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    The "Hands on Plants" course has not been included for this round of courses, although it was fairly popular. Much of the same content will be covered in Integrated Forest Gardening, Whole House Farming, and Urban Farming. Click here for course details

     

    The discounts have been adjusted to encourage you to take more courses, and take into account student budgets.

  • Join us for a series of
    Permaculture workshops
    November 30th thru December 20th

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    As needed, and available on request may be prerequisite for PDC

     

    Reading The Design Manual

     

    Landform, Surveying and Drafting: Skills for the designer or homesteader

     

    Hydrology+ : The study + management of water

     

    Landscape Permaculture

     

    Soils and Nutrient Cycling

     

    Renewable Energies and Appropriate Technology

     

    Ecosystem Restoration Concepts and Techniques

     

    Environmental Literacy

     

    Passive Solar Design

    The above classes are part of our ongoing global regeneration initiative based in Shanghai. Rainbow of Hope and friends are developing standalone educational modules to make Permaculture knowledge and concepts accessible to more people. We aim to proliferate the language of Permaculture as a tool to empower traditional Chinese farmers that intuitively understand and use many of the concepts daily. Your course fees support our efforts to achieve this goal!

  • About Permaculture

    The goal of Permaculture is to create a resilient, diverse, abundant, and fair world based on a ‘permanent agriculture’, which Bill Mollison said is prerequisite for a stable society and ‘permanent culture’. It envisions a world not subject to market fluctuations, technological disruption and political posturing but based on community and regional interdependence. It combines the machinery and programming of nature and ecosystems with the power of human intention.

     

    The techniques and design principles of Permaculture revolve around its three core ethics of Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share. Permaculture was originally described by Bill Mollison as “an integrated, evolving system of perennial or self-perpetuating plant and animal species useful to man”, but has since evolved to be described as a design system for ecological and sustainable living, integrating energy, plants, animals, buildings, people & communities. For some it is fundamentally a state of mind or way of life.

     

     

    Do you want to learn about Permaculture? Are you an urban farmer, Slow Food enthusiast, organic farmer, designer, entrepreneur, or student? Rainbow of Hope, Urban-Rural Bridge and friends are organizing a series of Permaculture classes between November and December, 2018 to be held in Shanghai and Hunan.

     

    Proceeds from tuition fees will be used to sustain Rainbow of Hope and provide an introduction to Permaculture for local farmers in Hunan.

    Permaculture is not just for farmers and gardeners, nor is it only for designers or relegated to the realm of plants and animals. Permaculture principles are applicable in all fields and provide insight to help us in any endeavor. The ethics and goals of Permaculture are universal.

    For more information about Permaculture, the following resources are recommended:

    Wayne Weiseman's Permaculture Project Site

    Permaculture Principles - by David Holmgren

    Permaculture News - from the Permaculture Research Institute

    Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Design Course Outline

    Core Curriculum Notes for the Permaculture Design Course - developed by Permaculture Institute

    Permaculture Fields of Study and Practice according to PC Institute and Holmgren

    Why Permaculture?

    Whether you are a farmer, designer, or average citizen, landscapes and food production impact your life directly. If you plan to start a small family farm or simply design the land around your home, a Permaculture course will give you direction and manageable steps to take towards building your personal Garden of Eden.

     

    For designers, Permaculture illuminates several ways of creating ethical and ecologically vibrant designs. Stakeholder engagement, observation, analysis, and thoughtful implementation are the keys to success in any venture or project and are broken down clearly in Permaculture thought. Permaculture is especially useful for building and landscape architects, city planners, and restoration activists

    and more.

     

    If you are an organic farmer or urban farmer, Permaculture courses can provide insights that will be useful to reduce work and minimize costly inputs while improving yield. You will complete courses with clear ideas on how to take steps forward, towards growing soils and healthy farm ecology.

