Permaculture Design Course: Two Week Intensive

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 9:00am to Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 5:00pm

This Permaculture Design Certificate signifies completion of the 72-hour curriculum set forth by Bill Mollison in “Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual.” This is not a vocational certificate. But the permaculture design skill-set is so practical, and so much needed in today’s world, that you can consider the course a kind of “universal vocational training.”
This course includes classroom instruction, hands-on projects (including your site design project), presentations by guest instructors, and hands on workshops. For more details about the content, scroll down this page. We look forward to having you in our class!

Picture by Melanie Howard

Class Schedule:

June 2 – Day 1: Basics 1

June 3 – Day 2: Basics 2

June 4 – Day 3: Forests & Trees and Garden strategies; Evening: Fermentation and Food Talk/Workshop at 7:30pm (we’ll also be making Sauerkraut!)

June 5 – Day 4: Soil, Hydrology, Aquaculture, Effective Microorganism Workshop

June 6 – Day 5: Water & Soil Conservation, Grafting and Propagation Methods, Companion Planting, Perennial and Annual Gardening

June 7 – Day 6: Natural Building and Energy Systems, Rain Water Harvesting, Grey and Black Water Systems

June 8 – Day 7: Dryland Characteristics, Native Plants and Trees

June 9 – Day 8: Earthworks Workday-Building swales and berms/learning how to build on contour

June 10 – Day 9: Natural Building and Contruction

June 11 – Day 10: Invisible Structures and Appropriate Technologies

June 12 – Day 11: Urban Permaculture and half day of Design Basics & Methodologies

June 13 – Day 12: Half Day of Observation & Patterns Exercise, Half day of Design

June 14 – Day 13: More design instruction, Talent Show in the Evening

June 15 – Day 14: Design Presentations and Design Certificate Completion with Graduation Celebration and Feast

Picture by Melanie Howard


The Summer 2014 Intensive Course will be held at the Whole Life Learning Center in South Austin.The Whole Life Learning Center is a place where people of all ages come together to imagine, explore, collaborate, create, work, play and learn about ourselves, nature, our world, and the universe. It’s a place where everyone can come together to learn, grow and co-create a beautiful world. The property is a living example of permaculture design and practice featuring elements such as rain water catchment, berms and swales, aquaponics, and is complete with 20 chickens, a goat, and a donkey.

There will be child care available for the entire two week period upon request and with an added fee. We would like to make this course accessible to as many people as possible including families! Permaculture is about people care and we want to take care of all of the people who make up our community.

Food and camping will be provided throughout the course and are included in the price of your tuition.Camping is not required but is highly encouraged. There will be three wholesome homemade meals a day with options for vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. Every meal will be complete with fresh local produce, grains and an optional serving of local sourced meat. Please help us achieve zero waste by bringing your own reusable cup, silverware, water bottle, etc. A more detailed list of what to bring will be provided upon course sign up.

Posted by Permie Taelor on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 10:27am

Event Location

Whole Life Learning Center
10801 Old San Antonio Road
Austin, TX 78748
United States

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