purpose is to supply information that enables people
everywhere to provide for their own & their communities'
needs for food, energy, shelter, & a decent life
without exploitation or pollution & from the smallest
practical area of land.
You can learn to restore degraded
landscapes; shelter & feed displaced, hungry people
& wildlife; & convert energy-wasteful infrastructures
to thriving ecological systems that meet your needs
with excess to share...
...in the Permaculture Design Course!
Permaculture Course Calendars
Advanced Design Course in Basalt CO, Central Rocky
Mt. Permaculture Inst.
(photo Keith Johnson)
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Courses and workshops taught by Peter Bane,
Keith Johnson, Rhonda Baird and associates.
Peter Bane (Dipl. Perm. Des. &
Activist), Keith Johnson (Patterns
for Abundance), Rhonda
Baird, and guests. Midwestern
natives, Peter, and Keith have between them facilitated
over fifty permaculture courses and led groups from four
to over a hundred students and between them have graduated
more than 2300 design students. They have gardening, building,
design, and teaching experience in all regions of the
Convenient Summer Sessions
Community, Change & Creativity
July 13-19 and July 27-August 1
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Help create a sustainable campus for the Motherhouse of the
Adrian Dominican Sisters at this key location in Michigan’s
agricultural heartland. Leaders for progressive social change,
the Sisters are committed to making their 100-acre domain
a demonstration of ecological health, community outreach,
productivity, and best land use practices. This course will
build on investments in water management and native plantings
to influence students at the neighboring colleges, develop
edible landscapes, and support the local, organic foods movement.
Two sessions cover the full PDC: Fundamentals (7/13) presents
theory and examples of permaculture design, and is a prerequisite
for the Design Practicum (7/27) where the learning is put
into practice with team designs. Taken together for the international
certificate, or separately to meet your schedule and learning
needs. Graduates of other PDC courses can refresh their design
skills in the 2nd session. Beginners can pause after the first
course to “go home and garden,” letting the lessons
Air-conditioned rooms and full meal plan included.
Tuition: Fundamentals $808; Practicum $676 (only if you've
completed the Fundamentals); both for $1,300 if pd by 5/1;
Contact: Peter Bane, 812-335-0383,
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your place in the course (please note that all prices
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Permaculture Teacher Training
Ann Arbor, Michigan • November 9-14
Learn to create the Culture in Permaculture. Engender hope,
summon empowerment, heal lives. This 5-day intensive delves
into the magic of group learning through the lens of the Permaculture
Design Course and its universal elements. With insights to
learning methods, students will present a series of lessons,
receive feedback, and tackle the challenging business of organizing
events and creating programs and curricula. An invaluable
step on the road to professional competence, this training
will enable you to transform yearnings into vocation, and
to take up the mantle of change agent. Taught by master teachers
Peter Bane and Sandy Cruz, who between them have trained more
than 2,000 permaculture students across the Americas, this
course offers a critical opportunity for community leaders.
PDC is a prerequisite. Application required.
Fee: $832 by 9/1; $936 after. Pmt. plans available. Peter
Bane, 812-335-0383, firstname.lastname@example.org
Use the buttons below to pay for registration or a deposit
to secure your place in the course (please note that all prices
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before Sept 1, 2014
Sept 1, 2014
Purpose of the Course
a world of diminishing resources and increasing stresses
on natural and social systems we must rapidly implement
strategies to restore degraded
landscapes, shelter and feed displaced and hungry people,
and convert our energy-wasteful infrastructure to holistic
and ecological systems that meet their own needs and the
needs of those who manage them. This course
lays the foundation for understanding the
workings of natural systems and for designing human
environments that produce food, shelter, and energy.
It also provides participants with models of community development
and extension by which they can create
networks of support for themselves and empower others to
do the same.
my mind the very act of enrolling for a permaculture design
course is one of the most political acts most people ever
engage in. Since I have certified over 3,000 people
I feel that I have helped create a small village of active,
engaged and aware folks who now have the tools to change
the reality around them - and many of them are very busy
doing just that.
very act of reading "Permaculture - A Design Manual"
is extremely radical and political as the information
and realizations sink in of the ultimate outcome of following
the permaculture path. The beauty of permaculture has
always meant, to me, that I can travel all over the world,
in some of the most brutal dictatorships, espousing a
revolutionary system of design and I am considered harmless
by the powers that be. That is an incredible advantage
in a world that has become increasingly polarized by the
paranoia of rampant capitalism and lack of ethical guidance.
the ethical guideposts of permaculture are contained all
the political guidance one could need."
agriculture" or "permanent culture,"
a term coined by Australians David
Holmgren and Bill Mollison in the 1970s, describes
a design system for creating
human settlements that function in harmony with nature.
