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The Permaculture Design Course and Appropriate Technology Course Video by Paul Wheaton

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177 hours of video: the 2017 Permaculture Design Course and Appropriate Technology Course

Permacutlure Design Course Video


With so much information about permaculture available today, it’s hard to know where to begin.
Now, with the 2017 Permaculture Design and Appropriate Technology course, you can benefit from 177 hours of expert instruction from permaculture leaders from across the globe.
You’ll get the SAME EXACT lessons from the in-person courses, but without the cost or time commitment.

177 hours of premium permaculture education. This exclusive video series provides you with all the lessons from two 14-day courses offered at Wheaton Labs: Permaculture Design and Appropriate Technology.


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This PDC brings together some of the best minds in the permaculture community. With a variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise, these instructors convey their knowledge during the 2017 Homesteaders Permaculture Design Course.

Tim Barker

Tim has come a long way since his days as a diesel fitter mechanic, and now spends his time between Australia and New Zealand (and sometimes the US) as a semi professional pyromaniac and mad scientist teaching people how to burn stuff and make really cool machines and devices for low carbon living. He currently teaches Appropriate Technology for the Koanga Institute in New Zealand and Very Edible Gardens (VEG) in Melbourne, to name a few.

He has previously been farm manager for the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia, power station operator/mechanic, adventure guide and professional turtle wrestler. His rocket stove and char making powered hot water systems, ovens and cookers reflect his passion for elegant simple and durable combustion technologies. Other projects include gravity powered water pumps, solar thermal cookers and dryers, pedal powered washing machines, cargo bikes, hovercraft, wooden boats and aquaponics, to name a few. When he is not tinkering he can be found on Macleay Island off the coast of Queensland Australia, where he and his family live and are currently in the process of building a rammed earth house (with maybe a little sailing thrown in).

He is particularly well known for his safe and effective rocket hot water heating system.He brings practical, hands on experience with some truly fascinating projects to the table - this from the Koanga institute:

"He has the practical knowledge and skills to construct almost any project with limited resources."
We're thrilled to have him instructing at our facilities!

Paul Wheaton was proclaimed by Geoff Lawton in 2012 the Duke of Permaculture. He is the creator of permies.com, and is a powerful advocate of Sepp Holzer’s techniques, which a recent study showed to have the ability to feed 21 billion people without the use of petroleum or irrigation. He also promotes the use of hugelkultur, which sequesters carbon and eliminates the need for irrigation, and polycultures, which reduces the need for pest control and improves the health of plants.

Thomas J. Elpel is an natural builder, educator, conservationist and author of multiple books Thomas regularly teaches classes on plant identification, primitive skills and natural building, and is founder/director of Green University, LLC in Pony, Montana.

Helen Atthowe has an MS in Horticulture and Agricultural Ecology from Rutgers University; worked at Rutgers in tree fruit IPM; studied natural farming with Masanobu Fukoka. She famrs a 211 acre farm in eastern Oregon with her husband, where they have a mixed fruit and hazelnut orchard, small grain and dry bean production, vegetable gardens, high tunnels, and greenhouse.

Erica Wisner is a science and art educator, curriculum developer, writer, illustrator, researcher, and rocket mass heater innovator. She and Ernie have taught numerous workshops on natural building and rocket mass heaters.

Jacqueline Freeman is a biodynamic farmer, author, and natural beekeeper. She lives on a farm in Washington state with her husband, Joseph, where they have orchards, gardens, two big greenhouses, a small forest, rich pastures and plenty of flowering bee forage.

Zachary Weiss--protégé of legendary Austrian farmer, Sepp Holzer-- is the first person to earn Holzer Practitioner Certification outside of the Krameterhof training program. Zach currently has projects in 11 nations on 4 continents, spanning a wide range of climates, contexts, land-forms and ecosystems.

Davin Hoyt is an architect, artist, and entrepreneur. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and has 16 years of drafting experience. Davin has established two community gardens in Georgetown, Texas and he is the first to map Wheaton Labs. Davin practices architecture as a one-man firm and will soon be a small restaurant chain partner.

Course Descriptions

The Appropriate Technology course:

1. Solar - (passive, heating, cookers, ovens, dryers. Panels, charging, storage, lighting, mobile powered units).

2. Heating Temperate shelters - rocket stoves ( dimensions, materials, uses (hotwater, oven, cooking, mass heating). wood stoves, solar, thermal mass, insulation, floors, composting. Thermal mass greenhouses

3. Cooling Tropical shelters - shade, wind, ground cooling ducts, orientation, thermal mass, roofs

4. Water - filtering, purity, potibility, design, pumps, swales, ponds, air wells, drilled wells, collection systems, storage, IBC's, Grey water (recycling, uses, low cost methods, legal, productive uses)

5. Sustainability - energy audits, home, farm, food security - measurement

6. BioChar - production and use

7. Compost Toilets - Types, designs, Humanure, urine, safety, regulation, reality.

Permaculture Design Course:

Day 1: Introduction to permaculture: Tim Barker

Day 2: Design concepts and themes: Tim Barker, Erica & Ernie Wisner

Day 3: Methods of design: Tim Barker, Byron Joel

Day 4: Managing holistically: Tim Barker

Day 5: Climate and land form: Tim Barker, Davin Hoyt

Day 6: Water and access: Zach Weiss, Tim Barker

Day 8: Trees & soils: Byron Joel, Helen Atthowe

Day 9: Soils & crops: Helen Atthowe, Jacqueline Freeman

Day 10: Animals: Jacqueline & Joseph Freeman, Paul Wheaton

Day 11: Appropriate technology: Erica & Ernie Wisner, Paul Wheaton

Day 12: Bioregions & Communities: Tim Barker, Byron Joel, Jocelyn Campbell, Paul Wheaton

Day 13: Botany in a day: Thomas Elpel

Day 14: Design time; presentations

Related threads:

Permaculture Design Course Teacher's Notes by Tim Barker

Appropriate Technology Course Teacher's Notes by Tim Barker

Wheaton Labs Tour

water for the future: capturing seasonal rainfall for future generations

Related Podcasts:

Podcast 360 - Tim Barker on what a PDC is - Part 1

Podcast 361 - Tim Barker on what a PDC is - Part 2

podcast 401 - Permaculture Design Course for Scientists and Engineers

Related Websites:


Paul Wheaton's youtube channel

Tim Barker at Permaculture Research Institure

Jacqueline Freeman's website

Zach Weiss's website

Helen Atthowe's website

Byron Joel's website

Thomas J. Elpel's website
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So can I download the course once I buy it? I don't have access to the internet all the time and need to have an off grid option. Specially with the communication grid being attacked in Tennessee this morning.
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chris aguy wrote:So can I download the course once I buy it? I don't have access to the internet all the time and need to have an off grid option. Specially with the communication grid being attacked in Tennessee this morning.

Most people get the streaming, but there is a download option.  Go here and scroll down a little bit.  You will see a couple of download options.
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