Ecovillage design fundamentals

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Goal: This class presents the principles by which an ecovillage is designed, interspersed with field work and practical exercises. Upon completion, the successful student:

  • knows and understands the definition of an ecovillage,
  • can apply Permaculture principles to the design of an ecovillage,
  • will be more valuable and influential in their own beginning ecovillage group,
  • is better prepared for the coming energy decline.

Instructor: Jan Steinman and Carol Wagner, Certified Teachers, Cascadia Permaculture Institute

Sessions: two-day intensive, interspersed lecture/lab with computer modeling

Dates: Saturday/Sunday, February 3/4, 2007

Credit: 1 CEU

Text: Template:Holmgren02 by David Holmgren, 2002

Syllabus:

  • Day 1:
    • 0800: Administrivia and introductions
    • 0830: Ecovillage Introduction
    • 0900: Q&A, group exercise
    • 1000: break
    • 1015: Permaculture Introduction
      • Three ethics introduced
      • Twelve principles introduced
    • 1100: Q&A, group exercise
    • 1200: lunch
    • 1230: Permaculture expanded:
      • Observation and interact
      • Catch and store energy
      • group exercise
    • 1500: break
    • 1515: Permaculture expanded:
      • Obtain a yield
      • Self-regulation and feedback
      • group exercise
    • 1745: break for the day
  • Day 2:
    • 0800: Permaculture expanded:
      • Using and valuing renewable resources
      • Produce no waste
      • group exercise
    • 1000: break
    • 1015: Permaculture expanded:
      • From patterns to details
      • Integrate, not segregate
      • group exercise
    • 1230: lunch
    • 1300: Permaculture expanded:
      • Small and slow solutions
      • Use and value diversity
      • group exercise
    • 1515: break
    • 1530: Permaculture expanded:
      • Use edges and value the marginal
      • Respond to change
      • group exercise
    • 1745: Wrap-up
    • 1815: break for the day

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