Permaculture Design Certification

Pikes Peak Permaculture 2017 Permaculture Design Certification

Since the early 1980s, permaculture has been taught through hands-on courses – PDCs – with experienced mentors handing down their knowledge to passionate students. Because this is a “design system” with a holistic point of view, fledgling permaculturists need to invest some serious hours in learning all aspects of human habitat and seeing how these elements work together in a design. The word “certification” simply means you’ve met standards set over the past 35 years by permaculture masters. There’s a lot more to becoming a permaculturist than reading a book or looking at a website! Are you ready to change the world?

The Course

2017 Winter Permaculture Design Course

Course Dates and Times: Two weekends each month – January, February and March 2017. Classes run Friday evenings with full day Saturday and Sunday, January: 6,7,8 & 20,21,22 February: 4,5,6 & 24,25,26 March: 10, 11, 12 & 24, 25 26

Location: SunMountain Shala in Manitou Springs – we will enjoy the added blessing of yoga and the peace of the surroundings.

Food: The course will provide all lunches and snack foods.  From the Shala kitchen, organic, local food!

Instructors and Program: Becky Elder, Marco Chung Shu Lam, Jamie Lam, Steve Saint, Sara Foster-Berry, Avery Ellis and a distinguished gathering of Front Range Permaculture guest instructors will  teach and share valuable information to help you to understand and apply permaculture to everyday living. We will have interesting field trips, educational hands-on projects, inspiring lectures and opportunity to take what you’ve learned into the community. Each student will participate in designing a site using the skills being learned. We will cover such topics as ecosystems and forestry, rainwater harvesting, small animal husbandry, bee keeping, vermicomposting, food forests and growing food, appropriate technology, urban permaculture, greenhouse design, aquaculture, community building and more!

Lodging: Option for lodging $120 per night for the historic B&B at the Shala – includes lovely rooms and breakfast. Contact or (719) 205-8516 with questions or to book a room. Other lodging opportunities available in Manitou Springs and through Pikes Peak Permaculture.

Program Cost (textbook included): $1,400 if registered before 11/1/16; $1,550 after. Couples receive a $100 discount for the second tuition.

Financing the Course: Full payment is due with registration. This includes a $100 non-refundable deposit – and we cannot refund tuitions after 12/31/16. Some work/trader half-scholarships are available for Pikes Peak-area students based on skills and financial need. There may be scholarships available until Oct. 1. Click here for more information.

Registration: Click here for a registration form you can print out and mail to Pikes Peak Permaculture.

For more information, please call Becky Elder (719) 685-0290 or email; or Naomi Ironwing at (303) 875-8382 or


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

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


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