Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Permaculture Design Certificate course at Arboretum Sept. 24

HI Everyone – Our 3rd PDC course begins on September 24. If you are interested in joining us, please also look at Caitlin Bergman’s website which will give you even more information than what is contained here! It is Full tuition of $1400 is due by Monday, September 12 at the latest. To register, please call the Arboretum’s Class reservation line at 626.821.4623.

Many thanks! Jill

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course

At the Arboretum, 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007

Fall 2011: Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

8:30am – 5:30pm

DATES: 5 Weekends - Every other weekend:

September 24 & 25

October 8 & 9

October 22 & 23

November 5 & 6

November 19 & 20

TUITION: $1400

· Includes catered lunch, tea, snacks, and an excellent line-up of instructors

· Full tuition due by Monday, September 12

TO REGISTER: Call: (626) 821-4623 or email:

Join us in our 3rd Course – Back by popular demand!


Students attend ‘Soil & Compost’ 2-Day Workshop with Dr. Elaine Ingham

AND 2-Day ‘Garden Like a Forest Workshop’ with award-winning author, Dave Jacke!

Permaculture is sustainable land-use design based on ecological principles and ethics. Its aim is harmonizing habitats and inhabitants within sustainable cultural, food, shelter, energy, water, and waste systems. This hands-on course unites theory with practical applications. Our transformative 80-hour curriculum prepares individuals to become pro-active ecological designers, and covers the following topics:

• Permaculture Principles and Ethics • Rapid Soil Rehabilitation

• Water Harvesting • Food Forests • Renewable Energy Solutions

• Animal Systems • Designing with the Patterns of Nature

• Natural Building • Aquaculture • Regenerating Resilient Communities

The course provides the crucial foundation in systems thinking that enables individuals to play an active role in holistically regenerating our landscapes, food systems, and communities. An environment of support and unity between classmates is fostered, which will enable collaboration in design projects and a strong network of fellow designers. Participants become Certified Permaculture Designers upon successful completion.


Dr. Elaine Ingham, PhD is recognized around the world as a leader in soil microbiology and research of the soil foodweb. She is an energetic, down-to-earth speaker who explains what life in the soil is all about. With decades of experience as professor, researcher, and soil benefactor consulting in the field she’s helped thousands of homeowners, growers, and influential companies understand healthy soil via healthy organisms. Elaine transmits sophisticated information in a easy-to-understand way. Her mission is to show that the key to making any plant thrive, from the turf on golf courses to vegetables in the garden is to team up with suitable soil microbes. Elaine has astounding results to show for it. Dr. Ingham is President and Director of Research at Soil Foodweb Inc. ( ).

Dave Jacke, primary author of the award winning two-volume book Edible Forest Gardens, has studied ecology and design since the 1970s, and has run his own design firm—Dynamics Ecological Design—since 1984. An engaging and passionate teacher of ecological design and permaculture, Dave has designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities in the many parts of the United States, as well as overseas. A co-founder of Land Trust at Gap Mountain in Jaffrey, NH, he homesteaded there for a number of years. Dave holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Simon’s Rock College and a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design.

Warren Brush is internationally recognized as a youth educator, mentor, and Permaculture designer, teacher and lecturer. For over twenty years he has worked extensively to foster people’s discovery, expression and integration of their inherent gifts into the land and communities that sustain them. He has co-founded the following organizations and programs: Quail Springs Learning Oasis and Permaculture Farm ( ), a 450-acre arid land Permaculture demonstration and educational center located in the southern California mountains. His work experience includes nurturing both disadvantaged and privileged youth and adults in learning place based awareness and experiencing initiatory processes, and working toward knowing how “green” and “sustainability looks on the ground. He has worked extensively with many constituencies of youth and adults, including former child soldiers in West Africa.

Caitlin Bergman is certified as both a Soil Foodweb Advisor and a Permaculture Design Course Instructor. She received her degree in Botany from the University of Hawaii, along with numerous awards for her research involving forest restoration, soil seed bank analyses, and ethnobotanical surveys. Caitlin has more recently served as The Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden’s ( ) full-time permaculture curator and Lead Designer of SayPermaculture! ( ). She tutors various colleges, schools, and residences to educate students and homeowners about putting permaculture into action. Caitlin teaches Permaculture Design and consults and designs with both urban and broadacre holistic, regenerative systems with the company of which she is Co-Founder: SweetSoil ( ). Caitlin’s teaching credits include Edible Forest Gardening, Lawn to Garden Conversions, Soil Microbiology, Water Harvesting, and Soil Building. She has studied closely with soil expert Dr. Elaine Ingham ( ) and Edible Forest Gardens Author, Dave Jacke ( ). She received her Keyline Design Certification with Darren Doherty ( ).

Adam Wolpert is co-director of the Intentional Communities Program at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC) in the bay area. He has lectured on sustainable community and led painting workshops at many West Coast venues and his painting has been widely exhibited throughout California. Adam offers workshops on group process and organizational structure in OAEC trainings and courses. His work can be viewed at .

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