Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Friday July 30 – Sunday August 15, 2021

These certainly are uncertain times!  So many are feeling fear about where our food comes from and if it’s safe to go get it.  Others are feeling isolation without community connections and access to restorative natural spaces.  Many are concerned the global economy will not be able to provide for our needs.

Disruptions and contractions are part of life’s cycle.  Let’s learn from the difficulty of this moment and invest in skills that create more resilience and abundance in our lives.

  • How good would it feel right now to have safe, organic foods growing in our gardens?
  • How reassuring would it feel to have pure and renewable water and energy?
  • How enlivening would it feel to have thriving community relationships and vibrant natural spaces?
  • How important would it feel to have plenty to share with those who need it right now?

This life-changing experience provides skills and knowledge to live in harmony with the earth – including in times of adaptation and resiliency.

Permaculture offers solutions for the challenges of our time.  This is not a conference; it’s a pop-up community organized around learning and practicing regenerative land stewardship together.  Pearlstone’s 180 acres of forest, meadows, streams, organic farm, educational gardens, and retreat center are a vibrant living classroom.

We will start by covering the basic nuts & bolts of permaculture design (principles, process, methods, etc.).  We will share examples of how thousands of people around the world use these tools to manifest their vision for a joyful and productive life in greater harmony with each other and this living earth.

Through lecture, hands-on projects and design work, together you will learn:

  • Gardening, farming, and agroforestry
  • Soil and forest ecology
  • Regenerative water and energy systems
  • Wilderness skills
  • Integrating animals
  • Aquaculture
  • Plant propagation
  • Ecological waste management
  • Appropriate technology
  • Natural building
  • Social system design
  • Financial strategies
  • and much more.

We welcome environmental and sustainability professionals, educators, students, designers, farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, artists, activists and others to share their gifts and learn from each other through this inclusive community.  Permaculture design is as useful in cities and suburbs as it is in rural and wilderness areas.  Just as the challenges we face are pervasive, so to the opportunities for wise response and healing are abundant in each of our life paths and communities.

If contributing to ecological and cultural solutions is important in your home, business, or community this intensive, dawn to dusk, information-loaded experience will empower you to achieve your goals.

Course Tuition: $1535, includes delicious, mostly organic meals.  Course materials including design supplies, project tools, and our Permaculture research library are provided.  Participants stay onsite in our bunkhouse accommodations or bring tents for camping.  Tuition also includes a copy of Practical Permaculture by Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein. We’ll send it to you ahead of the course so you can read up!

Early Bird Savings: Apply by May 2, 2021 and pay only $1425!

Questions? Contact: Greg Strella, gstrella@pearlstonecenter.org or call 410-500-5382

Learn with recognized teachers and a vibrant community of peers!