October 15-22, 2011
is about designing regenerative human habitats and sustainable food
production systems. It can be applied in virtually any ecosystem,
landscape or cityscape at a large or small scale. As a graduate of
the PDC, you will attain the knowledge, thought processes and
practical application skills to design landscapes and cityscapes that
will restore urban, suburban and rural human communities into
productive and beautiful habitats.
covered during the 8-day Permaculture course include:
and themes in design
of eco-gardening and farming
scale site design
application of specific methods, laws and principles to design
and trees and their energy interactions
soils, earth-working and earth resources
and sector analysis
forests and small animal husbandry
and natural forests
tools and vehicles
energy and energy conservation
management and recycling
strategies for different climates
and suburban Permaculture
farm and garden management and marketing
of an alternative global nation
work on design
training runs Saturday through Saturday and includes required
pre-course study materials
that must be completed prior to attending classes at Koinonia. You
will receive pre-course materials in your confirmation e-mail
following registration. Click
download the registraion form, or click here to register online.
is a copyrighted word of the Permaculture Institute of Australia.
Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate that
allows you to use the term Permaculture in your choice of livelihood.
PDC will be taught by Wayne Weisman (see bio below), Koinonia
members, and special guests.
Come for the 8-day PDC and stay for four more days of Natural Building instruction. In this seminar we will explore current popular ecological building modalities and techniques: straw bale, cob, earthbags, papercrete, earthships, hybrid buildings, recycled materials, etc.
A combination of lecture and hands-on, this concentrated seminar will give you the keys and methods in order to design and implement your building of choice. Passive solar design, natural construction materials, water harvesting & waste reuse, earth sheltered construction, natural disaster resistant construction, owner building and pattern language are some of the many topics we will discuss.
The Natural Building Workshop will also be taught by Wayne Weisman. Registration form
here, or click here to register online.
instructor is Wayne
Weisman of the Permaculture
is one of a few people in the United States registered by Bill
Mollison's Permaculture Institute of Australia to teach the full
permaculture design course and to grant certification. He is also
certified by the American Institute of Architecture to teach
continuing education in Permaculture to licensed architects and
landscape architects. Wayne has taught and lectured internationally
for many years. He is Director of The Permaculture Project LLC, a
full-service, international consulting and educational business
promoting the ideas of eco-agriculture, renewable energy resources
and eco-construction methods. For many years he managed a land-based,
self-reliant community project combining organic crop/food
production, ecologically-built shelter, renewable energy, appropriate
price for the PDC alone is $1100, Natural Building alone is $500, or
come for both and pay only $1300 (a $300 savings). Tuition includes
on-site lodging and 3 meals a day. Click here to register online. Or call Sarah Prendergast to register by
early and save! Early-bird
discount of $50 if you are registered by September 1, 2011.
support of some of our close friends, we are offering a special
discount to Habitat
Center for Housing
$100 on the PDC tuition and $50 on Natural Building!
you and a friend (or two or three) register together, you'll each
save $100 on PDC tuition and $50 on Natural Building!
Options/ Course Reservation
Space is limited, so please register
early to reserve your spot in class. You can pay by credit card
online, or contact us if you wish to mail in a check. Tuition in full
is expected at the time of registration. However, if payment by
installments is an important factor to your ability to participate,
please e-mail Sarah
or call 229-924-0391 to work out the details of
your payment plan.
Registration includes lodging in our Guest House. Please note there
are 2-3 beds per room, and we expect to be full. Rooms will be
assigned based on gender and space available. If you are attending
the course with friends, your party may be split up among available
beds. If you are a married couple, both attending the course, please
let us know so we can prioritize to give you a room together.
Campers will have access to a furnished kitchen, indoor bathrooms
and showers. Due to limited onsite facilities and our desire to have
a light impact on Koinonia's natural landscape, we must limit the
number of people camping to 12.
There is also space available for RV's, campers and pop-up tents,
with full hookups, bathroom and shower facilities.
This option is for people who reside nearby and will commute to
class each day, or for those desiring more privacy/luxury than the
Guest House provides. If you would like to stay in a local hotel,
please inquire about discounted rates for friends of Koinonia. Meals
at the farm are included.
healthy meals will be provided three times a day in the Koinonia
dining hall. When possible, foods will be organic and/or locally
grown (including fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, pecans and
chocolate from our own farm industries!) Vegetarian and vegan options
will be available at every meal. We will also provide snacks and
beverages throughout the day, to keep you alert and attentive during
A portion of your tuition is a non-refundable
deposit. If you cancel your registration at least 30-days before the
on-site portion begins, we will issue a full refund less $250. You
will retain access to all of the pre-course materials, and your
deposit can be applied to a future visit to Koinonia Farm or a
Koinonia Farm Permaculture Design Course for up to three years.
you cancel your registration in the 30-days before the course there
will be a full refund less $350 and your deposit can be applied to a
future visit to or PDC at Koinonia for up to three years.
are no refunds for cancellations or for withdrawals once the course
begins. However, in certain circumstances, we may extend partial
credit towards a future design course.
have questions about the course?
if you have any further questions. You can also
reach her by phone 229-924-0391.
Please call or email us before you come for details about time & place, and whether the event is open to the public. Our phone number is 229 924 0391 and our email is