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2015, these pages will no longer be updated.
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Permaculture Design Course - 2016
Six weekends, starting in March.
Medicinal Herb Growing & Marketing Conference
Port Townsend, Fort Worden, Olympic Peninsula
April 15-17, 2016
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Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living
in Woodinville, Washington
Jacqueline Cramer's website:
Earth Care by Design Collaboarators
Field Trip Location(s):
Beacon Hill Food Forest
MEDICINAL HERB GROWING
& MARKETING CONFERENCE
Port Townsend, Fort Worden, Olympic Peninsula
April 15-17, 2016
Herb farmers | Herbal product manufacturers
Herbalists | Herb stores
Essential oil businesses | Wildcrafters
Researchers | Students | Trade Show
The conference is focused on the Pacific Northwest, with a warm invitation to British Columbia. People from other regions are welcome.
Herb growers, this conference is especially for you to talk about the practical aspects of herb growing. Markets are very important for growers so this conference is designed to acquaint herb growers with new market niches and buyers. The conference is an opportunity for herbal product manufacturers, herbalists, and retailers to source their herb needs direct from growers. This conference will be valuable for anyone thinking about growing herbs as a cash crop.
The Conference will feature workshops, keynote presentations, round-table discussion groups and network building. The conference will explore the state of the Pacific Northwest herb industry. We will look at the issues of sustainability, ecological issues, regulations and more. What are the potentials of herb growing in our region for import substitution, export, new niche markets? How can we produce the highest quality herbs and herbal products?
Fort Worden is located on the northeast tip of the Olympia Peninsula where the deep waters of Puget Sound and the Straits of San De Fuca meet. Fort Worden features seashore and forest, stunning views, a range of accommodations, good food, and conference facilities.
Contact: Michael Pilarski
Jeff Carpenter, Zack Woods Herb Farm. Hyde Park, Vermont. Author (with his wife Melanie) of the recent book, Organic Medicinal Herb Growing.
Peg Schafer, Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm, Petaluma California. Author of The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm.
Ryan Drum, Island Herbs, Waldron Island, Washington.
Tina Glaessner, Crimson Sage Nursery, Orleans, California.
Danielle Hawkins, Trout Lake Farm Manager, Trout Lake, Washington.
Jeff & Elise Higley, Oshala Farm, Applegate Valley, Oregon .
Debbie Jakovac, Blue Moon Herbs and Rene Cassie Tea, Polson, Montana.
Denise Joy, Mountain Spirit Botanicals, Port Townsend, WA
Leslie Lekos, Wild Root Botanicals, Alger, Washington. We plan on a panel/discussion session on growing for essential oil distillation. Leslie is helping coordinate this aspect.
Nome McBride, Pharmacopia Herbals and American Herbal Dispensary, Eugene, OR.
Michael Pilarski, Friends of the Trees Botanicals, Port Townsend, Washington and Hot Springs, Montana.
Yvan Rochon, Herbal Vitality, Sedona, Arizona
Laura Stuart. Consultant on cooperative marketing. Eugene, Oregon.
Mercy Yule. North West Asian Medicinal Herb Network. She will address the emerging market for Chinese medicinal plants and organoleptic evaluation of Chinese medicinals.
Farming practices. Friday intensive by Jeff Carpenter. Workshops and ring discussions with growers.
Asian Medicinal Plants. Peg Shafer and Mercy Yule will do a Friday intensive as well as other workshops roundtable and/or ring discussion.
Northwest native plants and Native American perspectives. This will include a panel and discussion.
Growing for essential oil distillation. Growers and distillers are invited to participate. We plan on a panel/discussion session on growing for essential oil distillation. Leslie Lekos of Wild Root Botanicals, Alger, Washington is helping coordinate this aspect.
Herbs used in beers, wines, liqueurs and spirits, kombuchas, and beverages. What is happening now. Future trends. Tastings at the conference.
Nursery Production, Propagation. Seed Business. Wildcrafting.
Regulations, Legalities, Re-coding. GAP (Good Agricultural Practices). Workshops and round-table discussions. Danielle Hawkins of Trout Lake Farm will do a workshop on GAP.
