OSU PDC Student, PDC Student
Thank you for your work in the world. This course has been thrilling, grueling and most points in between. I feel well prepared to go forth and let a food forest come into being on the little piece of land 1/10th of an acre, of which I steward.
Many thanks to you, the teachers, graders, students, permaculture colleagues.
Land Design, OSU PDC Student, PDC Student
Thank you so very much for this wonderful course! One of the best online experiences that I have had. This course has allowed me to grow as a professional and as an educator. Thank you for the tremendous amount of time you all have put in to this program, and for all of your teaching, mentoring, and support!
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Education, General, Land Design, OSU PDC Student, PDC StudentThank you for your support and instruction for the Permaculture Design course. The course was incredibly challenging, and each week I would wonder how I was going to do the homework. Then I somehow did thanks to many hours of research, redos, and support.I found the videos you and Neil made to be essential! So essential that I’m not sure how students in other groups get the homework done!It really helped to see examples and clarify expectations. I think if I didn’t have the videos, I might have found the course to be frustrating. For an online course it was rigorous and I am glad I had the time to dedicate to it and I am really proud of myself for completing it.I appreciated you encouraging us not to focus on grades but on learning, since I was definitely that student in school that cared way too much about grades. Since it was such a challenging course for me, it was validating to see that I was understanding the essentials and able to apply it to a real place.I really enjoyed the format of the course – each week using a different lens to go through the design process. I feel as though my observation and analytical skills have been sharpened and I see the world in a much more interconnected and complex way. I am excited to build on what I have learned now that I know all the things I need to learn more about!Thank you again for your support, teaching, and time.
Education, General, Land Design, OSU PDC Student, PDC Student
I’m so grateful for your detailed response, feedback and the great input! Really motivating to get the design started.
I noted all the points you mentioned and would love to keep in touch over the design process. Your and Neils idea of the support group is really wonderful!
All the best to you and good luck for upcoming projects, looking forward to staying in touch.
PS – And as a little extra to my euphoria of finsihing the PCD course, i gave birth to my daughter last week, just on the finishing day of the course. She waited for me to finish the master plan 🙂 Very excited to bring up this child in the permaculture environment and mindset. Thank you so much for teaching and guiding us so patiently and professionally.
Education, OSU PDC Student, PDC Student
I loved this course!
I feel I got a full spectrum of the basics of Permaculture and I understand them very well.
The course is really well organized in a way that one can learn by gradients and it all fits perfectly together in the end. Now that the course has been restructured, it is even better. Once all the assignments are done and all together in one portfolio, you feel like a pro!
The way the course is set up to give and get feedback from the other students is fantastic. It really helped me to see the work other students were doing, and what kind of sites and climates they were working with. It often helped me get new ideas to do my own work even better.
The instructors were always available and answered any questions right away. This is a great support.
The intensity of the course pushed me to really work and learn. I think many PDC courses can be quite simple, but this one is very much a university level and it pushed me to be at a high level. It also inspired me to go even deeper and do more research. I didn’t do the course just to get a certificate, but rather because I wanted to get as much knowledge as possible about Permaculture from experienced people, so this PDC from such an experienced person as Andrew Millison and all his other also very experienced instructors was perfect.
I did it in two semesters. I planned originally to do it in one, but I had to start late so I needed more time and that was actually lucky because doing the course in two semesters gave me more time to go slowly through the material and go deeper with my assignments.
My primary instructor was Javan Bernakevitch. He was always very helpful, gave great feedback and always answered any questions or emails right away.
He has done great instruction videos for every assignment with Neil Bertrando, and this was a huge help for me. They also did some webinars to help us more with specific topics and those were also a great help for me, besides making it feel like an even more interactive course.
For my second semester Javan is now giving assignment feedback in videos where we can see our assignments and he points things out to us or shows how to make a correction. I love this. It is really like being live with the instructor and getting great feedback in person. It gives him also possibility to be much more precise and detailed with the feedback.
My favourite thing about Javan is how he was very complimentary and supportive. This gave me incentive to keep doing my best work and strive to be even better.
Education, OSU PDC Student, PDC Student
I really loved the course. The step by step learning about my land and designing zone by zone slowly and thoughtfully was key for me to come up with my final plan. I don’t think I would have been able to come up with nearly as good of a design for my yard on my own. The readings and videos were helpful in this learning process, but your commentary was the most valuable to me.
Education, OSU PDC Student, PDC Student
Thank you so much for your assistance, guidance and feedback, great to have you as an instructor. It helped me a lot discussing the individual aspects of the project. You put so much energy into this course, I applaud you for that. I can only recommend you to others.
Education, PDC Student
Javan, thanks for all your wonderful insight and feedback on the last assignment and throughout the course. As much as I am sorry for this PDC to be coming to a close, this is just the very beginning of my project and I am looking forward to having more free time to go through things at my own pace and check out some of your stuff as well!
Education, General, PDC StudentThank you sooo much Javan!It’s been a really lovely time well spent. I was very skeptical at first of the whole course idea. But i have gained soooo much knowledge i think this is just the tip of the iceberg for me. Theres soooo much more to learn and experience.This is really a gift of life for me. I thank you and everyone involved and the nice environment you and Neil provided in our group. This is a kind of course where grades dont really matter. Its the knowledge you get and do something with it. Thank you so much guys, a big thumbs up from me and from my hubby who made this possible.You never know maybe will cross each other someday in Swahili theres a saying that says this – milima haikutani which means mountains don’t meet but humans do.
Education, General, PDC Student
Just a quick note to let you know that I am deeply grateful for your comments. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy this course. Everything that I have been working on for the past 20+ years are coming together, being connected by this new precious knowledge.
I have felt very disenchanted with work for quite a while – “Compassion fatigue” sums it up quite nicely. I sorely needed such new positive inspiration,
Thank you – for your time and inspiration.