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PDC in West Virginia, Winter 2014

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Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, US
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Email Lindsay@rollingridge.net to register.

This is the standard international 72 hour permaculture certification course.

Rolling Ridge Study Retreat Community near Charles Town, WV. Class and Lodging will be held at the Retreat House located on a 1400-acre wilderness preserve. More info at www.rollingridge.net
A 10-Day Intensive:
February 10th-20th 2014
Arrive for registration & dinner on the 10th and depart on the afternoon of the 20th.

Tuition: We offer a unique, dynamic tuition structure. The cost for this course ranges from $794 to $1220 based upon the number of students in the class (and room options). See below for more info on our tuition structure.

Course Content: This class covers the essential concepts that are the heart of the permaculture design system. Students will be immersed in basic observation and design techniques. Our goal is to empower students to develop an intuitive understanding of natural patterns and processes, and to utilize these in the design of the human environment.
Topics to be covered during the course include:
• History of permaculture
• Intensive, sustainable agriculture techniques
• Basic ecology
• Plant, animal, & fungus identification
• Soil sciences
• Climate patterns
• Nutrient cycles
• Natural building and design
• Wild land management
• Basic survival skills
Native science
• Home-scale design
• Spiritual ecology
• Sustainable social organization

Meals: Tuition also covers 3 meals a day. Dietary restrictions will be provided for if we are notified in advance.

Lodging: The Retreat House at Rolling Ridge is a comfortable, six-bedroom cabin heated primarily by a wood stove. Four of the bedrooms have bunk beds, the other two have a double. Depending on the number of registrants, it will likely be necessary to share rooms. The Retreat House has two full baths and two half- baths. Guests generally bring their own sheets and towels, although there are some available if necessary. Standard tuition covers shared lodging in the Retreat House. Mattresses for the floor are available for those who would prefer not to share a double bed. Students may save $50 off their tuition if they opt for the more rustic option of sleeping in either the meditation shelter or Cordwood Cottage. Limited space is available for both option, so a first come first serve basis will apply and earlier registrants will get their choice.

Tuition Structure:
We offer a dynamic tuition model intended to make our classes accessible to as many people as possible, and to empower our students to begin building a community within their classroom the moment they register for the course.

Here’s how it works:
The tuition per student is based on the number of students in the class.
Minimum class size: 7 students
Maximum class size: 15 students
Number of Students Tuition per Student
15 $794
14 $820
13 $851
12 $887
11 $930
10 $980
9 $1043
8 $1110
7 $1220

*Subtract $50 from tuition if you indicate that you will opt for “rustic housing option.”

Of course we work hard to promote our classes, but it’s also up to the students to recruit others to sign up so that everyone’s tuition can be lower. This also encourages our students to take the class with people they know, and to make connections with other participants before the class begins.

Registration Deposits:
We have a set budget for this class, and if we do not meet the budget we cannot offer the class. When you register, you will be asked what the maximum amount you are willing to pay based on the table above. The class will be official when the appropriate number of registrants is willing to pay the tuition that correlates with that number (example: 12 registrants each willing to pay $887). We’ll keep you updated on the registration status via the Facebook page for the class.

To register, each student must make a $397 deposit (half the minimum tuition). Any remaining tuition (dependent upon number of registrants) is due on the day of the first class. This deposit will be refunded if we do not meet our budgetary requirements and have to cancel the course, or if the number of students registered does not bring the tuition level down to what a registrant is willing to pay, and they decide not to take the class.

Teachers: This course will be taught by Wilson Alvarez, Benjamin Weiss, & Josh Evans

Wilson Alvarez is a certified permaculture designer, an inventor, gardener, skilled tracker, bowyer, nature-awareness instructor, and poet from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. For the past ten years, he has studied and taught classes and workshops on bio-intensive agriculture, regenerative technology, foraging, hunting, trapping, and tracking, and wilderness survival. Recently, Wilson has created “Rebel Garden Tools,” a line of hand tools for small farms, the "Folk Mug," a handle that turns a mason jar into a travel mug, and most recently, "The Multi," a multi-tool wallet. Wilson has a Kamana II certification through Jon Young's Wilderness Awareness School, received his PDC online via Permaculture Visions, and studied applied archaeology at Prescott College with Steve Watts.

Benjamin Weiss is a certified permaculture designer and teacher, gardener, brewer, musician, and poet from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He has designed and managed three organic farms including an urban farm, a CSA, and a 1-acre synergistic garden. For the past four years he has led PDCs in his bio-region at Pendle Hill outside of Philadelphia and for Ngozi Inc in Harrisburg. Ben has completed a natural building apprenticeship, internship, and PDC at the Farm Ecovillage Training Center, received a permaculture teacher certification from CRMPI with Peter Bane, Sandy Cruz, and Goodheart Brown, studied urban agriculture at Growing Power, and has studied herbalism with Sarah Preston of Radiance in Lancaster and shamanic dreaming techniques with Adhi Moonien Two-Owls.

Josh Evans is a certified Permaculture Designer through Susquehanna Permaculture with knowledge and experience in sustainable farming, landscaping, foraging, primitive skills and homesteading. His background is a degree in Outdoor Adventure Education and Fitness Science. Along with his wife, he’s been organic gardening for 6 years, raising chickens for 3 years, and has been a passionate student of ecological building, health and living, appropriate technology, and regenerative food systems. A husband, father, runner, hiker, fermenter, builder, and musician - Josh and his family enjoy homesteading and helping to run a retreat center in Jefferson County, West Virginia.

Preparedness for the Class:
Obviously, because this class will take place during the winter, students should come fully prepared to be outdoors for extended periods in very cold weather.
Other things to bring:
• notebook
• writing utensils
• compass
• camera
• any preferred field guides
• pocket knife or multi-tool
• work gloves
*Students will be notified of any other required materials as the course progresses.

To register:
1. Complete Registration Form Below
2. Email Lindsay@rollingridge.net or Call at 304-724-1069
(& indicate housing preference)
3. Indicate the maximum tuition you’re willing to pay.
4. Send Check/Payment to:
(a primary deposit of $397)
Rolling Ridge Study Retreat
120 Jubilee Lane
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
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