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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.
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.

Meet Our Team

Taelor Monroe
OWNER, CO-DIRECTOR

Taelor Monroe is a mother, permaculture specialist, environmental advocate and health coach.  She is deeply passionate about helping others heal their relationships with their bodies, themselves, each other, and the Earth. 

Educating people about regenerative permaculture practices and design is Taelor’s personal way of seeding food sovereignty, happy soil, and strong communities for the future. 

She initially got into permaculture in 2011 as a response to learning how most food is created in industrial farms using toxic chemicals. Growing our own food helps people come together, share resources, and become independent of (or at least less reliant upon) the system. She began growing her own food and “living the permie dream” in an intentional community she co-created in San Marcos, TX called Sacred Roots. 

In the Fall of 2014, Taelor earned her permaculture teacher training certificate from Theron Beaudreau. She started doing publicity for the Austin Permaculture Guild, a business that promotes permaculture design courses. It wasn’t long before Taelor was co-running the guild, which she has been managing ever since.

Taelor also helped initiate Central Texas’ Permablitz events with Kirby Fry in 2013. As lead organizer for three years, she planned the monthly events, organized 100+ volunteers, designed the plans, organized the plants on site, and helped install berms, swales, and food forests at schools, churches, community centers, and individual properties. 

For a year and a half, Taelor lived on site at the Whole Life Learning Center, studying under master permaculturist Caroline Riley. Together they co-designed the transformation of the property into the flourishing food forest it is today.  Taelor helped double the size of the food forest, managed the 10K gallon rainwater catchment system, took care of the animals, and coordinated all the volunteer events that took place on site during her residency there.

To date, Taelor has helped hundreds of clients with assessments, digital designs, and installs of food forests, veggie gardens, rainwater catchment and more. Her success has her currently looking to expand her crew! They recently completed a full permaculture design for Hamilton Pool Vineyards, adding an impressive one acre organic farm to their expansive vineyards.

As a certified health coach, Taelor naturally uses food, herbs, and intentional practices to further help people with their health.  Taelor’s work in the world is generating empowered healthy people, thriving communities, and beautified sustainable spaces in her wake. 

When she’s not gardening or cooking nourishing meals, she is likely out dancing at live music shows or spending time with her family.  You can contact her directly at

taelor@austinperm.com

or (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

or 512-217-0661

Austin Permaculture Design & Install Services

We use permaculture design principles to turn your space into an oasis that is not only beautiful but can serve as a functional homestead.

A Glimpse at Our Design Team

Our Design Team

We seek to evolve the way people understand growing food. Often times gardening falls to the bottom of your list because it can be overwhelming. But we make it simple for you and provide plenty of hacks so you can work smarter, not harder. And of course the list of benefits goes on and on! Growing food and medicine brings a reverence for nature, benefits wildlife, provides food for you and you family/community, access to a backyard medicine cabinet, nutrient dense nutrition, more beauty and diversity in your landscape, and deeper meaning in your life.

If you elect to have a food forest, vegetable garden, or edible landscaping installed by us you can expect an exciting and simple process, tailored to your specific site. In permaculture design we understand that every site is unique, it’s all about context. Where is the sun, where is the water, what is the existing soil quality like, and of course what are the underlying needs of you, the client?

During your consultation we will ask a series of questions that really get to the bottom of all of these subjects, while inspiring you and allowing you to see the exciting possibilities of your space. We feel inspired when clients are coming from a place of making a difference in their own lives and/or their community. That is the type of attitude we all need to foster change in our wild world. The current food & energy systems in place are clearly not working. And it’s up to us to establish new systems that are supportive of the health of our bodies, minds, and souls.

Meet your Permaculture Design Team

Taelor Monroe

Senior Permaculture Designer

Megan Sanger

Permaculture Designer

Austin Permaculture Design

We use permaculture design principles to assess, design, and install anything from edible landscaping to a full functioning homestead or farm.

SPECIFIC POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR SPACE:
  • Companion Planted Vegetable Garden Beds
  • Poly-culture Orchard/Food Forest
  • Edible Landscaping
  • Chicken Coop
  • Holistically Integrated Animal Systems
  • Composting Systems
  • Ponds
  • Berms & Swales
  • Holistic Water Management & Integration
  • Rain Water Catchment
  • Irrigation
  • Holistic Building Assessment/Design
  • Grey Water
  • Composting Toilet/Humanure
  • Erosion Control
  • Holistic Soil Management

Project Site Assessment

One of our designers will come out to your location for a Permaculture Design Consultation.

