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sample class schedule

This is an actual schedule for a January session. Agendas change for each EAT session, depending on time of year, available guest teachers, and opportunities for great stuff. For example, past EATs have included a May Pole Dance, hands-on stream restoration, and a lecture on California Native Americans' subtle agriculture, based on fire.

Daily grid:

7:30-8:30     Breakfast
9:00-9:30     Morning Circle
9:30-12:00   Morning Class Session
12:30-1:30   Lunch
1:30-2:00     Break time
2:00-5:30     Afternoon Session
6:00-7:00     Dinner
7:30-10:00   Evening session

Schedule Notes:

Affinity groups of 6-7 members each will do hands-on projects together (and also kitchen chores together once every fourth day).

Outdoor hands-on sessions may be shifted in response to weather. Hands-on sessions usually have multiple stations; students (in affinity groups) work a while at one station, then try another.

During second week, all students work in small teams on Design Projects, applying class information to practical planning; projects will be presented to full class on last full day.

Evening sessions will begin with a short game or other activity as participants gather, and end with song or circle closing.


Day 1:
AFTERNOON:
Registration, getting settled.
EVENING
Orientation, welcome, introductions, and affinity group formation

Day 2: Air (air represents "beginnings, mind, theory")
MORNING
Opening Ritual: observing the elements--
casting circle
Principles of permaculture; Patterns
AFTERNOON
Guest Teacher Jon Young of Wilderness Awareness School-- nature observation
EVENING
Slide show & lecture: Permaculture overview

night class
Night Class

Day 3: Air
MORNING
Morning Circle (focus on air)
Zone & sector analysis; Site analysis; Design methodology
AFTERNOON
Political strategy--Applying permaculture principles: Site, Zone, and Sector analysis
Strategy charette process
EVENING
Guest teacher Luke Anderson: Biotech and Genetic Engineering

Day 4: Water
MORNING
Morning Circle (focus on water)
Pattern and function; Water harvesting; Dryland strategies; Roofwater harvesting
AFTERNOON
Hands-on: swales, ponds and water systems
EVENING
Water trance, Full Moon ritual

Day 5: Water
MORNING
Morning Circle (focus on water)
Bioremediation, greywater, water purification
AFTERNOON
Guest teacher Adam Wolpert: Facilitation and group process/structure;
Community land trust; Alternative currencies, ecological economics
EVENING
Guest teacher Brock Dolman: "Watershed/Waterspread"

mixing cob
Cob-making details with Penny Livingston-Stark
 
students presenting
Iris, Brenda, and Koral unveil their design project: PEEPS, the mother ship

Day 6: Earth
MORNING
Morning Circle (focus on earth)
Soil Building; Composting/vermiculture; Video: "Life in the Soil"
AFTERNOON
Hands-on: Worm bins, composting, sheet mulching, garden bed prep, cover cropping
EVENING
7:30 pm: tropical permaculture
9:30 pm: Showing of the Marija Gimbutas video with filmmakers Starhawk and Donna Read

Day 7, Saturday -- DAY OFF
Sleep late and rest; hike; or private adventure.
Meals served as usual


Day 8: Earth
MORNING
Morning Circle (focus on earth)
Plants & trees; Forests, agroforestry, windbreaks
AFTERNOON
Introduce Student Design Project Teams
Hands-on: Planting, pruning, propagating
EVENING
Talk: Permaculture in action in the world

Day 9: Fire
MORNING
Morning Circle (focus on fire, energy)
Symbolic and strategic communication
Spells, action and campaign planning
Media strategy and basic methods
AFTERNOON
Hands-on -- Planting a food forest
EVENING
Urban Permaculture: discussion and slide show

Day 10: Fire
MORNING
Morning Circle (focus on fire, energy)
Animal guilds; Aquaculture
More on group facilitation
AFTERNOON
Guest teacher Dave Henson: Corporate Globalization
EVENING
Nonviolent Direct Action and political strategy

Day 11: Fire
MORNING
Morning Circle (focus on center)
Passive solar design; Renewable energy
Appropriate technology
AFTERNOON
Design Time for group projects
EVENING
optional Student Offerings

Day 12:
MORNING
Morning Circle (focus on center)
Design Time
AFTERNOON
Hands-on: Natural building projects: build cobb bench; natural plasters
EVENING
Natural Building Slideshow

Day 13:

MORNING
Morning Circle
Catch-up time, question time, as needed
AFTERNOON
Hands-on--Guest teacher Mia Rose: growing mushrooms as bioremediation
Group Design Time
EVENING
Guest teacher James Stark: "Cultivating Human Communities as though They Were Gardens"

Day 14:
MORNING
Morning Circle
Design Project presentations
AFTERNOON
Design Project presentations
EVENING
Variety show & Celebration!!

Day 15:
MORNING
Morning Circle
Where to from here? Taking it into the world
Closing ritual
AFTERNOON
Lunch, clean-up, and good-byes



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