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Permaculture Design Course 2017 – Sebastian, Florida

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Permaculture Design Course- Sebastian, Florida 2017

 

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The Green Education Center​ is proud to announce the 2017 Permaculture Design Course has been scheduled. This years course will be held at Sustainable Kashi in beautiful Sebastian, Florida. Sustainable Kashi is an 80-acre community on the Saint Sebastian River and lead teacher will be Terry Meer. This abundant land has all the systems in place to demonstrate hand-on training of Permaculture in action. A permaculture design course (PDC) is a life changing internationally recognized curriculum, teaching people around the world methods of environmental stewardship and community-based self-reliance. The permaculture philosophy teaches the harmonious relationship between people and the earth, advocating a healthy future for both. The course teaches people to employ the earth’s regenerative ecosystems systems without exploiting and depleting its finite natural resources. This course is for people who want to work as professional designers, obtain practical, hands-on experience to live a more sustainable life, build a more resilient community, increase self-sufficiency in food production and energy needs, and for anyone interested in meeting human needs by turning our surroundings into abundant ecosystems. This class will change your life.

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Time to Disconnect or Reconnect? Taking a Permaculture Design Course gives you the chance to do both.

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March 3rd, 2017 will be the start of our 5th Annual PDC Retreat at Sustainable Kashi, in Sebastian FL . Take time to immerse yourself in 15 days of nature, education and fun! Meet like- minded friends that are interested in learning about the benefits of Permaculture in their lives. A permaculture retreat is a wonderful way to connect with nature while disconnecting from everyday life in order to bring yourself back in balance. Classes will be structured in a way that allows time to walk Kashi’s lush sub-tropical paths lined with palmettos, pines and oak. There will be time to kayak the Sebastian River and partake in daily yoga classes. Time to read and study Permaculture on 80 beautiful acres after intensive class room sessions diving deep into the key aspects of Permaculture. With Plenty of time to get your hands dirty in one of our many organic gardens. Time to chat with fellow classmates at Rudra’s Kitchen; eating the most amazing and healthy vegetarian food you’ve ever tasted. Time to sit beneath the stars at the evening’s campfire or outside your tent listening to the night owls. With gourmet meals, floating classroom session on the Saint Sebastian River, and Terry Meer leading this years course, you will not want to miss this one!

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Dates:

This course includes 5 weekend sessions-

March 3rd-5th 2017

March 24th-March 26th

April21-April23

May 5th-May 7

June 2nd-June 4th

Course Fee: $950

Weekend rates are available at $250 including meals and camping-

Contact Us Here  for single weekend registration opportunities.

What is included: Internationally recognized certification course, healthy vegetarian meals, and camping.

What is not included: Course textbook

A $500 deposit is required to save your seat. Register Now!!

We have started a scholarship fund and will be hosting a program for those in financial need. If you would like to apply please click here


Plant fruit trees!!

Posted on February 24th, 2017 at 9:40 am

Action: Plant more fruit trees

Why?

Many benefits come with planting trees in general. Trees are an important part of nature, mainly because they provide a much needed element to humans, oxygen. The removal of trees has been a big problem recently in the world. Since 2000 about 2 million square kilometers of trees have been cut down in the world. Any planting of any type of tree is a step forward in repopulating an important part of nature that humanity continues to remove.

Some benefits of planting fruit trees are:

  • They provide oxygen
  • Help reduce the amount of CO2 pollution in the air
  • They actually use the CO2 they absorb to help release oxygen into the air
  • They save water by slowing down water evaporation from grass and plants they provide shade for
  • Saves money by providing us with fruit instead of buying it
  • You are getting fresher and more nutritional fruit than you would get from the store because it doesn’t have to be shipped

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/fruit-trees-environment-59135.html

https://www.treepeople.org/resources/tree-benefits

How?

