The complete Permaculture Design Certification curriculum will include the following:
Cliff Davis has vast experience in the fields of permaculture, food forestry, organics, appropriate technology, natural building, deep nature connection and regenerative agriculture, that allow him to offer an integrative approach to land and culture repair. He empowers others to take a hands-on approach to design in his regular and advanced course offerings. His humor, straight-forward style and determination to make positive change, make him an engaging instructor, consultant and designer. He has taught over 40 courses, and has taken over 20 professional development courses. As a professional designer, he has worked for farms, intentional communities, school campuses and homesteaders. Cliff is the main instructor and curriculum developer for most of Spiral Ridge’s courses. He received his permaculture certificate in 2004 from the International Institute of Ecological Agriculture and his teacher training certificate from Dave Jacke. He later went on to co-teach the teacher training course, with Jacke. Cliff has been featured twice on The Permaculture Voices Podcast, The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann, Agricultural Insights podcast, Agro-Innovations podcast, and the C-Realm podcast and has been a speaker at many sustainability/farming events and conferences. Experience matters. For a detailed look at his experience, training & mentors as well as a list of courses that he has taught, check out his full resume.
Yona FrenchHawk - one of only 200 full-blooded Cherokee remaining who read and write in their mother tongue. Yona has dedicated his life to sharing the traditions, stories and songs he learned from his elders. He will be leading a traditional sweat lodge as he's done for almost 50 years, sharing around the fire and doing what he does best: show up.
"This [2016 PDC] course was incredible, very informative and well-taught. Content and facilitation was above expectations... Seven Springs is incredible a blessing and a gift! I love the sweet welcoming atmosphere that is here - also tranquility and beauty."
- Lisa, 2016 PDC Participant
"The facilitators met us where we were and did a great job gauging temperatures and responding accordingly. Great organization and flexibility. we covered a lot of content and had a ton of FUN! The facilitators really created a welcoming space that allowed our group to share and learn together. I'm delighted, inspired and humbled by facilitator knowledge, generosity and commitment to land, people and self-growth. I'm honored to be a part of this experience, humbled by the generosity of the Longs, and the absolute beauty of this land. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!"
- Tigran, 2016 PDC Participant
"I feel that this experience has opened me, enriched me and taught me more than I ever could have asked for. I feel a new light in me and a fire for this sort of work that was ever so strong before. I feel grateful. I feel as though I have been transformed in ways more abundant than I know, just by being here. I feel loved by this land/people. I LOVE IT BACK!"
- Lindsey, 2016 PDC Participant
"Beautiful people, beautiful land. Felt familiar, felt home. Fresh food, locally sourced and a nice selection of teas all day long... a girl can't complain! Always accommodating for guests and thinking of thoughtful fun extras. They were more than just instructors. They were inspirations, and most of all: FRIENDS!"
- Kelly, 2016 PDC Participant