2017 PDC Daily Schedule

Monday 8/21

Context and Intro

Opening circle

Site introduction (geological and historical context of site)

Teacher introductions

History of Earth, direction of our species

Story of Consumption

What’s our new story?

Group discussion on their interpretations of Permaculture

Permaculture Lineage, Contrast with Conventional Systems

Permaculture Flower and small group discussion

Sit spot, connect with land connect with self

What would it take to survive as a tribe/community?

Permaculture Principles overview

Fire Gathering

 

 

Tuesday 8/22

Ecology and Patterns

Nature as a teacher

Presenting exercise

Tracking and reading the landscape

Observation Walk

Broad Patterns of Nature

Seasons

Ecology

Material recycling

Source to sink

Niche in time and space

What is Design? Why Design?

Zone and Sector Analysis

Stacking functions

Relative location

Micro Climates

Site tour

Scale of Permanence

Movie Screening – Inhabit

 

 

Wednesday 8/23

Water

Global Ecology Patterns and Climate

Water systems & Hydrology

Water strategies

Water Observation

Earthworks + Rain barrels

Efficient Irrigation Strategies

Greywater Detail & Changing Water Law Patterns

Design for Disaster & Group discussion

 

 

Thursday 8/24

Trees and Forests

Ecosystems of the Western US

Edible Forest Gardening

7 Layers

Plant Roles

Windbreaks

Perennial Plant Guilds Presentation

Guild Activity Assignment: Study plant, arrange bodies into a guild

Plant Research

Group Guild Work

Guild Presentation

Planting Activity

Grafting and Propagation

Forest Garden

Grafting & Tree Care

Annuals

Permaculture Beyond the Annual Garden

Plant discussion

 

 

Friday 8/25

Soils

Soil systems

What makes up soil?

Soil Food Web

Exploration of on-site soils

Soil testing

Building Soils strategies

Worms

Mushrooms

Sheet Mulch

Dealing with Waste

Humanure & Bioremediation

Thermophilic pile

Compost Tea Science

What about pests? Pest Panel (All)

 

 

Saturday 8/26

Social

People Patterns

People Guilds

Forming mini-design teams

Designing Social Systems

Social Justice & Activism

Privilege Experiential

Strategies for Living in Community

Placemaking

Invisible structures

CSA

WWOOF

Ecovilliages

Inter-generational

Access to Land

Models for a Sustainable Humanity!

 

 

Friday 8/25

Structures and Technology

The Build Environment

Appropriate Tech

Tour Compost toilets, solar showers, cord wood, thermal wall/traum wall, Greenhouses

Cob Project

Timber Framing –

Celebration

No-Talent Show!

Permaculture Guild Gathering

Fire and drumming

 

 

Saturday 8/26

Case Studies

Regional Examples

Broad Scale

Ranch

Suburban Communities

Drylands

Tropics

Urban Permaculture/ Small spaces

Urban Permaculture Video

 

 

Sun 8/27

Community Sharing of Projects

Guided networking opportunities

 

 

Monday 8/28

Animals

Animals as a fundamental element in the system

Vegetarianism

Bees

Chickens

Rabbits/Guinnea Pigs, Ducks, Geese, Guinnea Foul, Pigeons (Dovecotes)

Goats, Sheep, Lammas, Alpaca,

Cattle

Holistic Management

Grass land ecology

Animal Design Strategies

Paddock Design,

Random Assembly Exercise

Group Design Project Assigned

Getting to know your team/team building challenge

 

 

Tuesday 8/29

Begin Design Process

Becoming a Permaculture Designer

Design Process

Client Inerview

Site Assessment

Holistic Goal Formation

GIS Technology

Creating a Basemap

Triangulation Activity

Base Mapping with Design Team

 

Wednesday 8/30

Alternative Economies and Conceptual Design

Gift/Exchange

Alternative Economies

Conceptual Design for utopic society

Tools for Creating a Concept Design

Concept Design with Groups

Design teams work on conceptual designs, artistic renderings etc.

 

 

Thursday 8/31

Zone 5

Wild Crafting

Medicine making

Detailed design

Using a scale

Choosing materials

Design teams work on detailed designs

 

Friday 9/1

Obtaining a yield and preserving the harvest

Garden Harvest

Preservation (Canning, Jarring, Drying Freezing, Root Cellar, Clamp)

Forming a project estimate

Strategy

Implementation

Timeline

Phasing

Detailed Design with Groups

Seed Saving

Design presentations

Presentation of certificates

Gratitude circle

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