Fair Trade, Learning from the international experience and applying it here. How can we support fair trade for growers/wildcrafters in other countries?
Marketing. What’s out there? Who’s been successful? What’s been successful? Value added. Cooperatives, aggregators, hubs, herbal CSAs, on-line notice boards,
Power to the people. Broad-based public knowledge of common herbs. Grow your own. Self-reliance. Localization. Decentralization.
HERE for more information.
Interview with Michael "Skeeter" Pilarski at the North American Permaculture Convergence 2014
"Faces of the NAPC 2014" Featuring Songs & Stories by Michael Pilarski
Michael Pilarski's Blog
INLAND NORTHWEST PERMACULTURE CONVERGENCE
September 10-13, 2015
At Heartsong in Tumtum, WA
On the Spokane River/Long Lake just north of Spokane.
The 2nd year in a row that INPC will be held at Heartsong.
Field trips on Thursday and Friday morning.
PIG ROAST & HARVEST FESTIVAL
Farm Dinner. Local Food. Live Music!
This year’s theme is PERMACULTURE'S ANSWERS TO DROUGHT.
What are all the tricks we can think of to maintain production while conserving resources in drought years? Water harvesting, water conservation, wicking beds, deep rooted perennials, swales, broad-based terraces, mulch, sunken hugelkulturs, drought tolerant crops, and more will be discussed. Let’s share our tips and techniques.
This year’s goals include:
Education galore, presentations, round-table discussions, plant walks;
A regional reunion of people in the permaculture movement;
Building alliances with a wider diversity of people and groups;
Building the movement;
Local to international scale;
Permaculture techniques for drought years;
Good food, good company, stimulating conversations, useful connections, great workshops;
Swimming in Red Lake (adjacent to Heartsong);
Have a fun time!
Field trips on Thursday and Friday morning. (to be confirmed)
Visit interesting properties on your way to the main convergence site.
Spokane: Phil small’s yard on the South Hill. Ed Bryant’s yard. Janice’s Urban Farm, Whitworth College’s terraced gardens, Thom and Torie Foote’s homestead;
Stevens County (north of Spokane): Estella Farm, Deer Park; Joe Petrucelli’s cooperative garden and Gabe Gaul's permaculture garden; Glora and Marc Flora’s Terra Flora Gardens.
Lincoln County (west of Spokane): Tolstoy Farm, the longest-lived, non-religious intentional community in the U.S., home of the very well-known Tolstoy Farms organic market garden;
Sandpoint Idaho, Biodynamic farm.
Admission is by donation. You select what feels right to you. $70 is the suggested donation for the whole event and $30 for single days. You can pay ahead of time via paypal on the INPG website (coming soon), or pledge with your registration and pay at the door. Please, please pre-register even if you don’t pay now.
The initial organizing crew includes Kelsey Crane, Gabe Gaul, Ryan Herring, Grant Modderman, Chrys Ostrander, Michael Pilarski, and Phil Small. Who else wants to take on some coordination role or organizer role? Fill out the coordinator form on the INPG website (coming soon).
If you are interested in participating in any way, please email Michael Pilarski at email@example.com
Sponsored by the Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild and Sustainable Obtainable Solutions
Michael Pilarski’s North Cascadia Workshop Tour, April 2015
Click on the image above to access the course documents.
EARTH REPAIR INSTITUTE
A prospectus. Version #1, January 2, 2015
Prepared by Michael Pilarski, Friends of the Trees Society
[Note that everywhere the words ‘earth repair’ are used here, the words ‘ecological restoration’ could be substituted.]
1) Produce a website that brings information together from around the world on how to do earth restoration and who is doing it, news, reviews, and useful information. This will be an interactive website.
2) Produce an in-print and on-line book which addresses the current state of the art, the current state of the worldwide movement and best models, completed and ongoing.
3) Set up a training center to teach earth repair techniques (such as tree planting, erosion control, etc) as well as permaculture, wildcrafting, and wild seed collection.
4) The center would include offices, library, greenhouses, and production of seeds and nursery stock and food for the staff and students. There would be lots of hands on components.
