Introduction To Permaculture ← Spiral Ridge Permaculture

Introduction To Permaculture

October 12-13, 2019

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:

Understand the History, Ethics, and Principles of PermacultureIntro 2

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 Spiral Ridge Permacultur and Pig & Leaf Farm.Network with Others focusing their energy on regenerative systems

Find out about Energy Use, Nutrient Cycling, and Conservation of Resourcesintroduction to permaculture class

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.

Course Details


cliff & Jen bio

Jennifer Albanese and Cliff Davis co-own Spiral Ridge Permaculture, a family run education company specializing in permaculture, regenerative farming and nature connection.  Their offer consultation and design in the same specialities.  Jen and Cliff also run Pig & Leaf, an eco-farm and nursery, specializing in craft pork, artisanal vegetables and organic plants.  They developed their businesses out of their passion to; address cultural and ecological issues that demand real and lasting solutions, encourage more people to homestead and help save family farms, by making them more ecological and productive.  They have over 33 years of combined experience studying and applying permaculture in temperate, tropical/subtropical and dry land climates and have taught hundreds of students permaculture and homesteading.

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 60 courses, and has taken over 26 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 18 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 is a home schooling mom , 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 is also an instructor for the Women’s Permaculture Guild Online Permaculture Design Course.  Jennifer took her permaculture design course in 2007 from the Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology and Ecovillage Training Center.

Time:  9-5 Each Day

$150 No Meals Included

$166 Includes lunch Each Day

$182 Includes Lunch & Dinner Saturday and Breakfast & Lunch on Sunday

Free Camping @ Spiral Ridge

This course is the first two days of our longer 10 day Fall 2019 Permaculture Design Course.  If you enjoy the class and want to attend the rest of the design course, you can put the Intro payment towards the regular tuition of this PDC.  We won’t be offering a PDC again. Couples can sign up together for $20 off each.  Groups welcome.  Inquire for discounts.

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