DESIGN COURSES (PDCs)
Upcoming Courses and Events In North, Central, & South America
(and, occasionally, outside these regions)
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.
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.
/ 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 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.)
Permaculture Design Course Online
Dates: Starting Jan 15, 2022
Description: Recognized by Permaculture Institute of North America and based on the internationally recognized 72 hour curriculum, our online Permaculture Design Course allows you to proceed at your own pace, but with plenty of support from instructors including regular live Zoom sessions and mentoring. We focus on practical skills and knowledge to implement your design successfully whether at your own site or a client's. We take you step by step through the process of successfully implementing systems for water catchment, food production, buildings, energy, creative finance, community and more. Opportunities to network and build community are designed into the course. The course includes study modules made up of videos including living examples of permaculture systems and their creation, written materials, further study, practical exercises and observations, self-testing, feedback, and more. Instructors have specific expertise in the area they are teaching, and decades of experience between us in multiple climates.
Instructors: Koreen Brennan, Steve Szmidt, Laura Oldanie, and more.
Cost: $495 Contact: email@example.com
CRMPI’s 35th annual PDC, Quebrada, Puerto Rico.
February 14-26th, 2022 - $1600 discounts available
The Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute goes to the Tropics!! All the education you have come to expect from us but in the Caribbean!
Join us this February to learn to design a sustainable lifestyle + eat healthy + immerse yourself with hands-on experience in a tropical jungle, edible garden, medicinal healing herb gardens and young tropical food forest while earning your Permaculture Design Certification. This is a FAMILY FRIENDLY course.
We will talk about the principles and practices of creating lush, sustainable living systems in climates and bioregions ranging from coastal to arid, tropical to temperate. We talk about how you can apply these principles in designing and building your garden and home, creating and using renewable energy systems, and co-creating social and economic systems that are healthy for both the planet and its human and nonhuman beings. Additionally we look at ways in which you can create a sustainable livelihood based on these principles.
You will be 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.
Instructors include; Jerome Osentowski, CRMPI ~ Stephanie Syson, Biodynamic Botanicals; Michael Judd, Ecologia Design; Adrian Fielder, Colorado Mountain College, and multiple local Puerto Rican farmers.
Permaculture Teacher Training Courses, Oahu, Hawaii
March 12 – 20, 2022
First date is arrival day, last is departure day
Location: Full Circle Farm
Waimanalo, Oahu, Hawaii
Instructors: Jude Hobbs and Rico Zook
Tuition: $1,035 All-inclusive, except travel to and from site
Commuter Rate available - write for details
Accommodation: Camping, bring your own equipment
COVID-19 Vaccine required
For More Course Info and To Register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jude Hobbs is an internationally recognized permaculturist with 35 years’ experience in the design and teaching fields. 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, information rich and fun! Jude co-tends Wilson Creek Gardens, a demonstration site located in Cottage Grove, Oregon.
Rico Zook is a Permaculture designer, consultant and educator working throughout the world with a focus on creating culturally and environmentally appropriate systems that are resilient and regenerative. He works with farmers, villagers, private individuals, and local organizations in India, SE Asia, Spain, USA, the mid-east and other parts of the world. He is developing a learning center, Kapehu Farm, in Hawaii. www.i-permaculture.org
Permaculture Design Course — Indiana
Dates: Seven Weekends, March to June 2022
Location: Bloomington, IN — Online as necessary
Description: The permaculture design course is one of the most integrating and enlightening experiences. Throughout our time together, we integrate so many different disciplines and center you in your own story of hope and connection with the Earth and other people in a new way. This course draws on practical design and mastery of skills to help you heal the Earth and transform your own life.
Our course covers the core design curriculum, but also emphasizes culture repair, governance and decision-making in projects (because we are never working alone--we might as well be better at working together), and caretaking skills that will inform and improve your permaculture practice.
When possible, we will be hands-on, collaborative, and fun! Tours of established and developing sites as well as practice reading the landscape and foraging forays are scheduled into our time. When necessary, we will work on-line with a modified schedule. Expect reading, reflection, and practice between sessions, too.
This course is recognized by the Permaculture Institute of North America.
Instructors: Rhonda Baird with collaborators and guests
Cost: $880-1,350 sliding scale. Payment arrangements available.
Boulder Permaculture Design Course
Join Boulder Permaculture for a through-the-seasons certified Permaculture Design Course, one weekend per month April - October 2022 at diverse site on the front range of Colorado. Course subjects include local ecology, water harvesting, building healthy soil, growing forest gardens, natural building, social permaculture, regenerative agriculture, seed saving, and more.
Visit www.boulderpdc.com for more details and to register.
