Welcome to the APG Community!

We are an ever growing community in Central Texas committed to resilience, collaboration, and catalyzing diversity and abundance.  We believe that although one person can’t change the world, together We can.
Photo Credit: Black Permaculture Network
We, the members of the undersigned permaculture groups and organizations, wish to publicly state our support for the BlackLivesMatter movement and the ongoing fight to end all police violence against communities of color. Permaculture is a system of regenerative ecological design rooted in indigenous knowledge and wisdom. Its three core ethics, care for the earth, care for the people, care for the future lead us to call for accountability for police who currently target, harass and murder people in communities of color, and especially the black community, with impunity. We cannot care for the people unless we assure justice for all people and assert the value of every person’s life.
Permaculture also teaches us to look at patterns, and we see a recurring pattern of devaluing and dehumanizing people of color that extends back through the centuries, including the histories of enslavement, the genocide of indigenous peoples, segregation, exploitation and much more. We cannot build a vibrant future unless we acknowledge this painful past and recognize that its legacy continues today.
We see this current system is designed to benefit certain people at the expense of others and is part of the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few. Out of this comes an opportunity to redesign a truly restorative way of dealing with injustice, conflicts, competing needs, and past wounds.
At this time of grave environmental crisis, we recognize that the divisive impact of all forms of discrimination and prejudice hamper every effort to shift the path of our society off of the road to ruin and onto the path of regeneration. Our economic, political and social systems can only find ecological balance when they are founded upon justice. One of the core permaculture principles is that diversity creates resilience. We are committed to envision, design and create a world in which we affirm and celebrate human diversity, where we can learn from one another’s perspectives and support one another’s struggles. We are proud to lend our support to all those who work to make that vision real.
Pandora Thomas, Black Permaculture Network
Starhawk, Earth Activist Training
Gardens at Austin Permaculture Guild

So, what is permaculture?

It stands for Permanent Agri(culture). It’s an ideology that can be used as a guide when making major sustainable improvements to all areas of our life including our homes, our communities, or our work situations. This ideology offers human beings a way to harmonize with our environment, symbiotically. 

Many people first hear of permaculture in a gardening or farming context. But the terrain of permaculture extends far and wide, to include all other areas of human activity as well. Transportation, energy, building, manufacturing, business and finance, social organizations — you name it.

Another aspect that is not so much at the forefront that we believe is highly potent is social permaculture. We believe that an important element of permaculture is being able to facilitate a safe space where all people, marginalized communities, all genders and orientations feel empowered to restructure existing societal frameworks while regenerating ecosystems. 

Permaculture Ethics

Earth Care

The Earth is a living, breathing entity. Without ongoing care and nurturing there will be consequences too big to ignore.

People Care

If people’s needs are met in compassionate and simple ways, the environment surrounding them will prosper.

Return Surplus

Take what we need, share what we don’t, while recognizing that there are limits to how much we can give and how much we can take.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING

Tabitha Tatterbach
PDC Student

“This course change my life from a very deep place in my soul. It gave me the courage to believe in the Earth’s future and my ability to help.”

Victoria Schwartz
PDC Student

“I am inspired to steward the Earth more than ever. Even though I have been organic gardening and bio-dynamic gardening for years, I have never felt closer to Mother Nature.”

Eric Huggins
PDC Student

 “This class equipped me with the confidence to utilize the knowledge and realize I already have a great knowledge base and can do what I’ve set out to do! I’m ready to get busy! It has also made me realize that I have a passion for teaching!”​

Meet Our Team

Taelor Monroe
OWNER, CO-DIRECTOR

Taelor is a wildling at heart. She is deeply passionate about healing our earth, our bodies, and our relationships with ourselves and one another. She revels in growing healthy soils, healthy bodies, and delicious home cooked meals.

She studied under Caroline Riley, at the Whole Life Learning Center from 2014-2015, where she worked to transform the space into a full functioning permaculture design. She received her permaculture teacher training certificate from Theron Beaudreau in the Fall of 2014. She helped the Permablitz events get started in Central Texas, with Kirby Fry from 2013-2016.

She previously helped start a Permaculture centered intentional community titled Sacred Roots in San Marcos, TX in 2011. She has studied Permaculture design under Theron Beaudreau, Kirby Fry, Caroline Riley and Dick Pierce. Her main focus and drive is to create community and educate others about regenerative permaculture design and practice. Her home base is in a tiny house on 4.5 acres in the Hill Country.  

