Group picture of the First Vegan Permaculture Design Course at Wild Earth

Group picture of the First Vegan Permaculture Design Course at Wild Earth

Wild Earth Farm and Sanctuary proudly presents:

Summer 2015 Vegan Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Click on the course below for more information.

Course Dates:
Vegan Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC)  |  June 20 - July 2

Wild Earth Farm and Sanctuary
Irvine, KY


Cost: $1250

Discounts Available: 

Email WildEarthFarm@Gmail for discount codes.

Early Bird(Until June 1st 2015): $100 off

Bring A Friend: $50 off for each person

Community or Non Profit Organizer: $50 off

                                                             We also accept the following: Permacredits, Bitcoin, and Dogecoin                                                                    



12-Day Intensive Workshop

  • Do you seek to live compassionately without the unnecessary exploitation of people, animals and the environment?
  • Are you concerned about climate change, peak oil and future generations?
  • Are you interested in changing how we interact with other species, ecosystems and our human communities?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then this full permaculture design course is for you! Wild Earth Farm and Sanctuary is proud to offer the first Vegan Permaculture Design Certificate Course to be offered in the U.S., at our 200 acre farm in Eastern Kentucky at the foothills of Appalachia. Along with Heather Patrick and Joe Kilcoyne (founders of Wild Earth), the team putting this class together, have many decades of ecological vegan living and experience to share.

The internationally-recognized, 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course yields the Permaculture Design Certificate. The course serves as an introduction to permaculture design as developed by concept co-creator Bill Mollison, which opens the door to further practice, work and advanced education.

This course will include classroom time and hands-on experience.

Topics covered will include:

  • Permaculture ethics and principles
  • Pattern language and literacy
  • Soils
  • Ecological systems
  • Composting
  • Water catchment and use
  • Climate and microclimate
  • Food production and security
  • Constructed wetlands
  • Cultivated ecology
  • Food forestry
  • Broadscale design
  • Appropriate technology
  • Renewable energy
  • Bioregionalism
  • Alternative currencies
  • Biofuels
  • Ecovillages
  • Natural building
  • Design process
  • And much more!

Additional Learning:

  • Solar site assessment 
  • Photovoltaics- applications and examples
  • Veganic composting
  • Humanure Composting
  • Disaster preparation 
  • Kombucha Making
  • Fermentation
  • Vegan cooking/baking
  • GMO literacy
  • Community Building
  • Voluntary vs coercive relationships and interactions
  • Campfire stories


Graham Burnett | Spiralseed | Vegan Permaculture

Graham Burnett founded Spiralseed in 2001 and is the author of Permaculture A Beginners Guide and The Vegan Book of Permaculture. He teaches permaculture and works with projects and organizations including Comic Relief, Capital Growth, Bioregional, Naturewise, OrganicLea, Birmingham Decoy, Trust Links, Green Adventure, the Vegan Organic Network, Thrive, Ars Terra (Los Angeles), Ekosense EcoVillage (Croatia) as well as a number of Transition Town initiatives. As well as cultivating his own garden and allotments, Graham contributes to publications as diverse as Positive News, The Sunday Times, Permaculture Magazine, Permaculture Activist, New Leaves, The Raven, Growing Green, Funky Raw, The Vegan and The Idler.

William Faith | Genius Loci Permaculture | Vegan Permaculture

William Faith completed his certification in permaculture design at the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Summertown, TN in 2006, shortly after which he co-founded Ars Terra, a sustainable homestead project in Palmdale, CA, where he taught several permaculture courses and workshops before moving to Chicago, where he co-founded the Chicagoland Permaculture Guild in 2012, and has given many presentations on permaculture at colleges, universities, eco/green fairs and festivals and private events, also giving several radio interviews on the subject. 2015 heralds the birth of Genius Loci Permaculture, a full-service Design, Build and Education firm.


Bob Hattier | Alternative Currents
Bob Hattier is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation ProfessionalTM and Master Electrician who has a dedicated passion for renewable energy. He has worked on systems in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Washington and Costa Rica. An IREC Master TrainerTM, he develops and teaches courses for The Midwest Renewable Energy Association and IBEW Local 134. Bob serves on the board of directors for the MREA and NABCEP. Additionally he is the owner of Alternative Currents, Inc. a renewable energy design and installation company based in Chicago.


Heather Patrick | Wild Earth Sanctuary

 Heather Patrick is Co-Founder of Wild Earth Farm and Sanctuary. Heather grew up passionate for taking care of plants and animals on her family's organic farm and small animal sanctuary in Pennsylvania. She has spent years living abroad in Africa, Asia, and Central America, studying sustainable agriculture and working with various nonprofit animal protection and social justice organizations.


Joe Kilcoyne | Wild Earth Farm

 Joe Kilcoyne received his permaculture design certificate from Midwest Permaculture located in Stelle, IL. He is co founder of Wild Earth Farm and Sanctuary. An avid outdoor adventurer who strives to build common ground and understanding between different walks of life. He believes that plants are a major part in this work to repair ourselves and the earth.



Mike Durschmid | Organic Consumers Association

Mike Durschmid currently serves as the Chicago area organizer for Organic Consumers Association, organizing events, exhibits, rallies and speaking engagements covering a wide variety of topics including mandatory labeling for genetically engineered foods, factory farming, and bee colony collapse. He also takes a leadership role with Illinois Right to Know GMO and is a principal organizer of Chicago March Against Monsanto, managing most of the logistics for marches involving thousands of people. He also serves on the organizing committee of Chicago Vegan Mania, and works with Rising Tide Chicago to stop hydraulic fracking in Illinois.


We are very excited to be providing fully vegan breakfast, lunch, and dinners prepared by Sorrelle (Brooklyn, NYC)


Sorrelle Food is the Brooklyn-based creative culinary team of sisters Christina and Elisa Verna. Christina is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute and chef in New York City, while Elisa studied nutrition and fitness at the University of Pittsburgh. Drawing from their combined experience and Italian American heritage, we are committed to providing nourishing, plant-based meals that promote health and wellness, and use the freshest seasonal, organic and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.


Rustic camping: We will have a camping area set up for people to set up tents. It will be a primary shelter of a very large open former tobacco barn. Setting up tents inside the barn will provide initial shelter from the elements along with the privacy and added shelter of your own tent.  We will also have a hay loft available for folks interested in bringing just a cot and mosquito net.  We have a house on the farm in the event of emergency, but it will be closed to only instructors and staff due to the small size.

We have composting toilets and sun heated outdoor showers available for your use. Please bring your own towel, biodegradable soap, and toiletries.

Car camping: If you would prefer to sleep in your car or truck, we will have an area available for you to park, with limited space for larger RV type vehicles. Contact us if this is your plan.

Vegetarian Bed and Breakfast: About 40 minutes away is Snug Hollow Farm, a beautiful 300ac vegetarian bed and breakfast.  They easily accommodate vegan requests.

Local Restaurants: Grab some vegan-friendly food on your way to and from the farm from our friends at Thyme on Broadway in downtown Irvine.

Motel:  The Oak Tree Inn sits about 20 minutes down the mountain in downtown Irvine. They have extended stay options and are located at:
1075 Richmond Road 
Irvine, KY 40336 
Phone: 606-723-2600

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