LAYTONVILLE SUSTAINABILITY IMMERSION: SUMMER 2017
June 19 through July 14
Tuition: $1,200 for full four-week course ($1,000 for early-bird sign ups!) or $350 for week-long modules
This four-week course at Laytonville Ecovillage will cover topics relating to sustainability, including permaculture, natural building, green building, solar technologies, and intentional communities. The four week-long modules can be taken individually, but we encourage you to take the entire course!
Week One: Permaculture
Introduction to permaculture and social permaculture / Greywater / Soil building / Site analysis / Food forests
Week Two: Natural Building and Rocket Stoves
Introduction to cob building / Rebuilding a rocket stove hot water heater / Adobe construction
Week Three: Green Building and Solar Technologies
Rebuilding an off-grid PV System / Energy conservation, green building, and building science / Upgrading an existing solar hot water system / Integrating solar energy with energy- efficient buildings / How to achieve energy efficiency / Codes / Title 24 / Net Metering / Policy and Politics
Week Four: Intentional Communities
Overview of Intentional Communities, Co-Housing, Ecovillages / Legal structures for owning and sharing land and resources / Zoning / Codes / Permits / Class K Owner-Builder permits / Social permaculture-specific applications / Collaborative design process for a bio-cultural corridor / Tiny homes / Land: real estate, wastewater, well water, energy and how these can be shared to bring down the cost of development
For more information about the Immersion, go to permacultureecovillage.com/lev2017/
BEGINNING OFF-GRID PV SYSTEMS
July 25th/26th, 2015
Instructor: Kelly Larson
In this 2 day workshop we will cover basic electricity essential to off-grid solar, off-grid system types, off-grid equipment, (including solar [PV] modules, charge controllers, batteries, inverters, and generators), load analysis, and system design.
Permaculture is a comprehensive ecological design system for living within our means. The foundation for permaculture is based on three principles: care for the earth, care for people, and sharing natural and social resources (fair share). This workshop will introduce you to how food, shelter, energy and community can work together to provide a foundation for ecovillages and sustainable communities. The course will look at the nuts and bolts of how to find and purchase land and see the potential that permaculture offers. Participation in the course will give you a “ground-up,” inside look at how a permaculture/ecovillage vision can move from vision to reality.
BUILD A ROCKET STOVE WATER HEATER
September 26th/27th, 2015
Instructor: Kirk Mobert
This is going to be a fun and innovative workshop demonstrating how a rocket stove can efficiently heat water. The weekend will be followed by a three-day rocket stove/natural building gathering.
INSTALL A GREYWATER SYSTEM
June 28–29, 2014, 9am–5pm
Residential greywater, which is wastewater generated from domestic processes such as washing dishes, laundry and bathing, is a valuable water resource that can be recycled to irrigate plants. Decentralized, low maintenance, and low energy methods can be used to move, treat and use water. In this unique course, you’ll learn options for purifying and reusing water for your home, business or community.
BUILD A COB OVEN
May 3–4, 2014, 9am–5pm
Cob ovens combine the utility of a wood-fired, retained-heat oven with the ease and timeless beauty of earthen construction. Building one will appeal to bakers, builders, and beginners of all kinds.
BUILD WITH ROUND POLE CONSTRUCTION
September 14–15, 2013, 9am–5pm
Round pole construction is a relatively simple, inexpensive way to build-it-yourself, using trees gathered from the woods. Light pole framing is a low impact, low risk, sustainable and fun way to get acquainted with the methods of round pole construction. We will explore the possibilities while selecting, cutting, preparing and building a light pole structure.
INTRO TO OFF GRID SYSTEMS
August 3–4, 2013, 9am–5pm
Learn what it takes to generate your own power and how it can work for you. We will cover basic electricity essential to off-grid solar, off-grid system types, off-grid equipment, (including solar [PV] modules, charge controllers, batteries, inverters, and generators), load analysis, and system design. We will also have a hands-on portion when we will build a solar (PV) system to power a solar hot water heating station and lighting.
SOLAR HOT WATER
June 22–23, 2013, 9am–5pm
Solar hot water systems have been around longer than photovoltaic electric systems, are more efficient, cost less to install, and can offer a greater range of solar applications. A typical thermal system can provide 80% of domestic hot water needs, and many systems combine with radiant and forced air systems to contribute to space heating.