Regenerative Systems Design Course
The course is heavily dependent upon online involvement in forums - where you share reflections upon the content explored within a collaborative learning environment. On completion of the course you will submit a design task which involves drawing a sector analysis and zone map of your property - with an associated explanation of the submission.
This course acts as the first module for completion of the Permaculture Design Certificate and has been discounted to give you the opportunity to experience the online learning environment offered through Regenepreneur.
This is the first course of the Permaculture Design Certificate and acts as the foundation to understanding permaculture design in its application to creating regenerative foundscapes.
Some of the topics covered in the course include:
- Pattern Recognition: Exploring the form and function of patterns expressed within natural systems and some of the underlying concepts in how they develop.
- Permaculture Principles: Exploring the principles formulated by David Holmgren that underpin functional permaculture design.
- Sectors & Zones: Investigates the patterns and layout of a permaculture site.
In this course we explore the following aspects of regenerative design:
- Pattern Recognition: The main goal in applying patterns in landscape design is to harmonise with natrual processes that are constantly working to build a balanced interaction of diverse elements, in order to store as much energy moving through an ecosystem as possible within living things. This process guides the assembly of natural systems, which develop into complex, self-regulating assemblies of life that result in the longest storage of energy passing through an ecosystem before it is lost again. The more complexity within a system the more opportunity for that energy to passed between different organisms within beneficial interactions or consumption of each other resulting in a greater yield from that system.
- Permaculture Principles: Permaculture is often described as a way of seeing and thinking about the world which incorporates a diverse "toolbox" of technologies to the design of sustainable and regenerative habitats for life. Such a broad idea has been further broken down into permaculture principles by one of the founders of permaculture David Holmgren. The idea of the principles is to provide a set of considerations to guide a permaculture designer. These principles can be used as a checklist for a designer to go through and see what improvements can be made to a system.
- Sectors & Zones: Investigates the patterns and layout of a permaculture site. Permaculture zones describe areas within a farm landscape that have different frequencies of use and would therefore suit different land-uses. Those areas closest to the house and are frequented most often would suit placement of systems that require regular maintenance and inspection. These efficiency of time and effort result in great savings of personal energy and efficiency of operation which allow a person to economise time spent on tasks and focus on areas with the greatest return of yield, without being bogged down with routine maintenance tasks.
This is a project based course - where we explore the theory and review examples of perennial orchard systems designed in alignment with ecologically-balanced permaculture principles.In this course you will explore concepts with others and benefit from working collaboratively to improve learning outcomes through online forums and an exclusive access Facebook mastermind group.
The course is entirely online - with topics explored through video resources, readings and online forums. The course builds towards a research and design task that provides opportunity to expand upon course materials, learn from each other and receive coaching and advice on your project goals.This course can be enrolled in separately - or through enrollment in the Permaculture Design Certificate, be incorporated into a more comprehensive analysis of the design regenerative food producing systems.
This course acts as the final design task for the Permaculture Design Certificate course - but can be enrolled in separately if you wish to develop a permaculture design without exploring the design philosophy or see it applied to the variety of different systems explored in the whole course. Completing this course does not result in a Permaculture Design Certificate being awarded - unless the other Agrifutures courses are also completed (either separately - or part of an integrated PDC course).
Design of Regenerative Systems
Regenerative design seeks to integrate carefully selected productive systems so that they harmonise together to create functionally complex systems that have a productive and sustainable yield of resources. Part of applying a regenerative design is to break down the design and installation of a system into a set of logical and complimentary steps. This enables a permaculture designer to navigate the complexities of a design in an organised manner.
Challenges of Current Land Use
The history of human land use has resulted in:
- Changing the global carbon cycle and, possibly, the global climate.
- Nutrient inputs to the biosphere from fertilizers and atmospheric pollutants now exceed natural sources and have widespread effects on water quality and coastal and freshwater ecosystems.
- Transformed the hydrologic cycle to provide freshwater for irrigation, industry, and domestic consumption affect regional climates.
- Through changes in surface energy and water balance.
- Declines in biodiversity through the loss, modification, and fragmentation of habitats; degradation of soil and water; and over exploitation of native species.
Land use thus presents us with a dilemma. On one hand, many land-use practices are absolutely essential for humanity, because they provide critical natural resources and ecosystem services, such as food, fiber, shelter, and freshwater. On the other hand, some forms of land use are degrading the ecosystems and services upon which we depend, so a natural question arises: Are land-use activities degrading the global environment in ways that may ultimately undermine ecosystem services, human welfare, and the long-term sustainability of human societies?
It has been well documented that the scale of change required over the next few decades requires profound changes in how we design, construct and inhabit our environments. We will not sustain the will needed to make and maintain these changes, day after day, without evoking the spirit of caring that comes from a deep connection to place.