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Wheaton Labs Appropriate Technology Course (ATC) July 1st to 12th, 2019

July 1 - July 12


The Wheaton Labs Appropriate Technology Course follows right after the PDC for Scientists, Engineers, and Educators. The ATC is about getting hands-on experience building amazing structures, learning about off-grid water systems, gaining experience with practical welding and woodworking skills, and other technologies for living in and building a better world.

This year’s ATC will take place July 1st-12th, 2019.

Main page with registration:
Forum discussion and more info:

PDC & ATC Prices:
Permaculture Design Course only is $1650 per student
Appropriate Technology Course only is $1650 per student
Or for both PDC and ATC 2019 courses are $2600 per student
Register here

More on all four instructors for the PDC and the ATC

Alan Booker – the main PDC instructor
Alan Booker is the founder of the Eldenbridge Institute, which provides education and research in support of regenerative communities. Alan also provides consulting and workshops on earthworks, soil remediation, composting, forest gardening, holistic management of pastureland, keyline design, aquaculture and aquaponics, off-grid energy systems, and natural building systems. As he gained experience in systems engineering throughout the 1990’s, Alan began to understand the long-term problems being created by modern design practices. In researching possible solutions, he became interested in Permaculture due to its holistic design approach and track record of creating workable solutions in a wide range of climates and ecosystems around the world.

Paul Wheaton – PDC host and guest instructor
Paul Wheaton is the tyrannical ruler of two online communities and the author of Building a Better World in your Backyard. One online community is about permaculture and the other is about software engineering. Paul has written several permaculture articles, starting with one on lawn care that he wrote as part of becoming a master gardener over 20 years ago, and including articles on raising chickens, cast iron and diatomaceous earth. Paul regularly uploads permaculture videos and permaculture podcasts. In his spare time, Paul has plans for world domination and currently owns a hollowed out volcano with good submarine access near Missoula, Montana (aka wheaton labs).

Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) – ATC instructor
Uncle Mud raises free-range, organic children in the wilds of northeast Ohio. Between building things out of mud and junk he writes for Mother Earth News Magazine and teaches simple DIY skills at workshops and fairs.

James Juczak – ATC instructor
James Juckzak is an author and lecturer on topics such as self-reliance, true sustainability, building off-grid energy systems and mortgage-free housing. He has had numerous articles published, been a contributing author to several books and is presently working on a much expanded second edition of his book “The High Art and Subtle Science of Scrounging”. He has been dubbed “The King of Scrounge”. Jim spent much if his career as a high school and middle school shop teacher. He has also worked as a Community Energy Educator in 10 northern New York counties. He also brought skills to Kandahar, Afghanistan where he worked as a civilian contractor with the US Army’s 10th Mountain Brigade teaching appropriate technologies to the US and Afghan armies as well as the local civilian population. Jim lives with his wife, Krista, in their round, cordwood and papercrete home on the property where they have established an off-grid intentional community. He is an EMT and an adjunct professor at SUNY Jefferson where he teaches the NABCEP Solar Installers course.


July 1
July 12

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