CLLC L230 Permaculture: Learning through Nature
(GenEd & CASE N&M credit)
This course will take place from June 5th through June 19th (2016) at the Lazy Black Bear Retreat Center in Paoli, Indiana (located about an hour south of Bloomington and surrounded by the beautiful Hoosier National Forest). The course will be taught by Religious Studies Professor David Haberman, Peter Bane, Keith Johnson (two of the best Permaculture teachers in the country and editors 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 design technique for creating sustainable human communities that are in harmony with the 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.
Students who complete this course not only get three hours of IU credit, but also receive their certification in Permaculture, which enables them to practice and teach the art and science of Permaculture. Participants will be camping outdoors in tents or staying in cabins for the duration of the two-week course. The course classroom is a renovated barn, the Lazy Black Bear grounds are an inspirational site for thinking about Permaculture, and an expansive dining hall, solar shower facilities and indoor composting toilets are available (as well as ponds for swimming, forest for hiking, gardens for eating, and campfires for gathering around for music and conversation in the evenings). Students must complete an application and be accepted to register for the course. The application deadline is Friday, April 1st. The application is available at: http://www.indiana.edu/~llc/academics/permaculture.shtml.
Enrollment is limited to 25 students. In addition to tuition for a 3-credit GenEd & CASE N&M course, a fee of $695 will be charged to cover transportation, food, lodging, facilities, and some course materials. Anyone wanting more information should contact Prof. David Haberman at email@example.com.