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Permaculture Design 
Course 

Delivering the longest running PDC in Florida, now also online!

In-Person Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

This course is delivered in both an urban and a farm environment.
Table of Content:
• Description of course
• Required hours
• Subjects covered
• Who takes it
Locations
• Course dates
• Course fee
• Course timeline
• Certificate
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Description of course

Now more than ever, people have attention on creating more choices and resilience in their lives. We want healthy food, a clean environment, and security for us, our children and future generations. 

Our internationally recognized Permaculture Design Course offers practical steps to achieving these things in your own life, regardless of your circumstances.

In this course you will learn:
  • How to apply permaculture techniques to design your life for more abundance and resilience.
  • How to grow your own food abundantly and sustainably.
  • How to increase your own quality of life while helping to heal the planet.
  • How to create and deepen beneficial connections with nature and with other people.
  • How to create or enhance your career using permaculture.
By cooperating with nature and her energies, we are able to design our lives, from backyard gardens and food forests to neighborhoods, farms or even cities to be more abundant, more sustainable, healthier, and more enjoyable. It is a cutting edge approach to living that helps both people and the environment. This course is life changing for many people.

Homes, work places, gardens, farms, ranches, communities, businesses, 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.

This course attracts students from all over Florida and beyond. 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!

Our course exceeds the requirements laid out by permaculture founder Bill Mollison for the internationally recognized 72 hour Permaculture Design Course and course certificates are recognized and endorsed by the Permaculture Institute of North America.

In-Person Course (exceeds the required 72 hours):

By cooperating with nature and her energies, we are able to design our lives to be more abundant, more sustainable, healthier, and more enjoyable. It is a cutting edge approach to living that helps both people and the environment. This course is life changing for many people.

Homes, work places, gardens, farms, ranches, communities, businesses, 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 more enjoyable too.

This course attracts students from all over Florida and beyond. Students meet others who think like they do, and often make lifelong 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!

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.

Subjects covered in the course:

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

Who takes this Permaculture Design Course:

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

Locations:

The course starts in St Petersburg, FL 33712.
Some later classes will be on Our Permaculture Farm, in Brooksville, FL 34614, to be announced.

Course Dates:

The course runs on the second weekend each month for six months (fall course skips December). Saturdays & Sundays, between 9am - 5pm.

Sep 10-11  - Design strategies, get to know one another, and understanding natural systems
Oct 8- 9      - Climate, soil, and water
Nov 12-13 - Food forests, kitchen garden, animals, aquaculture, agroforestry
Dec            - no classes
Jan 14-15  - Built environment and appropriate technology
Feb 11-12 - Regenerative finances and building community
Mar 11-12 - Closing topics, presentations and graduation

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Course Fee:

Full rate is $1,295. This cost covers all classes, course materials, mentoring, snacks and when visiting the farm - lunch, and camping space with facilities is available.

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.

You may leave a non refundable deposit of $300 to hold your spot. (Use donation and leave your name and contact info.) Please note payment must be made in full by Aug 10, 2022. No refunds after Aug 10, 2022.

Payment plans, work study and scholarships may be available, please ask.

For questions or to register outside of PayPal, contact us at: 727-495-6145 or use our contact form. (The Paypal shopping cart has an option for using debit/credit cards as well.)
If you want to get a head start on learning permaculture order the book:
Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison and Reny Mia Slay (Available online).

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Lead Instructor Koreen Brennan holds a Diploma on both Design and Education from the Permaculture Institute for North America and is also a board member of PINA. PINA supports professional development for PDC graduates through continuing education, mentorship, diploma recognition, and employment. They identify, fund, and staff critically important projects in land, community, and climate regeneration. https://pina.in.

What our graduates say

Course Timeline

This is a listing of the main topics. We often add to the course
to try to accommodate each student's interests.

Class 1 & 2

Introduction to Permaculture
Why Permaculture
What is Permaculture
Design Principles
Design Tools
Pattern Language
Introduction to permaculture
Design methods

Class 3 & 4

Design Methods, Water and Soil
Design for Climate
Design for Water
Earthworks
Regenerative Soil Building
Compost, Manures, Maintaining Fertility and more

Class 5 & 6

Food Systems
Ecology and Trees
Food Forests
Small Scale, Intensive Gardening
Pests
Aquaculture
Agroforestry
Animals
Ecology and trees
Built environment

Class 7 & 8

The Built Environment
Built Environment
Retrofitting Existing Structures for Resiliency
Natural Building
Infrastructure
Appropriate Technology
Energy
Low Tech Solutions

Class 9 & 10

Finance, Economics and Community
Financial Permaculture and Regenerative Enterprises
Land Access Strategies
Intentional Communities
Community Building
Regenerative Villages and City Living
Finance economics and community
Where do we go from here

Class 11 & 12

Where Do You Go From Here
Design for Disaster
Review
Where Do We Go From Here? Careers,  Networking, Further Study
Special Topics
Design Presentations
Talent Show
Koreen Brennan
"At this point we will review your submitted design, then issue your internationally recognized certificate and you will be ready to move forward on your journey

Koreen Brennen

Lead Instructor
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