Sustainable design made simple
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Sustainable design made simple

Basics to living off the land
4.2 (56 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,949 students enrolled
Created by Brian Newhouse
Last updated 7/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Perform sustainable site analysis for any size piece of land
  • Learn about basic strategies to live from the land
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Requirements
  • It's helpful if you have a piece of land you want to focus on for your design, although it's not required
Description

Sustainable Design Made Simple provides a general outline to living off the land. Based on permaculture design, the design and practice of sustainable living, students will gain a basic understanding of permaculture principles and practices and learn how to create a sustainable design for any piece of land.

This course has a supporting book, The Permaville Handbook: Strategies to Permaculture Design. Learn permaculture design strategies from real life examples from sustainable projects around the world.

In this course you will learn the basics of:

  • Water filtration
  • Building with earth
  • Soil, compost and mulching
  • Raising fish, insects and animals
  • Simple machines
  • And much more

In over 20 white-board animated videos, you will receive over 4 hours of content about each area of focus. Supported by a plethora of online resources, a book. A PDF version of the book can be downloaded at Permaville website. The book can also be found on the website.

Learn how to live off the land with strategies of permaculture design.

Who is the target audience for this course?

This course is for people who are interested in learning the basics of sustainable living and who may not have time to attend an in-person course.This course is for people ages 10 and up.

Does the Permaville Course count as a Permaculture Design Course certificate?

This course meets the basic requirements for a Permaculture Design Certificate. In-person permaculture design courses are highly recommended for hands-on experience and group discussions. There is no substitution for in-person learning environments.

Do I need any previous experience or qualifications?

  • A desire to learn
  • The course is in English
  • No other experience is required

Syllabus

A syllabus lists the subjects in a particular course of study. The syllabus for Permaculture Made Simple: Basics of Sustainable Living are:

Overview

Design process

  • Permaculture design process
  • Permaville project design
  • Site map basics

Origins

  • Story of permaculture
  • Definitions of permaculture
  • Agro, industrial, digital
  • Triangle social structures
  • Cloud communication

Principles and Ethics

  • Fundamental principles of a permaculture site
  • Permaculture ethics – people care, earth care and fair share
  • Perma design strategies

Zones and sectors

  • Permaculture zones
  • Natural order of the land
  • Natural sectors

Patterns in nature

  • Pattern in nature
  • Phi proportion
  • Using patterns in nature

Climates and microclimates

  • Climate
  • Microclimates
  • Climate zones

Urban design

  • Types of living settlements
  • Urban design strategies

Areas of permaculture

Earthworks

  • What are earthworks
  • Types of levels
  • Earthworks elements - swales, bunds, terraces
  • Methods for lining ponds
  • About bentonite clay liners

Paths and access

  • Footpaths – Types and specs
  • Path drainage and erosion control techniques
  • Types of fencing

Natural building

  • Building with earth
  • Making mortar mix, adobe bricks
  • Natural plastering, sealants and paints
  • Building with cob, earthbags, rammed earth, bamboo, strawbale

Water

  • Properties of water and hydrological cycle
  • Water sources, storage and filtration
  • Water heating and conservation strategies
  • Greywater systems

Sanitation

  • Community recycling strategies
  • Types of composting toilets
  • Bio-gas 

Soil

  • Soil food web
  • Elements in the soil

Compost

  • Building a compost pile
  • Compost tea
  • Mulching

Microorganisms

  • Indigenous and effective microorganisms
  • Methods to grow mushrooms
  • Bio-remediation
  • Worm composting bins

Nursery

  • Potting soil
  • Nursery design
  • Plant propagation
  • Choosing plants
  • Seed saving

Garden

  • Choosing garden space
  • Types of gardens
  • Garden techniques

Trees

  • Tree planting methods
  • Layers of a forest
  • Forest succession
  • Food forest design

Aquaculture

  • Pond design
  • Stocking your pond 
  • Aquaponics
  • Chinampas 

Insects and animals

  • Attracting beneficial insects
  • Keeping pests away
  • Animal care 

Kitchen

  • About added value
  • Sustainable kitchen elements
  • Fermentation

Appropriate technology

  • Making charcoal
  • Applying simple machines to everything
  • Renewable energy

