Winter Weekend PDC: Treasure Lake, USA 2020

February and March: Weekend PDC with the Cincinnati Permaculture Institute



  • Saturday – Feb 22nd – 9-6pm
  • Sunday – Feb 23rd – 10-5pm
  • Saturday – Feb 29th – 9-6pm
  • Sunday – Mar 1st – 10-5pm
  • Saturday – Mar 7th – 9-6pm
  • Sunday – Mar 8th – 10-5pm
  • Saturday – Mar 14th – 9-6pm
  • Saturday – Mar 21st – 9-6pm
  • Sunday – Mar 22nd – 10-5pm

cincinnati Permaculture digging

Locations:  Treasure Lake Regenerative Education Site, Permaculture Forest and Farm

Facilitators: Doug Crouch, Braden Trauth and other regional experts

Course Fee: 

  • 700$ ($200 deposit) By January 12th
  • $750 ($200 deposit) By January 31st
  • 800$($200 deposit) After February 9th

****includes semi catered lunches  ****

For more information and to register details contact the following:

Register Here – At the bottom of the CPI inquiry page.


THE COURSE: Format and Content

This accelerated course is great for those who want to be ready for this growing season. It will be a weekend PDC spread out over five weekends with several online lecture videos to compliment the in person classroom and experiential learning.  This format allows for extra time for students to digest the material during the week off making it a great format for a holistic learning experience.  Students will also receive hands-on experience and also ample work time on the final design project and presentation. The course will be a certified through TreeYo Permaculture as we are guided by Bill Mollison’s curriculum that comprises the 14 chapters of his book “Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual”. Our schedule reflects this commitment and has a strong emphasis on how the design principles and process influence site develop and systems management. Sample online lecture below:


We will cover the following topics throughout the course:

  • Ethics, Principles, and Methods of Permaculture Design
  • Pattern Understanding: Interpretation and Application
  • Climatic Factors: Broad Climatic Zones and Microclimate – Effects on Landscape and Design
  • Water: Harvesting, Conservation, and landscape hydration with Earthworks
  • Trees and their Energy Transactions: Tree Systems for landscapes and Tree Identification
  • Soils: Classification, Food Web, and Restoration
  • Aquaculture: Food Web, Aquatic Plants, Chinampas, Tyre Ponds, Water Quality Parameters
  • Animal Systems: Integrate worms, chickens, goats, and many other animals in your design
  • Strategies for Tropical, Dryland, and Temperate Climates: Influences on Vegetation, Housing, and Earthworks
  • Introduction to Natural Building: Earth as a Building Material
  • Fermentation and Nutrition: Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Sourdough Bread and Pickles
  • Local Food Systems:  CSA-Community Supported Agriculture,  Cooperatives, Food-Coops
  • Social and Economic Permaculture: Bio-Regional Organisation, Living in Communities, Transition Towns and Local Resiliency
  • And last but not least: A journey into our local ecosystem that is incredibly biodiverse and a unique food forest in its natural structure. The connections made here in this class will forward your environmental literacy and build community with other proactive stewards.  



All Photos above from our 2018 Winter weekend PDC


The course will end with the required student design projects that will utilize a budding permaculture site in Northern Kentucky, Treasure Lake.  By using an actual physical site for the design projects, students will gain the experience of completing a full design from walking the land during the initial assessment to mapping

A student final design from Argentina PDC 2012

and measuring to client interviews and final presentations. It’s a great opportunity to contribute to the local permaculture scene as often the projects are carried onward.

The design project process increases learner retention by allowing for immediate application and direct practice of learned skills while offering a means to evaluates students’ comprehension of the theory and lecture sections of the course. All of which are necessary to become successful, effective, and certified Permaculture designers.

The final design project is also considered to be a direct hands-on project because students will be engaged in a process that will yield a viable design proposal. Our commitment to practicing the design principles throughout the course process

an evolving set of cards that facilitates design
an evolving set of cards that facilitates design

itself reinforces the theory and lecture sessions. To bring the material alive we engage in facilitating the course so that numerous learning styles are supported. One of our teaching techniques is through design exercises that compliment the lecture material and add an element of fun to the atmosphere.

For more information about our past courses visit the following page: Previous TreeYo Courses.


