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The Savanna Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing restorative, savanna-based agricultural systems through research, education, and outreach.

As the daughter organization of the Restoration Agriculture Institute, Savanna Institute has been tasked with the mission of implementing real world case studies of the savanna-based agriculture system.

We are currently working with farmers across the region to prepare for the first iteration of the Savanna Institute Case Study Program in 2014. The SI Case Study Program explores the potential of savanna-based systems to become ecologically sound, agriculturally productive, and economically viable alternatives to the corn-soybean rotation that currently dominates agriculture in the Midwestern United States.

We are proud to introduce you to our 2014 Case Study Program farmers. These pioneering individuals and families have joined us in the pursuit of a more viable agriculture industry.

To meet the farmers of the Savanna Institute, most of whom were inspired by Permaculturist Mark Shepard , visit http://www.savannainstitute.org/farmers.html
6 years ago
THIS IS NOT A FULL PDC , it is a 4 day introduction course, based on the elements taught in a PDC.

6 years ago
Feral Farm has begun a mission to do food forests as a viable way of doing large scale agriculture . In addition to bringing abundance to local markets in an ethical way, Feral Farm is partnering with the Savanna Institute, a research organization that has teamed with the University of Illinois to study Permaculture systems. Feral farm with Savanna Institute seek to provide the research needed to show how food forests have the capacity to out preform GMO corn /soy production as well as increase biodiveristy, and restore soil.

To meet and support Casey Dahl, founder of Feral farm , check out his video ... http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/feral-farm-growing-food-and-ecosystems
6 years ago
February 17-20

Yoga in the Bahamas at a Ashram... http://www.sivanandabahamas.org/page.php?page_id=16

World Teacher
From that time Swami Sivananda became one of the most prolific Yoga teachers who has ever existed. Although he rarely left the little town of Rishikesh (with only 2 India tours and no visits abroad) Swami Sivananda's teachings spread quickly throughout our entire planet. He personally wrote more than 200 books on topics connected to Yoga and Philosophy. He wrote in a style that is very direct and bursting with dynamic, spiritual energy. As a result many who read his books felt their lives deeply touched and transformed and so came from all of India, all of the world, to learn from him directly, and to bask in his holy presence.

In 1957, Swami Sivananda sent his devoted and industrious disciple, Swami Vishnudevananda to the West where he then established the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.

The PDC taught By Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture along side yoga at the Ashram...
The elements in this training come from the world recognized 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course. Bill has assembled some of the most essential and useful pieces of this training to give the beginning and experienced student effective ideas of where and how to apply permaculture thinking and design to their own yard, life and community. This is a condensed version of the full PDC course.


Register Here ... http://www.sivanandabahamas.org/course.php?course_id=3892
6 years ago
Get a Foundational Permaculture Education with Hands-on Experience
Join us for a 12-week life-changing internship session (or request your own dates). You will earn your Permaculture Design Certificate followed by a host of hands-on experiences as we continue to implement our Permaculture Design on CSC’s 8.7 beautiful acres of land.

Fall Session PDC and Hands-on Activities - September 21st -December 14th - Custom Dates Available

Fall Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course – Sept.21 – 28
Work on Earth-Shelter #1
Help build the cob walls
Help put in windows and doors
Help design/build thermal mass rocket stove
Harvest the Thanksgiving turkeys
Help bring the fall harvest; Preserve via drying, canning, freezing and fermenting
Help with the fall planing of the food forests we are putting in
Plant the winter garden crops and put the gardens to bed
Assist with chicken chores… collect eggs daily
Learn other homesteading skills
Work one on one with Bill and Becky on your own permaculture design

Winter/Spring PDC and Hands-on Activities - January 25th - April 19th - Custom Dates Available

Winter Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course – Jan.25 – Feb.1
Work on Earth-Shelter #1
Help build the cob walls
Help put in windows or doors
Help design/build the thermal mass rocket stove
Be one of the first to stay in Earth-Shelter #1 (camp for 1 or more days)
Stake out location for Earth-Shelter #2 and assist with research
Assist with coppicing, pollarding and orchard pruning
Start bedding plants from seed for spring garden
Build cold-frames and plant starts for early spring and summer crops
Cook meals with the preserved harvests from previous fall
Assist with chicken chores…collect eggs daily
Work one on one with Bill and Becky on your own permaculture design



What else is Included in Each Internship?


