Congratulations TRI PDC graduates!

The Midwest is now home to 13 new Permaculture Designers!

The Resiliency Institute Spring 2014 PDC Graduates with Peter Bane, Keith Johnson and Rhonda Baird
The Resiliency Institute Spring 2014 PDC Graduates with Peter Bane, Keith Johnson and Rhonda Baird

For three long weekends in March and April, The Resiliency Institute hosted its first Permaculture Design Course taught by Peter Baine, Rhonda Baird and Keith Johnson. This was an amazing experience from beginning to end. The group dynamics were nourishing and friendly and working with Peter, Rhonda and Keith was fabulous.  The best testament to the quality of this PDC was the final design presentations given by the 4 groups.  Jodi and I were blown away. The design projects were all located on our site, The Conservation Foundation’s McDonald Farm, and opened our eyes to the permaculture possibilities that exist here. They shared ideas and well considered designs that showed us a new way of looking at the farm.  We are so grateful for this experience and look forward to following everyone’s progress and inviting them back to bring some of their designs to life.

TRI Spring 2014 PDC Graduates with Certificates
TRI Spring 2014 PDC Graduates with Certificates

On Sunday, April 27th students wrapped up their final weekend at The Resiliency Institute holding their well earned Permaculture Design Certificates!




Linda Conroy Weekend Courses

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Linda Conroy teaching The Resiliency Institute Herbal Remedy Making class about burdock.

Linda Conroy, founder of Moonwise Herbs, is a bioregional herbalist with 20 years of experience.  Bioregional herbalism believes in using plants that grow in your own region for healing, rather than subscribing to popular herbalism which recommends remedies made from plants all over the world.  Linda offers this example, “If I have a fungal infection popular herbalism suggests I reach for Tea Tree oil and I remind myself that it comes from Australia. What resources does it take to bottle that herb and transport it to me? Now wisdom tells me that the people who lived on this continent had all the medicines they needed, so that leads me to look for an anti- fungal herb in my backyard. And so I reach for Red Cedar (Thuja plicata). I can make a strong infusion, a tincture or an oil with minimal impact to the planet.”

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PDC with Peter Bane – Spring 2014

The Resiliency Institute is hosting a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) with Peter Bane this coming spring.  The course is tailored to suburban working adults and will be hosted over three weekends (4-3-3) in March and April. Only 25 seats are available, so register today!

A PDC opens your eyes to designing resilient systems for lifestyle, land and community.  The course will cover the core permaculture ethics, principles, and practices. We will introduce you to good design through classroom experiences, field trips, and hands-on activities.  Intro to Permaculture cover

Permaculture is an ecological design system for sustainability in all aspects of our lives. Permaculture teaches us how to build natural homes, grow our own food, restore diminished landscapes and ecosystems, catch rainwater, build communities, take care of waste and much more.

The philosophy within permaculture is one of working with rather than against nature, and of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than premature and thoughtless action. Permaculture design techniques encourage land use which integrates principles of ecology and applies lessons from nature. It teaches us to create settings and construct ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and the resilience of natural ecosystems. In the spirit of sustainability, it also teaches us to allow natural and designed ecosystems to demonstrate their own evolutions.

You can make Permaculture design a career, or choose to incorporate the principles in your own discipline.  The certificate gives the holder the right to use the word “permaculture” in a business or other professional practice, and signifies successful completion of the permaculture design course. It is the prerequisite to further training in permaculture design such as teacher training courses, and other advanced permaculture trainings. The design course is the first step in becoming a permaculture practitioner, whether in design, education, construction, or any one of many other fields.  Holders of the certificate join a growing community of many thousands of design-course graduates who share a common body of knowledge.  This course has been approved for 35 APLD CEUs.

A $200 deposit reserves your seat, so register today

March 13-16 Thursday & Friday
Saturday & Sunday
8:30 am – 6 pm
9:00 am – 6 pm
April 11-13 &
April 25-27
Saturdays & Sundays
8:30 am – 6 pm
9:00 am – 6 pm


Peter BanePeter Bane is the primary instructor for the course.  Peter has published Permaculture Activist magazine for over 20 years and has taught permaculture design widely in the temperate and tropical Americas. He is a native of the Illinois prairie whose interest in good food and simple living led him at mid-life to become a writer and teacher of permaculture design. They also drew him into the arcane world of intentional community as fate presented the opportunity to help create and build Earthaven Ecovillage in the southern Appalachian Mountains. There he discovered his inner architect in the course of building a small off-grid solar cabin and later took on the more prosaic job of rehabilitating a pair of suburban ranch houses in the Midwestern college town of Bloomington, Indiana. That was the first step toward creating a small suburban farmstead where he now lives with his partner and apprentices. A prolific writer in journals and collections on forestry, building and all things sustainable, he consults with universities and municipal governments as well as for private landowners.