Permaculture Design Course (a rambling confession)

On Friday I signed up for an online Permaculture design course, or PDC. I’ve mentioned Permaculture in a previous post and listed its core tenets: care of the earth, care of people and return of surplus. It’s a system of design with a focus on relationships created by the way individual elements are placed together. I think of pointillism (small dots applied in patterns to create a picture), or the whole being greater than the sum of its parts, but I’m not sure how to apply this to our homestead, our garden or our life.

The course is 24 weeks with one “class” a week and online multiple choice testing. I’ve never taken an online course so I’m not exactly sure how that is going to work. The professor, Geoff Lawton, a Permaculture guru, is in Australia and will be in communication with students via email and on a web forum. I have watched a few of the introductory videos and Geoff’s enthusiasm for the course and subject is contagious. Even more exciting are the comments from others who have taken the course–all glowing. Along with being nervous, I am also extremely excited.

Why am I nervous? I’m worried I will get into the course and find out I don’t really like it, or it’s too hard or I lack the motivation (too lazy in other words) to complete it, to become a certified Permaculture designer.

I don’t have a designer’s brain. When working as a project manager, the creative directors came up with the big concept and I removed obstacles, pulled together schedules and made sure the concept came to life. I had to see the big picture but work in the details and keep my team on track, on schedule and on budget. I was good at my job as a project manager. I wasn’t a designer for a reason.

But…maybe this course will change the way I think about things…the way I look at the world.

I’ve hit or started many of my goals for 2013…I started writing this blog, I made wine, I started a garden, I signed up for an Appleseed shoot…and now I’ve signed up for a PDC. Can I keep this momentum going for 24 weeks? I think I can. 🙂

One response to “Permaculture Design Course (a rambling confession)

  1. Big ideas only become reality with the tenacious attention of someone like you, the project manager. Being a ‘designer’ is only a minor part of this new adventure you are on – remember that. If you can’t plan it, implement it, and tend to it – what good is it? Be very thankful you have such a good basis to expand upon. Designing is easy … making it all work is the trick. Watch HGTV Love It Or List It a couple times and you’ll see where I’m going with this 🙂

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