Regenerative Earthworks Course 2013: Rainwater Harvesting, Erosion Control and Soil Fertility ← Spiral Ridge Permaculture

Regenerative Earthworks Course 2013: Rainwater Harvesting, Erosion Control and Soil Fertility

Loading Map....

Date(s) - Oct/Sat/2013 - Oct/Tue/2013


Spiral Ridge Permaculture


Tags earthworks, regenerative agriculture, soil building, swales, water harvesting

Regenerative Earthworks Course 2013: Rainwater Harvesting, Erosion Control and Soil Fertility


Regenerative Earthworks:  Permaculture Design & Implementation Intensive

Regenerative Earthworks is a holistic approach to healing the land and making it more productive, using human scale labor and machinery to sculpt the earth.  Slow, sink and store water in the landscape to mitigate drought and renew fertility.  Learn how to build swales and construct ponds, dams and spillways. Regenerative Earthworks includes the application of biologically active compost teas, planting of various bio-accumulating and nitrogen fixing plants, the remineralization of the soil using amendments, the use of animals to enhance the biology of the soil, and use of mulch to conserve water and heal the exposed soil. According to Sepp Holzer 70% of our agriculture is completed when we have our water systems designed and developed. Without Regenerative Earthworks we have little chance at creating Regenerative Farming Systems.


~Gain experience as you survey, design, plan, layout and implement a real project

~Receive hands-on instruction on the use of: transits, A-frames, bunyip levels, hand held transits, machinery and maps.

~Learn techniques and strategies to mitigate drought and flooding

~Discover the 8 principles of Rainwater Harvesting

~Apply the ecological design process to uncover the design

~See functioning earthworks already in place on the Spiral Ridge Homestead

~Study mapping, contours, keypoints, swales, pond construction, dam walls, terracing, spillways, pipes, roads, and more.

~Restore fertility to the land with the use of cover crops, mulches, soil food web compost teas, and remineralization

~Explore ways to use animals to restore health to the landscape

~ Find out how to select plants and trees to accumulate nutrients, prevent erosion, cycle and hold water in the landscape

Instructors include:

IMG_2941Cliff Davis and Jennifer Albanese – Spiral Ridge Permaculture – Cliff Davis co-created Spiral Ridge Permaculture, LLC out of his passion to address cultural and ecological issues that demand real and lasting solutions.  His experience in the fields of permaculture, food forestry, organics, appropriate technology, natural building, and regenerative agriculture allow him to offer an integrative approach to land and culture repair.  Cliff has practiced and taught in temperate, tropical, sub-tropical, and dry land climates.  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  homesteads in middle TN with his family, researching applications that really work. For a detailed look at his work, training, and teaching experience, check out his resume.

Jennifer Albanese has been an organic gardening student and practitioner for over 14 years.  She has a special interest in soil regeneration and re-mineralization to create ecosystem health and nutrient dense food.  She has a passion for local in-season and nose-to-tail cooking, ferments and traditional foods.  She is the co-owner of Spiral Ridge Permaculture business and homestead.  She home schools her three children in addition to working as a permaculture teacher and grant writer for The Farm School in Tennessee.

Jessie Smith – The Nectary Project – An environmental educator and event planner, Jessie Smith, founder of The Nectary Project, uses the principles of permaculture to create learning experiences which closely mimics natural learning. With more than 15 years experience working with children, non-profit organizations, and educational facilities, she happily brings her experience to central Tennessee to provide life-changing courses that empowers people to positively alter our future for generations. A former camp councilor and camp director, you can still find her connecting children with real food and nutrition as a teacher with The Farm School.

Special Guest Instructors to be announced

“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 you can arrange a stay at The Farm Community, our next door neighbors.

“Spiral Ridge is so inspirational! – Lindsay, 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 graduateFood Day Slide Show

 “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.

  • Earthworks already in place to explore and learn from

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

  • Small class sizes for individualized attention and time for questions and discussion.

  • Appropriate for entry level and advanced permaculture students/designers/practitioners.



Sculpt the earth for abundance!  Register today. Space is limited

Early Bird Price if you register by 11:30 p.m, September 18, 2013 – $550

Price after September 18, 2013 – $600

Want to sign up with a friend, spouse or group?  Inquire about our discounts.

Best value:  Sign up for more than one of our courses and save!  Go to Permaculture Homestead Series for package deals.

Minimum $100 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.  Use the form below and pay via paypal, or by sending a check or money order to:

Spiral Ridge Permaculture

444 Walker Rd. Summertown, TN 38483

If you want to get the early registration discount, checks must by postmarked by the cutoff date.


Bookings are closed for this event.