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Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

Our Permaculture Design Course offers an internationally recognized certificate, based on founder Bill Mollison's work, upon successful completion of course requirements. Permaculture design includes regenerative techniques, tools, and design principles that enable you to live abundantly while caring for the environment and the people around you.

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 sustainable, more ethical, healthier for all life in the system, and more enjoyable. It is a cutting edge approach to living that helps both people and the environment.

Based on the permaculture principle of integration, we go beyond teaching a curriculum to include career mentoring and pathways, community building opportunities, resource networking, skill building, as well as what is for many, a life changing experience.

We continue to refine and expand our curriculum based on feedback from dozens of students regarding what helps them learn best. We incorporate multiple learning styles including hands on, visual aids, immersion, lecture, interaction, and more. Our choice of materials, videos, expert speakers, field trips, focused hands on activities (that give you step by step useful skill sets), Florida-specific information, written materials, networking and career opportunities, and design tools are the result of this feedback. We live in the Tampa Bay area, and care about its future and we continue to work with graduates in our community and across Florida to create something better, together. Many of our graduates come from all areas of Florida from Miami to Tallahasee, Sarasota and the East Coast.

Homes, work places, gardens, farms, communities, local economies, or cities that are designed with permaculture principles and techniques are more resilient; they use resources in a regenerative way, ensuring that we, our children and our grandchildren will have access to all the resources we need. By incorporating people care into the equation, this process becomes deeply enjoyable too. Students meet others who think like they do, and often make life long friendships during the course; some find new career or lifestyle opportunities. Be the change you would like to see, and be effective at it, by designing that change!

Some of the subjects covered include:

  • Permaculture design ethics and principles
  • Creating abundance with natural patterns
  • Organic gardening and farming
  • Grow more food with less work by working with nature
  • Edible landscaping, food in small spaces
  • Soil building
  • Designing sustainable water use
  • Greywater and rainwater catchment
  • Building food forests
  • Agroforestry and ecoagriculture
  • Aquaculture
  • Composting and vermicomposting
  • Alternative pest management
  • Natural building, regenerative building technology
  • Reducing energy costs in your home
  • Best forms of renewable energy
  • Appropriate technology
  • Boosting your career with permaculture
  • Sustainable economies
  • Increasing quality of life through "placemaking" design
  • Community revitalization and rebuilding
  • Successful intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing, urban and rural

Who takes the Permaculture Design Course?

  • Artists
  • Do it yourselfers
  • Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors
  • 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