Most PDCs are crafted for beginners - and a lot of professionals get bored. Our PDC assumes that the student is desring a course with a bit more substance and grit. This PDC is designed for scientists, engineers, educators or people with a lot of current knowledge of permaculture. Alan Booker, an engineer himself, has developed a format that caters to these people. Alan’s course will cover everything a PDC normally covers, but is packed with information that can help advanced or expert students take their knowledge to the next level.
The focus of this PDC is on the technical aspects of permaculture and on professional landscape designing for clients. You will be surrounded by like-minded people, and together you will not only learn the framework to survive in a rapidly changing world, but to thrive. You will also develop the skills to heal damaged landscapes while providing for your own needs.
In this course you are designing from the get go. Every new piece of information, every new concept, is delivered in sequence so that it is immediately relevant and applicable. Your design unfolds in step with the days subjects. This helps the learning to really take root in your mind. Learn how to make really good effective decisions. We can't emphasize how important this is if you want to make effective long-lasting change in your life.
Every student will work through the entire design project individually, but always with the support of their design group and the instructors. Students will have multiple chances to present their design ideas and get feedback throughout the course of the first 13 days, building to the final design project presentations on the last day. During these final presentations, each student will present their own design project to the group as if they were presenting to a professional client.
This course is designed to help you really start thinking like a designer. Even if you have a lot of practical experience is various aspects of homesteading already, the Homesteaders PDC will move you past simply thinking in terms of isolated systems and into designing integrated, whole landscapes.
The Appropriate Technology Course is about getting hands on experience building solutions with safer and more sustainable materials. This course will also experiment with new ideas in appropriate technology. Some of the past projects and experiments included:
- a giant solar food dehydrator
- a low energy augmentation for a hay box cooker
- a johnson style air well
- a rocket oven
- a rocket water heater
- a biosand filter
- a greywater mulch pit
And every year all of the students get to build experiences with the creations of previous years, plus:
- a collection of solar ovens
- a collection of rocket stoves
- a collection of rocket hot water heaters, rocket kilns, smokers and cooktops
- a collection of willow feeders (composting toilet alternative)
- driving an excavator
"A very professional and high-end course making many connections and drawing from many different fields of study... Very comprehensive and, quite frankly, mind-blowing."
"Alan Booker is a tremendous instructor, able to deliver a huge amount of technical information in an enjoyable, engaging, and understandable format."
"The technical knowledge and design mindset demonstrated in this PDC was well structured to be compatible with my formal engineering training. The course provided me with multiple ideas for projects that will be effective on my property, rather than me going forward on my own and fumbling around in the dark."
"My life has been at a crossroads for a time, but now my path is clear. I now have the confidence to move forward and make a better life for myself and my family."