Gardening, farming, food harvest and working with plants are some of the daily learning opportunities in this class
Cooking with freshly harvested food from the garden opens new horizons, offers new tastes
Synergia Farm and Ranch produce a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit for the local Farmers' Market, and are our hosts for this permaculture training.
On-going watershed restoration at Synergia Ranch offers another hands-on learning opportunity of working with soil and water
Protection of biodiversity and work towards increasing ecological resiliency is focus of working with Synergia's ecosystems.
Beginnings of abundance
Plant Guilds to observe: peaches, grapes and roses
Permaculture Design Course + Farm Practicum, Synergia Ranch 2014
Course Syllabus is found here...
WHAT MAKES THIS CLASS UNIQUE?
Permaculture instruction is offered at a rich setting of a working organic farm, situated at the Synergia Center for Innovation and Retreats. Garden, a 400-tree fruit orchard, and surrounding native ecosystems offer opportunities for learning land management practices hands-on. Students participate in permaculture-based work on open lands, in wildlife corridors and in the organic gardens. There is seasonal harvest, work with watershed restoration, orchard management and field trips to nearby demonstration sites. This class is particularly recommended for educators, homesteaders, small scale farmers, design professionals, and people involved with small scale diverse agricultural settings as well as anyone wishing to apply permaculture principles to their own lifestyle. Participants receive an internationally recognized certificate in Permaculture Design.
Monday, August 11 - Saturday, August 23 (arrive to site mid afternoon Sunday August 10 - leave site morning of Sunday August 24), 2014
This course is offered at the Synergia Ranch and Retreat Center - a beautiful, comfortable and rich setting for permaculture practice and learning. Synergia Ranch is located a few miles outside of Santa Fe, NM in the high desert prairie ecosystem on 111 acres of beautiful land. Synergia Ranch offers a wonderfully tranquil and spiritual respite while immersing oneself in permaculture. Site is located within easy distance from several other notable permaculture demonstration sites. There is a range of accommodations for the course participants - from camping to private guest rooms.
This is a wonderful experience for the participants. Additional optional programs are offered outside of the class time, including sessions on traditional homesteading arts (these may include cheese-making, home apothecary and other). Nightly campfire circles and gatherings are held at the end of the day.
New Mexico is (usually) a wonderful place to be in late August, as the landscape is refreshed with midsummer rains, and plants and soils are full of life. The days are typically quite warm with highs in the mid-80’s, and nights start to cool down into the mid 50’s. There are beautiful settings for indoor and outdoor learning and being.
Permaculture classes are held 9:00am to 5:00pm every day. Please expect reading and homework assignments. Participants occasionally assist with meal preparation. Nutrition concepts and permaculture approach to food preparation are explored during the class. There are evening circles, permaculture movies and conversation time. In the spirit of community, student teams assist with harvest, food preparation and cleanup and work on farm assignments with the assistance from a kitchen manager/ farm manager. This course is attended by adult participants of all ages.
Synergia Ranch has a modern kitchen and each day we offer three meals, and a wide assortment of coffee and teas. If camping please bring a tent and camping gear. There are numerous fully furnished guest rooms for those wishing for extra comfort, at additional cost of $28-35/day. Nearest laundromat is a few miles away.
There are indoor toilets and a large bath house. Bring your own towels and supplies. Participants have access to a lounging space for reading, computer time, journaling etc.
There are a few restaurants nearby, and stores within a few miles travel. Typically there are numerous students with their own transportation and easy arrangements can be made for carpool for supplies and comfort food. A flashlight is essential at night. There are marvelous stunning landscapes to explore nearby, hiking shoes and full sun/wind gear are essential.
For exceptional circumstances, such as a disability, medical condition, or special dietary needs please contact us to determine if special accommodations can be arranged. We do our best to accommodate any reasonable request.
Scott Pittman is lead instructor with assistance of local permaculture practitioners and instructors. Participants work with local sustainability practitioners and community members on particular hands-on projects.
Scott Pittmanhas been teaching permaculture courses since 1985 in over 18 countries on four continents, working with indigenous peoples in South and Central Americas. Scott is known for his foundational work in establishing permaculture in the US Southwest, for which he received a Community Achievement Award from the Permaculture Institute of Australia.
Participants camp on the land (included in class fee) or rent guest house rooms at additional cost. Room arrangements are made with the Permaculture Institute, but payments are submitted directly to Synergia Ranch upon arrival.
LAST DAY TO ENROLL one week before the class start date. This class tends to fill up quickly. If enrolling late, please call AND email us to register.
CANCELLATION REFUNDS: We don’t issue program refunds unless the program is canceled by us. Please register and plan your attendance accordingly!
Fees include class instruction + workshops in farm- and broadscale land restoration-related permaculture subjects; access to all facilities, daily guidance with farm chores, three wonderful 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. By all means feel free to pay by check/ money order or cash. Please submit your Essay at the time of payment.
CONTACT US For additional questions about this program, please contact , Registrar