  1. Choose your type of fruit tree you want to plant.
  2. Pick an open sunny location, also consider how big the tree will grow to be.
  3. Make sure you use proper soil, depending on the type of fruit tree your looking to plant, some fruit trees need soil that will not retain too much water because some have shallow roots that will rot with too much continued moisture.
  4. Dig a hole twice the width of the spread of the roots, fruit tree roots grow outward so they need plenty of room.
  5. Place the tree in the hole deep enough so the roots are not above the ground level.
  6. Refill the hole with the soil.
  7. Water the area.
  8. Cover with mulch. The mulch helps protect the soil from the sun overheating it and from rain water taking the soil away.

http://www.wikihow.com/Plant-Fruit-Trees

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/fruit-trees-tolerate-moist-soil-24199.html


Farm to Table

Posted on February 19th, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Sustainable Kashi is happy to announce that we will be hosting our Farm to Table Dinner at Shirdi house on Kashi Ashram. This seasons delightful meal will feature Kashi grown veggies and wild harvested ingredients perfectly plated into a four course meal that is elegantly served with a touch of divine.
Details:
February 19, 4:30 pm
Shirdi House at Kashi Ashram
$45 per person

Please reserve your seat with the Kashi office- (772)589-1403
Remember to select vegetarian or pescatarian option. Checks can be made payable to Kashi.

Seats are limited, please have payment ready when making your RSVP to guarantee your seat. Or Register Here

Namaste


Inner landscape design principles

Posted on January 9th, 2017 at 7:08 am

Permaculture uses design principles to organize and create systems for optimization within an eco-system. We use many of these same design principle to create abundance in the nature closest to us, our inner landscape.

Here are a some examples:

1. Observe and Interact
If we all spent just 20 minutes a day observing ourselves just imagine how much more we would know about us. This can be done with meditation, or chi gong, or a good cup of coffee on the back porch. Spend time listing to you. If you don’t know what you want you are just shooting blindly. If we aim toward our goals, chances are much better of hitting the home run.

2. Catch and Store energy
When we realize that energy takes many forms and can be stored in countless ways we begin to see the value in making hay while the shines. Abundance is real but it does not necessarily occur continuously in nature. We must learn to use all we have and store the rest for when the flower is not in bloom. Having more than you need can result in waste. Using less and being more couscous of extra can result in abundance.

3. Integrate rather than segregate
We need interdependence and not independence as a species to thrive. Nobody wants to be the “sustainable” person all alone in the forest. We need each other to share the joy of abundance with. Together we are strong.

4. Obtain a yield
When we watch television, or gossip, or engage in any of the other many destructive habits we may have, we are obtaining a yield. To become aware of this yield and acknowledge that it is a choice is the first step in wanting everything you have and creating true abundance in your life.

5. Produce no waste
There is no waste in nature and there are no throw away people. We are all an important part of the whole system. When we realize that there is value in the waste (compost) we begin to turn the trash into treasure.

Everything is here in abundance if you are willing to see it. We can look inwardly and set the intention to plant a more positive seed within our lives sending out a vine of kindness to everyone around you.

We hope you can join us for our three day Inner Landscape course with yoga, great food, permaculture, and an abundance of beauty.
Namaste

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Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of Florida

Posted on December 10th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Saturday December 10th, 1:00p.m.

Learn to identify and grow edible and medicinal mushrooms! The Edible Mushrooms of Florida workshop with Terry Meer will cover mushroom identification and feature five of the best and easiest to find and cultivate edible mushrooms. there will be hands on demonstrations on growing mushrooms in your backyard. Mushroom enthusiast Terry Meer will be sharing his experiences of foraging mushrooms and growing them at home.

Grow edible & medicinal mushrooms in your backyard today. This course will cover the basics of mushroom production. We will explore what species to grow, companion planting in your garden, mulching, current growing methods, myco-remediation, and more.

The first half of the class will be classroom learning.

The second half of the class will include hands-on mushroom production using oak logs. This easy technique will produce pounds of organic edible mushrooms in your backyard.

Class will be held at the beautiful Sustainable Kashi in Sebastian, Florida. This 80-acre permaculture project is on the St. Sebastian river and has food forest, bio-intensive garden beds, medicinal mandala garden, and permaculture nursery. There will be an amazing vegetarian meal offered following the class prepared by our amazing chef. You do not want to miss this one.

