Environmental Energetics: 7 Day Eco-Design Certificate Course

Topics covered during the 7 Day Ecological Design Certificate Course:

Ecological Design

An approach for human settlement and agricultural systems that are modeled on the relationships found in nature. Forms of design that minimize environmentally destructive impacts by integrating itself within living processes and linking all design fields together.

  • Design– whole systems thinking, site analysis, sustainable techniques, defining the human/environmental needs and requirements for a site
  • Shelter– design, materials, function (a living breathing structure) methods and layout
  • Energy & Materials– site analysis, zones and sectors, harnessing the natural phenomenon (sun, water & wind)
  • Water– hydrology, water in the landscape, capturing and storing, security and quality
  • Food– remediation of natural ecological systems through the planting of food (pioneer plants), permaculture design methods, keyline agriculture, biodinamics and organic farming
  • Soil– different types of soil, understanding the bio-communication and microorganisms, mycelium and the distribution of nutrients, growing soil, composting, sheet-mulching
  • Education– open source and free information, experiential learning, collaborative learning
  • Ethics for a next century perspective– appropriate technology, equality, re-empowering environmental values, equitable distribution of resources, cybernetic systems (human ethnospher working with the biosphere), epigenetic change (language, culture, tools)
  • Community– Resourced based economy, resiliency building, redundant fail safe systems, community action teams, bringing back the commons

7 Day Ecological Design Certificate Course Schedule:

Day One: The Natural Environment


  • Introduction to Environmental Energetics and Ecological Design
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Elements of Conscious Design
  • Ancient Knowledge –  Celestial Monuments (Pyramids, Stonehenge)


  • Rediscovering Feng Shui & Geomancy
  • Patterns in Nature
  • Learning from Nature
  • Bioregional Land Use Planning & Carrying Capacity

Day Two: The Built Environment


  • Future of Design
  • Tools & Appropriate Technology
  • Innovative Renewable Energy
  • Passive Solar/Wind/Earth Energies


  • Natural Buildings
  • Retrofitting Existing Structures
  • Capturing and Reusing Water in the Built Environment
  • Eco Village Vision and Planning Community

Day Three: Understanding the Land that Grows our Food


  • Food Security – Organic Gardening and Farming
  • Gardening with Nature – Increasing yield with less work
  • Natural Remedies for Pests and Disease
  • Food Forestry – Understanding Natural systems


  • Keyline Agriculture
  • Agroforestry, Holistic Management
  • Economics of Broad-scale Design
  • Watershed, Foodshed, & Energyshed
  • Care of Natural Systems & Managing Resources

Day Four:  Understanding Nature & Resource Exchanges


  • Understanding Gaia the Permaculture Way
  • Preparing for the Transition back to Agrarianism
  • Trees and Their Amazing Energy Transactions
  • Building Soil Fertility


  • The Role of Water in a System
  • Climate Sectors
  • Strategies for Temperate, Tropical and Arid Climates
  • Zone Planning
  • The State of Farming Today

Day Five: Sustaining and Thriving an Environmental Culture


  • Alternative Energy/Fuel – which ones work?
  • Transportation
  • The Arts in the landscape
  • Urban landscape – incorporating human energies into design


  • Deconstructing Modernism (disconnecting and reconnecting to what is real)
  • Maximizing Hammock Time
  • Community – the Power of Connection
  • Bringing Back the Commons

Day Six: Sustaining and Thriving a Resilient Community


  • Barter Networks
  • Local Currencies
  • Sharing the Surplus
  • Role of Sustainability in Community


  • Building Consensus
  • Elements of Successful Community Building
  • Community Solutions – City Repair, Permablitzing, Grass Roots
  • Conscious Community – Creating an EcoVillage

Day Seven: Wrap Up & Final Q&A

  • Closing Statements
  • Q&A
  • Certificate Handouts

The 7 Day Ecological Design Certificate Course is accompanied with a WorkBook that details and illustrates the lessons and topics covered throughout the training (available in both digital and hard copy)

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Courses Available on Demand!

Please submit your request for the in person 7 Day Eco-Design Certificate Course  with preferred dates and locations below: (please note: there is a 15 student minimum requirement to facilitate the 7 day intensive certificate course.)

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  1. I am in Toronto, Canada teaching in a middle school. Will this course be available here as well? Travel grants? Summer course? Online or only in person?

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