The Permaculture Design Course 

Ready To Skip The Revolution And Create The Renaissance? 


The principles of Permaculture are commonly associated with a rural or agrarian landscape, but they are applicable in everwhere. 

It is an adaptable set of problem-solving and decision making ethics based on the patterns and systems of nature. When we use this approach it creates a fundamental shift in our attitude towards crisis and abundance and how to create  innovative, sustainable solutions.


At the Academy we forward students’ understanding of the field of scientific sustainability. 

We promote:

... Thoughtful decision-making

... creative problem-solving

... but reject “one size fits all” solutions. 


Our Permaculture Design Course uses the garden as a metaphor for learning how to balancing ecosystems, building business enterprise, and establishing community resilience within an urban landscape.


The Permaculture Design Course is our flagship program


It is a rigorous 6-month immersive training chock full of:

Hands-on Learning

Real Design Projects

1:1 Mentorship

Action-Based Solutions

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Classes are the one weekend a month for six months. Instruction will take place at multiple locations and design sites in and around Los Angeles County. 9 AM – 5 PM

Specific dates for the Fall 2018-2019 Design Course are:    

  • October 6th & 7th, 2018
  • November 3rd & 4th, 2018
  • December 1st & 2nd, 2018
  • January 5th & 6th, 2019
  • February 2nd & 3rd, 2019
  • March 2nd & 3rd, 2019

There Are Many Tools In The Tool Box - A Cookie Cutter Isn't One Of Them.

Within weeks of starting the program, you will think strategically and have more on the ground experience than most so called  “designers” out there.

You will learn skills and principles that apply to agriculture, to the backyard garden, and every environment in between.

Its ethics and principles can be used in nearly every aspect of life, from landscape design to community building, from art to education, and the list goes on. 



The Permaculture Design Course has transformed the lives and enhanced the careers of people all around the world. 

Here's What Our Students Are Saying About Us:

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This program is not for the faint of heart.

It is for those who are ready to create lasting change and learn from the best instructors in the industry. 


When you take the Permaculture Design Course with the Academy you are getting much more than just a gardening course:

  • Learn. Collaborate. Implement.  Our trainings are about action, creating meaningful tangible action - have everything you need to build your sustainable future.
  • Fast-track your learning with 96 hours of expert instruction (compared to our competitors 72) AND over 24 hours of hands on learning at real sites all over Southern California.
  • Be leagues ahead of others upon graduate... Complete a full-fledged design project with guidance from our expert staff.
  • Learn the right way through mentor-student relationships. Learn one on one with an expert... You learn the way humans are meant to learn- through focused, individualized training passed down from a master to their student.
  • Understanding the principles behind real, long-term, ecologically sound sustainability (Plus become an agent of change by gaining skills you can use to be the top dog in any industry or project).
  • Become a champion at finding the right solution for the right project... apply what is needed not just basic one size fits all solutions.
  • Rub elbows with the top in the industry and gain the connections you need to skyrocket your design career from nope to industry leader. (Plus get the insider tips and tricks to what it takes to make it in this business). 
  • Transform your life and fight burnout, fatigue, and overwhelm by learning the principles behind living a simple, impactful, purpose-filled life.
  • Never be confused or stumped again by a problem... our problem solving tools show you how to observe, design, and implement solutions that work time and time again.
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What you learn and how you learn cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Larry Santoyo studied under Bill Mollison (The founder of Permaculture) for over a decade before starting the Academy in Los Angeles. 


He has collaborated, taught, and revolutionized the industry of sustainability with renowned experts such as:

Bill Mollison

Bill Mollison


The Godfather and founder of permaculture.

Paul Stamets

Paul Stamets

Author of Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Save the world, Founder of Host Defense Mushroom Supplements, and world renowned Mycologist and Fungi Expert.

Toby Hemenway

Toby Hemenway

Founding Permaculture Instructor and International bestselling Author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide To Home Scale Permaculture.

Scott Pittman

Scott  Pittman

Founder of the Permaculture Institute, Permaculture Drylands Institute, and many other global permaculture initiatives. 

John  Valenzuela

John Valenzuela

Traditional agriculture, plant propagation, and ethnobotany expert and former Chairperson of the Golden Gate Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers Association.  


The Permaculture Design Course is the foundation of Permaculture education

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You will have the skills to take immediate action and implement them in a practical, time-tested way.

When finished with the PDC you will understand the underlying principles  that make our world turn. You will know how to create ethical, simple, dynamic solutions to everyday problems and complex global issues.

Anybody, and we mean anybody can take a Permaculture Design Course.

While working knowledge of ecological systems (watersheds, soil cycles etc) is useful it is not needed. You do not need a fancy degree, formal education, or anything else besides a desire to take action and take charge of your life and your future!

Each weekend workshop can be attended as a stand-alone class, however, the principles taught in the course are cumulative and multi-layered.

 Taking the full course will yield a greater understanding of Permaculture as a whole, making it accessible to any aspect of life.


We have the reputation of being the number one permaculture training institute on the West Coast for a reason.

If after the first weekend with us you are not completely satisfied we’ll refund you the full amount paid no questions asked.

…. PLUS you get to keep your copy of Toby Hemenway’s Gaia’s Garden: A Guide To Home Scale Permaculture  as our gift (A $20 value).

We know life can get busy, and things come up.

That is why you can retake any weekend you miss the next time we teach the course

(And don’t worry this course is in high demand so we teach it often).

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What Does This All Mean? 

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On The Ground – In The Moment –  Real Life Design Training


Full Fledged Permaculture Designers Certification Upon Completion 


You Risk Nothing And Have Everything To Gain!


Ready to jump in, take action, and become a self-reliance maven or in demand designer?


**CERTIFICATION: Upon successful completion of the course a Certificate of Completion is awarded through The Permaculture Academy & The Permaculture Institute U.S.A, the national organization for Permaculture in the United States