In Partnership with 

Crickets Cove Farm

Is offering their 1st Mid-Atlantic


A Permaculture Design International course

When: June 16-19, 2017
Where: Cricket's Cove Farm
Teachers: Rico Zook, Koreen Brennan
Price: $500 Tax Day Discount (before Tuesday April 18th)
         $550 Full Price (after April 18th)


This course is designed to be both a Hands-on project focused course, as well as one for deepening your design skills and understanding of how to create truly Regenerative Designs. It is a dense, experience-rich environment for learning by doing.

Get your hands dirty. Do a project from conception to completion. Understand a design by actually installing each of its components parts. The more you know by doing, the better your designing will become. As with teaching, the best designers are ones with the most hands-on experience.

In this course we seek to give you a strong start on this essential foundation by participating in a variety of projects on a functioning farm. These projects will help evolve this growing and diverse Permaculture farm. About two-thirds of our time will be used installing various land systems at Cricket Cove Farm.

Possible Systems include

  • A Modified French Drain Greywater system
  • A Spiral Garden Bed
  • Hugelkulture beds
  • A Passive Solar Water Heater
  • Haybox

For these projects we will start from a design brief, discuss and explore the options, design the system, install it, and watch what happens.

How do designs move from just being functional to regenerative? This course looks at and offers insights and techniques for this most challenging quality of design. Utilizing a variety of learning modalities, and backed by years of hands-on design experience in varied environments and diverse cultures around the world, Koreen and Rico will facilitate a rich and deep learning experience. Through discussions, exercises and hands-on work, you will expand your toolbox of Design strategies, techniques, tools, and experience with real life design challenges.

The following are some possible topics and exercises for this part of our course, which will be selected as a group.

  • Techniques and Strategies for regenerative designing
  • Deeping your understanding of site
  • Bio-mimicry and how Nature designs
  • Empathy, Altered Perspectives, and Anthropocentrism
  • Culture, Personality, and Assumptions
  • Designing as a team
  • Team card puzzle
  • Egg drop challenge
  • Design Reports
  • The Business of Design
  • Being a professional designer

This is a rare and rich opportunity to learn from world class Permaculture Designers with 20 years of real world experience.


We offer 2 camping locations, both with hot showers. Limited indoor accommodations may be available for an extra fee. 

Healthy Food:
A healthy organic breakfast, lunch and dinner are included the cost of the course. Vegan, vegetarian and carnivore options will be available.

* Enroll in PDC at the same time and receive $50 off the APD price!

For More Information:

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Rico Zook

For the past 20 years Mr. Zook have been a Permaculture designer, consultant and educator working with private individuals, farmers, villagers and local organizations in India, Cambodia, northern New Mexico, the middle-east and other parts of the world. This work focuses on assisting all levels of our global community to create culturally and environmentally appropriate life systems that are resilient and regenerative. He has also worked with local and indigenous cultures to help preserve traditional knowledge and technologies while adapting to and becoming active members of our rapidly globalizing world. With work in different climates and cultures, Rico has established himself as one of the new leaders and innovators in Permaculture worldwide. This is further supported by his work with global Permaculture organizations organizing the International Permaculture Convergence.

For more about Rico and his work go to, 

Koreen Brennan

Koreen has more than 20 years of experience in building community, organizational troubleshooting and management, adult education, organizing major events, and other invisible structure work. She has worked with challenging design projects in Los Angeles, Florida, Haiti, and Pine Ridge Lakota reservation and has taught permaculture at several universities, city faciltiies and other institutions in the Western hemisphere.

She was Coordinator for the founding Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition in St Petersburg, Florida, and co-founder of Create Clearwater, an education-based community organization. She initiated and managed a useful plant nursery in Los Angeles, CA, and incubated another in Florida. She has grown many thousands of plants, and planted thousands of trees in diverse climates. She founded and manages Grow Permaculture, a design and education firm in Clearwater, Florida. She has worked with school gardens, community gardens, city parks, and other public projects to incorporate regenerative design principles.

For more about Koreen and her work, go to

Andrew Millison

Andrew Millison is a founder of Permaculture Design International. He has been designing, building and teaching about Permaculture since he took his first course in 1996. He began his Permaculture career in the deserts of Arizona, where he attended Prescott College and the Ecosa Institute for Ecological Design. He went on to teach at both of those schools, received a Master's degree studying heirloom fruit trees, ran the small desert farm at Paolo Soleri's Arcosanti, worked in a Landscape Architecture office, and ran his own design / build Permaculture business.

In 2008 Andrew moved to Corvallis, Oregon where he began teaching Permaculture design at Oregon State University in the Horticulture Department. His design business flourished in Oregon, where he completed numerous site designs for a wide variety of clients that can be seen on the Projects page. His specialties include the design of whole-site water systems, as well as community gathering and social spaces.

About Cricket Cove Farm, from Marianne, our host:
Our home, our farm, my passion and dream come true, gives me pause everyday about the natural beauty & bounty of Mother Earth.  We celebrate the magic that happens when we partner with the rhythms of nature and deliberately work in concert with our surroundings.  This journey has been healing, healthy and extraordinarily satisfying.  7 years ago we became USDA Certified Organic and Certified Bio-Dynamic  as we further commit ourselves and our community to heritage farming techniques.