Pre-Festival 3-Day Permaculture Intensive

3 Day Intensive May 24th Action Day Festival Workshops
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May 21st – 23rd

Gain wisdom in the observation of nature and how you can work with it! The 3-day Permaculture Intensive is an in-depth workshop and learning experience exploring a hands-on approach to urban gardening and holistic land design for only $333 (INCLUDES Camping, Meals, Yoga, Native Ceremony & 3 Days of Learning! ) Participants will walk away with a grounded understanding of the permaculture design process with project ideas to bring back home.   

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More About the 3 Day Intensive

The Permaculture Intensive Experience will host registered guests for three days of learning; the cost for participation is $333. The action-oriented workshop will address natural building methods, soil health, water design integration, planting techniques, edible food forests, container gardening, and much more. The complete immersion event includes prepared meals, camping, morning ceremony, evening discussions and a dynamic learning environment.

Brief Course Summary_PRC2617
The 3-day Permaculture Intensive is an in-depth workshop and learning experience exploring a hands-on approach to urban gardening and holistic land design. Grounded in the principles of permaculture, this action-oriented workshop will address natural building methods, soil health, water design, planting techniques, food forests, container gardening, whole systems theory and much more! Students enrolled in the 3-day comprehensive process will build real projects, creating two spaces that will serve as educational zones during the festival weekend. The learning course will include optional daily yoga, meditation and Native American ceremony. On Wednesday, May 24th, following the course, participants will be encouraged into leadership opportunities to apply their new skills at a Permaculture Action Day, open to the public, in Edwards, IL, where volunteers will transform 7 Circle Heritage Center through the principles of permaculture, diversifying the Center’s landscape.

Holistic Learning Environment
SA Group photo funny 2016The workshop offers a complete immersion event including prepared meals, camping, morning ceremonies, evening discussions and a dynamic learning environment. The intensive will be facilitated by a collective of teachers who have studied the course concepts both internationally and domestically and boast years of applied knowledge, offering a broad and practical perspective. Participants can expect a compelling life experience valuing community, embracing new friends and illuminating a renewed perspective of abundant regenerative solutions to some of modern society’s most pressing challenges.

Social Responsibility and Empowerment_PRC2633
The 3-day introduction into permaculture will prepare participants with the knowledge needed to return to their communities and take action. The conclusion of the course weaves the elements learned into a mini system design experience, cultivating students into leadership roles, organizing volunteers in the Permaculture Action Day on Wednesday, May 24th. Those attending the weekend festival will have the opportunity to deepen their experience through hosting space as garden stewards in the SOULPATCH garden, interacting with festival patrons around the new found knowledge from the course and the installations in  SOULPATCH.

Permaculture Action Day
An extension of the 3-day Intensive, the Permaculture Action Day, co-facilitated with the Permaculture Action Network, is a one-day blitz event that will bring hundreds of people together to implement systems that regenerate ecology and create community spaces at 7 Circles Heritage Center in Edwards, IL. Approximately 25 miles from Summer Camp Music Festival, the action day will be open to the public, encouraging festival attendees to give back to the neighboring community in a celebrated day of earthworks. Portions of the landscape will be transformed into models of permaculture, creating terraces, swales and planting trees and plants.


