PermacultureDenton's Annual Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) Course is coming up the last weekend of May.
Have you been wanting to learn Permaculture? Needing those skills and the understanding to build food abundance, lower the cost of groceries on your family’s budget; understand how to rehydrate your land and reduce your dependence on the grid to give you more free-time and money to be involved with your loved ones and pursue your own interests? Well here’s your chance, and right here in Denton!
PermacultureDenton is offering its second-annual Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) Course Beginning Saturday, May 30, 2015.
What makes us different from others offering the PDC?
For starters, we’re right here in Denton! Joy! No driving to Dallas, Fort Worth, East Texas, or Austin (though we highly endorse all of those places and the teachers as amazing resources for Permaculture education). Yes, right here in Denton, we are again offering the full 72-hour Permaculture Design Certification course originally created by Bill Mollison and based on the 14 chapters of his Permaculture Designers Manual, but our course is not just lectures and white boards. We have dynamic teachers who will engage you in many ways including field trips and hands-on experiences on site at PermacultureDenton and away from here.
The course runs over 6 weekends, beginning May 30th, and culminating July 12th, 2015 (we break for the July 4th holiday weekend). A Certification course in Denton is perfect for building community right here IN our community—not that you have to be from Denton. We gratefully and happily welcome everyone. We do, however, highly encourage folks interested in Permaculture, and who live in Denton or close by, to register early. As stated, there are many other places offering PDCs and we endorse their programs, but if you're close by, why not help the planet, save some gas, save some cash, finish your PDC in seven weekends instead of years, and take your course right here in Denton?
PermacultureDenton's instructors are masterful at focusing on the Denton area, while still covering all major climates thoroughly, so you will understand just what to address when designing for your own or a client's property in and around Denton, or anywhere else. Our staff of teachers are some of the most studied and practiced Permaculturists in the area, with a diverse set of backgrounds and their own teachers to draw from. You will be immersed in Permaculture every weekend, spending your time in a growing verdant suburban system. You'll get hands-on experience and develop a solid network with both enthusiastic teachers and new permaculturists, plus experts in niche areas from across our area.
So, what's the price?
Most PDCs are $1250, some are less and some are more. We think the $625 fee is a doable amount for most people in Denton. Further, if you are lacking in one or two subjects in Permaculture, or just interested in a specific topic, you can register for a subject-specific day at $75/each or a weekend at $135. We also have early bird pricing of $500 if you pay in full by April 20th. A $65 non-refundable deposit (unless course is canceled by Nichole Fausey, or PermacultureDenton), will hold your seat. At this point, we can accommodate 20 students, but if we have more, we may move to a larger location. Your tuition goes to pay our teachers, further Permaculture awareness, and fund Permaculture projects in Denton.
Finally, our instructors add a special flare to our PDC.
Warren Sippel Jr., Carrolton, TX
Warren is a lifelong gardener, Permaculture Designer, and gardening teacher in North Central Texas. He combines a passion for nature, a lifetime of learning, and hands on experience to each new garden adventure. He enjoys sharing what he has learned and helping others grow their own food and connect with the great outdoors. At age 6, Warren's grandmother handed him a hoe, seeds, and a garden space of his own. That day, a lifelong passion was born. He became an early advocate of organics, and later of bio-intensive gardening practices. Once transplanted to Texas, he adapted his gardening style to the climate and soils. Winter has become his favorite gardening season.
Lauren Vanderburg, Arlington TX
Lauren Vanderburg grew up in Lake Jackson, Texas. She graduated from Texas Christian University in 2006, and has a background in public speaking and teaching. Lauren is an avid reader and writer and is currently working on a fantasy adventure novel for young adults. In addition, she is building a business that offers high quality essential oils, nutritional supplements, and body and home care products. She is married and homeschools her four adorable and unruly children. One day, while searching for ways to start an organic home garden, she followed an information rabbit trail on the internet and discovered the concept known as Permaculture. She began reading about it, and she soon knew that it was the one surefire way to know what was in the food she was feeding her children. It took her a few years to make it to a PDC, but she was then certified in Permaculture Design through PermacultureDenton's 6-weekend Summer PDC, soaking it all in and loving every minute of it. She is now implementing a design in her own suburban backyard alongside her ducks and rabbits. She hopes to continue designing and teaching certification courses to adults, but her real passion is to begin teaching permaculture to children as she believes the best way to change the world is to change the minds and hearts of the next generation.
