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PERMACULTURE
DESIGN COURSES (PDCs)

Upcoming Courses and Events In North, Central, & South America 
(and, occasionally, outside these regions)

What are you doing tomorrow?
Here are the places and times where you can get
Mentoring, Instruction, Hands-on Experience,
and Basic Foundation #Permaculture #EarthRepair Principles,
​(with Occasional Adventure and Action), in The Americas!

(and sometimes elsewhere)

Sharpen your skills in  planetary, regional, local, and personal choice-making / problem-solving.

 

- Learn to grow and cultivate life-support systems for family, friends, community, and all-our-relations / co-symbionts.

- See how humans can re-inhabit, re-wild, rehydrate, and re-store the all-too-many damaged places in our world.

- Discover how to move landscapes in the direction of enriched sustenance, nutrition & beneficial macro- and micro-flora / fauna…while on a trim budget with limiting AND challenging circumstances (e.g. climate crisis, etc.).

- Find out how you can massively increase carbon capture and storage while reducing (or eliminating) consumption of fossilized and toxic products of dead-end enculturation.

- Develop your resourcefulness, usefulness and skillfulness with appropriate tools that can be repaired (or regrown).

- Master the arts of resilience in times of drought, flood, winds, mass migrations (& other annoying conditions.)

- Practice regeneration. Show others how.

Please note:
The PDC is the foundation 72 hr standard international curriculum.
ALL Permaculture Design Courses will issue a certificate of completion
if you participate fully in the training.

The certificate does NOT mean that you are certified to teach the PDC
or that you have all the tools and skills to be a professional Permaculture designer. 
The PDC is the foundation; students still need to build the walls, roof, openings, finish, and landscape.
Some students bring less experience than others. That's OK.

Advanced courses, teacher trainings, diplomas, and practice with professional teachers

/ designers are encouraged for all those who wish to expand their teaching and design practice.
Visit the Permaculture Institute of North America for further details about mentoring
toward diplomas in advanced permaculture subjects.

(Event listings cannot all be investigated by us due to limited time and staff.
Before using any of these services, we recommend asking for references

or otherwise doing your own due diligence.)

 Please contact us if you would like your permaculture event listed on this page. 
You may also use our do-it-yourself online calendar for North American permaculture events. 
(The DIY calendar does NOT automatically add your event to the calendar listings  below.)

January

JANUARY

Permaculture Design Course
Date: January 6th -January 22 2024
Location: Cazadero, California
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/permaculture-design-certificate/

 

Earth Activist Training’s Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC) is our longest-running and most requested course that we’ve been teaching for over 20 years. This foundational permaculture course is where your learning about permaculture, resilient land management and climate adaptation begins.

In this PDC, students will gain the foundation for practicing permaculture with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism. Learn how to work with nature to heal land and water as we create real abundance and advocate for social justice. Each day begins with ritual and personal resilience tools. Mornings focuses on theory, information, and examples of regenerative design. In the afternoon, we put theory into practice with hands-on activities. Evenings are interactive times to go deeper into social permaculture and global issues.

 

Website: https://earthactivisttraining.org/
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/permaculture-design-certificate/
Instructors: Starhawk, Charles Williams and guest presenters
Cost: $2600-$3200 (sliding scale) Work trade and Diversity Scholarships available

Fire, Flood, Drought & Heat: Creating Community Resilience:
Date: January 9th -February 13th
Location: Live online
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/creating_community_climate_resilience/

 

This course will help participants develop the confidence to step into this unknown future by learning innovative ways to design, adapt and prepare for climate change. 

Whether you:

  • Work on a farm, eco-village or land-based project

  • Run a business or not-for-profit organization

  • Are involved in urban or rural planning

  • Or are an individual concerned about the future of your family and community

This course is for you!

Website: https://earthactivisttraining.org/
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/creating_community_climate_resilience/
Instructors: Chris Gilmour and guest presenters
Cost: $300-400 (sliding scale) Work trade and Diversity Scholarships available

Course: Introduction to GIS Mapping for Permaculturists
Date: January 24th -February 28th
Location: Live online
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/intro-to-gis-mapping/

Introduction to GIS Mapping for Permaculturists is the first in a series of courses focused on digital map creation. This course will lay the foundation for creating functional maps with geographic Information system (GIS) software.

This is a practical how-to course si designed to introduce students to digital mapping tools. We will demystify digital tools’ complexity and translate professional mapmakers’ jargon into easily understood terms. During this class, we will be using QGIS mapping software. QGIS is an open-source (free) application that stands alongside with ESRI ArcGIS (paid service) as the industry standard for digital mapping.

No prior GIS mapping experience necessary to take this course.

