Permaculture Design Course in Los Angeles

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Permaculture Design Course in Los Angeles



“Observe nature thoroughly rather than labor thoughtlessly.”

-Masanobu Fukuoka


In order to transform the world and create a more sustainable existence, we must first take responsibility in our own lives and in our community.  Our collective actions towards this abundant future must be empowering, intentional, and self-correcting.  The solutions to our common problems are found in the vital study of the ecosystems that surround us, both constructed and wild.  The necessary practices to overcome any obstacle are revealed in our demonstration that all things, no matter their size, are a larger part of the whole.


"You sparked a fire, you have inspired me to live life with continued happiness and share the knowledge I have gained with everyone."

-Stella G.


The Permaculture Design Certificate Course is the foundation of Permaculture education and it includes:

  • Mollisonian Design Ethics & The Origins of Form

  • Indicators of Sustainability

  • Design Methodologies, Sectors & Zones

  • Base Mapping & Property Design

  • Geolocational Profiling

  • Reversing Erosion & Watershed Management Practices

  • Greywater Systems

  • Soils, Compost & Mulch

  • Passive Cooling & Heating Techniques

  • Strawbale, Cob and Adobe Buildings

  • Wilderness Preservation

  • Horticultural Designs

  • Eco-neighborhoods and Intentional Communities

  • Business Guilds and Cooperatives

  • Alternative Banking Strategies


"You opened such a wide door that I've been a full time student almost continually since!  I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation on Environmental Consciousness. You were the people that initiated me on this path... I remember at the opening session having the firm conviction that I had just discovered my life's work!"

-Christopher M.


DATES: Classes are the one weekend a month for six months.

9 AM – 5 PM

Specific dates are:    

• October 7th & 8th, 2017  

• November 4th & 5th, 2017    

• December 2nd & 3rd, 2017    

• January 6th & 7th, 2018    

• February 3rd & 4th, 2018    

• March 3rd & 4th, 2018


“The world will continue, but it is up to us to decide how we will participate in its future.”

-Larry Santoyo


LOCATION: Locations in and around Los Angeles County


TEACHING TEAM: Instructors are internationally acclaimed leaders in the world sustainability movement:

– LARRY SANTOYO, Director, Earthflow Designs

– JOHN VALENZUELA, Permaculture Designer, Rare Fruit Grower, Horticultural Consultant

– ELIJAH SANTOYO, Economist, Master Chef, Psychologist

– PLUS other local experts and guest speakers


CERTIFICATION: Upon successful completion of the course a Certificate of Completion is awarded through The Permaculture Academy & The Permaculture Institute U.S.A.


"This class is worth whatever price you paid to be in the room."

-Rachel L.


Tuition: $1,650.00 for all six weekends.

Group Discounts: Two or more students registering together will receive a 10% discount off the course price (automatically applied at checkout).

Payment Plans: We offer a three installment payment plan of $600.00.  Payment plans are not eligible for discounts. Those interested should send an email to



“We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing and then intervening at the right time.”

-Dave Holmgren





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