SLIDE SHOW OF 2010 CLASS HERE
Stunning location ads to the experience of participants who get to live real farm life in the high country of Colorado heartland.
Days are full, never a dull moment!
Participants camp out in the old orchard.
Classroom time takes about 75% of the total course, and is mixed with field trips, outdoor work and discussion.
At the end of the class students present their group design for a real-life project.
Class in a nearby forest, gathering healthy soil for making soil amendments and learning about plant guilds and their use in permaculture design.
Students prepare biodynamic applications for the farm
Two Pyrenees dogs guard the ranch
Plenty of fun meaningful work for everyone, every day
Permaculture Design Certificate Course + Farm/Ranch Practicum at Sustainable Settings, CO 2014
Course Syllabus is found here...
Participants are actively involved with a working ranch/organic farm. Unique hands-on and participation opportunities arise every day. There is making cheese, making fermented foods, working with food plants, harvesting, milking animals, making compost, planting, harvesting eggs, using composting toilets, daily chores managing sheep, cows and poultry; and much more. This site is an active learning center with lots of visitors including children. This class is particularly recommended for educators, homesteaders, ranchers, small scale farmers, teachers, people involved with small scale diverse agricultural settings. In addition to the above, participants attend 72-hr permaculture design certificate course and receive internationally recognized certificate in the subject of permaculture.
This course is offered at Sustainable Settings Learning Center, a non-profit whole systems learning center in Carbondale, Colorado. Sustainable Settings is also a working farm & ranch, offering a wide variety of real-life experiences in land-based sustainable living.
Classes are held from 9:00 AM to 5:00PM daily (see sample schedule below) and are followed by the communally prepared meals, evening circles, permaculture movies and conversation time. Reading list for this class is included below. In the spirit of community, all meals in our classes are prepared by rotating teams of students. We provide wholesome foods and supplies. Student teams cook and clean with the assistance from a kitchen manager. We work with food sensitivities of our participants, please contact us with any question.
Students participate in farm life, harvesting food from the extensive market gardens, assisting with animal and poultry care under the extensive guidance of farm interns. Meals consist of of mostly on-site grown fresh produce, eggs, dairy and some meat.
Life at Sustainable Settings if pleasantly full - never a dull moment with all the action around animals, visitors, children’s groups coming to get a buggy ride and a garden tour from Brook Le Van, center’s director. Days are hot, nights are cool and filled with sounds of farm animals and the roar of nearby brook. There are no mosquitoes or other pests, and only protection needed is sungear and good boots.
CHILDCARE: please contact us if you are interested in attending and must bring a child with. Extra charges apply to cover child care as full focus is needed in class.
Fees include class instruction + multiple workshops in farm- and ranch-related permaculture subjects; access to all facilities, daily guidance with farm chores, three meals per day, mostly organic. Your payment is your registration. Course non-refundable deposit of $300 ($310 if using PayPal) secures your space in the class. Full payment is due one month before class starts. We accept payments by check (see mailing address at the bottom of this page), money order and PayPal/credit card.
Due to high credit card processing fees, credit card/ PayPal payments are subject to additional fees. Please submit your Essay at the time of payment.
REGISTRATIONS/PAYMENT: Course non-refundable deposit of $300 secures your space in the class. Full payment is due one month before class starts. Please submit your Essay at the time of registration. We accept payments by check, money order and credit card. Your payment is your registration. Due to high credit card processing fees, credit card payments are subject to additional fees. To pay by credit card, please use Buy Now button above, or pay by check mailed to our address at the bottom of this page.
REFUNDS: We don’t issue refunds unless the class is canceled by us. Please plan your attendance accordingly!
CLASS SYLLABUS is found here...
INSTRUCTORS Scott Pittman and Jason Gerhardt. Read more about our teaching team here...
CLASS OUTLINE: here
Spiral Seed Permaculture
“1491" by Charles Mann
Rainwater Harvesting Traditions in Desert Southwest
Water in Permaculture
Water Harvesting Principles
Our Home Flowering Tree
Forests in Permaculture
Permaculture in Arid Landscapes
Permaculture in Humid Landscapes
Permaculture on Islands
Species Niche Analysis Check List
Lots of Life in One Place
CONTACT ARINA For additional questions about this program, please contact , or call me at the phone number listed at the very bottom of this page.
Our classes tend to fill up quickly. Don’t postpone your enrollment if you are seriously interested in this class