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2024 Whatcom Permaculture Design Course

Inspiration Farm 617 E Laurel Rd, Bellingham, WA, United States

When: 13 days – June-July, 2024 Where: Inspiration Farm, Queen Mtn. Homestead, Whatcom County This multi-week course covers homesteading skills and strategies in a hands-on learning.100+ Hour Hands-On Community Focused Course  This unique learning experience covers everything from growing food & repairing tools to mindfulness & relational skills. Students will come away with a holistic foundation for using these skills in their personal lives and professional careers Early Bird Pricing is Available.  Online Information Session on Feb. 28th More info and Registration at: Course Format: This multi-week course covers homesteading skills and strategies in a hands-on learning community. The schedule is a mix of four in-person “Weekend Sessions” and a “Week-long Intensive” including camping and meals. Learning methods will include small and large group discussions, lectures, reflection/observation exercises, lots of hands-on skills practice and a diversity of reading, video and podcasts etc. Our “Whole Systems Approach” to learning includes; Regenerative Agriculture, Natural Building, Water Harvesting, Plant Propagation, Mindfulness Practices, Bioremediation, Animal Integration, Agroforestry, Landscape Analysis, Appropriate Technology, Tools for Healthy Relationships, Soil Science, Climate Change Mitigation, Sustainable Communities, and much more! 

Regenerative Earth Apprenticeship Program 2024!


is being offered during the summer of 2024 for up to 5 students applicants only Learn to apply Permaculture principles to real life Earth Care. Practice deep observation, getting to know the plants and animals of place through seasons and successions. Practice reading the land, water, weather and life for guidance toward good stewardship. Are you ready to put your hands into the cycle of life, participating in the creation of your own sustenance? Are you a knowledge carrier? Are you ready to receive, learn and pass on the sacred traditions of growing, foraging and preserving food? Are you interested in learning how to work with plants and fungi for healing? This is a special opportunity to take Permaculture out of the classroom and practice and learn stewarding the Earth. Learn with experienced Earth Apprentice, permaculturalist, gardener, herbalist and forager, Terri Wilde. The REAP program is being offered for 3 months, June 15-Sept. 15, 2024 to serious apprentices. We will camp and live in community on Dandelion Hearth Farm in the heart of the North Cascades’s Skagit River Valley in western WA. Apprentices will be engaged for 4 days a week with Intensive instruction, hands on projects, field trips and work exchange. The other 3 days, students are free to explore the beautiful North Cascades, relax in nature, work part time or deepen their studies. The program includes camping, access to food and kitchen and the opportunity to be involved in community cooking, and Regenerative Class instruction with hands on projects. It is being offered for a reasonable $550/ month plus 10 hours a week work exchange (40 hours a month). Curricula for the 3 month program will include: Sense of Place, Botany essentials, Gardening/ Farming basics, Food Preservation, Foraging, Herbal Medicine Making, Nutrition, Energy Flows, Chicken Husbandry, Homestead Skills and More!! We are a delightful community with good food, live music, and a sense of humor. For more information and to download an application go to:

Whidbey Institute, Permaculture Design Course With Penny Livingston

Whidbey Insitute 3901 Old Pietila Rd, Clinton, WA, United States

Whidbey Institute Permaculture Design Course With Penny Livingston, Michael Pilarski, Pamela SeaMonster, Douglas Bullock, Dave Boehnlein and Brian Kerkvliet June 20 – July 4, 2024 REGISTER TODAY! Embark on a transformative journey into regenerative living with the Permaculture Design Certification Course offered at the Whidbey Institute in Clinton Washington. This comprehensive program is designed to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to design and create regenerative, resilient systems. Permaculture is a design science rooted in the observation of naturals systems which aids us in designing human settlements that have the stability and resiliency of a natural ecosystem. Permaculture is a practical set of ecological design principles and methods for human settlements which can be applied to homestead, urban, suburban and watershed scale. Permaculture principles provide a way of thinking that enables people to establish highly productive environments that provide for food, energy, shelter, habitat and other material and non-material needs. Throughout this course, participants delve into the principles, strategies, techniques and methods of permaculture with some of the most experienced designers and instructors in the United States.   Key Highlights: Hands on Learning: Engage in hands-on action learning activities, site visits and practical exercises that bring permaculture principles to life. Gain valuable experience in implementing sustainable practices directly applicable to real-world scenarios. Ecological Design Principles: Explore the core principles of permaculture including observation, pattern recognition and integration diverse elements to create harmonious and productive landscapes. Regenerative Agriculture: Learn about organic farming techniques, agroforestry and polyculture systems that promote biodiversity and soil health. Discover ways to enhance food security while minimizing environmental impact. Water Management: Understand sustainable water harvesting, storage and distribution methods. Explore ways to conserve water resources and design resilient systems in response to changing climate patterns. Renewable Energy: Delve into the integration of renewable energy sources within permaculture design. Explore practical applications of solar, wind and other sustainable energy technologies. Community Building: Recognize the importance of community in regenerative living. Discuss strategies for fostering inclusive and resilient communities that support the principles of permaculture. By the end of this certification course, participants will not only gain a profound understanding of permaculture design but will also receive a globally recognized certificate that attests to the compentance in implementing sustainable practices. Join us at the beautiful Whidbey Institute and become a catalyst for positive change in your life, your community and the world. Embrace a regenerative approach to living. The Permaculture Design Certification Course (PDC) is a 72 hour minimum course. The Permaculture Certificate is globally recognized throughout the world. The holder of a Permaculture Design certificate has achieved a working understanding of ecologically based sited design, planning and management as well as an understanding of principles, strategies and techniques available to inspire directions toward community resiliency, economic stability and personal growth. Full Course Description The course is endorsed and recommended by the Permaculture Institute of North America. For more information check