5) Attract staff members and funding to do the above.
Starting in June I'll be teaching a two-week, residential intensive Permaculture Design Course at the Heartsong Retreat Center, Tumtum, WA
2015 Permaculture Design Course
with a special emphasis on Earth Restoration
A two-week, residential intensive course
May 23 (Saturday) 10:00 am
to June 7 (Sunday) 12:00 noon
At the Heartsong Retreat Center, Tumtum, Washington
½ hour northwest of Spokane
Instructed by Michael Pilarski
& guest speakers
Permaculture design can be applied to any property large or small … urban or rural.
Learn permaculture design from the region’s most experienced permaculture teacher.
100's of useful plants/crops,
100's of ideas for income generation,
100's of techniques for earth healing,
100's of ways to improve our social & economic systems.
For more information, visit the PDC website or contact:
Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild
PO Box 165, Hot Springs, MT 59845
$850 full course fee.
Couple rate of $750 each.
Single Days: $80.
The course fee covers instruction, meals, permaculture design certificate and curriculum materials.
A limited number of partial work-trades are available. Inquire for particulars.
Permaculture Directory for the Maritime Pacific Northwest
by Michael Pilarski
DRAFT, Version 2, November 22, 2014
The Permaculture Directory for the Maritime Pacific Northwest is the tip of the iceberg, but it is a start. For the time being this directory focuses on Washington and Oregon west of the Cascade crest. There is some information for western British Columbia as well and a bit in northern California. While northern California and coastal BC are part of the Cascadia bioregion, they have other permaculture organizations serving them and I am not as familiar with the permaculture situation there. Ideally, someone from those areas will put together a list for their regions. The long-term goal is to have credible directories for all regions of North America. I made a first edition of a nationwide list to take to NAPC. This first edition of the maritime PNW is another baby step forward. Let us inspire each other.
I have already done a Permaculture Directory for the Inland Northwest (Columbiana bioregion). Montana, Idaho and Washington and Oregon east of the Cascade Crest. It can be found at:
http://inlandnorthwestpermaculture.com/ click on INPC Directory.
It is not a list of permaculture design course graduates, which would be many times larger. It is a listing of people and entities who are publicly promoting permaculture. It is based on my personal knowledge (albeit incomplete memory) and some internet searching. I hope not too many people get mad at me for forgetting them in this first edition or for adding them to this list or misspelling names or getting numbers wrong. I did the best I could this first round and it can only get better.
To see the Permaculture Directory for the Maritime Pacific Northwest, please go HERE (the website for the Northwest Permaculture Convergence).
The next step is to install input forms on the NWPC website, so that people can add themselves, modify their listings, and add a photo if they wish. The Directory will become an expanding, crowd-sourced, public project.
An Epic Opportunity
EVERY PERMACULTURIST IN NORTH AMERICA IS INVITED!
Old and young, Experienced and newcomer!!
Transforming the landscape, culture and economy.,,,,,,
Homes, Neighborhoods, Communities
Go to our website for information on
sponsorships, presenting, roundtables, worktrade,
action teams and the Permaculture Exposition.
This very first North American Permaculture Convergence offers a special opportunity to meet up to 1,000 permaculture movers and shakers from across North America to share our successes and strategize how to create a permaculture future.
People will have different reasons for attending NAPC. For me, I view NAPC as a tremendous networking opportunity to meet permaculture movers and shakers from across the continent. As one of the permaculture movement’s historians I am also excited to use NAPC as an opportunity to collect more permaculture history.
The permaculture movement in North America is huge and growing fast!
The following list gives you an idea who the NAPC is inviting:
The following incomplete list gives you some idea of permaculture’s scope in North America. This is just the beginning of a North American Permaculture Directory that Michael Pilarski is working on which will be expanded at the NAPC with everyone’s help. The eventual directory will be much expanded from what you see here and will include city, website, contact info, and names of people involved. Inclusion in the following list is not meant to be an endorsement, nor is absence meant to be a slight. This is just what I could pull together at the moment.
