Permaculture Design Courses & Education

A permaculture design course can provide insight for how to design a resilient lifestyle for yourself and your community.  We offer courses at a variety of locations around the world and online.

Permaculture Design Course Topics:
Permaculture Ethics & Principles
Bioregional Awareness
Patterns in Nature
Ecology & Restoration
Reading the Landcape
Caring for Soils & Water


Rainwater Catchment
Earthworks & Aquaculture
Greywater Systems
Forestry & Agroforestry
Cultivated Ecology
Propagation & Seedsaving
Animal Husbandry
Appropriate Technology
Design for Catastrophe
Social Structures
Economics & Business
Urban Permaculture
Villages & Community

Upcoming Permaculture Certification Courses

 Permaculture Food Forests
Online with Oregon State University
Part 1:  Self-Paced Course:  on demand 
Part 2:  Practicum:   Sept. 27 - Dec. 5, 2021

Permaculture Food Forests are intentional cultivated forest gardens that contain native and cultivated plants, which provide yields for humans and ecological functions.  Essentially, a low-maintenance forest that's completely edible!

A food forest is a sustainable and natural way to produce healthy and organic food.

By learning how to tend your specific soil and develop plant communities you'll be able to improve your yield and provide nourishing and healthy food for you and your family.

This course will teach you how to design a food forest for your unique climate and needs using permaculture principles and ecology.



Online Permaculture Design Course
Fall 2021: September 27 - December 5

Develop a sustainable landscape using permaculture methods with this online, instructor-led certificate program offered by Professional and Continuing Education at Oregon State University. Within a collaborative, academically rigorous curriculum, you will complete regenerative landscape projects with intensive instructor feedback and interaction.


Each assignment creates a new layer in the permaculture design process, culminating in a unique site design plan for residential, agricultural or other natural areas. You can use this plan at home or as a portfolio to show prospective clients.


You will engage with peers through the program’s blog, where you can receive and provide feedback and follow each project’s progress. You will learn from your peers by sharing your permaculture design plan and viewing other projects from diverse climates and environments. Previous participants hailed from places like Alaska and Laos and created design plans for sites that ranged in size from urban balconies to 100-acre ranches. .


Online Permaculture Design Course
Advanced Permaculture Design for Climate Resilience
Online with Oregon State University
Dates pending, 2022

As the climate shifts around the globe, it is increasingly important for the permaculture designer to understand global trends and incorporate sound design to mitigate negative impacts. 

This advanced permaculture course focuses on teaching you to build climate change resilience as a design layer, provided you’re already experienced in permaculture and ecological design.



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Permaculture Design Course at Portland Community College
 Permaculture Design Course at Portland Community College
Summer 2022

This class provides the traditional permaculture design course curriculum.  We will cover the principles of permaculture for both urban & rural applications and sustainable human settlements. Landscape analysis, ecological planning & design methods, organic food production, food security, natural soil improvement, integrated animal systems, water harvesting, conservation and management, forest gardening, techniques and design strategies are highlighted in this class. Our field trips will feature living examples of permaculture in the bioregion.  There will be hands-on projects each day in class on campus.  Students will complete a conceptual design project in a group as their final project for the class.  Upon completion of this course students will be awarded a Permaculture Design Certificate through the Cascadia Permaculture Institute. Audit available.



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Rainwater Harvesting
Online with Oregon State University
Dates pending, 2022

Turn water scarcity into water abundance!

This course teaches you how to conceptualize, design, and implement sustainable water-harvesting systems for your home, landscape, and community.

Rainwater is an amazing free resource. It's more beneficial to plants than municipally supplied water and it can help:

  • reduce storm-water runoff

  • recharge aquifers

  • stop groundwater depletion

Harvesting rainwater can also help you become more self-reliant with water and lower your carbon footprint.



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