Cost $35.00

This class is FULL

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Composting Workshop Sustainable Kashi

Posted on November 12th, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Terry Meer will lead this hands-on workshop in how to build and harvest a compost pile. Composting is the process of turning organic matter like vegetable scraps and leaves into rich stable organic matter. Divert organic waste from the landfill while using your yard clippings and kitchen scraps to make your own fertilizer. There will also be a sessions on using mushrooms in your compost, vermicasting (worm composting), and compost tea.

 

Participants will get a bag of live compost to take home to inoculate your own compost pile.

 

November 12th 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $15:00

Where: 11155 Rosalind Road Sebastian Florida 32958

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Yoga Retreat Permaculture Series: Soil building in the Bahamas

Posted on October 1st, 2016 at 8:30 am

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“Permaculture is Yoga for the earth and Yoga is Permaculture for the body”- Dhyanananda

Permaculture is a design system for sustainable living. Permaculture’s foundation of principles and design concepts are universal and can be suited for any region or location. The principles of permaculture can help us reduce society’s overuse of industrially produced resources which are destroying the Earth’s ecosystems, and help us instead transition to self-reliant homesteads and lifestyles that will help heal us and our planet!

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Every organic farmer knows they are not feeding plants; they are feeding the soil that feeds the plants. It takes about 500 years to replace 1 inch of topsoil in nature. We are losing valuable topsoil at a rate almost 40 times faster than it is being replenished. The Green Education Center is providing a 4-day workshop on soil building to help reconnect us to one of our most valuable natural recourses: the soil. This retreat will include hands-on experience taking dirt from sand to black fertile soil, designing a new garden, and implementing the design at the Sivananda Yoga retreat.

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In this workshop we will learn:
Composting, Vermiculture, Mulching techniques, Permaculture Ethics and Principles, Basic site design, garden installation, and how to include Permaculture in your daily life in order to design your inner landscape to produce abundance, happiness and inner peace.
This workshop will be held at the beachfront Sivananda Yoga Retreat on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Healthy Vegetarian meals, daily Kirtan and yoga will be provided.

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Several lodging options from private beachfront room to shared tent huts are available depending on your budget.

For more information on lodging go to the Sivananda Bahamas Website

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This course is for people who want practical, hands-on experience to live a more sustainable life, build a more resilient community, increase self-sufficiency in our food production and energy needs, and anyone interested in meeting human needs by turning our surroundings into fully functioning ecosystems.

Where: Sivananda Yoga Retreat, Paradise Island Bahamas

When: Oct 1st-4th 2016

Cost: $218 plus lodging

Click Here to register

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Zones of Permaculture- New Zealand

Posted on July 23rd, 2016 at 9:00 am
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Zones of Permaculture
The Green Education Center is going to New Zealand! We will be doing a two-day workshop on community building and creating abundance in your life?
Waiora Gardens is situated near Kohukohu in the Hokianga, Northland of New Zealand. It is a place to attract people who seek healthy lifestyle alternatives, direction and clarity and general well being.
This paradise retreat is the perfect location to demonstrate permaculture and innerlandscape design. This workshop contains a mixture of theory and hands-on exercises that will prepare you with the fundamentals of permaculture.
This course will provide you with methods and theories and strategies to create abundance in your life, have a positive impact on the environment, boost food productivity, and reducing energy dependence and costs at home.
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Course Topics:
Permaculture ethics
Basic Design principles
Inner landscapes
Zones and sectors
Design process overview, mini design exercise
Forest gardens and polycultures
Organic garden hands-on and seed starting
Water Harvesting
Soil Building and Composting
How can you use Permaculture practically in your life, home, garden, land or community
Address:
1354 Paponga Road
RD 1
Kohukohu
Northland 
0491
New ZealandTelephone: (09) 4055548
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Permaculture Design Certification Course and Yoga Retreat-Bahamas

Posted on June 29th, 2016 at 8:30 am

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We humans have amazing potential! Unfortunately, we often use this potential for destructive purposes. Let’s learn instead how to take this potential to not only heal the Earth but create a world so abundant that it easily provides for all people and all creatures for all time.