[DRAFT, Version 1, June 14, 2014]
NORTH AMERICAN or NATIONAL
Gaia University [NAPC SPONSOR]
Indigenous Permaculture Program
MesoAmerican Permaculture Institute
Permaculture Activist Magazine
Permaculture Credit Union
Permaculture Institute, USA
Permaculture Institute of North America [NAPC SPONSOR]
Permaculture Research Institute, USA
Permaculture Research Institute, USA, Cold Climate [NAPC SPONSOR]
PERMACULTURE CONVERGENCES IN NORTH AMERICA
Arizona Permaculture Convergence
Baja California Permaculture Convergence
Bay Area Regional Annual Permaculture Convergence
Colorado Permaculture Convergence
Eastern Ontario Permaculture Convergence
Florida Permaculture Convergence
Midwest Permaculture Convergence
Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence
Local Food Enterprise (LiFE) Summit
Michigan Permaculture Convergence
North American Permaculture Convergence
Northeast Permaculture Convergence
Northern California Permaculture Convergence
Northwest Permaculture Convergence
Quebec Permaculture Convergence
San Diego Permaculture Convergence
Southeast Permaculture Convergence
Southeast Portland Permaculture Convergence
Southern California Permaculture Convergence
South West Permaculture Convergence
Village Building Convergence
West Coast Women's Permaculture Gathering
Western Canada Permaculture Convergence
Wisconsin Permaculture Convergence
REGIONAL PERMACULTURE ORGANIZATIONS
Asheville Permaculture Guild
Austin Permaculture Guild
Arizona Permaculture Network
Ark Valley Permaculture
Bay Area California Permaculture
Bloomington (Indiana) Permaculture Guild
Blue Ridge Permaculture Network
Boise Permaculture Guild
Central Coast California Permaculture Guild
Colorado Permaculture Guild
Columbia Basin Permaculture Guild
East Bay Permaculture
Eugene Permaculture Guild
Fingerlakes N.Y. Permaculture Network
Florida Permaculture Association
Great Lakes Permaculture Network
Great Lakes Permaculture Portal
Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild [NAPC SPONSOR]
Lakeshore Permaculture Guild
Los Angeles Permaculture Guild
Madison Area Permaculture Guild
Marin Permaculture Guild
Michigan Permaculture Community
Montreal Permaculture Guild
North Fork Valley Permaculture
Northeastern Permaculture Network
Northern Alberta Permaculture Institute
Northern Michigan Regional Permaculture
Okanogan Permaculture Club
Permaculture Community Action Worknet
Permaculture Drylands Institute
Permaculture Hudson Valley
Permaculture group for Southern Oregon / Northern California
Permaculture Institute of Eastern Ontario
Permaculture Institute of the Northeast
Phoenix Permaculture Guild
Seattle Permaculture Guild
Siskiyou Permaculture Resources Group
Pike’s Peak Permaculture
San Diego Permaculture Guild
South Coast Permaculture Guild
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
Santa Cruz Permaculture Guild
South Coast Permaculture Guild
Southern California Permaculture Guild
Sonoma County Permaculture
Spokane Permaculture Guild
The Permaculture Guild of Houston
The St. Petersburg (Florida) Permaculture Guild
Urban Permaculture Guild
Urban Permaculture Guild, Oakland
Urban Permaculture Institute of the Southeast
Vancouver BC Permaculture Network
+ Transition Town groups across the country
PERMACULTURE BUSINESSES, FARMS & SERVICES
Ananda Permaculture Project
Badgersett Research Farm
Barking Frogs Permaculture Center
Barrett Ecological Services
Blue Heron Nursery
Big Sky Permaculture
Broken Ground Permaculture
Bullock Brothers Homestead
Camden Center for Environmental Transformation
Cascadia Permaculture Institute,
Cedar Creek Permaculture (Hastings, MI)
Center for Bioregional Living
Center for Deep Ecology
Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute
Chelsea Green Publishing
Cincinnati Permaculture Guild
City of Angels Permaculture Academy
Cob Cottage Co.
Divine Earth Garden Project
Dreamtime Village, (WI)
Druid’s Grove Permaculture
Dynamics Ecological Design
Earth Magic Permaculture
EarthFlow Design Works,
EcoEdge Design Ltd.
