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Please join us for the
14th Annual Permaculture Design Course
at Maya Mountain Research Farm,
Toledo District, Southern Belize

February 19 - March 4

Taught by Marisha Auerbach, Rhonda Baird, Christopher Nesbitt,  and Alex Nikesch.

Through lecture, discussion, small groups, site visits, participants will gain the tools to create sustainable, ecologically based homes, farms, businesses and communities.

Tucked into the foothills of the Maya Mountains, two miles up river from the village of San Pedro Columbia in southern Belize, Maya Mountain Research Farm is a working demonstration farm and registered NGO that promotes sustainable agriculture, appropriate technology and food security using permaculture principles and applied biodiversity. With over 26 years of organic management and conversion from an abandoned citrus and cattle farm to a biologically diverse polyculture, MMRF is one of Central Americas oldest permaculture farms. Students who attend this course get a chance to learn permaculture in a venue that is the product of decades worth of permaculture design work.
Place: Maya Mountain Research Farm, San Pedro Columbia, Toledo, BELIZE

Cost: USD1500/B$3000 if paid after January 15th. Early bird discount,USD1250/B$2500

Includes organic farm fresh meals, all course materials and expeditions*, comfortable accommodation at the farm, and a certificate of Permaculture Design upon completion of the course. For details, or to register, please contact Christopher at info@mmrfbz.org.

Scholarships for this course are being offered in memory of the late Anne Bulford. Anne Bulford graduated Antioch College, was active in organic agriculture, working at Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association, and died in November 2008, of cancer. Applicant for this must be Belizean, working in agriculture or community development in Belize, and be a farmer, an extension officer, or a community leader.

To apply, please contact Christopher Nesbitt with a description of the work you are doing, a resume or CV, and an explanation of why you would like to take this PDC.

*fees for entry into National Parks or Maya Archeological Sites must be paid by the students.
13th Annual Permaculture Design Course in Belize

"Food Security Through Biodiversity"

March 3, 2018 - March 16, 2018

at Maya Mountain Research Farm

near San Pedro Columbia, Toledo District, Belize

Co-taught by Marisha Auerbach, Christopher Nesbitt, Celini Logan, Rhonda Baird, Alex Nikesch and Monica Ibacache and local guests


Through lecture, discussion, small groups, site visits, participants will gain the tools to create sustainable, ecologically based homes, farms, businesses and communities.

Tucked into the foothills of the Maya Mountains, two miles up river from the village of San Pedro Columbia in southern Belize, Maya Mountain Research Farm is a working demonstration farm and registered NGO that promotes sustainable agriculture, appropriate technology and food security using permaculture principles and applied biodiversity. With over 28 years of organic management and conversion from an abandoned citrus and cattle farm to a biologically diverse polyculture, MMRF is one of Central Americas oldest permaculture farms. Students who attend this course get a chance to learn permaculture in a venue that is the product of decades worth of permaculture design work.

During the class, you will integrate what you are learning by walking through an established 30 year old food forest.  The river is crystal clear and perfect for swimming.  All food comes from the watershed of the site.  The teachers offer a diversity of experience in many climates throughout the world.


Cost: USD1500/B$3000 if paid after January 15, 2018.

Early bird discount:  USD1250/B$2500 if paid by January 15, 2018



For details, or to register, please contact Christopher Nesbitt at info@mmrfbz.org.

To learn more about the site, visit http://www.mmrfbz.org/.
13th Annual Permaculture Design Course in Belize

"Food Security Through Biodiversity"

March 3, 2018 - March 16, 2018

at Maya Mountain Research Farm

near San Pedro Columbia, Toledo District, Belize

Co-taught by Marisha Auerbach, Christopher Nesbitt, Celini Logan, Rhonda Baird, Alex Nikesch and Monica Ibacache and local guests


Through lecture, discussion, small groups, site visits, participants will gain the tools to create sustainable, ecologically based homes, farms, businesses and communities.

Tucked into the foothills of the Maya Mountains, two miles up river from the village of San Pedro Columbia in southern Belize, Maya Mountain Research Farm is a working demonstration farm and registered NGO that promotes sustainable agriculture, appropriate technology and food security using permaculture principles and applied biodiversity. With over 28 years of organic management and conversion from an abandoned citrus and cattle farm to a biologically diverse polyculture, MMRF is one of Central Americas oldest permaculture farms. Students who attend this course get a chance to learn permaculture in a venue that is the product of decades worth of permaculture design work.

During the class, you will integrate what you are learning by walking through an established 30 year old food forest.  The river is crystal clear and perfect for swimming.  All food comes from the watershed of the site.  The teachers offer a diversity of experience in many climates throughout the world.


Cost: USD1500/B$3000 if paid after January 15, 2018.  

Early bird discount:  USD1250/B$2500 if paid by January 15, 2018



For details, or to register, please contact Christopher Nesbitt at info@mmrfbz.org.

