Permaculture Design Course


The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) signifies completion of the 72-hour curriculum set forth by Bill Mollison in ‘Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual.’ This course is an in depth introduction to every topic listed in the schedule. Graduates can use this course as their jumping off point to begin teaching permaculture modules, creating a portfolio of permaculture designs, and establishing a permaculture consulting practice. It is a life and world-view altering event – living more kindly on their land, creating & caring for their community, conserving & renewing precious resources, respecting all beings, and designing & living in sustainable human settlements that work with and use Nature as the grand designer.

Austin,TX and the surrounding area is unique in that we are home to many mission driven organizations working to build sustainability and community. This course is designed to connect the participants with many local organizations with an array of missions. It is our hope that our students will finish the course with a toolbox of design techniques and strategies as well as connections with organizations and people who can help guide them towards new opportunities to learn, volunteer and work in various fields of interest related to sustainability.

This course includes classroom instruction from Caroline Riley, Taelor Monroe and guest instructors. It features hands-on learning projects, including your final site design project. The final design project sites are chosen from student’s properties and are group design projects. When complete the property owner will come away with both a conceptual design as well as many detailed designs for areas of interest from each design participant in the group.

Weekend 1:

September 15- Day 1: Introduction to Permaculture, State of the World, Tour & Explore, Permaculture Ethics & Principles

September 16 – Day 2: Methods of Design, Patterns in Nature, Climate

Weekend 2:

October 13 – Day 3: Soil Biology and Science, Hands-on soil activity, With Daniel Reyes of MycoAlliance

October 14 – Day 4: Earthworks, Ponds, Keyline Design, & Hands-on activity With Kirby Fry of Earth Repair Corp

Weekend 3:

November 17 – Day 5: Climate Based Home Design, Natural Building Techniques and Hands-on cob building activity with Kindra Welch and John Curry of Clay, Sand, Straw

November 18 – Day 6: Zone I Gardens Strategies for each Climate, Garden Techniques and Strategies, Companion Planting, Propagation, Hands-on Propagation activity, Garden Design Activity Sustainable Food Center

Weekend 4:

December 8 – Day 7: Trees and their Energy Transactions, Perennial Forest Gardens, Medicinal plants for Central Texas, Forest Garden Hands-on design activity Chis Sanchez with Festival Beach Food Forest

December 9 – Day 8: Project Pitch Drafting and Design Workshop, Urban Design Activity Kendra Bones with City of Austin Zero Waste Initiative

Weekend 5:

January 26 – Day 9 : Holistic Management, Sylvo-Pasture, Wild Spaces, Design Activity

January 27 – Day 10 : Zone Zero, Invisible Structures, Appropriate Technology, Community, Hands-on design time for final design projects

Weekend 6:

February 9 – Day 11: Design Presentation Breakdown, Potluck Lunch, Skill Share (not optional!)

February 10 – Day 12: Final Design Project Presentations, Graduation & Design Certificates

The Fall 2018 Course will be will be held at the Whole Life Learning Center (WLLC), a living example of permaculture design. Over the past 6 years this site has been completely transformed! WLLC has on site a 5 year old food forest, pond, ducks, chickens, goats, a 10,000 gallon rain water catchment system, greenhouse, grey water system, 2 yurts, schoolhouse, and a geodesic dome classroom.

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