Klamath Knot Permaculture Design Course
March 2012 - October 2012
Sandy Bar Ranch, Orleans & California Northcoast

Announcing a 10-month extended Permaculture Design Course that will teach you how to transform human habitats into diverse, resilient, self-sustaining systems.  This course will draw on a wide array of sites and instructors, from the Northcoast to the interior  Klamath River, meeting one weekend a month and offering an in-depth learning experience through the seasons. Upon completion participants will receive a Permaculture Design Certificate and the skills and tools to make positive change within their communities.

Permaculture is the design and creation of sustainable human habitats and food production systems.   It is a design method that has been applied worldwide at every level, from homesteading and agriculture to community planning and national policy. Permaculture offers tangible solutions to the many pressing ecological issues of our time, from how to sustainably meet the basic needs of food, energy and shelter, to how to vitalize our communities and restore our watersheds.   Permaculture is both a land use ethic and community building movement, which strives for the harmonious integration of human dwellings, energy systems, micro-climate, annual and perennial plants, animals, soils, and water into stable, productive communities. 

This 10-month extended course is for aspiring or experienced gardeners, farmers, community organizers, land planners, builders and any active, engaged citizen seeking positive change.   Instructors combine lecture, reading and hands-on activities based on an 18-year Permaculture site and the surrounding Klamath River watershed.   Topics include zone and sector analysis, observation as the basis for design, keyline design of swales and ponds, organic gardening and farming, orchard management, plant propagation, animal husbandry, soil management, ethnobotany, pest management, natural building techniques, community process, watershed restoration, fire and fuels management and more.  Upon completion participants will receive a Certificate of Permaculture Design. 

We are excited to offer this extended Permaculture Design Course that provides an affordable and in depth alternative to a residential 2-week intensive format. Weekend sessions will be held at Sandy Bar Ranch, a 20 year established Permaculture site, and daily sessions will be hosted at various sites in the Arcata/ Eureka area of the California North Coast. The various geographic locales will reflect the biodiversity and complexity of the Klamath Knot, while the extended schedule will encompass the seasons.

Course Schedule
Residential Weekend Sessions at Sandy Bar Ranch (Orleans, CA)

March 15 – 18, Thursday-Sunday
April 13 – 15, Friday-Sunday
May 11 – 13, Friday - Sunday

Northcoast Sessions will be held on the second Saturday of each month, July through October, host sites to be announced:

July 7, Saturday
August 11, Saturday
September 8, Saturday
October 13, Saturday

Costs and Registration
Full Course Fee: $900.00 (includes lodging/partial meals for residential sessions, site and instructor fees for coastal sessions, and course materials)
Early Registration Discount: $800.00 ( $100 discount for those registration before or by February 15th, 2012)

To register, for further details, and/or questions please contact:

Mark DuPont or Andrea Lanctot
Sandy Bar Ranch
(530) 627-3379

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