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Online PDC with Hands-on and Mentoring

We are excited to announce our Grow Permaculture Online Permaculture Design Course, starting on May 15, 2021. We have gotten many requests to offer an online version from people whose schedules just don’t match up with our in-person courses or who prefer to study online. We wanted to make sure this is a high quality course that gives students the tools to really get the knowledge and be able to apply the materials, so we took our time, and we feel it was well worth it. This course can be studied at your own pace, with a focus on your own site design. To create the hands-on experience we include practical exercises that you perform on your own site. You will be able to share your experience with teachers and other students via photos, essays and videos.

We are adding some exciting learning modules to the online version, and other extras, including sections with experts on various topics. The course, like our in-person courses, will have a Florida/subtropical specific emphasis but will also include plenty of strategies for dry lands, temperate and other climates. Our ecosystem in Florida is very unique and you will have much more success using strategies specific to this region if you’re in Florida - but they also translate very well to other regions across the world.

The Grow Permaculture Online Permaculture Design Course will run from May 15 - Nov 15, 2021. Students can request an extension of up to one year to complete the requirements for a certificate. The course will include a series of lessons each month on a different aspect of permaculture design, and some homework assignments that you will do on your own site, to move your design forward. It will include hands-on activities that allow you to actually apply what you’re learning to your own site.

Students will have an opportunity to self-test their knowledge, to join discussion groups with other students, to participate in question and answer sessions on Zoom with instructors, and to get feedback from a personal mentor. In addition there are in-person modules for those who want that, and special sessions we normally can’t offer in person because of time and site constraints.

There are additional in-depth materials offered for each section of the course as well as a resource list where you can find more information on that topic and explore areas of interest more deeply. 


Each student will complete a permaculture design of the site of their choice, working through it step-by-step to ensure you have an understanding of each step of the process. Upon successful completion of the course requirements, you will be awarded an internationally recognized certificate for the course. 

Teachers include Koreen Brennan, Diane Willis, Steve Szmidt, and more to be announced. 

Online Course Includes (minimum 72 hours of):

  • Mentoring with veteran designers
  • Hands-On exercises
  • Videos of a variety of systems and how they work
  • Written step-by-step instructions and other material
  • Extensive subtropical plant lists and data, lists of recommended temperate, tropical and drylands plants
  • Top resources for further study
  • Test your knowledge with self-testing
  • Exercises to increase your ability to apply the knowledge you gained
  • Discussion groups and on-line community building opportunities
  • Q and A with mentors
  • Data and resources on permaculture careers
  • Links to and data about quality permaculture networks that will continue to support you
  • Internationally recognized Permaculture Design Course certificate upon completion

We are offering an early bird discount of $100 for the first 100 students, or until March 30, with a full price of $595 for this comprehensive online course.

The online course material will remain accessible to you.

To sign-up your intent to start please send an email to newonlinereg [at] growpermaculture [dot] com. Once we are ready we will send you an invitation.



Optional In-Person Classes:

Pick one or more days of in-person class on our farm:

  • Site assessment - walk through a site assessment, slope, soil, and more
  • Soil building - composting, vermi-composting, sheet mulch, hugelkultur, cover crops and more
  • Water catchment - in soil, earthworks, ponds, and rain catchment tanks
  • Food forests and food systems - How, when and what to plant
  • Propagation, wild foods and medicine, and mushrooms
  • Built environment and energy systems - passive heating and cooling, solar, rocket stoves, and more
  • Community building - exercises to build community

Cost: $125 per day, $500 for five days
Camping and food available with some schedules for an extra cost.
Schedules for these classes will start in the fall - TBA.



Additional Options:

For those who already have a certificate or do not want a certificate but would like to access the course content, we offer a special price for this access of $195. You will not receive personal services such as mentoring or a certificate, but will be given access to the course materials.

You may also purchase additional focused one-on-one mentoring in phone or Zoom consultation for a discounted price as a Grow Permaculture student. $70 per hour or $195 for 3 hours.

We offer special scholarships to attend this course for people in the 2/3 world countries who are doing community work. We have done this throughout our careers, and have volunteered thousands of hours to endeavor to share as many resources as we can with individuals striving to implement permaculture in areas hard hit by climate change, political unrest, and other severe challenges. When you contribute to our scholarship fund, we will be able to spend more time on this work and reach more people. We also accept scholarship and partial pay applications from people in developed countries; we strive to give first priority to ⅔ world countries.

