2018 Bloomington/Indianapolis course


cropped-IMG_0016-e1470760021311.jpgPermaculture Design is an fluid, flexible, and very practical system for reintegrating human systems with the natural world. This course lays the foundations for permaculture design and prepares you to apprentice in design, education, or site implementation OR incorporate permaculture perspectives into your current career path and home system.

This course is recognized by and adheres to the standards of the Permaculture Institute of North America which uphold the internationally-recognized 72-hour curriculum. In addition, the course introduces allied concepts such as nature connection, non-violent communication, and more.

Course materials are shared through discussion, lecture, reading, hands-on activities, 2008 Caden at Paoli pdcdesign practice and review of case studies:  all coming together to give you a solid foundation in Earth Care, People Care, and Future Care. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in permablitzes, tours of local sites, and community-based activities and designs outside of our classroom time.

There will be assigned reading and homework each session.

Who should take this course? Home-owners, farmers, planners, teachers, architects, county and municipal staff and officials, students, anyone concerned about the state of our world–in short, everyone!

About the teacher(s): 

tree planting in indyRhonda Baird is the lead instructor for the course. She combines her experience in social and environmental issues and academic training in history and the study of cultural transmission (through religious studies) with practical homesteading skills learned from her working-class family of origin and nature connection skills learned in part from her children.

Rhonda began her work with permaculture design in 2005 after taking a course from Peter Bane and Keith Johnson. She immediately began apprenticing as a teacher of permaculture design and has loved being able to travel throughout the United States to teach, present, and design. In 2006 she co-founded the Bloomington Permaculture Guild. She founded Sheltering Hills Design, LLC as a design practice and educational firm in 2008. In that year, she also joined the editorial board of Permaculture Design magazine (formerly Permaculture Activist). She served from 2010-2012 as director of the Indiana Forest Alliance. Currently, she serves on the board of the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute, and the advisory boards of Gaia University and Permaganics Authenticated; as a member of the diploma committee for the Permaculture Institute of North America; and a core organizer for the North American Permaculture Convergence (which just held its second event in September 2016 at Hopland, California’s Solar Living Institute).

She will be joined by Gabriel Hahn and guests from the region. Gabriel Hahn specializes in small scale agriculture and has been working in organic vegetable production since 2007. Living on permaculture farms in Ecuador and travel in Peru throughout 2009 catalyzed a passion to feed people clean food and build community. Since his return stateside, he has focused on intensive urban vegetable production and addressing food security in low income neighborhoods. He established Seeds of Hope Farm in St Louis, MO at its inception in 2012 and managed the farm and its expansion until December 2016. He completed his Permaculture Design Certificate in 2016. His experience as a farmer, speaker, and teacher, led to apprenticing with his own teachers Peter Bane, Keith Johnson, and Rhonda Baird as a means of tooling others with self-reliance skills.


August 11-12; 25-26, September 15-16; October 20-21; November 10-11; December 8-9. 

NOTE: There will be an orientation class on July 1 (online). Classes will be 9-6 each day with a brown bag or potluck lunch each day.


We will be in Indianapolis or Bloomington, depending upon the weekend. More information will be given upon registration.


Registration requires a $300, non-refundable deposit. The cost of the course is $950 early registration; $1150 after June 1. If you are using the Paypal option below, the fees have been figured into the payment.

Payment arrangements are available, as is a limited amount of work-trade and scholarship money. Please use the contact form below and we will do our best to accommodate you. Please note: There is no full scholarship or work-trade option.

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