We are excited to announce that Zaytuna College and the Center for Ethical Living and Learning in Berkeley, CA, are offering their second bi-annual Permaculture Design Certification Course with globally renowned instructor, Rhamis Kent, from December 19-29, 2018. Join us for a course that will change the way you look at the world. For more information, visit www.zaytuna.edu/extendedlearning/permaculture-design-certificate
Co-director of the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia and USA, Rhamis Kent serves as a co-director of the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI), a member of PermacultureSustainable Consulting Pty Ltd (PSC), and on the Supervisory Board of The Netherlands-registered non-profit Ecosystem Restoration Camps. As of September 2017, he serves as founder & director of Agroecological Natural Technology Systems Ltd. - a Companies House (UK) registered business (#10962612). Rhamis has taught Permaculture Design (formal Certification and short Intensive courses) in Palestine/Occupied West Bank, Greece, Ethiopia, Yemen, Turkey, Thailand, Malaysia, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Australia, and the United States (Michigan, California & Vermont). He has also performed additional consultancy work on projects in Spain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Somaliland, and Western Sahara.
The mission of the Zaytuna College Center for Ethical Living and Learning is to raise public awareness regarding holistic models of sustainability that are informed by the ethical ideals and practices introduced by prophetic teachings and Islamic tradition. Through academics, public engagement, experiential learning, and other education methods, we endeavor to present alternative models. The Center provides direct services to our college, our community, and, ultimately, our collective society. Our services include, but are not limited to: academic initiatives, workshops and lectures, experiential learning programs, and sustainable practices.
Zaytuna College, the first Muslim liberal arts college in the United States, began in 1996 as Zaytuna Institute in Hayward, California. The institute, through various programs and media, established an international reputation for its efforts to help revive Islam’s educational and intellectual reputation for its advocacy of traditional Muslim education. In 2004, noting the paucity of religious leaders with the cultural literacy to tend to the spiritual and pastoral needs of American Muslims, Zaytuna Institute launched a pilot seminary program. After the culmination of that program, the Board of Directors of Zaytuna Institute guided the organization through the momentous effort of establishing an accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the United States. In 2009, Zaytuna College was launched in Berkeley, California, featuring a two-month long Summer Arabic Intensive as its first academic program. Subsequently, the undergraduate program welcomed its inaugural freshman class for the Fall 2010 semester. Thereafter, Zaytuna College continued to refine its academic identity, firmly rooted in the American liberal arts tradition. In 2012, it had secured a historic building to serve as its permanent home in the heart of the Graduate Theological Union.