HandsOn Permaculture Design Certification Course
with Warren Brush & team
at Quail Springs Permaculture

Dates: October 28 - November 11, 2012

A few partial work trade positions still available, inquire ASAP :)

Immerse yourself in permaculture in action with this 14-day learning journey!

Share in the joy of community learning together and changing the world.

Take home the ability to design and apply natural principles to create stable and resilient systems that provide food, water, shelter and energy needs while regenerating ecology, community and economy.

Hands-On Permaculture Design Certification Course (PDC) is sponsored by Quail Springs Permaculture, an internationally recognized permaculture education organization.

The grassroots Permaculture movement promotes effective methodologies for attaining sustainability worldwide.

This 2-week course covers the permaculture curriculum for certification, and includes hands-on learning in a diversity of applied topics that lead to sustainability for individuals, families, businesses and communities.

Instructors:  Learn with Warren Brush, international educator, founder of True Nature Design and co-founder of Quail Springs, with a team of passionate and knowledgeable instructors.

Course Topics include an introduction to:

Integrated Design - Biomimicry - Sm. Scale Food Production  Integrated Pest Mgmt  Composting  Tree Planting  Water Harvesting -Greywater Systems  Compost Toilet Systems  NaturalBuilding Earthworks  Watershed Restoration  Keyline  Appropriate Technology Beekeeping BioEngineering  Alternative Economics -Green Job Preparation -Livestock Care  Goat Milking  Pastured Poultry  Cheese Making  Bread Baking  Saving the Harvest Community Building  Nature Awareness

Permaculture is a conscious integrated design system based on ecology and sustainability principles to create resource efficient and productive human environments and reduce our footprint on the earth.Permaculture provides a framework for consciously designed landscapes that mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature that provide diversity, stability, and resilience.These systems yield an abundance of shelter, water, energy, and food for the provision of local needs.

Registration Information -Early registration is advised.
Cost includes tuition, materials, meals and tent camping nearby.
$1150 early bird discounted rate (for payment in full by August 24, 2012)
$1450 ($300 deposit holds your space)

phone: 805-886-7239


Applied Watershed Restoration and Introduction to Keyline Design & Application
with Craig Sponholtz, Dryland Solutions, Inc.
and Owen Hablutzel, Holistic Management InternationalCertified Educator

at Quail Springs Permaculture

Dates: November 27 - December 1, 2012

Applied Watershed Restorationis designed for landowners and land managers, as well aspractitioners, farmers, ranchers, restorationists and advancedstudents of Permaculture. It emphasizes working with,rather than against, nature and will establish the foundationalknowledge needed to work effectively with ourmost precious resource, water. 

Increase your working knowledge of water harvesting, erosioncontrol and stream restoration practices with this four-day,intensive, hands-on workshop. 

Acquire the criticalskills needed to recognize the root-causes of watershedproblems and identify the best opportunities tomake improvements.

Learn how to assess, design, planand implement projects that utilize runoff as a resource.

Directlyapply these new skills during the watershed restoration practicumand graduate with the confidence to evaluate the pros andcons of any water harvesting, erosion control and restoration techniques. 

In addition, gain exposure to cutting-edge watershedrestoration methods including natural channel design, inducedmeandering and agro-ecological restoration.

Topics include:

Watershed Patterns and Processes -Reading Water Patterns and Processes,Form and Function of Channel Systems,Erosion and Deposition Dynamics,Watershed Health and Degradation

Landscape-Scale Passive Water Harvesting -Passive Water harvesting Features,Traditional Runoff Farming ,Agro-Ecological Restoration,Water harvesting Earthworks,Simple Irrigation Systems

Degradation Prevention and Restoration -Watershed Restoration Principles,Restoration Project Development,Low Energy Sheet flow Treatments,In-Channel Grade Control Treatments,In-Channel Headcut Treatments,Bank Erosion Treatments,Watershed Restoration Applications

Watershed Restoration Practicum - Site Assessment and Survey Skills, Restoration Project Design,Project Planning and Logistics, Site Layout, Hands-on Structure Building

Introduction to Keyline Design and Application -Background and Understanding Keyline Geography,Keyline Pattern Cultivation,Integrated Farm Planning,Soil Formation Essentials,Practicum


Craig Sponholtz,Dryland Solutions, Inc.:   Craig founded Dryland Solutions, Inc. in 2003 and continues to design and implement watershed restoration projects throughout the Southwest. He is an expert heavy equipment operator specializing in low impact techniques and the creation of artistic in-stream structures. Craig teaches watershed restoration techniques internationally and strives to foster beneficial relationships between people and the watersheds they live in.

Owen Hablutzel, Holistic Management InternationalCertified Educator/ Keyline Trainer

Registration Information Early registration is advised.
Cost includes tuition, materials, meals and tent camping nearby.
$525 early bird discounted rate (for payment in full by September 1, 2012)
$595 regular tuition
Couples rates and payment plans available. Partial work trade positions go quickly!

phone: 805-886-7239