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Learning from Nature: Permaculture
Two intensive weeks of being outdoors, classwork, and camaraderie at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice grounds
Join us for the ninth year of this fantastic experience!
Course Dates: May 19 – June 2, 2013
Application Deadline: 5PM Monday, April 1st, 2013.
- 3 credits (Natural & Mathematical Sciences)
- Counts as a Collins seminar
- Cross-listed in the Department of Religious Studies
This course will count in the Religious Studies major or minor.
- Heather Reynolds, Department of Biology, IUB
- Peter Bane, Publisher of Permaculture Activist magazine and author of The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country.
- Keith Johnson, Editor of Permaculture Activist magazine and celebrated urban polyculture forest gardner.
- Rhonda Baird, a talented young permaculture practictioner and teacher from the forests of sourthern Indiana.
- You will also be working with the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice staff.
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This course will take place over 2 weeks in late May/early June 2013 at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN.
Students must complete an application and be accepted to register for this course. Enrollment is limited to 25 students. Participants will be spending time outdoors for the duration of the 2 weeks. The course will take place on the grounds of the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, located on the edge of the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods campus. In addition to buildings left over from a 19th century self-sufficient community, the Center has 320 acres of certified organic agriculture land (including 5 acres for vegetable production), bee hives, over 60 alpacas, a swimming lake, a nature trail and woods for walking, fire pits for evening conversations and playing music, outdoor recreation and eating areas, and more. Students will be staying in dorm rooms and classes will be held both indoors and outside.
A special course fee covers round-trip transportation, food, lodging, and course materials. Students who successfully complete the course will receive certification in Permaculture, which enables them to practice the art and science of Permaculture.
Permaculture is a design pattern for living more harmoniously with our life support systems, and with each other. It is a rapidly growing and internationally recognized design system for creating sustainable human environments. It is a set of principles and techniques that aims to create ecologically sound and economically prosperous human communities. This course gives students innovative conceptual tools and the chance to view that future from as many angles as possible. This is a unique opportunity for a hands-on experience in a class at Indiana University.
Department of Religious Studies
Permaculture is the art and science that applies patterns found in nature to the design and construction of human and natural environments. Only by applying such patterns and principles to the built environment can we truly achieve a sustainable living system.
Permaculture principles are now being adapted to all systems and disciplines that human settlement requires. Architects, planners, farmers, economists, social scientists, as well as students, homeowners and backyard gardeners can utilize principles of Permaculture Design.
University of California, Berkeley
Fee: A fee will be added to the 3-credit-hour tuition rate for each student (on your bursar bill) to cover transportation, food, lodging, and course materials.
Orientation Sessions: Students accepted to register for the course will be required to attend two mandatory orientation sessions at Collins LLC which will cover logistical information and the distribution of the course reader. Dates will be announced shortly.
Professor David Haberman, Department of Religious Studies
firstname.lastname@example.org, (812) 855-3531, Sycamore 230
Application deadline: 5PM Monday, April 1st, 2013.
Click here for a copy of the application in Microsoft Word.
Please email your application to:
Department of Religious Studies
Bloomington, IN 47405
If you have any questions, please let us know.
Field Equipment and Clothing
Because Indiana weather is highly variable, we need to be prepared for different kinds of weather, from warm sunny days to rainstorms and cooler nights. The best solution is to bring layers, but we also need to travel light, so all our gear can fit into 2 vans. Here are some suggestions – happy packing!
- Sturdy hiking boots (preferably waterproof)
- Warm weather gear (shorts, T-shirts, sunglasses)
- Sweatshirt and long pants
- Comfortable footwear (running shoes, Tevas, etc,)
- Sun hat or visor/sunglasses
- Rain slicker or windbreaker
Other Field Equipment:
- Day pack (large enough for notebook, sweatshirt, etc.)
- Bug spray
- Personal first aid kit
- Water bottle
- Notebook, pens, pencils
Optional Equipment Which You May Find Useful:
- Pen knife
- Camera, film, batteries
- Spare prescription sunglasses or contact lenses
- Long distance phone card
- Musical instruments
- Some good reading material