Workshops & Courses

Permaculture & Suburban Ecology Workshops

114 Claybrook Drive, Silver Spring, MD

October 23rd & October 31st

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The focus of this workshop is the mid-Atlantic suburban environment, and its intersection with the landscape-covering woodlands of the past, the marginal woodlands of the present, and the potential mosaic woodlands of the future. We’ll apply the tools of permaculture design to the circumstances of suburbia, a landscape with ample green-space and great potential for biodiversity, food production, and sustainable community. Undergirding all of this are the skills of nature observation that allow us to bridge the gulf between our lives and the wild land.

Permaculture: Beyond Sustainability

Washington Youth Garden, Washington, D.C.

Saturday, September 25th

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This workshop will serve as an introduction to permaculture design, with an emphasis on its application in urban settings and the home environment.  This workshop is designed primarily for volunteers, staff, and affiliates of the Youth Garden, so attendance space for outside individuals may be limited.

Elements of Permaculture

Taala Hooghan Infoshop, Flagstaff, AZ

Saturdays, June 19th – August 7th

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This course will serve as an introduction to permaculture, the regenerative design practice for everything from gardens to government that integrates the needs and gifts of humans and the land.  We will cover the basics of permaculture design, the ethics of regenerative land use, conventions of site design, and various sets of permacultural design principles.   Recognizing and working with patterns in the natural world will be a recurring theme throughout the course.  We will address water, its chemistry and the collection and use of it in greywater systems, keyline swales, irrigation systems, aquaculture, and more.  We will discuss soil chemistry and ecology, mycoremediation, compost, mulch, and other earth-related topics.  The course will cover different types of plants, from fruit trees to groundcovers, insectaries to dynamic accumulators, and their roles in forest gardens, woodlots, hedgerows, and gardens.  We’ll spend some time practicing skills for wildcrafting, a catch-all term that refers to everything from herbal medicine to basketry.  We’ll also address the built environment, and talk about different natural building techniques and green architecture, as well as appropriate technology.  We’ll discuss ways to apply permaculture design in the social sphere, in various human-altered environments from urban to rural.  Additionally, we will be covering a miscellaneous collection of skills, from weather prediction to animal tracking, integrated pest management to dealing with catastrophic climate change.

See the course page for more details.

Permaculture: Designs for a Thriving World

Tuesday, May 18th, 7:00 PM

NAU Biology Building, Room 328

The Flagstaff chapter of the Arizona Native Plant Society is hosting a talk I’ll be giving on permaculture, with a special emphasis on plants.   The talk will cover the basics of permaculture design, in particular identifying and utilizing patterns found throughout the natural world.  Different types of plants and their roles in the ecosystem will be discussed, as will patterns of use for these plants across different cultures.  This is a free event.

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