The registration period is from 01/03/2018 12:00 am to 04/20/2018 12:00 am
MM172 Introduction To Permaculture Design - Details
Dates:  04/21/2018 - 04/21/2018
Times:  9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location:   Solar Living Center, Hopland, CA
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Discover the design science of “Permanent Culture”! This course will give you an in depth introduction to Permaculture Design. Permaculture is a whole systems design process based in observation and pattern thinking. It empowers people to create ecologically sustainable and socially just human settlements based in natural patterns and processes. It is humanities most developed science that meets the needs of people and the earth in ways that model successful examples found in ecosystems, where interconnected and symbiotic relationships are our models and teachers! Permaculture Design is much more than organic gardening, it can be used in almost any situation, country, site, culture, project, even most aspects of life on earth!

Course Topics Include:


  • What is Permaculture
  • The Permaculture Ethics

 Permaculture Principles

  • The Map is Not the Landscape - Relative Location
  • Zone and Sector Analysis/Mapping
  • Elements & Niche Analysis
  • Energy in the Site
  • Biological Resources Interconnected Systems
  • Accelerating Succession and Evolution
  • “Islands of Fertility” and “ Intensive Systems”
  • Diversity
  • Edge Effects
  • Waste as a Resource

Understanding Patterns

  • Pattern in Nature
  • Pattern in Design

 Permaculture Design Site

  • Identifying Resources
  • Landform
  • Climate and Micro Climate
  • Water
  • Soils
  • Siting Important Infrastructure
  • Interconnected Systems and Symbiotic Relationships of Elements and Energies
  • Increasing Yields, While Minimizing Space & Lab
  • Design for catastrophe
  • Start small, then expand on your successes

Hope you can join us for this complete and detailed introduction to Permaculture Design, appropriately being held at one of California's oldest and most successful Permaculture demonstration/education sites, The Solar Living Institute!

Presented by: Nor Cal Aquaponics, www.norcalaquaponics.com and www.solarliving.org

Instructor: Max Meyers, Aquaponics Specialist,/Registered Aquaculturist/Permaculture Designer. We feel very fortunate to have Max Meyers as our core instructor for this course. With almost 20 years of experience in Permaculture, Sustainable Water systems and Aquaponics, he is an invaluable member of our team.

Group Discounts
# Minimum number of tickets Discount per ticket
1 2 20.00 %


The Solar Living Institute is a 501 (c)(3) educational nonprofit organization offering instruction in solar training and sustainable practices.  Founded in 1998, we have been providing professional solar training and a wide array of sustainability courses for 20 years. Our courses are taught by experienced practitioners who bring years of real world knowledge to the classroom with a focus on helping students prepare for job opportunities, start businesses, and live more sustainably.

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