     

    If you are an average citizen interested in issues of food safety, health, nutrition, the environmental impacts of agriculture and development, or just good food, it is important to be informed and proactive. You can understand the food systems that have direct impact on our lives in ways we often may not notice. The fundamental knowledge propagated by Permaculture will empower you to understand what is possible when it comes to food, energy, and community empowerment. You will be empowered to understand and participate in the food system and public dialogue.

     

    Even if you're not interested in Permaculture as a part of your occupation, you will still find here fun activities, great resources and an amazing, proactive and inclusive community.

  • Winter 2018 Course Program

    Click here to view final lineup and topic details, or below to sign up.

    Use the SIGN UP button anywhere you see it after you have viewed the schedule and have decided which courses to take.

    In July 2018 we had a successful and memorable trip to the Hunan Ecovillage site with Wayne Weiseman, which included rounds of "happy birthday" in 7 different languages. Two of our American visitors decided they had to return agaiWayne Weiseman will return to China between November 29th and December 20th to deliver our second series of Permaculture courses. This time he will recruit a small team of highly skilled designers to assist in completing the preliminary design for Eco-Village Dingjiaping, in Hunan. A group of up to 10 students can join the Hunan expedition.

     

    Our objective is to provide topical, hands-on or focused lectures and workshops that can stand on their own for beginners with no background, but also form the basis for a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) certificate.

     

    As most people are unable to do a contiguous 14-day permaculture course, we will provide focused evening and weekend workshops to build focus on a few key subjects of Permaculture. Philip Lohrmann, one of Wayne's students, will convene some of these courses in the weeks leading up to the featured Permaculture workshops.

     

    It is possible to do courses with Chinese translation; however, a minimum number of attendees will need to indicate the need and enroll as early as possible.

    PDC Course Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the Permaculture Design Cours (PDC) delivered by a certified, registered teacher, gain a basic understanding of design and development principles involved with large scale and small scale intensive Permaculture applications. These students earn a certificate that signifies they have completed the Permaculture Design Certificate course and are now authorized to use the word “Permaculture” to apply to their related work.

     

    The PDC is classically based on Bill Mollison's Permaculture: A Designer's Manual which is required reading for the course.

     

    In addition to gaining the certificate and information resources presented by the instructor, the students gain the following resources and skill sets:

    • Whole farm planning/property management planning

    • Land component identification and classification

    • Earthworks & soil renovation techniques

    • Water harvesting & drought-proofing methods and applications

    • Vegetable and fruit production

    • Farm forestry & tree crop ground preparation, management & processing techniques

    • Appropriate technology

    • Comprehensive planning and design for the built environment, the use of energy resources and control of the waste stream

    Note: includes required pre-course study materials and exercises that must be completed prior to attending classes at the educational sites.

  • Possible Course Topics

  • Introduction to Permaculture

    (2 days)

    As part of the curriculum for the PDC, this serves as an introduction to Permaculture design concepts and approaches, its major components and objectives in Permaculture Design.

     

    Licensed architects, landscape architects and engineers are required to take continuing education courses in order to keep their licenses current. Wayne Weiseman and The Permaculture Project LLC is certified by the American Institute of Architecture’s (AIA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects’ (ASLA) continuing education programs to teach a two-day, sixteen-hour Introduction to Permaculture course. Architects earn sixteen learning units and increase their knowledge of the Permaculture system as applied to the built environment and the landscape.

     

  • Whole House Farming

    (3 days, Shanghai)

    In this intensive three (3) day class you will learn that “farming” can be defined in a much broader sense than what we are used to. Farming is not just something that is done on large tracts of land out in the country! You can farm in your own windowsills, under grow lights in your basement, in containers on your deck, in your front and back yards, on your hobby farm or larger homestead. It works ANYWHERE!

    You will learn techniques to help you engage in creating your own food, medicine, and utility from a variety of sources in and around your own home. Techniques and methods that work in any environment and in various seasons will be discussed and demonstrated. Learn how to contribute to fresh, ready nutrition for yourself and your family. Learn how plants can provide you with many medicines that strengthen the body and the soul.

