[permaculture] Fw: 12th Annual Permaculture Design Course Online

Robert Waldrop bwaldrop at cox.net
Thu Jun 28 20:12:52 EDT 2007

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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 
Permaculture Design
          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, 
conservation, etc.
          d)   Shelter/buildings and access.
e)    Design for Health (NEW in 2000)

    Section 3:  Social permaculture.  Design 
          a)  Design for catastrophe.
          b)  Urban permaculture.
          c)  Bioregionalism.
          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 
regular students.

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 
other resources.

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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Barking Frogs Permaculture Center
Barking Frogs Permaculture Center

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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