I have not done a PDC through them, but I might be between mid-July and the end of August after I get my college visits done with. If you do the PDC with them before then, I would love to hear what you have to say about them. If you do the PDC around Mid-July and August, we could discuss them together.
All I have done with them so far is communicating with them on email because some of the information on pricing and enrollment with them was unclear. They have a very active staff on hand, and I had a reply back within a day or less. They are kind, friendly, and understanding. According to their website, you should have a mentor to guide and teach you alongside the readings you will have when you take the PDC with them. Since their staff is active as they, I think they will be capable of fulfilling that.
OK, here's an update. Permaculture Visions does not have a credit card option, or at least one that is easy to identify. My summer plans went much better than I hoped for: I have completed most of my college visits. Since Permaculture Visions did not have a credit card option that I could find, I found another online PDC course provider called the Permaculture Education Center. They claim to offer quick responses from instructors, videos, practical exercises, and fieldwork to accompany the text. Then, as with all PDC courses, there will be a final design project at the end. Their course is accredited internationally by the the Permaculture Research Institute in Australia. My mom is the one who is paying since I am under 18. I will begin critiquing their course as soon as I am sent access to the course materials.
Just saw that our PDC course was being discussed, and wanted to say that everyone here at PermacultureEducation.com is dedicated to giving our students the best possible experience.
Our online PDC curriculum is the official 72-hour Bill Mollison curriculum that has been approved by Mollison's PRI Australia and used world-wide since the early 1980s. Our curriculum was developed in consultation with many of the movement's elders and founders, and we are committed to keeping the standards very high (No woo-woo here).
Most of the other online PDC courses only have one instructor. Our courses are taught by several highly-qualified instructors from the Nashville Permaculture Guild. This gives students a much better experience in our opinion. In addition, we have a high-amount of one-on-one instruction, and an intensive Final Design Project. Graduates from our courses are very well-equipped to begin co-teaching or co-designing with others.
We have highly-skilled instructors, with experience in Permaculture Design, Agroforestry, Ecological Economics, Sustainable Business, Emergency Management and Preparedness, Environmental Remediation, Natural Building, Organic Farming, and more.
We will soon have an on-the-ground Permaculture Education and Demonstration Center in Summertown, TN. We will be offering lots of great courses there, as well as a residential PDC. We also teach live courses and have a strong Permaculture consulting business in Nashville.
Please see our websites for more info, and feel free to contact us anytime!
Alan Enzo, Ph.D.
OH I just stumbled on this thread - and I do a little web work for April and her course permaculture visions online PDC - we do have paypal, bank transfer and good old fashioned cheque! - we've spent the last year or so improving how we handle students and homework ect to help both students and teachers organize the course. We are big believers in open-source software and strive to keep the course accessible. Most of our course notes are original drawings and content produced in house.
We are always improving the course so your feedback is welcome - I'll see what we can do implementing a credit card function since the site is already on an SSL and safe it wont be too hard.
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