[permaculture] Closed-Loop Aquaponics With Applied Permaculture Design - Complete Training Backyard, Family & Commercial Systems May 29 - June 1 2015

Wesley Roe and Santa Barbara Permaculture Network lakinroe at silcom.com
Wed Apr 29 02:24:20 EDT 2015

Closed-Loop Aquaponics
With Applied Permaculture Design - Complete Training
Backyard, Family & Commercial Systems
May 29 - June 1, 2015   
Willits, California
Learn One of the Most Sustainable
Food Production Systems in the World!


* Use up to 90% Less Water 
* Save Labor, Time and Money
* Permaculture Focus for Greater Self-Sufficiency
* Off-Grid Systems & Aquaponics for Homesteads
* Design for Diverse, Climates, Ecologies, & Cultures
* Create a Thriving, Regenerative Business!

Course Overview
Wether you are a beginner, a backyard hobbyist, a homesteader or a skilled professional wanting to start a career in Aquaponics this course has something to offer. This course is will provide you with a solid foundation, in depth information, and hands-on experience for designing and building cutting-edge Permaculture based Aquaponics Systems. Wether you want to grow food for you and your family, a small business or a fully commercial operation, this course will give you the foundational tools, information and experience you will need to support you in whatever Aquaponic endeavor you are interested in for years to come. At a time of global climate change, depletion of resources, pollution of water and huge losses of top soil worldwide, there has never been a more important time to learn about Aquaponics.

Learn from Over 30 Years of Combined Collective Experience!
This training will be led by our incredible team of Aquaponics instructors, professionals and educators from around the world: Including:

•Max Meyers of Nor Cal Aquaponics - lead instructor, known for combining the sciences of Aquaponics & Permaculture
•Rob Nash of Austin Aquaponics - bringing over a decade of experience with large scale Aquaponic farming techniques and hybrids
•Samantha Rodriguez of EZ Farms & Fish - who brings beauty and abundance to backyard systems and beyond
•Jon Parr of Fishnet Aquaponics - who is presently building California's largest commercial Aquaponics system of over 8 acres of Aquaponics in greenhouses
•Bock Doleman of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center - known globally for his work with watershed restoration and regenerative water system designs as well as the wealth of knowledge on aquatic ecology and permaculture. 

Course Description
Aquaponics is one of the most sustainable and productive farming systems in the world. It combines Aquaculture and Hydroponics to create more self-sufficient, closed-loop, systems that use only a fraction of the water, labor, energy, etc. that other methods use. Combining Permaculture Design with Aquaponics creates an even more sustainable, dynamic, productive & regenerative system. In this training you will learn some of the most cutting-edge pioneering aquaponics systems from various successful experts in the field, and gain a solid foundation from which to create your own Aquaponics System, Farm & thriving Green Business appropriate to your climate, ecology, dreams, & desires.

Course Details
This Course includes:
•Detailed exploration and overview of the science of Aquaponics - how it works
•System designs from all over the world; design, functions, adaptability, uses, variations and improvements.
•A detailed 100 page Aquaponics Course Manual covering all aspects of Aquaponics including:
‣Day-to-day operation of the system
‣Design checklist
‣Field tested formulas, calculations, estimates and guidelines.
‣Complete designs, plans and materials lists.
‣And much more!
•NorCal Aquaponics Systems step-by-step construction manual with variations and site specific applications intended to make it easy for anyone to build an Aquaponics system.
•A set of detailed construction plans, including site plans, and piping schematics.
•Commercial Aquaponics Greenhouse System detailed designs from Rob Nash or Austin Aquaponics.
•Personal Q & A with successful experts in the field

* This training will include all of the above as well as a design element focus on how to design a system specific to your individual climate, ecology, dreams, and desires - wether it is for a small personal system or a more large scale commercial system. Our intention is to empower you with cutting-edge information to get started in this promising new Green Career of the Future, and technology of the ancient past.

Permaculture & Aquaponics
By bringing Permaculture Design principles and practices into Aquaponics, we are closing many loops, inefficiencies, and energy drains that exist in more conventional systems, as well as integrating the system appropriately into the larger landscapes and ecologies it is a part of, making it a much more holistic and sustainable enterprise. Closed-Loop Aquaponics focuses on designing aquaponics systems that that produce as much of the system’s needs (water, energy, fish, feed, heat, gas, etc.) on-site and within the system itself as possible. Products of the systems can include; solar electricity, solar heated air, solar heated water, fish, prawns, vegetables, fruit, aquatic plants, algae, minnows, snails, worms, dry and liquid fertilizers, methane gas, and more. By using the Permaculture Design process, we learn to design systems appropriate to diverse climates and unique ecological niches to meet various needs, dreams, and desires.

