Permaculture uses a whole-systems design strategy to turn problems into solutions.
This flexible, multimedia, online permaculture design course was created to help busy women get the skills you need to not only provide healthy homegrown food for your family, but also to navigate the big issues like climate change, social justice, and long-term ecological sustainability.
$750-950 sliding scale pricing, go at your own pace, take up to a year to finish.
Learn to work with nature, rather than against it.
Everything you need to know about how to live in harmony with nature is free and available every time you put your hands in the soil.
But for many of us, the language of the natural world is something we were never taught. Whole-system design thinking empowers us to make resilient, regenerative choices for the mind, body, community, and planet.
Permaculture is about patterns and systems and flows, about learning the language of nature, and about using this language to design a future that we can be proud to pass on, starting with our gardens and spiraling out into every aspect of our lives.
Why is this the best online permaculture design course for you?
If any of these statements are true for you, you’re in the right place:
- You want to help heal the planet.
- You enjoy learning and interacting with a community of smart, creative women.
- You love seeing how systems work, and want to learn how to use ecological principles in your own home, garden, and livelihood.
- You would enjoy the support of an expert mentor.
- You want to study on your own schedule, in your own space, with plenty of time to think, explore, and apply what you’re learning.
“Permaculture is not just something to design your garden in and sustainable way- it’s a design tool for everything, taught by exceptional women from all over the world, who are sharing their knowledge. I would recommend this course to everyone who is willing to dive deep into the principles of permaculture and wants to learn how to implement in life and design projects.”
Your tuition includes everything
We don’t charge you extra for meetings or materials. Here’s what you get:
- Lifetime access to all classes, forums, digital assets, and future updates. (And no, our course is NOT just a bunch of videos!)
- Lifetime access to our unique Permaculture Design Studio, to walk you through each step of your personal whole-system design project.
- 3 full hours of one-on-one consultation with one of our expert faculty.
- Complete your design project and receive the 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate.
- Option to earn the Advanced Social Systems Design Certificate.
A transformative learning experience that will change your life…at a pace that works for you.
Most permaculture courses focus on landscape design but gloss over the people-care and future-care ethics that make permaculture design so powerful. This is usually because 2 weeks, or even 10, simply isn’t enough time to understand these complex issues, in the context of your actual life.
In our course, we give you the time and space to really dig in to the complexities of creating truly whole-system design projects that will stand the test of time.You can navigate real challenges, as they arise, and all within the specific context of your own home, garden, and community.
Sliding scale pricing as low as $750
This Permaculture Design Course curriculum is focused on helping you create your ecological, home and garden design, AND an actionable plan for making it happen.
We use a three-ethics educational approach, tailored for multiple learning styles.
- Soil Building
- Companion Planting
- Food Forests
- Urban Farming
- Passive Solar
- Self Care
- Group Process
- Conflict Resolution
- Social Justice
- Organic Food
- Regenerative Agriculture
- Children’s Gardening
- Seed Saving
- Zero Waste
- Appropriate Technology
Warning! Side Effects of Learning Permaculture
Becoming a permaculture designer could lead to the following results…
Permaculture garden design teaches a host of skills that will help you cultivate low-maintenance, highly productive perennial food forests that mimic nature and last generations.
Relationships are the core of every permaculture design project, and our permaculture course devotes an equal balance to the oft-overlooked aspects of social systems and community organizing.
The permaculture transformation reverberates positive changes across every aspect of your life; this means your garden gets more beautiful, your body gets more healthy, and your lifestyle shifts toward nature, sunshine, and bliss.
An Ecological Legacy
Even a small project can transform the lives of not just the humans in your vicinity, but other species too. What better legacy to leave for our children than lush, abundant gardens and sustainable, healthy communities?
Design Studio, Mentorship, Classes: the Components of this Course
Our course has been peer-reviewed and certified through the Permaculture Association. We offer two certificate options: you can earn the traditional Permaculture Design Course certificate OR do the extra work and earn a double certificate that recognizes your advanced training in Social Systems Design.
All certificate candidates are required to present a multilayered permaculture design project that could be implemented in their home, garden, and/or community. To help you achieve this, our course has three parts:
1. The Design Studio
The primary product a permaculture student creates for certification is your whole system design project.
As you learn your new skill-set, you will work 1:1 with your faculty mentor to develop a site-specific, whole-system design that embraces the unique challenges and opportunities in your own home, garden, and interconnected relationships.
The Design Studio has case studies, design samples, and opportunities to give and receive feedback with other students and faculty.
It also contains a series of detailed, step-by-step classes to walk you through from start to finish on your personalized permaculture design.
2. Your Dedicated Faculty Mentor
Your tuition includes three hours of 1:1 consultation from one of our expert faculty, to help you develop your student design project and presentation.