Economics

  • Village economics
  • Alternative economics
Who is the target audience?
  • People interested in learning strategies for living off the land
  • People who are interested in an introductory course of permaculture design
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29 Lectures
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Course preview
2 Lectures 06:20

Brief description of the course instructor

Preview 05:44
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Overview
4 Lectures 33:00

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Origins of permaculture
  • Definitions of permaculture
  • Brief history of our culture
  • The cloud and general goals
Origins of permaculture
14:38

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Permaculture principles
  • Permaculture ethics
Principles and Ethics
04:45

Design methodology
05:33

Permaculure design map
08:04
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Strategies
5 Lectures 36:28

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • David Holmgren's design strategies
Holmgren's Principles
08:28

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Permaculture zones
  • Natural sectors
Zones and sectors
04:44

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • How nature is efficient
  • Patterns in nature
  • Phi proportion basics
Patterns in Nature
08:28

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Climates basics
  • Climate zones
  • Microclimate basics
Climates and microclimates
07:28

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Living environments basics
  • Urban design strategies
Urban design
07:20
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Infrastructure
3 Lectures 35:19

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Keyline design basics
  • Swales
  • Terraces
  • Ponds
  • Dams
Earthworks
10:58

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Building with earth
  • Soil tests
  • Building with earth bricks
  • Building with cob
  • Natural plastering and painting
  • Earthbags, rammed earth, bamboo building
Natural building
19:48

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Footpaths
  • Roads
  • Drainage
  • Fence basics
Paths and access
04:33
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Microbes
5 Lectures 48:24

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Water basics
  • Hydrological cycle
  • Water sources
  • Filtering water
  • Storing water
  • Water conservation
  • Greywater systems
  • Rice water test
Water
16:18

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Recycling basics
  • Nutrients in urine and feces
  • Composting toilets
  • Flush toilets
  • Biogas toilets
Sanitation
08:38

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Soil horizons
  • Soil food web
  • Elements in the soil
  • Texture of the soil
  • Power of Hydrogen (pH) in the soil
Soil
08:24

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Carbon to nitrogen ratio
  • Typical organic materials
  • How to make compost pile
  • Compost tea
  • Mulching
Compost
08:11

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • The difference between indigenous and effective microorganisms
  • Methods to grow mushrooms
  • Bio-remediation and it's effects on garbage with an explanation by Paul Stamets
  • Worm composting bins
Microbes
06:53
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Phyla
5 Lectures 34:25

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Nursery basics
  • Plant propagation
  • Sowing seeds
  • Seed saving basics
Nursery
07:22

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Garden design
  • Types of garden beds
  • Planting strategies
Garden
06:22

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Tree planting methods
  • Tree selection
  • Tree guilds
  • Layers in a forest
  • Succession
  • Food forest design
Trees and forests
07:25

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Aquaculture pond design
  • Aquaponics basics
  • Chinampas basics
Aquaculture
06:04

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Food, water and structures - the basics of raising creatures
Insects and animals
07:12
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Folk
4 Lectures 20:44

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Sustainable kitchen elements
  • Fermentation basics
Preview 05:05

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Charcoal
  • Hand, machine tools and heavy equipment
  • SImple machines
  • Renewable energy
Appropriate technology
06:57

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Added value
  • Village economics
  • Alternative economics
Economics
06:54

Short video about The Point, the invisible roaming third eye we can use to peek into whatever reality we want.

The point
01:48
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Case study
1 Lecture 15:50

Learning objectives. In this chapter you will learn about: 

  • Basics of market gardening 
  • Startup strategies
  • Food preservation strategies
Market gardening
15:50
About the Instructor
Brian Newhouse
4.2 Average rating
55 Reviews
2,949 Students
1 Course
Builder and grower

Since 2003, Brian Newhouse worked with various for-profit and non-profit and startup organisations, edited films on sustainability, installed water filters, mud structures, ponds and small gardens and consulted with eco-communities around the world. In 2014, he lead design courses in Laos, Nepal and Thailand.

Other experiences includes teaching high school as a Peace corps volunteer in the Cape Verde Islands, building wind turbines around the USA with General Electric, bicycling around New Zealand and rebuilding schools in Haiti with All Hands volunteers. He graduated from Georgia tech in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Building construction management. Brian is from Atlanta, Georgia, USA.