Sunday, February 28, 2010

Cohousing conference seeks permaculture presentations

From the Cohousing-L list:

What cohousing expertise might you share with other conference participants? Spirituality? Relocalization? Midwifery? Permaculture? Finance? Social justice? Arts? Reserves studies? Kids in community? Sociocracy? Archival practices? Retrofit cohousing? One-planet living? Aging in community?

More information, including how to present proposals.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Permaculture Seminar in Colorado Springs in March

Via the Pikes Peak Permaculture listserv, I heard about this event, happening March 13 in Colorado Springs:
Falcon Garden Club Hosts a PermaCulture Seminar

Presented by Becky Elder Certified Permaculture Teacher/Designer Owner of Blue Planet Earthscapes

Permaculture gardening uses techniques & practices combining native plant cultivation, wildlife gardening & edible landscaping into a low maintenance productive ecosystem

DATE: Saturday, March 13, 2010

TIME: 9 am - 3 pm - Check-in 8:30 am Seminar Starts Promptly at 9 am

ADDRESS: Meridian Ranch Recreation Center
10301 Angeles Rd, Falcon, CO (Meridian & Londonderry Dr.)

COST: $20.00 for Members of Falcon Garden Club $25.00 for Non-members

* Space is limited preregistration preferred by March 6
* Continental Breakfast provided Beverages & Snacks
* Bring your own lunch

Contact Lisa Funk for more information 495-0747

Sounds like a great gardening focused introduction.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Willow Way Permaculture Classes approved

As I have previously posted, Willow Way Permaculture ran into some issues with zoning and neighbors.

It looks like they have now been resolved. Via the Boulder Weekly:
The board voted unanimously to give Parker permission to host the full number of class participants she had requested — 20 students for the adult workshops and 12 students for the kids sessions. The commissioners did, however, limit her to no more than 10 cars on her property at a time, in response to concerns about traffic, parking and pollution.

Sustainability Workshop in Boulder Sat Feb 27

In Boulder, on Saturday February 27, there will be a 2 1/2 hour event allowing you to "interact with fellow residents and offer your input on the future growth and development of the City of Boulder".

Here's a PDF detailing the event. And here's more information the larger context of this meeting(the 2010 Major Update to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Colorado Permaculture Convergence Scheduled

Save the date! The Colorado Permaculture Convergence is scheduled for Sunday, August 22nd, at the 63rd Street Farm near Boulder, Colorado. Contact the High Altitude Permaculture Institute if you are interested in helping organize this event.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

CRMPI Full Moon Festival

From an email sent by Jerome Ostenkowski, of the Central Rocky Mountian Permaculture Institute:
Good Morning Friends of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute,

In the month of February, new life is beginning as we feel a bit of Spring fever, with seeds and bulbs beginning their journey toward the light.

We would like to invite you all up to our home for a full moon-workshop-feast and festival on Saturday the 27th beginning at 10:10am.

Jerome will be teaching a mini workshop on 'Stream of Consciousness Gardening,' as we continue our seasonal rotations in the greenhouse. It will be time for transplanting all different kinds of brassicas, legumes, herbs, and beneficial flowers. He will also be teaching about building soil, and the ways of the worm farmer.

On Saturday we will come together for a community day in the Phoenix greenhouse and a wonderful CRMPI lunch. This afternoon can include 'fire pole' training, from the top of our new sleeping loft in the greenhouse, and an optional archery and knife throwing demo at the in-house archery range.

As we continue into the evening there will be space for yoga, a community sweat in our sauna, and solar showers in the greenhouse. This will be followed with a potluck dinner, popcorn, and a possible movie showing.

As the night falls, we invite you to stay for a full moon hike and cabin camp-in up in the Juniper House cabin. Beautiful stargazing and a warm wood stove insured.

Please feel welcome to be a part of any or all of this extended celebration. Danita, Jerome and I would love your company. Please RSVP to, or give us a call here at 970-927-4158. Also, feel free to pass on this invitation to anyone who might like to join us.

Our workshop and course schedule for 2010 is now posted at:, we would greatly appreciate you spreading the word about these opportunities.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Southern Colorado Design Course: Summer 2010

July 26 – August 7, 2010

A Two-week Permaculture Design Certificate Course is being offered
In Westcliffe, Colorado.

I am excited to be teaching with a great group of folks in Southern Colorado this summer. I have some new teaching modules around sustainable finance and local economics that I am working on incorporating into the curriculum and I feel this is the time to take a design course if you have not already. Becky Elder, Sandy Cruz and Jerome Ostentowski are all coming down for this course at an off-the-grid site up in the Wet Mountains.

I would love it if you passed the word around to your friends and community about this course!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Jeff Lawton: Greening the Desert

How impressive!