Permaculture Design Course in Orange County

Permaculture Design Course in Orange County

1,395.00 1,645.00

“Observe nature thoroughly rather than labour thoughtlessly.”

-Masanobu Fukuoka


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

9 AM – 5 PM

Specific dates are:    

  • January 19th & 20th, 2019

  • February 9th & 10th, 2019

  • March 9th & 10th, 2019

  • April 13th & 14th, 2019

  • May 18th & 19th, 2019

  • June 1st & 2nd, 2019

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

-Larry Santoyo


This course is a 96 hour+ survey of Permaculture Design.

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.

The Course begins by establishing a renewed understanding of biodiversity and an overview of the prevalent patterns found in natural systems. This exploration of natural patterns and our place in them lays a foundation upon which we construct the ethics and design principles of Permaculture.

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.  

Once the basic design principles and protocols are in place, the ecological patterns and systems we observe are translated into techniques and technologies that are applicable to our urban environment. We learn to arrive at solutions by asking, “How would nature do it?”

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:


Weekend 1 and Weekend 2:

Nature teaches us the language of patterns and shows how the garden can act as a metaphor for systems design.  Observing and understanding the information presented by natural habitats reveals foundational design principles.

  • Mollisonian Design Ethics

  • The Origins of Form

  • Natural Succession Modelling

  • Biomimicry

  • Indicators of Sustainability

  • Design Methodologies, Sectors & Zones

  • Geolocational Profiling


Weekend 3 and Weekend 4:

All locations and situations have a designated set of zones and sectors that determine site design decisions.  Factors that are identified and addressed include solar, hydrological, geological, cultural, and political conditions.  These conditions also inform the palette of techniques and technologies that are applied.


  • Base Mapping & Property Design

  • Reversing Erosion & Watershed Management Practices

  • Greywater Systems

  • Soils, Compost & Mulch

  • Conservation of Energy

  • Passive Cooling & Heating Techniques

  • Strawbale, Cob and Adobe Buildings

  • Horticultural Designs


Weekend 5 and Weekend 6:

Site development includes a self-analysis of human dynamics, capital and socioeconomic study.  It shows methods for community-wide sustainability, creating right-livelihoods and a sense of place.  Personal and communal development pushes the designer to integrate themselves into the design, which aids in its success.

  • Micro-Economies

  • Wilderness Preservation

  • Eco-neighborhoods and Intentional Communities

  • Business Guilds and Cooperatives

  • Alternative Banking and Economic Strategies

  • Community Celebration


"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.


LOCATION: Locations in and around Los Angeles County


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

– LARRY SANTOYO, Land-Use Planner, Landscape Designer, Pioneer of Social and Civil Permaculture

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

– ELIJAH SANTOYO, Economist, Psychologist, Master Chef, Ethnomusicologist,

– 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., the national organization for Permaculture in the United States.


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

-Rachel L.




The course is 96 hours of total instruction time.

Tuition also includes two hands-on workshops, a field trip, and a copy of Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway.


  • Attendance to all scheduled class days

  • Attendance to one hands-on workshop

  • Completion of all homework assignments

  • Presentation of a design team project

  • Participation in the class Talent & Trade show

Suggested but Not Required Reading:

Upon successful completion of the Permaculture Design Course, a Certificate of Completion is awarded through The Permaculture Academy & The Permaculture Institute USA.

Makeup classes available for missed weekends.

A three installment payment plan of $600.00 every two months is also available.

Please register for the payment plan at the following link.




“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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