Permaculture Design Certification

Pikes Peak Permaculture is excited to announce our Residential
Permaculture Design Certification course for 2014!

GardenPath-SimonHowdenResidential Permaculture Design Course

June 15-28, 2014

Course Dates and Times: Sunday evening June 15, 2014 through Saturday afternoon, June 28.
Sunday, June 22, is a “free day” for your own time and pleasures.

Location: Aspen Valley Ranch, Woodland Park (Pikes Peak Region, Central Colorado)

Program: Renowned Permaculturists Peter Bane (The Permaculture Handbook) and Marco Lam will join Becky Elder and  Sara Foster for what will be the first residential permaculture course offered in the Pikes Peak Region (our fifth design certification course to date)!  The course offers a wonderful mix of classes with top-notch instructors and exceptional guest speakers. We cover a broad spectrum of subjects, from ethics and principles to natural systems, soil and herbs to forestry, food systems to natural building, urban permaculture to the invisible structures of our human culture.

A residential course offers immersion into permaculture. Living on site with the instructors allows for outside class conversations and connections. Experiences will include engaging site visits, hands-on projects and an actual design-team final project. Camping in the aspen meadow, you will awaken to the north face of Pikes Peak every morning!

We invite you to join us for this fabulous course.  Get inspired, get certified!

More Information: Please call Becky Elder (719) 685-0290 or email

Meals: The course will provide all meals, beverages and snack foods. We will do our very best to accommodate dietary preferences and restrictions. If your diet is restricted, you may want to bring some food to supplement our efforts. To date, we have been very successful in this area.

Tuition (textbook included): $1,500

Financing the Course
Full payment is due with registration. There is a $100 cancellation fee and no refunds after 5/30/14.
Several work/study half-scholarships are available based on skills and financial need. Student loans are available from the Permaculture Credit Union. There may be scholarships available. Please see “Financing the Course” for more details.

Registration: Click here for a registration form you can print out and mail:
-With your check to Pikes Peak Permaculture
-Pay online below (choose your tuition level and click “Add to Cart”)

pdc_optIn October, we completed our third “Permaculture Through the Seasons” course, an 8-month certification program recognized throughout the permaculture community.

Permaculture’s Philosophy is one of “working WITH nature“, and of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than premature and thoughtless action. Permaculture design techniques encourage land use, which integrates principles of ecology and applies lessons from nature. It teaches us to create settings and construct ecosystems, which have the diversity, stability, and the resilience of natural ecosystems. In the spirit of sustainability, it also teaches us to allow natural and designed ecosystems to demonstrate their own evolutions.

Course Topics

  • Permaculture Ethics & Principles
  • Ecosystem Patterning
  • Organic Food Production
  • Alternative Economics
  • Microclimates
  • Forest
  • Medicinal Herbs
  • Full Loop Waste Stystems
  • Alternative Building
  • Earthworks for Water Management
  • Secrets of Building Soil
  • Site Analytics
  • Creating Integrated Systems
  • Animals in Small Systems
  • Cold Season Growing
  • Water Catchments

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