Jennifer Sereno, Plano TX
Jennifer Sereno is an addict to the creative process, art facilitator, and can-doer. She thrives in a public setting that is met by communal achievement. She’s enjoyed leading group projects over the last eight years, and is the owner, and sole instructor, of an independent art school in Plano. Historically, her own sculptural works have focused on using an amalgamation of upcycled nature’s offerings, and emphasizing tactility and interaction; the removal of space between art and its viewer. Namely through public art installations, community projects, and workshops.
After five years as a radio personality/programmer, for KNON 89.3FM, she has been able to garner a deeper understanding of public speaking. It made sense that she integrated Permaculture as a part of her lifestyle. Her PDC was earned at the Yoga Forest, in San Marcos la Laguna, Guatemala, in November of 2014, and she’s been on a fast track to help spread the word, empower clients, and implement designs ever since. She knows permaculture is the next step towards a regenerative society, a logical addition to her artistic morals and the impetus behind the creation of the ST.ART.S company. Sustainable Art, Sites and Series.
Jennifer has a thorough understanding of the book-work of Permaculture, she hit the ground running upon her return from Guatemala and has completed many designs and implementations in Plano and Dallas, navigating city codes to make her 'ground-breaking' work possible for her clients and communities.
Jennifer is also a drive behind a city action group to get backyard chickens legal in Plano. She lives Permaculture and loves to share with people how we can all have this lifestyle.
She will not only teach various segments of the PDC, she will help you to develop your skills in hand-drawing your designs. Jennifer Sereno is someone worth knowing and following in Permaculture and Art in the Dallas/Ft Worth area. PermacultureDenton is very happy to be associated with Ms. Sereno and we think you will be as well.
Richard Corey, Denton, TX
Richard Corey began his career in allopathic medicine in the US Navy during the era of desert storm. He soon found himself exiting that stage to study the effects of the natural food chain consumed from a live source (garden or wild-crafted). The effort proved such a success that he has made it his life-long pursuit
to achieve a level of health that is rarely seen in the American Aging Syndrome, as well as helping others realize their true potential--unlimited energy and balanced function--or recovering their balance once abused and discarded by the sick-care industry.
Richard has been living Permaculture more than two decades. He’s a cogent and magnanimous teacher every day of his life, but when Permaculture is on the table, he takes it to a higher level than is seen in most. He is truly compelling. You’ll agree.
Loretta Buckner, Clearwater Fl
Loretta Buckner holds space for transformation and cultivates inspiration. Involved with permaculture before the word was invented, as a second-generation organic subsistence farmer/gardener, she adopted the “Square Foot Gardening” approach in the 1990′s. After 30 years in accounting, finance and real estate, growing food seemed the only choice in the economic void of post-crash Florida. One garden led to another, and “We Grow From Here” was born in 2010 with an ongoing food forest, which then spawned ‘Casa Seranita’, an eCo-housing and demonstration foodscape in 2012, and ‘Ollie’s Heartland’, an organic family farm which is now transitioning into permaculture in 2014. After completing two PDCs and most recently “Designing Educational Ecosystems” with Dave Jacke this year, she now designs educational ecosystems herself, enhancing permaculture projects worldwide and locally. Workshops are scheduled on Meetup in Florida and North Carolina Read and see more on her blog: WeGrowFromHere and Facebook: Casa Seranita, Ollie’s
Heartland, We Grow From Here
Ellen Levings, Denton TX
Ellen Levings has been studying Permaculture for the past five years. She began implementing small Permaculture designs into her homestead and rebuilding her soil for almost as long. She completed her PDC through Permaculture Denton and began designing and implementing for clients immediately thereafter--even before the course completed, her passion spilled out of her and got potential clients excited to move forward with Permaculture on their own properties. Ellen also worked in Speech Therapy at a pediatric speech clinic, but left to pursue Permaculture and her two small businesses full time. She is the co-founder and craftswoman of Denton Sustainable Creations, a business that uses reclaimed materials to make furniture, chicken coops, garden beds, home decor, just to mention a few of the many things DSC does. She is also the founder of Levings Urban Homestead, a half acre homesite with chickens, a beehive, and a developing Permaculture design. Ellen began stewarding 10 acres in Sanger, where she grows her larger crops for her booth at the Denton Community Market. She specializes in the use of essential oils, using them in cleaning supplies, toiletries, cooking, and aromatherapy. Some people in Denton may also know her for her efforts to help establish a maker space here, Denton Maker Collective. Ellen hopes to continue to use her knowledge and application of Permaculture and other complimentary subjects to help spread this great sustainable way of life within the Denton community and beyond.
