[Sdpg] Oct.2 - Nov. 21, 2010 /LA Permaculture Design Course/The Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden Register Soon!

Wesley Roe and Santa Barbara Permaculture Network lakinroe at silcom.com
Tue Aug 31 08:19:36 PDT 2010

PDC- Permaculture Design Course

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course

The Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Oct.2 - Nov. 21, 2010

8am - 6pm


Contact for more info. Caitlin Bergman <cait_bergman at yahoo.com>


Permaculture is sustainable land use design based 
on ecologically sound principles.  Its aim is 
harmonizing habitats and inhabitants, creating 
richly productive food systems.  Permaculture is 
an eye-opening set of principles and concepts 
that make a tremendous impact on communities. 
This experiential course is a practical, 
project-oriented, support training.  It moves 
beyond theory to hands-on applications. 
Participants will become certified permaculture 
designers upon successful completion. 

More than a gardening program, this lively course covers:

Habitat restoration
Rapid soil rebuilding
Thriving food production
Rain and grey water use
Community integration
Urban food forestry
Recognizing landscape patterns
COURSE DATES:  8 Saturdays and 1 Sunday,  8am-6pm

8 Saturdays (Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30,    Nov. 6, 13, 20)

1 Sunday (Nov. 21)

VENUE: <http://www.arboretum.org/>The Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden

  WHY:  This course is fun and applicable to real 
world experience, giving participants a solid 
foundation in permaculture design.   Our work 
changes lives as it changes the Earth.

  An environment of support and unity between 
classmates is fostered, which 
will enable collaboration in design projects and 
a strong network of fellow designers.  The 
subjects to be covered have the potential to 
generate green jobs and abundance of all kinds.

COURSE FEE:  $200 non-refundable holds deposit 
due by September 13th deducted from $1200 
tuition.  Be sure to sign up early as course is 
limited to 30 registrants.


   Warren Brush is a certified Permaculture 
designer and teacher as well as a mentor and 
storyteller. He has worked for over 20 years in 
inspiring people of all ages to discover, nurture 
and express their inherent gifts while living in 
a sustainable manner.  He is co-founder of Quail 
Springs Learning Oasis & Permaculture Farm, 
Wilderness Youth Project, Mentoring for Peace, 
and Trees for Children.  He works extensively in 
Permaculture education and sustainable systems 
design in North America and in Africa through his 
design firm, True Nature Design. He can be 
reached through email at 
<mailto:w at quailsprings.org>w at quailsprings.org or 
by calling his office at 805-886-7239.

  Howard Yana-Shapiro, PhD is the rare visionary 
who is also a success in his own lifetime.  He is 
currently the global director of plant science 
and external research for Mars, Inc.  Howard has 
guided Mars toward the goal of 100% 
sustainably-sourced carob production since 
joining up with the company in the latter 

His more than 35 years working with sustainable 
agricultural and agroforestry systems, plant 
systems, plant genetics, and food production 
systems in Europe, Asia, Africa, Mesoamerica, 
South America, and in the United States have led 
to his being a party to functional ecological 
enhancements the world over.  During his years as 
a geneticist, he released over sixty lines of 
maize, helianthus, and tagetes into the public 

In 2008 Howard was named a fellow of the World 
Agroforestry Centre, and was lead author on the 
biotechnology and biodiversity chapter of the 
International Assessment of Agricultural Science 
and Technology for Development, a study initiated 
by the World Bank.
Howard's latest ventures include directing Mars' 
global cacao genome sequencing work (in 
conjunction with IBM and the USDA's agricultural 
research service) and engaging the 17 heads of 
state that comprise the African Union to 
implement an economically sound ecological 
roadmap for Africa.

  Lois Arkin is the Executive Director of CRSP 
(the Cooperative Resources & Services Project), 
the nonprofit organization she founded in 1980 as 
a resource center for small ecological 
cooperative communities. In 1993, she co-founded 
the <http://www.laecovillage.org/>Los Angeles 
Eco-Village. Lois' current focus is CRSP' 
emerging Institute for Urban Ecovillages which 
provides training, education and resources for 
urban ecological cooperative community 
Lois is the former editor for the "Ecovillage 
Living" column in Communities Magazine, 
represents the Western U.S. with the Ecovillage 
Network of the Americas, and is on the board of 
the Global Village Institute as well as on the 
Community Advisory Committee of the Wilshire 
Center/Koreatown Redevelopment Area. A co-founder 
of the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust, she 
lives and works in LA Eco-Village, and is 
passionate about reducing auto use in L.A.
Lois co-authored and co-edited Sustainable 
Cities: Concepts and Strategies for Eco-City 
Development which won an American Planning 
Association-L.A. Section award. A second book she 
co-authored and co-edited, Cooperative Housing 
Compendium: Resources for Collaborative 
Living, was published by the Center for 
Cooperatives at U.C. Davis. She received a second 
award from the APA-L.A. Section for Advocacy 
Planning in the late 1980s, and recently the L.A. 
Eco-Village received the Local Hero Award from 
the Returned Peace Corps Members of Los Angeles.