Schematic Design Map

After your site assessment, we will create a to scale permaculture design map of your space.

Permaculture Installation

Our dedicated crew will install your tailored permaculture design under guidance from our design team.

Grow Food in your Backyard

Get all of the best varieties and types of plants that thrive best in our climate.

Tailored advice from Experts

Gain insight from our highly skilled designers who have been doing this work for a decade+.

Custom Design for your unique needs

Receive a to-scale digital design specially made for your yard.

Ecological Design and Install

Our install team uses locally sourced and ecological materials & plants.

Mandala Food Forest Design

Book your Permaculture Design Consultation Here

Hire Taelor & Megan 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 best fit your backyard makeover, homestead, community, and/or education center. We will make sure all essential elements including food, water, energy, and/or shelter are represented.

Service Fees:
  • Initial Design Consultation: $100/hr including drive time
  • Permaculture Site Design: $60/hr
To set up your initial consultation, click the button below. Or, email taelor@austinperm.com or call 214-448-6428.

Project Portfolio

All of these were designed and installed by the team at Austin Permaculture Design.

View our full Portfolio

See all of the projects we’ve created designs and installs for throughout the years.

Learn with Us!

Natural Building with Cob Workshop

Build an earthen floor at our new venue space, using cob: clay, sand, and straw.

May 25-26, 2024

Learn how to install an earthen floor, May 25 & 26, in the dome at Austin Permaculture Guild!
 
Led by Simon Gonzalez from Texas Cob Co, together we’ll build a genuine adobe floor, including processing raw materials, mixing and pouring. In addition to hands-on learning, Simon will cover theory, functions, maintenance and repair. These floors allow you to be fully grounded while being in an indoor building! They are beautiful and resilient, and of course completely natural.
 

Through both participation and demonstration, you’ll come away with a comprehensive understanding of earthen floors and their installations and uses.

Earthen Cob Bench workshop with Austin Permaculture Guild

We get to build this earthen floor together into a unique and beautiful structure, the geodesic zome dome (design by Trillium Domes). Located at the Cosmos Ranch Foundation property, situated on 40 acres just East of Austin/downtown. For easy access, it is only 20 minutes from East Cesar Chavez. The Cosmos Ranch Foundation is the second location for the Austin Permaculture Guild and regularly holds permaculture courses and events. The geodesic zome dome will become indoor venue space for permaculture workshops, yoga, breathwork, meditation, ecstatic dance, retreats, ceremony, and more.

Already onsite we also have a large poultry farm with chickens, ducks, and geese, a beautiful two acre pond, a guest house, 4 RV spots, 33,000 gallons of rain water catchment, and permaculture gardens. Plans to build a 1 acre permaculture companion planted market garden and food forest are being made for the Fall of this year.

The foundation of this structure is situated on a rubble filled trench with 18″ of dry stacked stone above grade. The dry stack is comprised of massive stone boulders harvested from onsite. These boulders are mostly made up of amber calcite geodes. This rock was excavated during the installation of the geo-thermal AC/Heat system in the main house on the property. The rubble filled trench and dry stack are ancient building methods that are resistant to earthquakes and flooding.

Star flower skylight at the top of the Zome Dome at Cosmos Ranch Foundation

Tuition & Schedule

Class time is Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. Registration for both days is required to attend. Lunch will be catered by a local chef with locally sourced ingredients; please bring your own water and snacks. Recommended attire is work boots or tennis shoes, jeans or pants, and a sun hat. Please note we will be outdoors for much of the event. Camping is optional for Saturday night onsite.

DATES: Saturday & Sunday 5/25-26, 9AM-4PM

COST: Sliding Scale, $150-$350

You pay the highest amount you can afford. This model allows for more diversity and accessibility.

Click the Button below to pay your Tuition and Register

LOCATION: The Cosmos Ranch Foundation, Del Valle, 78617

This workshop is full. Email taelor@austinperm.com to get on the wait list.

Halfway through the building process-dry stack foundation easily visible!

Fall 2024 Permaculture Design Course

Facilitated by Caroline Riley and Taelor Monroe

After 12 years of facilitating this course together Caroline and Taelor have discovered a format for this course that everyone has really enjoyed. It is an intensive style and yet is accessible to those of us with full lives and is enriched with tons of content plus hands on learning.

