Jay Vinekeeper wrote:Hello John,
YES ... we are very interested in learning all the details of your experience. We have friends on the verge of signing up for a course there.
It would be most helpful to all of us if you would "get it off your chest" and let us know your complete and candid assessment. Please tell us your story.
Thanks very much ...
Goldie Mariola wrote:I can see how someone might think Jerome is maybe unprofessional or sarcastic, but you know what, he's not a business man, and thats one thing I loved about meeting him, you see his love for life and plants beam out of him when he is doing his work. He loves nature, he loves simplicity, no wonder he hasn't focused on setting up a paypal system for the course!
I also loved the facilities (I will admit, we did not have to use a porta-jon). The intimate setting of the class room in Jerome's house made it easy to get close to each other and make connections. It was awesome for me to see that this place was primarily a home, and then secondly, an education center. It made it clear that a home can be an education center. The green houses were amazing, I mean, to have tropical fruit growing int the high desert is an accomplishment. Doing the actual work was a bonus for me, too. I enjoyed when we made swales, grafted trees, mulched the garden and acted out scenarios. This helps solidify the information in my brain.
I am someone that does a lot of research before committing to something, especially when the price is high, and I thoroughly read the CRMPI website before signing up. I did not feel misguided at all. Camping is camping, personally, the fact that we had access to a home, made it not even seem like camping...The activities we did were engaging and dynamic. We got to do actual projects for actual clients in the area. I felt taken care of and supported the whole time. It was a beautiful experience and I would really hate for someone to miss out on it. It's not your average university course, it's an interactive experience at living a permaculturally-focused life. I am forever grateful for the facilitators at CRMPI and my experience there.