Course Calendar

At The Resiliency Institute we offer courses in permaculture, herbalism, edible wild plants, homesteading, and more. Some courses are taught over the course of a year, others are evening courses or weekend hikes. Throughout the year we host Permablitz events at our Growing Food Security edible forest gardens and potlucks on the farm to view films, swap seeds, or celebrate community. We sponsor and exhibit at local events and often give talks at libraries, garden clubs, or other venues.

See a course you like? Click on the hyperlinked title to read the full description and to register. Most courses, unless otherwise noted, will take place in south Naperville at The Resiliency Institute on The Conservation Foundation's McDonald Farm in the Clow Education Center. Park in the event parking area just before the circle drive.

Payment: Our preference for course payment is by check to avoid supporting credit card companies and the fees they assess. Checks are to be mailed to The Resiliency Institute, 1421 Talbot Drive, Naperville, IL 60565 and must be received before the course date. Paypal is another payment option offered, but may impose a processing fee.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: A full refund is offered for any class that we cancel. A refund for 2-3 hour classes will be offered if you notify us within 48 hours prior to the class start time. A refund for full day or weekend courses will be offered when you notify us up to 1 week prior. Please email us at contact@theresiliencyinstitute.net to let us know you need to cancel. If you have registered for the class, do not show up, and do not communicate your absence prior to the class, then you will be charged the class fee. We respect our instructors time and knowledge and hope you do too by registering, paying, and attending.

Permaculture Forest Gardener Series

Sun, February 12, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Resiliency Institute Permaculture Forest Gardener Series meets 9:30am -12:00pm one Sunday a month for 8 months, beginning February 12, 2017.

Learn how to transform your own yard, school, workplace or park into an edible forest garden. Forest gardens are modeled after woodlands – planted in layers of edible species of trees, shrubs, perennials, groundcovers, roots, vines, and fungi. Over time they become diverse ecosystems that produce abundant food and medicine for people; food and habitat for wildlife; areas for nature exploration and learning; soil regeneration and carbon sequestration systems; community building opportunities; and peaceful places for reconnecting humans and nature. 


Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course

Sat, February 25, 2017 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM

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This course is currently full, but schedules change and some people may cancel.
We welcome you to sign up on our waiting list.

Taking a walk in the woods, or even around your neighborhood, takes on a whole new meaning when your intention is to forage. There is a transformation in how you look at the environment when the landscape is no longer just window dressing, but a source of nourishment. Now the tree that you have passed by hundreds of times with barely a glance becomes meaningful – you notice it and eagerly await its fruit.

Knowing what plants to look for when, finding them around you, then knowing what to harvest, how to process and prepare it, takes some practice, but Pat Armstrong will teach you all of this in our Edible Wild Plants Certificate course. Over the course of 10 months you’ll learn 200 edible wild plants that grow in our bioregion through classroom and home study, two-hour plant walks, and by eating and preparing recipes with them every class! Students will receive an Edible Wild Plants Recipe book containing all of the recipes prepared by the instructor and students throughout the course and a printed certificate recognizing their accomplishment


Permaculture Forest Gardener Series

Sun, March 12, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Resiliency Institute Permaculture Forest Gardener Series meets 9:30am -12:00pm one Sunday a month for 8 months, beginning February 12, 2017.

Today’s Class is Principles: Observe and Interact & Design From Patterns to Details

You will begin the design process today!  Learn the basics of conducting a site or system assessment. In permaculture, a proper site assessment is critical to the success of the design. Today you will be introduced to some permaculture site assessment tools, gain an understanding of existing systems, hone your observational skills, determine what needs analysis and how to recognize the patterns of the systems in order to design.


Permaculture Forest Gardener Series

Sun, April 9, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Resiliency Institute Permaculture Forest Gardener Series meets 9:30am -12:00pm one Sunday a month for 8 months, beginning February 12, 2017.

Principles: Catch & Store Energy

Water harvesting and design strategies.  There are many resources to be utilized on every site, and water is the primary element to focus your design around. You will learn how to identify and use critical resources as well as the basic design concepts for several resource harvesting strategies including  rain gardens, rain barrels and hugelkultur beds.  You will understand where, when, and why to use these techniques as well as how to use the tools needed to build these components within a home-scale project.


Bioregional Herbalism Series

Sun, April 30, 2017 09:30 PM - 03:30 PM

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We are excited to present a new Bioregional Herbalism Series!

The Resiliency Institute Bioregional Herbalism Series will reconnect you with the wisdom of our ancestors who relied on plants for nourishment, healing injuries, preventing disease, and curing illness. In this hands-on, highly interactive Bioregional Herbalism Series you will be introduced to the most valuable plants readily found in our bioregion. Each class will focus on plants that are at their peak time for harvest at class time. You’ll learn how to identify these plants, when to harvest them, and how you can grow them in your own yard.


Permaculture Forest Gardener Series

Sat, May 6, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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Principles: Use Edges and Value the Marginal & Creatively Use and Respond to Change

Garden layout and zone strategies.  Learn strategies to build maximum production capacity into your design. You will gain an understanding of how to incorporate different zones into your design to create the most efficient use of your space.  You will also learn how to incorporate raised beds and planting strategies to take advantage of specific microclimates in your garden.


Permaculture Forest Gardener Series

Sun, June 11, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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Principles:  Use and Value Diversity & Integrate Rather Than Segregate

Permaculture plants and guilds.  A foundational piece of any permaculture land design is plants.  You will be introduced to a wide variety of plants and how they can be used within your permaculture design to create an ecosystem that is able to produce a bounty for humans, reduce the need for external inputs, protect itself, and regenerate the soil and living community around it. Discover how fruit tree guilds are the building blocks of forest gardens and food forests at any scale.  You will come away from this class with the inspiration and knowledge to create your own fruit tree guild at home, your workplace, school, or church.


Permaculture Forest Gardener Series

Sun, July 9, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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Principles: Obtain a Yield & Small and Slow Solutions

Soils and animal/insect integration.  All life depends on soil.  In this critical class you will learn how to organically create the most vibrant, healthy, resilient, productive soil in your landscape garden or lawn.  Healthy soil leads to healthy, strong, disease and pest resistant plants and ultimately people and communities. You will also learn the potential for integrating wildlife and animals into your design to help connect the system components of your design.


Permaculture Forest Gardener Series

Sun, September 10, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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Seed Saving and food preservation. Knowing how to capture your yields in order to close the loops of your design systems and ensure that it is maintained and productive is an essential technique used in any permaculture design.  During this class you will learn some of the basic skills needed to harvest and store seeds, as well as some techniques to preserve your harvest.


Permaculture Forest Gardener Series

Sun, October 15, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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Principles: Produce No Waste; Use and Value Renewable Resources; Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback

Winter garden preparations, mulching and composting.  Living in Zone 5 requires us to prepare for the upcoming winter season. During this session you will learn how to prepare your garden in the fall so when spring arrives your garden is thriving.  You will learn the benefits and process of sheet mulching as well as compost essentials to create the healthiest, most productive soils in your garden. This is an essential technique to implement and close the loops of the system.


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