Welcome to the world of permaculture.

Your presence is requested to aid humanity in its great returning to living close to the Earth and one another again. On your journey you will learn how to see the world through both the eyes of indigenous ancient cultures and the natural sciences alike. You will learn once again the language of Nature, the language of her patterns… the language of life. In this comprehensive course you will receive your internationally-recognizedpermaculture design certification and thereby also the key to this world of positive action.

Permaculture, hailing from the words permanent and culture, is an ecological design science which mimics Nature’s patterns and systems of balance. Whether you desire a simple garden or a large food system sufficient for a large community, whether you desire to build a beautiful home out of natural or local resources or want to renovate an existing home, whether you desire to simply use less energy or want to be completely off the grid, permaculture will pave the way and give you the tools necessary to accomplish your dreams. Amongst many other topics we will cover:

Organic gardening (and beyond)
Natural building (Cob, Bamboo, etc.)
Nature’s patterns
Greywater systems
Rainwater use
Ayurveda and the Inner Landscape
Zones and sectors
Many methods of composting
Elements of design
Principles and Ethics
Food Forestry
Natural Energy
Animal Husbandry
Nutrient Flow
Social Permaculture and Socio-Economics
Soils and soil building
and much more

Most important you learn how to weave all of these elements together into one design. Together you will create designs that will be given to the Sivananda Bahamas Ashram. Throughout the course you will be guided by two experienced permaculture designers and teachers (see below) as well as local teachers.

We warmly invite you to join us on this journey!

The Ashram is giving us a special price for tent sites with organic meals included! Pricing options will be posted very soon. Cost of course does not include airfare to and from Nassau, Bahamas.

For more information contact Richard (Dhyānānanda) at:
330-235-9422

Teacher Bios:
Richard G. Powell (Dhyānānanda)
Richard has enjoyed a deep connection with nature his whole life. In addition to being a certified permaculture designer, he has lived and practiced permaculture in sub-tropical, temperate and arid climates. While living in Florida he ran a community permaculture site known locally as “The Homestead”, he has worked and lived on organic farms in Europe, worked with an international aid organization (www.saleminternational.org), studied elements of horticultural design in Japan, Bamboo architecture in Colombia, South America, and cob/earthen building in Kentucky, USA. In between he has visited sites ranging from individuals’ back yards to Sepp Holzer’s property in Austria. He loves sharing permaculture!
www.permaculture.guru

Terry Meer (Hanuman)
Terry plants seeds of change in the community around him. He was born and raised on a sailboat where he quickly learned the limits of our valuable natural resources. He has studied alternative energy and permaculture in Hawaii, Costa Rica, and Panama and has studied to teach permaculture with Dave Jacke, Eric Toensmeier, John Jeavons, and many others. Terry was integral in the building of The Econ Farm in Orlando, Florida, and is founder of The Green Education Center. In addition to consultations and many other permaculture related events and talks, Terry teaches several Permaculture Design Courses each year.
www.greeneducationcenter.com

For more information Click Here

Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk

Posted on May 7th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Join us on at 10:00 am on Saturday May 7th for an educational medicinal and edible plant walk around Kashi in Sebastian Florida with Andy Firk. Kashi is an 80-acre permaculture project on the Saint Sebastian River that includes several ecosystems and an abundance of wild and wonderful plants to learn.

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If you have never met Andy, you will be amazed by his knowledge and love of plants. He started the Bamboo Grove, in Arcadia, Florida which is home to over 200 heirloom fruits, 35 clumping bamboo species, medicinals, natives, a great collection of perennial vegetables and herbs, and more. Andy is an author, super plant geek and a wonderful human being.IMG_3327

We will be on the guided walk from 10am-12pm. There will also be a free tour of the Kashi temples at 3:00pm and a free tour of the permaculture project at 4:00pm.

There will be a vegetarian dinner available (buffet style) offered at 5:00 pm for $12 per plate.

We hope to see you in the garden!

Cost: $15

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Where: 11155 Roseland Road Sebastian, Florida

Contact: info@greeneducationcenter.com

321-445-1395

Register Here today. Space is limited!


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