Website: https://earthactivisttraining.org/
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/intro-to-gis-mapping/
Instructors: Charles Williams
Cost: $300-400 (sliding scale) Work trade and Diversity Scholarships available

Sustainable Infrastructure
Date: January 23rd -March 13th
Location: Live online
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/sustainable-infrastructure/

Learn the fundamentals of farm and ranch scale energy systems and waste management. This class will provide the technical know-how you didn’t know you needed.

Managing land ecologically is a resource-intense activity that requires finding a balance between consumption, ecological impact, and financial solvency. This course strives to provide practical answers on how to balance these often complex and sometimes competing needs. Sustainable Infrastructure centers student understanding on the fundamentals of farm and ranch scale energy systems, material choices, and waste management. We will explore how to design, maintain and manage energy systems, how to integrate cyclic waste management strategies, and how to evaluate and find low-impact materials for landed projects.

Students will gain tools and strategies for designing and managing the inputs and waste streams for their specific locations and situations. 

Website: https://earthactivisttraining.org/
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/sustainable-infrastructure/
Instructors: Charles Williams and Guest Speakers
Cost: $150-$500 (sliding scale)

February

FEBRUARY

Advanced Permaculture - Water and Site Design
Date: February 1st -March 7th
Location: Live online
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/ap-water-management/

Resilient design begins with water. Come learn to work with water, nutrients, and energy flows to create vibrant landscapes and resilient communities. Taught by senior instructors Starhawk and Charles Williams. This class will guide you through the art and science of working with water to promote productivity and resistance in your landscape. You can take this class as a stand-alone class for personal growth or as the first module in a four-part Advanced Permaculture certificate program.

Course will cover:

WATER HARVESTING & LAND RESTORATION

  • Water Harvesting, Water Cycles, Drought, and Flood Control. Learn the intricacies of how water moves in the landscape, how human systems impact this movement.  Delve into strategies for water harvesting and retention along with flood and drought mitigation.

  • Water in the Landscape: Erosion Control and Stream Restoration. Learn about water remediation strategies in urban and rural systems. Explore techniques for healing degraded lands suffering from erosion, drought, and water pollution

  • Water Management Plans and Case Studies. Review case studies around water management and write your own water management plan.

WATER COLLECTION AND TREATMENT

  • Water Collection and Storage. Learn to design rainwater collection systems, including sizing, siting, and plumbing. Explore a wide range of water storage options and how to select which works best for a site.

  • Treatment Strategies. Learn the basics of on-site wastewater treatment. We will review basic treatment strategies and go into detail about how to design and set up a treatment system.

  • Remediate Toxins and Manage Humanure. Explore treatment strategies for polluted water through biological methods. Learn to safely manage humanure for pathogen removal and landscape use.

Website: https://earthactivisttraining.org/
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/ap-water-management/
Instructors: Starhawk, Charles Williams and Guest Speakers
Cost: $300-$500 (sliding scale)

Advanced Permaculture (AP)
Advanced Permaculture Certificate Program
Date: February 1st – October 17th
Location: Live online
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/advanced-permaculture/

 

Advanced Permaculture is an eight month advanced permaculture course focused on: understanding natural systems and cycles, learning tools of regenerative land stewardship, and methods for applying restorative principles in design. The course is divided into three  6 week sessions and one 3 week session, which can be taken together for a Advanced Permaculture (AP) Certificate or individually for personal growth and education.

  • Module one: WATER MANAGEMENT - (February 1st -March 7th)

  • Module two: SITE DESIGN – (March 14th - 28th)

  • Module three: SOIL & ANIMALS - (April 4th - May 9th)

  • Module three: FOOD FOREST AND FOREST ECOLOGY – (September 12th – October 17th)

Modules can be taken individually as stand alone class.

Website: https://earthactivisttraining.org/
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/advanced-permaculture/
Instructors: Starhawk, Charles Williams and Guest Speakers
Cost: $1250-$1600 (sliding scale) for Full course, or $350-$450 (sliding scale)/Module

Permaculture Design Certificate Date: February 2 – 12, 2024

Location: Caribbean Agroforestry Institute, Camuy, Puerto Rico

Website: https://caribbeanagroforestry.org/

Registration: https://caribbeanagroforestry.org/permaculture-design-2024

The Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (CRMPI) teams up with the Caribbean Agroforestry Institute (CAI) for the second year to offer the PDC, island style. Learn to design your permaculture system while being immersed in an off-grid homestead and tropical jungle with hands-on learning in medicinal herb gardens, a young food forest and agroforestry farm while earning your Permaculture Design Certification. This is a FAMILY FRIENDLY course. Learn the principles & practices of creating lush, sustainable living systems in climates and bioregions ranging from coastal to arid, tropical to temperate. Explore how to apply these principles in designing & building your garden, farm, business and home, creating and using renewable energy & water systems, and much more. Learn the essential concepts and practices of permaculture from a world renowned team of master teachers & practitioners with decades of real life experience.