Another integral part of the course is the hands-on segment because it integrates the techniques directly to your body. We hope to do some hands-on segments for the course but will be weather dependent during this season other than fermentation:

  • Food Fermentation as a way to connect food production with culture with health and season extension (special guests lecturers from FabFerments for this one)
  • Food Forest/Tree Planting Weather permitting, we will have hands on experience with plotting out and planting a permaculture food forest/orchard expansion

  • Final Design Project for immediate application and direct practice of learned skills


Doug Crouch: With 30 PDC’s facilitated across the globe, TreeYo Permaculture facilitator Doug Crouch will be putting on this weekend PDC that

teaching at Parkwalk Permaculture- looking at microclimate and using vines to alter
teaching at Parkwalk Permaculture- looking at microclimate and using vines to alter

he has been apart of for years in Cincinnati.  Doug will once again act as the main facilitator of this year’s course after years of being abroad. His formal background is in the ecology of the local forest type and has been practicing and teaching Permaculture for over seven years in different parts of the world covering all climatic zones. He holds a Diploma in Permaculture Education which demonstrates his commitment to crafting his creative facilitation style. Click on the following link to read more about this facilitation style and the resources we are happy to share.  Furthermore, to view some of the presentation you can expect during the course via PowerPoint, please visit Doug’s slideshare account at the following:

Braden Trauth

A student of the originators of Permaculture, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, Braden has gone on to study with many other leaders in the field. He has been teaching and consulting with this knowledge since 2007 and has taught at places as varied as the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, the Earthship Academy, Haitian Farmers and the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture on behalf of USAID. He is the former Chairman of the City of Cincinnati’s Urban Agriculture Advisory Board for the City Council.


Treasure Lake

Treasure lake is local small business focused on recreation and education in nature which been in the Crouch family since 1983.  It’s a wonderfully scenic place hidden in the hills of the Northwestern Corner of Northern Kentucky and Boone County only 22 miles from downtown Cincinnati.  We have been hard at work developing the broad acre forest for bio-diversity and wild food abundance for nearly 20 years through active forest enhancement techniques pioneered by Doug.   Furthermore, the following Permaculture elements and functions that can be experienced are:

  • Non Timber forest product development including a focus on wildlife management
  • Extensive Native Food Forest complimented with Tree Crops and specific management techniques to enhance this
  • Hot & Cold Composting (Vermiculture) systems for boosting soil life, picking up on waste streams, and cycling nutrients
  • Tree Crop and mushroom production for further food resilience
  • Event and Festival hosting to create a cultural gathering point for many points of culture
  • Community Building through energy cycling and regenerative education


We will be offering some staples and enjoy potluck style meals from all of us collectively bringing food.


Cincinnati and the tri-state region provides a wonderful backdrop for Permaculture in this unique Midwest context. Its uniqueness is defined by its topography, hilliest city in the Midwest, and the subsequent challenges with landslides because of our high rainfall totals on clay soils. We also are in a fairly conservative market, this isn’t Portland or Burlington where sustainability took off many years ago. Rather we have been pushing the envelope here to increase people’s consciousness around food security, social justice, and rebuilding a skill base that will take us into an abundant city scape. The city is dominated by many Fortune 500 companies but our grassroot organizations within the Cincinnati Permaculture Guild have allowed us to work with these giants and the local councils, not just against them.

 Many Reasons to Come Join Us!

The Cincinnati Permaculture Guild and the tri-state region offer a great location and context for learning Permaculture!

  • Come and be part of a community that is dedicated to forging a local economy through strong interconnectedness around food, water, and shelter at our very basics.
  • Gain environmental literacy through a University level course with a diversity of ways to learn
  • The Design background enhances your ability to join projects, lead community movement, and save money along the way to abundance.
  • The Confidence to be a Permaculture consultant and practitioner in the future is one of the most valuable qualities that students will develop during the course due to the numerous site applications, international staff, creative solution successes and varied micro-climates. The world needs YOU!
After all, it will be a fun learning experience sure to give a new perspective on everyday surroundings and bring inspired solutions to the table. Let Permaculture be the systematic approach to make change in the world and your local community alike. Learn to turn Problems into Solutions, to Work with Nature not Against, and how Everything…yes every THING…gardens!!!!!
Course Photo 2011 in Portugal put on by TreeYo Permaculture

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