Tackle a REAL Design Challenge While Deepening Your Urban Permaculture Skills Through Small Group Mentorship and Immersive Hands-On Learning

The Permaculture Designers Advanced Training

There is No Shortage of Problems or Great Ideas. 
There is a Lack of Action and Know-How.

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You made the commitment...  

And spent 6 months exploring and learning with a community of like minded sustainability enthusiasts and change makers.  

You had your mind blown and felt hope, ignited for the first time in years at all the possibilities.  

Where do you start? How to pick a project? What about funding? Or building a team? Or even navigating city governments and organizational bureaucracy?  

So many questions with no clear answers.  



Larry Santoyo has spent over 30 years leading design projects all over the world, with national, state and world governments, NGOs, aid organizations, in addition to copious corporate and private clients.  

You, alone, could go at it, hitting numerous roadblocks and learning the hardest way possible.

But why reinvent the wheel?  

This immersive training will focuses on Applied Permaculture Design and gaining the tools you need to thoughtfully and successfully tackle your own projects.  

This your opportunity to confront a real urban design challenge and work with a small select team to find a solution while being guided every step of the way by Larry and Elijah Santoyo and other Academy Faculty.  


What You Will Learn ...

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Over 60+ hours of Learning Through... 

  • Interactive Lectures

  • Group Discussion

  • Critical Research And Analysis

  • Hands On Implementation

  • Assigned Reading And Discussion

  • Written Assignments

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6 Months of Rigorous Training

Focused on strengthening your problem solving skills and "on the ground" design skills.  

Meet one weekend every month for one day of lecture, then the next day dive in and work collaboratively with your team to apply everything in real time to integrate your new knowledge.

Hone Your Ability To...

  • Discover What A Community Needs Most

  • Recognize Ecological Patterns & Apply Them

  • Build Teams and Negotiate Needs

  • Be A Service Based Leader

  • Research And Gather Data

  • Use Design Tools And Best Practices


Collaborate and Learn

You will focus on learning and creating with a pre-approved project selected and vetted by our expert staff.  

Coursework counts towards the design requirements of the Permaculture Diploma.

Plus... join a passionate team of change makers and never feel like you are the only one who cares again.

Important Dates and Information

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  • April 6th & 7th, 2019

  • May 4th & 5th, 2019

  • June 1st & 2nd, 2019

  • July 13th & 14th, 2019

  • August 3rd & 4th, 2019

  • September 7th & 8th, 2019

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Hollywood, CA

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Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM


Who Should Take The Advanced Training? 

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Have you ever wanted to...

  • Immerse yourself in a "think tank” style learning environment where you work and learn collaboratively gaining hands-on experience on a local urban project that has already been vetted and cleared by head designers and local experts?

  • Receive guided and 1:1 mentorship and have an master designer answer all your questions?

  • Work with a small dedicated team to deepen your design skills, increase your knowledge, and apply everything you have learned in real world situations?

  • Pursue an alternative educational path that integrates the Permaculture principles and continues to build off everything your learned in the Design Course?

  • Take the guesswork out of choosing a project and just "plug in" so you can learn the ropes without taking on the whole thing yourself?


Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What will I really learn in this course and how is different than the Permaculture Design Course I have already taken? 

The Permaculture Designers Advanced training focuses on applied permaculture. Where the PDC contained a lot of lecture time and basic introductions to ecology, systems science, sustainable tools and technologies etc the Advanced course teaches you how to apply those to a project and urban setting as well as goes into more detail and depth on every subject you learned in the PDC fro pattern literacy, to design principles, to how and when to use the different sustainability tools.

2. Will I gain leadership skills?

Yes, this course is designed to give participants the skills the need to begin to lead teams and organize successful projects. 

3. Do I get to pick my own project?

No, there is a project that has already been chosen and vetted by the permaculture academy faculty. The project is chosen depending on current need of the urban environment, season, class size, and a host of other things. We aim to guide you through your first project creation so that you can learn the template in a digestible and easy to remember way so you can take it to any project you do in the future.  

4. If I have not taken the Permaculture Design Course can I take The Advanced Training? 

This course is only open to PDC graduates as it builds on the lessons of the first design course.