Instructors: Jerome Osentowski, Stephanie Syson, Adrian Fielder, Marjory Wildcraft, Maria Benedetti, Juan Miranda, Niko Spassov

Cost:$1800 - includes camping and organic meals

Garden Master Course - Montana
Dates: February 5-9, 2024
Location: near Missoula, Montana
Description: Permaculture, no-till, veganic, organic Garden Master Certification Course with Helen Atthowe. Most Master Gardener courses offered by state universities include large sections about pesticide use and safety and non-organic approaches to gardening. Not so with this course!
With the Certified Garden Master course, you will learn organic, veganic, no-till, and permaculture gardening knowledge and skills. This course will focus on soil and habitat-building for beneficial organisms and systems thinking for gardeners and farmers: how to manage relationships rather than just crops.
Our goal is to understand ecological functions and interactions within plant, soil, microorganism, and insect communities.
You will learn how to identify and manage all the relationships that make up a healthy farm-garden-ecosystem--one that does not require pesticides or large off-farm fertilizer inputs .
Camping at the event is free (BYO tent) or you can rent a bunk if preferred.

Instructors: Helen Atthowe, Paul Wheaton (host)
Cost: At the time of writing the super early bird price of $480 is still available.
Contact: https://wheaton-labs.com/garden-master/

Restoration Intensive
Date: February 23th -March 3th 2024
Location: Cazadero, California
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/restoration-intensive/

 

Earth Activist Training’s Restoration Intensive is an in depth hands on course teaching practical land restoration skills. This intensive focuses on fire-resilient landscapes, erosion and stream restoration, and integrating livestock as an element of restoration.

There’s a quiet revolution going on in the woods! Communities are banding together to take responsibility for their forests and grasslands  to create more safety and resilience in the face of climate-intensified wildfire. This ten-day intensive will immerse you in one such community and give you hands-on experience with the many aspects of forest and grassland management. We will be assessing the forest for fire danger, thinning, pruning, limbing up, creating shaded fuel breaks, pile burns, prescribed burns (weather permitting), working with government and other local agencies, making biochar, inoculating mushrooms, and creating other value-added products from the woods.

Grazing can be one of our key tools for fire prevention and grassland regeneration, when done right. In our animal care segments, we’ll have a chance to work with sheep, goats, cows, poultry and live-stock guardian and herding dogs. We will learn about animal care, psychology and training, fencing, herding, and other aspects of humane care.

 

Website: https://earthactivisttraining.org/
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/restoration-intensive/
Instructors: Starhawk, Delyla Wilson and guest presenters
Cost: $1350-$1650 (sliding scale) Work trade and Diversity Scholarships available

Regenerative Business Design
Date: February 27th – April 16th
Location: Live online
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/regenerative-business-design/

In today’s changing world, our planet is calling for businesses to follow Earth-based ethics, principles, and ecological design processes– also known as permaculture!

Regenerative Business Design will guide you through a step-by-step process to build a business that can sustain you financially while staying true to your core values.

What do you need to know, consider, and plan for in order to launch a business that will have a high likelihood of success and a plan for handling failures, fumbles, and hurdles?

Fully participating in this course, including completing homework between classes and utilizing the tools developed, will empower you to be significantly prepared to put your business plan into action.

Website: https://earthactivisttraining.org/
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/regenerative-business-design/
Instructors: Patty Love
Cost: $300-400 (sliding scale) Work trade and Diversity Scholarships available

March

MARCH

Advanced Permaculture – Site Analysis and Design
Date: March 14th – March 28th
Location: Live online
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/advanced-permaculture/

This session will provide students with tools for understanding a site, gathering data, developing a goal and communicating a plans. This class is only available to students enrolled in Advanced Permaculture certificate program or who have taken Advanced Permaculture module 1,3 and 4.

 

Course will cover:

SITE ANALYSIS & RESTORATIVE DESIGN

  • Orientation, Ecoliteracy, and Citizen Science. Introduction to ecology, citizen science, and record keeping from a land restoration perspective along with indigenous approaches to land and cultural competency

  • Holistic Goal-Setting and Design Principles. Practice holistic goal-setting and development plans. Learn how to write and design quality management plans

  • Mapping, Site Analysis, and Systems Theory. Learn the needs of a site and to design clear and effective maps for clients and community organizations. Explore the power of thinking in systems and how to apply ecological system centered designs

Only available to those taking the Full Advanced Permaculture Certificate Program

Permaculture For Climate Activists
Date: March 19th - April 2nd
Location: Live online
Registration https://earthactivisttraining.org/permaculture-for-climate-activists/

Calling all Activists!

