Current PC Courses

2018 Permaculture Design Courses

Permaculture Design Course

Dates: May 7- 19, 2018

Instructors: Jude Hobbs, Abel Kloster and Guests

Location: Aprovecho Sustainability Education Center    Cottage Grove, Oregon

Certified by the Permaculture Institute of North American and Cascadia Permaculture Institute

Tuition: $1,500.  Includes instruction, materials, housing, 3 meals a day

Early bird discount is $75 with registration by April 1st: $1,425.



Permaculture is a design system for self-reliant living that is applicable world-wide in any setting from sub/urban to all-scale farms.  This course offers a toolbox of principles and strategies to creatively integrate human and natural systems in ways that encourage abundance and sustainability. Participants will gain a clear understanding of the theory and practice of whole-systems ecological design through lecture, discussion, slideshows, design projects, and hands-on experience.  Creating a livelihood through permaculture is a strong focus of this course!

Topics include:

  • Permaculture Ethics & Principles
  • Observation & Site Analysis
  • Apply Patterns in Nature to Design
  • Design Process, Methods & Mapping
  • Ecology & Natural Cycles
  • Water Harvesting, Management & Conservation
  • Soils & Soil Building Strategies
  • Organic Gardening, Edible Landscaping and Forest Gardening
  • Animals and Their Place in the System
  • Forests, Agroforestry, & Tree Crops
  • Ecological Building
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Urban Permaculture
  • Village Design
  • Cooperative Economics & more!

Permaculture Practicum

Dates: May 21 to June 1, 2018

Follow up your PDC with hands-on projects that applies the concepts of permaculture and methods of sustainable living. The installation project possibilities include building a composting toilet, installing a water tank, establishing perennial garden beds with earthworks, or developing a hugelkultur system (buried wood mass). Registration for the Installation Project is discounted $150 if you register for both at the same time!

Instructor: Abby Colehour