Incorporating traditional knowledge, modern science, and
the ecological patterns of the living world, permaculture
design is applicable to farms, gardens, organizations, housing
developments, towns and villages, or city neighborhoods.
1978, tens of thousands of individuals on all continents
have learned and taught to others the principles of energy
flow and materials cycling, and the simple
appropriate technologies of
self-reliant living: gardening, shelter, water and waste
management, aquaculture, forestry, and how to organize supportive
local economies. The aim of this grassroots
international movement is to
liberate people everywhere to provide for their own and
their communities' needs for food, energy, shelter, and
a decent life without exploitation or pollution and from
the smallest practical area of land.
read David's introductory PDF, The
Essence of Permaculture.
Kinds of People Take Permaculture Courses?
Thousands of people from all over the planet!
by Keith Johnson: Students & teachers at Permaculture
Design Course, VA)
farmers, homeowners and prospective buyers of land and
homes will benefit from the energy-saving and productive
insights of permaculture, while students and professionals
in the fields of ecology, agronomy,
resource management, architecture, and planning will
find their work enlivened by the holistic and interdisciplinary
perspective of the course. Community
development and aid workers, real estate brokers, municipal
officials, and religious leaders will find practical
and creative applications for permaculture design in their
respective fields of endeavor.
Learn simple steps to improve your
home ecosystem and your immediate surroundings while saving
money, resources, and building a healthy habitat for family,
friends and neighbors.
& Managers: Learn how to
integrate sustainable design methodologies into the planning
process using a multi-disciplinary approach for the well-being
of the whole community.
State & Federal Employees:
Improve public service & work efficiency
and community benefits via creative land, water, and air
resource management techniques.
Design & Construction Professionals:
Learn about current practical systems
of natural building, as well as how to integrate
land-use design into the built environment.
Architects, Designers & Gardeners:
Learn principles and techniques of sustainable landscaping,
with an emphasis on functional, edible, and economic
plants, the creation of microclimates for extended growing
seasons, and rainwater harvesting.
Acquire tools for empowerment and
new dimensions in place-based professional practice
applicable to micro through macro
& Community Leaders: Integrate
ecological design, professional networking, and social
marketing approaches to advance your mission and programs.
Explore how ecological models can
be used to design, develop, implement, and manage a sustainable
Integrate ecological systems design and social/environmental
change practices into your academic studies.
Add a whole systems perspective to
your ecological / green ministry.
of the Curriculum
Evidence of the Need for Change and the Ethics of
Principles of Permaculture
Observation and Landscape Analysis
Pattern & Design
Ecosystems: the Models of Nature
Gaian System: Climate and Biogeography
Forests, Trees & Tree Care
Water Harvesting, Management, and Conservation
Building Soil Fertility
Creating the Home System
The Third Skin: Natural Building Design
Waste Recycling and Treatment
Aquaculture and Animals
and Forest Gardening
Useful Plants and Planting Strategies
Feeding Yourself from Home
Garden Design & Establishment
Integrated Pest Management
Tools & Appropriate Technologies
Patterns of Settlement
Cooperative Economics, Money & Financial Systems
Mapping and Design Exercises
A Home in the City
Villages and Neighborhoods, The Hope and the Results
of Practical Design
Landscape and Systems Design
from over 100 countries in all regions of the world and
from all walks of life have called the permaculture design
course "life-changing, transformative,
and enormously affirming." In the lively company
of a diverse group of engaged and motivated women and men
with a common interest in the future of humanity, learning
is rapid, multidimensional, and long-lasting.
Design Work and Certification
completing this course participants will receive a Certificate
of Apprenticeship in Permaculture Design from the College
of Graduates of Permaculture and will be entitled to use the
term Permaculture in their professional work. Generally, students
are encouraged to apprentice with other designers for two
years. Prospective teachers should aim to gain experience
through a permaculture teacher training course and practice
teaching with others for a comparable period. This course
presents 72 hours of the standard certificate curriculum.