When she’s not gardening or cooking, she is out dancing at local music shows around Central Texas or spending time with her family. Contact her at taelor@austinperm.com, 214-448-6428

Caroline Riley Carberry
CO-DIRECTOR

Caroline Riley is a Texas native who grew up in the garden and free ranging on the Texas gulf coast with her family. She discovered permaculture design while living in Colorado in 2004 and soon incorporated the ethics and principles into her Montessori classroom as a foundation to learn from nature with youth. She completed her first PDC through Austin Permaculture Guild in 2009. She has since studies with Jude Hobbs, Warren Brush and Geoff Lawton.

Caroline founded One World Permaculture in 2010 with the mission to connect and serve people worldwide through the study and practice of permaculture design ethics and principles. OWP collaborates and inspires to create integrated regenerative community, ecology and economy. This project took her on world travels connecting with communities in need through permaculture design projects and evolved into local design and consultation work in Austin, TX. 

In 2011 she and her husband founded the Whole Life Learning Center in Austin, TX which is where she currently focuses her creative efforts. This site is an example of permaculture in action. Over the years as the learning center has grown and matured, so have the permaculture systems in place including animal systems, a beautiful forest garden and farm space, the outdoor living classroom and Mutable Earth Botanicals. Mutable Earth Botanicals is a seed to apothecary herbalism practice and small scale plant nursery offering community and clinical herbalism.

With a passion for experiential learning and creative design, Caroline instructs Permaculture Design Courses through Austin Permaculture Guild and herbalism classes through Sacred Journey School of Herbalism. Her goal is to create a unique learning opportunity for her students from her vast experience.

When not at the learning center Caroline can be found with her husband and two children while enjoying the retreat of her South Austin homestead. Contact Caroline at caroline.riley.carberry@gmail.com, 512-217-0661

Holistic Permaculture Site Design

Holistic Site Design & Install Services:

What are your hopes and dreams that you want to accomplish at your property? Do you work at a business that wants to take a step beyond landscaping and add more truly regenerative elements to their property? Then this is the service for you!

Hire Taelor for an initial consultation to discover and document the strengths, opportunities, weaknesses, and threats to your property. During this walk around the property your specific wants and needs will unfold. Solutions will then be introduced to holistically solve any problems presented during the consultation. If you also desire an integrative design of the space, together we will map out the perfect homestead, community, and/or education center. We will make sure all essential elements including food, water, energy, and/or shelter are represented.

SPECIFIC POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR SPACE:
  • Companion Planted Vegetable Garden Beds
  • Poly-culture Orchard/Food Forest
  • Ponds
  • Berms & Swales
  • Water Catchment
  • Irrigation
  • Holistic Building Assessment/Design
  • Grey Water
  • Composting Toilet/Humanure
  • Erosion Control
  • Holistic Soil Management

Service Fees:

  • Initial Design Consultation: $65/hr including drive time
  • Permaculture Site Design: $50/hr
To set up your initial consultation, click the link below. Or, email taelor@austinperm.com or call 214-448-6428.

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Learn with Us!

The Medicine Garden

How to Design and Steward a Food Forest

The Medicine Garden aka Food Forest
Are you ready to cultivate medicinal plants and food for yourself and community? Are you looking to utilize Permaculture design methods to create resilient thriving gardens?  Come learn from Caroline’s experience creating and stewarding our 10 year old forest garden. The heart of our community, our forest garden is full of medicine and food plants that support the health and wellness of our community. It is truly a Food and Medicine Forest – a thriving forest garden ecosystem in suburban South Austin. Since 2011 this garden has grown alongside our community.
 
This course will walk you through the process of starting and tending a forest garden with a focus on medicinal plants. It includes cultivating soil and plants and working with the flows of nature and human systems.  I will introduce specific plants, their needs, how they work within the garden ecosystem and broad strokes on their herbal actions and how they work to support our health and wellbeing. Plus follow up activities between classes to help move you along your personal design process.
Beginners welcome! Watch our segment on Central Texas Gardener to see what we are up to around here.
 

THE MEDICINE GARDEN COURSE LOGISTICS

Cost : Sliding Scale – $300 – $450. You pay the base of $250 as a deposit. Pay more if feel it.
 