To learn more about the site, visit http://www.mmrfbz.org/.



12th Annual Permaculture Design Course in Southern Belize
a unique opportunity to learn permaculture at a remote location in the heart of Mayan Belize

February 25, 2017 - March 11, 2017
At Maya Mountain Research Farm, Belize
San Pedro Columbia, Toledo District, Belize

Co-taught by Marisha Auerbach, Albert Bates, Christopher Nesbitt, Celini Logan, and Anandi Premlall

"Food Security through Biodiversity"

Through lecture, discussion, small groups, site visits, participants will gain the tools to create sustainable, ecologically based homes, farms, businesses and communities.

Tucked into the foothills of the Maya Mountains, two miles up river from the village of San Pedro Columbia in southern Belize, Maya Mountain Research Farm is a working demonstration farm and registered NGO that promotes sustainable agriculture, appropriate technology and food security using permaculture principles and applied biodiversity. With over 28 years of organic management and conversion from an abandoned citrus and cattle farm to a biologically diverse polyculture, MMRF is one of Central Americas oldest permaculture farms. Students who attend this course get a chance to learn permaculture in a venue that is the product of decades worth of permaculture design work.

During the class, you will integrate what you are learning by walking through an established 28 year old food forest.  The river is crystal clear and perfect for swimming.  All food comes from the watershed of the site.  The teachers offer a diversity of experience in many climates throughout the world.  

Place: Maya Mountain Research Farm, San Pedro Columbia, Toledo, BELIZE, Central America

Cost: USD1500/B$3000 if paid after January 1, 2017.
Early bird discount:  USD1250/B$2500 if paid by January 1, 2017
Includes organic farm fresh meals, all course materials and expeditions*, comfortable accommodation at the farm, and a certificate of Permaculture Design upon completion of the course.

For details, or to register, please contact Christopher Nesbitt at info@mmrfbz.org.

To learn more about the site, visit http://www.mmrfbz.org/

*fees for entry into National Parks or Maya ruins must be paid by the students.

Maya Mountain Research Farm is a premier 25 year old permaculture site in Central America. It is located in a remote setting in southern Belize in the heart of the Mayan Criollo Cacao region. Christopher Nesbitt has been stewarding this land and transformed it from degraded pasture and citrus to a thriving polyculture of an incredible diversity of useful plants. Come join us and immerse yourself in tropical permaculture. A majority of our students come from the various ethnic groups in Belize and the course is instructed in English, which is the national language of Belize. This is a great opportunity to learn about all those tropical plants that are adored in the north including cacao, coffee, vanilla, ginger, tumeric, cardamon, and more. To learn more about the site, visit http://www.mmrfbz.org/


Maya Mountain Research Farm's 11th Annual Permaculture Design Course


with Albert Bates, Marisha Auerbach, Koreen Brennan, and Christopher Nesbitt

February 22 - March 6, 2016

At Maya Mountain Research Farm, Belize

San Pedro Columbia, Toledo District, Belize

Through lecture, discussion, small groups, site visits, participants will gain the tools to create sustainable, ecologically based homes, farms, businesses and communities.

Tucked into the foothills of the Maya Mountains, two miles up river from the village of San Pedro Columbia in southern Belize, Maya Mountain Research Farm is a working demonstration farm and registered NGO that promotes sustainable agriculture, appropriate technology and food security using permaculture principles and applied biodiversity. With over 26 years of organic management and conversion from an abandoned citrus and cattle farm to a biologically diverse polyculture, MMRF is one of Central Americas oldest permaculture farms. Students who attend this course get a chance to learn permaculture in a venue that is the product of decades worth of permaculture design work.

Place: Maya Mountain Research Farm, San Pedro Columbia, Toledo, BELIZE



Course Topics Include:

* Permaculture Ethics & Principles

* Mapping & Design Exercises

* Natural Cycles & Pattern Recognition

* Observation & Site Analysis

* Garden Design & Establishment

* Useful Plants & Planting Strategies

* Water Harvesting, Management & Conservation

* Soil Building & Ecology

* Animals in the System

* Forests, Agroforestry & Tree Crops

* Eco-Building & Appropriate Technology

* Urban Permaculture & Village Design
* Cooperative Economics

Cost: USD1500/B$3000 if paid after January 15th. Early bird discount,USD1250/B$2500

Includes organic farm fresh meals, all course materials and expeditions*, comfortable accommodation at the farm, and a certificate of Permaculture Design upon completion of the course. For details, or to register, please contact Christopher Nesbitt at info@mmrfbz.org.

To learn more about the site, visit http://www.mmrfbz.org/

*fees for entry into National Parks or Maya ruins must be paid by the students.

