Permaculture Events in North America
PINA endorses the offerings of our diplomates, and lists them on this calendar to help you find quality education. All gatherings are either supported directly by PINA or have one of our diplomates or board members working on the organizing team.
All PINA-recognized PDCs meet or exceed the 72-hour curriculum standard. Our listings highlight unique qualities of each course. Click here to learn about the Permaculture Design Course.
North American scale gatherings, advanced certificate courses, and online PDCs may be found in our Continental listings on the left. Regional gatherings, PDCs, and workshops can be found using the interactive map on the right. To see selective lists, for example to compare PDCs, use the buttons above each group. PINA diplomates organizing or leading the events are linked within each listing to their biographies.
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Over a series of weekends this spring, you’ll be guided through multiple real-world design challenges incorporating a client interview, basemapping, hand drafting, presentation drawing, design principles, budgeting and phasing. Along the way, you’ll pick up pro tips about creative design strategies, plant guilds, water management, hardscaping, aesthetics and much more. You can expect to learn: - Professional design processes and workflows - Bird’s eye and elevation renderings - Basemapping and site observation tips - Concept and schematic designs - Designing for succession of plants and people - Community-scale design - Designs for running a permaculture design business
LocationBoulder, CO, USA
Create your own sustainable permaculture design in 10 weeks as you learn online from world-leading permaculture practitioners. Our online, instructor-led Permaculture Design Certificate helps you successfully employ permaculture philosophies and techniques. Within a collaborative, academically rigorous curriculum, you will complete regenerative landscape projects with intensive instructor feedback and one-on-one interaction to help with every step along the way. You will learn or expand your skills of translating site observations and designs to paper or digital applications such as Powerpoint and Google Slides. Led by PINA diplomates Andrew Millison and Marisha Auerbach with highly experienced teaching assistants.
LocationOnline through Oregon State University
Empower Yourself to Advocate for Change through Teaching Permaculture. In this fun and interactive course, you will learn teaching techniques to apply Pc principles and strategies to a wide variety of audiences. Our goal is to encourage and inspire your strengths by demonstrating teaching modalities including; effective use of lecture, storytelling, discussions, co-creative activities, visual aids and hands-on skills. As a class, we create a safe setting of active learning and build confidence through preparing and co-teaching multiple presentations for essential practice. Participants build strong networks to support one another. Sharing Knowledge is Regenerative, Empowering, and Part of the Permaculture. $950 includes course materials, camping and 3 delicious organic meals daily. Early registration discount of $50 by July 1st. Some local work trades available.
LocationWilson Creek Gardens Cottage Grove, Oregon
The theme for the 14th International Permaculture Convergence is Children, Youth and Regenerative Education. The International Permaculture Convergences (IPCs) are epic gatherings of permaculture practitioners from around the world (with over 600 participants and more), to share knowledge and expertise and strategize about the future of the permaculture movement. They have been active since 1985 and bring together inspiring and experienced permaculturists to deliver diverse and engaging programmes. International Permaculture experts, teachers and practitioners talk and teach at these events.
LocationColonia El Paraiso, Misiones Province, Argentina
Urban Harvest and the Permaculture Guild of Houston announce the start of the Houston, Texas Permaculture Design Certificate Course for the 2019-2020 year. The course is designed to be easy on working families and those with young children while highly affordable. It is now in its 20th consecutive year and is facilitated and partially taught by longtime permaculturists Bob Randall, Ray Sher, Shawn McFarlin, and Brian Herod. The class is on Sundays in five modules. The first module on two Sunday afternoons-- Sustainable Living Through Permaculture-- is repeated twice a year in late September and late January. It is a required prerequisite for the three modules in the fall, winter, and spring ("Designing Bountiful Gardens through Permaculture", "Greening Our Homes and Communities Through Permaculture Design", and "Restoring Nature Through Permaculture Design”). These three can be taken in any order or year. Students who complete all four modules can sign up for a fifth module—The Design Tutorial—leading to the certificate. Fall class dates for Sustainable Living are afternoons Sept 27 and Oct 6 ; Bountiful Gardens Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 10, 17, 24. For more information and to sign-up visit http://urbanharvest.org/education Four members of the Guild have permaculture diplomas.
