LA's original permaculture course continues with the 12th production of the Permaculture Design Certificate Course!
One weekend a month for 6 months...
Calling all media and design professionals, educators, social workers, land managers and more to join us on the first weekend of October through March in and around Los Angeles for the training program that offers simple Strategies for a Sustainable Society now...
"The future of sustainability is in our cities and towns. Urban neighborhoods are ideal for the promise and potentials of permaculture design. Our cities embody the greatest concentration of the social, intellectual and physical resources needed to create a sustainable system."
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A Certificate Course for Design Professionals, Land Managers & Homeowners
This course has something for everyone...
- ReDesign with Nature
- Water Harvesting & Conservation
- Natural Building & Property Development
- Urban FoodForestry
- Re-Localizing Food Production
- Economics of a Sustainable Society
Using an ecosystems design approach, this course will introduce you to a way of thinking that will help you create healthy new systems that go beyond the home and garden and all the way out into the community at large.
Who Should Take This Course
For anyone serious about creating a sustainable future. Permaculture Design touches on all aspects of life, offering decision-making protocols based on nature, for problem-solving, critical thinking and design.
The course will introduce you to new career ideas, home improvement projects and guide you on a path to food, water and energy security. The Permaculture Design Course has truly transformed the lives and enhanced the careers of thousands of people around the world, including architects, developers, social workers, city planners, teachers, students, gardeners, landscapers, homeowners, business owners and others.
The A to Z of Sustainability! A more fun or informative course would be hard to find. Our text book, Permaculture: A Designer's Manual, by Bill Mollison, was once reviewed by Whole Earth saying "If information had density... this book would be a black hole!..."
The "hands-on learning" focus of the course will be the Design Team Exercises. Through lecture, video and group discussion you'll learn when, where and how to apply permaculture's principles and practices. In extracurricular activities, you'll participate in experiential learning opportunities and work with your team to design a community project. Team projects are showcased on the final weekend of the course.
Course work includes 12 days of classes (be prepared for intensive note taking!), hands-on practicum, team design of a community project, final presentation and the infamous class Trade & Talent Show community celebration.
Note: This course may also be attended for less rigorous non-certification (no extra-curricular activities required).
See Course Outline
October 6/7 & November 3/4
Fire, Water, Earth & Air...
Introduction to Permaculture and Natural Pattern Understanding.
December 1/2 & January 5/6
Food, Water, Shelter & Energy...
Designing & Building the Complete Home Ecosystem.
February 2/3 & March 9/10
Community & Green Business...
EcoVillage Design and Community Celebration.
Join veteran Permaculture Instructors and Internationally Acclaimed Leaders in the Worldwide Sustainability Movement including...
- L. SANTOYO, Director,
EarthFlow Design Works
- SCOTT PITTMAN, Director,
The Permaculture Institute
- TOBY HEMENWAY, Author, Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
- JOHN VALENZUELA, Permaculture Designer, Horticultural Consultant
- PLUS other local experts and guest speakers will be announced...
- Permaculture: a Designers Manual
by Bill Mollison
- Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home Scale Permaculture
by Toby Hemenway
- Check out our Book page for information on ordering.
Venues will take us in and around Los Angeles County, including The Permaculture Academy at Club Fais Do Do. You will be notified of the location upon registration. Additional Field trips & Hands-On Trainings will also be announced.
10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday: the first weekend of October-March.
Certification of Completion of the Permaculture Design Trainee Course is through the Permaculture Institute. Additional Certificate Fee $25.00
- Full Attendance
- Design Team Exercises & Final Presentation
- Hands-on Practicum (8 hour minimum TBA)
- Participation in the Talent Show
- All Payment Agreements met in full...
Upon successful completion of the course, Trainees are eligible for 2 year apprenticeship programs for Permaculture Designer Diploma from the Permaculture Institute.
$250 non-refundable deposit required to hold a space.
No tuition refunds after September 24. Meals, Lodging & Transportation not included.
- $95.00 per day
- $180.00 per weekend
- $1050.00 for all six weekends
- $950.00 if paid-in-full by September 29
- $900.00 Early Bird Registration 'til September 2
- 10% Discount for 2 or more together
See the Application Guidelines for discounts, payment plans, trades and work trades.
Teachers may apply for scholarship discounts.
Support our Permaculture Scholarship Fund! Tax-deductible gifts-in-kind and scholarship fund donations are welcome and honored.
Email us to inquire how your business or organization may benefit from contributing to the success of our programs.