Whole Systems Skills

Will the 21st century be a renaissance or one long emergency?

Whole Systems Skills provides training in the tools and techniques necessary to trancend systems failure by cultivating resilience at the home and community scale. Our workshops harness the innovative design practice of Whole Systems Design, LLC (WSD) and their testing grounds in central Vermont. Join us in developing new solutions to unprecedented challenges.

Please review our course descriptions and calendar and register with us. We encourage you to contact us with any questions regarding our workshops. You can also download our WSS course catalog here [11.8mb PDF] and can via flash viewer below:

Whole Systems Skills are attended by hands-on individuals activating livelihood solutions in their own homes, farms, schools, and neighborhoods. Participants in these trainings are pursuing high performance home and community resource systems that will be more resilient in the face of problems posed by peak oil, climate change, environmental toxicity, and the inability of existing economic and social systems to deal with such challenges.

Whole Systems Skills trainings are for:

Home and land owners aiming to increase their post-peak oil skill set while adding value to their existing land and infrastructure assets, ensuring that these wil grow in value as premiums are increasingly placed on the most productive, resource-secure real estate.

Pre-Professionals who have studied sustainable design by completing a permaculture design course, taking university courses, or through personal study, and who now want to activate what they've read and heard.

Professionals in the fields of ecological restoration, human health, green building, energy efficiency and related disciplines seeking to enhance their work by practicing leading-edge solutions in their field.

Investors seeking peak oil asset allocation strategies that leverage regenerative land use and solar infrastructure.

Whole Systems Skills are organized into three workshop categories: Food, Fuel & Shelter, Tools, and Design. These trainings are set within actual working landscapes - integrated building and landscape systems that are designed and developed to function as evolving examples of highly resilient, low-input, solar-powered, durable human habitat experiences; not concept and information-based academic studies. Participants leave these courses equipped with the hard skills needed to use an array of emerging (and centuries-old) tools and techniques.