LocationHouston, TX, USA
This course is an exciting opportunity to learn Permaculture Design in an urban environment with like-minded individuals. St. Louis is full of potential, as well as amazing work happening right now, and we uncover what it looks like to create a sustainable and equitable city through group design projects, local and global showcases, and hands-on practice on the land—all in conjunction with the paradigm-changing Permaculture Design Course curriculum through renowned Permaculture Institute instructorship.
LocationConlfuence Farms, St. Louis, Missouri
Take a Permaculture Design Course. Become a part of the worldwide movement to heal the earth. Learn how we can heal the damage done by the chemical and fossil fuel industries. Learn to create healthy soil sponges that sequester carbon and grow food. Meet good-hearted people like yourself to work with. You will be inspired by what you learn about living in harmony with nature and full of hope to act by seeing examples of what others have accomplished worldwide. We are creating real change. As the old decayed corrupt system collapses, we are creating a new world of collaboration.
LocationRough and Ready, CA, USA
This all-inclusive course is offered at the Sivananda Yoga Farm in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills in Grass Valley, California. The daily rhythm of the course includes morning and evening meditations, chanting and spiritual lectures. Yoga classes and high quality organic vegetarian meals are provided. Come connect with the earth, with yourself, and with community. Network with like-minded individuals. Experience the great outdoors in a whole new way through hands-on permaculture practice. Rekindle a deeper meaning in life and a new vision. This is a two-part Course: April 2-7, and June 5-11, 2020
LocationSivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, California, USA
This Permaculture Design Course is co-hosted by the Beacon Food Forest and Tilth Alliance. We will meet one weekend per month for eight months at the Beacon Food Forest and/or the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands in Seattle. The course will be co-taught by Dave Boehnlein and Jessi Bloom, authors of Practical Permaculture. This course will include a variety of guest instructors who will offer an emphasis on social permaculture concepts.
LocationBeacon Food Forest, South Dakota Street, Seattle, WA, USA
Be part of creating a better future. Change the way you see the world. Join The Resilience Hub as we approach our 21st internationally-recognized Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course offered in Maine. This one-weekend-per-month format is ideal for anyone who would not typically be able to take two weeks off from life/work to take an “immersion” PDC. The Resilience Hub is one of the most experienced permaculture design and education groups in the Northeast US, though there are many other great ones! We strive to achieve very high quality in our programs and are committed to continuous improvement.
LocationMaine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME, USA
This class provides the traditional permaculture design course curriculum. We will cover the principles of permaculture for both urban & rural applications and sustainable human settlements. Landscape analysis, ecological planning & design methods, organic food production, food security, natural soil improvement, integrated animal systems, water harvesting, conservation and management, forest gardening, techniques and design strategies are highlighted in this class. Our field trips will feature living examples of permaculture in the bioregion. There will be hands-on projects each day in class on campus. Students will complete a conceptual design project in a group as their final project for the class. Upon completion of this course students will be awarded a Permaculture Design Certificate through the Cascadia Permaculture Institute. Audit available.
LocationPortland Community College, Portland, OR
Earn your permaculture design certificate in this two week intensive hands-on course at Garfield Community Farm, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's largest urban permaculture farm. Study with Darrell Frey, author of Bioshelter Market Garden and the Food Forest Handbook, farm director John Creasy, and permaculture designer Elizabeth Lynch. Throughout the course you will also hear from other regional experts. Course certified through the Permaculture Institute of North America.
LocationGarfield Community Farm, Wicklow Street, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Creating Resilient Systems During Climate Chaos Permaculture Design begins and ends with profound observation of the natural world. It's all about turning problems into solutions! We're in a time of great transition and climate chaos – what an opportunity to ally ourselves with Nature and learn the skills of how to create positive, lasting, and fruitful change in our landscapes and communities. Explore processes of ecological regeneration in the wake of human disturbance, and learn how to assess, design and implement systems that are truly sustainable. Instructors: Oliver Kellhammer, Hannah Roessler, Adam Huggins and Leila Darwish plus many special guests!
