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Advanced Hands-On Permaculture Design Course

Our hands-on Intensive Permaculture Design Course will be held Nov 3-15 2020. It is our 27th design course.

Permaculture is a cutting edge approach to living that helps both people and the environment.

By cooperating with nature and her energies, we are able to design human systems, from backyards to neighborhoods, farms or even cities to be more abundant, more long lasting, more ethical, healthier for all life in the system, and more enjoyable. 

This internationally recognized in-depth training program is designed to offer multiple opportunities including career mentoring and pathways, community building opportunities, resource networking, skill building, as well as what is for many, a life changing experience. 

Some of the subjects covered include: 

  • Permaculture design ethics and principles.
  • Master planning and site analysis.
  • Reading the landscape.
  • Pattern recognition in nature and society.
  • Organic, intensive gardening and farming.
  • Edible landscaping, food in small spaces.
  • Soil building.
  • Composting and vermicomposting.
  • Designing sustainable water use.
  • Water harvesting and greywater techniques.
  • Building food forests.
  • Agroforestry and ecoagriculture.
  • Aquaculture.
  • Alternative pest management.
  • Natural building, regenerative building technology.
  • Reducing energy costs in your home.
  • Best forms of alternative energy.
  • Appropriate technology including solar.
  • Self-reliant living, urban and rural strategies.
  • Boosting your career with permaculture.
  • Sustainable economies.
  • Increasing quality of life through “placemaking” design.
  • Community revitalization and rebuilding.
  • Successful strategies for intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing, urban and rural.

This course exceeds the requirements laid out by permaculture founder Bill Mollison for the internationally recognized 72 hour Permaculture Design Course. The training provides a deep and wide overview of permaculture design, focusing on skill sets you can apply immediately. It is a thorough introduction to a subject that has many levels and areas of expertise and professional practice. Further study is available through our apprenticeship programs and advanced study. 

Who Takes This Permaculture Design Course?

  • Artists.
  • Community activists.
  • Do it yourself'ers.
  • Educators – home school, teachers, professors.
  • Environmentalists.
  • Gardeners.
  • Green architects/builders.
  • Green consultants.
  • Homesteaders.
  • Landscapers.
  • Natural health practitioners.
  • Non-profit/community organizers.
  • People who care about the earth and each other.
  • People who love healthy food.
  • Permaculturists.
  • Policy makers.
  • Professionals (of many types).
  • Recent college graduates.
  • Students.
  • Urban and rural farmers.
  • Vegan, raw food, slow food, and/or local food.
  • Yoga practitioners.


This is an intensive two week course held at our permaculture farm 1 hour north of Tampa and about 20 minutes from Weeki Wachee, FL. Students will have the opportunity to participate with and observe permaculture systems installation and operate in an immersive environment, including appropriate tech, innovative greenhouse solutions, perennial food systems, animals, solar and more. Our farm is diverse with many different elements and examples of permaculture that can be translated to a wide variety of settings, urban or rural. We will address strategies and techniques for both urban and rural areas in different climates and circumstances. Students will have the opportunity for daily hands-on involvement with a number of farm tasks and ongoing installations. 

The farm is located in a unique sand hill pine-oak ecosystem in Florida. We have many beautiful oak and pine trees on the site, native wildlife including protected species, and wild edibles such as pawpaws, wild cherry, and dewberries. In addition we have chickens and bees. There are many beautiful parks nearby including springs that manatees visit regularly, rivers, bike trails, and the Gulf of Mexico.

Students receive written materials to study before the course and we urge students to read them, as you will get more out of the course. 

Instructors: Koreen Brennan, Steve Szmidt others TBA.


Time & Location:

November 3 - 15
9 am - 5 pm, some educational evening videos

Our Permaculture Farm
11251 Salina St
Brooksville, FL 34614

You will earn an internationally recognized certificate.


For people who may have difficulty spending all 13 days on the design course, we have options to let you catch up on some days. Note the class runs between 9am and 5pm so you can commute if you are not too far away. Typical travel time from St Petersburg is about 60+ minutes up 275 and then 589. Tampa is similar and of course traffic may extend the drive time. It's about 90 minutes from Orlando.

We feel very strongly that the data in this course is more important than ever and will continue to be so. And there are advantages to an in person course that are hard to replicate in online courses.