Permaculture Design Course — North Carolina
Dates: April-November 2022
Location: Wild Abundance, Asheville, NC
Description: Together, earthskills and permaculture can help you find a deep sense of place and of belonging. Most of us aren’t connected with a continuous lineage that ties us to our ancestors who lived directly with the Earth. Yet, all of us have ancestors whose lives depended on a radically sustainable and reverent relationship with the more-than-human world. The lives of those who came before us were built around feeding the Earth which in turn fed them. In the current time, many of us have forgotten how to approach this essentially human task of respectful giving and receiving. The PDC program will help you remember. By integrating permaculture with ancient and traditional earthskills, we guide modern people in an exploration of the kind of Earth-based living that’s in our bones. In this way, the Earthskills and Permaculture Immersion provides much more than other Permaculture Design Courses.
This program spans an entire growing season. It includes lots of content that goes way beyond a bare bones–required curriculum. Plus, the expanded schedule provides time to let the information and experiences of the program really sink in. You’ll get to mirror the changing seasons as you open to new knowledge in the
springtime, ripen your understanding and abilities throughout the summer, and concentrate the bounty of your learning in the fall. Plus, you’ll have eight whole months to build a sense of community with your instructors, mentors and fellow students.
Whether you participate in the fully online program, or choose to add the in-person component, you’ll learn from real world examples in an interactive way. In the in-person portion, we won’t just learn about water systems, we’ll build them. We won’t just study food forests, we’ll plant one. This is a chance to get your hands on the
concepts you’re learning and really root them in your body.
Instructors: Natalie Bogwalker, Laura Ruby, Barron Brown, Becky Beyer, and more.
Contact: email@example.com; wildabundance.net
Permaculture Design Course Fall / Winter in Santa Cruz
April 2022 - September 2022
Join Santa Cruz Permaculture for this 6-month PDC course starting this April in Santa Cruz, CA! Permaculture is an ethically based whole-systems design approach that uses concepts, principles, and methods derived from ecosystems, nature connected communities, and other time-tested systems to create human settlements and institutions. This course brings in leading designers and teachers from around the region, each experts in different areas of permaculture. The hands-on learning, workshops, and readings throughout the course prepare students with knowledge and whole systems thinking strategies that allow them to create detailed and thoughtful designs. Camping is available.
Cost: $1050-$1250. Payment plans available.
Permaculture Design Course — California
Dates: June 25-July 2 (online starts May 30) OR July 30-August 6 (online starts July 4)
Location: OAEC, Occidental, CA
Description: For a month before arriving at OAEC, participants will learn foundational permaculture concepts by
reading and watching curriculum online. Then students come and spend a week living and learning at OAEC. Here, participants will undertake a community-based permaculture design project and will have the opportunity to practice a number of hands-on techniques commonly used in regenerative land management such as swales, composting, food forestry, small animal systems, and wildlands management.
The curriculum and learning objectives for OAEC’s Permaculture Design Certificate are adapted from the Permaculture Institute of North America’s Core Curriculum.
Online Foundations: Participants will read and/or watch four lessons to prepare for the week at OAEC. You will be required to complete an online quiz at the end of the online portion of the course to make sure that you’ve
completed the readings and have a good handle on the foundational concepts. Being well-versed in the basic principals of permaculture before arriving at OAEC will be key to making the most out of our time together and will allow us to really focus on the application of these concepts.
The material will include:
Introduction to Permaculture; Earth Systems Science; Justice and Ecology Framework; Permaculture Design Process; Site assessment: map making, pre-site; assessment, site assessment; Visioning: client interviews, north star vision, functions, elements; Design Process: Zones, bubble mapping, access, water, food, shelter, community, final project presentation; Climate and Justice; Water Systems; Carbon Cycling
Instructors: Brock Dolman, Kendall Dunnigan, and guests
Cost: $1,850 — Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org — oaec.org
Advanced Course Social Permaculture — Indiana/Online
Dates: September 19-20; 30-October 2
Location: online/Bloomington, IN
Description: Permaculture design projects will not be effective until the social and cultural container in which
they unfold is also designed with care and consideration.
This course takes you on a journey of self-discovery in order to:
• reconnect with the Earth, through the first permaculture ethic and beyond
• understand the dimensions and impacts of social dynamics and how we arrived at this moment
• consider the pathways toward a healthier society and culture
• understand how your work, your project, your journey can fit into the larger picture and can contribute to and connect joyfully with allies and partners
Drawing on decades of experience in community organizing, entrepreneurial work, nonprofits, academic work, nature connection, and more, this team will help you to gain perspective, develop your passion, and come away with a clear plan of action.
