Permaculture Certification: 

An introduction to Permaculture and natural pattern observation.

Part One proposes the concepts of seeing nature as our teacher, understanding patterns, and utilizing the garden as a metaphor. By the end of Part One, students will have an understanding of the ethics and principles of permaculture design, as well as their applications in the real world.


Weekend One

This session will introduce the guiding philosophies and fundamental methodologies of Permaculture Design. Students will develop skills for recognizing the intrinsic characteristics of natural systems.

Permaculture design emphasizes the functional connections of every element in a landscape, including the relationships between species. We will explore the concepts of flow patterns, guilds, edge effects and harmonics by walking through specific site examples together. Our introduction will continue with discussions about the placement of elements in respect to the home and the inclusion or exclusion of external energies within a system. Students will then begin to formulate their own ideas for site improvement using Permaculture principles. Once we have established a clear overview of the principles of Permaculture, we will take some time to divide the class into Design Teams which will work together throughout the course to complete a final group design presentation.


  • Course Description
  • Group Introductions
  • Site Orientation
  • House Rules
  • Permaculture Design Ethics and Theory
  • Indicators of Sustainability
  • Concepts and Themes of Design
  • Origins of Form
  • Design Methodologies
  • Zones and Sectors
  • Base Mapping
  • Procedures of Property Design
  • Design Teams


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