Ecology Retreat Center
Edible Organic Design
Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage
Everdale Learning Centre
Falls Brook Centre
Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute
Forest Agriculture Enterprises
Friends of the Trees Society
Global Permaculture Design Group
Green Mountain Permaculture
Healing Tree Farm
High Altitude Permaculture
Inside Edge Design
Island Mountain Institute
Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design
Kinstone Academy (Fountain City, WI) [NAPC SPONSOR]
Kootenay Permaculture Institute, BC
Lost Valley Intentional Community & Educational Center
Mobile Design Lab
Moose Pond Arts
New Forest Farm
New York Permaculture Exchange
Oakhaven: A Permaculture Center
Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
OM Valley Permaculture Design/Consultation
Patricia Michael Design
Peak Moment Television
Permaculture Design & Implementation
Permaculture Project GTA (Greater Toronto Area)
Permaculture Project LLC
Prospect Rock Permaculture
Punk Rock Permaculture
Quail Springs Learning Oasis & Permaculture Farm
Rain Water Harvesting
Real Eyes Permaculture Homestead
Regenerative Design Group
Regenerative Design Institute
Salamander Springs Farm
Sandy Bar Ranch & Nursery
Urban Permaculture Design
Siskiyou Permaculture Resources Group
Soul Springs Permaculture
Sustainable Living Network
Sustainable Living Systems
Terra Phoenix Design
The Farm Ecovillage Training Center
The Garden Muse
The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann
The Rhizome Collective
Three Sisters Farm
UMass Permaculture Garden
Verge Permaculture Inc.
Whole Systems Design
Wild Thyme Farm
Willow Way Permaculture
+ all the universities and colleges with permaculture programs
There are various PC directories on-line such as the Permaculture Activist’s Global Directory , PRI Global’s directory, WiserEarth, etc. and we will list and review them in our next edition.
Representatives of many of these organizations, networks and businesses will be attending NAPC.
YOU ARE ALL INVITED TO BE NAPC SPONSORS!
Support the movement!
On-line Permaculture Design Courses - A list compiled by Michael Pilarski
The number of on-line permaculture design courses are proliferating
rapidly and there is a wide range of quality. I have compiled a list of a few I
know about. I've given some comments where I know something about
them. Additional info can be sent to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
used to scoff at on-line pdcs, but I now see that there is a place for
them. They are particularly good at the introductory phase. I doubt any
skilled permaculturist would want to sit through an on-line course.
They are also useful for people who live in places where on-site pdcs
aren’t offered and who have a hard time leaving to go to a venue.
View the List
Michael Pilarski’s 2014 Schedule
February 8-9. 1st Gathering of the Realms, Kauai.
Feburary 14-16, 1st Kauai Singing Alive, Kauai.
February 22- March 9. Permaculture Design Course, Kauai.
PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE,
Hot Springs, MT, 6 Weekends,
See All the Details...
June 16, Green Path Herb School, Missoula, MT
June 27-29. 14th Fairy & Human Relations Congress.
July 1, Green Path Herb School, Hot Springs, MT.
July 11-24 Permaculture Design Course: Co-Creating with Nature Spirits. Lawton, Michigan.
August 9-10. Wildcrafting Medicinal Herbs: Hands-on Workshop. Hot Springs, MT
August 29-31. 1st North American Permaculture Convergence
September 5-7 or 12-14. 7th Northwest Permaculture Convergence.
October weekend. 41st Okanogan Family Faire.
How to Grow a Medicinal Food Forest
Please check out my twelve-part on-line course entitled How to Grow a Medicinal Food Forest on the Organic Life Guru website.
You can view a free video course overview and sign up for the course right there.
The course lives on the web and you can access it whenever you want.
What is a Food Forest
The History of Food Forests
Freinds of the Trees
Planting Part 1
Planting Part 2
Planting Part 3
Planting Part 4
Scaling to your Backyard
Tour the Completed Food Forest
Go There Now...
Organic Life Guru is an organic gardening, permaculture, and sustainable food systems education publishing company.