Jenn Jennings, Trenton, NJ
Jenn is an alternative medicine practitioner farm-girl who strives to use the most natural methods possible to help clients regain their health and homeostasis. She works with local communities to implement more environmentally-sustainable options, and regularly writes and reviews for Examiner.com on natural health and wellness. Jenn has always believed that permaculture is a core foundation for alternative medicine, and often holds the keys to health and healing, knowing that when people have control over their food supply, their income, and live a more sustainable life, invariably their health improves at every level. This rolls up to an improvement of global health for both the planet and the people. On a small scale, Jenn strives to give individuals the tools to become stewards of their own health and prosperity. On a larger stage, she intends to embed permaculture principles in the heart of southern New Jersey, where farming still happens, but is steadily moving towards monoculture and agricide. A PRI for this area Jenn’s (current) end goal.
Jenn is also a Commissioner for the Winslow Township Environmental Commission (in NJ), and their Business Association.
Christián Lávaque, Mexico City, Mexico
Cristian has been interested in, and studied a variety of subjects with the purpose of using them to help others. Engineering, architecture, electronics, mechanics, design, programming, marketing, gardening, city planning, art, education, nutrition, are some of them, and he found that permaculture ties them together in a sensible way. He got certified as a permaculture designer in 2013 with Geoff Lawton and recently started lecturing to farmers in small towns up in the mountains of Mexico, mostly around the subject of water, which he considers to be key. He is implementing a permaculture design on a friend's property, possibly a future permaculture center, and earthworks are scheduled to start soon. He also designed and is working on a vertical gardening system for high food yields with a very small footprint and cost, which originally came from the desire to make it possible to grow enough food in city apartments, but will probably also be useful around the house that has land outside.
Margaux Khosraviani, Denton, TX
Margaux is a passionate teacher and advocate of Permaculture, as well as PermacultureDenton's Soils and Composting expert, having trained with Elaine Ingham. She has deep knowledge of the microbiology of the soil and can lead you to the most productive systems for yourself and your clients.
Nathaniel Hunt, Denton TX
(Bio Coming Soon)
Nichole Fausey, Denton, TX
Nichole is the president of PermacultureDenton and the energy behind it. She is a Permaculture chef and teaches various methods of food preservation to extend the life of your yields. Her favorite is fermentation, which will improves ones health with the very first bite. Nichole is coordinating and facilitating this course, creating a comfortable environment in which to learn from all of the teachers at PermacultureDenton. She will help you every step of the way with any challenges you might have while engaging in your PDC. Call or text her anytime for assistance. 214.404.7301
Most of our teachers have been through Permaculture Teacher training and are required to seek a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education in Permaculture and related topics. Our teachers are life-long students and learn just as much from you as you do from them.
We are excited to meet you and usher you through the garden gate of Permaculture.
Contact LivingLonger@PermacultureDenton.org, Ms.Fausey@Gmail.com, or call or text 214.404.7301 to inquire or register.