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Earthship Tour to Taos, NM, March 17-19, 2017

From Regenerative Lifestyles:

Greetings Earthship enthusiasts, permies, and co-creators of the abundant future!
Thank you so much for your continued interest in our Regenerative Education & Tours, Regenerative Lifestyles & Denver Earthship are excited to announce our spring tour, March 17th -19th of 2017Let us bring you round-trip from Denver to Taos, New Mexico’s Earthship World Headquarters nestled in the northern high plains of the Land of Enchantment, just outside the historical Taos Pueblo. This is the chance of a lifetime to experience a customized tour that is not only educational but adventurous, healing, and inspirational!

Enjoy 3 full days of magnificence! Including a 2-night stay in luxurious Earthship accommodationsan Earthship Lecture / Presentation at the Visitor Center Education facility followed by a guided Earthship tour to visit decades of progress in the Greater World Community. 5 delicious meals will be provided and enjoy an optional evening at the Taos Mesa Brewing Company for food and entertainment featuring “powerhouse of southern soul from Austin Texas” Roxy Roca, and finally, conclude your educational adventure vacation with a healing & relaxing day at the spectacular, world renowned, Ojo Caliente hot springs and spa.

Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available, reserve your spot now to save $150.00 (promotion ends March 1st). Space is limited! Feel free to share this with people that you think may be interested in this incredible opportunity.


Join Regenerative Living Community Social Hour, meet Permies, Earthshippers, Builders, Artists, & Healers! Learn more about it here.

In Gratitude, 

Robin & Mike

Regenerative Lifestyles

Advanced Permaculture Course in Teacher Training, March 5-10, 2017

From Peter Bane:

Advanced Permaculture Course in Teacher Training

March 5-10, 2017

Peter Bane, Rhonda Baird, Karryn Olson-Ramanujan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Earth Repair and People Care grow from the work of permaculture teachers and designers. The power of holistic problem-solving is all around us but seen by few. Learn to cultivate in yourself and others the whole-brain frame of mind that calls the world back to health.
This course offers design course graduates the opportunity to develop their gifts for presentation and organizing both in and beyond the classroom. We will practice conveying key concepts from the PDC curriculum, learn to prepare sessions and whole courses, give and receive feedback, lead group exercises, and think and act strategically to promote grassroots education for all ages.

Instructors Peter Bane and Rhonda Baird both hold the Diploma of Permaculture Design. Peter serves on the board of PINA (Permaculture Institute of North America) while Rhonda heads its Field Advisor Working Group. Both are co-founders of the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute, a regional hub in the PINA network. Peter was also a co-founder of Earthaven Ecovillage and author of The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country. Rhonda is a community organizer, assistant editor of Permaculture Design Magazine, an advocate for Nature Connection, and a homeschooling mother of two. Karryn Olson-Ramanujan is a co-founder of the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute, teaches at Ithaca College, and is a resident at Ecovillage Ithaca. Her Seed Sustainability consulting business focuses on assisting permaculture graduates and especially women to become successful entrepreneurs. Based on extensive design experience, the team has trained hundreds of students for Indiana University, Ithaca College, and thousands of others across the hemisphere from Canada to Patagonia and from the arid West to the Caribbean islands. Their collective commitment to training and supporting permaculture education on the continent will temper and grow your own path for teaching.

The course will be held in a comfortable community setting in Ann Arbor, Michigan convenient to air, rail, and road links. On-site lodging is provided Sun.-Thurs. evenings.; all meals Sun. evening through Fri. lunch.

Tuition $800 by 2/1/17; $900 after.

For information or to register, contact: Peter Bane, PcActivist[at]

See flyer here: 2017 Teacher Training 1.1

In Great Gratitude for Bill Mollison, 1928-2016

Thank you to Sandy Cruz of High Altitude Permaculture for this article link:


Pikes Peak Permaculture Design Course kicks off this weekend, June 2016!

From Pikes Peak Permaculture:


This two-week PDC hosted by Pikes Peak Permaculture with instruction by Peter Bane, Marco Chung-Shu Lam, Becky Elder and Sandy Cruz is taking place June 18-July 2, 2016, at the foot of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains near Westcliffe, CO, on a private off-grid ranch.

Something extra special for current permaculture design certificate holders:

Members of the Pikes Peak Permaculture Guild and other previously certified permies may audit this course at no cost on days 4-11.  Auditors need to bring their own food.  For more information, email Steve or call seven one nine six eight five zero two nine zero.

Southwest Institute for Resilience Permaculture Design Course, July 31- August 13, 2016

Southwest Institute for Resilience 7th Annual PDC: Permadynamics!

