2020 Online Permaculture Design Course

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.

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Here are some of the details:


First week: March 2-6, online 6:30-8:30 pm Eastern

Following weeks: Mondays/Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm Eastern

(No class the weeks of March 14-20)

Practicum: whether you live near or far, this class integrates practice as we go. If you are near the Bloomington, IN area, there are in-person days for this. If you are unable to travel, we will work with you to get mentoring and support. Current scheduled days are: April 5, April 25, May 16, and our final day-June 6.


This course will have readings, videos, and homework for you along the way. This supports our in-class discussions and sharing.


The course is led by Rhonda Baird 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.

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.

Sunflower in a gardenWe’ll cover:

  • 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

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Our aim is not only to share with you the permaculture design course, but connect you with wonderful, caring, and committed graduates who can support each other. We hope you will join us.

The 2020 spring course is underway. Contact us about the 2021 course.