliffapedia”. – Daniel, PDC Graduate

Where will I stay?  What will I eat?

This course is held at Spiral Ridge Permaculture Homestead.  You can read more about it here.  Camp on our land, or let us find you a place to stay at The Farm Community, our next door neighbors.

“Spiral Ridge is so inspirational! – Lindsay Whiteaker, course participant

We believe you should be well nourished during your stay so that you may fully participate.  For that reason, when you sign up for our course, we will provide three nutrient-dense and delicious, omnivorous meals a day, for free.  As much as possible, the food is sourced locally and is organic.  We include meats and vegetables from our homestead, probiotic rich fermented foods and we only use butter, olive oil, coconut oil or animal fats in our food.  No over processed, GMO laden junk.  We aim to embody the principles we teach about on every level.  Vegetarian?  Gluten Free?  No problem!  Let us know ahead of time and we will do our best to accomodate you (we used to be vegetarian, and we are largely gluten free ourselves).  If you have a very restrictive diet, you may need to bring some of your own food.

“OMG, food was fantastic!”  – Debbie, PDC graduate

“Still waiting for the cookbook.”   – Dutch, PDC graduate    

“The cooking was hearty, healthy,  full of flavor and satisfying.”  – Daniel, PDC graduate

Why Choose Spiral Ridge Permaculture?

  • We are not a faceless organization.  We are a family business and we are inviting you to our home to share in what we have learned.  We will be in a relaxed environment and our children will often times be present on the homestead.  We are family friendly, so inquire about family discounts.

  • We are living it!  Learn from a family and community that is actively putting the design process to work.  The course will have plenty of hands-on instruction with practical exercises and implementations.

  • Internationally recognized 72 hour PDC curriculum.

  • Official Permaculture Design Course Certificate

  • We are well trained both in theory and practical application and we participate in continuing education.

  • We are committed to training more teachers to enable the knowledge to spread far and wide.  We always work with a former student who teaches as an apprentice.  This helps up and coming instructors build skills and confidence so they may go into the world and present this material to others.


Regular Course Fee $1400

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