Apply now: CLLC-L 230 Permaculture: Learning through Nature



CLLC-L 230 Permaculture: Learning through Nature

3 credits; IUB GenEd N&M and COLL (CASE) N&M credit


Professor David Haberman writes:

The course will take place from May 31 through June 14, 2015, at the Lazy Black Bear, located just south of Paoli, Indiana. Besides me, the course will be taught by Peter Bane, Keith Johnson (two of the best Permaculture teachers in the country who are former residents of the Permaculture eco-village Earthaven and are the publishers of the Permaculture Activist, the only Permaculture magazine in North America), and Rhonda Baird (a talented young Permaculture practitioner and teacher from the forests of southern Indiana).


Permaculture, for those who know little about it, is a holistic design technique for creating sustainable human communities that are in harmony with a particular natural environment. It is a rapidly growing and internationally recognized design system for creating better ways of living with our life support systems and with each other. It is a set of principles and techniques that aim to create ecologically sound, economically prosperous, and spiritually rich human communities. This course provides students with innovative conceptual tools and the chance to view the future from many different angles. This is a unique opportunity for hands-on experience in a class at Indiana University.


We are excited to announce that the course is returning to the magical Lazy Black Bear, a 270-acre retreat center situated in the middle of the Hoosier National Forest. This site gives students ample opportunity to experience the wonders of the woods of southern Indiana while contemplating some of the most challenging issues of our times within a creative community. It features swimmable ponds, a 3-acre organic farm, a renovated barn classroom, a spacious and picturesque outdoor eating pavilion, a kitchen that prepares locally grown organ food, solar showers, composting toilets, a menagerie of animals (including opossums), an open meadow for residence in a tent or cabin, and funky art everywhere.


Students must complete an application and be accepted to register for this course. Enrollment is limited to 25 students. In addition to getting three hours of IU course credit, students who successfully complete the course will receive permaculture certification, which enables them to practice the art and science of permaculture. In addition to tuition for a 3-credit GenEd & CASE N&M course, a special course fee of $795 covers round-trip transportation, food, lodging, use of facilities, books, and course materials. The application deadline is March 30, 2015. The application and further information about the course is available at: Anyone wanting to know more about the course is welcome to email me at Relish this day!


David Haberman

Professor, IUB Department of Religious Studies