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Advanced Permaculture Design Studio - Nov 8-12, 2017

A five-day permaculture design intensive focused on the creation of a local food hub, local food resilience, and abundant healthy local food

Tampa Florida, Nov 8-12, 2017

Instructors: Peter Bane, Jono Neiger, Koreen Brennan

This course qualifies for the Diploma Program offered by the Permaculture Institute of North America.

The course will take those who want to increase their skill level as a permaculture designer to a new level in a challenging but supportive setting. In this course we’ll take on a real project and in a mentored design studio atmosphere, create, envision, and communicate design solutions. This is an opportunity to refine and deepen your design and planning skills. Learn to approach complex, multi-stakeholder projects and apply permaculture perspective and design approaches to projects.


  • Learn how to expand your design abilities - this can make any design you do more effective. 
  • Learn how to build community
  • Learn about how to make a living through local food movement
  • Learn how to create "invisible structures" on a community-wide basis.
  • Learn about resources in your community that can help you achieve your goals.

We will engage in group work to strengthen pattern recognition and language, develop plant, animal, structural, and technical palettes, practice system analysis and program development, and put all these together in a design project addressing the varied and dynamic urban region of Tampa, Florida. Mentored by a team of experienced teachers and designers, we will give and accept feedback, polish presentations, and explore the elements of professional practice. Designers will be prepared, and given tools to facilitate a design charrette with local stakeholders in the local food movement including farmer's markets, farmers, schools, food policy organizations, community gardens and more. 

Even before the course begins, it is creating positive changes. A number of community leaders and local food activists are beginning to connect with one another and compile resources in anticipation of this course. We will be bringing in clients who want to  expand community gardens, increase resiliency and food justice, create farmer's markets and co-operatives, have commercial kitchens and want to start a food hub, etc. Seeing how this works will give you many ideas of how to facilitate the process in your own region. Existing organizations are interested in expanding their effectiveness and influence and are looking at ways to do so. Class participants will have an opportunity to create history in our region with their design, which will be used by a number of already active groups to jump start the succession process of developing a strong and resilient local food system and movement. 

Materials provided will include a compilation of successful actions from other areas that have thriving local food movements, a permaculture design toolbox, and more. 

Healthy and delicious vegetarian meals will be provided and there is free camping on our beautiful farm site. There are AirBnb and other housing nearby for those who do not want to camp. We have a scholarship fund for this course as we would like to bring in a number of volunteers working on local food issues in high poverty areas. Please consider donating to this cause!  

Sponsored by the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute, this course is recognized by the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA).

Peter Bane published Permaculture Activist magazine for over 20 years and has taught permaculture design widely in the temperate and tropical Americas. Author of The Permaculture Handbook, he is a native of the Illinois prairie whose interest in good food and simple living led him at mid-life to become a writer and teacher of permaculture design. Peter is President of the board of PINA (Permaculture Institute of North America). He is also a co-founder of the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute, a regional hub in the PINA network. He was drawn into the arcane world of intentional community as fate presented the opportunity to help create and build Earthaven Ecovillage in the southern Appalachian Mountains. There he discovered his inner architect in the course of building a small off-grid solar cabin and later took on the more prosaic job of rehabilitating a pair of suburban ranch houses in the Midwestern college town of Bloomington, Indiana. That was the first step toward creating a small suburban farmstead where he now lives with his partner and apprentices. A prolific writer in journals and collections on forestry, building and all things sustainable, he consults with universities and municipal governments as well as for private landowners.

Jono Neiger is a conservation biologist with nearly two decades of experience in land stewardship, ecological studies, restoration, and conservation commission staffing. He served as Lost Valley Educational Center’s Land Steward and Permaculture Apprenticeship Program Director in Oregon for five years, founded and served as Coordinator of the Lost Creek Watershed Council in Oregon for four years, was Restoration Ecologist with the Nature Conservancy of California for two years, and served as Conservation Commission Agent for the Town of Palmer (Massachusetts) for four years.

A permaculture teacher and designer since 1996, Jono works to help organizations and individuals further their goals for stewarding their land and for creating productive, regenerative human ecosystems. Currently the principal of Regenerative Design Group, a permaculture design and consultation firm in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Jono teaches landscape design at the Conway School, including primary responsibility for the surveying part of the curriculum in the fall term.

Koreen Brennan is the principal of Grow Permaculture and a long-time resident of Florida and Los Angeles. She is a member of the board of PINA, and does design and consulting for landowners throughout Florida as well as international design and consulting as a partner with the firm Permaculture Design International. Her areas of expertise and passion are food forestry, small farms and food security, designing for resiliency, community building, and regenerative economics. She is a popular public speaker and has taught permaculture design at Pine Ridge reservation, Miami, Los Angeles, the first Florida Earthship, Tampa Bay, Sarasota, Gulf Coast University, Cuba. Costa Rica, Belize, and Tuskegee University.

Koreen manages a small permaculture farm in Central Florida, and has been active in building community wherever she is. She was founding Coordinator for the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition in St Petersburg, Florida and founded Create Clearwater, a group dedicated to sustainable living through local food production, water and energy conservation, and community building.

This course is open to graduates of the Permaculture Design Course. If you have not graduated from this course, but feel you could benefit, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and include information about your background, any design or collaborative planning experience, and why you are interested in this course.

 Dates: Nov 8-12, 2017

Teaching Team:

Peter Bane, author, The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country
Koreen Brennan, Grow Permaculture, Permaculture Design International
Jono Neiger, Regenerative Design Group, Conway School of Design


Our Permaculture Farm
11251 Salina St
Brooksville, FL 34614

Cost and registration details to be announced. For more info, write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 727-495-6145.


There are a limited number of work-study or scholarship positions. To register, follow the link and scroll down to Permaculture Design Studio, Tampa, FL, and register there: