Pine Ridge Permaculture
According to the Republic of Lakotah, The Pine Ridge Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota is experiencing "inhumanely deplorable conditions." On the reservation, Lakota men have a life expectancy of less than 44 years, the lowest of any country in the world. The Lakota infant mortality rate is five times higher than the U.S. national average and the median income level is approximately $2,600 - $3,500 per year. According to the ROL, 97% of Lakota people live below the poverty line.
This September, you can help make their financial situation better while earnining a Permaculture Design Certificate in a Native American context. The course runs from Setpember 11-27 as part of Olceri, a project to create sustainable, self-sufficient systems on the Pine Ridge reservation. In addition to the 72 hour certification course, workshops will be offered by tribal members on various technologies, tribal history and native practices. There will be field trips to view sustainable projects and other aspects of the reservation. The instructor, Warren Brush, is a permaculture designer and educator in North America and Africa, founder of True Nature Design, and co-founder of Quail Springs Learning Oasis and Permaculture Farm and Trees for Children.
For more information or to register email Cory Brennan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost: $1300 Couples Price for Second Partner: $1200 PDC Refresher Price: $1200. Prices include tuition, certification, handbook/course guide, organic catered meals, and camping accommodations nearby. Teepees will be available for early registrants.