Permaculture Design Course - Bahamas

 30 May
 Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat
 P.O. Box N7550 - - Nassau City - The Bahamas
 Green Education Center
“All of the worlds problems can be solved in the garden.” – Geoff Lawton “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison Most of us are strongly feeling the urgency of the times in which we live. The swift environmental degradation that is happening right before our eyes and the extreme social disconnect that is prevalent is the very unweaving of the fabric of life. All of this tugs on our heart strings and beckons us to rise and work together to do our best to create peace, harmony and abundance for all of life on Earth. Its no accident you are here on Earth at this time! Permaculture has many of the answers we are looking for. It teaches one how to take all of these situations and maximize them as opportunities for positive social change and healing of the Earth. Join Orlando Permaculture’s lead instructor Richard G. Powell (Dhyānānanda) and the Green Education Center’s passionate and prominent permaculturalist Terry Meer ( to learn the skills necessary to be a part of this much needed Earth healing. In this twelve day course you will benefit from close study with two experienced permaculture designers, installers and teachers, saving yourself years of study (and mistakes). You will have all of your questions answered as you draw on their insight, experience and inspiration for the duration of this course. Additionally, they will support you and your efforts after the course as you expand and grow in your knowledge. Regardless of where you may travel to or where you are from, this course will be your doorway in learning how to work WITH nature, how to read nature’s patterns and how to heal our dear Earth. (For teacher bios see bottom of page) In this comprehensive course we will thoroughly study: Greywater – Use, definition, purification, installation, design Rainwater – Efficient design, how to utilize in the landscape, where and when to use Food Forestry – Dive deep into the (food) Forest and learn how to design food producing ecological systems Natural Building – Learn design considerations for buildings, sustainable materials (e.g. Cob, Bamboo, etc.), traditional methods Annual Garden (Zone 1) Food Production – Dramatically increase your food production, build soil and support a web of life all in your own garden Social Permaculture – Proven methods for connecting, integrating and strengthening our communities Composting – Vermiculture (worm composting), basic and advanced methods for composting Soil – How to efficiently build soil instead of loose it, soil structure, components Science – Nature-based ecology and diversity, interweaving of mycology, ecology, geology, biology and many more Elements of Design – Zones and sectors, how to think like a permaculturalist, see the world with new eyes, how to read the land Patterns – How to incorporate and work with patterns, maximizing efficiency Biogas – Uses, building a system, placement, types of systems Zones and Sectors - How to implement and maximize the frame work of Permaculture Broadscale Site Design – Complete integration of your property AND MUCH MORE Throughout the course you will be supported and encouraged to strengthen your design abilities. Through daily exercises and activities, both in the classroom and outside, the instructors support you on your journey to becoming an efficient ecological designer. These exercises culminate in a final group design project (typically groups of around 4) where all of the skills and insights learned throughout the course will be woven together to create a design for a permaculture project! Most exciting, this design will be of the Sivananda Ashram and will be given to them at the end of the course to benefit their sustainability efforts. What’s Unique About This Course? Every Permaculture Design Course is uniquely life changing. This course, however, will be at one of the most renowned yoga ashrams in the world: the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in the Bahamas. The synergy between Yoga and Permaculture is tremendous. As you delve into the miraculous world of permaculture you will be able to take daily yoga classes and attend lectures and chanting (satsang) to keep you focused and well-aligned. This course features several opportunities a day to plug into the yoga practice and community of this well-known ashram. You are encouraged to attend Ashram activities outside of class time. While getting your design certificate you will wake up watching the sunrise out over the expansive ocean, beginning your day with a balancing and energizing yoga practice. Throughout the day the ocean will be there, with its radiant blue colors, to inspire you on your permaculture journey. Nature will guide us. You will be able to experience the powerful system of yoga and its ability to simultaneously create inner balance even as you study permaculture and learn how to ecologically balance the world around you. Your study will benefit from this profound synergy. Yoga is permaculture for the body even as permaculture is yoga for the land. Indeed, ancient Vedic science teaches much of an ancient ‘permaculture’ and how ones Yoga Sadhana can enhance this. Truly, these are both ultimately