This course is designed to give you hope, resources, and direction to support and deepen your work.

Climate change is upon us—and we can easily feel overwhelmed and hopeless when we consider the changes we need to make in response. But when we confront enormous challenges, we are most effective when we know what we are working for—not just what we are against. If we see climate change as massive ecosystem degradation on a global scale, then the response we need is massive ecosystem regeneration with justice and equity to heal our human ecosystems. 

The good news is that we know how to do it! 

Permaculture is a global movement of regenerative design that offers many approaches to healing our environment. In this course for climate activists we provide an overview of positive approaches to mitigation and adaptation. What is the most effective way to think about the problem? 

What policies should we advocate for, and which should we be wary of? How do we determine where best to put our energy?

If you feel a responsibility to do more than complain about our problems, if you are committed to doing something, you are an activist. Whether you are on the front lines of a pipeline blockade, or wondering where best to donate an extra ten dollars, whether you are a policy maker or a teacher, a parent struggling to raise conscious kids or a volunteer at an urban garden, you are an activist.

 

Website: https://earthactivisttraining.org/
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/permaculture-for-climate-activists/
Instructors: Starhawk and Charles Williams
Cost: by donation

April

APRIL

Advanced Permaculture - Soil & Animals
Date: April 4th – May 9th
Location: Live online
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/ap-soil-and-animal/

Understanding soil is key to any resilient land design. Come learn how to build healthy living soils for vibrant landscapes and resilient communities. Taught by senior instructors Starhawk and Charles Williams. This class will guide you through the art and science of building soils for productive landscapes.  You can take this class as a stand-alone class for personal growth or as the third module in a four-part Advanced Permaculture certificate program.

Course will cover:

BUILDING SOIL & CARBON

  • Soil Analysis: Learn the ecology behind regenerative theory of soil management. Gain skills in soil biology, chemistry, and structural analysis.

  • Strategies for Soil Healing and Management: Examine regenerative soil strategies ranging from small urban settings to large-scale farming systems. Learn how to build and maintaining healthy soils through techniques such as no-till, compost teas, ferments, crop covers, biochar.

  • Applied learning: Take what is taught in class and apply it in the real world. Through class exercises and case studies write your own soil management plan.

LAND MANAGEMENT WITH ANIMALS & FIRE

  • Integrating Animals Into Ecological Systems: Learn how to design wildlife and domestic animals into systems for resilience and restoration.

  • Practical Soil Management with Animals: Explore the role of animals in building soil, sequestering carbon, and improving ecological resilience.

  • Perennial Systems Thinking: Integrate animals, perennial plants and a systems approach to write your own holistic animal and perennial system design.

Website: https://earthactivisttraining.org/
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/ap-soil-and-animal/
Instructors: Starhawk, Charles Williams and Guest Speakers

 

Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Dates: April 14-April 28, 2024

Location: Tierramor, Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Description: Join our diverse team of permaculture instructors led by Hugo Soto and Scott Gallant of Porvenir Design, for this life-changing 2-week experience. Additional teachers will be announced soon. The course covers the core Permaculture Design curriculum and emphasizes creating diverse multi-functional human landscapes based on ecological patterns.

This two week course will include a specific focus on the topic of Syntropic Farming, an agroforestry methodology developed in Brazil by Ernst Gotsch. You can read more on Syntropic Farming here. We will have the chance to design a new syntropic farming area, give maintenance to existing systems and in general see this methodology in action.
Utilizing Tierramor as a living classroom, the class will mix lectures and hands-on work, exploring design solutions for both temperate and tropical regions.  Putting Permaculture into practice, the course concludes with students working in teams to create their own permaculture s
ite design.
The whole-systems design thinking outlined in the course will give participants the tools to re-design and improve their surroundings; from gardens, farms and homes, to livelihoods, relationships and communities.

The farm at Tierramor exists primarily to trial and document the most innovative agricultural designs and practices for dry tropical forests. It seeks to do so by blending human and ecological needs and land use, creating an environment that integrates the many functions and needs of the project.  The farm is the first phase, approximately 5 hectares, of a larger 200 hectare project.

