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Permaculture Design Certificate Course 2024

Re-Skilling for a Regenerative Culture

June – July – August

Upcoming opportunities to meet the core team and visit the sites. Please RSVP using the links

Whatcom Permaculture Design Course Overview:

Over 4 weekends and 1 immersive week, we will explore the foundations of regenerative culture.

Course content will include:

  • Permaculture ethics and design principles
  • Observation and critical thinking
  • Reading the landscape techniques
  • Pattern recognition
  • Basic Earth Science (soils, climate, hydrology)
  • Water management (earthworks, grey water)
  • Perennial plants, trees and guilds
  • Bioremediation
  • Herbalism and plant allies
  • Personal and interpersonal skills
  • Structures and construction
  • Surveying and mapping
  • Solar design and appropriate technology
  • System resilience and disaster preparedness
  • Community structures and alternative governance
  • and, more tidbits along the way.

4 Weekends and 5 Days

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Course Format:

The course will be a mix of in-person weekend sessions, a week-long intensive, and some on-line presentations, plus optional mid-week extracurricular work sessions for those hungry for more.

We will learn through lectures, small and large group discussions, reflection/observation exercises and lots of hands-on skills practice. We will also provide suggested reading material, videos and zoom sessions to be viewed on your own time as primers for our in person sessions. Expect some homework toward the end of the course.

The first three weekend sessions will be hosted at Queen Mountain Homestead. Course time will run from Saturday mornings to Sunday evenings. Overnight camping is available onsite and encouraged. Saturday evening we will share potluck feasts (significant others welcome). Bring your own lunches and Sunday morning breakfast . An outdoor kitchenette will be available for simple food prep. Coffee, tea and water will be provided throughout.

Student Design Sessions: July 21st

This is scheduled time for students to gather with their design teams to socialize and dig into their capstone design projects.

Inspiration Farm : July 13th & 14th ; July 29th – Aug. 2nd (5 day Intensive )

We will dive deeper into content during the week-long campout, while giving you an immersive taste of Permaculture living at Inspiration Farm.  In addition to more hands-on practice, you will work with a team of fellow students on a capstone design project. Your team will present your project to the whole learning community at the end of the week. The final day will also include: a certification and closing ceremony; a celebratory feast (loved ones welcome); and, a talent show of epic proportions.

Fresh meals will be prepared on-site by a local chef for lunch and dinner all week. Breakfast will be DIY with seasonal ingredients provided by us. Coffee, tea, water and fruit will be available throughout. Let us know your dietary restrictions on your registration form. We are happy to accommodate.

The Whatcom PDC Core Team:

Queen Mountain Homestead

  • Paul Kearsley – lead instructor
  • Jane Campbell – lead instructor
  • Elizabeth Chace – social PC & hands-on
  • Ryan Chace – hands-on & site support

Inspiration Farm

  • Brian Kerkvliet – lead instructor
  • Alexandra King – admin, finances, hands on site support
Check out the Instructors page for bios and guest instructor updates

We acknowledge that Whatcom (Xwotʼqom) County is the ancestral and current home of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) & Nooksack people.  As the descendants of displaced settlers, we acknowledge how much we have to relearn about place-based living. Actively, we seek ways to honor and uplift how the Lhaq’temish & Nooksack nations live out resilience, resist displacement and embody regenerative culture. We acknowledge that the permaculture movement was inspired by, and in part built on the appropriation of, indigenous knowledge.  We take it as our ongoing responsibility to watch for and address the harmful pattern of appropriation. We believe that, despite past and present harms, permaculture can be used as a tool for healing the deep wounds of disconnection inflicted by colonialism on indigenous and settler communities, and, the more-than-human world we share.

PDC Course Pricing

Secure your spot with a $500 deposit

Course fee: $2,000

Benefactor price: $2,200 (extra payment helps provide scholarships to other students; enquire for more info)

Payments cover all course materials, camping, field trips and a week of amazing local meals.

Some Partial Scholarships are available, for more details fill this application out.

Donations to the Scholarship fund are welcome. Help those who need it.

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Let us know below if you have any thoughts or questions. Or if you want get on the list for future courses.

Inspiration Farm

617 E Laurel Rd
Bellingham, WA 98226 United States
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