This course includes virtual learning and hands-on guided lessons from facilitators Caroline Riley, Taelor Monroe and guest lecturers. It features hands-on learning activities, including your final site design project.  Each lecture will have additional readings for reflection and additional resources for personal extensions. The final design project sites are chosen from students’ properties. Each student will create a conceptual permaculture design map and choose at least one dedicated area to solidify in all of the details needed to implement.

Each participant will have access to the online lectures to watch and rewatch at your convenience. We will reinforce lectures with hands on learning opportunities every Saturday for 5 weeks. Each participant also gains access to a treasure trove of resources including at home activities to help guide you along your design process, plant lists specific to Central Texas, past designs by APG students, links to many local organizations and resources and personal connections to a thriving community. This course is more than a class, it is a gateway to relating to the world through a new paradigm and an activation into solution based mindset. 

We are committed to learning real hands-on practices so that you feel confident in building a garden, growing your own food, and getting the resources together for a wide array of restorative projects. Students will finish this course with a toolbox of design techniques and strategies as well as connections with a thriving community of people who can help guide them towards new opportunities to learn, volunteer and work in various fields of interest related to sustainability.

Required reading: Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway.

For more details about the content and schedule, scroll down this page.

Let's Learn Together!

Two Available Permaculture Design Course (PDC) Formats:

Register for Online Only  OR Online + Hands-on sessions.
Course Dates: September 17, 2024- October 19, 2024

Online Only 5 Week Course 

Online 5 Week Course: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:00pm to 3:00pm

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 and volunteer weekly at Whole Life Learning Center.

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 10:30am-4:30pm

PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE SCHEDULE

Day 1Tuesday, September 17, 2023 12:00pm-3pm via Zoom

Intro to Permaculture, Ethics and Principles of Permaculture

Day 2Thursday, September 19, 2023 12:00pm-3pm via Zoom

Permaculture Design Methods

Day 3Saturday, September 21, 2023 10:30am-4:30pm at Whole Life Learning Center (78748)

Intro to Permaculture design mapping, Intro to design project to design your own property, a friend’s/relative’s property

Day 4Tuesday, September 24, 2023 12:00pm-3pm via Zoom

The Living Soil

Day 5Thursday, September 26, 2023 12:00pm-3pm via Zoom

Rain Water Catchment, Grey Water, Black Water, Natural Building

Day 6Saturday, 28, 2023 10:30am-3pm at Cosmos Ranch (78617)

Permablitz! Hands-on Cob-building earthen bench and floor, Building large medicine wheel garden

Day 7Tuesday, October 1, 2023 12:00pm-3pm via Zoom

Vegetable Garden Design & Companion Planting

Day 8Thursday, October 3, 2023 12:00pm-3pm via Zoom

Food Forest Design, Medicine Garden Design, & Herbalism

Day 9Saturday, October 5, 2023 10:30am-3pm at Whole Life Learning Center (78748)

A day with the Forest Garden – Propagation

Day 10Tuesday, October 8, 2023 12:00pm-3pm via Zoom

Design Methods in Practice, Earthworks, Ponds, Berms & Swales

Day 11Thursday, October 10, 2023 12:00pm-3pm via Zoom

Advanced Biodynamics with Adam Russell

Day 12Saturday, October 12, 2023 10:30am-3pm at Cosmos Ranch (78617)

Earthworks, using laser level to build earthworks, Hands-on Design work for Group Projects

Day 13Tuesday, October 15, 2023 12:00pm-3pm via Zoom

Animals in design, Sustainable Food Systems, Invisible Structures 

Day 14Thursday, October 17, 2023 6pm-9pm via Zoom

Design Presentations

ONLINE COURSE COMPLETION

Day 15Saturday, October 19, 2023 10:30am-3pm at Whole Life Learning Center (78748)

Sharing Circle, Design Certificates & Ritual of Completion

Permaculture Design Course Graduates Spring 2023

Locations: Whole Life Learning Center – 10801 Old San Antonio Rd, Austin, TX 78748  and Cosmos Ranch – Del Valle, TX 78617

Course Dates: September 17, 2023 – October 19, 2023 (exact dates shown above in schedule)

Our Fall 2024 Permaculture Design Certificate Course is currently open for registration. The online lectures portion of this course is scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 12:00-3pm, over 5 weeks.

Hands-on learning days are every Saturday from 10:30am-4:30pm. More hands-on time will be available every Friday at Whole Life Learning Center.

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 hands-on portion of this course is open. Please click the Buy Now link below to register for the FULL Permaculture Design Course.

The tuition rate is $800-$1200 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

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!”​

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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