Welcome to the Sonoran Permaculture Guild
The Sonoran Permaculture Guild’s vision is to make our Southwest Drylands region more sustainable through Permaculture education, design and implementation. We are an IRS 501(c)(3) non profit organization, and over the past twenty years we have become well established in the Southwest sustainable communities movement. We offer classes, courses, and workshops on Permaculture design and related skills and ally with other organizations that plan and create a sustainable future. Our office and in-city classroom is located one and a half miles north of downtown Tucson, AZ.
Click on the ‘courses-and workshops’ link to see details on our Annual Permaculture Design course and one day classes for Spring and Fall - 2013.
See pictures of our workshops under the ’News’ > ‘Workshop Pictures’ link
We appreciate donations for our scholarship fund or other special projects, and your donation is tax deductible. Contact our office or there is a ‘donate’ button at the bottom of this page. You can specify what project or fund you would like your donation to go.
See Dan demonstrate how the Sonoran Permaculture Guild works with home owners and renters on sustainable design…
Need a workshop or course? We supply teachers and complete ready to go workshops, classes, talks, and courses, or we can tailor to meet your needs in any of our subject areas. We act as subcontracters to non-profits, schools, and other groups and organizations; we can help you complete your project, grant, or educational experience - to contact us click on the ’Contact us’ link.
Below: Participants presenting their final design projects at our annual Permaculture Design Certification course
What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is a contraction of the words permanent and agriculture and permanent and culture. Permaculture is a way to live sustainably in a region for many generations, taking care of people and taking care of the environment at the same time. Permaculture uses ecology as the basis for designing sustainability into food production, housing, appropriate technology, and community development. It is now a worldwide movement for sustainability with many thousands of projects completed in over 120 countries. As Permaculture designers we study the patterns found in nature and the lessons found in natural ecosystems. We mimick these patterns in designing sustainable home sites, farms, and neighborhoods, as well as less tangible structures like community economics and food distribution systems.