Woodbine Ecology Center is proud to be offering this amazing 9-day intensive Integrated Social & Ecological Design course! The course will be taught by Brad Lancaster, Pandora Thomas, Eric Toensmeier - three internationally recognized social and ecological design instructors - along with guest lessons from local permaculture educators and practitioners.
** Learn more and register at www.woodbinecenter.org/ised15 **
What does your local community have in common with a forest ecosystem? What can erosion on a hillside teach us about mass incarceration's effect on black neighborhoods? Can we use the same techniques to read and act on patterns both in nature and in our society to create a more just and sustainable world?
These are some of the questions we will be asking in this one-of-a-kind course that will combine lessons from both permaculture and social design to investigate what it would mean to develop principles for a "social permaculture." We will ask how we can use our understandings of both natural and social patterns to create strategies for how to work better together with those dynamics to design flourishing ecological and social systems.
Course participants will have the opportunity to spend 9 days at the Woodbine Ecology Center's beautiful retreat facility outside of Sedalia, CO learning water harvesting and earthworks techniques, developing regenerative perennial food systems, and creating healthy groups and communities. Through case studies, hands-on work, and integrated design projects, this course will give participants an opportunity to delve into both foundational and advanced techniques and practices, develop a thorough understanding of social and ecological design, and how to apply it for the benefit people and the earth. This course will also focus on climate change, social and environmental justice, carbon farming and carbon sequestration techniques, and indigenous management practices.
Participants will delve into both the basic and advanced teachings of permaculture - a framework for natural design that seeks to work with, instead of against, the cycles and patterns of ecosystems - and have the opportunity to leave with an Advanced Design Certificate (only available for those who enter the course already in possession of a Permaculture Design Certificate).
Come learn with us about how, in order to save our planet and our communities, we may need to turn it into an edible, socially just paradise!
There are no prerequisites or prior knowledge required for this course other than a desire to learn how to design for healthier and stronger ecosystems and communities! We welcome people who have no knowledge of ecology, folks who have no background in community building, those who know some about just one or the other, and everyone in between. All of us will contribute to a more diverse and therefore stronger learning environment.
-- Course registration fees --
Early Bird Rate (register by May 1st): $1295
Full Rate: $1575
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on group discounts, work trade, and scholarship opportunities!
To learn more and register for this unique opportunity, visit www.woodbinecenter.org/ised15
We hope you'll join us for this world-changing course!