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The Draw Permaculture Course July 2012 on the Bayfield Peninsula, WI  RSS feed

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I'm currently an intern at The Draw and truly value the people here and the
work they put into transitioning their lives to lives of abundance. I chose to
take on the job of advertising since they rarely use the internet. The Draw is
working on a unique site and scale being that it's 280 acres of mostly secondary
succession poplar forest in the upland with the Raspberry river (runs into lake
Michagan) as a lowland with a ton of large balsam, cedar, black ash, maple,
and hemlock in the in-tact river bottom. They don't have 30 year old forest
garden examples like the bullocks out on Orcas Island in Washington, but they
have 6 year old forest gardens, tons of knowledge, and they're doing everything
you can read about when it comes to permaculture (One of the coolest things
that they're working on in my opinion is transitioning their secondary succession
poplar dominated forests into climax forests of chestnuts and walnuts. If you're
going to take a permaculture course, I can promise that this one has a lot more
to offer than concepts imbedded within a short three day course.



In this ten day workshop we will delve deeply into the system of permaculture
We hope you will leave the course saturated with a new way of knowing which
empowers students to look at old problems with new lenses to create holistic

We will begin by exploring a new way of knowing that is holistic and biological.
One way to describe permaculture is land-use design based in systems thinking.
Thinking systems is basically the opposite of how we are trained to think, and
how we think becomes so deeply ingrained that most of us don't ever realize
there are alternative ways of knowing. Limits to the dominant way of knowing in
our culture, reductionism, are becoming increasingly evident as human and
ecological systems continue to degrade. Thinking in systems is the foundation
upon which regenerative ecological and social solutions can be implemented. We
will relate this new way of knowing to agriculture, evolution, ecology, natural
history, water, social organization, natural building, epistemology and more to
come up with a pattern language for a regenerative culture.

A permaculture way of knowing cannot be built on top of our current
unsustainable way of knowing. Simple lineal accumulation of knowledge is not
sufficient. Radical reorganization of life-ways is necessary if we are going to
create a regenerative cultureā€”a permaculture. We must step back, question our
assumptions, and ground ourselves in a paradigm of sanity and empowerment.

Join us for this 10 day immersion course in a permaculture inspired land-based
community. You will learn from a functioning permaculture site as well as
several regional practicing permaculturists. Lecture and discussion will be
bolstered by daily hands on activities. Three local organic meals daily, on
site camping, and materials will be included. This design course is intended
for hands on practitioners and is priced to be affordable; certificates
available from Clare Hintz for those whose management goals include

When: -Friday July 13th-Sunday July 22nd
Where: -Bayfield Peninsula, WI.
Pricing: -Honor-system sliding-scale $450-$900.
Contact: -Nathaniel Larson 715-779-0155
email: the.draw.ps@...
For More Info: www.thedraw.org or www.facebook.com/BayPermaculture (Eric Frank
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