[permaculture] Fw: 12th Annual Permaculture Design Course Online
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Elfin Permaculture Announces
12th Annual Online Course
Elfin Permaculture's 12th Annual Permaculture
Design Course Online, which begins Oct. 14, 2005,
culminates a dozen years of the online courses and
more than a quarter century of teaching
The deadline for scholarship applications is Aug.
1 each year. Otherwise, students may register at
any time. Students who are fully paid before the
cycle begins receive a $100 discount.
Persons interning at Barking Frogs Permaculture
Center during the course cycle may monitor the
course at no charge. Monitoring is free with
purchase of the course CD self-study version, or
the full self-study reading package. See the
Course Protocol, on our web site, for details.
The certificate course runs six months and
includes the following learning approaches:
o extensive reading in books, papers, both in
print and on the course CD-ROM;
o 21 modules of at least one week, mainly
presented on the CD, representing the formal
presentations of course instructors;
o at least four reports from each student,
including a full permaculture design report;
o class discussion via email of readings and
reports, as well as questions and issues raised by
students or instructors;
o the opportunity to participate in student study
groups where interested students can pursue any
agreed-upon topic as long as they wish;
o support for students by three instructors: Dan
Hemenway (USA), course designer leader; Cynthia
Hemenway CNM (USA), designer and discussion leader
for a special week on Design for Health, and Dr.
Willem Smuts (South Africa), an earth scientist
who has contributed to each of the previous course
cycle, currently as discussion leader
The online course consists of three consecutive
sections, plus work on a permaculture design which
students undertake throughout the cycle in which
they are registered. Samples of student design
work are included in the course CD.
Registration is limited because of the time
required to review and critique individual
designs. To enable more students to participate,
students may enroll in a fast track, 2-cycle
track, or deliberate track, each with different
design report deadlines.
Content of the course sections follow:
Section 1: Introduction and Basic Principles
a) World ecological problems and
b) Principles of natural design.
c) Permaculture design concepts.
d) Classical landscapes.
e) Patterning, edges, edge effects.
f) The Permaculture Design Report
g) Principles of transformation (Unique to
Elfin Permaculture courses.).
Section 2: Appropriate Technologies in
a) Energy--solar, wind, hydro, biomass,
b) Nutrient cycles--soil,
microclimates, gardening methods, perennials, tree
crops, food parks, composting toilets, livestock,
"pest" management, food storage, seed saving,
cultivated systems, forests, etc.
c) Water--impoundments, aquaculture,
d) Shelter/buildings and access.
e) Design for Health (NEW in 2000)
Section 3: Social permaculture. Design
a) Design for catastrophe.
b) Urban permaculture.
d) Alternative economics.
e) Village development.
f) Final design reports and critiques.
g) Final evaluation.
Online course participants have come from every
continent on Earth and a number of island
countries, from latitudes spanning the equatorial
tropics to sub-arctic, and a comparable range of
elevations, etc.. The course is suited to
beginning permaculture design students, people
seeking support in producing a permaculture design
for their own homes, and, by special arrangement,
people with some permaculture experience who wish
work in advanced areas. Successful students
receive certification as entry-level
permaculturists. Advanced students pay no extra,
but are expected to be additional resources to the
To review information about the course
methodology, content, certification requirements,
tuition & fees, registration process, scholarship
policies, reading list & cost, and assignment
schedule, download the course preregistration
package from our web site,
>From the same site, prospective students may
downolad a copy of the Course CD Contents Table.
The course CD includes more than 300 separate
items, including papers, data bases, weekly
teaching modules, samples of design work, and
Donations are needed to support additional
scholarships and to provide reading materials to
scholarship students. (We cannot include these in
our scholarships.) Inquire at
BarkingFrogsPC at aol.com or send contributions to
Barking Frogs Permaculture Center, PO Box 69,
Sparr FL 32192-0069 USA. Please include the term
“permaculture” in the subject field when sending
email to us.
Elfin Permaculture is a project of Barking Frogs
Permaculture Center operated by Dan and Cynthia
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Our 12th Annual Permaculture Design Course Online
begins Oct. 14, 2007. The protocol for our Annual
Permaculture Design Course Online is at
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