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2008, Living Mandala
creative services by: 360 Degrees

In Association With

NorCal Aquaponics

Mendocino Ecological Learning Center

Austin Aquaponics

EZ Farms & Fish

Viridis Aquaponic Growers

Occidental Arts and Ecology Center


Facilitators & Instructors

Max Meyers of NorCal Aquaponics

Rob Nash of Austin Aquaponics

Samantha Rodriguez of EZ Farms & Fish

Jon Parr - Viridis Aquaponic Growers

Brock Dolman of Occidental Arts & Ecology Center


Course Overview

Wether you are a beginner, a backyard hobbyist, a homesteader or a skilled professional wanting to start a career in Aquaponics this course has something to offer. This course is will provide you with a solid foundation, in depth information, and hands-on experience for designing and building cutting-edge Permaculture based Aquaponics Systems. Wether you want to grow food for you and your family, a small business or a fully commercial operation, this course will give you the foundational tools, information and experience you will need to support you in whatever Aquaponic endeavor you are interested in for years to come. At a time of global climate change, depletion of resources, pollution of water and huge losses of top soil worldwide, there has never been a more important time to learn about Aquaponics.


This training will be led by our incredible team of Aquaponics instructors, professionals and educators from around the world: Including:


  1. Max Meyers of Nor Cal Aquaponics - lead instructor, known for combining the sciences of Aquaponics & Permaculture

  2. Rob Nash of Austin Aquaponics - bringing over a decade of experience with large scale Aquaponic farming techniques and hybrids

  3. Samantha Rodriguez of EZ Farms & Fish - who brings beauty and abundance to backyard systems and beyond

  4. Jon Parr of Fishnet Aquaponics - who is presently building California's largest commercial Aquaponics system of over 8 acres of Aquaponics in greenhouses

  5. Bock Doleman of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center - known globally for his work with watershed restoration and regenerative water system designs as well as the wealth of knowledge on aquatic ecology and permaculture.


This course is sure to be one the largest diversity of instructors and hands on experience ever offered in an Aquaponics training!




Course Description

Aquaponics is one of the most sustainable and productive farming systems in the world. It combines Aquaculture and Hydroponics to create more self-sufficient, closed-loop, systems that use only a fraction of the water, labor, energy, etc. that other methods use. Combining Permaculture Design with Aquaponics creates an even more sustainable, dynamic, productive & regenerative system. In this training you will learn some of the most cutting-edge pioneering aquaponics systems from variou successful esperts in the field, and gain a solid foundation from which to create your own Aquaponics System, Farm & thriving Green Business appropriate to your climate, ecology, dreams, & desires.


Dates & Times: Optional Hands-On Component: Monday, May 12

The bulk of the instruction of this course will be from Thursday May 8 to Sunday May 11 from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm each day.

May 12th is an optional hands on component, which will be held up at Max Meyers’s farm, which will be in process of construction of an Aquaponics System. During this additional optional hands-on day participants will have the opportunity to get some hands-on experience working on a new Aquaponics system under construction. Lunch will not be included in this additional optional day.


Course Details

This Course includes:

  1. A detailed Aquaponics Course manual covering all aspects of Aquaponics including:

  2. Day-to-day operation of the system

  3. Design checklist

  4. Field tested formulas, calculations, estimates and guidelines.

  5. Complete designs, plans and materials lists.

  6. And much more in this nearly 100 page manual.

  7. NorCal Aquaponics Systems step-by-step construction manual with variations and site specific applications intended to make it easy for anyone to build an Aquaponics system.

  8. A set of detailed construction plans, including site plans, and piping schematics.


  9. * This training will include all of the above as well as a design element focus on how to design a system specific to your individual climate, ecology, dreams, and desires - wether it is for a small personal system or a more large scale commercial system. Our intention is to empower you with cutting-edge information to get started in this promising new Green Career of the Future, and technology of the ancient past.


Permaculture & Aquaponics

By bringing Permaculture Design principles and practices into Aquaponics, we are closing many loops, inefficiencies, and energy drains that exist in more conventional systems, as well as integrating the system appropriately into the larger landscapes and ecologies it is a part of, making it a much more holistic and sustainable enterprise. Closed-Loop Aquaponics focuses on designing aquaponics systems that that produce as much of the system’s needs (water, energy, fish, feed, heat, gas, etc.) on-site and within the system itself as possible. Products of the systems can include; solar electricity, solar heated air, solar heated water, fish, prawns, vegetables, fruit, aquatic plants, algae, minnows, snails, worms, dry and liquid fertilizers, methane gas, and more. By using the Permaculture Design process, we learn to design systems appropriate to diverse climates and unique ecological niches to meet various needs, dreams, and desires.