Frequently Asked Questions

What will this course cover?
This pre-festival 3-Day Intensive will cover the basic principles of permaculture through discussions, brief lectures and hands-on active learning. Content covered will include but not be limited to:
Natural Building
Composting techniques
Soil Health
Rain Harvesting
Conscious irrigation methods
Wicking & seedling care
Edible Food forests
Hugekulture Mounds
Sheet Mulching and soil building strategies
Vertical Gardening
Raised Beds & Container Gardens
Polycultures & Companion Planting
Integrated Pest Management
Aquaponics
Mycelium & Mushroom Cultivation
Herb Spirals
Design Theory & Holistic Ecology
Waterbodies
Cob Ovens & Solar Ovens
Earthworks with Swales and Terraces
Asset Mapping Social Permaculture
Horticulture planting techniques
And many more…
What does the day-to-day of the course schedule look like?
As part of the course, participants will help to contribute to bringing to life SOULPATCH that will support educational programing throughout the festival weekend. The class is an integrated approach mixed with a classroom style component (discussions, brief lectures, handout review, brainstorms), active learning style (hands-on participation creating, planting and building), and group sharing (optional sunrise silence with tea, meditation, yoga, native ceremony and reflection circles).What is SOULPATCH?
SOULPATCH is the permanent garden space at Three Sisters Park, the home of Summer Camp Music Festival. SOULPATCH is an educational living platform to facilitate ongoing workshops and learnings around permaculture and natural building techniques.What information will I be able to bring home?
Our intention is to prepare you to take action! After the course you will have learned an entire series of techniques to help you transform any space. There will be course content in electronic format, or if you choose the option prior to the course we can provide a folder of handouts. The handouts will be referenced during the course and bundled as an electronic download after the event.What is 7 Circles Heritage Center and what is a Permaculture Action Day?
7 Circles Heritage Center is a community centered on Native American teachings creating a spiritual gathering place for all people. 7 Circles Heritage Center is ~ 25 miles from Summer Camp Music Festival and the recipient of a gift from the Summer Camp Music Festival community, a Permaculture Action Day. The cumulative learning of the 3-Day course is designed as an innovative approach to use your new knowledge and skills in a practical leadership application, helping to lead volunteers in the earthworks creation of swales, terraces, soil building and planting. May 24th, after the course, is an opportunity to experience a whole systems design project. The Permaculture Action Day, co-facilitated with the Permaculture Action Network, is a one-day blitz event that will bring hundreds of people together to implement systems that regenerate ecology and create community spaces. Open to the public, the Action Day is encouraging festival attendees to give back to the neighboring community – ‘many hands make light work’! You will have the option to spend the night at 7 Circles, or, if you purchased a festival ticket, you will be able to return to site Wednesday evening. Out of respect for the Heritage Center, this event is explicitly not a party. We will have a zero tolerance policy for anyone engaging in party activities.How does the Permaculture Action Day relate to the 3-Day Intensive? What is the cost to participate?
The Day of Action is free and open to the public. We encourage you to reach out to your friends already going to summer camp and encourage them to plan ahead and participate! The Day of Action is not required, but it’s a great opportunity for you to take some of your new-found knowledge you learned in the 3-day course and pass it on! It’s a chance for you to apply your broadened understanding and TEACH others what you know! Remember the tenets of permaculture are care for the earth, care for people, and provide abundance – this day of action is an opportunity for you to live that abundance and spread your knowledge! Find more information on the Day of Action HERE.What is included in the $333 fee?
The $333 fee covers all of the expenses of the 3-Day Intensive and includes meals during the workshop, camping, electronic curriculum/ worksheets, optional yoga and meditation classes in the early morning, integrated native wisdoms and ceremony. To participate in the 3-Day workshop, you do not have to be a patron of the festival.  However, 3-Day Intensive participants will have the option to volunteer at the festival; email Soulshine@summercampfestival.com for more information. What will a typical day look like, what will participants have access to?
This course is designed as an intensive. The days will be full of activities and will be highly focused to one specific area. You will not be permitted to roam the festival grounds. THIS IS NOT A PARTY – it is a highly focused learning opportunity. The participants of this course will be part of the foundation of long term efforts to integrate permaculture learning at the festival grounds.What should I bring?
Camping gear, daily necessities, hygiene necessities, a positive attitude, gardening and permaculture concepts and questions to share with the groups, a reusable water bottle and reusable dishware/ utensils for meal time, any classroom materials that assist in your learning (pens, pencils, notebooks, binders with learning materials, voice recorders, cameras etc.).

  • You may also want to bring snacks for yourself or to share. Organic fair-trade chocolate is always good to share on long days! If you are called to share your favorite teas, seeds, or if you are musically inclined, please do so!
  • PLEASE DO NOT PLAN ON PARTYING AT THIS WORKSHOP – please save your adult celebrations and extra-curricular activities for the festival weekend.

Where will we camp?

We will camp at 7 Circles Heritage Center, which is also where will have breakfast and dinner.  After breakfast we will travel to 3-Sisters Park, the site of Summer Camp Music Festival and maintain daily class curriculum at SOULPATCH.  We will also have evening class curriculum at 7 Circles Heritage Center.

Will there be power available?

There will be limited power available – plan as best you can to go without power needs for a few days. Digital Detoxing can be a powerful practice!

What will the group dynamics be like? 

You will essentially be living in community for 3 days. There will be small breaks for free time. Should you need some isolation and downtime, use these breaks wisely. Often times this break time will be consumed in conversation and exploring concepts and projects discussed during the course. This will be an intimate setting, you will likely make fast friends with your fellow classmates, potentially finding new friends for life!

