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Center for Bioregional Living - Andrew Faust, Juniper & Adriana Magaña

Hands-on Permaculture Classes - Spring 2023 Ellenville. NY

These are the workshops that many of you have been waiting for!   They will be relaxed, very informative, fun and a great way to have an immersion educational experience on our permaculture campus.

 

Andrew Faust and Adriana Magaña at our Center for Bioregional Living are proud to present a series of advanced permaculture and ecological design courses this spring/summer 2023.

 

We have thoughtfully crafted each of these offerings to extend your fundamental Permaculture design skills and advance them strongly, with these hands on trainings taking you forward on the wings of true experience!

Our themes this season are;

  • Water in the Land

  • Biodynamic Gardening

  • Whole site Design

  • Forest Gardens/Tree Crops

  • Natural Building

 

All the courses in this series function as stand alone teachings and they build off of each other when taken together.  Come participate in the co-evolution of our Center for Bioregional Living while learning to live well with how the earth works. 

Everything that we will be working on here will be used and enjoyed by future visitors and students for many years to come.  Camping is encouraged, in designated areas on our land, and taking in the natural beauty of the area at one of the many nearby hiking areas (Lake Minnewaska State Park, Sam's Point, Peter's Kill to name a few)

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Designing with Water in Mind  April 29th - 10am and go till 4pm - $100

Designing with Water in Mind

April 29th - 10am and go till 4pm - $100

 

This course will focus in-depth on the energetics of water in the landscape by designing in the context of your watershed and implementing multi-functional Pharmscapes. You will learn layout and integration of off-the-grid, passive and gravity fed water supplies and low tech active systems.

 

Topics covered: finding and developing springs, uses for springs, where to create ponds, siting buildings & earthworks for optimal rainwater catchment sending overflows to rain gardens, gray water systems.

 

Hands-on activities: identifying and working with rain water systems, clearing springs and improving ponds.

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Introduction to Permaculture & Biodynamic Gardening

Saturday May 13th - 10am and go till 4pm - $100

Come and join us at our one of a kind of Permaculture farm in Ellenville.  The Center for Bioregional Living is an off grid market scale demonstration farm designed specifically, as our example to the regional food movement  Offering opportunities and approaches for addressing our food needs with more of an integrated, ecological, permaculture approach.

In this workshop we will have hands-on activities taking you from seed starting to bed prepping and planting a organic market scale garden. 

  •  Discuss preferred seed sources

  •  Explain the Biodynamic Calendar & how we use it

  •  Prep and plant beds in our garden

  •  Explain our rain water catching system

  •  Discuss permaculture in the fruit & vegetable garden layout

  •  Explain when we use the tractor and when we use hand tools

  •  Show you amendments that we use in our garden and why

 

You will get a chance to plant seed and prep beds and learn experientially about some key biodynamic and permaculture gardening insights and approaches to take home to your family and farm.

Introduction to Permaculture & Biodynamic Gardening  Saturday May 13th - 10am and go till 4pm - $100
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Advanced Permaculture Design - Whole Site Development May 27 and 28 - 10am and go till 4pm - $200  (Ideal for PDC graduates)

Advanced Permaculture Design - Whole Site Development May 27 and 28 - 10am and go till 4pm - $200

(Ideal for PDC graduates)

This course will focus on laying the groundwork for an entire land development project such as establishing ecological businesses, community farms, eco-villages, co-housing and homesteads.

Topics covered:

Reading the landscape, making use of topography and hydrology, reading biological indicators. whole site analysis, mapping techniques, Siting buildings and integrating the entire project through a solid phase plan.
 

Hands-on activities: siting buildings and infrastructure, laying out and establishing earthworks and infrastructure. We have thoughtfully crafted each of these offerings to function as stand alone teachings or to build off of each other when taken as the whole series. Come participate in the evolution of The Center for Bioregional Living’s Educational campus where teach the essentials of living abundantly by following nature’s patterns.

 

You will get a chance to plant seed and prep beds and learn experientially about some key biodynamic and permaculture gardening insights and approaches to take home to your family and farm.

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Forest Gardens and Tree Crops  

Saturday June 3  - 10am and go till 4pm - $100

 

This course will focus on gardening with nature through the creation of edible forest gardens, as well as the design and management of multi-functional woodlots.

Topics covered: designing, planting and management of woodlots for selective harvesting of fuel and building materials, understory value-added crops like shitake, ginseng, goldenseal and wild garlic, techniques for increasing the quality and productivity of wild edibles.

Hands-on activities: planting nut tree legacies, pruning and land management to accelerate succession.

