Permaculture Design Course
at Pine Ridge Reservation
When: Aug 19 - 25, 2019
Where: OLCERI Ranch, Slim Buttes, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Oglala-Lakota Cultural and Economic Revitalization Initiative (OLCERI) and Grow Permaculture will co-host a Permaculture Design Course from Aug 19-Aug 25th, 2019. The course will be held at OLCERI ranch on Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation, in South Dakota, an indigenous permaculture demonstration site with natural building, water catchment, and permaculture food systems, and the home of Bryan Deans (OLCERI’s founder) and his family.
OLCERI, alongside Grow Permaculture, have hosted two PDCs on site which have been great experiences for students and helpful to the reservation. There were students from Haiti and Eritrea who attended the courses alongside Lakota, as well as people from all over the US and Canada, which made for rich knowledge sharing across cultures.
The course is based on Bill Mollison’s internationally recognized curriculum, but also weaves in elements of Lakota culture and practice - indigenous wisdom. Bill Mollison, the founder of permaculture, observed many indigenous practices that led to his insights into permaculture design tools, thus we feel it is important and appropriate to understand and acknowledge the source of that information.
Students will be immersed in an environment where they can observe and participate in permaculture systems on site: food forests, natural building, appropriate tech, innovative greenhouse solutions, animals, solar and more. You will work in teams on real life design situations on the reservation, practicing design skills gained through the course. With support from the instructors, the student design teams will complete a design as part of the course.
The training is designed to offer multiple opportunities including career mentoring and pathways, community building opportunities, resource networking, skill building, as well as what is for many, a life changing experience. We will offer written materials and study aids and exercises before the course and urge students to use them, as you will get much more out of the course. Course field trips will bring students into relationship with other families and projects on the reservation.
The course includes an overview of:
Natural building, regenerative building technology.
Reducing energy costs in your home.
Best forms of alternative energy.
Appropriate technology including solar.
Self-reliant living, urban and rural strategies.
Boosting your career with permaculture.
Increasing quality of life through “placemaking” design.
Community and cultural revitalization and rebuilding.
Successful strategies for intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing, urban and rural.
Permaculture design tools, ethics and principles.
Master planning and site analysis.
Reading the landscape.
Pattern recognition in nature and society.
Organic, intensive gardening and farming.
Composting and vermicomposting.
Designing sustainable water use.
Water harvesting techniques.
Building food forests.
Agroforestry and ecoagriculture.
Alternative pest management.
Holistic range management.
The fee covers all costs, including materials, three healthy meals per day and a place to pitch your tent. Your fee helps support the work of OLCERI.
If you cannot attend but would like to sponsor a Lakota to attend the course or support the future educational work of OLCERI, please donate here: (GoFundMe for OLCERI)