Some of the subjects covered include:
- Permaculture design ethics and principles.
- 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.
- Composting and vermicomposting.
- Alternative pest management.
- Natural building, 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.
- Community revitalization and rebuilding.
- Successful intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing, urban and rural.
The full rate is $1,295. This cost covers course materials, field trips, snacks and when visiting the farm - lunch, mentoring and all classes. 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. A non refundable deposit of $300 will hold your spot. (Please note payment must be made in full by Aug 10, 2022. No refunds after Aug 10, 2022.) For assistance or questions reach out to courseinfo "at" growperaculture "dot" com, or leave a message at 727-495-6145.
Payment plans, work study and scholarships may be available, please ask.
SUAC members receive an additional $100 off the price, including any Early bird discount.
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.
Location: Initially United Church of Christ, 2601 54th Ave S, St Petersburg, FL 33712.
Some later classes will be on Our Permaculture Farm, 11251 Salina St, Brooksville, FL 34614, to be announced.
Koreen Brennan holds Diploma on both Design and Education from the Permaculture Institute for North America and is endorsed by that organization. She is also a board member of PINA. PINA supports professional development for PDC graduates through continuing education, mentorship, diploma recognition, and employment. We identify, fund, and staff critically important projects in land, community, and climate regeneration. https://pina.in.
Sat & Sun Course Dates (2022/2023):
Second weekend of each month on Saturdays & Sundays 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
There may be additional opportunities for field trips and apprenticeship actions, to be announced.
To register for the course, pay using our Paypal shopping cart through the button on the top right side of this web page. For questions or to register outside of PayPal, contact Steve at: 727-495-6145 or courseinfo at growpermaculture dot com. (The Paypal shopping cart has an option for using debit/credit cards as well.)
Who Takes This Permaculture Design Course?
- Do it yourselfers.
- Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors.
- Green architects/builders.
- Green businesses.
- Green consultants.
- 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.
- Policy makers.
- Professionals (of many types).
- Recent college graduates.
- Religious leaders.
- Urban and rural farmers.
- Vegan, raw food, slow food, and/or local food.
- Yoga practitioners.
Here’s what our graduates say:
"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 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 managment and land useage 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 thoughful 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