Kaua`i, Hawaiian Islands
- March 9th, 2014
with Michael Pilarski, Ray Maki, Paul
Massey and other local guest speakers
Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is
an ethical design system for creating
human environments that are ecologically
sound & economically viable.
Permaculture integrates innovative
science into the conscious development
of cultivated ecosystems that have the
diversity, stability, & resilience
of natural ecosystems.
This 2-week design course offers a
unique opportunity to learn the theory,
principles, & practice of
permaculture in a subtropical rural
agricultural community, as well as to
learn from local Hawai’ian farmers &
GATHERING OF THE REALMS
Spirit Communication: A Sharing of
Taro Patch, Anahola, Kauai
February 7-9, 2014
are invited to the Kauai Gathering of
the Realms, a gathering of nature
spirits and people who love the nature
spirits. Everyone is welcome!
Lets work for the health of
the land and the waters. A sharing
respect for all voices
for all paths.
respect and love for
COMMUNING WITH NATURE
HUMAN & FAIRY MEDITATIONS
RITUALS TO WORK WITH LAND AND SEA
SINGING & DANCING
FUN! MAGIC!! INSPIRATION!!!
gathering is for old traditions and
new ways to come together with the
common goal of respecting, honoring
and sending love to the nature beings
that surround us.
ALIVE - KAUA`I, HI
Aloha Song Weavers! We are
honored to bring Singing Alive home to
the heart of the Earth, across the
Rainbow Bridge to the Hawaiian Island
of Kauai. Nestled in her ancient
mountains, rushing rivers, and vast
sea, we will gather to share power
through song, as a pathway to our
deepest inner knowing and fullest
expression of Self. Together as One,
we will raise the vibration of our
collective consciousness through the
portal of song ~ expanding our voice,
opening our hearts, and spreading our
wings! As our offering to the Spirit
of the land (Aina), we will come to
share, teach, and commune with songs
of celebration ~ to honor our earth,
strengthen our communities, and
clarify our paths of life.
Alive Kauai is a celebration of sacred
song circles, honoring our deepest
desire to sing from the Heart. It is a
sister celebration to Singing Alive, a
gathering of the song tribes birthed
in the bosom of the Pacific NW
(Cascadia) bio-region eight years ago.
It provides resources in the form of:
1) Songs, 2) Community to sing them,
and 3) Support for those of us who
want to live the teachings, the
sadhana, of the songs. We invite all
who feel called to awaken and nourish
their spiritual life through communion
with songs (and prayers, chants,
blessings, and so om) of
PRAYERS TO THE DEVAS OF RADIOACTIVE
By Michael Pilarski. November 4, 2013
next two weeks the workers at the
Fukushima plant are going to try to remove
spent fuel rods that are suspended on
damaged racks. They weigh about 400 tons
all together and contain radiation
equivalent to 14,0000 times the amount
released by the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
This is very dangerous work, not just for
the workers, or Japan, but for the entire
world. There's a media blackout about the
gravity of the situation (and has been for
two years) but right now I believe that
prayers are needed more than ever.
The seriousness of it extends far beyond the
removal of the airborne fuel rods, but this
one act of removal is extremely dangerous
and could impact all of us within a rather
short amount of time. I believe it needs out
utmost attention and prayers. I would like
to ask that we join together in daily
prayers* for the next month focusing on
stabilization of the plant, of the fuel
rods, of the workers safety and fair working
conditions, and for their utmost competence
in facing this daunting global
responsibility. A request that p prayers
focus on the world community coming
together, encouraging the best nuclear
specialists and global engineers to step
forward in a unified manner, bringing their
expertise and best plans in stabilizing and
containing leaks and damage to the plant.
Lastly, may we pray for stabilization for
the entire nuclear plant, including the end
of radioactive leaking and contamination of
the Waters, and for the renewed health of
our Pacific Ocean, and all marine life
All thoughts on how to add or build onto
this multi-faceted prayer for stabilization,
safety, and protection - of the plant,
workers, families, waters, marine life, and
Amaji has asked us to pray for a successful
conclusion of the removal of the fuel rods
at Fukushima’s crippled reactor pools. There
is a potential for a catastrophic explosion
during this process which would cause a huge
emission of radioactive elements into the
Here is one such prayer, which you can add
to as you see fit.
