We are creating a Permaculture Pop-up School in Northern Michigan, and invite you to get involved!
A 6 month, full 72 + hour Permaculture Design Course will be held in Traverse City in 2016, and we are inviting folks to join our planning and organizing crew to flesh out details and contribute to it’s success!
The first PDC in the NW region of Michigan was held in 2010-11, certifying 25 + consultants/designers who have spiraled out into various parts of the Great Lake state to begin their permacultured lives/work anew.
We feel it’s just right to offer another in the coming year, and have gathered a stellar teaching staff, w. four certified permaculture teachers, amazing people from the Great Lakes region, as well as, bringing in national author and permaculturist, Toby Hemenway; and farmer/founder of Bionutrient Food Association, Dan Kitteridge. This will be an epic learning and community building experience for all who participate, and for those who are involved in the planning/sponsoring/organizing. It takes a village to build a Permaculture City, and to fully occupy it!
Our website www.nmipermaculture.org outlines most of the course details. Please do share the website and the TC PDC information with others, as we must reach our minimum enrollment before we can offer scholarships and audited/discounted opportunities. we will continue to add relevant information as the weeks continue towards the first monthly gathering in March.
The first of on-going gatherings to accomplish this will begin this week, and continue every two weeks, skipping a few Winter holiday weeks, and breaking into committee work as well.
Here’s details about the first meeting:
Monday, December 7th,
at 6:00 pm
Held at:510 1/2 Second St., TC, MI,
I’ll have pot of soup and bread/beverages to share.
In the planning meetings, which will be scheduled every couple of weeks until the course begins, we’ll be looking at ways in which to keep the positivity-energy of building a permaculture learning community on center stage w. the sharing of this design course(It’s our second in the NW Region!); Develop plans to create even more diverse community wide involvement and participation in the course itself; And, also lay out plans for a late January/early February fundraising/social event to kick off the course.
RSVP’s would be helpful
231-922-2014 (to leave a voice message)
PS: For a little extra encouragement, I’ll share a piece from a recent passionate communique, from one of our SE Michigan permaculture educators, Jesse Tack, in regards to “Why spend the energy: Time & Money on a PDC”….
“I have come to believe we have many more permaculture interested people, than permaculture practitioners on this site, and around the country generally. In PC we learn that through collective design and collective action, we could literally create a new economy, a new landuse ethic, and reduce all of our bills and commitments to the global capitalist system.
That’s a really good move, right? How is it then, that we do not?
I suspect more people on this site. In this community. NEED TO GET THEIR PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate)
Why? It catalyzes things along very nicely, and without it, one might often have partial information, a partial picture of what makes PC so useful/special. Partial is not enough in this day and age. Getting your Permaculture Design Certificate is like taking the Blue pill from the Matrix. It changes everything. It’s like putting on the glasses from the movie ‘They Live’. Only then, do you *see*.
I personally do not care who you take it from, I suggest the Geoff Lawton online PDC’s or ones from local teachers. Or from people who’s work you really admire. But for gosh sakes, get it and get it soon. We need more soldiers geared up for the fight against global hegemony.
BUT THE COST, JESSE!?!?!?! THE COST!!!!!!!!
The cost of a PDC will range from $500-$2000. That’s 72 hours. People often complain about how elitist the pricing is for a PDC, or how exorbitant the cost is, but please put this cost into relation with a college degree program. Even one 3 credit university course may cost more money than the most expensive PDC.
And the PDC is WAY better than any single college course you’ve ever had. Take one and prove me wrong! If for no other reason than it engenders doing something, getting active, and not just passing the course and taking the next one.
The PDC is only the beginning, but there is no better beginning.
The 1% that consumes the Earth and the Earth’s people are both growing stronger and weaker everyday. Everything is for sale! At the Paris climate talks the ‘commodification of everything’ continues into carbon, the atmosphere, and land sovereignty.
We need to learn both the vocabulary to fight this madness, but also to embody the directive to become a practitioner embedded in ones community to demonstrate and build THEE alternative to the Global Capital Machine.
In other words, we must all make ourselves useful and active members of the new economy, the new ethic, and the new global citizen. We are literally at the point of do or die.
Please take no offense if you are already active, already have your PDC, etc. I love you all. I love our community and our city and our state. But we can all admit that we need to become more powerful a collective force for life, for justice. Much work needs to be done on both the ecological fronts and the social fronts. We can all agree, no?
Join me. Join us very active soldiers in the fight for a better world, a world that grows better with each year, a world that supports our species and doesn’t kick us off, a world of just economic practices, a world for everybody.
I want to see everybody here planting trees. Everybody here painting their streets and cities with murals. Everybody here ending homelessness and hunger. Everybody here to create new currencies. Everybody here pioneer something in sustainable energy systems.
There is SO MUCH that can be tried that no one is trying in our community. So fucking much. There is room for you. For YOU! For everybody.
Let’s get moving folks, no time to spare.