Exploring Bioregional Mapping: Understanding, Mapping, and Nurturing Our Connection to Place


What is bioregional mapping? What is a bioregion? How do we map the layers and connections important to each place, stories left off traditional maps, and develop bioregional frameworks needed to steward our homes? Welcome to “Exploring Bioregional Mapping,” a four-week journey into bioregionalism and mapping. In this interactive course, we will delve into the principles, techniques, and applications of bioregional mapping, focusing on helping each of us map our home places – unique regions known as bioregions. Course Description: In this course, we’ll lay the foundation by exploring the core principles of bioregionalism. We’ll discuss the importance of ecological boundaries, interconnectedness, and local self-sufficiency and how these concepts shape our understanding of bioregions. By the end of the course, you’ll have a solid grasp of the fundamentals of bioregionalism and its relevance to mapping. We’ll dive into the principles and techniques of bioregional mapping. You’ll learn to map a bioregion, from gathering data to visualizing ecological boundaries. We’ll explore various tools and methods used in bioregional mapping and discuss the importance of incorporating local knowledge and community perspectives into the mapping process. How do you map your bioregion and identify local ecosystems, resources, and community assets? You’ll apply the knowledge and skills gained throughout the course through group discussions and collaborative exercises to create your own bioregional map. By the end of the course, you’ll have a deeper understanding of your bioregion and how you can contribute to its conservation and well-being. Each week, we will focus on a different topic, with a brief presentation, time for discussion, and an activity to help people map their home places and bioregions. After the four-week course, people will be invited to undertake a process for mapping their home places and share their initial research and findings with the group, helping us create an atlas of bioregions and bioregional frameworks that people find important.

Birthing BLC’s Learning Journey: Bi-Weekly Webinar


These are the main webinar sessions in the Birthing Bioregional Learning Centers’ learning journey. These webinars with Joe Brewer occur bi-weekly and will last approximately 90 minutes. Each session will consist of a webinar presentation followed by a discussion and Q&A. The theme for each webinar will be emergent based on what arises in the discussions after the webinars and in the design sessions on Thursdays. Event Link: Note: You must be a member of the Design School for Regenerating Earth to attend the Birthing Bioregional Learning Centers Learning Journey. You can join the Cascadia Cohort, through our link here: We begin the 6-month journey on March 19, 2024. Detailed Overview Our current plan is to focus on theory and concepts for the first half of the learning journey and then move into design/build in our landscapes in the second half. However, this plan may change based on what is emerging in our live sessions. To participate fully in the learning journey, you should plan on devoting about 3-5 hours per week to the process. The learning journey will have the following components: 1) A series of bi-weekly webinars hosted by Joe Brewer every other Tuesday. The webinars will be 90 minutes. In these webinars, we will explore how to regenerate entire bioregions with a special focus on the design and creation of bioregional learning centers. The first webinar will be on March 19, 2024 at 11:30am Central Time. All of these webinars will be recorded for those of you unable to join live. RSVP for the series of webinars HERE. 2) A series of participant design sessions happening the same week as the webinars, where we will discuss the webinar topics and other emergent themes, engage in learning exchanges, and support one another in the design and creation of our bioregional learning centers. The design sessions will be 90 minutes. We have a regularly scheduled design session every other Thursday at 11:30am Central Time for the Americas / Europe / Africa / West Asia time zones, and every other Friday at 3:00am Central Time for the South Asia / Southeast Asia / Australia / New Zealand time zones. The first of these sessions will be on March 21, 2024 and March 22, 2024. 3) On the weeks when we do not have webinars / design sessions, we are highly encouraging you to meet in geographical cohorts. Many people are joining this learning journey in pre-formed cohorts, and we expect other cohorts to self-organize as we get started. We will give assignments during these weeks and encourage you to explore them in your cohorts. Please be sure to RSVP for the all of the events in the Events tab of this space. Even if you are not sure you can make it to a session, it’s best to RSVP as “Maybe” so that you receive notices when activity happens in the comment thread of the events. This is particularly important when we drop recording links there after our sessions. Also, be sure to check out the Assignments area to find recommended material that will prepare you this learning journey. We will be adding further assignments to this section as we move along in the learning journey. We are so looking […]

Weekly Website Meeting

Hi all, Every Tuesday at 10 am we meet to discuss the website. Please join us if you are interested in taking a leadership role in helping us get up a Front-end website for Regenerate Cascadia that can be a movement portal to help connect a community and organizer backend to a front end. A multisite – with templates that easily connect and grow Regenerate Hubs and Guilds. An organizer dashboard allows organizers to find tools, resources and onboarding materials they need to be active. A backend community site, where people and groups can self-organize and connect.