Tierramor offers a number of lodging options which are reflected in the course price options below. The course cost includes three vegetarian meals per day. For more information on lodging, food, how to arrive, and course enrollment, please visit: 

https://www.porvenirdesign.com/workshops/2019/4/14/pdc-tierramor-april24

Instructors: Scott Gallant, Hugo Soto, and Vero Flores; Porvenir Design and Tierramor Teams

Cost: Bunk House: US$1800; Shared Room: US$2,200; Private Cabin US$3000; Day Pass US$1200; 25% discount for Costa Rican students; Couples lodging available, please inquire. Cost includes accommodation, meals, training program

Contact: To register for this course or for more information please write directly to Fabian Corrales at operations@tierramor.cr   https://tierramor.cr/

Introduction to Permaculture
Date: April 23rd – May 7th
Location: Live online
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/introduction-to-permaculture-spring/

 

Introduction to Permaculture is a great place to start your Permaculture journey.  This class will orient you to Permaculture and give you a solid grounding in the history, philosophy, and some of the core tools used in permaculture design.

In this class, you will learn the basics of Permaculture design, where Permaculture came from, and how to use basic ecological principles to design human systems that mimic natural systems. This class will cover:

  • Principles and practices of reading the landscape

  • How to use zones and sectors in design

  • Working with natural patterns to create efficient systems

 

Website: https://earthactivisttraining.org/
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/introduction-to-permaculture-spring/
Instructors: Asha Nelson, Kristi Broadhead, Krystin Tinny, Lauri Heath, and Steve Breedlove
Cost: by donation

Spring 2024 Weekend Series Permaculture Design Certification Course,

Dates: Full Days Onsite;   April 25-28, May 31-June 2, and June 28-July 1 

Location:  Shelburne Falls, Western MA, USA.

Description:  Immerse in the Permaculture Design Certification Course during planting season with Sowing Solutions at our Permaculture Center in the  artisan Village of Shelburne Falls in Western Massachusetts. Practice ecological design alongside leading permaculture designers and educators in the northeast; Gain your permaculture design certificate with Sowing Solutions who is celebrating over 18 years of interactive permaculture education; Network across the region and form lasting friendships and webs of mutual support; Visit numerous inspiring demonstration farms, homes, nurseries, and agroforestry projects; Apply your design skills in a guided process to create a design for a project site in the village; Join us for an informative and uplifting program.

Instructors: Kay Cafasso, Keith Zaltzberg, Llani Davidson, and many special guests

Cost: $1250-$1450; Sliding scale, work trade, and fundraising support available.  

Contact:   www.PermacultureSeries.org     PermacultureSeries@gmail.com

May

MAY

Permaculture Workshops 2024: Greenhouse Design + Forest Gardening
Dates: May 18th & 19th
June 15th $ 16th
September 14th & 15th
October 12th & 15th

Location: Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, Basalt Colorado

Website: https://crmpi.org/permaculture-workshops
Saturdays – Greenhouse Design and Maintenance Course: This workshop offers hands-on instruction in the many aspects of greenhouse design, installation, and maintenance, and teach you how to grow your own food year-round, even tropical fruits, using Climate Battery technology. Learn the intricacies and design of greenhouse growing with an emphasis on perennial polyculture and making the most of your space. Discover how you can stack functions to make your greenhouse more effective and efficient. Or, if you don’t have a greenhouse, just come to see how this low-tech greenhouse design produces papayas, pomegranates, and other tropical goodies at 7,200 feet above sea level.
Sundays – Edible Landscaping Course:
This workshop offer hands-on instruction in the many aspects of high-altitude forest garden and greenhouse design, installation, and maintenance.

Taught by Jerome Osentowski, founder of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in Basalt, CO, instruction will include:


•Designing and maintaining a forest garden
•Building Soil with vermiculture
•Integrating plant guilds with animal livestock to promote biodiversity and ecological functions
•Successful Companion planting for the high Rockies


Saturday workshops will run from 9am to 5pm and include lunch and dinner. Sunday workshops will run from 9am to 4pm and include lunch and an afternoon snack.
Instructor: Jerome Osentowski
Cost: $175 per day, or $350 for both days. Includes meals and curriculum material

June

JUNE

Cascadia Permaculture’s Advanced Teacher Training Course

Dates: June 15 - 21, 2024 (arrive 6/16; depart 6/24)

Instructors:  Jude Hobbs, T.A. Carol Burton and Guests

Location: Cottage Grove, Oregon

Tuition:    $900.00 – $985. sliding scale. Includes: The e-book, Cascadia Permaculture Educator’s Guide by J. Hobbs and other course materials, camping and 3 nutritious meals daily.   Contact for Daily rate.

We are committed to encouraging BIPOC communities along this career path. We are open to adapting fees to insure your attendance in this course.

Prerequisite: Permaculture Design Course Certificate or instructor’s approval.

