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Permaculture Design Certification

Now available to anyone
who wish to learn!

In-Person PDC

This course is delivered in both an urban and a farm environment.

Description and Timeline

Introducing the internationally recognized Permaculture Design 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. This 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.
How to grow your own food abundantly and sustainably.
How to increase your own abundance and 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 a career using permaculture.

The course will address strategies for drylands, temperate, tropical and other climates based on the significant knowledge and experience of our instructors working in those climates and will also have bonus sections focused specifically on Florida/subtropical climate because of how unique the ecosystem is in Florida. Many of these techniques are very useful in multiple climates and we explain how and why.

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.

In-Person PDC includes (minimum 72 hours of):

  • Mentoring with veteran designers
  • 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
  • Exercises to increase your ability to apply the knowledge you gained
  • Data and resources on permaculture careers
  • 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
  • Internationally recognized Permaculture Design Course certificate upon completion

Course fee:

Full price is $1,295. 
Early bird discount may be available, see shopping cart.
Camping is available when at the farm.
Schedule for In-Person classes is listed in the calendar.Sign Up Available!

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
  • 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
Testimonials from students
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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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
Regenerative Soil Building
Compost, Manures, Maintaining Fertility and more

Class 5 & 6

Food Systems
Ecology and Trees
Food Forests
Small Scale, Intensive Gardening
Food system
Built environment

Class 7 & 8

The Built Environment
Built Environment
Retrofitting Existing Structures for Resiliency
Natural Building
Appropriate Technology
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 you go from here

Class 11 & 12

Where Do You Go From Here
Design for Disaster
Where Do We Go From Here? Careers,  Networking, Further Study
Special Topics
Design Presentations
Talent Show
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