You will learn how to use a variety of computer resources, create and present professional deliverables, interface with clients, and how to work to the strengths of your team. There will be ample time to enjoy the Breitenbush tubs and sauna!
Breitenbush community is currently located in the flood plain of the Breitenbush River. The site has served the community for many years, but they have outgrown the space, and while there is ample hot water and free heating, the area is dark and dank, and there is no room to grow. One day it will flood.
Seven years ago they bought 75 acres just above the current site with a glorious sunny aspect, ponds, flat fertile areas for growing food, several micro-climates, year-round creeks and ravines, stunning sweeping views to the snow-capped mountains and river, and lots of room to grow. They already have a conditional use permit that allows for many permaculture elements. But which ones, and where? How many houses, what about greenhouses, and maybe small livestock. Kids, elders, aquaponics, chinampas, passive solar design, grey water... the list goes on!
Working closely with the Breitenbush community we will be offering an ongoing advanced design series to map the land, help craft the vision and goals with the people who live and work there, create the site master plan, teach hands-on skills intensives, and much more.
We invite you to be the first permaculture team to help us launch this vision. We need working models of resilient community and this one will be a shining star. We look forward to meeting you, learning with you, and designing with you.
There are many options for lodging during the course. The most affordable is in your own tent, or personal vehicle. They have limited parking spots for vans or small RVs.
If you would like something more comfortable please take some time to visit their website and look at the various offerings. Your stay at Breitenbush includes all meals, their Daily Wellness Program (yoga, edgu, etc.), and all the facilities (hot tubs, sauna, sanctuary, hiking trails, library, and more. You can also schedule a massage or one of their other healing arts sessions.
This is a summary of lodging options with all fees included:
You can share cabins too! They all have two beds, and some have three beds. See their website for costs.
Former tree planter, helicopter pilot, carpenter, and yurt builder, Jenny stays busy managing her growing full-service design/build company Permaculture Now! . Based out of Seattle, WA, Jenny divides her time between the Pacific NW and Maui, with larger ventures overseas. Projects include everything from urban permaculture homesteads to farms transitioning from annuals to diversified perennial agriculture, with an increasing focus on policy work related to urban food security. Every project is designed with “social permaculture”, community, and resilient interdependent local economy at its heart.
Her slideshows and engaging presentations inform, inspire, and empower people to learn the skills they need to make changes that help move us towards a resilient and thrive-able future. Jenny’s skill sets and experience are rich - she willingly shares her knowledge with equal measures of bold reality, humor and humbleness. She will infect you with her tireless optimism and inspire you to jump in with both feet to heal yourself, your community, and your planet at the same time.
Andrew Millison has been studying, designing, building, and teaching about Permaculture systems since 1996. He is an instructor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University, teaching the Permaculture Design Certificate Course and the Advanced Permaculture Design Practicum. He has taught through other organizations including Prescott College, the Ecosa Institute, and the Cascadia Permaculture Institute. He instructs Advanced Permaculture Courses in Teaching, and has guest instructed for many Permaculture courses throughout the Western US. He worked for the State of Oregon creating a Permaculture conference and course for Oregon Housing and Community Services, the agency that builds low-income housing. He works with gardeners, developers, university students, and community organizers to promote Permaculture, which he believes is the medicine for Earth's ailments.
Andrew currently teaches, consults and designs Permaculture sites. His designs in recent years range from a low-income senior housing development to a co-housing community to 5, 25, 50 and 75 acre homesteads, and his own multiple demonstration sites in Corvallis, Oregon. Documentation of his extensive portfolio of hands-on projects, design work, video production work and published articles can be viewed at www.permaculturerising.com.