  • Hands-On Plant Course

    (2-3 days)

     

     

    In this intensive class you will learn techniques to help you identify and use local trees and plants, come to an understanding of their significance and use in the landscape and how to place them for best and highest use. You will practice using plants for food, medicine and utility. You will identify and harvest plants in the wild; then study, process and transform them. You will make tinctures, salves, decoctions, infusions, teas, ferments, salads and more.

     

    Through guided observation you will discover methods to employ plants as windbreaks, shelter belts, habitat for animals, and companions for other plants that contribute to health and increased yields. Plant guilds, food forests, basic biology, basic botany, effects of climate on vegetation, interactions with animals, and the processes of various habitats and ecosystems (including farm ecosystems) will be discussed and examined. You will learn the basics of plant propagation, grafting, seed saving and more.

     

    Explore, observe, study and interact with plants! Enjoy discovery walks through prairie, woodland, savanna, pasture, gardens, farm fields, and other ecosystems located at or near the educational venue. Students will go home with samples of plant-based products made in class which may include: teas, tinctures, decoctions, salves, infusions, syrups, ferments and more.

  • Integrated Forest Gardening

    (3 days)

    Wayne Weiseman teaches this three-day practicum based on his book.

     

    The guild concept often used is one of a “functional relationship” between plants. It is the integration of species that creates a balanced, healthy, and thriving ecosystem. A guild is a metaphor for all walks of life, most importantly, a group of people working together to craft works of balance, beauty, and utility.

     

    The course will cover the following topics:

    • Permaculture Principles, Methodologies, Applications

    • The Plant: what is a plant? Why is it so important as the basis of all life as a primary producer?

    • Plants from the perspective of Biodynamics, alchemy, etc

    • Definition of a Guild

    • Functions and Structure of a Plant Guild

    • Animal Interactions with Plant Guilds

    • Partitioning Resources

    • Ecological Requirements of Guilds

    • Propagation

    • Steps to Guild Design

    • Sample Guilds

    • Guild Project Management

  • Permaculture Eco-Village Design

    (3~5 Days, Dingjiaping, Huaihua, Hunan)

    How does one begin designing something as complex as a village that must produce no waste, and be basically self-reliant in providing building materials, food, water, energy, medicine and more?

     

    What if you are starting from nothing on the ground and you have to consider land use designation, infrastructure, vehicle and pedestrian access?

     

    In this course we will walk the site and learn to identify resources, micro-climates, key components, challenges and opportunities. We will engage local stakeholders to determine the main objectives, requirements and expectations of the local land owners. We will also visit villages and farms in the area to gain an understanding of the local context.

     

    Permaculture principles, concepts, and techniques will be illuminated within the context of this explorative planning activity. The course will lead us through some of the following topics, and more:

    • Stakeholder engagement and discovery

    • Main components of a permaculture village

    • Zone and Sector Analysis

    • Water Management and Keyline Design

    • Aquaculture

    • Rice culture and dry cultivation techniques

    • Integrated Forest Gardening

    • Plant identification

    • The uses and placement of trees, forests, and groundcover

    • How to optimally locate buildings within the landscape

    • Understanding hydrology and topographical maps

    • Livestock management and integration

    • Wildlife refuge

  • Biodynamic Farming and Gardening

    (2 days, Shanghai)

    In this course we will be studying the principles, methods, and practices of biodynamics in detail, along with hands-on field applications. Biodynamics has its roots in the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist and mystic who lived at the turn of the 20th century.

     

    Steiner’s perennial philosophy is nutrition for the soul of the complete human being metamorphosing through earthly time. He offers a whole system that incorporates learning on many levels: physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.

    The course will cover the following topics:

    • The underlying philosophy of biodynamics

    • Merging of the cosmic and terrestrial

    • The Biodynamic preparations

    • Soils

    • How to develop a “farm organism”

    • The planting calendar

    • Plants and animals

    • Social aspects of biodynamics

  • Urban Farming

    (2 days, Shanghai)

    This course is similar to Whole House Farming course, but we will focus specifically on the context of the dense urban environment of Shanghai.

