Permaculture Design Course
Location: Monroe, WA
Instructors: Dave Boehnlein, Paul Kearsley, Doug Bullock, Sam Bullock and Alderleaf staff
Learn how to work with nature to create a more sustainable world!
Earn a Permaculture Design Certificate while gaining hands-on experience at the Alderleaf campus and learning nature awareness skills. The Permaculture Design Course is an intensive course focusing on permaculture design principles, nature awareness & ecology, and sustainable living skills.
During the course we will be spending three days at the esteemed Bullock's Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island! The Bullock Brothers, Doug and Sam, will be instructing while we're on the property, so you can benefit from their 35+ years of experience. If you want to learn from the Bullocks this summer, this is your chance!
The course blends permaculture principles with a holistic knowledge of nature where theory is put into practice. You gain the knowledge and skills needed to design and implement sustainable living systems in balance with natural ecosystems. Each class day is a blend of instruction and experiential learning with projects on the farm and in the forest.
Through this course you become proficient at applying nature-based permaculture design for both personal and professional use, to promote healthy communities and a meaningful, fulfilling lifestyle. Upon completion of the course, you receive a Permaculture Design Certificate, an internationally-recognized credential for sustainability.
The permaculture design course takes place at Alderleaf Farm in Monroe, WA with a three day trip to the Bullocks Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island, WA. The
beautiful 15-acre Alderleaf property is nestled in the foothills of the Cascade
Mountains 35 miles east of Seattle. It is an evolving model of
environmental sustainability and features our classrooms, office, two
homes, cabins, ponds, a large creek, forested land, pastures, many
gardens, chickens, sheep, and food forests.
Location: Based out of our campus in Monroe, WA in the Seattle / Puget Sound Region of Washington State in the Pacific Northwest; with a three day trip to the Bullocks Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island.
Duration: Sixteen days with a one-day break mid-course. Classes run all day with optional evening sessions.
Course Fee: $1795. Includes all instruction, on-site camping, and breakfasts/lunches.
Suggested Reading: Mollison, Bill. Introduction to Permaculture. 2002.
Bloom and Boehnlein. Practical Permaculture: For Home Landscapes, Your Community, and the Whole Earth. 2015.
To Register: Visit our
Course Registration Page.
Optional Further Study: For continued study of nature skills and sustainability, the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program offers a comprehensive curriculum.
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Why complete a Permaculture Design Certificate at Alderleaf?
Having a firm grasp of nature awareness & ecological principles is a vital component in becoming an effective permaculturist. Permaculture is a design system based on ecology, the relationships between natural systems. What makes the Permaculture Design Course at Alderleaf unique is that ecological principles and nature skills are taught alongside the standard permaculture design curriculum. This key foundation of knowledge enables you to become a more competent permaculturist.
Dave Boehlein: Dave also instructs the permaculture design
component of the Wilderness Certification Program at Alderleaf. He is
the principal at Terra Phoenix Design, where he helps clients around the
globe achieve their sustainability goals through integrated master
planning. He also serves as the Education Director at the 30 year old
Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island, WA. His freelance
“gun-for-hire” teaching services are highly sought after by
organizations including universities, non-profits, and trade
associations. Dave holds a B.S. in Natural Resources & Environmental
Studies from the University of Minnesota. He worked in outdoor
education for a number of years and while guiding eco-tours in Costa
Rica he stumbled upon permaculture design. He jumped in with both feet
and hasn’t looked back since. Dave is passionate about plants -
especially weird, but useful ones. He also loves mushroom hunting, plays
games of all kinds, and works to mainstream permaculture with
Doug Bullock: Since 1982, Douglas Bullock has lived with his extended family, friends,
and skill builders on their permaculture site on Orcas Island. Douglas has
facilitated or directly participated in comprehensive Permaculture
projects and classes at their site and at sites around the world,
including Australia, New Zealand, Hawai'i, Costa Rica, the Bahamas,
Nicaragua, California and Washington. Having traveled extensively collecting and studying agricultural
systems, he is familiar with a wide range of climate strategies and
crops. His specialties include permaculture design, tree crops, nursery
practices, creating small and large-scale wetland environments, and
implementing appropriate technologies. Douglas has also written articles
and pamphlets on permaculture featured in the Permaculture Activist and
in the International Permaculture Journal.
Sam Bullock: Sam grew up squeezed under the armpits of his two enthusiastic older
brothers. Always interested in the natural world (frogs, snakes,
turtles, salamanders, etc.), their transition to growing plants as
teenagers in the 70's led directly to growing food plants and to the
awareness of a holistic, spiritual, sacred, and natural world of which
we are all a part. Sam has been professionally landscaping for the last couple decades, as
well as co-developing the homestead on Orcas Island and working on the
occasional tropical project. He is energized by working with plants,
rocks, earth, water, wood, animals, and of course people!
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