2021 Permaculture design course

Become more resilient and eat better, too.

Permaculture design is a wonderful process for solving all kinds of problems. Whether you are wanting to grow more of your own food, start a farm, contribute effectively with a community project, or start a design business of your own, this course can support you.

While we love the residential and weekend formats for the permaculture design course, through circumstance, we found a great way to present the standard 72-hour curriculum in an online format that works really well (maybe better?) than the in-person formats. We also recognize that online can mean more do-able for you. The course does have three in-person days that are important for course culture and success.

Details about the 2021 course

Dates: March 1-June 25, 2021

First week: Monday-Friday, 7-9 pm Eastern/6-8 pm Central

Following weeks: Mondays/Wednesdays, 7-9 pm Eastern/6-8 pm Central

Practicum: Whether you live near or far, this class integrates practice as we go. If you are near one of the instructors, there are in-person days for this. If you are unable to travel, we will support mentoring and engagement. 

Format: Video, reading, practice, small group work, discussion, reflection, and fun are all incorporated into this dynamic, participatory course.

Cost: $950, our cost. Sliding scale available: $750-$1,150. Payment plans available. Some scholarship is also available. A deposit of $200 is required for your registration to be complete.

Registration:  Please complete the contact below. We will send you a registration form and invoice you for a deposit. Once that is paid, your registration is set and final payment due February 21 (unless otherwise arranged).

Content: This course does cover the 72-hour content including ecological, built, and social systems. We also include additional blocks on key skills we find critical in implementing permaculture into your life.


The course is led by Rhonda Baird, William Faith, Milton Dixon, and guest instructors throughout the course. Rhonda holds diplomas in Site Design and in Education from the Permaculture Institute of North America. Graduates of the course will receive recognition of their certificate from PINA.

  • Soil building for ecological success and nutrition
  • Water management, supply, and care
  • Forest patterns, tree care, and plant communities
  • Designing for food production throughout the year
  • How to integrate animals into your system (and work with the ones already there)
  • Permaculture in different climates -- and adaptation to climate changes
  • Natural patterns and emergent cultural patterns
  • Skills which connect us with nature deeply
  • Building structures and retrofits
  • Small building projects that make a difference in the system
  • Energy conservation and production systems
  • Regional and urban permaculture
  • Farm and rural permaculture
  • Home and community economics that transform lives
  • Decision-making and governance --with a special focus on sociocracy
  • Village life and how your neighborhood is a village in the making
  • Making a life with permaculture
  • Support and networks after the PDC

Ready to register?

 We're excited to have you with us.