I discovered this course on Christmas Day, so, since it is free, I figured I would treat myself to a Christmas present to me from me. The course is offered by the Regenerative Leadership Institute Community Foundation and covers a wide range of topics. It looks to be a very informative course.
It is a 72 hour certificate course on Permaculture design and some of the topics covered include:
- Natural building construction
- Pattern observation and site analysis
- Renewable energy and appropriate technology
- Reading the land and natural cycles
- Rainwater harvesting and conservation
- Soil regeneration and land restoration
- Passive and active solar design
- Food forests, trees, and garden design
- Greywater considerations and system design
- Business and financial permaculture
- Waste recycling and treatment
The curriculum is wide ranging and covers communities as a whole, not just individual homes or farms, although, from what I can tell, you can take the information and apply it in your own personal circumstances, whatever the context may be. The world needs to be thinking about these kinds of topics before the chemical and GMO pushing companies and governments make it impossible. For community activists, this promises to be very helpful in developing plans and arguments for natural rather than artificial, living. I am looking forward to it.
The main instructor is Larry Korn, a student of Masanobu Fukuoka, who helped translate and edit the English language version of The One-Straw Revolution. He is also an educator, consultant, editor and author in the fields of permaculture, natural farming, sustainable landscaping and local food production.
Click here to take the course. Let me know what you think.