Are you tired of feeling powerless about the world’s problems?
Are you looking for real solutions to address the issues we face today?
Are you ready for an inspiring, life-changing experience?
“I’m sure a PDC offered any ole place is as transforming and educational as this one was, but here [at Dancing Rabbit] it was magical. I laughed, I cried, I ate better than ever, I opened myself up to new experiences and I just really felt the love that exists here.”
— Andrea, past PDC Participant
“Permaculture is about showing up and leaving the world in better shape than when you found it. It’s about caring for people, caring for the earth, and helping everyone get their fair share. What better place to learn the design principles and philosophies of that system than at Dancing Rabbit, an entire community of people living and embodying these principles on a daily-life scale?”
— Brad, past PDC Participant
“Taking the class at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage had to be THE perfect setting for really thinking about permaculture in a deep and expansive way. … It has created chaos in my head, frankly, but also stimulated a new sense of curiosity and creativity. To borrow a famous line from the Dixie Chicks, “it turned my whole world around… and I kind of like it.”
— Gina, past PDC Participant
• Knowledge and hands-on experience in permaculture design and application
• Access to a worldwide movement
• A Permaculture Design Certificate
• Deep connections with classmates and teachers
• Hope, inspiration, and empowerment!
The course will be based in our beautiful Casa de la Cultura. The village, gardens, and agricultural lands of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage will be our laboratory. You’ll have abundant opportunities for hands-on learning!
Although course days are packed full, there will be opportunities to learn about Dancing Rabbit, connect with villagers, and participate in village activities. Please check out the rest of our website to learn more about our ecovillage.
Sharon Bagatell has been studying and practicing permaculture for the past twenty years in both temperate and tropical climates. Building on her extensive background as an environmental educator, she received a design certificate while living at Earthaven Ecovillage, a teaching certificate through Midwest Permaculture in Illinois, an advanced design certificate in Designing for Climate Resilience through Oregon State University, and a Home Horticulture Certification also through Oregon State.
Sharon lived at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage for 10 years where she and her partner built a timberframe straw-bale home with a gardenable roof. Natural building is in her bones and was one of the teachers of their Natural Building Workshops.
Sharon is presently living in Durham, North Carolina, and is passionately involved in citizen advocacy on climate change. She is the author of a permaculture curriculum for children and a step-by-step permaculture manual for low-literacy Malawian farmers.
Olivia Miller Peterson has been studying and working within the sustainability and Permaculture field for 9 years. She earned a degree in Environment, Economics, Development and Sustainability and during her studies contributed to thesis work on deforestation, climate change policy, and the Permaculture movement. After completing her PDC in Athens, Ohio, Olivia and her future husband Erik moved off-grid and began designing Fern Hollow Farm, their own 10-acre Permaculture oasis.
She completed her Permaculture Teacher Training with Midwest Permaculture and returned to Ohio State to complete a Masters in Social Work specializing in Mental Health and Community & Social Justice and enjoys bringing this “people care” lens to her Permaculture design work and teaching. Olivia also works as a therapist in the community specializing in horticulture and nature-based therapy, somatic psychotherapy, and trauma. Permaculture is Olivia’s life work – she is passionate about designing and facilitating intimate connection between people and nature in the hope that we might value each other and this beautiful Earth we all inhabit.
Erik Peterson first encountered Permaculture in 2012 while working at Community Food Initiatives, a 501 (c)3 non-profit focusing on regional food security through community and school gardens, and farmers’ market programs. Erik received his PDC at Solid Ground Farm in Athens, Ohio in Spring of 2014, where he also met Olivia, then went on to earn his Permaculture Teachers Training through Midwest Permaculture (MWP) in the summer of 2015.
After further training in natural building at Cal-Earth, Master Gardener certification, and Pattern Literacy (with Toby Hemenway), Erik accepted an offer to become a Teaching Apprentice with Bill and Becky Wilson of MWP.
Erik has co-taught 15 Permaculture Design Courses with MWP across the US and Canada over the last 3 years, and has facilitated and taught in 3 PDC courses independently. Erik also teaches the Permaculture curriculum locally at Hocking College. Erik splits his time between the educational and social Permaculture centered farm he and his partner Olivia Miller Peterson co-founded in 2015, Fern Hollow Farm, LLC, and Erik’s business by the same name, which focuses on Permaculture and native plant design and installations, rainwater systems, earthworks, masonry, building and more.