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Permaculture Design Certificate Course

PDC - Permaculture Design Certificate Course

What does it take to create the culture of the future?

Audience: Adults, Teens

Duration: 12 Classroom Days

Level: Beginner & beyond

Bending Oak Permaculture Farm and Three Sisters Permaculture are partnering to offer a Permaculture Design Course. This intensive 80-hour certificate program will equip you with inspiration and knowledge to make positive changes in your life & community and to design your own regenerative systems. We will include classroom and in-the-field learning as well as hands-on activities.

Curriculum Includes:

  • The history of permaculture
  • Ethics and Principles
  • The Local Ecosystem
  • Patterns and Pattern Application
  • Climates, Biogeography and Microclimates
  • Design Methods and Process
  • The Home System
  • Water
  • Earthworks
  •  Soils
  •  Trees, Forests, Plants, and Cultivated Ecologies
  •  Animals
  • Aquaculture
  • The Built Environment
  • Waste and Bioremediation
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Design for Catastrophe
  • Urban Permaculture
  • Broad-scale Landscape Design
  • Design for Invisible Structures
  • Economic Systems
  • Access to Land
  • Ecovillage and Neighborhood Design
  • Permaculture Scene
  • Design Projects and Presentations

Join us to kick-start your journey beyond sustainability!

PDC Design Project

PDC Participants will work in small groups to complete a permaculture design. We will walk you through the whole design process, including a client interview, site analysis and assessment, and designing from patterns to details. On the last day of the course, the design teams will present their final designs to the class.

Meals and snacks will be included each day. Students will help with dinner prep. 

A ‘what to expect’ letter will be sent to course participants which will include pre-course reading recommendations.

Should you choose to stay in our accommodations, during the course, we will offer a 20% discount if the accommodation is booked for the whole event 

Permaculture Design Certificate Course

July 29th – August 10th, 2024, no classes will be held on Sunday, August 4.

$1,749 – $200 early registration discount, ends April 29th

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Darrell Frey

Principal, Lead Permaculture Designer & Educator

Darrell has been a permaculture consultant and teacher since 1987. He earned a BA in Sustainable Community Development from Prescott College and holds Diplomas of Permaculture Site Design, and Permaculture Education from The Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA). He is a lifelong learner with a strong background in horticulture, natural sciences, regenerative systems and permaculture design. He has extensive practical experience in small business management, homesteading, construction and project management.

Darrell’s permaculture journey began after reading an interview of Bill Mollison in Mother Earth News Magazine # 63 in November of 1980, and subsequently reading Permaculture One and Permaculture Two. In 1982 Darrell attended a weekend Permaculture workshop at Stonyfield Farm in New Hampshire, where he asked Bill how to bring permaculture to Western Pennsylvania. Bill encouraged Darrell to pursue his ideas to develop what became Three Sisters Farm and Bioshelter. After six years of intensive self guided study of permaculture, Darrell completed a permaculture design certification course in 1986.

Darrell is the author of Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm and co-author of The Food Forest Handbook.

Elizabeth Lynch

Design Associate & Educator

Elizabeth is a permaculture designer and educator, with over 15 years of experience in sustainability education.  She has co-taught permaculture courses with Darrell and others, and has taught at many of Pittsburgh’s nonprofit organizations, including Phipps Conservatory and the Pittsburgh Zoo.  She has designed various properties from home-scale to broad-scale to commercial.  Elizabeth holds a B.S. in Wildlife Science, along with Certificates in Permaculture Design, Forest Garden Design, and Permaculture Teaching.  She currently works as the Administrator for the Permaculture Institute of North America. Her favorite activities include wild foraging, hiking, and growing, preparing, and eating delicious healthy foods.

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