Spring 2022 Permaculture Design Course – Tucson

The 27th Annual Permaculture Design Course; it’s a Tucson tradition! This course happens over five weekends every February and March – Registration is open – e-mail Dan at dorsey@dakotacom.net to receive the FAQ’s and the syllabus. 

Permaculture Design Course Participants – Spring 2021

Permaculture Design Course Participants – Spring 2019

Tucson PDC 2017 Group Picture websizePermaculture Design Course Participants – Spring 2018

Dates for the the upcoming Spring 2022 course are the following five weekends -Feb. 5th and 6th ; Feb. 12th and 13th; Feb. 26th and Feb. 27th; March 12th and 13th; and March 19th and 20th. Generally, class runs from 9AM to 5:30 PM each day. The cost for the course is $785. There is an OPTIONAL textbook cost of about $42 for a copy of Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison, available on the Internet, but it is not required. You will be able to complete the course with the 175 page notebook supplied as part of the course fee.  Also highly recommended  is Brad Lancaster’s Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands Vol 1. A limited number of partial scholarships are available.

For the last 19 years this course has been full with a waiting list, so early registration is encouraged. To give a high quality educational experience, we limit the size of the class to eighteen participants. Registration is open. Contact Dan, the course registrar, at dorsey@dakotacom.net or 520-624-8030 for info and/or to get on the list to receive the syllabus and ‘FAQ’s’ for the course.

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 follows the format developed by Bill Mollison and many  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 Tucson area and at other Permaculture sites in the Tucson area. Most of the class is held outdoors. This course is taught and facilitated by Dan Dorsey and Barbara Rose, each with thirty years of Permaculture experience, as well as our younger and also experienced teachers Leona Davis and Erick Meza. It is possible Brad Lancaster may put in an appearance too.  See the profiles for the core team teachers here.  See pictures from previous courses and workshops  here.