I enjoyed the Certification program very much. I feel I will probably stay in touch with my cohort for my lifetime. We came from various backgrounds - VERY different. Many different belief boxes and what I loved most was that in the end, we are a family. There was an opening of new ways to look at things, and some of remembering of old ways to look at things; all of which are very dear to my heart. Slav is not a PR person, What impresses me about him, is his passion to make a difference in the world, and his vision to see and move into the URBAN permaculture and Social permaculture part of the puzzle. What I love best about our class was watching the interactions. I have a personal belief that if I wish my outer world to be more at Peace, I must first look inside myself to see what I am not at peace within me and find a way to become one with it. This happened in our class dynamics, and I was grateful to see it at work during our time together.
not really,Because I am already an avid gardener and thought I may get even more tips to try. ,Not really. He seems like a good guy. ,I wish the videos would load quicker and I may have not gotten frustrated and stopped watching the videos.,Learning new techniques and theories that you can apply to your own yard for a more sustainable future is an exciting treat.,I wanted to buy the videos, because the load time is very slow on my computers. I would have liked it more if I could afford it. ,yes, but I don't have any money right now to be spending on something that will be seen as a hobby to others. I need a career first, and then can maybe afford to learn more, and build my own business one day in the future.
I think the marketing is very effective and the content offered is very good. One thing that I would recommend is to make both Gaia s Garden and at the very least Permaculture: A Design Manual required reading.I did have a bit of confusion as to both the expectations and restrictions of the course. The 72+ hours of class time seems to be fairly accurate. However, once enrolled in the course (or even before) it would be good to know the exact number of lectures needed to satisfy the requirements. Telling students that lectures 1-81 are required viewing rather than just telling them that all the lectures are required would allow students to plan their time more accordingly. Lectures under the lecture drop down go up to 273 so it really isn t clear. The expiration date of one year needs to be more clear at signup. I did not even need to acknowledge that I agree to the terms and conditions at checkout, but only found out after the fact that I am bound to these terms and conditions that were not even able to to be seen - terms and conditions is a very small sentence at the bottom of the checkout page that take you to a whole different website. I don t think that constitutes a legally binding agreement. I have processed payments for a long time now and I don t think that setup would win a chargeback dispute. I have been practicing permaculture at my home for awhile now, but just based on books, observations, and talking to people, so I wanted to find out more as I know that this is the sustainable way to landscape. Additionally, I see water as a very finite resource that is often abused and overused unnecessarily. I am on the cusp of launching a local rainwater harvesting company and I wanted to use this certification as a value add. I also needed some help with creating a plan for my own residence. However, I see now that RWH is much more than just setting up rain barrels so I have learned a lot more that I can implement. I hope that this doesn t get me into trouble, but here are my thoughts....Max Meyer is awesome. He shares a lot of great info and experiences and is very illustrative/descriptive. Larry Korn is very informative and knowledgeable but just really slow. Him constantly coughing up his phlegm is also pretty unprofessional. Having a glass of water on-hand would help this but it really irks me. Good overall. Good functionality and amazing content. My only bad comments relate to the accurate course description and agreement on terms. work at own pace please see above yes, i already purchased. However, if I was aware of the one year expiration, I would have worked through the lectures first before signing up. Now, I have put myself if a tight timeframe to finish or be penalized for an extension. I don t think that is fair.
the description is good, I liked the Facebook link. I got excited about the discount, and the free book down load.,I have a certificate in permaculture design that I did back in 1993 at Taheke Falls Tree Farm NZ. I first learned of Permaculture while studying landscape architecture in 1991. I have always been conscious of the methodology from then on. I recently purchased some land & live at an old store that has an Inn on the upper level with 5 rooms and a galley kitchen. I will use the Inn property for my design certification, which will include a classroom to teach Permaculture. So I took the course to become certified & then go on to become a teacher. ,I like the course instructors, I like that they are very knowledgeable! I like when the instructor has clear and decisive topics listed, and goes through them one by one. I know that permaculture is very intensive, and that comes with experience, I think in the classroom it needs to stay structured.,The information is there I just got lost each time I logged in, I could never remember where I had been. It would be nice to have some type of track record that records your progress as you go through the lectures & maybe there is I just don't see it. Also found it difficult to get to the certification process.,I liked the depth of the course, a lot of information, talented instructors, very good over all.,I think the camera & sound would be first, then maybe some more hands on demonstration of how to build stuff; beds, chicken tractors, worm farm, compost bin, you know stuff like that.,I am in the certification program,thanks for everything!