Student Testimonials
“The highest praise I can give this course is the ability to take it home and immediately apply the principles. I received a thorough understanding of the subject and feel I could build my own system with the information given.” - Anne, Santa Cruz, May 2012

“I was looking for a course to help me start my system, and was a little worried this wouldn’t cover everything... but boy was I wrong! It covered everything I expected and so much more! I’m excited to go home feeling fully capable to build my system, and perhaps 3 or 4 others I had no idea about before!” - Mike, Santa Cruz, May 2012

“This course was so jam-packed with information my head felt like an over soaked sponge! I feel like the amount of info I received will continue to ooze out my ears and inform a lifetime’s work in this field. I highly recommend it for any and all persons interested.” - Susan, Ukiah, May 2011

“This course is a must for anyone wanting to engage in urban agriculture.” - Matthew, Santa Cruz, May 2011

“This course topped all my expectations and is the best aquaponics course I have taken. The information delivered was exceptional, beyond what I have seen, and more than I ever thought possible for aquaponics. Max and the Living Mandala support staff are very friendly, knowledgable people doing great work in the world. Thank you for this offering.” 
- Gary, Ukiah, Aug 2010

“Max is a brilliant designer, an extraordinary human being, and a natural teacher. His breadth of experience, passion, integration of regenerative design principles, creativity, depth of knowledge on the subject, and freedom of sharing information, are truly a gift.”  - Palika, Santa Cruz, May 2012

“This course is all about empowering each of us with the tools and techniques to take responsibility for our future by creating a sustainable food source and sharing this on so many levels.”
-Susan. Santa Cruz, 2012

Tuition & Registration
Includes Aquaponics Certification, Course Materials (including 100 page course manual), Detailed Designs), and Hands-on Experience. 

Standard Tuition: $1295 

Early Bird: $995 - (for those making less than 50k annually - Ends April 1!)

Permaculture Design Course Graduates, Aquaponics Course Grads, & College Students: $895
To support the permaculture movement and our commitment to further empower local sustainability efforts, we are offering a special discount to Permaculture Design Course Graduates, Aquaponics Course Graduates, and college students.

* There will be a small registration fee in addition to the above prices.

To Register for the Aquaponics Course Click Here.

Meals & Lodging
Course tuition includes beverages and light snacks and lunch during the course. Participants are responsible for their own dinner. Lunch will not be included on the additional optional hands-on day on Monday, May 12. The venue is located in downtown Willits, and their are several local restaurants near by. There local hotels, camping options, and other possibilities available. We will send you more information on local lodging options in the registration packet.

Aquaponics Facts

Why Aquaponics?
Growing our food in closed systems that require no soil allows us to farm soil and water outside the system. We plant soil and water in our damaged and depleted landscapes which not only aids in the restoration of the soil, groundwater and native forests, but has the added benefit of offsetting greenhouse gases by removing carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere. This is one of the practices used in what we call “Carbon Farming”. Soils contain approximately 75% of the carbon pool on land — three times more than the amount stored in living plants and animals. 

Did you know that 1” of healthy top soil spread over 1 acre of land sequesters the same amount of carbon a healthy forest of the same size does annually? It is estimated that our crop and range lands lose 4 tons of topsoil every year for every person alive! That’s 21 gigatons of soil washed or blown out to the sea and lost for productive use on land, releasing vast amounts of carbon in the process (New Scientist, December 2006). 

Being able to use land considered “Undesirable” by conventional farming, Aquaponic farmers have the added benefit of access to cheap lands and lease agreements. Often using otherwise unused space such as fill, gravel, concrete, abandoned commercial sites, even roof tops. 

The Only Limit is in the Mind of the Designer

Watch a Video of Max Meyers of NorCal Aquaponics Featured in Time Magazine On-Line

Watch a Video of Rob Nash of Austin Aquaponics Featured in Central Texas Gardener


For questions and more information regarding the course 
e-mail: aquaponics(at)livingmandala.com or 
call: (707) 285-7231

To Register for the Aquaponics Course Click Here.


Max Meyers
Maximillian Meyers is an Ecological Designer, Permaculture Teacher, Commercial Aquaponic System Designer/Installer, Rainwater and Greywater System specialist, Farmer and the Executive Director of the Mendocino Ecological Learning Center - a nonprofit educational organization and ecological reserve offering green job training and sustainable living skills to the public. In addition to the work at MELC, Max provides Ecological design services through his businesses Osiris Designs and NorCal Aquaponics. He is passionate about all things related to a more just and sustainable world. He has been studying, practicing and teaching Permaculture and Ecological Design for 14 years. Since graduating from College with a B.A. degree in Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Communities, Max has become a certified Permaculture designer/teacher, water systems specialist and working professional. He has been fortunate enough to study with people like Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton, Sepp Holzer, Tom Ward, Jude Hobbs, John Valenzuela, Penny Livingston, and many others in places like the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Hawaii. Some of his fields of study and practice include: Natural Building, Organic Farming, Integrated Rainwater Harvesting, Alternative Transportation, Mushroom Cultivation, Sustainable Forestry, Beekeeping, Animal Husbandry, Renewable Energy, Biogas Production and use, Greywater Systems design and installation, Vermiculture, seed saving and many other sustainable technologies, methods and skills. He has experience teaching Permaculture, Natural Building, Cob Construction, Renewable Energy, Organic Farming, Beekeeping and others. His work has been featured in the best selling book Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Homescale Permaculture, as well as radio and television programs. 

Lead Instructor

Rob Nash
Rob Nash is the owner/operator of Austin Aquaponics and HannaLeigh Farm based out of Austin, Texas. He has been designing and implementing commercial scale aquaponic systems since 2007. Rob combined his years of hands on experience with training from Dr. Rakocy on the UVI model and at Nelson & Pade aquaponics, to pioneer one of the first commercial operations to implement the popular, integrated or media-raft-hybrid commercial systems. Rob’s passion for and dedication to educating others about this industry has allowed him to become a sought-after source of knowledge in the southern region, where he has taught hundreds of students. His farm and aquaponic systems have been showcased on The Central Texas Gardener and InfoWars.com in 2013. He currently offers training workshops, consultation, and build/design of aquaponic systems for the beginner to advanced gardener, as well as commercial-minded aquapon. Rob is a one of the original founding members of the aquaponic association, and has served as a chairman sense its formation in 2011.

Lead Instructor

John Parr
Jon Parr, a leader in the emerging Aquaponics movement comes from a background of fine craftsmanship, specializing in granite. Since his early childhood, Jon has been an avid fisherman of the California waterways. As a fish hobbyist, Jon has befriended many of California’s aquaculture community. Those connections with the fish community has helped many aquaponics farmers fill their fish tanks. 

Jon discovered aquaponics overcoming a problem with ground squirrels at his home in the Santa Cruz mountains. Jon left the craft / construction trade to pursue the aquaponic arts full time.  During the years of research and real-world application, Jon developed numerous expansive aquaponic systems. He pioneered new methods, practices, equipment and understanding, many of which have become the standards of the Aquaponic industry today.  Jon pioneered one of the largest commercial aquaponics systems in the world - an 8 acre farm under greenhouses in Watsonville, CA. Jon's hands-on approach to real-world application of sustainable permaculture and aquaponic production have made him a popular circuit speaker and one of the elite aquaponic industry experts. John’s current projects can be found at:  www.fishnetaquaponics.com & SchoolGrown.

Guest Instructor

Brock Dolman
Brock is a co-founder of the Sowing Circle, LLC Intentional Community & Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (www.oaec.org), where he co-directs the Permaculture Program and the WATER Institute (www.oaecwater.org) in Sonoma County, California.

He is a wildlife biologist, permaculture designer, educator and watershed restorationist. Brock has been the keynote presenter at numerous conferences and has taught Permaculture internationally in Costa Rica, Ecuador, U.S. Virgin Islands, Spain, Brazil, China, Canada, Zimbabwe & and widely in the U.S.A. He was one of the core co-facilitators for the International Permaculture Convergence 8 (IPC8) PDC in Sao Paulo, Brazil and has co-taught at least 70 PDC’s since 1995. In 2013, after hosting over 40 PDC’s OAEC gave out their 1000th PDC certificate. Recently he has been invited to be one of the co-facilitators of the upcoming PDC during the International Permaculture Convergence 11 (IPC11) in Cuba in November 2013. He has been featured in the award winning films: The 11th Hour by Leonardo DiCaprio; The Call of Life by Species Alliance; and Permaculture: A Quiet Revolution by Vanessa Shultz. In October 2012 he gave a City 2.0 TEDx talk: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Izf6D1LQlFE). For over a decade he has served as an appointed commissioner on the Sonoma County Fish & Wildlife Commission. In 1992 he completed his BA, graduating with honors from the University of California Santa Cruz with the Biology Department and Environmental Studies Department.

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