This is a Certificate Course offered by a Diplomate of the Permaculture Institute of North America

Enrollment: Limited to 15 participants

For further information and registration: https://cascadiapermaculture.com/advanced-trainings/current-trainings/

Contact Jude with any questions: infocascadiapc@gmail.com  

Permaculture Design Course at the Whidbey Institute

June 20-July 4, 2024
With Penny Livingston & World Class Instructors!
Pamela SeaMonster, Doug Bullock, Michael Pilarski,
Brian Kerkvliet, Dave Boehnlen, & other special guests!

Embark on a transformative journey into regenerative living. This comprehensive
program is designed to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills needed
to design and create regenerative, resilient human based eco-systems.

Whidbey Institute: info@whidbeyinstitute.org 360-341-1884
www.whidbeyinstitute.org

July

July

Permaculture Design Certificate

Date: July 15 – 22, 2024

Location: Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, Basalt Colorado

Website: https://crmpi.org/permaculture-certificate-1

The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) offered through CRMPI is the longest running course of its kind in North America. The PDC at CRMPI you will learn from a campus-homestead where permaculture has been practiced for the past 30 years. Not only are you learning the essential concepts and practices of permaculture from a world-renowned team of master teachers who imbue their work with rich depths of life wisdom, you learn the tools to design and engineer sustainable systems, such as forest gardens, renewable energy systems, water conservation systems, and other eco-technologies. You’ll not only be learning the concepts, you’ll be applying these the skills needed to implement them, and seeing the fertility and abundance that result from decades of applied permaculture. Instructors: Jerome Osentowski, Stephanie Syson, Mathew Davis, Adrian Fielder
Cost: $1875 – includes camping and organic meals

Summertime 2024 Weekend Series Permaculture Design Certification Course

Dates: Full Days Onsite;  July 18-22 and August 22-26

Location:  Shelburne Falls, Western MA, USA.

Description:  Immerse in the Permaculture Design Certification Course during the growing season with Sowing Solutions at our Permaculture Center in the  artisan Village of Shelburne Falls in Western Massachusetts. Practice ecological design alongside leading permaculture designers and educators in the northeast; Gain your permaculture design certificate with Sowing Solutions who is celebrating over 18 years of interactive permaculture education; Network across the region and form lasting friendships and webs of mutual support; Visit numerous inspiring demonstration farms, homes, nurseries, and agroforestry projects; Apply your design skills in a guided process to create a design for a project site in the village; Join us for an informative and uplifting program.

Instructors: Kay Cafasso, Keith Zaltzberg, Walker Korby, Llani Davidson, and many special guests

Cost: $1250-$1450; Sliding scale, work trade, and fundraising support available.  

Contact:   www.PermacultureSeries.org     PermacultureSeries@gmail.com

August

August

Permaculture Academy: Designing and Managing High-Altitude/Low Energy Use Greenhouses, Creating Forest Gardens
Date: August 10 – 18

Location: Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, Basalt Colorado

Website: https://crmpi.org/permaculture-academy

Now in our tenth year, we offer two immersion intensives in our unique Permaculture Academy: a 9-day, 2-course, in-depth training in key elements of permaculture practice:


•August 10-13 : Designing and Managing High-Altitude/Low Energy Use Greenhouses (4 days)
•August 14: Day of rest; no class
•August 15-18: Creating Forest Gardens (4 days)


This is one of the most in-depth Permaculture Programs currently offered anywhere. It’s designed to shorten the introductory learning curve and send you out with the working, practical knowledge you need to start putting permaculture into practice. Whatever your level of interest – whether you want to reclaim an urban lot, turn your back 40 into a food forest, or take the first steps toward a career in design and consulting – this Academy can suit your need. You may choose to attend all of the modules, or pick and choose the modules you would like to attend. Although taught through on permaculture concepts, you’ll be immersed in permaculture practice and application at one of the finest demonstration sites in North America, experiencing the results of 30 years of organic cultivation and state of the art, low energy use greenhouses. You’ll eat delicious organic food from mature forest gardens, witness rainwater catchment, use and maintain composting toilets, enjoy light and warmth from passive and active solar technology, and participate in small animal husbandry in a vigorous and healthy poly-culture system at 7200′ elevation.

Instructor: Jerome Osentowski
Cost: $1400 or $700 per module, includes camping and organic meals

September

SEPTEMBER

Advanced Permaculture - Food Forest & Forest Ecology
Date: September 12th – October 17th
Location: Live online
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/ap-forests/

Forest systems are critical for carbon sequestration, climate disaster mitigation, and a host of ecosystem services. Forests are also valuable elements in a design for food, fuel, building materials, and medicinal crop production. Join Starhawk and Charles Williams to learn about the ecology of forests and principles for designing and maintaining productive forest systems. This class can be taken as a stand-alone class for personal growth or as the fourth module in a four-part Advanced Permaculture certificate program

Course will cover:

DEVELOPMENT & CARE OF FORESTS

  • Forest Ecology: Explore the intricacies of forest ecology, disturbance and succession, forest architecture, and fungal/bacterial relationship. Gain skills in reading and understanding your local forests.