Prayer to the Devas of Radioactive Elements
“I pray to the great devas of the
radioactive elements, uranium, plutonium and
others that they will closely oversee the
removal of the Fukushima fuel rods without
great release of radioactivity. Furthermore,
I pray that they will closely oversee
Fukushima and all the other nuclear power
plants until they can be closed and safely
dismantled. I include here all the nuclear
weapons on the planet as well. I appreciate
the natural role that the radioactive
elements play on the Earth. It is humans
that have concentrated the radioactive
elements for their own ends. May you assume
your natural roles and not be allowed to be
used for evil purposes or to greatly harm
the human race and other species.
I ask my guides to carry this prayer up to
the highest levels they can reach and so on
until this prayer reaches the ears of the
highest devas of the radioactive elements
and to the ears of the great deva which
overlights all of humanity. I send this
prayer also to the ears of the great
Overlighting Logos of the planet Earth.
Sanat Kumara, Gaia or whatever other names
may be used for this great Being that
ensouls our planet.
Thank you for hearing our prayers. So be
Of course we should also be praying to all
of the spiritual allies of the human race.
*Perhaps the prayers could begin everyday at
10:00 am Pacific time, 11:00 Colorado, 12:00
noon Chicago, 1:00 East Coast time. Other
From: Shoshana Avree
Okanogan Valley, north-central
Washington. An opportunity to take a pdc
with the Inland Northwest’s leading
Early-bird price of $1,000 extended
until July 7.
Probably no better investment at
today’s point in history. Learn how to
grow food in climate extremes. Learn how
to work with nature to create
bio-diverse, fully functioning
ecosystems that are biologically and
economically productive. Permaculture
Plant walks, design teams, field
trips, hands-on, and internet resources
are all part of the agenda for the
Lots to see at the course
venue. Including a 6-year old
permaculture forest garden that Michael
Pilarski installed in 2008.
Check out the youtubes of Michael
Pilarski at the course venue.
I have spent most of my life in the
Pacific Northwest and am very familiar
with both the wet maritime and the
semi-arid interior Northwest
bioregions. Right now I am trying
to fill my August 3-16 course
in the Okanogan valley of North-central
Washington. This is an opportunity to
take a pdc from an instructor with deep
knowledge of the Northwest biomes and
land at a site where there are lots of
permaculture plantings to look at and
work in. The 200-acre site has been
under development since 1972 and I
started putting in plantings there six
years ago. You can taste the
productivity during the course. And the
course is a reasonable fee of $1,000.
Most pdcs are more expensive.
We are keeping the early bird price
of $1,000 until July 7 (the poster
says June 1). Please help us fill this
course. Are you interested?
Who do you know who may be interested?
Please email friends, list-serves or
like the event on Facebook.
If you have any questions about the
course content you can call me (Michael
Pilarski) at 406-741-5809
If you have questions about payment,
registration, worktrade or facilities
call Joseph Willging at 360-913-2242
PS. Joseph is looking for an intern
at the Okanogan permaculture farm where
the course is being held. Would
anyone be interested in taking the
course and staying on as an intern?
PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSES
The Balance Between
Universality and Uniqueness
Some thoughts by Michael Pilarski
There are many similarities between
pdcs and most all of them tout that they
are delivering the Bill Mollison
curriculum. The ones that offer
certification in particular take pains
to keep a lot of the original
curriculum. In truth, every single
permaculture design course in unique,
even by the same instructor because the
students change. The majority of pdcs
are structured to focus on the climate
zone and culture in which the course is
held. For instance, when I teach a
course in Missoula, Montana, the course
has a focus on the inland northwest
climates, landforms, soils and biomes
and Montanan society. We also look
specifically at the ethnobotany and life
ways of the interior Salish and other
tribes from the region. I have taught
four courses in the Hawaiian Islands and
they focus on subtropical climates,
soils, landforms and the biomes of
Hawaii and Hawaiian ethnobotany.