No To learn how to become self-sustainable in the most eco-friendly way. Larry Korn is remarkable (!) and Max is inspiring...I just wish I could have seen their slides properly too! It kept changing and it seemed like different platforms at times. Two separate passwords was a pain and there was no message when I failed the multiple choice to remind me that I had to wait 48 hours before I could take it again...or indeed if there was a limit to how many times I could take it. Being able to download the videos to watch again is great and also having ample time to watch, learn and experience too worked well. Streamline the link between the free course and the paid certification - for example: - my profile should be automatically updated to say Certified Member - One login ID and password - add the course to My Profile so it s all in one place.- Allow projects to be submitted in PDF format - there are many examples of other courses projects online and all are in PDF (this allows sharing on Slideshare and so more visability for OPS).Plus, I found some of the videos annoying and lacking content, especially when there was a lot of participant noise - I think I skipped about 5 or more because of this (mostly Jay s videos...sorry Jay, I really would have loved the information you had to share but the participants got in the way!).Finally, it would have been great to have access to the slides shown to the participants in the videos! Done! More to add some credibility to what I m doing, which is generally seen as a bit off whack still ;) Just a great big debt of gratitude to Larry for his sincerity and for sharing his passions and knowledge...totally awesome!
Chunk sizes of relevant info compiled about 1 single perma subject. The format of the info, all of which not new to me, but nice to be able to pass it on to other interested parties without having to write and format it myself.
I signed up for this course so i could begin to regain control of my life and not rely on the economy for my well being. They are great i really feel how passionate they are i like the way the conversation flows i find it easy to stay awake and the information is easy to retain i feel because im not in the class room more graphics would be useful when describing technique or design yes i thought i already was in the certification program i wanted to help myself to have good food with out spending a ton of money on setup. Now im very inspired to share the information i have learned and make the world aware for them selves. Keep up the good work and thank you
Knowing that others care about saving the world & willingness to share helpful information. Actual classroom lectures that involved students.
Not really. Once I heard about it, I started on it. No marketing required for me since I heard about it from a like minded friend and I am convinced permaculture is what we need to be doing. I had seen a couple of videos on YouTube about permaculture and they convinced me that permaculture is the right way to really engage with our environment properly. I don t know enough about permaculture to pursue it for personal use without further information. I don t have enough money to hire the local permaculture experts to show me. Right away, this course seemed to have valid, substantial, genuine information so it would not be a waste of time. I have only viewed 2 instructors so far (I m on lecture 5 or 6) The first one was difficult for me to stick with for the introduction and first lecture, but he grows on you because he is soooo sincere, and though it doesn t sound like it at the time he is lecturing, when I start thinking about what I just learned, it is quite a bit. I don t know why I can t sign in every time - sometimes I get sent to something calling itself word press; when I do get signed in and choose a lecture number, if I want to watch more than one in succession, I find I have to go back and resign in to get to the page where the lectures are in numerical order. I feel like I am going to know enough about permaculture to have the confidence that I am doing it right or where to be able to find answers to my questions as they come up while I m living a permaculture(d) life. I am grateful for this website and all the people who work at it to make this possible. I don t know that there is anything yet. I am really just beginning down this path. But down the road, if something comes to me that you could do to make it better, I will surely let you know. My dad was in business for himself - his first lesson to me was: "If you like it, tell everyone. If there is something you don t like, tell the owner. She will fix it and respect you. " I m leaving that hanging out there. Right now I m such a sponge for this information. If I feel I really can develop a talent for this, I will want to join it. Just thank you for this inclusive, wonderful, meaningful, constructive, loving opportunity!
I still have not finished the course, because I just don't always have 'quiet' time to my self. I find some of the lessons hard to hear, and people will speak without a mike. Also people just get up and walk in front of the camera which is a bit annoying. The subject matter is awesome. I read Gaia's Garden and some other books as well as online articles. I wish I had the funds to simply attend a program somewhere.