Spring 2017 Permaculture Design Course – Tucson

The 22nd Annual Permaculture Design Course – a Tucson tradition! This course happens over five weekends every February and March. Registration for the 2017 Spring course begins on August 10th.

Official Class Picture - 2015 Tucson PDC - med

Permaculture Design Course Participants – Spring 2015

With light increased PDC Tucson 2016

Permaculture Design Course Participants – Spring 2016

Dates for the the upcoming Spring 2017 course are the following five weekends -Feb. 4th and 5th, Feb. 11th and 12th, Feb 25th and 26th, Mar. 11th and 12th, and Mar. 18th and 19th. Generally, class runs from 9AM to 5:30 PM each day. The cost for the course is $725 plus there is an optional class book fee of $42 for a copy of Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison. Also highly recommended  is Brad Lancaster’s Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands Vol 1 and Vol 2. A limited number of partial scholarships are available.

For the last twenty 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. Contact Dan, the course registrar, at dorsey@dakotacom.net or 520-624-8030 to register and/or to receive the syllabus and detailed ‘FAQ’s’ for the course. Some scholarship funds are available.

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 Tucson area and at other Permaculture sites in the Tucson area. Much of the class is held outdoors. This course is taught and facilitated by Dan Dorsey, Brad Lancaster, and Barbara Rose, each with two decades of Permaculture experience, as well as our many extraordinary associate SPG teachers. See the profiles for the core team teachers here.  See pictures from previous courses and workshops  here.