Apprenticeship opportunities will be available after the training, for those who would like to delve more deeply into applying what they’ve learned.


Early bird course fee of $1,295 if you pay by Oct 15, 2020. The full rate is $1,495. This fee covers all costs, including materials, three healthy meals per day and a place to pitch your tent. Our courses are an investment in yourself and your future - you will make and save far more than the course cost, to the degree you use the information in the course. Family discount of 50% off full price is available for partner or family member.

To register for the course, pay via our PayPal's Buy Now button on the top of the right side column of this web page. Enter the date and name of the course in Paypal. We offer a limited number of partial scholarships, work studies and free passes. Payment options may be available.

For questions or to register outside of PayPal, contact Steve at: 727-495-6145 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Camping is available on the farm if you bring your own tent or camper. Outdoor/indoor showers and bathrooms. An RV spot may be available, we only offer electric hookup, you will need a 50' extension cord. On occasion a room is available in the house. Motels are near as are usually Air B&B’s.

We have standard protocols in place to make the course as safe as possible. The class will be held in an outdoor classroom, with social distancing, and the class size is limited. As well, we live very healthy lifestyles, working outdoors, eating live, nutrient rich foods daily and having top quality herbal tonics which are made on our farm available to you. Our policy is to be respectful of each other's space.



“This course changed my life forever. It changed the way I look at everything, and gave me tools to address problems I thought had no solutions. It reinvigorated my connection to, respect for and love of the natural world and increased my understanding of it tremendously. It made me feel powerful and able to change things rather than helpless or apathetic. It gave me hope again, a renewed purpose for life and so many tools that I never dreamed existed! It brought back magic to my life, lightness, and fun!”


“Realization: Permaculture is a thought process that can be applied to all systems.”


“This course is the most exciting one I’ve ever attended because it’s all about finding solutions and connecting people together.”


"I found this course to be very intense and comprehensive. At first it was a bit overwhelming but the key points were repeated over and over as the course progressed. About halfway thru the pieces started to fit together. Then we got lots of real universe examples of existing permaculture farms and installations. Discussion made me start to think about application and discern the successful from the less or non-successful."


"The comprehensive dovetailing of skills, data and disciplines which then got used to create a design came together so beautifully - I know I can do this now.

It’s like a giant puzzle that you work and work till all the pieces fit . It changed my thinking and made me so much more aware. I believe that I am more responsible, aware and empowered from knowing what I now know.  And there’s hope for the future.

I also feel I have met my GROUP!  The friendships and contacts I’ve made on this course will be for a lifetime. "


“I’ve had my permaculture friends tell me this course changed their life. I never understood why, or what the fuss was about, until I did the course myself. It is a paradigm shift to a much nicer and better paradigm. Don’t hesitate to do this course!”


"I would highly recommend this course, taught by Koreen and her associates to anyone who has great concern for the future of this planet and the destructive path it is on."


"Permaculture is the solution we have all been waiting for. As permaculturists, “We are the ones we have been waiting for” to save ourselves from ourselves. Koreen is incredibly knowledgeable and has experienced many areas of the world first hand.

If you have been feeling at a loss and discouraged this is your last chance to educate yourself as if the earth herself were revealing her deepest secrets on how you can help her.

This is what permaculture is.

Grow Permaculture far exceeded my expectations, even after years of experience working with organic gardening methods already."


"I really enjoyed the whole PDC experience. I knew I would, but it was even better than I had thought. I loved the detailed theoretical classes in which I learned how to build soil, how to make it faster than it would happen naturally, how plants benefit each other. I also liked the hands on experiences a lot, it made many concepts so much clearer. I enjoyed the teacher’s methods, and the warmth of the teachers’ helpers. It was a learning experience in every single level not to mention a great opportunity to meet nice people and grow.  Thanks!!!"

 Grow Permaculture is a professional permaculture design organization that does consulting, design work, and education for a variety of projects. We have a permaculture farm near Brooksville and an abundant urban site in the Tampa Bay area. We create guilds with community, business and other human elements as well as with trees.  We are invested in co-creating our local community to be everything it can  be. We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to co-create an intentional community and weave beneficial connections into the fabric of everything, regenerating both human culture and the natural world in the process.