PERMACULTURE
DESIGN COURSES

(PDCs)

Upcoming Courses and Events In North, Central, & South America 

What are you doing tomorrow?
Training, Mentoring, Instruction, Hands-on Experience, and Basic Foundation Principles,
​(with Occasional Adventure and Action), in The Americas!

 

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

 

  • Learn to grow and cultivate life-support systems for family, friends, 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. 

 

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.

Please contact us if you would like your permaculture event listed here.
You may also use our do-it-yourself online calendar for North American permaculture events.

 

JANUARY

Permaculture Design Course, Trinidad-Tobago
Jan 20-31, 2020
Wa Samaki Ecosystems (www.wasamakipermaculture.org)

 Learn about designing and building sustainable systems that harvest energy, trap water, grow food, support wildlife and biodiversity and recycle all wastes. Be the solution and not the problem!
Pay what you can to take our 10 day course! We normally charge TT$4000 (approx $US600) to take a 10 day PDC. We do not receive any external funding and in the past, the workshop has been run on the porch of one of the instructors. A residential PDC course in central or south America will cost between US$1200-2000 plus flights. People have complained that our price is still difficult to afford.
With this in mind we are offering this PDC as a no frills 'Pay what you can'. We ask that everyone attending come with their own meals and snacks and the manual will be digitally shared on any memory stick the participant provides . You put down a non- refundable deposit of TT$1000 to show your commitment to show up and to reserve a space. You must attend 90% of the course including the presentation to qualify to get your certificate. That means showing up by 8.30 am every morning and attending all the classes for that day for a minimum of 9 days. Whatever you would like to pay towards the full price of the workshop, based on your means, will be accepted on the last day of the PDC.
Direct Deposit payments can also be can be made as following
Republic Bank, Account # 340005422901
Name of Account holder : Wa Samaki Ecosystems
after payment, email your name and a scan of your deposit slip to wasamakiecosystems@gmail.com

 

FEBRUARY

Permaculture Design Course (PDC) with the Shenandoah Permaculture Institute & the University of Richmond

Dates: 2/21-23, 3/7-8, 3/21-22, 4/4-5, 2020

Location: Richmond, VA and surrounding area

Description: Join the Shenandoah Permaculture Institute in partnership with the University of Richmond this Spring for 9 days of hands-on, real world, practical Permaculture. The course will be taught, in Permaculture fashion, by moving from patterns to details.  We will learn foundations and core concepts first, drilling down into the details as we move along. Field trips, guest speakers and farm tours help cement concepts and allow on-the-ground learning to take place in real time.  We alternate between lectures, workshops, skill building, observational activities, solo work and group activities. Typical days will see us both indoors and out, often at multiple locations. Course days typically run from 9am - 6pm.

Instructors: Ryan Blosser, Trevor Piersol, Emilie Tweardy

Cost: Earlybird discount - $200 off!

 $900 until November 30th.  Regular course fee is $1100. Financing is available through the University of Richmond.  Fee includes all course days and activities, heavy snacks, SPI T-shirt, plant materials, scobys, seed swap and more!

Contact: 503-577-7618 (Emilie Tweardy)

shenperminstitute@gmail.com

http://www.shenandoahpermaculture.com/springpdc.html

 

MARCH

Touch the Earth Workshop - Indiana
Dates: March 27-29, 2020
Location: Bloomington, IN

Description: This workshop facilitates a deeper connection with the Earth, attunes us to the moment we are in, and supports a deeper dive into whole self/whole system living. Through story-telling, hands-on work, ceremony, and grief work, and practical permaculture projects we will co-create a rich experience. Expect to leave with an action plan, resources, a renewed sense of self, and a community of support!
Rhonda and Corbin draw on more than two decades of work in culture studies, deep ecology, community work, permaculture
design and systems thinking, homesteading, gender studies, spiritual traditions, leadership, and survival skills.
Instructors: Rhonda Baird, Corbin Baird, and guests
Contact: rhonda@touch-the-earth.life
touch-the-earth.life

 

APRIL

Permaculture Design Course, Trinidad-Tobago

April 6-17, 2020
(www.wasamakipermaculture.org)