     

    In the workshop, participants will get their hands in dirt, start something growing. Exchange plant starts and get tips to interact with plants in the concrete Jungle.

    Fermentation Workshops with Author Tara Whitsitt

    Be sure to check out the fermentation workshops.

     

    We will host 8 to 12 hours of workshops on fermentation ranging from 1.5 hours to 3 hours long.

  • Other Possible Course Topics and Activities available if at least ten people are interested in the specific topics:

    • Appropriate Technologies

    • Natural Construction techniques

    • Survival skills

    • First-Aid

    • Cob, Wattle and Daub, and rammed earth Construction (hands on)

    • Urban Farming

    • Wild, Common, and Edible Plants you should know

    • Observation, the key to ecological design (great for kids)

    • Eco-Village Development and Management

    • Composting

  • Course Fees

    Course fees will vary depending on the venue, materials needed for hands-on activity, travel requirements and the number of students. Additional fees for travel, lodging, resource kits, etc. can be paid separately on the day of the workshops.

     

    Earlybird Price Deadlines

    Register by November 11 | Make down-payment by November 14

     

    Full payment is due by November 18

    Contact if in need of special payment timeline

    Hands-On Workshops

     

    day-long workshops - 1400元

    half-day workshops - 700元

    Lecture-based

    In classroom or in the field

    1-day course - 1200元 per day

    Shorter workshops - 200元 per hour

    the following discounts can be applied

    let us know if you are currently a student on a tight budget to get 20% student discount

    Early Bird

    100元 discount for each full day

     

    Register before November 11 and make a non-refundable down payment by November 14.

    Certificate Holders

    100元 discount for each full day

     

    Send us a photo of your previously earned PDC Certificate along with contact info for the instructor or organization that issued it

    Previous Students

    200元 discount for each full day

     

    We know who you are!

     

    You get a discount.

    Weekend Eco-Warrior

    600元 discount

     

    Register and pay for at least 18 hours of courses before November 14

    Weekly Eco-Warrior

    1200元 discount

     

    Register and pay for at least 36 hours of courses before November 14

    PDC Student

    2200 元 discount

     

    Register and pay for at least 72 hours of courses before November 14

  • Meet The Instructors

    Wayne Weiseman

    Meet the Instructor

    Wayne Weiseman has been practicing techniques and implementing permaculture systems for more than forty years. He was certified to teach Permaculture by its founder, Bill Mollison, in 1999. Wayne founded The Permaculture Project LLC in 2001.

    Wayne has taught hundreds of Permaculture Design Courses around the world. He has served as a consultant and lecturer to educators, school administrators, business leaders, and others internationally. For 15 years Wayne managed a land-based, self-reliant community project combining organic crop and food production, ecologically-built shelter, renewable energy and appropriate technologies.

     

    Wayne is a co-author of the authoritative book on plant guilds, Integrated Forest Gardening: The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems and is working on another book in 2018.

     

    He lives in Carbondale, Illinois USA with his wife, Frances and daughter, Halima.

    Tara Whitsitt

    Visiting Expert, Artist, Author

    Tara Whitsitt is an artist and food educator who organizes events worldwide to bridge communities and restore a genuine fascination in local, traditionally-preserved foods. She is also the author of Fermentation on Wheels: Road Stories, Food Ramblings, and 50 Do-It-Yourself Recipes, an illustrated memoir/cookbook following the project that toured the United States for two years, teaching fermentation to and inspiring communities out of a school bus converted into a fermentation lab, library, and workshop space.

     

    Whitsitt describes her mission as an effort to, “support micro-agriculture and local economy, focus on sustainable, organic foods that improve and teach healthfulness, and promote the use of fermentation to preserve farm-fresh foods that can be enjoyed year-round.”

    Fermentation on Wheels is a grassroots project that brings fermentation education to communities of all ages and backgrounds. By traveling the country, connecting consumers to local farmers, and teaching fermentation, the project hopes to emphasize the importance of strong, sustainable food practices and values. Learn more at www.fermentationonwheels.com.

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