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Permaculture Alt Spring Break at Windward, WA, March 21-24 2016.

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Location: Zone 6a, Wahkiacus, WA
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Alternative Permaculture Spring Break!

What Can I Expect?

Over these 4 days we will explore...
Agroforestry - integrates perennial plants, such as trees and shrubs, into agricultural systems to create more diverse, productive, and resilient land-use practices. At Windward we use agroforestry to interweave our food systems with the forest-based ecosystems native to this land.

We will be...
  • planting a polyculture of trees
  • practicing no-tech natural soil building methods
  • creating simple earthworks to capture water, reduce erosion, and restore degraded land
  • touring Windward's permaculture systems

  • Social Forestry - the connection between people and the forested ecosystems which provide for their needs. Throughout the course we will look at agroforestry practices through the lense of building a fundamental intimacy with ecological systems - weaving together knowledge of lanscape with a the feeling of belonging to place.

    We will be learning...
  • traditional forestry practices and systems
  • how to fuel a village from the forest
  • how people in forested areas traditionally built a life in concert with the land

  • Participants will also have the opportunity to tour Windward's renewable energy system that can transform woody biomass from the forest into fuel to heat homes, cook food and power vehicles.

    Who's Hosting/Teaching it?
    Windward Center, cooperative community and educational center focused on self-reliant skills, with nearly 30 years on these 120 acres.

    Primary instructor is Andrew Schreiber of the Windward Community. As the Apprentice Coordinator he pretty much teaches all day everyday, and and a steward of windward for over 7 years he's very commited to the land and works - pretty much all the time - on developing and implementing Windward's broad-acre agroforestry systems. Andrew blogs about the stuff he's doing at, he also write for at times, you can see his writings here.

    Here are some recent posts at
  • Building an Earth Sheltered Greenhouse
  • Live Stake Propagation
  • Building a Bee Sanctuary
  • Coppice Agroforesty at Windward
  • Roof-Water-Fed Retaining Wall Hugelkultur Beds for the Dining Hall Patio
  • Developing Windward's SilvoPasture

  • Where is it?
    Wahkiacus, WA (in the south-eastern foothills of the cascades, near Klickitat river.) Get directions here

    When is it?
    March 21-24 2016.
    This is a 4 day course, with folks able to overnight in Windward's campground. The image above is a camping structure for use by participants.

    How Much?
    $100, or $80 per ticket for groups of 3 or more.

    How Can I Learn More?
    More Details are available at: www.windward.or/springbreak

    You can also email Andrew Schreiber at with any questions, and the confirm your stay.

    If you're on Facebook, you can find an even page here:
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    Location: Zone 6a, Wahkiacus, WA
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