Learn about designing and building sustainable systems that harvest energy, trap water, grow food, support wildlife and biodiversity and recycle all wastes. Be the solution and not the problem!
We are offering a special to locals driving in every day. Pay what you can to take our 10 day course! We normally charge TT$4000 (approx $US600) to take a 10 day PDC. We do not receive any external funding and in the past, the workshop has been run on the porch of one of the instructors. A residential PDC course in central or south America will cost between US$1200-2000 plus flights.People have complained that our price is still difficult to afford.
With this in mind we are offering this PDC as a no frills 'Pay what you can'. We ask that everyone attending come with their own meals and snacks and the manual will be digitally shared on any memory stick the participant provides . You put down a non- refundable deposit of TT$1000 to show your commitment to show up and to reserve a space. You must attend 90% of the course including the presentation to qualify to get your certificate. That means showing up by 8.30 am every morning and attending all the classes for that day for a minimum of 9 days. Whatever you would like to pay towards the full price of the workshop, based on your means, will be accepted on the last day of the PDC.
Direct Deposit payments can also be can be made as following
Republic Bank, Account # 340005422901, Name of Account holder : Wa Samaki Ecosystems
after payment, email your name and a scan of your deposit slip to wasamakiecosystems@gmail.com

 

MAY

2020

 

JUNE

2020

 

July

2020

 

August

Permaculture Design Course, Trinidad-Tobago

August 17-28, 2020

Wa Samaki Ecosystems (www.wasamakipermaculture.org)

 Learn about designing and building sustainable systems that harvest energy, trap water, grow food, support wildlife and biodiversity and recycle all wastes. Be the solution and not the problem!Pay what you can to take our 10 day course! We normally charge TT$4000 (approx $US600) to take a 10 day PDC. We do not receive any external funding and in the past, the workshop has been run on the porch of one of the instructors. A residential PDC course in central or south America will cost between US$1200-2000 plus flights. People have complained that our price is still difficult to afford.With this in mind we are offering this PDC as a no frills 'Pay what you can'. We ask that everyone attending come with their own meals and snacks and the manual will be digitally shared on any memory stick the participant provides . You put down a non- refundable deposit of TT$1000 to show your commitment to show up and to reserve a space. You must attend 90% of the course including the presentation to qualify to get your certificate. That means showing up by 8.30 am every morning and attending all the classes for that day for a minimum of 9 days. Whatever you would like to pay towards the full price of the workshop, based on your means, will be accepted on the last day of the PDC.Direct Deposit payments can also be can be made as followingRepublic Bank, Account # 340005422901Name of Account holder : Wa Samaki Ecosystemsafter payment, email your name and a scan of your deposit slip to wasamakiecosystems@gmail.com

 

SEPTEMBER

 

OCTOBER

 

NOVEMBER

Permaculture Teacher Training, Colorado
Dates: November 13-20
Location: Denver, CO

Description: In this dynamic and interactive course, you will learn how to share the world of permaculture design with new students, learn best teaching practices, and deepen your understanding of diverse teaching modalities including interactive experiential activities. We will focus on how to communicate Permaculture principles and strategies to a wide variety of audiences and educational settings, give you hands-on experience in developing lessons and get you up in front of the class delivering lessons, and leading exercises. Our goal is to encourage and inspire your unique strengths and abilities by modeling effective use of lecture, storytelling, class discussions, visual aids and hands-on skills. Having taught this course almost thirty times, Jude continues to refine and adapt the content and curriculum. Students will receive the benefit of her keen attention to continual improvement and her decades of teaching experience. Pre-requisite: PDC Certificate. Course size is limited to 20 students. Non-residential.
Instructors: Jude Hobbs with Colorado guest instructors Kelly Simmons, Adam Brock and Sandy Cruz
Cost: $850 (plus credit card fee) includes lunch. Limited scholarships available.
Discount for Denver Permaculture Guild members through Sept 1.
Contact: Kelly Simmons, Sunflower House Permaculture Education, sunflowerhousepermacultured@gmail.com;
http://coloradoteachertraining.eventbrite.com

Social Permaculture & Community Building, California
Dates: November 22-24
Location: Sivananda Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA

Description: This workshop will look beyond the ways we grow our food, access water, build shelter, and tend to ecology to see how permaculture can also guide us in relating with one another and building community as we reclaim our lives and translate personal healing into collective healing.
Instructors: Ryan Rising, Colin Eldridge
Cost: $160 plus accommodations
Contact: yogafarmregistration@sivananda.org, 530-272-9322 yogafarm.org

 

DECEMBER

Permaculture Design Course, Costa Rica
Date: Dec 1 - 15, 2019
Instructors: Peter Bane and Nicolo Scifo

The two-week Permaculture Design Course (PDC) offers training in holistic problem-solving for all aspects of human settlement, both visible and invisible. Captivated near the Corcovado rainforest we will demonstrate, explain and train you to integrate whole systems design and pattern thinking into your social, economic, land, water, plant and shelter subsystems.Taught over 72 hours or more, it delivers the standard international curriculum recognized since 1984 by institutes around the world. Students will learn practical applications of ecology, design for buildings, soil, water, and vegetation management, design for animals, technology, economics, urban and rural environments, and planning for catastrophe, among other subjects. Permaculture is an ethical design system. Those completing the course will receive a certificate attesting to their participation.

