Presently, we have no scheduled upcoming courses - it’s been a busy summer.  Mark will be offering several short permaculture-related workshops through Burlington Permaculture during the remaining summer months.  Find out more by clicking here.

Additional Workshops, Courses and Presentations We Offer -

Introduction to Permaculture Design

This intensive workshop covers the ethics and principles of permaculture design and provides a solid introduction to the permaculture design process.  Permaculture is the study and practice of the ways human beings, as individuals and societies, can participate in creating ethical and ecological support systems.  It is a design science that integrates a wealth of complementary disciplines including agriculture, forestry, energy production and management, economics, transportation, architecture and community development with the intention of creating permanent, truly sustainable human settlements through appropriate, protracted design.   


Re-Envisioning Burlington

Join a panel of permaculture designers, educators, and visionaries for a detailed assessment of Burlington's ecology, neighborhood distribution, and community resources followed by an active discussion and design session during which we discuss ideas and vision of a more vibrant, productive, resilient community.    


DIY Water Filtration and Treatment

Julia Kirk and Mark Krawczyk discuss the pollutants present in municipal water, rainwater, gray and blackwater; share simple home-scale solutions and strategies for water treatment; and teach participants how to refill their their activated carbon pitcher style (Brita, Pur, etc.) water filters.  We'll look at conventional storm and wastewater treatment processes; simple, home-scale strategies including graywater systems, composting toilets and urine separation; and purification processes that include carbon filtration and phytoremediation.  Please bring a used water cartridge to refill.


The Art of Traditional Woodworking

Traditional or 'green' woodworking is the process of shaping raw unseasoned wood using simple hand tools.  Historically craftspeople split out materials for products from freshly cut, straight-grained logs using wedges.  These rough pieces were then shaped by hand using a drawknife and foot-powered spring-pole lathe.  After seasoning, these 'riven' or split parts can be properly sized and assembled.  Green woodwork demands the craftsperson follow the wood's grain - thus it is inherently stronger and more durable than wood that has been sawn.  All sorts of products can be made from green wood including chairs, spoons, bowls, cabinetry, tool handles, etc.  During this intensive day-long workshop, students will explore the art and science of working green wood through lecture, slides and most importantly, hands-on experience.  Course topics include - an overview of green woodworking tools and techniques; native wood qualities and uses; wood science; tool selection and sharpening skills; and plenty of hands-on experience riving (splitting) and shaping wood using hand tools.  Each student will leave the course with a data CD full of articles, plans, tools lists and more - a wealth of information to help one start their own workshop.   We'll also explore the potential of coppice forestry on the islands - a highly productive, renewable and truly sustainable form of ancient forest management.

Winter Tree Identification

This afternoon event, led by permaculture designer Mark Krawczyk, will focus on the winter identification characteristics of trees and shrubs.  Starting at City Hall park, we'll explore the species diversity that surrounds us in Burlington, learning how to distinguish woody plants based on their foliage, branching patterns, buds, twigs, leaf scars, bark, growth form and habitat and how to use a field guide and dichotomous key to help guide us.  This event will be held outdoors, so dress appropriately please bring an eastern tree field guide if you have on.   


Natural Building in the Northeast

Jacob Racusin and Mark Krawczyk of Seven Generations Natural Builders discuss design strategies, principles and materials suited to creating natural buildings appropriate to our challenging climate here in the northeast.  The course consists of lecture, slide presentations, discussions, and hands-on design work. 


Forest Gardening

Permaculture designers Keith Morris and Mark Krawczyk lead an introduction to the concepts, design and maintenance of forest gardens - integrated gardens modeled on the structure of natural forests that incorporate fruiting tress, shrubs, and vegetables, fertility providing plants, medicinals, beneficial insect habitat and more.  Forest gardens can be as simple or complex as you like and are well suited to compact urban lots.   


Lawn to Garden Conversions

In this evening workshop led by Mark Krawczyk, we will discuss simple, chemical-free strategies to eliminate lawn, build healthy soil and establish beautiful, productive gardens.  Additionally, we'll examine the design, installation and maintenance of perennial, edible forest gardens, providing a dynamic, productive alternative to conventional landscaping. 

Coppice Forestry Presentation

Mark Krawczyk shares the history, process and management of coppice woodland in Britain and explores its application to forest management in New England.  Coppicing is a traditional forestry system in which broadleaf trees are cut during the dormant season and allowed to re-grow as several stems from the still-living stump.  When planted densely and managed regularly coppiced woodlands yield a remarkable amount of biomass due to the fact that new poles re-sprout from already vigorous and well-established root system.  Coppiced woodlands sustained the growth and development of Britain for centuries after having virtually decimated their native forests by the year 1000.  As our culture rapidly approaches a period of energy descent, coppicing could help to provide a steady source of poles and biomass for fuel, fencing materials, building and craft.  It is a model for sustainable forestry that only grows more productive with each passing generation. 

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