A marriage of permaculture, biodynamics with a splash of holistic management.  New tools in the toolbox for a resilient future.

When: July 31st through August 13th, 2016.  Residential class with camping space and food provided as well.

Instruction from Kris Holstrom, Wind Clearwater and Pat Frazier (with perhaps some special guests).

Where: One week in the North Fork Valley atPeace and Plenty Farm and one week at Tomten Farm near Telluride.

Cost: $1300 with $100 off if registered by June 1st.

Contact for more info and to sign up!

Rainwater Harvesting Workshop, June 25 & 26, 2016

Rainwater Workshop 2016

Date: June 25 & 26, 2016

Time: 10 am- 5 pm

Location: Longmont, CO

Investment: $160, $120 for DPG members

To register for this course, go to:

Sunrise Ranch Permaculture Design Course, July 2016

From Avery Ellis of the 2016 Sunrise Ranch PDC:

Sunrise Ranch Permaculture Design Course, 4th of July week 2016

Location: 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland, CO 80538

Dates: July 1-12, 2016

Tuition: $1150 before June 15

Accommodations & Camping available on site

For more information and to register, go to

Or contact Patrick Padden at nine seven zero nine nine nine four three zero six

Sunrise PDC Flier!

Permaculture Teaching Training Course and Mentorship Program for Colorado in early 2017

From Sandy Cruz of High Altitude Permaculture:

Dates Weekends: January 28-29, February 11-12 and June 17-18, 2017

Plus three days at spring events

Location Various venues along the Front Range and in South Colorado

Description Regionally-based 6-month program for Permaculture Teacher’s Certification, providing classroom work, support and opportunities to present at public events with experienced instructors. Winter classes focus on developing teaching and organizational skills, with hands-on exercises that build confidence and ease. In spring, participants will assist at diverse programs offered to the Colorado community, have an individual conference with the instructors, and explore possibilities for future collaboration among participants. Course size is limited.

Instructors Sandy Cruz, Becky Elder and guests

Prerequisite Permaculture Design Course Certification

Cost $800 if paid in full by 12/20/16; $950 after 12/20/16

Super early-bird rate will be available soon; pre-payment plan also available

Contact Please call Sandy at seven one nine five three nine seven six eight five before registering

More info Coming soon at


Local Mike Wird to co-lead PDC in Dominica, March 6-20, 2016. Registration open now!

Know any locals who are looking for a PDC in a beautiful destination?  Shake off the snow and complete your PDC in Dominica!

Mike Wird of Boulder/Denver and Papillon Ribier will co-lead a two-week intensive permaculture design course in Dominica in March, 2016, with guest instructors local to the island.  Check out course details below.  Act by December 31, 2015, to take advantage of the Early Bird registration rate!


This is the opportunity for the people of Dominica as well as international students to come participate in a 2 week, 72 hour Intensive Permaculture Design Certification Course.  Set in the beautiful South East Caribbean tropics, this course is based on the classic Permaculture curriculum as inspired by the work of Bill Mollison and David Holmgren.

The course will take place from March 6th through March 20th, lead by Permaculture instructors and designers Mike Wird and Papillon Ribier, with a series of presentations by local community organizers, farmers, botanists, builders, and more.

This certification course will expose participants to a wide variety of subjects in the form of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on workshops.  We will be studying in some of Dominica’s most beautiful gardens as well as in devastated and urbanized areas.  Residing on the design sites at Beyond Vitality and Eden Heights, looking through the lens of Permaculture, you will develop a deeper understanding of social and ecological patterns, principles and appropriate strategies.  And most importantly, the quality of the relationships between them.

The backdrop of this PDC is the current need for a healthy infrastructure that must eventually meet the needs and wants of the people of the beautiful Nature island of Dominica.

Also note, this course offers this opportunity to participate in Community Supported Education.  This offers a phenomenal means of exchange for anyone who may wish to take a course but does not have the cash to support it.  Please check out the link for more information.


Family Tree flyer (1)

Rain and Forest Garden Plant Matrix–Rocky Mountain Region USA

From Jason Gerhardt of Real Earth Design:

Hi Permaculture Enthusiasts!

I want to share the plant matrix I finally completed that encapsulates the last 10+ years of my edible and useful plant exploits in the Southwest and Rockies. It will live indefinitely for free on Brad Lancaster’s resource filled website. Special notes encapsulating my opinions, experiences, and knowledge accompany each species of nearly 200.

I hope it serves you, your students, and the whole ecosystem membership! Since I am not a member of the social media ecosystem please share as you deem appropriate so it can be of highest use. 😉

Jason Gerhardt