Tuesday – Thursday evenings 6 – 7:30pm on Zoom
October 4th – October 27th
 
Bonus In Person Day – Saturday November 5th 10 – 12:30 pm 
In person hang time – seed swap plus plants from our medicine garden and plant remedy spritzers from our medicine garden! Garden Party!
 
More in person time: Weekly volunteer days at the new Mutable Earth/Cultivate location begin this Fall.
 
Class 1:  Tuesday October 4th ~ 6-7:30 pm zoom
The Medicine Garden Ecosystem
~What is a medicine garden and how is it different from an annual edible garden.
~Community herbalism and garden activism
~Introductions
 
Class 2:  October 6th ~ 6-7:30pm zoom
Flows and the art of Observation
~Get oriented with the natural flows – sun, water, wildlife, people
~Create your own goal/context for your medicine forest garden
 
Class 3: October 11th ~ 6-7:30pm zoom
Soil and Water 
~ Growing the Living Soil – no-till, succession, as above so below
~ Small Scale Earthworks to utilize water
 
Class 4: October 13th ~ 6-7:30pm zoom
The Plants
~ Plants for the soil – medicinals to grow healthy soil
~ Utilizing medicinal cover crops
~ Growing healthy soil takes time – a soil succession story
~ Working with the seasons to utilize the rain when it comes
 
Class 5: October 18th ~ 6-7:30pm zoom
Methods of Design
~ Design Basics – creating an easy functional scale design to get the job done.
~ Scaled designs to help us see the bigger picture and support our budgets and time
 
Class 6: October October 20th ~ 6-7:30pm zoom
Through the Seasons
~Plants and succession through the seasons and years – working with perennials and annuals
~Plants for pollinators – Blooms for every season
 
Class 7: October 25th ~ 6-7:30pm zoom
Propagate
~Propagation stations for small scale needs
~Seeds, cuttings, division and a bit on grafting
 
Class 8: October 27th ~ 6-7:30pm zoom
Group Share & Connect
~Design shares and celebrations
~Be the Fulcrum – Break ground – A Declaration!
 
Bonus In Person Day – Saturday November 5th 10 – 12:30 pm 
In person hang time – seed swap plus plants from our medicine garden and plant remedy spritzers from our medicine garden! Garden Party!
 
More in person time: Weekly volunteer days at the new Mutable Earth/Cultivate location begin in October!
Caroline with a harvest from food forest

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Cost : Sliding Scale – $300 – $450 You pay the base of $250 as a deposit. $50 – $200 paid by the 2nd week of class. Please reach out if $ is what is in the way of you registering for this offering. 

To register, click here.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We offer reparation scholarships for this workshop for our BIPOC community. These full ride scholarships require no payment in exchange for taking the course. If you would like to apply for this please submit a letter of intention attached in an email addressed to Caroline Riley at mommacaroline AT gmail DOT com. 

Scholarship Deadline: September 1st.  Responses will be given one week after the deadline.

Spring Permaculture Design Course

Facilitated by Caroline Riley and Taelor Monroe

2 Available PDC Formats:

Register for Online Only OR Online + Hands-on sessions.

Course Dates: February 22, 2022 – March 25, 2023

Online Only 5 Week Course 

Online 5 Week Course: Wednesdays & Fridays 6:30-9pm

Take it from anywhere, all  classes recorded

Personalized follow up activities to deepen understanding on each module and support your design process.

Opportunities to connect in person at weekly Cultivate volunteer days that start Fall 2022

Full Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Online 5 Week Course + Weekly Hands-On in Person Sessions

Take it from anywhere, all  classes recorded

Personalized follow up activities to deepen understanding on each module and support your design process.

Permaculture Design Project and Certification

Weekly Hands-On learning every Saturday 10am-1pm

Let's Learn Together!

PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE SCHEDULE

Day 1Wednesday, February 22, 2023 6:30pm-9pm via Zoom

Intro to Permaculture, Ethics and Principles of Permaculture

Day 2Friday, February 24, 2023 6:30pm-9pm via Zoom

Permaculture Design Methods

Day 3Saturday, February 25, 2023 10am-1pm at Cultivate Holistic Supply

Intro to Permaculture design mapping, Intro to design project to design your own property, a friend’s/relative’s property, or the new Cultivate site location

Day 4Wednesday, March 1, 2023 6:30pm-9pm via Zoom

Intro to Natural Building design methods

Day 5Friday, March 3, 2023 6:30pm-9pm via Zoom

Soil Science

Day 6Saturday, March 4, 2023 10am-1pm at Cultivate Holistic Supply

Hands-on soil activity, building with cob

Day 7Wednesday, March 8, 2023 6:30pm-9pm via Zoom

Mycology, Design Methods in practice

Day 8Friday, March 10, 2023 6:30pm-9pm via Zoom

Earthworks, ponds, berms & swales, rain water catchment, grey water, black water

Day 9Saturday, March 11, 2023 10am-1pm at Cultivate Holistic Supply

Hands-on design methods, Earthworks implementation

Day 10Wednesday, March 15, 2023 6:30pm-9pm via Zoom

Vegetable Garden Design, Companion Planting

Day 11Friday, March 17, 2023 6:30pm-9pm via Zoom

Food Forest Design, Medicine Garden Design, Herbalism

Day 12Saturday, March 18, 2023 10am-1pm at Cultivate Holistic Supply

Garden implementation, Design project hands-on

Day 13Wednesday, March 22, 2023 6:30pm-9pm via Zoom

Animals in design, Sustainable Food Systems 

Day 14Friday, March 24, 2023 6:30pm-9pm via Zoom

Invisible Structures

ONLINE COURSE COMPLETION

Day 15Saturday, March 25, 2023 10am-1pm at Cultivate Holistic Supply

Sharing Circle, Design Certificates & Ritual of Completion

PDC Students building a cob bench on-site
Location: Cultivate Holistic Supply: 10817 Old San Antonio Rd. Austin, TX 78748 Course Dates: February 22, 2023-March 25, 2023 (exact dates shown above in schedule)

Our Spring 2023 Permaculture Design Certificate Course is currently open for registration. The format of the online lectures portion of this course is Wednesday and Friday evening, 6:30-9pm, over 5 weeks.

Hands-on learning days are every Saturday from 10am-1pm. More hands-on time will be available every Friday at the new Cultivate volunteer days. REGISTRATION AND TUITION

We provide a sliding scale tuition format. YOU choose the best amount within the range provided that works for your budget. We have found that this format supports accessibility to these offerings.

To register please submit your deposit through the Buy Now button below the format you choose. After you have submitted your deposit, please fill out our form that auto-populates after you leave PayPal. Please reach out with any questions.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We offer reparation scholarships for this workshop for our BIPOC community. These full ride scholarships require no payment in exchange for taking the course. If you would like to apply for this please submit a letter of intention attached in an email addressed to Caroline Riley at mommacaroline AT gmail DOT com. 

ONLINE ONLY TUITION FORMAT

The tuition rate is $500-$800 for the online lectures only. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot.

ONLINE + HANDS-ON SESSIONS: FULL PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATE COURSE

The tuition rate is $800-$1000 for the online lectures + hands-on sessions. A $300 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot.
Caroline teaching a PDC at the WLLC food forest

Meet Your Instructors

Caroline Riley

Taelor Monroe

Become a Contributing Member of the Guild!

A donation to the Austin Permaculture Guild means more outreach in all areas of our organization. We get to host more workshops, have more community building events, sponsor events and other non-profit organizations

Austin Permaculture Guild is a societally supportive platform meaning it is our main goal to help Austin thrive by growing in environmental awareness and action. We do this through our education courses, supporting our local neighbors grow food, and by creating an outlet that connects people to regenerative organizations.

Membership Tiers and Perks included (this is a tax deductible donation):

**These perks are based on a yearly membership commitment. They can be taken away at any point in time if a member decides to cancel their membership before a year’s worth of contributions.***

Cultivate Plant Nursery

Membership Tiers and Perks included:

 

$5 a month Tier:

  • APG swag and newsletter sign up
  • Buy two get one product free 7 Feathers Trading Post “apothecary”.  Made with local medicinal herbs!  
  • 10% off Texas Coffee Traders Website
  • 20% discount for a five class pass at Sanctuary Yoga

 

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$20 a month Tier:

 

$30 a month Tier:

 

$50 a month Tier:

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Whole Systems Network: A national nonprofit dedicated to funneling funding to environmental grassroots causes. They do this by hosting events, providing educational trainings, and managing an online resource platform. Our main goal is to help livelihoods thrive within the movement. We are a fiscal sponsor of the Austin Permaculture Guild.

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