Teaching & Learning


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September – November, 2014 “Beginning with Home: Permaculture Design Course”  Atlanta, GA.  

Saturday September 6, 2014.  “Perennial Vegetables” Organic Growers School Harvest Conference.

Sunday, March 9. “Medicinal Polycultures” Workshop Organic Growers School University of North Carolina, Asheville.  

Wild Foods Walk Saturday, April 5th (rain date April 6th), 10 am-2pm.
*$35 for lunch and plant walk by Keri Evjy – Educator, Designer, Herbalist for Healing Roots Design

Come walk in the woodlands of our 11 acre homestead and discover native edibles and medicinals allies of the Southern Appalachians surrounding us. Using our senses, we’ll look, touch, taste, and prepare the local spring bounty underfoot and together enjoy a nutritional farmstead meal with our foraged vitals! The class fee includes the wild fore and meal. If inspired, please bring a homemade canned delight or spring time side with a story to share!

To register, please email: ashleyadamsenglish(at)gmail(dot)com.

April 12-26. Permaculture Design Course Urban Farm School. Ashevillage 


Institute, Asheville, NC.  


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Sunday, February 2, 2014 : Embodied Permaculture Retreat Dharma Door Retreat Center. What role does embodiment play in permaculture?  How can one embody permaculture?  Join us for this interactive exploration. By donation.

Wednesday February 5, 2014.  Earthsong Circle Singing 5-6, Potluck 6-7, Singing 7-8.  Dharma Door Retreat Center.

February 8.  Herbal Medicine Basics.  Tincture and Salve-making. 10-4:30pm. Dreaming Mountain Retreat Center, Eden, VT.

February 9.  Permaculture Primer 10-4:30pm.  Dreaming Mountain Retreat Center

February 10, 12, and 17, 19: Permaculture Primer Dharma Door Retreat Center, Underhill, VT.

February 14-16. Permaculture Design Course, Frazer Center, Atlanta, GA

February 19. Superpower plants for your Yard, Dharma Door Retreat Center, Underhill, VT.

February 24-28. Girls Winter Camp – Empowerment, Growing and Fun!

Dharma Door Retreat Center, Underhill, VT.  10am-5pm and an overnight on Thursday.

Join Abbi Jaffe and Keri Evjy for a week of empowerment, learning, and fun.

Feb Break Camp: Girls ages 8-12. Older girls can be assistants.

This is a week where girls can be themselves, cultivate sisterhood, learn and practice communication skills and connect to nature.

Skills: yoga, acro yoga, games, ecology and plant identification, communication skills, cooking from the garden, art, wisdom circles, singing, mentoring, hiking, time in nature and exploring inner nature, and an overnight (Thursday).

We will have activities we do every day (opening and closing circle, movement/yoga classes).

There are classes we are excited to teach and find very valuable. We will also base the classes on the interests of the girls.

$260-400/week, sliding scale. More of a sliding scale is available. Please just check in and ask.

Bring your own lunch for Monday thru Friday. We will provide meals Thursday night and Friday morning.

We need a $75 deposit to hold your spot.

Sign up with Abbi at abbi.jaffe@gmail.com 802-318-3927
Wednesday February 26, 2014 Earthsong Circle.  Dharma Door Retreat Center, Underhill, VT.  5-6 Singing, 6-7 Potluck, 7-8 Singing.


September 26, 2013 6-8:30 Superstar Plants for your Yard!

Right plant, right place!  Do you have areas in your yard that could use a functional, medicinal, or abundant botanical makeover?  At the Superpower Plants workshop, we’ll cover a dream list of useful permaculture plants that add diversity, resilience, function, and beauty to our surroundings.  We’ll identify likely candidates of trees, shrubs, ground-covers, herbs, and vines to augment your health, cultivate a medicinal backyard apothecary, and support your design vision.   