Coming soon here: Continuing education after the PDC including Advanced Courses, Mentoring for the Permaculture Institute of North America diploma, and other opportunities. 

Subjects covered in the course:

  • Permaculture design ethics, principles and tools.
  • Creating abundance with natural patterns.
  • Nutrient dense "beyond organic" gardening and farming.
  • Grow more food with less work by working with nature.
  • Edible landscaping, food in small spaces.
  • Building rich, live soils.
  • Designing sustainable water use.
  • Greywater and rainwater catchment.
  • Building food forests.
  • Agroforestry and ecoagriculture, regenerative farming.
  • Aquaculture.
  • Composting and vermicomposting.
  • Organic pest management.
  • Natural building and regenerative building technology.
  • Reducing energy costs in your home.
  • Best forms of sustainable energy.
  • Appropriate technology.
  • Boosting your career with permaculture.
  • Regenerative economics.
  • Designing for climate change
  • Choosing the right land for you
  • Increasing quality of life through “placemaking” design.
  • Community revitalization and rebuilding.
  • Successful intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing, urban and rural.

Who benefits from this course:

  • Artists.
  • City planners.
  • Do it yourselfers.
  • Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors.
  • Gardeners.
  • Green architects/builders.
  • Green businesses.
  • Green consultants.
  • Homesteaders.
  • Landscapers.
  • Natural health practitioners.
  • Non-profit/community organizers.
  • People seeking a career change.
  • People who care about the earth and each other.
  • People who love healthy food.
  • Permaculturists.
  • Policy makers.
  • Professionals (of many types).
  • Recent college graduates.
  • Religious leaders.
  • Students.
  • Urban and rural farmers.
  • Vegan, raw food, slow food, and/or local food.
  • Yoga practitioners.

What students say about our Permaculture Design Course:


  Short video about what students say about our courses.


 "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!” GH

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

 "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!” DM

 "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!!!” MM 

 "I am so grateful for your instruction, Koreen, truly a wonderful and transformational experience. I will treasure and put in practice the permaculture ethics & principles every day, integrating them in my immediate environment and eventually reach out to my community. Thanks again for the excellent course, honored to have your friendship and be a part of the Grow Permaculture tribe.” MO 

 "After participating in Grow Permaculture’s PDC, I feel confident that I can accurately evaluate a variety of sites and come up with integrated, sustainable designs.” LB 

 "The instructors have a wealth of knowledge and it’s clear they really want to share. I feel confident, after attending their PDC course, that I could make basic designs that would work well for any potential client. Knowing that they will review any plans encourages me to jump right in and design!” MN 

 "The unity of the group was awesome. The shared knowledge was very inspiring. Learning this way with the hands on demonstration, I could understand more of the school. And thank you so much for all your teachings and welcoming of my son in the class.  Very grateful, DM” 

 "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. This is just the tip of the iceberg on how much is available for you to learn as you will find out. The depth of how very differently agriculture and water management and land usage really need to be can’t be stressed enough.” SK 

 "Thank you very much for this amazing course. The setting was ideal. The fact of being able to practice on real ground was invaluable. The presentation was very lively and instructive and really opened my eyes on how good design takes care of both the earth, the people and creates a surplus without waste. I love permaculture principles and how thoroughly and thoughtful they are and how caring.” JB 

 "I am Graduate of Grow Permaculture’s Permaculture Design Course. I am very impressed with the quality and professionalism that I experienced during the course. I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. It was a great balance of theory and practical training. I feel very prepared and confident going forward with the new knowledge I have. I have made some very big improvements in the way my company conducts business. Our business is all about tree preservation & creating a healthier planet. I acquired the knowledge and ability to create a “truly” regenerative company. I am very grateful for the expert knowledge, compassion and competence of my teacher & Mentor, Koreen. Thank you for creating a better planet one student at a time.” NN 

 "The value of this course is worth far more than its cost. The knowledge gained is really priceless. There is so much information provided that is life changing and really valuable. I was told that I can save more than the cost of the course if I use only a portion of the information provided. This was true, but what wasn’t said is that I got something from it that is really hard to put a price on which is life long friends, and a new, creative view about life.” CS

“The resource lists and further study are so high quality they alone are worth the cost of the course.” KH