Student Testimonials

“The highest praise I can give this course is the ability to take it home and immediately apply the principles. I received a thorough understanding of the subject and feel I could build my own system with the information given.” - Anne, Santa Cruz, May 2012


“I was looking for a course to help me start my system, and was a little worried this wouldn’t cover everything... but boy was I wrong! It covered everything I expected and so much more! I’m excited to go home feeling fully capable to build my system, and perhaps 3 or 4 others I had no idea about before!” - Mike, Santa Cruz, May 2012


“This course was so jam-packed with information my head felt like an over soaked sponge! I feel like the amount of info I received will continue to ooze out my ears and inform a lifetime’s work in this field. I highly recommend it for any and all persons interested.” - Susan, Ukiah, May 2011


“This course is a must for anyone wanting to engage in urban agriculture.” - Matthew, Santa Cruz, May 2011


“This course topped all my expectations and is the best aquaponics course I have taken. The information delivered was exceptional, beyond what I have seen, and more than I ever thought possible for aquaponics. Max and the Living Mandala support staff are very friendly, knowledgable people doing great work in the world. Thank you for this offering.”

- Gary, Ukiah, Aug 2010


“Max is a brilliant designer, an extraordinary human being, and a natural teacher. His breadth of experience, passion, integration of regenerative design principles, creativity, depth of knowledge on the subject, and freedom of sharing information, are truly a gift.”  - Palika, Santa Cruz, May 2012


“This course is all about empowering each of us with the tools and techniques to take responsibility for our future by creating a sustainable food source and sharing this on so many levels.”

-Susan. Santa Cruz, 2012


To Register for the Aquaponics Course Here.

 




Tuition & Registration

Includes Aquaponics Certification, Course Materials (including 100 page course manual with detailed designs), and Hands-on Experience.


Standard Tuition: $1295


Early Bird: $995 - (for those making less than 50k annually)


Permaculture Design Course Graduates, Aquaponics Course Grads, & College Students: $895

To support the permaculture movement and our commitment to further empower local sustainability efforts, we are offering a special discount to Permaculture Design Course Graduates, Aquaponics Course Graduates, and college students.


* There will be a small registration fee in addition to the above prices.


To Register for the Aquaponics Course Click Here.




Meals & Lodging

Course tuition includes beverages and light snacks and lunch during the course. Participants are responsible for their own dinner. Lunch will not be included on the additional optional hands-on day on Monday, May 12. The venue is located in downtown Willits, and their are several local restaurants near by. There local hotels, camping options, and other possibilities available. We will send you more information on local lodging options in the registration packet.


Snail Mail

To complete your registration via mail (which is preferred), register on-line and send the full name of the course registrant(s) with a check or money order out to "Living Mandala" and mail to:


Living Mandala

Attn: Aquaponics Training

30 Castro Ave

San Rafael, CA




Refund Policy

Cancellations up to 2 weeks before the course before April 24 will be refunded, excluding a $75 processing fee. No refunds are given after April 24, but may be credited towards a future course with Living Mandala (minus the processing fee). Not all courses apply.


Aquaponics Facts

  1. AQUAPONICS USES 90% LESS WATER THAN CONVENTIONAL FARMING DOES!

  2. AQUAPONICS IS ENERGY-EFFICIENT: IT REQUIRES ONE-THIRD OF THE ENERGY OTHER FARMING SYSTEMS USE!

  3. AQUAPONICS HAS EIGHT TO TEN TIMES MORE VEGETABLE PRODUCTION IN THE SAME AREA AND TIME!

  4. LABOR IS REDUCED AS MUCH AS 40% AND MANY USEFUL BYPRODUCTS ARE CREATED THAT CAN BE USED TO FARM OTHER CROPS, TREES, SOIL, WATER AND ENERGY!

  5. A PERMACULTURE INSPIRED SYSTEM PRODUCES ALL OF THE SYSTEM’S NEEDS (WATER, ENERGY, FISH FEED, HEAT, ETC.) ON SITE!

  6. PRODUCTS OF THE SYSTEM INCLUDE; SOLAR ELECTRICITY, HEAT, FISH, PRAWNS, VEGETABLES, AQUATIC PLANTS, ALGAE, SNAILS, WORMS, FERTILIZER, EVEN METHANE GAS!




Why Aquaponics?

Growing our food in closed systems that require no soil allows us to farm soil and water outside the system! We plant soil and water in our damaged and depleted landscapes which not only aids in the restoration of the soil, groundwater and native forests, but has the added benefit of offsetting greenhouse gases by removing carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere. This is one of the practices used in what we call “Carbon Farming”. Soils contain approximately 75% of the carbon pool on land — three times more than the amount stored in living plants and animals. Did you know that 1” of healthy top soil spread over 1 acre of land sequesters the same amount of carbon a healthy forest of the same size does annually? It is estimated that our crop and range lands lose 4 tons of topsoil every year for every person alive! That’s 21 gigatons of soil washed or blown out to the sea and lost for productive use on land, releasing vast amounts of carbon in the process (New Scientist, December 2006). Being able to use land considered “Undesirable” by conventional farming, Aquaponic farmers have the added benefit of access to cheap lands and lease agreements. Often using otherwise unused space such as fill, gravel, concrete, abandoned commercial sites, even roof tops. “The only limit to our designs is in the mind of the designer”!


