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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?
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 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.)

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Permaculture Water Summit - October 13-15, 2022

https://permaculturesummit.online/
Presented by Oregon State University Permaculture Design
In a world challenged by the confluence of groundwater depletion, land degradation, and extreme weather events…there are solutions that connect them all:
Permaculture water management.
This free global summit was created to share viable solutions for the water crises found throughout the planet.

 

JANUARY

 

FEBRUARY

 

MARCH

 

APRIL

 

MAY

 

JUNE

 

July

Summer Weekend Series PDC with Sowing Solutions, Starts in July

Safely Distanced, Hybrid Format of In-Person and Online Sessions this Summer

July - September 2022

Study with Sowing Solutions at the Permaculture Design Certification Course in Western Massachusetts, beginning July 15th.  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 in a guided process to create a landscape design for a local village resident.  Sliding scale, work trade, and fundraising support available. 
Instructors: Kay Cafasso, Keith Zaltzberg, Llani Davidson, Dave Dion, and guests.  www.PermacultureSeries.org

Permaculture Design Course - Florida
Dates: Starting July 15
Location: learn.growpermaculture.com

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: onlinereg@growpermaculture.com

Permaculture Design Course - Colorado
Dates: July 18-29
Location: CRMPI, Basalt, CO

Description: When you join us for CRMPI’s 72-hour Permaculture Design intensive, the internationally accredited syllabus and certificate are just the beginning of all you’ll receive. So is the expertise of longtime permaculture veterans in two full weeks of personal interaction. So is your gateway into the growing, worldwide
network of permaculture designers, educators, entrepreneurs and activists who are creating a new environmental and social vision for the world.
We will talk about the principles and practices of creating lush, sustainable living systems in climates and bioregions ranging from coastal to arid. 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. And we look at ways in which you can create a sustainable livelihood based on these principles.
Not only are you gaining the concepts and tools to design and engineer sustainable systems, such as forest gardens, renewable energy systems, water conservation systems, and other eco-technologies, but you’re putting your learning to use, hands-on, in an environment that’s benefited from decades of comprehensive
permaculture practice:
• passive and active solar greenhouses…
• mature indoor and outdoor forest gardens, tropical and Mediterranean…
• rain water catchment and greywater systems…
• composting toilets…
Instructors: Jerome Osentowski, Stephanie Syson, Kareen, Erbe, Patrick Padden, Vanessa Harmony, Michael Thompson
Cost: $1,875    Contact: admin@crmpi.org   crmpi.org

 

August

Permaculture Design Course Ohio/ In-person  

Dates: August 11-21, 2022
Location: Fern Hollow Farm, Somerset, Ohio

Description:   Join us at Fern Hollow Farm for an in-depth exploration of the permaculture curriculum, from Bill Mollison and David Holmgren’s foundational work, to the pioneering work of various modern permaculturalists who are applying this revolutionary body to the social sphere. We  dive into earthworks, natural building, animal husbandry, food forests, gardening practices, social and financial permaculture, urban applications, and much more, with plenty of hands-on experience. We explore the critical topics of climate change, climate resilience, and climate action from a permaculture perspective. All of this while at our living, off-grid demonstration site and home. All meals are “farm to table” from our farm and other regional farms.​   Note: If pandemic conditions warrant, the entire course can be held outdoors.    

All graduating participants receive an internationally recognized course certificate upon completion of the 72-hour curriculum. Each participant leaves with tools to design and implement a multi-functional permaculture system in any climate, as well as with deep connections to a supportive community of “permies.”   
Instructors:  Erik Peterson, Olivia Peterson, Sharon Bagatell
Contact:  erik@fernhollow.org;   website:  fernhollow.org

Permaculture Academy - Colorado

Dates: August 13-21, 2022 | September 3-11, 2022 

Location: CRMPI, Basalt, CO

Description: Join us for our 9th Permaculture Academy on beautiful Basalt Mountain! This 9-day, 2-course academy is one of the most in-depth Permaculture Programs currently offered anywhere, taught by leading professionals in the field. 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.

    Prepare to be fully immersed in the permaculture life 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 as you camp in vigorous and healthy poly-culture systems at 7200′ elevation.

