Little Artshram (A sister organization of the non-profit 501c3 Greater Lansing ARTSPACE) is the original creator of a hands-on, place-based permaculture learning opportunities and programs for children, youth and their families. Since 1993 we have developed classes, projects and opportunities throughout Michigan in visual, musical and puppet artistry; service to the natural world; and inclusive social activism, serving and forming friendships with hundreds of children and their families.
 
For the past three years our small staff and board of directors have been creating a platform and development of a project called: Permaculture Education for Children, Youth and Families.
 
Permaculture Education for Children, Youth and Families (PECYF) is a project created and supported by Little Artshram creating a platform for global networking with permaculture educators and learners, offering community discussion, designing learning opportunities (curriculum) with collaborative partners specifically in Michigan and the Midwest United States. The objective of this project is to design and develop the container/framework, process and content of a series of workshops, programs and trainings using Sociocracy and Permaculture pedagogy as both a model for further K-12 education and development. We believe this project is developing the means to incubate nourishing, alternative learning opportunities for children, youth and their families at a critical time of need. With a long rich history of programming for children and youth in many Michigan communities for over 20 years, we are targeting the Summer of 2019 as the re-introduction of series of Little Artshram Art Farm Workshops, Summer Camps, and Leadership Trainings.  
We are seeking financial support to set up a physical office, studio space for workshops and classes and to support documentation and publications that the PECYF project has created. Next steps will include leadership trainings, piloting the programs and course offerings and scheduling the series of workshops and summer camps in 2019.
 
We hope you will consider contributing to our longtime and longer term efforts of whole system thinking through art and permaculture learning opportunities.
 

For further information or to talk with a human about the project, work or dreams made real please contact us! 

info@littleartshram.org
penny.ok.art@gmail.com
Good Works: Permaculture Education for Children, Youth and FamiliesLittleArtshram.org

For the past many years, with many hands and hearts involved, we have been gathering notes and class outlines/schedules, developing a permaculture design course aimed at children and youth. This is a full permaculture design course (PDC), developing design and art skills, creating projects, playing games, involving puppet theater and music—and is totally imbued with learning from nature, creative empowerment & FUN.

Want to find out more about a Permaculture Design Course for Children and Youth, or a Permaculture Teacher Training, and how we might bring it to your school or organization in 2018?

We have over twenty-five years of experience sharing art, environmental, garden-farming and permaculture design education with hundreds of children, from ages five and older. Many of them have joined us as apprentices, and teacher assistants, or returned after college or schooling elsewhere to join our Little Artshram teaching teams. Some have been inspired to create their own programs and workshops, spreading this work even further and further.

Since 1993, Penny Krebiehl. Little Artshram’s directress has offered permaculture inspired activities, classes and workshops, along with art and design education to youth of all ages, and adults through the following organizations: ARTSPACE, Little Artshram, and O’k CSA. Penny has taught everything from general introductory courses (Drawing, Cartooning, Painting, Summer Beehive Camps, Permaculture for Kids) to specific subjects (e.g. Urban Permaculture, Worm Composting, Seed Saving, Annual and Perennial Food Gardening, Medicinal and Herb Gardening, Drawing, Cartooning, Puppet and Mask Theater) to adult level 72-hour Permaculture Design Courses and Permaculture Teacher Trainings.

In 2003, Little Artshram began a permaculture program for children and youth, blending lessons in our “wild and tame” outdoor classroom gardens which has been based in the TC and Grand Traverse region ever since. With the official development of a permaculture curriculum, that shines a light on developing art and design skills, as well as, regenerative education that includes: Introducing Permaculture, Living Nature, Design, Growing Food, Built Environment and Resource Use, and Cultural Emergence (Social).

After a 3 year program hiatus, while developing a neighborhood/community garden-farm business, we are pleased to re-introduce a Permaculture Design Course for Children and Youth, with a deeper level of organizational structure, meeting national standards for public schools, and with a commitment to reach even more kids and their families with our “permaculture toolkit”.

Interested in taking a Permaculture Teacher Training, specifically focused on sharing permaculture with children, youth and families?  A 3-day Summer training program will take place prior to the PDC for Children and Youth. Dates tba.

To find out more about the Teacher Training and/or Permaculture Design Course for Children and Youth, contact:

Little Artshram’s directress, Penny Krebiehl:  231-922-2014     penny.ok.art@gmail.com

Permaculture for Children and their FamiliesLittleArtshram.org

We are one of dozens of organizations that have been involved with and sharing permaculture design and education with people of ALL ages, from all backgrounds, in different parts of the Great Lakes bioregion for many years.