Engaging Kids in Nature and Earthsong Circle: October 18-20th, 2013 LEAF  theleaf.org

Southeast Women’s Herb Conference  October 11-13, 2013.  2 plants walks. http://www.sewisewomen.com/

Classes in Vermont November, December and January, 2014 coming soon!

3nd Annual Beginning with Home: 6-Month Weekend Permaculture Design Certification

Atlanta, GA  September 2013-March 2014

Permaculture is a design system that integrates humans into the landscape in a way that is healing for both. This course expands upon the standard 72-hour, internationally-recognized Permaculture Design Certification, and provides participants with hands-on experience working with common-sense solutions, while nourishing earth-based traditions and empowering our human potential. This 6-month practicum highlights innovative design systems and practical solutions that create bioregional sovereignty and, in the words of Buckminster Fuller, “Have the potential to radically advance human well being and the health of our planet’s ecosystems.” Students will be supported to bring their learning from the classroom to their own projects and homes, while exploring permaculture in action on our 96-acre site, Whitestone Farm.

One weekend of each month, October 2013 through April 2014, except December.
Participants will:
* Become Certified Permaculture Designers
* Engage with Permaculture Design Process, Observation & Nature Awareness, Pattern Design & Biomimicry, Swales, Keyline, & Pond Building, Integrated Animal Systems, Rain Harvesting & Catchments, Natural Building, Organic Gardening, Forest Ecology, Food Forest Gardening, Soil Ecology & Soil Building, Appropriate Technology, Mushrooms/Myco-Remediation, Herbal Medicine, Fermentation….and more!

Keri Evjy, Healing Roots Design, and Brandy Hall, Shades of Green, Inc. and Friends.

Keri Evjy is renewed by navigating people through their desire for greater self-reliance, grassroots preventative health care, and healing the earth. She has been intrinsically linked to exploring and studying Permaculture since 2004. Her Geography studies from the University of Vermont sparked a life pursuit of exploring Whole Systems Design thinking. After 5 years teaching in environmental and horticultural education, she completed the Sustainable Design Program from Yestermorrow Design/Build School, and received her Clinical Herbalist status through the Appalachian School of Holistic Herbalism. Keri is a natural teacher and offers youth and adult classes and consultations relating to organic gardening, holistic land visioning, Permaculture design, and appreciating the gifts of the stubborn weeds as well as the cultivated medicinals. She is the founder of Healing Roots Design, a triple bottom line ecological design business that promotes a healthy human community through regenerative landscape design, education, demonstration, and collaboration. Bound by a love to grow, celebrate, and share locally grown herbal medicine, Keri is the co-founder of Herban Farmacy, an herbal CSA business in Asheville, NC.
Brandy Hall has taught and studied Permaculture with some of the leading design professionals in the field from New York and Virginia to Colorado and Nicaragua. She passionately pursues engaging communities with their food production through education, design, and installation of holistic living systems. She completed her Master’s in Contemplative Education from Naropa University, and brings forth a passion for land-based, experiential holistic ecological education as a means of empowering individuals and communities with practical tools to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. She co-created Belle Meade School in Sperryville, VA, an integrative, farm-based 6-10th grade program located on 140 acres, where she taught Spanish and orchestrated farm and wilderness learning excursions. She has also served as the Site and Education director for the Ashevillage Institute, an urban permaculture demonstration site located on 1 acre in the heart of Asheville, NC. There, she managed the cutting edge 30,000-gallon Stormwater Reclamation and Urban Garden Project, and coordinated and taught all programming, including the Permaculture Design Certifications. Brandy has taught ecological design at a variety of venues, including the Environmental Science department of The University of Denver, The Urban Farm Denver, the Hostel in the Forest in southern Georgia, and Finca InanItah in Nicaragua. She designs and installs food forests and perennial farms and gardens with her design company, Shades of Green, Inc., and enjoys living, growing, and sharing in Atlanta, GA

For more details contact Brandy Hall at brandy@shadesofgreeninc.org or call 404.906.8055.




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