Module 1 - August 13-16: GREENHOUSE DESIGN & MANAGEMENT

Module 2 - August 18-21: CREATING FOREST GARDENS

Instructors: Jerome Osentowski, Michael Thompson, Stephanie Syson, Patrick Padden, Casey Piscura

Cost: $1400 (or $700 for one module) 

Contact: jerome@crmpi.org

Website: crmpi.org/learn/courses/permaculture-academy/ 

Permaculture Food Forests in Santa Cruz, California
August, 2022 - May, 2023

https://santacruzpermaculture.com/foodforests/
Do you want to gain hands-on skills and build community around growing food? Interested in learning best practices for orchard establishment and management, food forestry, designing year round productive vegetable farms and gardens, and preserving the harvest? Santa Cruz Permaculture is pleased to offer this advanced practicum grounded in sound horticultural practices, and spiced with the delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables our region has to offer.
Before the area around San Jose was called the Silicon Valley it was known as “the Valley of the Heart’s Delight” because of its apricot, peach and plum orchards, and the delightful abundance it produced. Join us in creating and celebrating these habitats on both home and broadacre scales.

Camping is available.
Cost: $700-850 includes camping (if desired). Payment plans available. Register early for tuition savings.

 

SEPTEMBER

Permaculture Design Course - Florida
Dates: September 10-11 through June 2023, one weekend/ month
Location: learn.growpermaculture.com

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: onlinereg@growpermaculture.com

 

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: info@shelteringhills.net — shelteringhills.net/education-and-mentoring

 

OCTOBER

PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION  COURSE - Hawaii
(72-hour+ Certification Course with Diploma)
October 4-27, 2022

Your Lessons Include:
Site Analysis

Pattern Recognition & Ecoliteracy

Agroecology

Resource Efficiency

Natural Building

Alternative Energy

Appropriate Technology

Holistic Nutrition

Animal Husbandry

Soil and Water Management

Disaster Preparedness

Intentional Community

and much, much more!
https://www.hawaiiansanctuary.com/permaculture
Early bird discount expires Sept 5.

OPTICAL SURVEYING FOR EARTHWORKS & WATER
October 8-13, 2022

Advanced permaculture course
Wolf Gulch Farm, little Applegate

Basic surveying and layout are essential skillsets for every farmer, homesteader, designer and consultant.  In this 6 day course, Hazel teaches the use of analog (non-battery operated) surveying tools, along with advanced skills in keyline, pond and swale layout, mapping and other core knowledge necessary for design and execution of permaculture projects.  

Course Price: $750, includes camping, bring your own food. Early registration $650 until Sept. 6, 2022

For more information visit siskiyoupermaculture.org

Permaculture Water Summit - October 13-15, 2022

https://permaculturesummit.online/
Presented by Oregon State University Permaculture Design
In a world challenged by the confluence of groundwater depletion, land degradation, and extreme weather events…there are solutions that connect them all: Permaculture water management.
This free global summit was created to share viable solutions for the water crises found throughout the planet.

Permaculture Design Course (PDC) 2022 - Costa Rica 

Dates: October 21 - November 5

Location: San Ramón, Alajuela Costa Rica

Description:  Join us in the rainforest of Costa Rica for a 2-week certified permaculture design course. Learn a set of design patterns and principles found in Nature that can be applied to all areas of your life.

Permaculture is a set of design principles centered around whole systems thinking using the patterns found in Nature. 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 2-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. 
Instructors: Hugo Soto, Elena Valverde and Scott Gallant 
https://www.braveearth.com/experiences/2022/pdc

 

10-week Permaculture Immersion with Santa Cruz Permaculture, California
October - December, 2022

https://santacruzpermaculture.com/immersion/
Join Santa Cruz Permaculture at our farm on the Central Coast of California! The Permaculture Immersion is a ten-week outdoor transformative journey of skill building, deep nature connection, and personal empowerment within a supportive community.
What skills and practices do you and your communities need as we transition towards a life-sustaining society? The farm provides the perfect environment and practice space for re-skilling. We plan to practice skills such as farming, watershed & forest restoration, tools & appropriate technology, health & wellness, education & culture, economics & social entrepreneurship, and strategies for combating social injustice. Camping & meals are included.
Cost: $3995-$4395 includes all meals. Payment plans available. Register early for tuition savings.

Permaculture Design Course Fall/Winter with Santa Cruz Permaculture, California

October 2022 - March 2023 (6 weekends)

https://santacruzpermaculture.com/permaculture-design-course/

Join Santa Cruz Permaculture for this 6-month PDC course starting this October 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. 

Cost: $1095-$1295 includes camping (if desired). Payment plans available. Register early for tuition savings.

 

NOVEMBER

 

DECEMBER

 

ONGOING

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

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