The Instructors: Midwestern natives Peter Bane, Dipl. Perm.
Des., and Keith Johnson have between them facilitated over
50 permaculture courses and led groups from four to over a
hundred students. They have gardening, building, design, and
teaching experience in all regions of the Americas. Both instructors
live in Bloomington, Indiana.
of thePermaculture Course averages about $800 to $1400 with
some charging more for extended duration. The weekend series
format usually costs less because food and lodging needs are
Design Course Syllabus
Principles, and Design, The Key Permaculture Overview (1 day):
of systemic ecological and cultural crisis; derivation and
evolution of ethics; spirals of degradation and the etiology
of health; energy and entropy; the Permaculture innovation
and synthesis; roots of permaculture knowledge; principles
of energy efficient design, language and terms; exercise in
observation of landscape; the nature of pattern in form, orders
in natural phenomena; application of pattern to design; design
process, purpose and methods.
Systems (2 days):
of ecology; energy flux and materials cycling; conservation
and diversity; guilds; cooperation; niches; forests as organism;
climate, global weather patterns, and biogeography; forest
impact on climate and the hydrologic cycle; functions of the
tree; landscape analysis; the nature, sources, and value of
freshwater; water's duties in the landscape; water movement,
storage, and purification; water in the domestic system. The
soil community; oxygen/ethylene cycling and nutrient availability;
soil biota regimes, mycorrhizal associations; carbon/nitrogen
and other nutrient relationships; tropical and temperate soil
conditions; building soil; physical properties of soils and
soil testing; climate near the ground; factors in microclimatic
design; windbreaks; moisture and humidity effects; modifying
sunlight and capturing solar gain; thermal zones and frost
pockets; limiting factors in living systems; exercise building
swales, ponds, trellises, and/or brush fences; use of leveling
Domestic System (1/2 day):
of the home system; zone and sector analysis; placement of
elements for beneficial function; the domestic economy; staging
of development in small permaculture systems; building design,
materials, methods, and examples; conservation of energy;
building as organism; nutrient cycling in the domestic system;
biological treatment methods for human and animal waste: compost,
constructed wetlands, biogas; urine as fertilizer.
of Cultivated Ecologies (2 days):
advantages of aquaculture; designing aquatic systems; water
quality and species composition; animals as energy translators;
their utility and efficient management; self-forage systems;
intensive grazing; silvopasture; agroforestry systems; forest
gardening and farming; alley cropping, coppice-with-standards;
; orchards as floristic communities; principles of pruning
and tree health; useful plants and planting strategies; guild
assemblies; plant identification, plant families, nomenclature;
wildcrafting; establishment of nurseries and intensive small
systems; economics and rolling permaculture. Self reliance
and food security; the year-round harvest; methods of food
storage and adaptation to climate; garden design, establishment,
and methods; exercise in sheet mulch bed preparation; short
design exercise in creativity; tools and their energy implications;
choosing appropriate technologies; favorite tools.
Design, Common Resources, and Larger Human Systems (1-1/2
of human settlement; city and regional design; orders of magnitude;
the village as building block of human community; building
cooperative networks, organizations, and communities; resource
inventories; business incubators; principles of economic design;
how money works; the problems with present financial systems:
interest, corporations, taxes, planning; community-based financial
systems; the use of maps; simple methods of mapping; the integral
urban house; resources in cities; appropriate scale for conviviality,
economy, and security; components of village life; new village
development; designing for human cooperation and interaction.
Resources for further work; the permaculture movement; continuing
education; how to organize locally; making a living; future
visions and participant evaluations.
Practicum (Section Two)
Elements of Practical Design - 2 days
of Ethics and Principles; pattern languages; site analysis
exercise; mapping & field surveying exercise; introduction
to client interview, cost & budgeting, earning a living.
Design Projects - 3 1/2 days
group projects for real clients son or near the course venue;
mentored, hands-on design work involving application of all
presented skills; site observation and analysis, mapping,
client interview, conceptual design, mind mapping, and presentation.
- 1/2 day
of presentation skills; several opportunities for planned
and impromptu presentation to the whole class; formal presentation
in group of the team design with sketches, maps, speech, and
other modes of work.
Landscape and Systems Design - 2 days
and Village systems; farm landscapes; design for wildlife;
restoration and earthworks; economic design including financial
systems; land access, regional strategies.
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