Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Permaculture design by studentOver three weekends (4-3-3) we will cover the core permaculture ethics, principles, and practices. In your time, you will be begin to appreciate, understand, and be able to replicate natural processes that not only heal the land, but provide rich contexts for restoring a permanent culture. We will introduce you to good design through classroom experiences, field trips, and hands-on activities.

Permaculture is an ecological design system for sustainability in all aspects of our lives. Permaculture teaches us how to build natural homes, grow our own food, restore diminished landscapes and ecosystems, catch rainwater, build communities, take care of waste and much more.   Approved for 35 APLD CEUs


~ Bill Mollison, co-founder of the world-wide permaculture movement

The philosophy within permaculture is one of working with rather than against nature, and of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than premature and thoughtless action. Permaculture design techniques encourage land use which integrates principles of ecology and applies lessons from nature. It teaches us to create settings and construct ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and the resilience of natural ecosystems. In the spirit of sustainability, it also teaches us to allow natural and designed ecosystems to demonstrate their own evolutions.

You can make Permaculture design a career, or choose to incorporate the principles in your own discipline.  The certificate gives the holder the right to use the word “permaculture” in a business or other professional practice, and signifies successful completion of the permaculture design course. It is the pre-requisite to further training in permaculture design such as teacher training courses, and other advanced permaculture trainings. The design course is the first step in becoming a permaculture practitioner, whether in design, education, construction, or any one of many other fields.  Holders of the certificate join a growing community of many thousands of design-course graduates who share a common body of knowledge.
The Permaculture Design Course (PDC) was developed by Bill Mollison to teach principles and foundations of sustainable design.  All PDC courses offered throughout the world must follow the same format to assure that the integrity of certification process is upheld.

Prerequisites: None

Organization:  The PDC includes the standard 72-hour international PDC curriculum, addressing all major climatic zones (temperate, subtropic, tropical & arid) and the breadth of Permaculture applications for sustainable urban, suburban, rural, and bioregional design and development.

Course Length: 10 days (4 day weekend, 3 day weekend, 3 day weekend)


Thu, March 13, 2014 08:30 AM - 06:00 PM
March 13-16 Thursday & Friday
Saturday & Sunday
8:30 am - 6 pm
9:00 am - 6 pm
April 11-13 &
April 25-27
Saturdays & Sundays
8:30 am - 6 pm
9:00 am - 6 pm

 Approved for 35 APLD CEUs

Instructors: Peter Bane with Keith Johnson & Rhonda Baird

Peter Bane Peter Bane has published Permaculture Activist magazine for over 20 years and has taught permaculture design widely in the temperate and tropical Americas. He is a native of the Illinois prairie whose interest in good food and simple living led him at mid-life to become a writer and teacher of permaculture design. They also drew him into the arcane world of intentional community as fate presented the opportunity to help create and build Earthaven Ecovillage in the southern Appalachian Mountains. There he discovered his inner architect in the course of building a small off-grid solar cabin and later took on the more prosaic job of rehabilitating a pair of suburban ranch houses in the Midwestern college town of Bloomington, Indiana. That was the first step toward creating a small suburban farmstead where he now lives with his partner and apprentices. A prolific writer in journals and collections on forestry, building and all things sustainable, he consults with universities and municipal governments as well as for private landowners.
Text:  The Permaculture Handbook by Peter Bane, Foreword by David Holmgren.  Books will be available for purchase the first day of class for $45.

PDC Preparatory Reading:

  • Introduction to Permaculture, Bill Mollison
  • Gaia’s Garden, Toby Hemenway


1150 check
1200 Paypal
Individuals before 12/15/13
TRI Co-op members
Couples/Pairs (each)
200 non-refundable deposit due by 12/15/13
Full non-refundable payment due by 2/10/14
1350 check
1400 Paypal
Individuals after 12/15/13 200 non-refundable deposit due by 1/6/14
Full non-refundable payment due by 2/10/14

Tuition covers the cost of the class, and includes lunch, snacks and beverages.
Multiple payments may be made by check or you can use Paypal's installment and deferred payment options available to users.  Additional payment options are available upon request and considered on an individual basis.  Any money paid will be refunded if the class is cancelled by us.

All check payers are to register online.  Checks are to be made payable to The Resiliency Institute and mailed to 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL 60565.

Host the instructors for a weekend:  We are looking for local (within 10 miles of the farm) homestays for two instructors (2 males or 1 male/1 female) for each of the three weekends.  Preference is for one home during each of the weekends that is relatively calm and allows kitchen access for meal preparation.   Contact Michelle and let her know which weekend you can host:

            • Weekend 1     3/12 evening to 3/16 morning - Booked!
            • Weekend 2    4/10 evening to 4/13 morning - Booked!
            • Weekend 3    4/24 evening to 4/27 morning - Still open...

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