Permaculture Passport Program
Southern Willamette Valley
August 16 – 25, 2013
The Permaculture Passport Program is a new course offering that goes beyond a PDC at a single institution, as is the norm. It is a collaborative regional permaculture sample program lasting 9 days, during which a student experiences a number of different sites and people implementing permaculture principles in different ways within 40 minutes of Eugene. It will consist of 3 days each at Lost Valley, Dharmalaya, and Aprovecho. (There will also be a visit to other notable neighborhood sites in Eugene.) Students will receive significant permaculture instruction and hands-on activities based around the strong suits of the host sites. For Lost Valley, this is group bonding at the start of the course, intentional community living, and sociocracy. Dharmalaya will focus on personal development, urban permaculture, and neighborhood transformation. Aprovecho will focus on appropriate technology, sustainable forestry, and natural building. Gardening is a part of all three host sites. Further information about the other two is listed below. If you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or the other two host sites. Registration is on this page (below).
Site One – Lost Valley, August 16-19 (Fri. to Mon.) – focusing on open of course & group building, social/community permaculture, organization/governance, and gardening
Site Two – Dharmalaya, August 19-22 (Mon. to Th.) – focusing on urban permaculture, neighborhood renewal, inner permacture (yoga, meditation), and gardening
Site Three: – Aprovecho, August 22-25 (Th. to Sun.) – focusing on appropriate technology, sustainable forestry, natural building, and gardening – will include a final evening (the 24th) of reflection and celebration, with the hosts from all three sites.
Here is more information on the other two host sites:
Dharmalaya promotes dharma holistically in personal, ecological, and social spheres of life. Dharma is the perennial path that brings balance, harmony, and inner fulfillment. The centerfeatures a comprehensive program of personal development through yoga, meditation and service, with an integrated approach to personal development. Dharmalaya is also at the heart of an emerging urban ecovillage in its Eugene neighborhood that demonstrates living with low impact on the earth. Finally, Dharmalaya’s social vision gives importance to decentralized economics, cooperative enterprise, equity, development of human potentials, ecological protection, bioregionalism, and spiritual humanist values.
Aprovecho is a 40-acre permaculture and sustainable living education and demonstration center located outside of Cottage Grove. For 30 years, the staff, residents, volunteers, and students of Aprovecho have collaborated to create a thriving educational community showcasing rainwater catchment, natural building, fuel-efficient cookstoves, aquaponics, ponds, orchards, organic gardens, solar hot water, sustainable forest management, and more. We are excited to offer the opportunity to experience Aprovecho to students in the Permaculture Passport Program, and look forward to meeting you this summer!
Further course details:
Discounts are available! Sign up by July 1 and earn a $40 Early Bird discount. Also, if you sign up with another person, you each get a $40 Bring-a-Friend discount. Sign up early with a friend, and you each get $80 off! See prices in blue registration dropdown below.
Students are highly encouraged to bring camping gear, as the lodging available at all three sites is primarily camping.
Students are responsible for their own transport between sites. This is for liability reasons. Arrangements will be made during the course for this – it typically is not a problem. For students without a vehicle, organizers will help organize arrival before the course and departure after it.
The course begins at 3 PM on August 16. Students are expected to arrive that day (but can come the night before at extra cost).
Please see the other FAQs on this site for other useful information about the Lost Valley portion of the course.
Work-trade is available in limited quantities. Please apply by filling out the application on this site or by submitting a request stating your expertise, reason for reduced price, plan for use of the experience after the course, and ability to arrive early to do the work. Each of the three host sites will decide about work-trade independently.
There will be a full course schedule appearing here soon, so check back if you are curious!
Note the early bird discount and bring-a-friend discount. Save when you sign up early or together with a companion. Or do both and save twice! And grab your passport!