What does the participation look like during the festival? 

There is no course requirements during the festival, but your participation in the workshops and as active educators in the demonstration space are highly encouraged. You will be proud of what you and your classmates have developed and and you will want to show it off and teach all your friends everything you know!

Who are the teachers for this? 

We have a dynamic team of facilitators and instructors who are passionate about food sovereignty, universal access to healthy local food and systems design communities in more balance with ecology. The individuals have real world experience developing dynamic projects, studying food systems around the world, and educating advanced concepts in practical terms.


2017 3-Day Permaculture Intensive Educators

Ande Schewe is an artist, researcher, experimenter, entrepreneur and producer…. and could most likely be described as an “Earth walker” or more simply “plant like”. In cities they call him a Farmer, in rural areas the call him a Gardener.  Ande has planted trees, nuts and fruits and vegetables on his family farm since he was a boy. In the late 90’s he attended Hocking College and became a certified Herbalist. In 2001, he completed his first Permaculture Design certification with Lost Valley Education Center under guidance of Toby Hemenway, Jude Hobbs, and Rick Valley.  His way of “farming” is not just about growing vegetables, it is a way of building relationships between the farm and the people who receive the vegetable, fruits, nuts and seeds.     

Ande has co facilitated multiple permaculture courses with Cincinnati Permaculture Institute since 2008.  He has lead Edible/Medicinal Plant Walks in the Ohio River Valley since 2001. He has offered permaculture/nature based consult to farms, homes, businesses, communities, schools, and more. He has been published in numerous publications with writings about nature, foraging, culture, farming, local food concepts and more. He continues to be an asset to his local farming community as a source of knowledge on natural and holistic approaches to agriculture. He is always ready to face new challenges with integrity to the land, and future generations.  He has design strategies, insight, and new observations for all situations.

Carrie Lierl is Co-Director and Project Coordinator of Columbus Growing Collective, an emerging group dedicated strengthening local food systems, improving health and wellness, and encouraging solidarity within and between the communities of Columbus through innovative partnerships that connect growers, end users and once idle spaces transformed into productive urban plots. A Graduate of the University of Cincinnati, in Environmental Justice, accompanied by three minors in International Human Rights, Environmental Analysis and Policy, and Sustaining the Urban Environment, she is a passionate permaculturist drawn to the practice of urban farming as a means for addressing various forms of environmental injustices experienced in marginalized communities. Having spent a handful of years learning from and working with various urban agriculture projects around the world, her reasons for supporting this work have expanded to include everything from its potential as an art form to its capacity for strengthening communities. Carrie earned her PDC in 2013 in British Columbia, and recently studied advanced permaculture methods in Cuba.

Valerie Wolfe is the principle of Diverse Metamorphosis, a non-profit organization created to further movements of social change toward a more harmonious and peaceful world through the education of self-sustaining initiatives including permaculture, homesteading, holistic nutrition and wellness, spiritual and emotional health, survival, art, music, creativity, and more! Valerie has had dirt under her fingernails for as long as she can remember and aspires to spread her passion for microbes, mycelium and horticulture to anyone willing to learn! A local to central Illinois, Valerie is a central figure to the 2016 team with abundant knowledge of the immediate bio-region in the proximity of Summer Camp Music Festival.

Loren Heacock is a co-founder of thePOOSH.org which connects volunteers with natural build projects all over the world. Loren has experience in building with cob, roundwood timber framing, thatch, stones, and really anything else you can find in the woods. If you can build with it, Loren will figure it out with his 6 years of building with permaculture techniques.

Michael Beck is on a mission to become a permaculture master. He is a co-founder of thePOOSH.org and is most experienced in natural building; he has built an earthship, a cob cottage, a yoga studio, wood shake and thatch roofs, cob ovens, outdoor kitchen spaces and more. Recently settling in Disputanta, Kentucky, Michael and surrounding community have recently implemented a two acre food forest and are preparing to build a thatched log cabin. Michael Beck completed his PDC at Terra Alta in Portugal.

Joanna Amorim recently moved to America from her home country, Portugal, where she studied herbalism, permaculture, and natural building. She has built a cane dome with Canaviva, a cob cottage, a star dome, compost toilets, and more. She lived and studied at Terra Alta community in Portugal, where she completed her PDC, social permaculture course, and permaculture teacher training. She continues her passions of food forest and landscape design, art, and acrobatics in Disputanta, Kentucky.