Forest Gardens and Tree Crops    Saturday June 3  - 10am and go till 4pm - $100
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Naturally Built Tiny House

Saturday June 10 and 11

10am and go till 4pm - $300

 

HealthyBuildings = Healthy People

Natural, local and bioregional buildings contribute to ecologically sound local economies and create beautiful, healthy homes and villages to live our lives in.

 

You will learn to apply the permaculture principles throughout the building process. This hands on workshop will teach you about creating buildings with trees cut from the land, maximizing on-site and local raw materials and framing with rough cut local lumber. Passive solar design Phased and integrated site development and building techniques. Building structures and sacred sites with good feng shui and natural energy. Insulating naturally, using rainwater for domestic needs and greywater for gardens.

 

Come and learn how to create healthy, natural reasonably sized homes, outbuildings and communities.  We will teach you how to analyze building locations and materials to determine how ecologically safe and sound they are.

 

How to use straw bales;

Earthen Plasters, Light Clay straw

Passive solar hot water systems for domestic heating

Off grid Energy systems, Minimizing household sources of Electro-Magnetic Fields.

Using gravity and low energy pumps and systems for indoor/outdoor plumbing systems.

 

When you complete this entire series you will know how to create a beautiful naturally built home and community, from the ground up, and how to set yourself up to be fully off the grid! 

 

Most of our time will be spent outdoors and there will be plenty of hands-on work. Home cooked and locally sourced meals included! 

Lodging options include limited indoor common area as well as tent space on our beautiful 14 acres. Bring tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags. Classes will start at 10am Saturday    There is a bus from Port Authority to Ellenville where we could pick you up. Let us know if this is the best way for you to travel and we will save dinner for you!  There is a Trailways Bus to New Paltz that we can pick up at too. Anyone driving who has extra space in their car let us know so that we may organize carpooling.   

 

For questions or to reserve a space email andrew@homebiome.com | Link for Short Line Bus | Google map of our area

Come on up to our Permaculture educational campus in Ellenville,NY!

These are the workshops that many of you have been clamoring for. They will be relaxed, very informative, fun and a great way to have an immersion educational experience at our permaculture designed home and farmette. We are proud to present a series of advanced permaculture courses. 

 

We have thoughtfully crafted each of these offerings to extend your fundamental Permaculture design skills and advance them strongly, with these hands on trainings taking you forward on the wings of true experience!

 

Our themes this season are;

 

  • Natural Building

  • Whole Site Design

  • Water in the Land

  • Biodynamic Gardening

 

All the courses in this series function as stand alone teachings or to build off of each other when taken together.

Come participate in the co-evolution of our Center for Bioregional Living where we teach the essentials of high quality ways of living well with how the earth works. Everything that we will be working on here will be used and enjoyed by future visitors and students for many years to come. Camping is encouraged on our land and taking in the sights at one of the many nearby gorgeous hiking areas (Lake Minnewaska, Sam's Point, Peter's Kill to name a few...)

Center for Bioregional Living is a seminal destination for permaculture education. Andrew Faust and Adriana Magaña have been applying permaculture design for more than 20 years and in 7 years they have graduated over 500 students in NYC. They have developed advanced permaculture design courses and workshops on there 14 acre property in Ellenville, New York They are turning their dreams into reality by developing hubs of permaculture design in New York, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and the Tri-State area.

 

One of our main objectives is to offer an immersion learning environment for Permaculture design certification graduates. A place that is a Permaculture farm run, off grid growing market scale vegetables, nuts and berries using biodynamic and permaculture techniques. From using rain water gravity showers, cooking and eating from on site to drinking fresh springwater. With the help of our apprentices, advanced courses and volunteers we have created a beautiful rain catch humanure outhouse with urine separation, a gravity fed shower, a temporary kitchen which we will finish this fall and grew a bunch of food that we eat stored in our interim root cellar and sold to Saltie and Roebling Tea Room in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 

Extensive berry & orchard plantings, a chestnut coppicing woodlot and more. Natural building techniques and materials are displayed in all of the structures An extensive series of ponds add diversity, beauty and many growing opportunities such as chinampas and rice paddies. Highlights include a wide variety of fruit trees, medicinal herbs and berries planted close to their home making use of micro-climates, no-till and hugel culture garden beds, a pond plumbed for watering and their team of rotationally grazing chickens.

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Permaculture Graduates 2018
Permaculture Graduates 2018

Going over plans - Permaculture Training with Andrew Faust - Ellenville NY Steve Pagan Photography 2018

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Andrew Faust Permaculture Training
Andrew Faust Permaculture Training

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Permaculture Training Ellenville NY
Permaculture Training Ellenville NY

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Permaculture Certification - Maps
Permaculture Certification - Maps

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