Aprovecho Learning Center (80574 Hazelton Rd., Cottage Grove, OR)
80574 Hazelton Rd
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Monday, August 6, 2018 at 9am through Friday, September 14, 2018 at 5pm
9am through Friday, September 14 at 5pm
Join us for 6 weeks of empowering and practical solutions at Aprovecho, a site renowned for over 30 years of work in Permaculture and sustainable development while learning from an assemblage of many of the best teachers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Teachers for this course include Jude Hobbs, Andrew Millison, Tao Orion, Chris Foraker, Abel Kloster, and Mike Hatfield. Aprovecho’s Sustainable Living Skills Immersion is the oldest program of its kind in the Northwest and includes hands on training in appropriate technology, sustainable forestry, natural building, water harvesting, sustainable agriculture, and Permaculture. The Permaculture Design curriculum is woven throughout the program, leaving students with a framework for integrating the learned strategies and techniques into cohesive designs for sustainable human settlement. The internationally recognized certificate in Permaculture Design is presented at the end of the program. While a typical Permaculture design course runs for two weeks, this course contains 200+ hours of classroom and hands on time. Students will leave this program prepared to not only manage aspects of sustainable systems, but able to put all aspects together into an integrated whole. At the end of this course you will have experience with: Building with natural materials including mixing and applying natural plasters, natural insulation techniques, and construction with cob Designing and installing forest gardens and planting and tending trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants Planning a garden for four seasons of food yields Building a compost pile and brewing compost tea Utilizing hand tools like levels and compass to establish base maps and plan water harvesting earthworks Finding and maximizing the use of water as it moves through the land Constructing swales, ponds, and greywater systems for increasing the availability of water in your landscape Working with indoor and outdoor aquatic food systems including fish and aquatic plants Canning, fermenting, drying and storing food Designing rocket stoves and rocket mass heaters Selecting and falling trees with hand tools Restoring eroded stream channels And putting it all together into a Permaculture master plan!
Monday, May 21, 2018 at 9am through Friday, June 1, 2018 at 5pm
9am through Friday, June 1 at 5pm
This 2 week program will pick up where our Spring PDC left off, by implementing designs created by students during the prior two weeks. This year’s project will focus on homestead design and retrofit and including garden and landscape installation and upkeep, forest garden planting, greywater installation, light straw clay and earthen plaster systems. Students will have the opportunity to gain skills that they can use in their home and professional lives while experiencing the real-world nuances of various systems; gaining experience that informs better system design and planning.
Monday, May 7, 2018 at 9am through Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 5pm
9am through Saturday, May 19 at 5pm
Join us this spring for our 2 week comprehensive permaculture design course. This course will help you gain a clear understanding of the theory and practice of ecological design through lecture, discussion, slideshows, design projects, and hands-on experience. May is the perfect time to deepen your understanding of natural systems and how they can inform design. Topics in our course include: Permaculture Ethics & Principles Mapping & Design Exercises Pattern Recognition Observation & Site Analysis Ecology & Natural Cycles Garden Design & Establishment Useful Plants & Planting Strategies Water Harvesting, Management, & Conservation Soils & Soil Building Strategies Animals in the System Forests, Agroforestry, & Tree Crops Ecological Building Appropriate Technology Urban Permaculture Village Design Cooperative Economics & more! Stay on an extra week or two for this year’s Permaculture Installation Project. Registration for the Installation is discounted $150 if you register for both at the same time!
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 9am through Monday, May 29, 2017 at 5pm
9am through Monday, May 29 at 5pm
Join the Cascadia Permaculture Institute this spring for our 2 week comprehensive permaculture design course. This course will help you gain a clear understanding of the theory and practice of ecological design through lecture, discussion, slideshows, design projects, and hands-on experience. May is the perfect time to deepen your understanding of natural systems and how they can inform design. Topics in our course include: - Permaculture Ethics & Principles - Mapping & Design Exercises - Pattern Recognition - Observation & Site Analysis - Ecology & Natural Cycles - Garden Design & Establishment - Useful Plants & Planting Strategies - Water Harvesting, Management, & Conservation - Soils & Soil Building Strategies - Animals in the System - Forests, Agroforestry, & Tree Crops - Ecological Building - Appropriate Technology - Urban Permaculture - Village Design - Cooperative Economics & more! Tuition is $1,500. Register here: http://www.aprovecho.net/programs/permaculture-design/2-week-pdc-with-cascadia-permaculture/2-week-spring-pdc-registration/
Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 10am through Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 5pm
10am through Sunday, December 11 at 5pm
Timber and pole framing is a timeless tradition among the owner/builder. In this weekend workshop you will learn the craft of joining timbers by building a timber-frame sawhorse over two days. Participants will learn not only the craft of cutting and chiseling timber frame joinery, but the important details necessary to properly lay out joinery on square timbers. This workshop takes place over two days running from 10am to 5pm each day. Please pack a lunch!
Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 1-5pm
This workshop with ecologist and author Tao Orion will delve into understanding invasive species from a holistic perspective. We’ll discuss the various yields for human use that invasive species offer, as well as their ecological functions, so that as citizens and land stewards we can make long-term ecologically sensitive management decisions. Bring gloves and sturdy boots for a hands-on management session and walkabout.
Sunday, November 27, 2016 from 1-5pm
This workshop will give you an overview of how aquaponics works, system design, best practices, fish and crop selection, using black soldier fly larvae as a food source for fish, and the place of aquaponics in a future-ready localized sustainable integrated agro-ecological system, with hands-on practice diagnosing nutrient deficiencies.
Sunday, November 27, 2016 from 9am-12:30pm
In this workshop with Aprovecho's forester and permaculture director Abel Kloster you will become familiar with sustainable approaches to both timber-based forestry and agricultural forestry systems. Agroforestry provides multiple yields including fruit, nuts, valuable hardwoods, and animal incorporations while providing a restorative function in farm landscapes. You will leave this class prepared to consider which of these forestry practices may be implemented in your neighborhood, farm, or woodlot.
Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 1-5pm
Experienced gardeners will tell you, we are not farming the plants and crops for productivity and health, but rather, the soil itself; and most importantly, the organisms dwelling within that soil. Come learn the basics about what those soil microorganisms do, who they are, how they work, and most importantly how we can become better soil farmers and microbe managers. Compost is a big part of this story, so we will learn about the composting process, what works and what doesn’t, and then practice making a demonstration compost pile. We will also discuss compost teas and amendments, vermiculture, and other ways to improve the vitality within our soils and therefore in our foods. Please wear weather-ready winter gear! :)
Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 9am-12:30pm
In this workshop with Permaculture teacher Abel Kloster you will learn about the options for the various aspects of a sustainable home water supply and become familiar with the basic design of each of these aspects including potable water systems from springs, wells, and water tanks, and other water sources for landscape and livestock including ponds, constructed wetlands, and wastewater recycling.