PDCs cater to the climate and culture
that the participants are from. That
said, a permaculture course worth its
salt will be useful for people working
in any climate or culture on
earth. In other words, pdcs were
set up to have universality. The
plants may change, the soils might be
different, each culture is different but
the permaculture ethics, principles and
methodology are universal in their
application. That is what a pdc
teaches first and foremost.
The curriculum developed early on by
Bill Mollison has remained the standard
for pdcs today. The first pdc was held
in 1980 in Australia. When I took
my first course in 1982 (with Bill
Mollison and Andrew Jeeves) the standard
pdc curriculum was already developed and
has changed little over the years. The
standard course curriculum addresses all
the major climate zones and parts of the
world. Tropical, subtropical, warm
temperate and cold temperate.
Strategies, plants, animals, housing
styles, and techniques for each major
climate zone. This is impressive.
Some pdcs still aim to do this,
particularly international pdcs.
That said, it is a difficult thing to
deliver and few teachers can really do
it justice like Bill Mollison
could. Most pdcs include a few
sessions on other climate zones, but for
the most part pdcs world round focus on
the climate zone and the culture(s) the
participants come from. This is a good
thing. Permaculture is very much about
diversity, decentralization and
You can view the standard course
curriculum online at Scott Pittman’s
Permaculture Institute USA website. Go
click on Permaculture Design Certificate
Course Handbook. I adapt the standard
curriculum for my course curriculum to
make it place-based, but I always
consult the standard curriculum to make
sure I don’t leave any topics out.
I recommend that people do some
research before deciding where to take
their first pdc and with what
instructor(s). Most likely you will want
to take a pdc in the climate zone you
live in, locally adapted so to
speak. Closer is better than
farther in most cases, but some people
travel quite a distance to take a pdc
with a particular instructor(s). For
some people cost is a factor in their
choice. For people who have the
time and the money, I would recommend
taking a number of pdcs with different
teachers and even in different
climates. I have now gone through
36 full pdcs and sat in (or guest taught
at) many more, mostly in the US and
Canada. Nepal, Belize and the Hawaiian
Islands have been my subtropical
pdcs. I learn lots at each new pdc
and I am always learning and evolving
between pdcs. This means my courses
evolve as well. This will be a
certified pdc, certified by the
respected Cascadia Permaculture
Anrea Brower created this petition about
how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Free Trade Agreement will hurt farmers and
local food systems. Andrea says "I
think we really need to start bringing
together the activism 'on the ground / in
the soil' and that in the realm of trying to
create the economic and political conditions
in which permaculture can flourish!"
difference: Sign the petition.
Stop the TPP! Stop the corporate free
trade agenda! Food and the right to
produce food are human rights!
HELP NEEDED AT MICHAEL
I have just returned home from
teaching a very successful permaculture
design course in Dayton, Montana.
This took me away from the farm for
three weeks and as a result I am really
behind on the growing season and could
use some help to get back on track.
Anyone have time to come out to Tonasket
and give me a hand?
A weekend… a week… short term or long
In the next month we will be planting
thousands of plants – trees, shrubs,
berries, herbs and vegetables.
Lots to do and lots to learn.
Give me a call if interested.
Michael Skeeter Pilarski
Some of our key programs over the years
- tree sales and exchanges
- seed collection, production and sales
of Northwest native plants and medicinal
- organizing conferences and events
- educational workshops on many
- permaculture design courses
- organic farm apprenticeship programs
- Travelers Earth Repair Network
- networking on local, regional,
national and international levels.
Currently, one of our main foci is
sustainable wildcrafting and organic
growing of medicinal herbs
We hope you find something of interest
and use on the FRIENDS OF THE TREES
Working towards a greener and happier
Michael Pilarski, Founder
FRIENDS OF THE TREES SOCIETY
garden in October, 2006. End of year
in Riversong Farm herb garden. Hood
River, Oregon. June 1st, 2006.
Planting almost finished.
|Sunny Pine Farm /
|Sheep Sorrell in
bloom at Sunny Pine Farm, Eastern