- Permaculture Design Course
Our next annual Permaculture Design Course Online begins
Sept. 15, 2002.
Check the above sites for details. Our next design intensive is July 25-Aug.3
in Oberlin, Ohio, near Cleveland.
What's the Course About ? Click
Here for a summary
six-month course includes weekly sets of "lectures" sent by email, reading
assignments, four reports from each student including a full permaculture
design report and class discussion of all this work via email. Instructors
include Dan Hemenway, Cynthia Hemenway, CNM, and Dr. Willem Smuts. For
details, download (separately), the course protocol, the course reading list,
and the course assignment schedule.
Aug. 1 is the deadline for
submitting scholarship applications for the Elfin
Permaculture Design Course Online. For details on how to apply, click on the
"Scholarship tab" on this page or follow this link:
Supplemental Course Information :
For details on the Course Fees click
on the "Course Fees" tab on this page or follow this
link: Course Fees
For details on the Course Protocol click
on the "Course Protocol" tab on this page or follow this
link: Course Protocol
For details on the Course Reading List
click on the "Reading List" tab on this page or follow this
link: Reading List
For details on Cycle 6 Course Reading
and Report Assignment click on the "Assignment" tab or
follow this link: Assignments
For details on how to register click on
the "Register" tab or follow this link:
For Yankee Permaculture order form click
on the "Order Form" tab or follow this link:
For details of Elfin Permaculture
Service click on the "PDC Graduates" tab or follow this
link: PDC Graduates
What's this Course About ?
The course consists of three
sections, as follows:
Section 1: Introduction and Basic Principles
a) World ecological problems and interrelationships.
b) Principles of natural design.
c) Permaculture design concepts.
d) Classical landscapes.
e) Patterning, edges, edge effects.
f) The Permaculture Design Report
g) Principles of transformation (Unique to Elfin Permaculture courses).
Section 2: Appropriate Technologies in Permaculture Design (Special feature of
Elfin Permaculture Courses)
a) Energy--solar, wind, hydro, biomass, etc.
b) Nutrient cycles--soil, microclimates, gardening methods, perennials, tree
crops, food parks, composting toilets, livestock, "pest" management, food
saving, cultivated systems, forests, etc.
c) Water--impoundments, aquaculture, conservation, etc.
e) Design for Health (NEW in 2000)
Section 3: Social
Permaculture. Design Report.
a) Design for catastrophe.
b) Urban Permaculture
d) Alternative economics.
e) Village development.
f) Final design reports and critiques.
g) Final evaluation.
The lead instructor is Dan Hemenway, who was drafted to teach the certificate
course directly by Bill Mollison in 1983. The course follows the outline of
Dan's 3-week certificate course, with additions allowed by the longer course
duration and adaptations to the email medium. Other instructors include:
Cynthia Baxter Hemenway, MSN, CNM, who teaches the Design for Health
section of the course and serves as back up to Dan.
Willem Smuts, a South African geologist, who was a student in the
first online course and has been involved in all the course cycles since.
Willem brings a wide range of specialized knowledge as well as his
perspectives as an African and a scientist.
Tim Packer of New Zealand,
who is in his second course cycle. Tim
will serve as an advisor to students with computer problems while he pursues
further training. This is the first year we have had an official computer
Students may register for the course at any time, including after the
teaching cycle has begun. Normally, students then take the section that they
missed over in the next course cycle. Only the ability to receive ordinary
email is required for the course, however the ability to use the web and to
receive large attachments are very useful. No specific software is required,
though we recommend that everyone downloads Adobe Acrobat Reader (freeware),
or comparable software for reading pdf files.
Tuition is $1,000 if paid
in advance. The course protocol details various
options for payment in smaller quantities for those with cash flow problems.
The course can be monitored for $100, with that tuition available as a credit
if one takes the following course cycle as a full student.