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 online calendar does NOT automatically add your event to the calendar listings below.)
This network was created by Heather Jo Flores, to bring together participants from Permaculture Women’s Guild, the Food Not Lawns, the #freepermaculture programs, and associated parties of earth-centered humans who love plants.
Find resources no matter where you live, and how to envision and create a healthy home system with organic gardens and regenerative innovations that you have designed to suit your circumstances.
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.
Online Permaculture Design Certification Course
Dates: September 4th 2021 - January 15th 2022
Location : Online
Description: Permaculture is framework offering tools, techniques and strategies for creating a more resilient, sustainable and regenerative life. It considers the wellbeing of the Earth, ALL People and future generations to come. Gather together for this 18 week program with like minded people online to learn about how nature designs itself and how we can become conscious designers ourselves. We will learn how to map and design our land and our lives, plan for emergencies, grow organic food in all four seasons, build community and work to build a more regenerative future. This online course is flexible and comprehensive and includes. Certification is given through the Permaculture Institute (https://permaculture.org/). Early bird discount is available until August 4th. Full course information and registration can be found here:
6 Month Hands-On Permaculture Design Course 2021
St. Petersburg, Florida
Second weekend of each month on Saturdays & Sundays 9am - 5pm, [Note Jan is third weekend.]
Sep 11-12, Oct 9-10, Nov 13-14, (Skipping December), Jan 15-16 (Skipping one w/e), Feb 12-13, Mar 12-13
This is Grow Permaculture’s 29th internationally recognized Permaculture Design Course, based on Bill Mollison’s work. This course will be held at our farm in Brooksville and in Lakewood United Church classroom in St Petersburg, FL, giving people an opportunity to see permaculture in action on the farm, and also studying in an urban environment.
The course is designed to offer multiple opportunities including career mentoring and pathways, community building opportunities, resource networking, and skill building. It is extended over six months to give students maximum time to absorb the information and put it into practice. This also allows people with busy schedules to take the course. It is possible to make up classes if one cannot make every weekend; we work with students to get you through the materials.
Cost $1,295. This cost covers course materials, field trips, snacks and when visiting the farm - lunch, mentoring and all classes. A non refundable deposit of $300 will hold your spot. (Please note payment must be made in full by Sep 1, 2021.
Instructors: Koreen Brennan, Steve Szmidt, Diane Willis, others to be announced.
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, Art Freeman, Ben Bishop
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