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“In chaos lies unparalleled opportunity for imposing creative order.” – Bill Mollison
- Earthworks is a foundational concept for all permies to understand. This course will provide information about how water moves over your land, different types of earthworks you can construct to help with your design, and earthworks “dos and dont’s.”
- Earthworks can be intimidating for everyone, from beginners to seasoned permaculturists and this course will break down the core concepts and competencies needed to guide you in understanding your future designs, your landscapes, and the way you interact and dance with the land.
Questions this course will answer:
Each course is broken down into digestible lessons and each lesson contains different components.
Lectures are broken down into bite sized mini lectures* with key takeaways for your viewing and comprehension ease. Please view all content for the best learning experience.
Engage with your peers and community in forums and discussions related to this lesson and course. Deepen your understanding by digging into the community knowledge available
Additional resources are available for your additional learning at the bottom of the lesson. Take advantage of the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the lesson at hand.
Take notes using the embedded, super nifty notetaker tool (the black box labelled Take Notes) in the lessons. As you progress lesson to lesson, course to course, your notes will cumulative into one handy-dandy document.
*Note: Since the original filming of these lectures, we have made some improvements, tweaks, and updates such as breaking the lectures into bite-sized chunks, reorganizing topics, and expanding the additional resources available. We made these little tweaks to bring this course from amazing to legendary and to provide the best learner experience possible. So occasionally you may hear one of the teachers refer to a resource (ie: Notepack) or mention a former lesson that you can’t find in this specific course–don’t fret!
Meet your teachers
Neal is from an Irish family with a background in dairy farming. He has worked in agricultural projects all over the world, including Australia and Colombia. He came to Guatemala five years ago to study write a thesis on the relationship between permaculture and traditional agricultural practices of the mayan people. He has been here since, working on many different Permaculture projects, before starting his own Permaculture farm, Granja Tzikin, with his two partners. He now manages his farm and farm to table restaurant, teaches in the Atitlan Organics permaculture teachers guild and work as a designer and consultant with Regenera.
David "Brock" Barker
Brock Barker was raised as an outdoorsman in the marshes and forests of south Louisiana, where he developed a passion for all things plants. After studying horticulture at university, Brock has worked in nurseries, landscaping outfits, and in the facilitation of a horticultural therapy program, and more. His primary ‘work’ for the last 12 years has been developing a 10 acre homestead which serves as personal garden of Eden and educational space for volunteers and workshops. Brock’s proficiency in areas such as mushroom cultivation/ foraging, fermentation, and botany, combined with his infectious enthusiasm make him an integral part of our team.