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Permaculture Design Certificate Course


  • New Paradigm College 3700 Country Club Drive Lucerne, CA 95458 (map)

Humans have influenced the natural world since the beginning. Confronted with the many challenges of our time, many of us are asking the question - how can humans shift from having a destructive to a life-giving impact?

The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) is a transformative 12-day course that builds a foundation for individuals to become place-based, eco-literate, designers. In this course, with nature as our teacher, we will learn to read the patterns of nature and dive deeply into the world of design, building our capacity to act in a life-giving way.

The course combines theory and practice, and covers the following topics:

  • Permaculture design principles and ethics for creating a healthy human presence in ecological systems

  • Soil, water and habitat restoration

  • Skills of deep nature connection and tools to build ecoliteracy and relationship to place

  • Alternative economic structures and legal strategies

  • Social permaculture and a decolonization framework for ecological justice

  • Alternative economic structures and legal strategies

  • Rainwater and graywater design, water harvesting earthworks

  • Wildlands restoration, fire resilience and prescribed fire

  • Annual and perennial organic food production systems

  • Soil building, compost, and compost tea

  • Livestock systems and aquaculture

  • Energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions

  • Passive solar design and natural building strategies

  • Design strategies for different biospheres: tropics / drylands / temperate climates

Over 80 hours of course time includes lectures, interactive exercises, hands-on projects, personal mentoring and field trips. The PDC culminates in a design project where students create a permaculture design for a real-world site and client, presenting their integrated solutions for sustainable building, energy, food, waste, and water systems.

The course provides a crucial background in systems thinking that prepares individuals to play an active role in holistically regenerating our landscapes, food systems, and communities, and is appropriate for people from all backgrounds, and particularly community activists, entrepreneurs, farmers, land managers, architects, and educators.

DATES: This 12-day course takes place one weekend a month over 6 months.

October 26-27
November 9-10
December 7-8
January 11-12
February 22-23
March 14-15

8:30am - 6:00pm

Catered lunches and snacks featuring organic local food included.

Lead Instructor: The Oak Granary’s Lindsay Dailey, with guest instructors.

For more information and to enroll, visit the New Paradigm College webpage.

Later Event: November 16
Acorn Planting Volunteer Day 11/16