We will share stories from our experience and work on training in specific skills including: nature awareness and defining the vision of a project, assessments and surveying your personal gifts and patterns, knowing where and when to work, inviting others into collaboration, governance with sociocracy, patterns to keep the project alive for the long run—including self-care; finances, and more.
Instructors: Rhonda Baird, William Faith, and guests
Cost: $425 — Contact: email@example.com — shelteringhills.net/education-and-mentoring
Drylands Permaculture Course
With Michael Pilarski, Penny Livingston & guest teachers!
October 4 – 13th, 2021,
Skalitude Retreat Center, Methow Valley, Eastern Washington
Drylands occupy 40% of the world’s land surface and they are growing. Most of these dryland ecosystems have been degrading for hundreds to thousands of years. It’s time to turn things around! Regeneration instead of degradation! The need is so great! This course explores how to regenerate the world’s drylands. It will be useful for farmers, land-owners, land managers, policy-makers, restorationists and others keen on this topic.
This 10 day in-person Drylands Permaculture Course will include:
An overview of dryland strategies and techniques from arid and semi-arid regions around the world, from ancient to modern, with a particular focus on indigenous and traditional methods.
Specialized, advanced permaculture principles and methodology. (PDC is not required to take this course)
A variety of hands-on activities throughout the course.
Field trips visiting diverse dryland ecosystems and farms.
Designing in self-selected teams for specific projects.
All instructional materials.
3 great meals a day for 10 days.
Free camping for entire course.
An on-line course offered at a later date.
Optional indoor accommodations at an additional cost.
Permaculture Design Course Fall/Winter
October 2021 - March 2022
Join Santa Cruz Permaculture for this 6-month PDC course starting this October 2&3 in Santa Cruz, CA! Permaculture is an ethically based whole-systems design approach that uses concepts, principles, and methods derived from ecosystems, nature connected communities, and other time-tested systems to create human settlements and institutions. This course brings in leading designers and teachers from around the region, each experts in different areas of permaculture. The hands-on learning, workshops, and readings throughout the course prepare students with knowledge and whole systems thinking strategies that allow them to create detailed and thoughtful designs.
Camping is available. Cost: $1050-$1250. Payment plans available.
Starting October 16th, Weekend Series
Weekend Series PDC, Safely Distanced, Hybrid Format of In-Person and Online Sessions this Fall/ Winter: One weekend a month for 5 months.
Study for a total of 5 weekends with Sowing Solutions Permaculture Design Certification Course in Western Massachusetts, beginning October 16th! Located in a spacious classroom at a renovated Mill and Permaculture Center in the Village of Shelburne Falls. Practice ecological design alongside leading designers and educators in the northeast; Gain your permaculture design certificate with Sowing Solutions who is celebrating over 15 years of interactive permaculture education; Visit numerous inspiring demonstration sites; Apply your design skills to create a guided design for a village resident. Sliding scale, work trade, and fundraising support available. Instructors: Kay Cafasso, Keith Zaltzberg, Llani Davidson, Walker Korby, Dave Dion, Ghadi Tayeh, and guests. www.PermacultureSeries.org
Verge Permaculture’s Online PDC
Nov 18, 2021, 3:00 PM - Mar 21, 2022, 12:00 PM UT
As permaculture practitioners and entrepreneurs, we’ve lived every lesson we teach. From planning and growing a food forest, to building a passive solar greenhouse, to rehydrating an eroded field and stream bed, even to creating a rainwater harvesting system in our home. From creating Verge’s startup vision and mission, to marketing and attracting clients, to weathering business mistakes and triumphs, even to transforming local natural disasters into teachable moments with permaculture solutions! Our lessons are rich with real-life experiences and an absolute passion for sharing this earth-healing, world-changing information. And our #1 goal in offering our PDC is to empower you to step from being a fearful consumer, dependent on fragile social systems, to a confident producer of your own food, water, energy… …and a secure, sustainable livelihood helping the earth and your community as a successful permaculture entrepreneur!
Read more about our stellar list of instructors and what sets this PDC apart from other online programs Contact:https://vergepermaculture.ca/online_pdc/
PDC November 21- Dec 4, 2021
Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica
Join our diverse team of permaculture instructors led by the Rancho Mastatal team for this annual life-changing 2-week experience. The course covers the core Permaculture Design curriculum and emphasizes creating diverse multi-functional human landscapes based on ecological patterns. Utilizing Rancho Mastatal 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.
Natives of Costa Rica: US $950
Legal Costa Rican Resident (cedula # required): US $1,350
Other: US $1,500
Permaculture Design Course 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
Permaculture Design Course 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
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
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
Contact: Roman Shapla, childrenspermaculture.com