This September, Daily Acts will host its first ever Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC), and the first course ever to be held in Petaluma, CA. Permaculture is a toolkit for designing water-harvesting, resource-recycling, zero-waste gardens, farms, neighborhoods, and cities. Permaculture uses simple solutions to address everyday problems. This ecological design science has seen a rapid growth in followers since its inception nearly three decades ago in Australia. The National Permaculture Institute estimates that between 100,000–150,000 people have completed the 72-hour permaculture design certificate program, which prepares them with a holistic systems-thinking toolkit to create and implement solutions to environmental challenges facing our world. (Source: NY Times, “Permaculture Emerges from Underground”). The course will be taught by Toby Hemenway, whose Permaculture guidebook, Gaia’s Garden, has been the best-selling permaculture book worldwide for the past 7 years.
Participants will learn from acclaimed ecological design experts including Penny Livingston, Larry Santoyo, Brock Dolman, Erik Ohlsen, John Valenzuela and others. Geared towards busy working professionals and change-makers, the course will be held one weekend a month over the course of 6 months. Participants will learn to design sustainable human communities harmoniously interwoven with natural ecosystems (think heirloom tomatoes grown in rooftop gardens, passive solar housing, roofwater catchment systems and greywater reuse). The course requires participants to complete a design project with at least two fellow classmates. The design project must incorporate solutions addressing food, water, and energy security; regenerative shelter; neighborhood-scale community building and sustainable economies. Recommended for green architects, landscape contractors, county and city leaders, policy-makers, homeowners, farmers, directors, the course is intended for anyone and everyone seeking a pathway to sustainable change.
At the Petaluma Cavanagh Center (Corner of 8th & G streets), where the Permaculture Design Course will be held, Daily Acts transformed a water-guzzling 3,000 square foot lawn in May 2009 while educating 150 volunteers to be advocates for change in their own homes & neighborhoods. The Cavanagh transformation has saved the city tens of thousands gallons of water a year while growing food and medicine and educating citizens! That is the power of permaculture solutions. And it doesn’t stop there; permaculture is an ecological design science that can be applied to your life, farm, business, organization, or government.
Visit www.dailyacts.org to register and learn more, or call 707-789-9664 and we’ll happily answer any of your questions about the course! Space is limited so register today!