one system to be fully embraced to radiate deep love and positivity from your being in every way possible. In class we will delve into the world of Permaculture, for which you will be certified. Outside of class the student will learn about the multifaceted connections between these two sciences of health and abundance. What’s Included - Two wholesome organic vegetarian meals will be served each day (10am and 6pm). - 6 hours of dynamic Permaculture class time per day (totaling 72-hours), including activities, lecture, video, outdoor learning, hikes, etc. - Yoga classes, satsang (lecture and chanting/singing) and general access to the beautiful ashram - Tent site (upgrades to rooms are available at an extra cost) - Certificate What’s Not Included - Writing/note taking materials - Permaculture Book – We teach from Rosemary Morrow’s outstanding book “Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture”. Please purchase ahead of time or contact us to purchase at the course is beginning - Flight to the Ashram Cost $1,340 – includes everything in the “What’s included” section above. The ashram was very gracious and is extending a discount for your room and board (tent site) to make this price possible. EARLY SIGNUP BY MARCH 30th RECEIVES $100 OFF When: May 30th – June 10th 2015. Students are asked to arrive at least the day before, if not several days ahead of time, to settle in and get used to the surroundings and the peaceful Ashram environment. Similarly, the course does not include overnight accommodations for June 10th, however, staying for an extra day or two is available at an extra cost. For more information, please call 330-235-9422 or e-mail us at: orlandopermaculture at It is preferred that you sign up through the Ashram. They will also be better equipped to answer site specific questions. Instructor Biographies: Richard G. Powell (Dhyānānanda) – Richard was born and raised in farm country in Northeast Ohio amidst forests, the Amish and a simple way of life. After relocating at a young age to the East Coast of Florida where beautiful sunrises, sand and the rhythmic ocean prevail he began to weave these two worlds together. The resulting journey would be the melody over the rhythm of his childhood experiences. This would eventually lead him to studying organic horticulture in Europe, Bamboo architecture in South America, Cob/Earthen architecture in Kentucky, USA, Zen design in Japan, visiting or living in sustainable projects in the United States, Russia and Germany and exploring every natural beauty in between, wherever he may be. He has worked closely with Salem International, an international humanitarian and environmental group based in Bavaria, Germany. Richard founded Orlando Permaculture in 2012 to give his enthusiasm and love for teaching an outlet in the Orlando area in Central Florida. Since 2011 he has taught several Permaculture Design Courses a year, countless workshops on topics including: Introduction to Permaculture, the building and maintenance of biodigesters, Greywater systems (both basic and advanced), Simple and comprehensive rainwater catchment, composting, as well as plant specific classes and many other topics. While living in Orlando, FL Richard established the community permaculture project known locally as “The Homestead”. This project facilitated countless community gatherings including women’s and men’s circles, permaculture courses and classes, potlucks and film nights. Additionally, it featured two sophisticated greywater systems, a bat house, a chicken coop built into a tree, countless fruit trees and food on virtually every square inch of ground… even the canopy! Richard is often sought after for consultations on Greywater system design by both students and colleagues in permaculture throughout the Southeast United States. In addition to Permaculture, Richard is an avid yoga practitioner and teacher. He has been practicing for 17 years and teaching for 10. He is also certified through the Ayurvedic Institute for Ayuryoga. Sharing the profound knowledge of permaculture is a great joy for him and he joyfully welcomes his students with his enthusiasm for life, yoga and permaculture. Terry Meer – Terry Meer plants seeds of change in the community around him. He was born on a sailboat in Miami, Florida in 1974. Growing up on boats he quickly learned the limits of our valuable natural resources. Terry moved to Melbourne, Florida in 1989, and began studying alternative energy and sustainability. He continued to study alternative energy and Permaculture in Hawaii, Costa Rica, and Panama throughout the years. Terry studied to teach Permaculture with Dave Jacke, Eric Toensmeier, John Jeavons, and many others. Terry moved to Orlando, Florida in 2007 where he started the Green Education Center, LLC ( He has worked on several community projects including organic gardens for children with autism and the Econ Farm. Terry helped design and construct the “Econ Farm” in 2009. This project combines water catchments, solar power, organic gardens, mushroom farms, composting, and fruit orchards in a residential setting. The house was designed to model the technologies available today to show others how to decrease our dependency on oil and increase personal production of food and energy.

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