Watch a Video of Max Meyers Featured in Time Magazine On-Line




http://www.time.com/time/video/player/0,32068,658160623001_2030619,00.html


Contact

For questions and more information regarding the course

e-mail: aquaponics(at)livingmandala.com or

call: (530) 918-8675

 
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Instructors


Max Meyers

Maximillian Meyers is an Ecological Designer, Permaculture Teacher, Commercial Aquaponic System Designer/Installer, Rainwater and Greywater System specialist, Farmer and the Executive Director of the Mendocino Ecological Learning Center - a nonprofit educational organization and ecological reserve offering green job training and sustainable living skills to the public. In addition to the work at MELC, Max provides Ecological design services through his businesses Osiris Designs and NorCal Aquaponics. He is passionate about all things related to a more just and sustainable world. He has been studying, practicing and teaching Permaculture and Ecological Design for 14 years. Since graduating from College with a B.A. degree in Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Communities, Max has become a certified Permaculture designer/teacher, water systems specialist and working professional. He has been fortunate enough to study with people like Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton, Sepp Holzer, Tom Ward, Jude Hobbs, John Valenzuela, Penny Livingston, and many others in places like the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Hawaii. Some of his fields of study and practice include: Natural Building, Organic Farming, Integrated Rainwater Harvesting, Alternative Transportation, Mushroom Cultivation, Sustainable Forestry, Beekeeping, Animal Husbandry, Renewable Energy, Biogas Production and use, Greywater Systems design and installation, Vermiculture, seed saving and many other sustainable technologies, methods and skills. He has experience teaching Permaculture, Natural Building, Cob Construction, Renewable Energy, Organic Farming, Beekeeping and others. His work has been featured in the best selling book Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Homescale Permaculture, as well as radio and television programs.


Lead Instructor


Rob Nash

Rob Nash is the owner/operator of Austin Aquaponics and HannaLeigh Farm based out of Austin, Texas. He has been designing and implementing commercial scale aquaponic systems since 2007. Rob combined his years of hands on experience with training from Dr. Rakocy on the UVI model and at Nelson & Pade aquaponics, to pioneer one of the first commercial operations to implement the popular, integrated or media-raft-hybrid commercial systems. Rob’s passion for and dedication to educating others about this industry has allowed him to become a sought-after source of knowledge in the southern region, where he has taught hundreds of students. His farm and aquaponic systems have been showcased on The Central Texas Gardener and InfoWars.com in 2013. He currently offers training workshops, consultation, and build/design of aquaponic systems for the beginner to advanced gardener, as well as commercial-minded aquapon. Rob is a one of the original founding members of the aquaponic association, and has served as a chairman sense its formation in 2011.


Guest Instructor


John Parr

Jon Parr is a tradesman and an aquaponics enthusiast. He is also President of Aqua Green Inc. which operates an 8-acre aquaponics greenhouse in Watsonville, CA. Jon decided to leave the construction trades behind to pursue a full-time career in aquaponics in 2012, based on 5 years of success in aquaponics hobby farming. Co-founders of Viridis Aquaponics Inc. Jon Parr and Drew Hopkins aim to revolutionize the produce industry using aquaponics as well as a variety of other methods which are pesticide and herbicide free. Viridis Aquaponics Inc. is located in the San Francisco Bay area in the large agricultural farming town of Watsonville, California.John is currently building what will be California's largest commercial Aquaponics system - over 8 acres of Aquaponics in greenhouses.



Guest Instructor


Brock Dolman

Brock is a co-founder of the Sowing Circle, LLC Intentional Community & Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (www.oaec.org), where he co-directs the Permaculture Program and the WATER Institute (www.oaecwater.org) in Sonoma County, California.


He is a wildlife biologist, permaculture designer, educator and watershed restorationist. Brock has been the keynote presenter at numerous conferences and has taught Permaculture internationally in Costa Rica, Ecuador, U.S. Virgin Islands, Spain, Brazil, China, Canada, Zimbabwe & and widely in the U.S.A. He was one of the core co-facilitators for the International Permaculture Convergence 8 (IPC8) PDC in Sao Paulo, Brazil and has co-taught at least 70 PDC’s since 1995. In 2013, after hosting over 40 PDC’s OAEC gave out their 1000th PDC certificate. Recently he has been invited to be one of the co-facilitators of the upcoming PDC during the International Permaculture Convergence 11 (IPC11) in Cuba in November 2013. He has been featured in the award winning films: The 11th Hour by Leonardo DiCaprio; The Call of Life by Species Alliance; and Permaculture: A Quiet Revolution by Vanessa Shultz. In October 2012 he gave a City 2.0 TEDx talk: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Izf6D1LQlFE). For over a decade he has served as an appointed commissioner on the Sonoma County Fish & Wildlife Commission. In 1992 he completed his BA, graduating with honors from the University of California Santa Cruz with the Biology Department and Environmental Studies Department.


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Commercial Aquaponics Training

With Applied Permaculture Design

Backyard, Family & Commercial Systems

May 8 - 12, 2014  

Willits, California