Fall 2017 Permaculture Design Certification Course – Phoenix

 PC 2015 Phoenix Group Shot

The Phoenix Permaculture Design Course is on! After a great course last year, we’re back for Fall of 2017.  This course happens over five weekends every October through December. Registration for the Fall 2017 course is now open. Please contact Greg@UrbanFarm.org for more information.

Dates for the upcoming Fall 2017 course are:

  • September 30th/October 1
  • October 14th/15th
  • October 21st/22nd
  • November 4th/5th – Class goes to Tucson for the weekend
  • November 18th/19th

Generally, class runs from 9AM to 5:30 PM each day. Your early registration investment in the course is $825 (after Aug 6th it is $995.) It is suggested that you purchase a copy of Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison and Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands Vol 1 by Brad Lancaster for supplemental reading, however you can complete the course with just the notebook provided the first day of the course.

Dan Dorsey of the Sonoran Permaculture Guild, Greg Peterson, Kari Spencer and their Permaculture Design Team give an incredible course and this filled early last year, so early registration is encouraged, plus by registering by August 6th you save $170.

To give a high quality educational experience, we limit the size of the class to 21 participants.

This Permaculture certification course covers all aspects of sustainable design with a Southwest dry lands flavor, including a balance of hands on experience, classroom time, and design practicum. Dynamic exercises encourage pattern recognition, noticing the links between plants and animals, climate, and landforms that make up natural ecosystems. The course focuses on dry land communities with a strong urban and semi-rural emphasis, addressing individual site and neighborhood “problems”, such as storm water flooding.

Students learn to read the landscape, to map and analyze energies flowing through a site, and to develop integrated designs for sustainable systems. The weekend format of the course makes it easier for people who hold a week-day job to attend and promotes better integration of the course material into daily life. Our course closely follows the standard 72 hour format developed by Bill Mollison and others.

Course topics include agroforestry, appropriate technology, building design, design principles and patterning, site analysis, drylands gardening principles, ecosystem restoration, philosophy and ethics of Permaculture, regenerative community economics, soils and erosion control, village and community design, water harvesting, invisible structures, and many other topics.

The classroom site is in the central/south Phoenix area with a  weekend trip to Permaculture sites in the Tucson area. This course is taught and facilitated by Dan Dorsey and Greg Peterson, each with two decades of Permaculture experience, as well as many other very experienced associate Phoenix and Tucson based teachers.