  • Applied Forestry: Learn forest measurement, analysis and best management practices (BMP). Apply what you learn in class to your context ranging from classic rural woodlands or complex urban forests. 

  • Forest Management Plans: Using concepts from class write a forest management plan.

FOOD FORESTS & PERENNIAL SYSTEMS

  • Designing and Building Food Forests: Learn how to approach food forest design, ranging from how to select cultivars to how to arrange your plans for beneficial relationships

  • Management of Trees and Food Forests: Gain tools and techniques for food forest maintenance and care. Learn how to adapt food forest theory to a range of places and spaces.

  • Building a Design: Building off what was discussed in class design a food forest for your region and write a plan for management and maintenance.

 

Website: https://earthactivisttraining.org/
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/ap-forests/

Instructors: Starhawk, Charles Williams and Guest Speakers

October

OCTOBER

Permaculture Design Course - Costa Rica
Dates: October 21-November 5
Location: San Ramón, Alajuela

Learn a set of design patterns and principles found in Nature that can be applied to all areas of your life. By implementing Permaculture we’re creating new systems for the way we grow our food and steward the land that
are in harmony with Nature. This course is applicable to anyone with an interest in designing resilient and regenerative futures as well as professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, ecology, education, farming and community development.
Join our diverse team of permaculture instructors led by Hugo Soto, Elena Valverde and Scott Gallant of Porvenir Design for this life-changing two-week immersion. The course covers the core permaculture design
curriculum and emphasizes creating diverse, multi-functional human landscapes based on ecological patterns. This is the third annual course offered in conjunction with the Brave Earth and Finca Luna Nueva.
Utilizing these sites as a living classroom, the class will mix lectures and hands-on work, exploring design solutions for both temperate and tropical regions. Putting permaculture into practice, the course concludes with students working in teams to create their own permaculture site design.
The whole-systems design thinking outlined in the course will give participants the tools to re-design and improve their surroundings, from gardens, farms and homes, to livelihoods, relationships and communities.
Cost: There are a variety of housing options, so contact us for exact prices. $2025- $3,205 Pp.
Contact: Maxine@BraveEarth.com

November

NOVEMBER

December

DECEMBER

Ongoing

ONGOING

Regenerative Land Management (RLM)
Advanced Permaculture Diploma Program
Date: On going
Location: Mixed in person and online
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/regenerative-land-management/

 

Regenerative Land Management (RLM) is two to three year advanced permaculture diploma program designed to advance your permaculture practice and provide deep comprehensive training needed to apply these regenerative skills in your life! Whether caring for the land, building urban gardens, or decolonizing farmland, the Regenerative Land Management Diploma program will prepare you for your earth healing endeavors, and to provide a livelihood for yourself and your family.

  • The Regenerative Land Management is a minimum two-year diploma program focused earth healing and land management

  • It encompasses five core online courses, one in-person restoration intensive, and individually tailored applied learning projects

  • During the program students will develop three comprehensive land management plans.

  • Students are matched with mentors to guide and support them throughout the program

  • Learning cohort provides solidarity, community-building, and resource-sharing about their learning experiences

  • Graduates are awarded a Regenerative Land Management diploma from Earth Activist Training accredited through  Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA)

For more information visit our webpage.

Website: https://earthactivisttraining.org/
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/regenerative-land-management/
Instructors: Starhawk, Charles Williams, Patty Love, Chris Gilmour, Leila Darwish and Guest Speakers

Maven Makers
Date: On going
Location: Live online
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/maven-makers/

Have you been working on building a new business? Or have you launched a business that now needs support? Earth Activist Training offers affordable, collaborative coaching for regenerative, ecological minded business development.

Dedicated Coaching to Support Your Small Business:

  • Affordable small business coaching with experienced instructor, Patty Love

  • Groups are limited to 6 people each to ensure a focus on your work, each and every meeting

  • The opportunity to build lasting personal and professional relationships with like-minded colleagues and peers

  • One-on-one coaching valued at $150– plus monthly meetings. (Similar groups cost $250-$1,000 monthly– without the benefits of Maven Makers’ personalized coaching and attention)

Website: https://earthactivisttraining.org/
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/maven-makers/
Instructors: Patty Love
Cost: $157

 

Permaculture in Practice
Date: On going
Location: Live online
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/permaculture-in-practice/

PERMACULTURE IN PRACTICE (PIP),Ongoing personalized permaculture support. Are looking to become more: self-sufficient, create a permaculture homestead, incorporate more regenerative design into your life?