22nd Annual Permaculture Design Course
at Lost Valley Education Center
with Jude Hobbs, Rick Valley, and Marisha Auerbach
certified by the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA)

December 3 - December 16
Lost Valley Education Center
Dexter, OR (near Eugene, OR)

Permaculture is a design system for sustainable human settlements based in the unique characteristics of each place. Permaculture design offers ways for you to create a prosperous culture by conscious, sustainable use of resources in all aspects of living. The time to plan for a resilient and abundant future is now.

Course Topics Include:
* Permaculture Ethics & Principles
* Mapping & Design Exercises
* Natural Cycles & Pattern Recognition
* Observation & Site Analysis
* Garden Design & Establishment
* Useful Plants & Planting Strategies
* Water Harvesting, Management, & Conservation
* Soil Building & Ecology
* Animals in the System
* Forests, Agroforestry, & Tree Crops
* Eco-Building & Appropriate Technology
* Urban Permaculture & Village Design
* Cooperative Economics

Cost: $1250 including accommodations and prepared organic meals.

For information on Lost Valley and the course, visit: lostvalley.org/dec-pdc/
For instructor bios, visit: http://www.herbnwisdom.com/TeachingTeam.php

To register, contact Marisha Auerbach (503)454 -6656 or queenbee@herbnwisdom.com
6 years ago
Basics Of Permaculture Design

With Marisha Auerbach

Saturday, March 17, 9 am – 5 pm
Gibson Hall, 105 Newport Way Northwest, Issaquah, WA

Marisha Auerbach visits Issaquah to teach a day-long hands-on Basics of Permaculture course that includes soil building, plant guilds, and creating a foraging landscape. A tour of local pea-patches to observe what is coming in early spring will top off the day. Participants will leave with seed starts, recipes for building soil and inspiration to maximize food production in their gardens and communities. Brown bag lunch. Event co-sponsored by Sustainable Issaquah and the City of Issaquah Resource Conservation Office.

More info and tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/222308
7 years ago
How to Grow All Your Own Produce in 2.5 Years: A (r)Evolution Disguised As Organic Gardening

Presentation by Marisha Auerbach

Friday, March 16, 6 pm – 8 pm
King County Library Service Center
960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA

Free

In the Maritime Northwest, it is possible to grow all our own produce year-round with limited time to establish a system and limited effort. As petroleum becomes more expensive, this sort of system can provide an example to support our evolution to a more sustainable society. Marisha Auerbach specializes in converting properties from grass to to a perennial forage system. A perennial forage system functions much like a natural ecological system, and yields year round produce with minimal work. These systems are developed to meet the needs of the inhabitants on site. Marisha provides most of her diet and income from her garden and has surplus produce and crafts to give away and trade for other supplies.

This presentation is an invitation for you to visit Marisha's gardens through slides and lecture. She will be discussing how you can work towards self-reliance in produce if you have property to work with as well as guerrilla tactics to grow more food and flowers in the greater community. This lecture offers an opportunity to create cultural change through gardening.

This slideshow will be an updated version, including Marisha's experience and reflections on moving to Portland this year in mid-June and her tiny yard. We hope you can join us...

This presentation is sponsored by Sustainable Issaquah and the City of Issaquah Resource Conservation Office

Marisha is also teaching an 8-hour permaculture class with hands-on in Issaquah on the day following this event. For registration or more information, visit www.sustainableissaquah.ning.com
7 years ago
Introduction to Permaculture series
with Leonard Barrett & Marisha Auerbach
Thursday evenings: January 26 - February 23
7:00 - 9:30 PM (Total of 12.5 hours over five sessions)
TaborSpace: 5441 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR

Want to learn more about Permaculture, but not ready for a full design course?

Permaculture principles and design tools can be utilized to re-envision just about any aspect of human settlements in new and exciting ways that not only meet our present needs, but actually enhance the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In other words, Permaculture goes beyond mere sustainability (leaving things no worse than you found them), to regenerativity (leaving things much better than you found them.)

This workshop, taught over five 2 1/2 hour evening sessions, is intended to give participants a thorough overview of this whole systems approach to the design of human infrastructure, from gardens and housing to work and local economics. This is the perfect opportunity for folks who have not had the time or resources to invest in a 72-hour certificate course, but would like to obtain a firm understanding of the basic underpinnings of Permaculture.

Participants will learn about a wide range of permaculture strategies through lecture, slideshow, and interactive activities. The information taught in the course is, by nature, applicable across contexts and scales, from single urban lots and blocks, to regional planning, as well as many "invisible structures" such as local economies, community organizations, etc.

Topics will include:

Principles & Ethics in Design
Zone and Sector Analysis
Urban Strategies
Local Economics
Edible Landscaping
Greywater & Rainwater Systems
Compost and Soil Building
And much more!

To register, visit: http://www.meetup.com/Portland-Permaculture-Meetup/events/41570562/
7 years ago