practical permaculture:
Grow your own food intensive
april 22-24, 2022

Sage Mountain Center, Whitehall, Montana

Design an abundant, healthy and resilient life...

A weekend workshop covering cold climate design strategies for gardeners, homesteaders, and those who are interested in learning more about permaculture!

Learn how to design a property that captures water, improves soil, and produces healthy organic food, all while regenerating the land and life around you. Participate in an intensive weekend of class sessions, tours and a design practicum to get all the tools you need to build more self-reliance for you and your family!

If you’ve been curious about permaculture and want a better understanding of what it’s all about then join us. 

Participants will get an introduction to permaculture concepts while engaging in the process of designing  Green University’s River Camp site in Cardwell, Montana. 

live a life more aligned with your values.

Permaculture stands for permanent agriculture or permanent culture and is a design approach for sustainable living and land use, rooted in the observation of natural systems. If you want to be more self-reliant, grow your own food, and create a sustainable future for yourself and your family then join us for this course!

The course takes place at Sage Mountain Center, an off-grid, sustainable learning center in the Montana Wilderness, near Whitehall. Illustrating straw bale and cordwood construction, passive solar design, high altitude gardening, and wind and solar energy, the center is an ideal location for our Practical Permaculture Course.

Enjoy delicious vegetarian meals during the course and take in the beauty of the location by walking the labyrinth or hiking one of the trails. Those who stay at Sage Mountain Center will be in private ecobuilt rooms with shared bathrooms in off-grid homes powered by the sun and the wind. 

INSTRUCTORS

Kareen Erbe
Kareen Erbe owns Broken Ground, a permaculture education and design business in Bozeman, Montana that teaches people how to grow their own food and become more self-reliant.

She has taught thousands of people through her workshops, both live and online, and offers consultations and permaculture design services. She and her family live on a ¾ acre suburban homestead with large kitchen gardens, a food forest, a greenhouse, a pond, and chickens. Kareen has written articles for Rocky Mountain Gardening Magazine, Montana Parent Magazine, Distinctly Montana, and Edible Bozeman.

Linda Welsh, B.S.N. M.A.

Linda Welsh is co-founder and co-builder of Sage Mountain Center. Supporting the presentation of an array of workshops and lectures in renewable energy, eco-building, yoga, high-elevation food production, water-retention landscapes as well as administering Sage’s hospitality program through Airbnb, Linda is working to create a more sustainable lifestyle, community, and society.

A Registered Nurse certified in Hospice and Palliative Care, a Certified Yoga Teacher with an M.A. in Transformative Learning and Change, Linda is committed to exploring ways of living that are protective of the earth.

Thomas Elpel

Thomas J. Elpel is the founder of Green University® LLC and Outdoor Wilderness Living School, LLC (OWLS), as well as HOPS Press, LLC and the Jefferson River Canoe Trail.

He is the author of the best-selling Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification, with more than 150,000 copies sold. He has authored numerous other books and videos on topics ranging from wilderness survival and botany to stone masonry, sustainable construction, and green economics. 

Christopher Borton   
Chris Borton is co-founder, director and designer of Sage Mountain Center LLC, an award winning off-grid educational facility promoting personal and environmental awareness. 

For over 25 years Sage Mountain Center has provided sustainable living education in everything from straw bale/cordwood construction and solar/wind power to organic gardening, composting toilets and vegan/vegetarian living. As a fourth-generation home-builder, Chris is a founding board member of the Montana Renewable Energy Association and continues to consult and gives lectures and seminars to promote proven sustainable methods and techniques across multiple domains from remote villages in Guatemala to federal agencies and large corporations.

Plus these bonuses:

A comprehensive manual covering the 3 steps you can take to attract more bees and butterflies into your garden, including lists of flowers and herbs you’ll want to grow and additional resources for buying seeds and material.
A detailed checklist of what to do in your garden every season. From seed starting to planting to fall cleanup and winter pruning, set yourself up for success this growing season!

YOUR INVESTMENT?
there are two options:

$450

(includes food and lodging at Sage Mountain Center)

OR

$350

(includes food, lodging off-site)

This workshop is for you if:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

We will be meeting in-person at Sage Mountain Center in Whitehall from Friday afternoon, April 22- Sunday, April 24, 2022. 

There is a lot of information out there about permaculture and gardening, but that’s part of the problem. It’s hard to sift through what’s relevant for your yard, your climate and your lifestyle. This workshop is not only specific to cold climates, it’s a chance to interact with instructors, to get your specific questions answered and to spend the weekend with a group of like-minded people.

Absolutely! It is always the right time to set yourself up for a little more self-reliance. Learning how to grow our own food, capture water, build soil and produce our own energy are some of the most positive steps forward at this time.

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BONUS!

Applied Permaculture:

Creating A Permaculture Garden
Bonus Hands-on Implementation of Practical Permaculture Intensive
April 25-28, 2022 | Green University’s River Camp, Cardwell, Montana
with Thomas J. Elpel and Linda Welsh

From theory to practice…

Participants in the Practical Permaculture Weekend Workshop are cordially invited to transition from Sage Mountain Center to Green University’s River Camp (20 miles east of Sage Mountain Center) for a four-day hands-on experience implementing permaculture principles covered in the class.

Help design a permaculture plan for River Camp during the classroom session, then join the effort to manifest vision into reality. Camp with students from Green University’s yearlong Immersion program and participate in converting the stockyard to a permaculture garden according to the permaculture class vision.

Gain experience converting a weedy lot into a productive garden space with annuals, perennials, herbs, berry bushes, and fruit trees. Projects will include soil building with cardboard, wood chips, manure, and straw, plus building pathways, planting crops and installing garden cloches, as well as planting and protecting bushes and trees.

To the extent that time allows, the class may also include creating a straw-clay insulated pallet chicken house or completing stucco work on the circular “Tire Palace” tool shed.

This Applied Permaculture experience is intended to give participants the opportunity to physically integrate lessons learned during the weekend class.

Cost: No charge for Practical Permaculture students. Meals are NOT included. 
Please come self-contained for camping with a tent, van, or camper. Please bring your own breakfast and lunch. Dinners will be communal potluck meals. Please bring something to contribute.
A kitchen is available onsite.
If you are interested in participating in this Applied Permaculture hands-on experience, please get in touch with Tom Elpel at: thomasjelpel@gmail.com