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Advanced Permaculture Design Studio


This course will take those who want to increase their skill level as a permaculture designer to a new level in a challenging but supportive setting. In this course we’ll take on real projects and in a mentored design studio atmosphere, create, envision, and communicate design solutions. This is an opportunity to refine and deepen your design and planning skills. Learn to approach complex, multi-stakeholder projects and apply permaculture perspective and design approaches to projects.

We will engage in group work to strengthen pattern recognition and language, develop plant, animal, structural, and technical palettes, practice system analysis and program development, and put all these together in a suite of design projects addressing the varied and dynamic urban region of Tampa, Florida. Mentored by a team of experienced teachers and designers, we will give and accept feedback, polish presentations, and explore the elements of professional practice and community service.

Sponsored by the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute, this course is recognized by thePermaculture Institute of North America (PINA).

Peter Bane published Permaculture Activist magazine for over 20 years and has taught permaculture design widely in the temperate and tropical Americas. Author of The Permaculture Handbook, he is a native of the Illinois prairie whose interest in good food and simple living led him at mid-life to become a writer and teacher of permaculture design. Peter is President of the board of PINA (Permaculture Institute of North America). He is also a co-founder of the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute, a regional hub in the PINA network. He was drawn into the arcane world of intentional community as fate presented the opportunity to help create and build Earthaven Ecovillage in the southern Appalachian Mountains. There he discovered his inner architect in the course of building a small off-grid solar cabin and later took on the more prosaic job of rehabilitating a pair of suburban ranch houses in the Midwestern college town of Bloomington, Indiana. That was the first step toward creating a small suburban farmstead where he now lives with his partner and apprentices. A prolific writer in journals and collections on forestry, building and all things sustainable, he consults with universities and municipal governments as well as for private landowners.

Jono Neiger is a conservation biologist with nearly two decades of experience in land stewardship, ecological studies, restoration, and conservation commission staffing. He served as Lost Valley Educational Center’s Land Steward and Permaculture Apprenticeship Program Director in Oregon for five years, founded and served as Coordinator of the Lost Creek Watershed Council in Oregon for four years, was Restoration Ecologist with the Nature Conservancy of California for two years, and served as Conservation Commission Agent for the Town of Palmer (Massachusetts) for four years.

A permaculture teacher and designer since 1996, Jono works to help organizations and individuals further their goals for stewarding their land and for creating productive, regenerative human ecosystems. Currently the principal of Regenerative Design Group, a permaculture design and consultation firm in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Jono teaches landscape design at the Conway School, including primary responsibility for the surveying part of the curriculum in the fall term.


Koreen Brennan is the principal of Grow Permaculture and a long-time resident of Florida and Los Angeles. She is a member of the board of PINA, and does design and consulting for landowners throughout Florida as well as international design and consulting as a partner with the firm Permaculture Design International. Her areas of expertise and passion are food forestry, small farms and food security, designing for resiliency, community building, and regenerative economics. She is a popular public speaker and has taught permaculture design at Pine Ridge reservation, Miami, Los Angeles, the first Florida Earthship, Tampa Bay, Sarasota, Gulf Coast University, Cuba. Costa Rica, Belize, and Tuskegee University. 

Koreen manages a small permaculture farm in Central Florida, and has been active in building community wherever she is. She was founding Coordinator for the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition in St Petersburg, Florida and founded Create Clearwater, a group dedicated to sustainable living through local food production, water and energy conservation, and community building. 

This course is open to graduates of the Permaculture Design Course. If you have not graduated from this course, but feel you could benefit, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and include information about your background, any design or collaborative planning experience, and why you are interested in this course. 

 Dates: March 31-April 3rd

Teaching Team

Peter Bane, author, The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country

Koreen Brennan, Grow Permaculture

Jono Neiger, Regenerative Design Group, Conway School

Location: Tampa Bay area

Cost: Before March 1, $452
After March 1, $514
Non-refundable deposit: $206

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