One of the best things about an online permaculture design course is that you can study with teachers from around the world, all offering real life examples from their own homesteads, gardens, and communities. What makes our course the best online permaculture course in the world is the fact that we include so many different teachers. Our course includes content from more than 100 female experts, and our active faculty, present to answer questions and support your progress, includes 20+ women from around the world, all of whom are recognized authors, teachers, and leaders in the permaculture community.
Read more about our team here.
3. The Multimedia Classes
In addition to the lessons in the Design Studio, our course includes more than 30 topical classes, created by our expert faculty, with video, writing, assignments, and case studies from around the world.
Here’s a quick list of every class:
TRADITIONAL PERMACULTURE CERTIFICATE
To help develop their design project, students seeking the 72-hour Permaculture Designer Certification complete the following classes and a design project.
- Introduction to Permaculture
- Regenerative Foundations: Permaculture Ethics & Principles
- Patterns, Biomimicry & Cultural Emergence
- The Home System
- Design for Invisible Structures & the Inner Landscape
- Big Land
- The Built Environment
- Local Ecosystems
- Climates, Biogeography, Microclimates
- Soil Basics
- Forests, Gardens, and Forest Gardens
- Aquaculture and Season Extension: Making your own Microclimates
- Animals, Birds, and Bees
- Holistic Seed Stewardship
- The Waste Cycle
- Appropriate Technology
- Designing for Resilience: Chaos and Catastrophe
- Urban Permaculture
- Re-Imagining Economic Systems
- Community and Client Relationships
- Social Justice & Decolonization
- The Pedagogy of Permaculture
ADVANCED SOCIAL PERMACULTURE CLASSES
Our social permaculture curriculum stems from a massive body of collective knowledge and experience, and we are here to help you build regenerative projects and programs that thrive.
Advanced students still have access to the traditional classes, but students seeking advanced certification are also required to complete the following classes and apply them to a social systems design project, either in conjunction with their land-based design, (if pursuing the double certificate) or as a separate project.
- Ecovillage and Neighborhood Design
- Working with Children and Youth
- Egalitarian Group Processes
- Social Permaculture: The Art of Hosting
- Working with Volunteers and Effective Mentoring
- Advanced Design Theory: Emergent Design
- Design Your Regenerative Right Livelihood
Optimized for every device and platform
Take your studies anywhere with you, collect notes in the field, and access the included collection of digital assets to help you create and share your design project.
Frequently Asked Questions
When does it start and how long does the course last?
Start anytime, and go at your own pace. The course takes between 72-120 hours to complete, and you have an entire year to finish it.
How exactly does the course work? Is it just videos? Do I have to commit to a schedule?
No, and no. Our course is not video-heavy, and we have worked hard to cater to multiple learning styles.
You’ll find learning resources in a variety of media, and you’ll work at your own pace, in your own time and space, and build your Design Project as it goes along, while corresponding with your mentor and interacting in the student forum.
Scroll down to the bottom for a detailed overview of our full course curriculum.
What if I don’t own land? Will this course still be worth it for me?
Being a homeowner is not at all a prerequisite! Renters can do permaculture too. If you don’t own property, you will get as much (or perhaps more) out of this course as a homeowner would.
Even if you’re just in a temporary place, this course could be super helpful, for a few reasons:
- You have a full year to complete the course, so you could easily spend the first few months working through the theoretical parts, and getting the small stuff worked out, then evolve the bigger project when you settle.
- The design process will give you a chance to dream and imagine your options.
- We encourage students to recognize that the design course trains you in the process and opens your eyes to the resources available to you, but the actual design you create, on paper, is just a practice design. It doesn’t need to be perfect nor permanent. We do encourage you to design where you live, but you don’t even have to choose a site until you’ve been deep in the course for some time.
How is an online landscape design course going to be relevant to my local climate and geographical area?
Permaculture is about learning how to design in ANY climate, based on understanding what Nature is trying to tell you. Our course has students and teachers from every climate, all over the world.
We will pair you with somebody from a similar climate, if at all possible, but please know that you will learn whole-system strategies that can be applied across the globe.
So I get lifetime access but have a year to finish? What does that mean?
If you want to earn the certificate(s), you will need to complete a design project (just on paper–not the implementation part) within a year of enrolling. After that, you retain lifetime access to all materials and future updates.
What if I sign up and then change my mind. Do you offer a refund guarantee?
Yes, of course. If you aren’t completely satisfied, you have up to 30 days to ask for a full refund (minus the CC processing fee of 2.5%)
Do you offer a payment plan?
We don’t have a payment plan, since it’s an online course and all payments are made via credit card or Paypal, and they offer payment plans already. Meanwhile, we do offer many free classes, so if the tuition is too much for you, go here.
What’s the difference between this course and the free yearlong course?
All of our online permaculture design courses emphasize real-life experimentation in your own home, garden, and community. Permaculture is about living with nature, and about designing systems that work, and our mission is to make sure ALL of our students are empowered, not just the paying ones.
However, investing in the certificate program comes with significant perks:
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