2016 Dates: March 19 – April 1; July 16-29; September 17 – 30. Our three seasonal Permaculture Design Certification courses will empower you to DIY and TIY—"Think It Yourself." Immerse yourself in information, ideas and inspiration on how to design sustainable, regenerative systems in balance with your home ecosystem. OAEC, an ecological demonstration site and intentional community for over 20 years, offers the longest consistently running Permaculture Design Certification course in the West.
Do you dream of establishing a land-based intentional community or education center? This course is designed to help you actualize that dream. Presentations and detailed hand-outs will cover topics such as visioning; how to find land and finance a purchase; the various legal forms available for holding land (limited liability company, corporation, land trust, etc.); organizing as a for-profit or a nonprofit; group decision-making process (meetings, agreements, facilitation, agenda management, conflict resolution); financial organization of your community; legal and insurance issues and costs; dealing with zoning and regulations; and long-term planning. We will also tour OAEC’s community and educational center, including our gardens, permaculture projects, natural buildings, and the community’s kitchen and food system.
Do you find yourself struggling with meetings, group process and decision-making? Are you frustrated by inefficiency, difficult power dynamics or organizational confusion? Do you want to increase your facilitation and general leadership skills? This weekend workshop will give you practical tools to enjoy more effective and participatory meetings in your non-profit, your business or your community.
The Resilient Schools Training is for teams of school community stakeholders in a K-12 district to design a long-term Resilience Action Plan (RAP). The RAP supports the development of a Resilient School, including: sustainable facilities design (a Living Learnscape), curricular integration, and the community organizing skills necessary to facilitate the process. The RAP strategically addresses a school’s academic, economic, climate and social needs yielding increased academic success, financial savings, ecological benefits and community preparedness. Participants will leave with a Resilience Action Plan (RAP) proposal for ongoing work and implementation with their school community.
This training is for school community stakeholders who are ready to engage in the physical design of the campus facilities through a participatory permaculture design process. The Living Learnscape approach to schools considers all physical elements of a school campus to be educational opportunities. Participants will integrate food, water, energy and waste system infrastructure as a springboard for standards-based curricular connections. Most participating schools already have school garden infrastructure and programming and are looking to enhance their Living Learnscape. Many participating school will also send a Leadership Team to the Resilient Schools Training in order to nest their Living Learnscape Design within the comprehensive scope of their Resilience Action Plan (RAP).
OAEC’s School Garden Teacher Training supports your school in creating and sustaining garden-based ecological literacy programs and helps you build a strong cohort of colleagues. Our residential training is for individuals or teams of teachers, garden educators, administrators and core parent volunteers.