Spring 2018 Permaculture Design Course – Tucson

The 23rd Annual Permaculture Design Course – a Tucson tradition! This course happens over five weekends every February and March. Registration for the 2018 Spring course begins on August 10th.

With light increased PDC Tucson 2016

Permaculture Design Course Participants – Spring 2016

Tucson PDC 2017 Group Picture websize

Permaculture Design Course Participants – Spring 2017

Dates for the the upcoming Spring 2018 course are the following five weekends -Feb. 3th and 4th, Feb. 10th and 11th, Feb 24th and 25th, Mar. 10th and 11th, and Mar. 17th and 18th. Generally, class runs from 9AM to 5:30 PM each day. The cost for the course is $750. There is an OPTIONAL textbook cost of about $42 for a copy of Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison, available on the Internet. You will be able to complete the course with just the 175 page notebook supplied as part of the course fee.  Also highly recommended  is Brad Lancaster’s Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands Vol 1 and Vol 2. A limited number of partial scholarships are available to cover part of the course fee.

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. Registration opens on August 15th, 2017. 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.

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 and a half  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.