Permaculture Design Course Ashland, Oregon

Course Coordinator for Information, Registration and Logistics during the course:  Melanie Mindlin

Course Facilitator and Lead Instructor: Tom Ward

Six Weekend, Typical Curriculum


Weekend 1 ~ Introduction to the course and personal introductions. Permaculture principles, ethics and methodology. Reading the landscape.  Patterns.

Topics covered: Permaculture philosophy, ethics and principles; Integral Framework, Observation skills, learning styles,whole systems thinking, patterns in the landscape, zone and sector design methodology; introductions

Weekend 2 ~  Water, Soil, Gardening

Topics covered Water, drainage basins, irrigation, remediation, roof water and storage; Keyline, water and soil,  ponds, and swales; Geology and biology of soils;  Gardens, guilds, compost, succession; Urban homesteading; Seed saving; Design process and sequence; ecological assessment; 

Weekend 3 ~  Trees, Appropriate Technology, Housing 

Topics covered: Food forests; trees, agro-forestry, tree crops, parks, wind breaks, hedges; carbon sequestration; coppicing, maps and surveyin; wetlands; aquaculture; appropriate technology; natural building methodologies, home design, solar energy, mass and insulation, home retrofits, air flow, heating and cooling; solar assessmentzone and sector, design groups.

Weekend 4 ~ Animals, social forestry, carbon farming, geophysical regions

Topics covered: Geophysical generalities, wildlife, deserts; social forestry, local culture, woodlots; Animals, insects & pollinators;  nutrient cycles, carbon farming, livestock, goats, chickens; guilds; design groups

Weekend 5 ~ Nutrient looping, Eco-villages, and Community

Topics covered: Nutrient loops, grey water, carbon sponges, extreme water care, drainage, night soil, closed loops;     Communities and eco-villages, green cities, local food and medicine, invisible structures, cultural continuity and covenants.

Weekend 6  ~ Design Project Presentations. Community building and Permaculture networking.

Topics coveredBringing the teachings into the community. Resources. Where to from here? Participant design projectpresentations.

Daily Schedule (usually):

8:30 AM   Classroom open for research and questions

9:00          Check-in and announcements

9:30          First Session

10:15        Tea

10:30        Second Session

12:00 PM    LUNCH

1:00          Outdoor Session

2:00          Fourth Session

3:00         Tea

3:30         Fifth Session

5:00         Dinner or end of weekend clean up

7-9:00      Saturday only, optional sessions (see separate flyer, may be held at a different location)