The Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is a 72-hour program that teaches the principles and application of permaculture. The PDC includes a standard core curriculum adapted to local needs and conditions.
Core Curriculum Topics
Instructors present topics in any sequence using a variety of methodologies.
- Introduction to Permaculture
- Ethics and Principles
- The Local Ecosystem
- Patterns and Pattern Application
- Climates, Biogeography and Microclimates
- Design Methods and Process
- The Home System
- Trees, Forests, Plants, and Cultivated Ecologies
- 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
- Passion / Talent Show
Permaculture Design Courses Recognized by PINA
PINA recognizes and highly recommends the teaching of the PINA diplomates holding our Diploma in Education. We have reviewed their curriculum and teaching experience and found them to meet our standards for excellence in the field.
Earn college credit for a Permaculture Design Course at participating colleges and universities.
Students who complete the Permaculture Design Course will receive two credits for Natural Science when they enroll at Goddard College.
The Permaculture Design Course must be recognized by PINA. This quality control is an essential component of the Goddard-PINA partnership since permaculture courses of varying quality have proliferated in recent years, while college-level equivalencies can only be offered for coursework that meets high standards.