In 2018, near Missoula, Montana, Wheaton Labs will be hosting a new
Permaculture Design course! The course is designed for hands-on learning for people low on funds but with plenty of time. We are calling it the Peasant Permaculture Design Course.
Tuesday, May 22 through Thursday, June 21, 2018.
View the official Peasant Permaculture Design Course page HERE.
Each day of this course involves four hours in the classroom and another four hours of hands-on project work at Wheaton Labs, an experimental permaculture space in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
The Peasant PDC will have a strong focus on projects and building hands-on experience at Wheaton Labs. The course will be taught by Erica Wisner, with assistant Lily Elison, alongside numerous guest instructors from around the region. You will learn a plethora of different skills such as the identification of useful plants, making of healing salves, and how to apply Permaculture to everyday life. You will also become adept in numerous subjects such as soils, water, community living, forestry, building, and appropriate technologies.
A PDC is a life changing event for both students and instructors. It can be one of the most intense learning and networking experience of your life. Surrounded by like-minded people, you will learn the framework to thrive in a rapidly changing world. You will also develop the skills to heal damaged landscapes while providing for your own needs.
The Peasant PDC will be roughly 300 hours of total immersion into permaculture and communal living over the course of 33 days.
In this course you are designing from the get go. Every new piece of information, every new concept, is delivered in sequence so that it is immediately relevant and applicable. Your design unfolds in step with the day's subjects. This helps the learning to really take root in your mind.
The Peasant PDC is a training ground for new PDC instructors, and for those who want an in-depth, hands-on experience. Days will be full. Plan for 10 to 12 hour days, split between Class time, Project site work, and Self-care activities at the individual and group level.
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Early Bird price: $480 January to February
$700 March to May
Purchase your tickets HERE!
Erica Wisner - 2018 Peasant PDC Instructor
Erica is a science and art educator, curriculum developer, writer, illustrator, researcher, and rocket mass heater innovator. She loves making things from scratch - anything from blueberry scones to the oven itself. Erica is a skilled educator and project coordinator, with over 20 years of experience building teamwork and leading hands-on learning. Her and Ernie have taught numerous workshops on natural building and rocket mass heaters. Erica has written multiple books on rocket mass heaters, fire making, and survival shelters. She is featured in many videos, documentaries, and podcasts on rocket mass heaters.
Lily Elison - 2018 PPDC Instructor
Lily is a 4th generation Montanan who promotes local resilience in the Pacific Northwest. She took her PDC in 2013 here in the Montana Rockies before heading to Costa Rica for training in massage therapy. Lily is the steward of a ¼ acer community food forest in Missoula, MT called the Community Collision. She also manages her own massage business, Health and Harmony located within the Missoula Academy, a shared community space. She worked at the Place of Gathering near Dayton MT, Medicine Pouch Farms outside of Bozeman MT, Wheaton Labs, and many other private operations in Montana, Washington and Oregon. Last year she was on the board of AERO (Alternative Energy Resource Organization), a Non-Profit working to promote sustainable agriculture and energy in Montana. Last year she also received a sustainability award from ASUM (Associated Students of the University of Montana) for her work in the Missoula community. Lily graduates this spring from the University of Montana’s Geography department with a degree in Community and Environmental Planning. Lily is now working full time to insure Montanans have healthy and enriching lives through localized living.
Fred Taylor - 2018 PPDC Project Instructor
Fred Tyler is the land manager at Wheaton Labs. Originally from New Mexico, Fred has moved around the country many times, settling the longest in Minnesota (15 years). Fred still has ties to New Mexico and returns there every winter for a business he has in the pecan harvest. Fred has been at the Labs learning permaculture through hard work since May of 2015. He runs the Permaculture Bootcamp, where people can gain the skills and experiences needed for homesteading in exchange for workshops or land. He completed a worktrade with Paul for two acres of land on which he is excited for the chance to build a house and express his vision in seed and soil.
Paul Wheaton - 2018 PPDC Guest Instructor
Paul Wheaton, the bad boy of Permaculture, was proclaimed by Geoff Lawton in 2012 the Duke of Permaculture. He is the creator of two on-line communities. One is about Permaculture, permies.com, and one is about software engineering, CodeRanch.com.
He is a powerful advocate of Sepp Holzer’s techniques, which a recent study showed to have the ability to feed 21 billion people without the use of petroleum or irrigation. He also promotes the use of hugelkultur, which sequesters carbon and eliminates the need for irrigation, and polycultures, which reduces the need for pest control and improves the health of plants. He wrote several articles about lawn care, raising chickens, cast iron, and diatomaceous earth. Paul regularly uploads permaculture videos and permaculture podcasts.
Ernie Wisner - Guest Instructor
Ernie is a botanist, educator, writer, researcher, rocket mass heater innovator, natural builder, and boat aficionado. He served in the merchant marine, Navy, and fisheries, and has tremendous experience with hydraulic and hot water systems. His family's sea time stretches back "since Noah was a babe," all over the 2/3 of our planet from which quitters can't walk home. Ernie is semi-retired due to a disabling injury, but still makes time for the occasional workshop or fascinating prototype project. He co-authored multiple books with his wife, Erica, and he is featured in many videos, documentaries and podcasts. Ernie is a wealth of knowledge; there are not many topics on which he does not have an opinion.
Visit the official page HERE.
Purchase your tickets HERE!