A Permaculture Design Course with Certificate
The Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series (Part of the PDC)
Emphasis in education with hands-on experiences
All meals/food and a private room in the intern house or one of our good friends homes
One-on-one design assistance on your own permaculture project
The experience of living and participating in a vibrant community
About our Program
Work along side of us as we develop the systems and resources for resilient and abundant living. On the heels of a Permaculture Design Course, you will join us and become part of the force of the community in day-to-day work and in bringing to life our permaculture design on the 8.7-acre property of Center for Sustainable Community (CSC).

Purpose

The purpose of this program is to combine formal training (via a Permaculture Design Course) with practical experience in implementing a permaculture design, growing food, and homesteading with the community. Interns will leave with an internationally-recognized PDC Certificate and have the added option of spending time working on their own projects (both land-based and social projects) with coaching from our lead teachers.

Participants will get many hands-on experiences, share in the bounty they help to create, and emerge with a much higher level of competency and confidence in their life skills and understanding of the applicability of permaculture in their lives and communities.


For more information and to send in your application visit Midwest Permaculture - http://midwestpermaculture.com/fall-winterspring-internships/
6 years ago
Center for Sustainable Community Prensents :
A Tour of Stelle and Afternoon Workshop Agraria : A Tiny Village concept

Saturday October 5th 2013 10 am and 1:30 pm

In the morning, we will take a walking tour of Stelle and show you some of the neighborhood’s examples of sustainable living–our wind turbine, solar-powered internet company, rain gardens, a permacultured yard, co-op meals, tools, and more.

Afternoon Workshop on Agraria with Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture
What is it like to live in abundance and security? This will be an introduction to a lifestyle alternative — living close to the land, using natural building supplies and techniques, being mortgage free and having neighbors you cherish. Bill will discuss how this might work and feel for the residents of such a place.

Morning Tour of Stelle and lunch - $10
Suggested donation for Afternoon workshop - $15

(Whole day 10 am - 3:30 pm including lunch - $25)

RSVP stelle.csc@gmail.com

Location 127 Sun Street Stelle, IL 60919

For more information visit http://cscstelle.org/2013/07/august-open-house-building-with-natural-materials/
6 years ago
The Woody Perennial Polyculture Research Site will be partnering with the Sustainable Student Farm, University of Illinois Dining Services, the Restoration Agriculture Institute, and the Savanna Institute to host a large field day at our site, including tours, discussions, networking, and plenty of delicious local food made from our very own crops.

Come out September 5th to see our plants in full force and hear the theory and story behind the research site. HUNDREDS of pounds of food have been harvested from the ecosystem based design on 1st year plantings and hundreds more on second year plantings. Don't miss out on the opportunity to see it for yourself!

The event is FREE , Please email your RSVP to marykate@savannainstitute.org

There is plenty of parking out at the farm. Please dress to walk around the site!

Located at
Lincoln Ave & Windsor Rd
Urbana, IL 61801
708-476-9929

Directions :
Continue on the gravel portion of Lincoln Ave. south of Windsor Rd. until you see our sign and a big gate to your left. The large high-tunnels that you see inside the fence are adjacent to our site.


Event Flyer - http://wppresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/WPP_2013_Fall_Field_Day_Flyer.pdf

Savanna Institute Website - http://www.savannainstitute.org/

WPP website - http://wppresearch.org/

What is Woody perennial Polyculture?
A Woody Perennial Polyculture (WPP) is an assemblage of plant species that aims to mimic the structure and function of natural ecosystems to sustainably produce an agricultural yield while simultaneously restoring ecosystem services. Rather than perpetuating the separation of nature and humans, this system attempts to break down the dichotomy between ecological restoration and agriculture. This concept has grown and evolved out of fields such as agroecology, agroforestry, permaculture, silvopasture, carbon farming, and ecological restoration, but the application of this paradigm to large-scale industrial agriculture is a relatively new idea.
6 years ago