September 13 - 30, 2017

Permaculture Design Certification

PDC 2017-2

On Isla de Ometepe, an Island of Twin Volcanoes on Lake Nicaragua

InanItah’s upcoming Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is a 2.5-week hands-on training experience in permaculture design principles and practices. We teach a standard PDC curriculum with a special emphasis on forest gardening in the tropics.

Although we will be in a tropical setting, many of the techniques will transfer directly to any climate. Students will receive resources and plant lists for many climates as part of the course content.

This 17-day course is ideal for anyone interested in taking an active role in building a regenerative future, as well as anyone with a focus in agriculture, architecture, ecology, gardening, landscaping, education, or community development. No prior permaculture experience is necessary.

At the end of the course, all participants will receive a certificate of completion of 72 course hours plus 20 additional hours of skill-building workshops and hands-on work experience.

Join us, become a part of our transformational community, on a 22-Acre Permaculture Site.

Learn About

  • Principles and Ethics of Permaculture Design
  • Site analysis and design, from the tropics to temperate regions
  • Landscape master planning and microclimate design
  • Reading the landscape and pattern recognition
  • Design for climate change
  • Regenerative Land Management and Stewardship
  • Water catchment, storage, filtration, and distribution
  • Biologically based treatment of greywater and blackwater
  • Using greywater in the landscape
  • Natural building techniques and vernacular architecture
  • Plant propagation and grafting
  • Organic horticulture
  • Medicinal plant propagation, usage and preparations
  • Biointensive gardening and seed saving
  • Soil rehabilitation and fertility strategies
  • Myco-forestry and myco-filtration
  • Orchard design and maintenance
  • Renewable energies and biofuels
  • Local and Regenerative economics
  • Urban and suburban permaculture strategies
  • Ecovillage design and community building strategies
  • Networking within the permaculture community and beyond

Course Facilitator: Chris Shanks

chris shanks 2Chris has been practicing Permaculture design for over 16 years. His ‘journeyman’ years were spent apprenticing and working on farms from Spain to Central America to the west coast of the United States. Chris designed, built and planted his primary project over 13 years ago, Project Bona Fide located on Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua. Chris has worked and consulted in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, the USA, Thailand, the Bahamas, Hawai’i and the USVI. Chris has taught nearly 30 full Permaculture Design Courses, runs his own consulting firm called Living Systems Solutions is a businessman and strong proponent of interweaving Permaculture design into development and entrepreneurship. His work in horticulture, seed saving, ‘living seed banks’ and education have brought awareness as well as concrete solutions to thousands.

Course Format:

The course begins with an intensive introduction to the principles, philosophy, and ethics of permaculture design: what is permaculture, how it is applied, and the main design andthought paradigms used. Course participants will be introduced to InanItah as a teaching and demonstration tool, as well as farm facilities.

The next several days will be dedicated to specific aspects of permaculture design, including Water Systems, Energy Use and Efficiency, Natural Building, and (especially) Agroforestry.

These days include lectures, onsite examples, and hands on experience putting all of the information into context. Several hours in the afternoon are dedicated to workshops and more intensive work projects on the farm.

The end of the course brings everyone together in a final group design project that is presented on the final day of the course.

A typical course day looks like:

6:00am – 7:00 am Morning Meditation

7:30 – 8:30  Yoga

8:30 – 9:00 Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 farm chores, work projects

10:00 –11:15 am Class time

11:30 – 1:00  am Class Time

1:00 – 2:30 pm  Lunch and free time to relax, read, study, etc.

2:30 -–4:00 pm Class time (often out in the field)

4:00 –6:00 pm Work projects and/or workshops (ex: compost making, grafting,plant propagation)

7:00 – 8:00 Dinner

8:00 – 9:30 pm Evening session on some nights (ex: lecture, slideshow, movie)

The course spans 17 full days,which includes a half day of free time to relax or explore the island about halfway through the course