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Permaculture Design Course Spring 2014

May 17-18, 24-25   June 21-22, 28-29  July  19-20, 26-27

Full 12 Day Certificate Course

Class Meets Throughout San Diego County

pdc“Life Changer!” That is what we often hear from the folks that come through our 12 day, weekend based Permaculture Design Course. This high value course transforms people into ecological citizens and provides them with the tools to change the world regardless of where they are now or the field of work that they are in.  After this course, everyone is empowered to be a part of the solution and apply these principles in their daily lives, places of work, or businesses. Our graduates are the next generation of sustainability experts!

Permaculture design trains people to think beyond just being sustainable, but to develop practical, regenerative solutions to the world’s environmental problems.

Permaculture Design can meet and exceed human needs by transforming gardens, businesses, farms,  and communities into fully functioning ecosystems. Receive hands-on experience on how to apply the principles of ecological design in your own home, farm, business, neighborhood, and city. Permaculture is an integrated ecological design system for creating sustainable human settlements. Far more than a set of gardening tips and techniques, Permaculture is about understanding and designing the connections between people, the earth, plants, energy, climate, water, transportation, shelter, animals, economics and much more.

This course is for:  Homeowners, renters, gardeners, farmers, ranchers, landscapers, architects, builders, developers, civic planners, educators, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, students … everyone who wishes to learn how to design and live in ecological abundance and apply the principles of holistic design to their respective fields.

digging a swaleOur course graduates leave this certificate program transformed and empowered!  Many of them now teach, design, install, and consult on projects throughout the world.  Our graduates have gone on to start backyard gardens, school gardens and waste reduction systems, community gardens and neighborhood education centers, permaculture demonstration sites, consulting businesses, landscape design and installation businesses, farms, CSAs, and many other green businesses.  They are changing the world and you can too!  This certificate course provides the tools, knowledge, inspiration, and framework to participate in developing positive environmental, social, and profitable solutions. If you are thinking about a career change or ways that you can incorporate regenerative practices into your existing job or business, the Permaculture Design Course can help guide you there.


Course topics:

Community Design Exercise

  • Permaculture ethics
  • Permaculture design principles
  • Pattern understaning
  • Creating healthy soil
  • Plant selection, plant guilds & food forests
  • Regenerative food systems
  • Holistic management
  • Mapping
  • Climate and microclimates
  • Water harvesting
  • Appropriate technology
  • Natural building
  • Keyline design
  • Business development
  • Local food systems & community land access
  • Co-housing, eco-villages & City Repair
  • Design for peak oil & ecological collapse
  • Ecological economics


About the course: This 72 hour curriculum will cover Bill Mollison’s PERMACULTURE DESIGNERS MANUAL plus more recent material. The course consists of six (6) two (2)-day weekends held throughout San Diego County. The spread out weekend format is to accommodate local residents schedules to participate in this valuable learning experience taught by regional experts in Permaculture & Sustainability. Course experience will include classroom instruction, field trips, hands-on activities, required & suggested readings & completion of a permaculture design project. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive Permaculture Design Certification.

Course Information

Instruction on all course dates is from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Part 1 “Introduction to Permaculture Design”

This session lays the foundation for permaculture design. This session will include Permaculture Ethics & Principles, Regenerative, Generative & Degenerative Systems, Natural Patterning, Climatic Pattern Understanding, Site Assessment, Forests & Energy, Permaculture Design Methodologies, and tours of local permaculture sites.

Part 2 “Growing Permaculture”

In the middle sessions we will look at “Growing Permaculture” as we learn about water harvesting (rainwater and greywater), soil building, and using plants in a permaculture setting. Topics to include hands on rainwater harvesting, tours of functioning and legal greywater systems, compost and composting teas, sheet mulching, plant guilds, garden ecology, and food forestry. These days will be a very hands on with ample time spent outdoors getting our hands in the earth and applying the permaculture principles and ethics to create a sustainable orchard system.

Part 3 “Permaculture for the Farm, Neighborhood and Beyond”

The final weekends build upon the earlier sessions as we learn to apply Permaculture on farms and ranches and into the city. Topics include Keyline Design, Agroforestry, Animal Husbandry, Appropriate Technology, Home Design, Hands on natural building, Eco-village, and co-cohousing design. We will apply permaculture on the community scale and learn about Resource Sharing Co-ops, Community Gardens and Land Access, The City Repair Project, Creating a Local/Regional Food Economy, Alternative Economics and Local Currencies, and Right Livelihood. Culminating the whole course will be student design presentations and the infamous permaculture costume contest and the talent / no talent show and potluck dinner!


$795 for the entire Permaculture Design Course

$695 if paid in full by early bird deadline of April 19th

A Non-Refundable $200 deposit is required to reserve your space

There are opportunities for work trade and payment plans.

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ticket Prices
Standard Price$795.00
Non-Refundable Deposit$200.00