Permaculture Design Certification Workshop

Natural Living School’s Permaculture Design & Implementation Course; Whole System Thinking

Instructor: David Schroeder                           Email:                           Phone: 203-232-6638

Facilitator: Natural Living School                 Email:         Phone: 530-277-8127

Cost: $1,200 For participants outside the NLS 

Spring, Summer & Fall 2018

One weekend a month for 6 months:



Permaculture Design is an eco-logical and ethics based approach to creating resilient, “fruit-bearing” relationships to life and landscape. Whole systems thinking and implementation embodies concepts, principles, and methods sourced in observation of ecosystems, indigenous ways and wisdom, and other time-tested systems to create sustainable human settlements and institutions. Although rooted in horticulture and agriculture, Permaculture design is multi-faceted, touching on a wide range of subjects including regional planning, ecology, animal husbandry, appropriate technology, architecture, and Inter/Intra-personal relationships.


Course Format:

This course will cover the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification curriculum. It will include lectures, guest speakers, hands-on activities, field trips, experiential learning exercises, group discussions and readings.


Class Setting:

Class will be held mostly outdoors through varying terrain. Some indoor around slideshows/movies.



  • Permaculture Ethics & Principles
  • Natural Cycles & Pattern Recognition
  • Ecological Design Methods & Biomimicry
  • Observation & Reading the Landscape
  • Water Harvesting & Conservation
  • Soil Food Web & Rehabilitation
  • Multi-Functional Plants & Their Uses
  • Food Forest & Forestry Management
  • Animals & Their Place In The System
  • Aquaculture & Aquatic Ecosystems
  • The Built Environment
  • Waste & Bioremediation
  • Appropriate Technologies
  • Regenerative & Alternative Economics
  • Green Business & Strategies
  • Food & Energy Security/ Urban Permaculture
  • Design Methods & Process


Recommended Textbooks:

  • Introduction to Permaculture. Slay, Reny and Mollison, Bill. Tagari, Tyalgum 1991
  • Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture. Toby Hemenway. Chelsea Green, 2009
  • The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country. Bane, Peter. New Society Publishers 2012
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