Now, Little Artshram is very excited to announce that the Permaculture Women’s Guild’s new online Permaculture Design Certification Course is now launched! And, Little Artshram is a part of this global educational sharing community!

We feel honored to have Penny Krebiehl, our Founder and Directress to be a part of an international team of more than 40 women from 13 countries who put together this online course.  This permaculture design course not only provides the standard 72-hour permaculture design curriculum, but also an additional 42 hours of study and hands-on practice in cultural emergence, social justice & decolonization, seed stewardship, egalitarian group process, working with volunteers, regenerative entrepreneurship, art of hosting, designing for children (which Penny leads), and permaculture pedagogy.

This is the first of it’s kind!

Sliding scale available, and early bird rates for those enroll within the first 100 people! Course includes certification, curriculum, and 3 hours of personal mentorship with Penny or another stellar teacher! 😊

Here’s the link to sign-up or please feel free to share!

https://coursecraft.net/courses/z9Thn/a/cpmYFEtTZ

The above collage of our International teaching team was made by one of our teachers, Kareen Erbe, who is doing the Appropriate Technology Module and also happens to be a total superstar permaculturist. Check out her website www.brokengroundpermaculture.com

Sharing Permaculture with the World in a New Online Course!LittleArtshram.org

Preview of “TC PDC 2016 Header-NMI Permaculture”

How can permaculture design help urban, suburban, and small-town dwellers meet our needs in sustainable, resilient ways? Toby Hemenway’s book The Permaculture City is one of the course books that expands beyond the “garden-gate” to offer solutions for energy, community, place-making, livelihood, decision-making, and many of the other challenges of living in cities and towns. Toby Hemeway offers innovative examples of urban permaculture from all around North America, and his book, focusing on an urban environment offers inspiration and hope for moving toward a regenerative culture.

This is the first year the course, organized by Little Artshram and Northern Michigan Permaculture is to be housed at the Greenspire School and the GT Food Innovation Hub at Cherry Capital, in Traverse City, Michigan–each hosting three weekends.  We’ve been able to offer the course to representative students from each of our host location sites and Little Artshram  has also  been very, very supportive of making the course available to students through payment plans and work-trade.

In addition, Little Artshram would like to build a scholarship fund for students to be able to take the course. If you can make a (tax-deductible) contribution to that fund (however small),  and it would be used well. You can use our donation link through Paypal here or send a check to Little Artshram/Northern Michigan Permaculture. Either way, please note “PDC scholarship” with your contribution.

There are still a few seats in our upcoming city-based design course in Northern Michigan, and we hope to include all who are interested. Register by March 1st, at a reduced fee of $950 for the Traverse City Permaculture Design Course.

SPECIAL OFFER: Former PDC students, may take the course for one-half price!

To ask additional questions or set up a payment plan for the course fee, contact the course registrar: penny.ok.art@gmail.com On-line registration here: www.nmipermaculture.org

And here in a youtube video is one of the best in depth explanations of permaculture we have heard. It addresses the many challenges and tools for decision making we face today. Toby Hemenway new book “The Permaculture City” covers these, and is one of our main course books for this 6 month PDC.

https://youtu.be/WI4GrRxLAmY

On-line registration or to download a pdf:  www.nmipermaculture.org

Contact:  penny.ok.art@gmail.com

Traverse City Permaculture Design Course, begins March 19thLittleArtshram.org

“A Permaculture Primer-Image”Imagine being able to live in a sustainable way in all areas of life, achieving energy efficiency, water and food security, and rehabilitating landscape into productive land. These ideas are all part of the matrix of Permaculture Design, a method of planning that can be applied at many scales; from the home garden to city block, to village to farm.

Find out more about permaculture in a FREE introductory workshop on Feb. 6th, at the Traverse Area District Library:
A Permaculture Primer
Saturday, Feb. 6th, 1-4 pm
McGuire Room, 610 Woodmere, Traverse City, MI 49686
This FREE 3-hour primer is a great introduction to permaculture, ideal for those who are curious and want to know more before committing to a full Permaculture Design Course, or are simply interested in learning what permaculture has to offer.
We will cover permaculture ethics and principles, why we need permaculture, show real world examples of permaculture projects and present information on our upcoming 2016 Traverse City Permaculture Design Certificate Course.
This is FREE to the public, but we do request that you RSVP ahead of time, as space is limited.
RSVP: penny.ok.art@gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you there!
Click here for information on the 2016 Traverse City Permaculture Design Course
Permaculture Primer, FREE Informational Class, Feb. 6th, 2016LittleArtshram.org