Current Courses and Events

Homescale Resiliency: Permaculture Design for Climate Change and Uncertainty
Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands
Jan 23, 6:30-8:00pmMore Info

Permaculture Design 101 & 202
Rainier Beach Urban Farm
Feb 29 & Mar 1, 2020More Info

Weekend Format Permaculture Design Course
Beacon Food Forest & Rainier Beach Urban Farm
Apr 4 - Nov 8, 2020More Info

Permaculture Design Course
Pearlstone Retreat Center, Reisterstown, MD
Aug 8 - 22, 2020More Info

Homescale Resiliency: Permaculture Design for Climate Change and Uncertainty

Jan 23, 6:30-8:00pm

At Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands

Instructor: Dave Boehnlein

In this time of economic, ecological, and climatic instability, permaculture design provides a panorama of tools that can help make our homes more resilient.

This engaging lecture by Dave Boehnlein, co-author of Practical Permaculture, will offer you practical design strategies that you can use in any landscape to increase your resiliency. We will explore strategies for dealing with climate change, food production and storage, errors to avoid, community planning, and more!

There will also be a facilitated self-reflection exercise to help participants think about where to focus their resilience-building efforts in their own lives.

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Permaculture Design 101 & 202

Feb 29 & Mar 1, 2020

At Rainier Beach Urban Farm

Instructor: Dave Boehnlein

Time: Each day 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This two-day course will take you through permaculture design basics, introduce site assessment and design methods, and culminate in a group-based design project. Participants are encouraged to attend both days, but can also register for just Day 1.

Day 1 (Permaculture Design 101) on Saturday, February 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., will focus on the foundations of permaculture design, including:

The lecture-based class will include a virtual slideshow tour of permaculture in action at different scales, and a group activity to apply what you've learned by working on a design scenario.

Day 2 (Permaculture Design 202) on Sunday, March 1, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., will focus on project design and planning, including:

Throughout Day 2 we'll head outside to practice what you've learned, and, at the end of the day, you will get a chance to work as a team to design a permaculture project on a real piece of land at or near the workshop site.

Both days will include an hour break for lunch. We will be going outside rain or shine on Day 2, so make sure you come with appropriate clothing.

This workshop will provide an excellent chance to dive into permaculture, and to network with others interested in permaculture design, resiliency-building and sustainability.

Participants are encouraged to attend both days, but can also purchase tickets for just Day

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Hosted by: Tilth Alliance

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Weekend Format Permaculture Design Course

Apr 4 - Nov 8, 2020

At Beacon Food Forest & Rainier Beach Urban Farm

Instructors: Dave Boehnlein, Jessi Bloom, and guests

The 2020 PDC hosted by Tilth Alliance and Beacon Food Forest is a 128-hour intensive course that takes place one full weekend per month, April-November 2020, and includes extra emphasis and coursework on social permaculture including compassionate communication, and equity.

Location and Dates: Classes will take place at two locations in South Seattle: the Beacon Food Forest at Jefferson Park and Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. There will be occasional field trips, and participants should be prepared to spend significant amounts of time in outdoor activities throughout the course.

Course dates are Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m-5 p.m.:

Cost and Scholarships: The course fee is $1,535. Students can choose to pay the entire amount at one time, or to pay in three installments. If paying in installments, the first installment of $535 is due with registration and two subsequent installments of $500 each will be due by March 1, 2020. Class fee includes a copy of the book Practical Permaculture by the class instructors Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein.

We are able to offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships. Recognizing the importance of diversity in permaculture, we are seeking a diverse cohort of students and will prioritize scholarship applications from those who would otherwise face barriers to participating in this type of permaculture training. We will be reviewing applications and awarding scholarships on an ongoing basis, so apply as soon as possible if you are interested. Apply for a scholarship.

Cancellation and Refunds: If you cancel 30 days prior to the course start date of April 4, 2020, your full course fee can be refunded minus a $100 non-refundable deposit. Requests for cancellations received after this date will not receive a refund.

Questions? Please email or call (206) 633-0451 ext. 119.

If you'd like to register: You can do so through the Tilth Alliance Registration Portal.

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Permaculture Design Course

Aug 8 - 22, 2020

At Pearlstone Retreat Center, Reisterstown, MD

Instructors: Dave Boehnlein, Greg Strella, Perri DeJarnette, & Joe Murray

This full Permaculture Design Certificate Course will start by covering the basic nuts & bolts of permaculture design (principles, process, methods, etc.) and provide you with the tools you need to see the world through holistic lenses. Then the course will provide you with a variety tools that you can use when creating your own designs.

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