The PDC will be led by Peter Bane and Nicolo Scifo. Peter is the Executive Director of Permaculture Institute of North America, a veteran teacher of more than 100 design courses throughout the temperate and tropical Americas, and the author of The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country. He holds five diplomas from three institutes in the USA and Britain, helped to found and design Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina, and has taught the PDC in Chile, Argentina, and Trinidad. He lives on and farms 10 acres in Michigan, USA.
An environmental activist since youth, Nicolo brings long experience in the construction and landscape trades together with training in the arts of personal transformation and healthy communication to his practice of permaculture design.

THE COURSE INCLUDES:

3 meals a day, made by our chef(s) from locally sourced, fresh organic foods.
At least one design project, or multiple design vignettes as the group dictates.
A Talent Show at the concluding celebration.

Field Trip to some interesting demonstration sites.

The PDC Course will be taught in English.
Price: $1350 - $2050 depending on accommodations.
Enroll here: https://numundo.org/experience/costa-rica/permaculture-design-certification-course-2028​
See the course curriculum at: 

http://permacultureactivist.net/DesignCourse/PcSyllabus.htm

 

Advanced Permaculture Course in Teaching

Dates:  December 1 - 8, 2018

Instructors:  Jude Hobbs, Rico Zook and Guests

Location: La Loma Vida Permaculture Design Center, Gualchos, Granada Coast, Spain

Contact:  info@lalomaviva.com

Advocate for Change Through Teaching Whole Systems and Passion Based Learning.

In this dynamic and interactive course, we share impactful teaching techniques that promote effective communication and application of Permaculture principles and strategies to a wide variety of audiences and educational settings. Our goal is to encourage and inspire your unique strengths and abilities by demonstrating diverse teaching modalities including effective use of lecture, storytelling, class discussions, interactive experiential activities, visual aids and hands-on skills. 

 

As a class, we create a safe setting of active learning and build confidence through preparing and co-teaching multiple presentations providing essential and experiential practice opportunities. Participants engage in social permaculture and build strong resource networks to support one another via group projects.  

 Teaching is Sharing Information, Regenerative, Empowering and Part of the Permaculture Solution

Course Topics Include:

• Philosophy and Ethics of Being an Instructor • The Art of Teaching and Facilitation • Adult Learning Styles

• Building Curriculum and Lesson Plans • Presenting Styles • Utilizing Media and Activities • Co-Instructing

• Time Management • Venue Logistics, Course Planning, Marketing and Budgets • Interns, Apprentices and Mentoring • Evaluations and Feedback • Tips from the Trade • Keeping Up The Spirit • Self-care • Right Livelihood • Extensive Resources and More

 

A core part of Jude’s work is inspiring and training the next generation of Permaculture advocates. We appreciate the unique skills and experiences of those attending and cultivate networking for future connections and support.

 

Certificate from the Permaculture Institute of North America

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

 

Instructors:

Jude Hobbs is an internationally recognized permaculture designer and educator with 30 years’ experience in the design and teaching fields. Her focus is whole systems thinking to generate environmentally sound solutions that inspire sustainable actions in urban and rural settings.

As an educator, she conveys her passion for permaculture by providing curricula developed to encompass diverse learning styles with teaching techniques that are accessible, inspiring and information rich.

Jude tends Wilson Creek Gardens, a 7-acre homestead and demonstration site located in Cottage Grove, Oregon. www.cascadiapermaculture.com

 

Rico Zook: For the past 20 years Rico has been a Permaculture designer, consultant and educator working with private individuals, farmers, villagers and local organizations in India, Cambodia, Spain, northern New Mexico, the middle-east and other parts of the world. His work focuses on assisting all levels of our global community to create culturally and environmentally appropriate life systems that are resilient and regenerative. www.i-permaculture.org 

 

ONGOING

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, Art Freeman, Ben Bishop

Cost: $550

Contact: info@PermacultureEducation.com    PermacultureEducation.com

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

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