  Anaturalist from a young age, and a childhood 
witness to rapid land degradation in one of the 
world's biodiversity hotspots, Owen Hablutzel has 
since taken a whole-systems approach to the 
ecological design and management of ranches, 
farms, and landscapes; working with landowners 
and communities to address this global issue. 
 Having worked and lived in Africa,  Australia , 
and much of the western  United States , he 
received world-class training in Permaculture 
systems-design science through Bill Mollison and 
Geoff Lawton, and Keyline Design® under mentor 
Darren Doherty.  His ecological work includes 
Keyline soil building and water harvesting; 
building swales, farm dams, riparian and wildlife 
buffer strips; integrated whole farm planning; 
watershed restoration, dryland afforestation, 
grazing planning, garden and food forest 
extension; gully rehabilitation; greening 
desertified rangelands, Holistic Management® and 
more.  Integrating a broad spectrum of practical, 
leading-edge solutions to the global ecological 
crisis, Owen serves as director for the 
Research Institute  USA, while growing his 
ecological consulting and education businesses. 
 Owen holds a masters in Eastern Philosophy from 
St. John's College, New Mexico.

  Kirstie Stramler holds a Bachelor's in 
Geophysics from UC Santa Barbara and a Doctorate 
in Atmospheric Science from Columbia University, 
where she apprenticed with climate scientists 
Anthony Del Genio and William Rossow at the NASA 
Goddard Institute for Space Studies 
<http://www.giss.nasa.gov/>(NASA/GISS).  After 
working at a government laboratory for a few 
years, Kirstie's impatience with the glacial pace 
of scientific revolutions compelled her to leave 
the field of basic scientific research in pursuit 
of solutions that have the potential to stabilize 
the earth's fluid envelope and failing ecosystems 
while simultaneously allowing humans to thrive. 
 After realizing that Permaculture is an 
ecological design system that has such potential, 
Kirstie trained with Geoff Lawton for the 
Permaculture Design Course, and with Rosemary 
Morrow for the Permaculture Aid Worker Course. 
 Kirstie is currently developing sustainability 
curricula for schools and communities, 
researching alternative economic systems, and is 
a producer at 

  A permaculture designer and educator from San 
Francisco, California, Lindsay Dailey is part of 
a new generation of permaculture teachers working 
on the edge of what permaculture can do to 
restore landscapes and create abundance. 
Lindsay has worked passionately in the realm of 
sustainability education since 2001. She is a 
founding member of 
Sobrante, an urban permaculture and natural 
building demonstration site and community in the 
East Bay. She also founded 
<http://www.earthrepair.com/>Earth Repair, a 
regenerative design and education firm inspiring 
people to build topsoil and rehydrate the land 
while growing useful and edible plants.

Lindsay works extensively in a range of 
bioregions, farms, watersheds and city 
environments, and is a leading advocate and 
educator on how permaculture principles can 
provide food security, build community, and heal 
our planet.

  Gavin Raders is a co-founder and 
volunteer-executive director of 
<http://plantingjustice.org/>Planting Justice, a 
social justice activist, and a permaculture 
demonstrator/teacher.  Gavin has gone through 
extensive training with some of the most 
inspiring and effective permaculture teachers in 
the world: Geoff Lawton, Penny Livingston-Stark, 
Brock Dolman, Darren Dougherty, and Nik Bertulis. 

Prior to co-founding Planting Justice, Gavin 
interned at the Regenerative Design Institute in 
2007-2008, studied cultural anthropology at UC 
Berkeley, and organized on a range of anti-war, 
anti-nuclear, environmental and human rights 
issues, including knocking on nearly 30,000 doors 
in California, New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada 
as a community organizer with Peace Action West. 
 In India, Gavin studied and advocated for the 
right to water and against its privatization by 
massive water corporations (such as Coca-Cola), 
which you can read about in 
his <http://goog_1621325111/>Berkeley 
Journal<http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/4d73n733#page-1> publication. 

Gavin thus came to permaculture and ecological 
design through a social justice framework which 
recognizes the right of all people to peace, 
security, housing, healthy food, clean water, 
jobs and healthcare, and the rights of future 
generations to a just and livable world. For this 
to happen, he believes that Americans need to 
understand and respect the intimate connection 
and the shared fate we have with all people and 
all life on this planet, and organize effectively 
on the local level to come up with replicable and 
effective solutions to the range of hardships and 
oppressions we currently face.  Gavin explained 
Planting Justice's socially and ecologically just 
philosophy and successful business model to a 
rapt group of food justice activists at this 
year's US Social Forum, and encouraged his 
audience to replicate Planting Justice's efforts 
in their own locales 
to watch videos of Gavin at USSF 2010].

  Caitlin Bergman is a permaculture designer, 
consultant, and educator.  She is 
<http://arboretum.org/>The Los Angeles Arboretum 
and Botanic Garden's full-time permaculturist and 
Lead Designer of 
Caitlin works closely with various colleges, 
schools, and residences to educate students and 
homeowners about putting permaculture into 
action.  Working with both an international and 
local clientele, she is passionate about green 
living, caring for the earth, and providing 
students with warm, solution-oriented 
information.  She delights in linking others to 
this rapidly-growing global sustainability 

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