LocationLinnaea Farm, Manson's Landing, Cortes Island, BC, Canada
Discover the beauty, strength, and simplicity of earthen building techniques and the ways they can add character, mass, and warmth to our homes, outbuildings and more. Learn to source materials, mix and build with cob, adobe, wattle and daub and earthbags. - Experience several built examples of these materials on-site including a wattle-and-daub bathhouse, an earthen floor in a 20x30 super insulated home, plaster-on-lath interior and exterior walls, and an earth-bermed root cellar with earthbag retaining walls - Understand the fundamental mixes for different types of earthen building and learn to identify suitable materials - Bring your own soil samples
Skills for Living with the Earth The 13th annual Firefly Gathering will take place June 3-7, 2020 at Deerfields in Mills River, NC, just 30 minutes outside of Asheville. We gather each summer to learn and celebrate the skills necessary to live with the Earth. Our family-friendly classes, experiential learning, and culture bring together folks of all ages. Each day is full of workshops spanning wilderness survival skills to permaculture, plant identification to cooking over fire, cow milking to bowl carving, basket weaving to blacksmithing. Through our time together at Firefly, we not only share skills to connect to the land, we connect also with ourselves, one another, our ancestors, and our future generations.
LocationMills River, NC, USA
Our 3rd Annual PDC offers PINA-recognized curriculum by diplomates Peter Bane and Keith Johnson—veterans of over 100 courses, and features guest and regional instructors from the Great Lakes. Renewable energy, multi-functional hedgerows, rotational pasturing, energy-efficient buildings, regenerative forestry, composting toilets, year-round greenhouse yields, aquatic systems, and high quality food production and storage make Blue Sky Farm a standout demonstration. Join us for warm days, cool nights, good company, and swimming in the big lake. Tuition, organic meals, and camping included; sliding discounts for early payment. Skilled facilitation; satisfied graduates.
LocationWest Michigan Lakeshore Region
Spend two weeks with Brock Dolman and Kendall Dunnigan in one of the nation's best examples of a working permaculture site that is set up as a holistic, well-functioning organism at every level. We teach Resilient Community Design - where ecosystem meets "ego-system." Our work comes out of years of community organizing at the intersection of social justice and ecology - groups complete a real design project for a local community group. $1800 or $1700 if registered 30 days in advance, includes three organic meals a day and accommodations overlooking our beautiful gardens.
Permaculture Convergences happen all over the world. The last Regional Northeast Permaculture Convergence was in 2014 at the MOFGA Fairgrounds in Unity, Maine. Permaculture Association of the Northeast (PAN) and regional permaculture organizers have joined together with DAcres in Dorchester, NH to make it happen next summer!
LocationD Acres Permaculture Farm, Streeter Woods Road, Rumney, NH, USA
Join us in the Southern Appalachian Mountains near Celo, NC for our 27th Annual Gathering! The Southeastern Permaculture Gathering is a convergence of permaculture enthusiasts to learn new skills, serve the earth, create community & celebrate life.
LocationCelo Community, Burnsville, NC, USA
This full Permaculture Design Certificate Course will start by covering the basic nuts & bolts of permaculture design (principles, process, methods, etc.) and provide you with the tools you need to see the world through holistic lenses. Then the course will provide you with a variety tools that you can use when creating your own designs. For full details or to register: https://www.pearlstonecenter.org/programs-events/all-programs-events/permaculture-design-course/
LocationPearlstone Conference & Retreat Center, Mount Gilead Road, Reisterstown, MD, USA
Join us to earn your Permaculture Design Course certificate! Learn a variety of practical farmsteading skills, immerse into the flow of land-based lifestyle, and steep yourself in the design process of Permaculture at the Great Rivers Confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. We will be residing and learning at Confluence Farms, the new home of the Permaculture Institute. This land is at the early stages of development, and participants will experience a course packed with details of how to regenerate forests, watersheds, and soils while interacting with this rolling, beautiful landscape.
LocationConfluence Farms, St. Louis, Missouri
Build your own lightweight, elegant, durable ladderback footstool using basic hand tools and centuries-old techniques. Starting with a raw oak log, we’ll craft remarkably strong parts, connected using precision joinery, and finished with a woven seat. You’ll never look at wood the same again. All tools and devices will be provided for this workshop, and no prior woodworking experience necessary.
LocationNew Haven, VT
Working together to create a sustainable life. the Mother Earth News Fair is your passport to money-saving hacks, health-boosting remedies, and environmental strategies from leading experts and entrepreneurs around the country. In addition to presentations and hands-on workshops, you’ll encounter a vast marketplace abounding with innovative resources and products to enrich your life. Admission for children 17 and under is free, and there are plenty of youth-oriented activities – including live animals! With our growing emphasis on interactive programming, you can learn new skillsets live and on-site. More than ever before, the Mother Earth News Fair is truly an immersive