[permaculture] US National Permaculture Conference

Scott Pittman scott at permaculture.org
Tue Dec 8 22:53:08 EST 2009

I did write them and was told that they didn't have the time to take a
design course and after all wasn't it about application to save the planet
so who has time to learn about it.  I also found out they are retired
realtors from the mid-west.

When I told them not to use the word permaculture in commerce until they had
proper certification; I didn't hear from them again.  It was interesting
that they contacted me first, asking if I would send any excess students
from the courses I am teaching in January and February to their course.  I
then asked who would be the certifying teachers and where they had obtained
their certificates.  I was astounded to hear that none of them have ever
taken a course.  If you look at the curriculum you will see that they also
didn't read any pc books.

Over all we have been lucky that this isn't more prevalent, this is only the
third time that I have felt it necessary to challenge someone's authenticity
in over twenty years!!  I attribute this to our graduates who are honest and
vigilant about their profession and who call people out who are scamming.

Scott Pittman
Permaculture Institute

-----Original Message-----

It does seem to be lacking in basic information about what they do there 
and what the quality and safety of their accomodations. Don't they have 
to register with some agency, government or other, and could that be a 
source of information about them worth pursuing?
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