“Be sure that in your educating you are not manufacturing obedient citizens, but rather unleashing powerful, creative souls.” ~ Vince Gowmon
is a permaculture-based curriculum in the form of hands-on workshops, which focus on self-sufficiency in the kitchen, home, medicine cabinet, garden and wilderness.
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"Allie is a permaculture enthusiast. She is very knowledgeable and loves to share her passion with live demonstrations and hands-on workshops. She empowers her students by assigning them projects they are responsible for or by asking them teach something they just learned to someone else. Thanks to her, I learned through action and applied experience."
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Compost + EM
Fruit Tree Care
Biodynamic Plant Care
Plant Propagation Techniques
Plant Guild Design + Installation
Garden Bed Design + Installation
Vertical + Pallet Gardens
Integrated Pest Management
Homemade Pesticides & Fertilizers
Seed Starting + Greenhouse Management
Seed Saving Methods
Garden Tool Use & Care
Pond Design, Construction & Management
Chicken Care + Coop Construction
Black Soldier Fly Systems
Contour Mapping + Planting on Earthworks
Soil Building + Soil Science
Humanure Compost Systems 101
Wilderness Survival Tactics
Herbal First Aid
Wild Native Plant Identification
Wilderness Shelter Construction
Herbal Medicine & Tea Making
Lotions, Balms & Salves
Fermented Foods + Kombucha Strategies
Harvesting, Processing & Storing Grains
Seasonal Meal Planning
Dehydrating Herbs + Produce
Natural Dyes & Fibers
Local Clay Pottery
Introduction to Forging & Knife Making
Wood Carving + Tool Making
Rocket Stove Construction
Intro to Natural Building
Building with Cob Basics
Learning happens when we are connected to emotions, there is a sense of wonder and when we are most alert.
I can think of no better way to trigger these learning patterns than to be obtaining new information and skills using our hands and feet; compelled by our hearts' passion to regenerate and care for the Earth; while stimulating our auditory, visual and kinesthetic senses in the setting of the great outdoors.
10% of what they read
20% of what they hear
30% of what they see
50% of what they see & hear
70% of what they say
90% of what they say & do
In every workshop, you will hear, see, do and then reflect back and say what you did to check understanding and promote learning in a safe, playful and inquisitive environment.
"Allie is a very energetic, upbeat teacher who makes sure to actively involve all students during both lecture style teaching and hands-on field teaching. She is a very knowledgeable educator who will easily go into detail and technicalities when questions are brought up and has no difficulty returning to an asked question after having done extra research if needed. Exciting and enthusiastic, she seems to always manage to transfer these two feelings to her students." ~Anton, Canada, PDC Student
Working within the realms of permaculture, food security, agriculture, nutrition, community management and education, I have always served in a mentorship role to educate students, clients and colleagues in these fields within their individual contexts. Throughout my past projects and professions, what I've been most passionate and intentional about is designing systems and educating people in a way that they become self-supported and self-sufficient; this allows the people, projects, businesses and systems to become truly regenerative while allowing me the freedom to design and enhance new projects anywhere in the world.
Inspired by my first Permaculture Design Course (PDC) in 2014, I sought out a Permaculture Teacher Training in 2016 while managing the urban farm and student programming for University of South Carolina. From there, I designed curriculum, gardens and programming for a non-profit in Charleston, SC, and then continued on to co-facilitate the PDC and Permaculture Teacher Training for the 2017 International Permaculture Convergence in India, instruct two PDCs in Costa Rica and co-facilitate several classes for a PDC specializing in Herbalism at Punta Mona. During my time at Punta Mona and throughout my participation and instruction in various PDCs, I noticed the deep desire of students to get out and moving to learn and retain material. In response, I created a hands-on two-month Permaculture Apprenticeship Program that I hosted at Punta Mona Center. As I've further refined that program, I feel like I have discovered the highlights of hands-on learning in the permaculture curriculum, plus elements of herbalism, mycology, nutrition and wilderness survival. The result is Homesteading School, a workshop-style learning experience that will provide any learner with the practical skills they need to effectively manage their own homesteading lifestyle, small farm, or positive-impact ecological footprint on the planet.