PIP is a small intimate group which meets regularly to discuss the ideas, designs, and the challenges that the members are grappling with. This program centers the discussion and learning around the needs of the members. When not discussing topics brought forward by members, we will be looking at seasonally relevant topics around regenerative land care.

Website: https://earthactivisttraining.org/
Registration: https://earthactivisttraining.org/permaculture-in-practice/
Instructors: Charles Williams
Cost: $100-$180/ month

Permaculture Design Course Online

Dates: Ongoing

Location: Online
Description: Oregon State University’s online Permaculture Design course is a great way to build essential sustainable landscape design skills in a convenient online format. After ten weeks, you will complete a finished design with:


- One-on-one guidance from experts who will walk you through each assignment.
- Timely feedback on your individual project from your designated instructor.
- Low student / teacher ratio to ensure individualized attention for you.


Also, since the program is entirely online, you can access our expert-led courses from the comfort of your own home.
Instructors: Andrew Millison and others
Contact: pace.oregonstate.edu/permaculture

Permaculture Design Course Online

Dates: Ongoing

Location: Online

Description: Our course is the classic, official 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) as taught by the founders of permaculture – Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. The full Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is a 72- hour intensive program. This course involves study modules supported by practical exercises, photos, fieldwork and videos. Upon successful completion of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course, graduates receive the official, internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate.

Instructors: Dr. Alan Enzo, Jessica Enzo, Steve Hart, Art Freeman, Ben Bishop

Cost: $550

Contact: info@PermacultureEducation.com    PermacultureEducation.com

Permaculture & Prosperity - Online Course

Has your concern for people and planet led you to think negatively about money or even struggle financially? It doesn't have to be that way. In fact, the foundations for building true wealth are modeled for you in nature and in complete alignment with permaculture and regenerative practices. Were you, like so many others, drawn to permaculture through the garden gate? And then you stopped there, paying little attention to the treasure trove of ideas and resources outlined in some of the major permaculture texts about the economics and finance petal of the seven-petal permaculture flower.? Why is it so easy for you (and so many others) to presume abundance in your landscape, but not when it comes to your money, livelihood, and true wealth? In this course you’ll uncover the wealth building tools that are part of our permaculture tool kit and learn how they can help you cultivate true personal and community wealth in ways that also enrich the ecosystems which you inhabit. Instructor - Laura Oldanie,

Rich & Resilient Living Dates: Ongoing

Location: Online a pay what you can course -https://richresilientliving.vipmembervault.com/products/courses/view/1114611

ONLINE Permaculture Design Certification
An online guided course in respond to our Ecological World Climate crisis & COVID 19

All Climates / 72 hr Internationally Recognized Course.

You can complete it in 2 months in your own time so you can work in your own designs/projects with guided hands-on for you to do in your specific situation

Course description: Starts January 1st - We will add daily videos, PDF's, slide shows, links, conference room chats, interviews to teachers & practitioners in regeneration design all over the world & guided hands-on activities for you to complete in your own specific situation at your own time.

You have 2 months to complete it.

At the end you will be required to send us your design drawings & description of the solutions you applied

This course will give you a wide vision of solutions, empowering you to take action in your immediate world.
Many regenerative jobs can be created with these skills.
Our world needs us all doing regeneration! Lets create our jobs & communities as in NOW!

FOCUSED ON FIRE SOLUTIONS, REGENERATION & FOOD SECURITY

This Certification Course is offered by PermafunK Institute in collaboration with Butte College faculty, Chico State College of Agriculture faculty, Holistic Management International Educators & many organizations around the world, like Permamed Barcelona, Gaia Education Germany, Brogo Permaculture Sydney, Regrarians NSW, Tasmania Permaculture, Trihita Karana Indonesia,  Permaculture Maui, et al.

Children’s Permaculture Course
Dates: on-going
Location: online

Description: This is a course for kids! The content itself is divided into twelve blocks with each block containing four parts. Each part covers a different theme (e.g., community, patterns). This roughly correlates as one month (block) and four weeks (themes). However, because each child is unique, students are encouraged to move at their own pace.
Instructors: Roman Shapla
Cost: $32.95/month

Contact: Roman Shapla, childrenspermaculture.com

Permaculture Bootcamp Programme

Internships & Apprenticeships

The Permaculture bootcamp programme is a  way for enthusiasts to learn permaculture skills and techniques via a work/stay arrangement. Participants can choose to work for several weeks in exchange for attending one of our courses (for example, a PDC or a Garden Master Course). For those who love it and choose to stay a few years, they can even earn an acre of land. More info can be found here: https://wheaton-labs.com/bootcamp/

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